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March 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
March 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 2
From Bishop Gilmore:

MASS OF CHRISM is set for Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 11:00am. As in the past, please designate people from your parish(es) to be responsible for bringing clean and marked containers for the sacred chrism and the holy oils to the Cathedral, for picking these up once they have been filled, and for presenting the newly blessed sacred chrism and holy oils at the Holy Thursday Mass or whenever or however you choose.

Once again we can extend an open invitation to all of your parishioners to attend the Mass if they wish. This possibility of more people participating presents its own complication: precisely, the luncheon.  Because we are limited in the number we are able to seat in the social hall, we do need to make the following arrangements for the luncheon:  Each pastor may invite up to 8 people from each of their parishes to attend the Mass AND meal. These designated 8 people will be asked to pick up their name tags in the gathering space - it will be important to get the names of your representatives as soon as possible - contact Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1531 before March 16th. The parishioners you designate to bring the containers are part of this 8 count.

Jubilarians this year:  Fr. Francis Jordan, 50th anniversary of ordination to priesthood.

Also being recognized on 10th anniversary of ordination:  Deacon Martin Hermicillo, Deacon Victor Mencos, Deacon Hector Rios, Deacon Apolonio Rodriguez, Deacon Oscar Rodriguez, Deacon Ruben Sigala.

Priests and deacons will vest in the St. Augustine/St. Monica rooms.  Please bring diocesan vestments.

Click here to view and print DIRECTIVES to give to the persons who bring the oil containers to the Mass of Chrism.

Fr. Gilbert Herrman has moved to the Priests' Retirement Center in Wichita.  His new address is 6900 E 45th North Apt D4, Belle Aire KS  67226.  His phone number is 316-744-3118.

I ask all active priests to reserve Tuesday, April 27th, 11am-3pm, at the Cathedral.  
For some months, the Presbyteral Council has been reviewing our marriage preparation process.  On April 27th, they will present some of the results of their study and consideration.  You will be receiving more information.  Your participation is very important.

New Translation of the Roman Missal

"To change indicates that one is alive." This is the first line of Bishop Arthur Serratelli's recent article in America magazine “Welcoming the Roman Missal."

Jerry Galipeau, from World Library Publications, in his blog, “Gotta Sing Gotta Pray” says:

I always hearken back to text of the Prayer over the Gifts for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time:

may we celebrate the eucharist
with reverence and love,
for when we proclaim the death of the Lord
you continue the work of his redemption,
who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

The central act of the eucharist is the proclamation of the death of the Lord. When we do this, God continues the work of Christ's redemption, plain and simple.

No new translation of the Missale Romanum in any language can change this belief. The Mass is not changing; the translation is changing. And, if Bishop Serratelli's words are correct, the change will not only prove that we are alive, it just may make some of us who have settled into liturgical lethargy come alive once again. Of course, there will be differing characteristics to this being "alive." Some will be alive with lividity. Some will be alive with glee. Some will be alive with a new inquisitiveness about the liturgy itself. This latter group represents, I hope, a large portion of our Catholic faithful. …. We must seize upon this onrush of inquisitiveness and be prepared to do some solid liturgical theology; a theology not based solely in coursework; but a theology that shapes the Catholic heart.

It appears that we will be asked to implement the new translation beginning the First Sunday of Advent, 2011.

In preparation, we offered a Pastoral Ministry class, “Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist”, over ITV, January 20th and 27th and February 3rd and 10th.  Sixty people participated in this class conducted by Fr. John Strasser, Fr. Bob Schremmer, and Fr. Frank Coady, Diocese of Salina Liturgist.  The revisions to the mass texts were the focus of this class.  Our hope is to draw a group of people from this number who could help fashion our wider diocesan effort at engaging those who are alive with a new inquisitiveness about the liturgy as mentioned by Jerry Galipeau above.

In addition, I have secured two resources for each priest:  “Revised Roman Missal: Understanding the Revised Mass Texts” [Series pack] by Fr. Paul Turner from Liturgy Training Publications and Eucharistic Prayers recorded by Bishop Sartain from World Library.  If you have not already received these resources you may pick them up at the Chrism Mass, March 25th.

