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November 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
November 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 10
From Bishop Gilmore:

CONGRATULATIONS....are offered to Fathers Dieker, Estrada, Felix, Labrador, Martin, Mazouch, Nguyen, Schawe, Schremmer, Skalsky, Stecklein, Stoecklein, Strasser, and Tran who graduated from the two-year formation program, Good Leaders Good Shepherds on October 28th.  I was very pleased to join these men for mass and the graduation lunch at the Heartland Center in Great Bend.  I again thank them for their commitment over these two years to developing, honing, refining their skills in the “governing” aspect of their ministry that they share with me.  I continue to give thanks for them and pray that in all many of ways large and even at times imperceptible the effort they have expended in formation will bless them and the people with whom they minister.

TENDING THE the lay side of Good Leaders Good Shepherds.  This follow-up to Good Leaders Good Shepherds will ensure that priests will have a number of lay people throughout the diocese who have shared something of the same leadership development and formation.  Tending the Talents will begin in our Diocese at the end of January 2011.  It appears that we will have between 50 to 60 people participating. Tending the Talents promise to complement Good Leaders Good Shepherds, of course, as well as our other lay minister formation efforts such as Pastoral Ministry Formation.  I am grateful for those who have helped us have such a good response to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for such a thorough and quality program to further develop and enhance lay leaders upon whom we rely more and more for the life and ministry in our parishes and for our diocese.

FRATERNAL another way for priests to follow up with Good Leaders Good Shepherds.  The invitation was offered at the conclusion of the last Good Leaders Good Shepherds module, October 26-28th.  It involves a one-year commitment to one-day (10am-4pm) quarterly meetings where opportunities and/or challenges in a priest’s life in the areas of health, relationships, or ministry are shared, reflected upon, and supported by the participants in the group.  These opportunities/challenges are offered by the priest-participants.  There is a facilitator who is not one of the priest-participants to help with the process. Presently there are nine priests who participated in Good Leaders Good Shepherds who have committed to the process (six from Dodge City and three from Salina). The maximum number that can participate is twelve.  There may be room for a couple of priests who although they did not participate in Good Leaders Good Shepherds may welcome an opportunity to participate in such a group.  If you are such a priest, please visit as soon as possible with Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 227-1555 or 227-3363.  The Group is tentatively scheduled to have its first gathering Thursday, February 17th, at the Heartland Center in Great Bend.   


In the recent issue of the Newsletter of the Committee on Divine Worship, advisories were given as to the Committee’s opinion regarding masses on the evening of December 25th and January 1st since these dates fall on a Saturday.

This same question arose in 1999.  The Committee seems to be of divided opinion regarding December 25th but remains consistent regarding January 1st.  Please read on...

This is what was most recently offered as an advisory:

Liturgical Calendar Advisories: December 25-26, 2010 and January 1-2, 2011
The Secretariat of Divine Worship has recently received many inquiries regarding variations in the liturgical celebrations during the Season of Christmas. We offer the following clarifications regarding particular celebrations:

Christmas and Holy Family (Dec. 25-26, 2010)
This year, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) falls on a Saturday. Because Christmas is a Solemnity, ranked at number 2 on the Table of Liturgical Days, Mass on Saturday evening, December 25, is that of the Nativity, and Evening Prayer II of the Nativity is prayed. The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph follows on Sunday, December 26; Evening Prayer I of the Holy Family is not prayed, and any Mass celebrated on the evening of December 25 is the Mass of Christmas, not the Holy Family.

Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany (Jan. 1-2, 2011)
Saturday, January 1, 2011 marks the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which in 2011 is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday. The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord follows on Sunday, January 2. Although both are ranked at number 3 in the Table of Liturgical Days, as a Solemnity of the Lord, the Epiphany outranks the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (a Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Just as the Mother of God points the way and leads us to her Son, her Solemnity gives way to the Epiphany. Therefore, Mass on the evening of January 1 is the Vigil of the Epiphany, and Evening Prayer I of the Epiphany is prayed.

This is what was offered as an advisory in 1999:

Calendar Advisories ~ Newsletter of the Committee on Divine Worship, March 1999

December 25, 1999
Also in 1999 the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) falls on a Saturday. Christmas retains the precept and should be observed as a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph follows on Sunday, December 26, 1999.

The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord begins with Evening Prayer I on Friday, December 24, and concludes with the celebration of Evening Prayer II of the Solemnity on December 25. If Mass is celebrated on the evening of Friday, December 24, the Mass is that of the vigil of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. If Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening, December 25, the Mass is that of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Taking the Committee’s seemingly contradictory advisories into consideration, I propose that a pastor can make the best decision with his people in mind and what would serve them best.

OUR OFFERING FOR CATHOLIC SOCIAL part of our celebration of the national centennial of Catholic Charities USA at the end of September continues to be very affirming to our CSS staff and to me.  Thank you.  Presently we have received $36,532.81 for CSS.  If you have not forwarded your funds or have not yet 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. So far we have not received any contributions from seven parishes.  I am asking those pastors to inform me as soon as possible as to their plans regarding my directive that this special offering be taken up in the parishes of our diocese. In a future issue of the SKR, we will offer an accounting of funds received from each parish.

DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF scheduled for Friday, December 10th, 6:30pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In the near future you will be advised of the specifics of the celebration.  Everyone is invited; please extend this invitation to all your people.  All priests are invited to join me in celebrating the mass.  If you will attend, please let Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 227-1555, 227-3363, know by December 9th.

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”.  You may also visit  

FR. LISLE POTTORFF...a fall recently.  He has sustained a distal clavicular fracture of the left side.  They are doing their best at the Priest Retirement Center to keep Fr. Lisle active but also ensure that he has a chance to heal.  Please remember Fr. Lisle in your prayer.  

FR. JIMMY BAROZZO...sudden and inexplicable death has been quite a shock.  Father Jimmy is certainly remembered with considerable fondness in his parishes of Meade County, by the priests of our presbyterate, and by those who met him during his less-than-one-year stay with us.  We commend him to God’s mercy and pray for solace and comfort for his mother and loved ones in the Philippines.  It was fortuitous that  Monsignor Angel had already made arrangements to provide care for the Meade County parishes during what was supposed to be Fr. Jimmy’s vacation at home in the Philippines.  I am grateful to Monsignor for accepting my appointment as parochial administrator so as to provide suitable pastoral care for the next several weeks in Meade County.  I appreciate that Bishop Bastes, Bishop of Sorsogon, is discerning with his consultors a suitable priest to come to our diocese.  

USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter Aug-Sept 2010

USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter October 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:

Presbyteral Council did not meet in October.

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

If your parish does not have a current copy of The Official Catholic Directory (also referred to as the Kenedy Directory), you might want to consider ordering one every few years to have access to current addresses of parishes throughout the United States.  This becomes very helpful when you need to write or call a parish to request a sacramental certificate.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the upcoming Official Catholic Directory, let me know and I will forward an email in which you receive a 40% discount (the price is $187 instead of $347).

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

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.  

There is no charge for the weekend and the Diocese of Dodge City will provide transportation.  For further information, registration and transportation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

Andres Gutierrez Live in Dodge City is Sunday November 14th from 2 to 6 PM. The stewardship office has been offering personal sessions by Dave Ramsey with many positive results across the Diocese. These same principals will now be taught live by Andres in Spanish. Encourage Spanish speaking parishioners to go and learn how to manage money God’s way, build stronger families, and become generous members of your parish!

Contact the office of stewardship to purchase group tickets at a discount to be a blessing to those members who can use this information.

See the Live Event Promotional Video

From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry:

Creciendo en Cristo: Comunidades de Aprendizaje
Estamos presentando un curso sobre la Iglesia para adultos. Se invita a todas personas adultas: padres y madres de familia, catequistas, lectores, ministros extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión, miembros de coro, comité de liturgia y música, miembros de los movimientos en la diócesis: Arcoiris, Cursillistas, Escuela de Evangelización, Movimiento Familiar Cristiano, Encuentro para Novios y grupos de oración de las parroquias de la diócesis.

El curso sobre la Iglesia y la Iglesia Doméstica se está presentando por ITV en los centros de Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend y Liberal de 3:00-6:00 p.m. Las fechas, temas y presentadoras son las siguientes:
•    24 de octubre, Vista General de Iglesia, presentado por la Hermana Arlene Vasquez, MCDP, y la Hermana Angela Erevia, MCDP
•    7 de noviembre, Imágenes y Misión de la Iglesia, presentado por la Hermana Matilde Monterroso, MCMI
•    14 de noviembre, Los Cuatro Atributos de la Iglesia, presentado por la Hermana María Elena Martínez, MCMI,  y la Hermana Angela Erevia, MCDP
•    21 de noviembre, La Iglesia Doméstica, presentado por Norma Alvarez y Sylvia Lira

La Oficina del Ministerio Hispano presentará un certificado de reconocimiento por su compromiso al estudio de su fe católica a las personas que terminen las 12 horas de estudio de cada curso de Creciendo en Cristo: Comunidades de Aprendizaje. Es importante que se registren en cada sesión se atiendan.


Directory update (p. 49):  New email for Sr. Virginia Pearl is 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

Please verify your date, time & location.  Any discrepancies, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Adult Confirmation-COLG, Dodge City
5:00 PM
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 4:00 PM
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:  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:  10:00 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


1st:  SKR Deadline

3rd:  Sacred Heart, Ness City School Visit

8th:  Feast of Immaculate Conception - Chancery Closed

10th:  6:30 pm Diocesan Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, COLG

15th:  Sacred Heart, Dodge City School Visit

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

18th:  10:00 am Reflection of Movements, COLG

24th:  Christmas Eve - Chancery Closed at 12:00 pm

27th:  Christmas Holiday - Chancery Closed

30th:  5:30 pm Seminarian Gathering, Wright

This concludes the NOVEMBER 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. 10

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