CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 9
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
► Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass – October 20, 2013
Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2013. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.
Sunday, October 20, 2013 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City
Registration is available online by clicking on this link and filling out the form. Registration is due by Monday, October 7th.
► Called & Gifted Workshop is coming soon - Saturday, October 5 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is an opportunity for each of us – parish leaders, our new generation of young adults, and all adult parishioners - to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to discover some of God’s plan for our lives.
►PRIEST CONVOCATION 2013
Convocation will be October 6-10 at the Spiritual Life Center. The schedule is available here.
1) Bed preference (twin/double) and
2) If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening meal (5:00pm).
► Workshop on Preaching the New Evangelization
Bishop Weisenberger of the Diocese of Salina has invited the priests of Dodge City to join him and the priests of the Diocese of Salina for a Workshop on Preaching the New Evangelization presented by Father Frank DeSiano, CSP, president of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association in Washington, D. C. 1:30pm, Monday, October 28th, through lunch, Tuesday, October 29th, Heartland Center, Great Bend. This is a gift of the Bishop Weisenberger and the Diocese of Salina. There is no charge for priests of the Diocese of Dodge City or the Diocese. However, the Diocese of Salina has reserved all the rooms at the Center for their priests. I therefore have reserved a block of 10 rooms at the Comfort Inn, 911 Grant St, Great Bend, KS 67530, (620) 793-9000 (reserved under Diocese of Dodge City). You may call to make your own reservation and, as we did for the April Presbyteral Assembly, you may be reimbursed by your place of assignment for this expense. Retired priests will be reimbursed by the Diocese. Your reservation needs to be made by October 5th to get the special rate ($79.99 + tax).
This is an optional continuing education offering for the priests of Salina and I see it the same for us. It would seem to be a fine follow-up to the Monday of our October Convocation when we focus on preaching. The New Evangelization has long been an interest of mine and I am looking forward to doing more with New Evangelization as our Year of Faith draws to close this November.
Father Frank DeSiano, CSP
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
Official Catholic Directory – The Blue sheets of the Official Catholic Directory were mailed on August 31, and the deadline for their return is September 28, 2013.
From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from August 20, 2013. The Next meeting is Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations & Coordinator of Respect Life:
► St. John Vianney Theological (Denver, CO) Seminary Visit
September 29-October 1, college juniors, seniors and up are invited spend time with seminarians (including Dodge City’s), sit in on a class, and get a taste of what life is like for those men from various backgrounds who have finished college and are now studying theology at this major seminary.
► Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
► Thank you to Prince of Peace Parish for hosting the 2013 Seminarian Renewal Days (August 2-4) for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Your hospitality was wonderful. In addition to time for prayer, formation, and relaxation, our seminarians also were blessed with the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your parish better. A special thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Vocations Commission, Hospitality Commission, the Hispanic meal families, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and many individuals who made our weekend great.
► The Respect Life and Social Justice Office of the Diocese of Wichita will host its annual conference on Saturday, October 12th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Call 316-269-3935 or visit www.respectlifesocialjustice.org for more information.
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
►In order to provide some variety to the options for providing student safe environment lessons, this year (2013-2014) we are reviving the use of the Safety Guidelines. The second and third options continue to be the safe environment DVDs from the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN and printed age-appropriate lessons we have had in place for several years. All of these materials can be downloaded from the safe environment page of the Diocesan website under Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum. In addition, DREs and Principals should have received a printed copy in the mail.
► A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth. Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check.
► The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
Sunday, September 8 at St. Anthony Parish Center, Lakin 2-5 p.m. Mountain Time (3-6 p.m. Central Time)
Tuesday, September 10 at Holy Family School, Great Bend, 6-9 p.m.
Martes, 10 de septiembre at St. Rose, Great Bend, 6-9 p.m.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Thank you all who attended the 2013 Stewardship Conference. Resources are now available.
See John Allen Jr’s Keynote address at www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship
Mary Anne Layden’s Keynote address is available upon request in DVD format only. Please respond to Eric for a copy.
