► WHY RCIA? was by all accounts very well received. 60 people participated in the English session, Saturday, September 11th, in Scott City and 60 people participated in the Spanish session, Sunday, September 12th, in Liberal. My personal thanks to those who participated, encouraged people to participate, hosted the events, and planned the events.
►Our special offering for Catholic Social Service as part of our celebration of the national centennial of Catholic Charities USA has been very affirming to our CSS staff and to me. Thank you. Please express my personal thanks to your parishioners. Presently, with responses from 14 parishes have received $18,000.00 for CSS. In addition to the money received, we are ever so grateful for all those who have indicated their desire to support CSS in prayer, to volunteer, to be informed of CSS’s activities and services. I know that some parishes had the need to take up the collection on another Sunday. If you have not already taken up this collection, please do so in the very near future. Funds collected may be directed to either John Ackerman at the Chancery or to Debbie Snapp, Executive Director of Catholic Social Service, c/o the Chancery Office. Please forward the offering envelopes as well. In a future issue of the SKR, we will offer an accounting of funds received from each parish.
►The Presbyteral Assembly, Tuesday, October 5th went very well. I am grateful to the priests who participated. We had perfect attendance. Thank you. Father Coady’s PowerPoint slides may be accessed by clicking on each below. Our Diocesan Plan to support parishes in their implementation of the English Translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal may be accessed by clicking here.
Furthering the Renewal
Theology of Liturgy
►Our Annual Scripture Day is Tuesday, October 19th, at our Cathedral. Father Sean Martin and Father John Fahey will be presenting the Gospel of Matthew in English and Spanish. If you have not already registered please do so ASAP:
http://www.dcdiocese.org/annual-scripture-day-2010 (in English) or
http://www.dcdiocese.org/dia-anual-de-la-escritura-2010 (in Spanish).
►Information regarding Mentor Couples for Prepare and Enrich may be accessed by clicking here.
►Called by Name is an initiative from the Vocation Office that takes an old idea and gives it a new spin. The Called by Name email campaign began the first part of this month. Emails went out 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. The response so far has been very good. I appreciate all those who have sent in names, as well as those who have said that they will continue to think and ponder who the Lord might be calling in their parish/community/family.
►Implementation of the English Translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal will take place the First Sunday of Advent 2011, November 27, 2011. To prepare for the implementation, a plan of resources and events to support parishes in our diocese has been developed. Please click here to access the plan. Please click here to access information for “Lifting Up Our Hearts”.
From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of September 21, 2010.
►During our September meeting we were grateful to have Becky Hessman, Vocation Coordinator of the Diocese and Sister Celeste Albers, Pastoral Minister at Prince of Peace Parish, Great Bend share with us special input on Awakening Vocations, a pilot project at Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend facilitated by Mary Sharon Moore.
Let's be aware and keep on praying for all God-given Vocations.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►Marriage Preparation: Beginning October 1, the “Instrument” to be used for all marriage preparation is Prepare and Enrich. Until we revise our prenuptial form, just cross out FOCCUS and write in Prepare and Enrich.
►Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 9 am to noon at the K of C Hall in Great Bend (go to http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment for further details).
►DREs: Please submit to me the lists of catechists, regular volunteers and other adults who assist with youth-related activities ASAP.
►Pastors: Please submit to me the blue Official Catholic Directory information sheets by October 15.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
►The Called by Name email campaign is now taking place. This vocation initiative seeks to identify future priests for our diocese by asking priests, deacons, sisters, educators, and many others to submit the names of young men who may make good priests. Please be thinking about the young men in your life who may be candidates for seminary.
You may submit a name by clicking here.
These men will receive information to discern their vocations and invitations to discernment events.
►Encounter With God’s Call at Conception Seminary College is November 13-15. This “come and see” weekend provides men high school juniors and up with the opportunity to spend time with seminarians. Please invite young men who could profit from some first-hand contact with seminary life. This weekend provides them with an opportunity to become part of the community for a few days and experience the human, spiritual, and academic components of priestly discernment and formation.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Stewardship with Latinos: Koren Ruiz of Omeara Ferguson will be in Dodge City, Garden City, and Liberal October 23 and 24 to present Stewardship as a Way of Life in Spanish. The lectures will be approximately 3 hours long and will be interactive. These events are for all people who speak Spanish in your parishes. Do encourage your parishioners to attend an event close to their home parish. Please contact the parish they will attend so accommodations can be made. A complete schedule can be seen on the stewardship page.
►To help Spanish speaking people learn how to navigate personal finance, Andres Gutierrez will be coming to the Dodge City Civic Center November 14th. Andres works for Personal finance expert Dave Ramsey and will teach the same principals as Dave. This event is for all people who speak Spanish in Central and Southwest Kansas, Northwest Oklahoma and Texas and Eastern Colorado.
