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September 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 8
From Bishop Gilmore:

►Thank you for all you did to encourage participation at our annual Stewardship Day, August 28th.  We had well over 200 people participate.

►As we begin a new year of faith formation in our parishes, I ask that you give a good measure of attention to Catechist Formation, [September 8th and 11th in English and September 12th in Spanish].

Also, please pay very close attention to safe environment requirements of background checks and participation in Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions.  Please visit

►WHY RCIA? is a workshop presented in English on Saturday, September 18th in Scott City and in Spanish on Sunday, September 19th in Liberal.

Click here for flyer

Why do our bishops want the RCIA to be a priority in our parishes when there is so much else going on in parish life? How does it renew a parish? And what’s it got to do with each of us? Why RCIA? will address these questions about RCIA and give a step-by-step explanation of the Rite.  To register and/or for further information, please contact Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1538.

►Catholic Charities USA, the largest private provider of human services in the United States, is celebrating 100 years of service on the weekend of September 25-26, 2010.

I ask that you join with me and Catholic Social Service (Catholic Charities for Southwest Kansas) in celebrating the Catholic Charities Centennial on September 25-26, 2010.

On this weekend, we honor Catholic Charities for helping millions of people in need for the past 100 years, and we deepen our commitment to build a more just and compassionate society by serving those most in need.

Please take special note that on the weekend of September 25-26, I am asking that a special collection be taken up in thanksgiving for all that Catholic Social Service, Catholic Charities for Southwest Kansas, has and is doing to serve justice and foster respect for life.  Please encourage parishioners to be generous.  Details are found in the guide.

Please click here for a guide for preparing for and celebrating the Centennial.

October 5th our Presbyteral Assembly will focus on the new translation.  The Assembly will be at the Cathedral beginning at 11am [Please note that this is a change from the original time of 10am.] and ending at 5pm when we will move to the Dodge City K of C Hall for the annual priests’ appreciation dinner.  

I am expecting your participation in the day. Please RSVP by September 21st as to your participation in the day and the evening’s festivities at the Knights to Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1531. 

Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB, is moving from Tulsa to Boston the beginning of this month to begin a new endeavor in his ministry.  With this change in Abbot Marcel’s life and ministry, I felt I could not hold him to his previous commitment made when the circumstances of his life were different.  Fortunately, Father Frank Coady, STD, Director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Salina, has agreed to present our day.  I know that he is well know and well respected by a good number of our priests.  Father Frank has also done similar presentations in the Diocese of Salina. 

You might find it helpful to visit to listen and/or preview new and revised mass settings.

I invite couples throughout the diocese celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and more years in 2010 to the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, October 17, 2010.  There will be a 3 PM Mass at COLG with dinner following.  Register online or contact Peg Schulte 620-227-1531, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Our Annual Scripture Day is October 19th.  Register online or click here for more information.

►I am very grateful to all those who have done the Prepare and Enrich Training.  Our next step is developing more information about and training opportunities for mentor couples who can assist in marriage preparation.  We hope to have further details on these developments to share with the priests at our October 5th gathering.  Our goal in this regard is that by October 1, 2011, each cluster/parish will have a sufficient number of mentor couples to assist in marriage preparation.

►After some good measure of discernment, Monsignor Brian Moore has decided to turn his retirement-on-paper into a retirement-in-fact.  He has moved to the Priests’ Retirement Center in Wichita, August 27th.

I am grateful for all that Monsignor has done for our diocese, especially in the area of priestly formation.  His years at the Josephinum and most recently his years here at home have been full, good, years of service to those trying to answer the call to ordained ministry.  They have been rich years for us.  We are the direct beneficiaries of Monsignor’s faithfully answering that same call in his own life.  Now there is another call within that call:  a call to rest in the Lord more exclusively, a call that will surely hold within itself other ways of continuing his life of service.  I trust that you join me in wishing Monsignor well, and am praying that this move will be smooth, and in asking the Lord that he may find joy in this new adventure in his life.

Msgr. Brian Moore
6900 E 45th St N, Apt D-3
Bel Aire KS  67226-8897
Phone:  316-337-5322
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►I am pleased to share with you that Father John Strasser has accepted the assignment as Director of Seminarians for the diocese, effective 1 September 2010.