Powerpoint slideshows and print items from the conference are available at http://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship/2013-diocesan-stewardship-conference check back often as items will be added as they are received.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
CATECHIST FORMATION FALL
► September Sessions
"Let Prayer Teach"
Presenters: Bishop Emeritus Gilmore and Coleen Stein
The single most important factor in the lives of a catechist and their children and teens is their relationship with God. One name we give that relationship is prayer. Some communication happens quite naturally, a young child will learn communication skills by watching and listening to others. But other communication skills need to be taught, like reading and writing. The same can be said for prayer. Yet, what we need more than anything else is not textbooks, but textpeople. That's what a catechist is. Pope Paul VI called them witnesses. Let Prayer Teach offers help to the catechist so s/he can help their students grow in prayer...that is not just teaching prayers.
"If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying." Thomas Merton
Wednesday, Sept. 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sunday, Sept. 8 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)
PASTORAL MINISTRY FORMATION FALL COURSES
► THEO 4053 The Creeds and Faith (3 hour)
A study of the Catholic community’s endeavors to adequately articulate and systematize its beliefs through the centuries.
Instructor: Fr. Frank Coady
Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16
Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
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
►THEO 4881 Crash Course in Vatican Council II (1 hour)
For some Vatican Council II is ancient history. For others it is a dim memory. For Pope Benedict it is the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century: there we find a sure compass by which to take our bearings. For Pope Francis it is a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit. CRASH COURSE IN VC II will unpack the Council: Where it came from; what it did; and what it continues to do in our Church and World today. The Course will look at John XXIII calling the Council; Paul VI issuing the Documents of the Council; Council’s impact and the continuing controversy surrounding the Council.
Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer
Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 3, 10
Sunday afternoons 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
Cost: 1 hr. course for credit - $50.00*
1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00*
*price quotes do not include books
To register please visit www.dcdiocese.org, go to the Pastoral Ministry Formation page, and in the upper right hand corner, click on Pastoral Ministry Formation Information Form.
From Around the Diocese:
►The Spanish workshop in Ulysses for parish music ministers has been rescheduled for March 29, 2014. The event was mentioned in July’s monthly notes.
The ACTS Retreat (an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) is a parish-based, lay-led retreat modeled on the Cursillo. It began in the San Antonio Archdiocese and has spread to other dioceses. Msgr. Waldo of the Amarillo Diocese realized that their diocese was too small for ACTS to be a parish-based retreat, so he proposed revisions to create a more diocesan-based retreat.
Some parishioners from Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and from the Cathedral have traveled to Amarillo to make the retreat with a vision of possibly growing the ACTS retreat in the Diocese of Dodge City.
A first retreat in the Diocese could be either a men’s retreat or a women’s retreat. The team for the retreat would come from either San Antonio or Amarillo. As more people experience the retreat, eventually there might be the possibility that we could be able to staff the retreat.
If interested, one can visit with Fr. Ted Skalsky.
► Catholic Social Service:
St Francis Community Services is looking for parents to foster or adopt children and teens. Foster and adoptive parents are caring adults who do not need to be wealthy, live in a big house, or be married; What is essential is that they have room in their homes and hearts for children in need of a safe place to heal. St Francis will be sending information about their Foster Care and Adoption programs to all of the parishes. Please share this information with those who may be interested in providing foster care, or a forever home for children in need.
Free infant formula is available at all three Catholic Social Service offices for young parents who are struggling to make ends meet. If you would like to have some at your parish for those in need, please call the Catholic Social Service office at 620-792-1393 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.
Please help Catholic Social Service save money and paper by subscribing to the Catholic Social Service e-Newsletter at http://catholicsocialservice.org/home/newsletter. We include monthly articles and tips for families, relationships, making ends meet, and more, in southwest Kansas.
Kansas Catholic Charities relationship education and marriage enrichment workshops are taking place statewide. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops. To sign up for these classes in southwest Kansas, go to http://www.kansasloveletters.com/Event-Calendar.4.html?region=Southwest.
Vol. XI, No. 9