From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►July 1, 2012, becomes an effective date for two items:
Parish Finance Council Charter – This document has been in the process of drafts and reviews for a number of years. Beginning 1 July it becomes effective. The purpose of this document is “to promote stewardship through best practices and to provide guidance to pastors and parish finance councils in their roles and functions.” The document can be found in the Pastoral Handbook on the Chancellor’s page of the diocesan website: http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor.
►Bishop Brungardt has made the decision that beginning 1 July 2012 all adult volunteers with regular contact with minors must be compliant PRIOR to beginning any volunteer ministry. Compliance means an adult must already have attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and they already must have a completed background check. This means if the day comes to begin some volunteer activity that involves regular contact with minors, and the adult has not yet attended a PGC awareness session and does not have a completed background check, then this adult may not take part in the volunteer activity until he/she becomes compliant.
Another change is being made regarding children/youth safe environment training: beginning August 2012 two safe environment lessons will be required to be presented to children/youth in grades three thru twelve. One lesson will be presented in the fall and one lesson presented early in the new year prior to March 1. (Students in Kindergarten, grades one and two are provided only one session). The “lesson” may consist of either using the dvd approved for use in 2011 with discussion or one of the printed lessons we have been using for a couple of years.
Currently there are three Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions—all in Great Bend:
- (English) Saturday, June 23, 9 am to noon at Holy Family School Commons, 4200 Broadway;
- (Spanish) Sunday, July 1, 5-8 pm at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker;
- (English) Thursday, August 23, 6-9 pm, Holy Family School, 4200 Broadway
To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.
From Fr. Charles Mazouch, Retirement Board
The Retirement Board has approved a $50 raise effective July 1, 2012 for all retired priests of the diocese. The total will be $2,000 a month.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
►Seminarian Policies for the Diocese of Dodge City
Financial Policy for Seminarians of the Diocese of Dodge City
Seminarian Formation Outside the Seminary: Opportunities and Expectations
►Fishers of Men DVD
Pastors: did you enjoy watching "Fishers of Men" during our Priest Retreat in Wichita (maybe seeing it for the very first time)? Your parish and/or DRE probably already has one or more copies. But if you don't, the Vocations Office has some extra copies available. Perhaps you showed it when it first came out, but not since. It would be a great inspirational DVD for many groups in your parish-- and each copy has an English and Spanish version!
Our Seminarians- Tylan Ricketts, Juan Salas, and Jacob Schneider-- will be speaking at Mass in nine parishes during the month of July. As they visit each deanery, junior high & high school guys are invited to play sports activties with them on the following Sundays and locations.
July 1 Great Bend, St. Rose Gym 2 pm-4 pm
1412 Baker St.
July 8 Garden City Community College 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm
Frisbee Golf Course, Campus Dr. & E. Spruce St.
Bring your own Frisbee!
July 22 Dodge City, Chilton Park 2 pm- 4 pm
Frisbee Golf Course, Manor Dr. & Soule St.
Bring your own Frisbee!
The FertilityCare Center at St. Catherine Hospital will be offering Natural Family Planning introductory sessions every Thursday at 4:30 pm and the following Saturdays at 3:00 pm: August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10. All sessions will be held at the Siena Medical Clinic in Garden City.
For more information, contact:
Sarah Jameson, RN, FCPI
FertilityCare Center of Siena Medical
311 E. Spruce, Garden City, KS 67846
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
►An opportunity to stretch giving dollars is available. The Diocese applied for a Seminary Education Challenge Grant of $50,000. The Diocese will receive this award if we raise $150,000 by December 31, 2012.
Grant rules allow for 1,000 dollar minimum gifts.
Funds will be an endowment only to be used for seminary education
Pledges will be taken but must be paid in full by December 31, 2012.
Gifts can be made online at www.dcdiocese.org/development
Contact Eric Haselhorst with questions. 620-227-1537
Importance of the Lay Witness in Parish Stewardship – Jim Kelley
Stewardship for the Hispanic Culture – Connie Perez
How to Get Parishioners Involved in Parish Life – Lorene Duquin
It’s not Just the Sunday Bulletin Any More – Trish Johnston
Contact Eric Haselhorst for free copies of these titles
The 2012 Stewardship Conference is August 25th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. More information will be available soon on the Stewardship webpage
From Coleen Stein, Director of Pastoral Ministry Formation & Catechist Formation
►Bishop to address 'Religious Liberty and Conscience' over ITV Network
Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, in his first presentations on ITV (Interactive Television), will discuss the Catholic Church's teaching on Religious Liberty and the importance of Conscience in our faith.
The presentation will be in English from 7-9 p.m. June 20, and in Spanish from 5-7 p.m. June 24.
"Today in America and around the world, we are facing threats to religious freedom and conscience," the bishop said. "What is our response? Where is the Lord Leading us?"
ITV sites are located in Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Pratt, Ness City, Scott City, Sharon, Syracuse, and Ulysses. For locations, go to http://www.dcdiocese.org/interactive-television, or call Coleen Stein, 620-227-1538.
Below is the link to the webpage on the diocesan website dedicated to Religious Liberty.
ODDS AND ENDS
►There will be a Marriage for Keeps class in Great Bend at the Prince of Peace Church July 6th and 7th. To register please call Brooke Hamlin-Lopez at 620-272-0010.
►Michael A. Johnston is looking for ministry possibilities in the Diocese of Dodge City. In 2010, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the Pontifical College Josephinum. In 2013, Michael will obtain a Masters of Theology from Newman University. Michael has experience in various areas including: catechizing candidates for RCIA, teaching faith formation (various ages), training and coordinating catechists, recruiting and managing volunteers, and other areas. If someone is interested, the Diocesan Human Resources Office has his resume available.
Vol. X, No. 6