CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
May 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 5
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
► Priests’ Retreat – Note this year’s Priests’ Retreat will be the last week of June from Sunday, June 22, 2014 extending until Friday, June 27, 2014.
► Spanish Liturgical Texts -- The latest edition of the Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter (January, 2014), makes the following points about Spanish liturgical texts:
1. The new four volume Leccionario de la Misa may be used as of Ash Wednesday next year (February 18, 2015); it is required to be used as of Pentecost next year (May 24, 2015). USCCB Communications will be the sole publisher.
2. A U.S. edition of the Evangelario will be published shortly after the Leccionario.
3. In conjunction with the publication of the Misal Romano (which is awaiting recognitio in Rome) USCCB Communications is planning to release a set of three videos in Spanish on the Mass and the Misal.
4. Interestingly, USCCB is acquiring a copyright license from the Spanish episcopal conference for its translation of the Roman Martyrology, second edition.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
► A reminder of the following changes:
Mass Stipend: At their January meeting, the Kansas Bishops made a decision to raise the standard amount for a Mass stipend from $5 to $10 effective May 1, 2014.
Priest Health Insurance Premium: Bishop Brungardt approved the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council at its 3/18/14 meeting to increase the amount of health insurance premium by $25: from $650 per priest per month to $675 per priest per month beginning May 1, 2014.
Priest Salary: Bishop Brungardt approved the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council at its 11/19/13 meeting to increase the priest salary by $50: from $2,475 per month to $2,525 per month beginning July 1, 2014.
A change to the amount for a Penance Service or help out with individual confessions is currently being considered by the Presbyteral Council. If the change is approved at its May meeting, it will become effective July 1, 2014.
Mass Stipend Clarification:
The priest is to receive the amount of stipend that was given by the donor at the time of the requested Mass intention. Therefore, if a $5 stipend was donated prior to May 1 but the Mass isn’t celebrated until after May 1, the priest receives $5.
I will wait until July 1, 2014 to add these changes to the Pastoral Handbook on the Diocesan website, but will post them on the Chancellor homepage (http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor).
From the Directors of the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund:
► The Directors of the DPRF met on April 24, 2014, at the St. Dominic Parish offices. It was decided to raise the monthly retirement benefit by $50.00 per month to $2,100.00 per month effective July 1, 2014. The monthly retirement benefit is paid on or near the 15th of the month. If your July 2014 benefit does not reflect this increase, please, contact Fr. John Strasser. The current directors of Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund are: Fr. Warren Stecklein, chairman; Fr. Henry Hildebrant, vice-chair; and Frs. Jim Baker, Reggie Urban and Jim Dieker. Secretary-Treasurer is Fr. Charles Mazouch. Assistant Secretary-Treasurer is Fr. John Strasser.
From John Ackerman, Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith:
From Steven Polley, Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation:
► The theme for the camps is “G-Force” with the four days of camp focusing on: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and Go Proclaim. I invite you to continue supporting the middle school youth by encouraging them to attend the summer camp for their age group. More information regarding camps can be found on the youth page of the web-site.
► Two TEC weekends have been scheduled, June 28 – 30 at St. Dominic’s in Garden City and July 19 – 21 at Sacred Heart Parish in Pratt, for this year’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
► Speak to your DRE, youth ministers, catechists, RCIA team members and if you have a school your principal and teachers, regarding the Catechizing Kansas Conference, “Teaching God’s Gift Of Forgiveness”, July 25 – 26 in Wichita.
Bishop Brungardt will be one of the keynote speakers, along with other national speakers. What an opportunity for our diocese, to join with the other three dioceses of Kansas! Gather and enter into conversations that lead to new insight and energize you in your formation as a catechist!
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
► Please keep in mind as parishes plan summer vacation bible school or mission trips that include minors, that the adults need to be in compliance (a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to the event/trip.
► The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
English –May 20, 2014 6-9 pm @ St. Joseph Parish Center, Ellinwood
June 7, 2014 9-12 pm @ St Mary, Garden City
Spanish – June 8, 2014 3-6pm @ St. Mary Parish, Garden City
June 14, 2014 9-12 p.m. MST @ St. Raphael, Syracuse
From Fr. Rene Labrador, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from April 8, 2014. The Next meeting is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11 am.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
► Save the Date: RCIA Kansas, September 26-27, 2014, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
It’s for everyone involved in RCIA…parishioners, pastors, catechists, parish music ministers, RCIA team members, sponsors and godparents, DREs, pastoral council members…everyone.
Time: Friday, September 26 - 5:30 p.m. to Saturday, September 27 – 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: English - TEAM RCIA Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner, Spanish – Nelson Bonet and Rudy Lopez
Cost: Single Occupancy – $75.00, Double Occupancy - $68.00, Commuter - $30.00
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
► Companion Camp 2014 - Click here for a printable brochure
Boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in the fall are invited to an unforgettable weekend of faith, fun, and fellowship at Conception Seminary College, Missouri. Campers participate and compete in a variety of fun activities like dodgeball, basketball, soccer, water-balloon toss, obstacle course, and many other games while learning more about their Catholic faith.
When: June 20-22 [Register by June 6]
Cost: $100 [covers room, all meals and a T-shirt]
Make checks payable to Companion Camp 2014.
Fr. Ted Stoecklein and other adult leaders will provide transportation for 18 boys, leaving from Dodge City and Great Bend. Register by June 6th with the Vocations Office at 620-227-1533.
► College Connection 2014
The Vocations Office wants to help high school seniors and transfer students from the Diocese of Dodge City get connected with their new college home this Fall. But we can’t do it without help!
For a printable card to use at your senior PSR class or “graduation Mass” click here. Send completed cards to Vocations Office, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801
Electronic sign up is available at www.dcdiocese.org/vocations. Deadline is June 1st.
► World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 11th (Good Shepherd Sunday).
The theme for this year’s celebration, which falls on Mother’s Day this year, is “Vocations, Witness to the Truth.” Pope Francis, in a statement for the occasion said that “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”
The entire papal message is available in both English and Spanish at www.usccb.org/vocations along with helpful resources.
Families are encouraged to pray the rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
From Around the Diocese:
► Reminders: Please check that the voicemail greeting has accurate Mass times mentioned or that the information being said is up-to-date. Also, check the bulletin corner here periodically for any upcoming events throughout the diocese.
► Save the Date: Annual Men’s Conference—Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Russell, Kansas.
Men from Salina and Surrounding Dioceses are invited to attend. Speakers for this conference will be Deacon Ralph Poyo and Matt Fradd. For more information regarding the event and how to register, click here.
► Catholic Social Service:
2. The TEEN MOMS program at Catholic Social Service is accepting donations for the Teen Moms "store," Mon-Friday from 8-12 and 1-5 at 906 Central in Dodge City. Teen mothers earn items from the store when they complete activities, reach milestones, and complete goals. Suggested items include Walmart/Dillons gift cards, fast food certificates, diapers, wipes, toys, books/videos for kids, movie passes, or cash donations that we can use to purchase items. Please contact Amy Falcon or Gina Pack at 620-227-1562 with any questions.
Vol. XII, No. 5