CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
June 2016 --- Vol. XIV, No. VI
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
►We welcome Father Eric Awauh-Gyamfi to our Diocese. Father Eric is a priest of the Diocese of Goaso, Ghana. He recently graduated from the Athenaeum in Cincinnati, Ohio with a degree in Moral Theology. Fr. Eric joins Father Matthew Kumi and Father John Forkuoh of the Diocese of Goaso. Fr. Eric will soon begin his orientation process in the Diocese which will include Spanish Language studies. We are blessed to have Father Eric with us.
We welcome Father Mark Okorie. Fr Mark is a very good friend of Father Anselm Eke. Fr. Mark visited Ashland and Coldwater during the summer of 2014. Father Mark will be with us during June and July. He will live in Ness County in the old Ransom rectory. Fr. Mark is a priest of Diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria. We appreciate his coming to visit his good friend and sharing time with us.
I know that you will warmly welcome Father Eric and Father Mark.
►Jubilee of Mercy: Please refer to our Diocesan page for resources. You will find the tab on our home page…right under the picture of our Cathedral…www.dcdiocese.org.
► Weekend of June 12th is observed during the Jubilee as the “Jubilee for those who are ill”. I offer these resources as you develop your plans for this weekend or at another time:
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►Expiration of the Faculty to Confirm - The faculty to confer the sacrament of Confirmation with baptized Catholics Bishop Brungardt granted in March due to his surgery and recuperation WILL EXPIRE MAY 31, 2016. Beginning June 1, a priest will again need to request the faculty to confer the sacrament of Confirmation with a baptized Catholic each time.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click HERE for notes of the May 17 Presbyteral Council meeting.
From Mark Roth, Director of Development:
►From Fr. John Strasser: Election results to the Board of Directors of the Diocesan Priests' Retirement Fund. Frs. Francis Khoi Nguyen and Warren Stecklein have been elected to a three-year term which begins July 1, 2016.
Also on the Board of Directors are Frs. James Baker, Reggie Urban and Don Bedore.
From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team
►"Love Mercy Life: Where Science Meets the Sacrament" Diocesan Event
Saturday July 9th 9:00am-3:30pm
Presentations by Dr. Lisa Gilbert, Deacon Chip Jones, & Bishop Brungardt
Living out the Church's call to the vocation of marriage can be difficult, especially in light of the many challenges presented by our culture. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what the Catholic Church actually teaches about marriage and sexuality, and too often it is easy to simply dismiss her teachings as "old fashioned". Yet the call to love and life in the sacrament of marriage is a powerful one and is capable of transforming the world.
Join us as we take an honest look at the science behind Natural Family Planning and the sacramentality of marriage. This is a unique opportunity to hear from a Catholic doctor about the medical side of NFP methods and how things like NaPro Technology are doing incredible things for women's health. We will also hear one couple's journey from contraception to Catholicism and how Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of Love gives practical advice on living the vocation of marriage well.
This event is open to everyone. We especially encourage engaged and married couples to attend, as well as those who are involved in marriage preparation and marriage and family enrichment ministries.
►National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week: July 24-30
“Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning. Bulletin inserts and other promotional materials are available for download on the USCCB website (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/awareness-week/). You are also encouraged to share other resources on NFP with parishioners during this week. A listing of NFP resources and NFP teachers available throughout the diocese in English and Spanish are available at www.dcdiocese.org
During NFP Awareness Week the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be offering Intro Sessions to NFP on Sunday, July 24 and Wednesday July 27, as well as an Introduction to the Theology of the Body on Monday, July 25. These workshops are open to everyone and are excellent for marriage preparation or marriage enrichment! Please contact Deanna Johnston for information on these events or for suggestions of other ways your parish can celebrate NFP Awareness Week.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
► Get some of the best lectures on stewardship right in your email inbox. Great lessons with practical information to help you create a parish where friends and neighbors fall in love with Jesus. Get Instant Access.
►For Parishes with Solutio built websites, there are two new tutorials. St Dominic staff asked to learn how to add a link and a YouTube video to their site.
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
Next English PGC Sessions:
Sunday, August 21st, 2016
From: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Dominic Parish Center
615 JC St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Contact Person: Sr. Myra Arney (620) 276-3500
Debra Dechant (620) 276-2024
PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
►Boys – 8th grade and up - are invited to Spend the Day with our Seminarians on Friday, July 8, from 10-3pm, at St. Dominic Parish, Garden City. It will be a day of fun, talks, prayer, and food! Enjoy some summer fun with Deacon Mark, Deacon Jacob, and John Stang!
►Have you had difficulty finding “Vocation Views” lately for your parish bulletin? Look for the weekly vocation views in the Bulletin Corner along the left margin above “Departments”. Vocation Views are short thoughts to keep the discernment message always fresh in the minds of your parish. Please insert the Vocation Views into your weekly bulletins.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry
►THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology (3 hours)
Class Times: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
Cost: 3 hr. course for credit - $150.00*
3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00*
*price quotes do not include books
From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:
From Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:
►I will be out of the office for all of June and July continuing in pursuit of a Master of Arts, Theology degree at Notre Dame. Please pray for me...and for the people in the apartments adjacent to mine when my baby is crying at 3 a.m.
From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools
Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley
► We enter the month of June which of course is my last month to serve as Director of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation. With that I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for the guidance, support and prayers over these last twenty-two years of ministry. What started on July 11, 1994 has become a long and wonderful journey. Youth Ministry has grown and great things have happened over these years, and much of this success can only be contributed to your support and encouragement. And so I say thank you. There is much that still needs to be done, and in time a new voice will take youth ministry to new heights.
And of course this would not be normal for me if I did not offer one final invitation. July 9 – 11 will be TEC #50 at St. Dominic’s Parish in Garden City. TEC began in October of 1995 and we now celebrate #50. So please, take time to extend an invitation to your high school Sophomores, Junior and Seniors as well as Young Adults to not only be part of this great celebration but to be part of a new and very special encounter with Christ.
Once again, I want to say thank you for all you of done for me over the years, and know that each of you will remain in my prayers.
From Catholic Charities:
FROM AROUND THE DIOCESE:
►St. Stanislaus Catholic Church youth are attending the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in November 2017. They will be hosting a 5k run and prayer walk on July 16, beginning at 7am at Cimarron Crossing park. They are offering sponsorship opportunities at three different levels to allow companies, organizations and individuals to support their fundraising efforts. There are three levels of participation. Please see the attached sponsorship commitment form by clicking HERE. folder Click HERE for the We Run by Faith 5k/Prayer Walk registration form to participate in either the race or the walk.
Vol. XIV, No. VI