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December Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
December 2009 --- Vol. 7, No. 9
From Bishop Gilmore:

Again, I express my gratitude to all who have encouraged me and supported me during my time in treatment at Guest House.  I am grateful to my diocesan staff for their extra efforts during my absence from the diocese.  It is so good to be back home.  I continue to be humbled by and grateful for all the blessings that recovery brings to me, not the least of which is the welcome home that I have received.  You all continue in my prayers of gratitude during this season of expectation.  May we all know renewed and deepened peace in the Christmas season that is fast coming upon us.

Since Pope Paul VI in 1968, Catholics have been asked by our Holy Father to begin the New Year in prayer for peace.  Sister Janice Grochowsky, our chancellor, has for the past several years crafted a Holy Hour for Peace.  I am happy to offer her effort for this year and to recommend it to you for possible use in your parish or other venue of your choice.  You may find it on our home page (

Speaking of peace, remember Catechist Formation this year has as its theme:  Seeking God in a World of Violence:  Wednesday, January 13 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (English); Saturday, January 16 - 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon (English); and Sunday, January 17 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish).  All presentations are by Sister Esther Pineda, CSJ.  For more information visit:

Priests are asked to return their Annual Personnel to Father Ted Skalsky.  We are still missing a number.  These surveys are of considerable help in my deliberations with the Personnel Board.

Here is a compilation of alternatives to embryonic stem cell research, highlighting key advances occurring in the month of November 2009.  Please click here.  

“Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist” is a one-hour Pastoral Ministry Formation Class that will be presented Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm, January 20 & 27 and February 3 & 10 over ITV by Fathers Coady, Schremmer, and Strasser.  One of its focuses will be consideration of the new translation of the Roman Missal that will be in use in a couple of years.  This is one of our preliminary attempts at offering the necessary catechesis as we move to make these changes in the words we use to pray the Mass.  Other efforts for priests and people are in the planning stages.  For more information on this class, please visit

With Christmas not even upon us, it seems awkward to ask that you begin thinking about Lent.  I do ask that you consider, even now, accepting my annual invitation to make Word Working a part of your and your parish’s Lent.  Word Working is our form of Lectio Divina.  Our Holy Father and the Synod on the Word emphasize the blessing Lectio Divina has been, is and can be for the Church.  

Word Working is not bible study.  It is a disciplined form of prayer.  Word Working is not a discussion group.  It is a time of prayer with others.  Word Working is not where we break open the Word.  It is where the Word works on us and perhaps even breaks us open to God’s grace.  We are not in the driver’s seat.  The Word that is living and effective is leading the prayer.  We are not directing the discussion.  The Word that can judge the intentions of and thoughts of the heart is leading us in prayer.  There is nothing wrong with bible study and discussion groups.  Word Working can be the prayer that leads into or out of such study or discussion.  But Word Working allows for something that study and discussion alone can not.  It is that unique grace that does as Benedict XIV says will truly lead to a new springtime in the Church.  

In our diocese, Lenten Word Working also allows us to be united with the elect as they journey through Lent which the Church gives them and us as a gift to prepare for Easter.  Together as a diocese as we focus on the Scrutiny Gospels, whether we have elect in our parish or not, we are being Catholic.  We are part of the universal Church preparing for Easter new life.

More information about this upcoming Lent and Word Working will be forthcoming shortly after the New Year.

Sister Nancy Jane Kuntz, OP, Pastoral Associate in Barber County, is on a health leave.  Around Thanksgiving time, Sister experienced what might have been a slight stroke.  While tests are inconclusive, the experience has left her a little weakened.  Sister is recuperating at the Dominican Motherhouse in Great Bend.  She says that she is improving but on medical advice will continue a while longer at the Motherhouse.  Let us keep Sister Nancy Jane in our prayer.

Sister Andre Kravec, OP, is doing well in her recuperation from heart surgery after Thanksgiving.  She is recuperating in the Motherhouse in Ohio and hopes to be back in Immaculate Conception Parish, Claflin, as Pastoral Minister, in January.  Let us keep Sister Andre in our prayer.

+Ronald M. Gilmore


To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.

*Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions

*Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2010

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network



From Fr Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of November 24, 2009.

From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:

Go to for three new articles:  “Web Directory of Dioceses and Churches in Mexico,” “Requesting Sacramental Certificates” and “Is this Baptism Valid?” a resource listing some churches without valid baptism.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Quo Vadis begins Friday, January 1, at 7 p.m. and ends Sunday, January 3 at noon, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.  This year’s retreat will be conducted by Fr. John Lanzrath, of Wichita.  Fr. Ted Stoecklein is making plans to attend and support the young men from our diocese.  Please immediately submit names of men –high school seniors and college guys up to age 30.  Include address, phone number, and year in school or age of those you would like invited.  RSVP is needed by December 22 in order to book a room at the Spiritual Life Center.  

The Baptism of the Lord marks the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week.  This year’s theme is Baptized in the Spirit.  As we celebrate this feast, we recall our own baptism and renew our baptismal commitment.  

This week also reminds us that it is our responsibility to pray for vocations and to invite young people to consider a call to ordained ministry and consecrated life.

