CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
October 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. X
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
►Regarding Pope Francis extending priests’ authority to absolve the sin of abortion for the upcoming Year of Mercy:
The priests of the Diocese of Dodge City already have the authority to absolve the sin of abortion as well as remit the penalty so that an individual may be fully reconciled to the God and the Church. Priests of the diocese have possessed this authority from the bishop for many years, however this may not be the case in different parts of the world. The recent comments of Pope Francis extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.
Women and men who have received absolution for the grave sin of abortion in the past should be assured of the mercy and forgiveness previously extended to them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
► Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass – October 18, 2015
Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2015. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.
Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City
To register, click here. Registration is due by Wednesday, October 7.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
I will be out of the office two different weeks in October (Oct. 11-16 and Oct. 24-27). Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the wedding date.
When submitting prenuptial files, please send copies of both sides of a baptism certificate…I review the Notation side of the certificate. Thank you.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here for the notes of the September 15 Presbyteral Council meeting. Next meeting will be Tuesday, November 24.
From Mark Roth, Director of Development:
► Fruit of the Vine – Work of Human Hands-You may recall in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the diocese sponsored a program called “God’s Little Green Acre”, a program to support seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City.
The program has recently been resurrected, but with a few more options. The program is now called “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” and offers two ways to participate:
Fruit of the Vine is for individuals who would like to pledge profits from their earthly labors, such as profits from crop production, sale of livestock, oil production, wind generation profits…etc.
Work of Human Hands is designed for individuals or businesses who would like to pledge a portion of their business profits, annual income or simply give a cash donation to support our seminarians within the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
Participation in the program will not only support our seminarians, but it will also provide a reminder to others who see your plaque or sign to pray for vocations, and will encourage others to participate as well. Please prayerfully discern supporting seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City through “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” by completing one of the applications (Click here for Applications and more information) and returning it to me at your earliest convenience. If you know of others who might be interested in participating, please list their names as well so we can contact them too.
Thank you in advance for your generous support and consideration of this program. If you need further information or if I can be of assistance to you in any other way, please feel free to contact me.
From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team
►Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-The updated listing of NFP methods and teachers available has been posted on the Natural Family Planning documents page. If you are aware of any NFP teachers who are not listed and would like to be included, or if there are individuals or couples who would be interested in NFP teacher certification please have them contact Deanna Johnston.
►Spanish Marriage Mentor Program- The effort to implement a program of Marriage Mentors is progressing rather slowly, but we have not given up on the idea. There have been some requests for training Spanish-speaking couples to serve as Marriage Mentors. We would like to take steps to move forward with this effort. Parishes that have a need for Spanish-speaking couples working in this ministry are asked to send to Fr. Ted Skalsky or to Deanna Johnston names of the couples who would be open to receiving this training.
For the present, it would be best if you do not have them take the Prepare Enrich Inventory. It seems better that Fr. Ted Skalsky would send in their names because Prepare Enrich has a special report that they send out to people who are registered to work with couples in groups. The best way to get this group report would be for the referral for the Prepare Enrich to come from Deanna Johnston or me. The parish referring the couple would be billed for the cost of the Inventory.
Our hope is that we could begin the Mentor training in the early fall. The training will address the theology and the spirituality of marriage. It will also give a basic training in using the Prepare Enrich. It would seem advisable that, when Mentor couples are in place, that the priest working with the couple see himself as working in conjunction with the Mentor couple in discussing the Prepare Enrich and not merely handing the report over to the Mentor couple
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
►Stewardship Renewal 2015 should be moving forward in your parish. Right now what your committees should be working on is the following:
· Plan Ministry Fair, Lay Witness Talks, Follow Up Committee.
· Prepare Bulletin notices and articles.
The results of the 2014 renewal indicates that Lay witness talks are very effective.
See what parishes in our diocese said here
I am happy to come to speak about stewardship at mass during your renewal, act fast, my weekends are filling with activities fast. If you plan to use lay witnesses, check out this 5 part training series.
One of the keynote speakers for the 2016 stewardship day has been booked. Shane Lopez, scientist for Gallup organization and professor at KU, will be speaking on Hope and how to increase it in your parish. Plan on joining us August 27, 2016 in Dodge City. See one of Shane’s presentations on YouTube.
►I am seeking small groups around the diocese to have a conversation about Parish Tool Box Podcast Session #17 Why Hispanics Don’t Attend Anglo Events at Church.
Here is a link to the transcript of PTB17
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
► 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 student safe environment lessons are located on the safe environment page of the Diocesan website under Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum. In addition, the reports needed from the DREs and Principals for the upcoming fall and winter are also posted there.
|Tuesday, October 13, 2015|
|From - 5:30-8:30PM|
|Holy Family Catholic School|
|Great Bend, KS 67530|
|Contact Person: Karen Moeder 620-792-7130|
|PGC Facilitator: Caron Dellinger 620-786-1295|
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
►Encounter with God’s Call
National Vocations Awareness Week is November 1-7. Some of the aims of this week are: to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life, to educate Catholic children about vocations, to inspire young adults to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life. For Vocation Awareness Week resources check out:
Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
11 de octubre
María: La Primera y Más Eminente
Miembro de la Iglesia y Nuestro Destino Eterno.
Presentador: Ignacio Ortiz
Televisión Interactiva ~ 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Pratt, Scott City, Ulysses
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:
From Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:
►Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries over seas and in foreign lands, we are all called to be on mission in our everyday lives.
The first week of summer, 2016, will be for college students only, followed by three more high school weeks. All in attempt to proclaim the good news of Jesus by way of painting houses, cleaning yards, and serving those most in need.
This integration of Ora et Labora will not just effect the houses and yards, but the hearts of students, parents, communities, and our diocese as a whole.
The schedule for 2016 is:
June 19-24: College Week (Meade)
June 26-July 1: High School Week 1 (Meade)
July 2-5: Break
July 10-15: High School Week 2 (St. John)
July 17-22: High School Week 3 (St. John)
From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools
Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley
From Catholic Social Service:
►It's time to RSVP for the Catholic Social Service 50th Anniversary Banquet that will be held on November 7, 2015 at the United Wireless Conference Center in Dodge City! There is no charge, and you can update your reservation at any time. Each family will receive a free copy of the new book about the history of Catholic Social Service in southwest KS. Click here to RSVP today: http://catholicsocialservice.org/front-page-rotator/677-catholic-social-service-50th-anniversary..
FROM AROUND THE DIOCESE:
►Men...ACTS is coming to Kansas!
You are invited to attend the Men’s ACTS Retreat in Great Bend, KS, October 29-November 1 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality. It is a great way to get away and experience the presence of God in your life. The deadline for registering is October 9th.
The ACTS retreat is patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles (ACTS 2:42-47); breaking bread together, worshipping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in common, and reaching out in loving service.
Men and woman who have attended this retreat, after receiving the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have a greater interest in parish involvement and in reaching out to their fellow parishioners.
You will come home refreshed in body, mind and spirit. Please consider giving this gift to yourself.
For more information please contact any of the people listed below.
Carol Dellinger 620-792-5090
Mary Ann Mazouch 620-792-3315
►SAVE THE DATE!--Sunday, October 25th, 4pm for the 50th anniversary Mass and celebration of St. Dominic parish in Garden City. Formal invitations will be mailed a month or so before the event.
Vol. XIII, No. X