*Doors open at 1 PM and Andres will begin speaking at 2 PM until 6 PM.
*Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance, and a special group rate of $10 per ticket if 10 or more are purchased.
*This event will not be a boring lecture! Andres will be entertaining as well as very educational. Do encourage people you know to attend.
*I ask all Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Dodge City to purchase tickets at the group rate and be a blessing to your Spanish speaking parishioners as part of your Hispanic Ministry. If you do not have Spanish speakers in your parish, buy a group and give them to an agency that can get them into the hands of those who need or want them. Do place your parish logo on them as a means of evangelizing for your parish.
*For more information, visit the stewardship page or Andres Gutierrez event facebook page.
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:
ODDS AND ENDS
From Steven Polley, Director of Youth Ministry:
►November 6–8 is our next scheduled TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) weekend at St. Dominic’s Parish Center in Garden City. Please encourage your juniors and seniors to register for this TEC weekend.
►Last spring we made the decision to move our high school rally to November 20–21 and the junior high rally to March 27. Please encourage your high school youth and adult sponsors to attend. The structure of the high school rally is two fold. They can choose to come for the entire weekend, or if their schedule only allows for one day attendance, they can attend on Sunday only.
►I thank you for all that you continue to do and for the support that you give to our youth.
ODDS AND ENDS
►Directory update (p. 17): Loretta King is no longer DRE for St. Mary, Garden City. Pat Nieman is "helping out" until a new DRE can be found.
►Directory update (p. 40): New address for Fr. Louis Trung Dinh Hoang is PO Box 836, Great Bend KS 67530.
►Directory update (p. 45): Juan Salas now has his own phone number 660/944-3185.
CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE FOR 2011
|Saturday, January 22, 2011
||Sacred Heart, Ness City||5:00 PM??|
|Sunday, January 23, 2011||St Joseph, Tribune||???|
|Sunday, January 30, 2011||St John, Meade||10:30 AM|
|Saturday, February 5, 2011||OPEN DATE|
|Sunday, February 6, 2011||St Mary, Garden City||3:00 PM|
|Saturday, February 12, 2011||Sacred Heart, Larned||5:00 PM|
|Sunday, February 13, 2011||St John, Spearville||10:30 AM|
|Saturday, February 19, 2011||St Joseph, Scott City||6:00 PM|
|Sunday, February 27, 2011||St Theresa, Dighton||9:00 AM|
|Saturday, March 5, 2011||Holy Trinity, Timken||4:00 PM|
|Sunday, March 6, 2011||St John, Hoisington||10:00 AM|
|Saturday, March 12, 2011||St Anthony, Lakin||4:00 PM|
|Saturday, March 19, 2011||St Boniface, Sharon||6:00 PM|
|Saturday, March 20, 2011||St John, Kiowa||10:30 AM|
|Saturday, March 26, 2011||St Joseph, Ellinwood||???|
|Sunday, March 27, 2011||Immaculate Conception, Claflin||10:00 AM|
|Saturday, April 2, 2011||Prince of Peace, Great Bend||???|
|Sunday, April 3, 2011||Prince of Peace, Great Bend||???|
|Saturday, April 9, 2011||Sacred Heart, Pratt||10:00 AM|
|Sunday, April 10, 2011||St Stanislaus, Ingalls||???|
|Saturday, April 16, 2011||St Joan of Arc, Elkhart||???|
|Saturday, May 7, 2011||St Dominic, Garden City||5:30 PM|
|Sunday, May 8, 2011||St Bernard, Belpre||8:30 AM|
|Saturday, May 14, 2011||St Anthony, Liberal||6:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 15, 2011||St Andrew, Wright||9:00 AM|
|Saturday, May 21, 2011||Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses||4:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 22, 2011||Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City||???|
(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)
1st: SKR Deadline
5th: 11:00am Presbyteral Assembly, COLG
7th-8th: Kansas Catholic Conference
8th-9th: Jesus Caritas
10th: 10:30am Fowler Centennial Celebration
13th: SKR Deadline
15th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
17th: 3:00pm Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
19th: 9:30am Diocesan Scripture Day
20th: St. Dominic, Garden City School Visit
22nd: 11:30am Diocesan Finance Council, Conference Room
28th: 12:00pm Good Leaders Good Shepherds Final Session & Graduation
1st: All Saints Day - Chancery Closed
2nd: Holy Family, Great Bend School Visit
3rd: SKR Deadline
3rd: 6:30 pm Diocesan Review Board, Conference Room
5th: Sacred Heart, Pratt School Visit
10th: St Joseph, Ellinwood School Visit
17th: SKR Deadline
19th: 10:30 am Directors' Meeting; 12:30 pm Staff Luncheon
21st: 3:15 pm High School Youth Rally Closing Liturgy
23rd: 11:00 am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room
25th-26th: Thanksgiving Holiday - Chancery Closed
Vol. VIII, No. 9