Promotion of vocations to priesthood and religious life is one of the five priorities of the U. S. bishops.  For lesson plans for grades K-8 visit the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at

Bulletin announcements for National Vocation Awareness Week are provided in the Bulletin Corner.

In November, St. Dominic Parish held an event for all parishioners and their families.  The event began with a coffee and dessert bar, followed by the video Fishers of Men and a presentation by the Coordinator of Vocations on how to encourage vocations.  If your parish would like to do something similar, please give me a call at 620-227-1530!

I received an email from a parishioner saying that three generations of men attended the event and enjoyed the program.  What a hopeful sign…a son, a father, and a grandfather spending an evening together to learn more about the vocation of priesthood.

Thank you St. Dominic for the wonderful event!

Who are the happiest and most satisfied workers in the United States?
[The answer can be found at: ]

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

$50 registrations for the Spring Financial Peace University Class are available. This price is limited to the first 10 people who sign up. Find out more information at

Stewardship bulletin inserts for 2009 and 2010 are now available in Microsoft Word format for bulletin editors at

►Lectures and other electronic media from the 2009 stewardship conference are available at  Complementary CDs of the lectures and printed material are available upon request. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the stewardship office at 620-227-1537 to get your copies.

From Coleen Stein, Coordinator of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:

2010 Catechist Formation Dates

Wednesday, January 13 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 16 - 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon
Sunday, January 17 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

For more information visit:

Pastoral Ministry Formation (Spring 2010)

THEO 1003 Introduction to Old Testament (3 hours)
Instructor:  Fr. Henry Hildebrandt
Class Times:  Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Sat. mornings:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location:  Interactive Television Sites

THEO 4881 “Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist” (1 hour)
Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer
Class times:  
Jan. 20 – Adoration, Missal update, (Fr. Robert Schremmer)
Jan. 27 – Mission, Missal update, (Fr. John Strasser & Fr. Robert Schremmer)
Feb. 3 – Sacrifice, Missal update, (Fr. Frank Coady & Fr. Robert Schremmer)
Feb. 10 – Offertory, Missal update, (Fr. Frank Coady & Fr. Robert Schremmer)
Wed. evenings:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Interactive Television Sites

For more information visit:


►The second SKR of the month is the Christmas issue. It will bear the date of Sunday, December 27, 2009, but please make this issue available at all the Christmas Masses. Thank you!

New address:
Monsignor Angel Dy
Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Sorsogon City 4700
Sorsogon, Philippines

Telephone numbers are 011-63-211-1710 or 011-63-56-211-1289.
His cell phone number is 011-63-908-8882-592.

►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Engaged Encounter Information:  Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.



Please verify your date, time & location.  Any discrepancies, email Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, February 7, 2010 Holy Family, Odin 8:00 AM
Sunday, February 7, 2010 St John, Hoisington 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 13, 2010 St Anthony, Leoti & St Mary, Marienthal 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2010 Lakin, Deerfield, Syracuse 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2010 St Patrick, Plains 5:30 PM
Sunday, February 28, 2010 St Mary, Garden City 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 7, 2010 St Anthony, Fowler 8:30 AM
Saturday, March 13, 2010 St John, Meade 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2010 St Joseph, Scott City 11:00 AM
Saturday, March 20, 2010 St Michael, LaCrosse 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 21, 2010 Sacred Heart, Pratt 9:30 AM
Saturday, March 27, 2010 St Ann, Olmitz 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010 St Nicholas, Kinsley 10:00 AM
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Holy Rosary, Medicine Lodge 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 18, 2010 St Dominic, Garden City 10:30 AM
Saturday, April 24, 2010 St Patrick, Great Bend 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 25, 2010 St Rose, Great Bend 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 8, 2010 Sacred Heart, Larned 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 9, 2010 St Alphonsus, Satanta ???
Saturday, May 15, 2010 St Anthony, Liberal 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2010 COLG, Dodge City 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 22, 2010 St Stanislaus, Ingalls ???
Sunday, May 23, 2010 Sacred Heart, Ness City 10:30 AM
Saturday, June 12, 2010 St Anthony, Hanston 5:00 PM
Sunday, June 13, 2010 St Joan of Arc, Elkhart & St Helen, Hugoton ???
Saturday, June 26, 2010 OPEN DATE
Sunday, June 27, 2010 OPEN DATE



(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


18th:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon & Advent Gathering (Office will close at 12:00 pm)

24th:  Office Closes at noon for the Christmas Holiday

25th:  Office Closed - Nativity of the Lord

28th:  Office Closed

29th:  11:00am Seminarian Gathering

31st:  SKR Deadline


1st:  Office Closed - New Year's Day

4th-11th:  Region IX Retreat

13th:  6:00pm  Catechist Formation-ITV Sites

15th:  11:30am  Diocesan Finance Council Meeting

15th:  SKR Deadline

16th:  9:00am  Catechist Formation-ITV Sites

17th:  3:00pm  Catechist Formation (Spanish)-ITV Sites

19th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Council Meeting

22nd:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon

24th:  9:00am  Adult Confirmation-COLG

31-Feb. 6:  Catholic Schools Week


This concludes the DECEMBER Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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