Father John is a priest of good judgment, proven prudence, and extensive pastoral experience.  His 34 years of priestly ministry provide him with the insight and understanding he will need in this position so important to our diocese.

My prayers are with John as he responds to this new call to priestly service.

►After consultation with the Priests’ Retirement Fund Board and the Diocesan Finance Council, the Presbyteral Council has approved an assessment for each parish to be paid on a quarterly basis that supports a retirement benefit for the extern/international priests we have serving the parishes of the diocese.  For 2010-2011, there are 9 eligible priests serving in our diocese whose religious community or diocese will receive this payment.  Parishes will be billed on a quarterly basis with a total assessment of $468.75 per parish ($117.19 per quarter).   

As you are aware, there has not been an assessment for the retirement plan for the diocesan clergy for a number of years now, but with an increasing number of international/extern priests serving in our diocese, it has become necessary to implement this assessment to support their retirement benefit which is a part of the agreements that the diocese has with each of these dioceses’ or religious orders.

Any questions concerning this assessment can be directed to Dan Stremel, Finance Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1517.

►Father John Wall, Catholic Church Extension Society, wrote me 23 August requesting support of the Catholic Extension Calendar Program.  He noted that only 14 of our parishes have responded with orders of Extension calendars.  I know that a good number of our parishes receive their calendars as a result of a partnership with a funeral home or some other benefactor.  If there are ways to use the Catholic Extension Calendar Program, I would greatly encourage you to do so.  The diocese and a number of our parishes are the recipients of $150,000 yearly from Extension.  You may contact Tom Finnegan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 1-800-282-5055, for information about or to order 2011 Catholic Extension calendars.

Called by Name ~ A new initiative from the Vocation Office seeks to identify future priests for our diocese.  The Called by Name email campaign will kick off in early October, asking all priests, deacons, sisters, Catholic educators and  others to submit the names of young men who may make good priests.  We will then send these men invitations to discernment events, as well as other information to discern their vocations. Please be thinking about the young men in your life who may be candidates for seminary.

Father Frank Jordan is back in Ingalls after recuperating at Garden Valley in Garden City following knee replacement surgery.

2011 RCIA Retreat Information

Click here for the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter July 2010.

+Ronald M. Gilmore


To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.

*Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions

*Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2010

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network


From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of August 10, 2010.

In the previous months our Presbyteral Council has been discussing the implementation of the Prepare and Enrich on-line preparation instrument for marriage.  So far, most of the Priests, Pastoral Ministers and some Lay Leaders have been trained to do the instrument. We are all set as proposed by the Council, by October 1, 2010, Prepare and Enrich will replace FOCCUS as the 'instrument' used for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Dodge City.

One of the business items we have discussed is the Priest's Continuing Formation.  The goal is to promote the four pillars of formation for Priest's as given in Pastores Dabo Vobis. The Basic Plan for the Continuing Formation for Priests namely: human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation.

From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Coordinator of Respect Life:

October is Respect Life Month. In particular, special attention is encouraged during your liturgies/activities on the first weekend, October 2-3.

Please call me, 620-276-2024, if you need help finding the closest Life Chain in your area.
Link to a prayer service that could be used by your group either before or during a Life Chain (or other event).
The USCCB has provided homily helps for Oct 3rd and petitions for the month of October:

From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:

Safe Environment

A reminder that all employees and all adults who have regular contact with children are to consent to a background check and attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness session.  

The currently scheduled PGC sessions are:

Great Bend on Saturday, September 11 (Spanish)
Pratt on Saturday, September 18 (English)
Ulysses on Sunday, October 3 (English)
Dodge City on Sunday, October 10 (English & Spanish)
Great Bend on Saturday, October 16 (English)

Go to the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website for specific information.  If you wish to schedule a PGC session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 620-227-1555 or 620-227-3363.  The Safe Environment page contains a number of links to websites containing helpful information about gang awareness, bullying awareness, internet safety and anti-pornography materials.


I intend to offer the Sacramental Records and Registers workshop again this fall for parish secretaries, priests or others who have been entrusted with the important task of recording sacramental information or preparing copies of sacramental certificates.  The workshop was well received last year, and those who attended found the session to be very informative and very helpful.  The date(s) and place(s) will be determined after I receive notice of those who are interested.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL ME BY SEPTEMBER 19.  After that date I will make contact with those who are interested and set up a mutually agreeable place and time for the workshop.  Sister Janice (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 620-227-1527)

Prenuptial Documents –
A reminder that for a Catholic party a current baptism certificate with notations (issued within the past six months) is to be submitted with the prenuptial documents.  (The baptism certificate does not need to be included if the Catholic party is being married in the same parish as the place of baptism.  However, you are expected to look up the baptism record to be sure there are no notations of concern.)  If a baptism certificate needs to be requested from a church in Mexico, give yourself plenty of time to request the certificate.  Here is a link to all the Dioceses and parishes in Mexico:

I will be out of the office off and on over the next six weeks or so.  Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the date of the wedding to ensure all the proper dispensations or permission can be granted in a timely manner.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

We are grateful to have six seminarians studying for our diocese this fall.  Click here to “Meet the Seminarians”.  When you click on their picture you will find a short profile for each of the six seminarians.    

Our new diocesan seminarian poster is now available.  A parish poster was included in the September DRE mailing. If your parish would like additional posters, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

Due to low interest, the Dechant Foundation Golf tournament has been cancelled. Please notify people who may have expressed interest in attending.

Financial Peace University sessions are quickly approaching. People interested in attending should contact the Stewardship Office as soon as possible.

From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:

August 2010 Diocesan Directories have been distributed.  If you need additional copies, have updates or changes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible if your parish needs to schedule a 2011 Confirmation.  2012 dates are already filling up fast.  I would be happy to schedule for 2012 as well.

It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound.  If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

Plans for the June 12-17, 2011 Newman Service Camp are underway.  In 2010, we had 51 students and 20 chaperones attend from Great Bend, Hoisington, Dodge City, Spearville, Larned & Ellinwood.  This is a great experience for our youth.  Please let me know if your parish would be interested.  Those parishes attending in 2010 will have first choice, but Newman may be running multiple camps this year, so please contact me if there is interest.

From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry:

September 10-11:  Arcoiris is offering a diocesan retreat for all Arcoiris parish coordinators at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall on Avenue H. The retreat begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to allow participants time to attend the 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish at the Cathedral.

September 19:   Mexican families and their descendents will be honored at a reception at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Holy Family Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Letters from the Bishop have been sent inviting families to participate in this event.



►Directory update (p. 14):  Email for Zack Vogel, Ellinwood DRE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directory update (p. 34):  New email for Alice Rennison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Directory update (p. 18 & 39):  New email for Fr. Peter Fernandez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Directory update (p. 35): Tonya England is no longer DRE in Sharon.  Terry Deokaran will be assuming her position.

Directory update (p. 45):  New seminarian:

Tylan Ricketts
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Spirituality Year
1300 S. Steele St
Denver, CO  80210
Phone:  303/282-3427
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Engaged Encounter Information:  Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.



(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


1st:  SKR Deadline

6th:  Labor Day - Chancery Closed

8th:  6:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (English)

9th:  11:00am Hispanic Ministers Meeting, COLG

10th:  10:15am St. Mary, Garden City School Visit

11th:  9:00am Catechist Formation-ITV (English)

12th:  3:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (Spanish)

15th:  SKR Deadline

16th:  11:00am  Personnel Board Meeting, Conference Room

17th:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

19th:  10:30am 50th Anniversary Celebration, Dedication of the Church, Larned

21st:  11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room

26th:  10:30am Mass of Unity, St Mary, Garden City


5th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Assembly, COLG

6th:  SKR Deadline

7th-8th:  Kansas Catholic Conference

8th-9th:  Jesus Caritas

10th:  10:30am Fowler Centennial Celebration

15th:  10:00am  Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

17th:  3:00pm  Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

19th:  9:30am  Diocesan Scripture Day

20th:  SKR Deadline

20th:  St. Dominic, Garden City School Visit

22nd:  11:30am  Diocesan Finance Council, Conference Room

23rd:  10:00am  Reflection of Movements, COLG

28th:  12:00pm  Good Leaders Good Shepherds Final Session & Graduation

This concludes the SEPTEMBER Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. VIII, No. 8

Diocese of Dodge City

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