Bishop J. Peter Sartain, bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, has recorded the new translation of the four eucharistic prayers for us here at WLP. Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV is now available. You can find it here. The CD comes with a booklet containing the newly translated prayers. I have spent much time listening to these prayers. I find Bishop Sartain's praying of these texts to be quite inspiring. Is the new translation jarring in spots? Yes. Are there sentence structures that are long and awkward? Yes. Are there moments of inspiration? Yes. Does it take time to unpack the meaning as they unfold? Yes.

I see this resource as a great tool for priests. I also see it as a great tool for liturgy committees and parish groups to begin work right now with the new texts. This is an opportunity to do some mystagogical catechesis. Perhaps we should have included some kind of guide with this resource. Something along the lines of "Plumbing the Depths of the Newly Translated Eucharistic Prayers." If we adhere to the lex orandi lex credendi principle, there is much to be discovered in these prayers. Remember that our beliefs are expressed in our prayer. I believe that we can take advantage of the opportunity for some real theological conversation now that we have these prayers recorded. Pope John Paul II had some great things to say about mystagogical catechesis in his Apostolic Letter Mane Mobiscum Domine:

"The best way to enter into the mystery of salvation made present in the sacred 'signs' remains that of following faithfully the unfolding of the liturgical year. Pastors should be committed to that 'mystagogical' catechesis so dear to the Fathers of the Church, by which the faithful are helped to understand the meaning of the liturgy's words and actions, to pass from its signs to the mystery which they contain, and to enter into that mystery in every aspect of their lives."

I can just imagine parish groups gathering to listen to these prayers. Once the "Oh, I will never get used to these," or "These prayers are hard to understand," or "These are beautiful prayers" comments subside (and the concerns must be addressed!), it will be a great opportunity to ask some probing mystagogical questions: How do these prayers reflect our understanding of God our Creator? How do these prayers express the reality of the Church, God's Holy People? How do these prayers make present the paschal mystery of the Lord Jesus? As you listen to these prayers, how is your understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit enriched? Is there anything that you perceive as "missing" from these newly translated texts?

The questions are limitless. As you have heard me say before, I hope that the implementation of the new translation will be a watershed moment for us; a time to listen to and address deep concerns; but also a time to do some great liturgical and mystagogical catechesis.

Gotta Sing Gotta Pray is the blog of Jerry Galipeau, D. Min., the associate publisher of World Library Publications.

Some other resources:

The USCCB’s Divine Worship website:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship and the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, in consultation with the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), are offering a training workshop for diocesan leaders and priests (or in parishes without a priest, the Parish Life Coordinator appointed by the Bishop) and on the implementation of the third edition of the Roman Missal:

Mystical Body, Mystical Voice is a comprehensive program which aims to prepare the Catholic Faithful for the reception of the translation of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal. As an initiative of the Liturgical Institute it is grounded in sacramental theology and the liturgical rites of the Church:

The Salina Diocese is offering a Chant Workshop for priests.  The Workshop will focus on the chants of the new missal and will help priests make choices as to what to chant.
June1st, 10am-3pm, St. Mary Church, Russell.  Dr. Edward Schaefer, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, University of Florida.  Priests of Dodge City are invited.  More information to follow, including cost.

October 5th, we have a Presbyteral Assembly at the Cathedral, 10am-4pm, where we will focus on the new translation of the Roman Missal.  Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB, and Father Frank Coady will present and facilitate.  

As we make plans to provide formation opportunities for music ministers pertaining to these changes, it will be helpful for us to know which hymnal, songbook and missalette your parish currently uses.  There is a survey is in the upper right hand corner of the Chancellor’s page [].   Please take a moment or two to provide us this information.  We have been in contact with OCP and they are interested in developing workshops to help our musicians.

+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 February 16, 2010.

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

Go to the Chancellor page on our Diocesan Website ( for several items:

-  An article outlining when a priest must request delegation to confirm.
-  If you are wondering whether the baptism someone received in another church is valid, you will find a list of some churches without valid baptism.
-  We are gathering information of which publishers of hymnal, song books and missallettes our parishes are using.  Please click here to have someone from your parish complete the brief survey.
-  A website containing the contact information of the dioceses and parishes in Mexico.


From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Seminarian Poster
Seminarian Andrew Soukup designed our diocesan seminarian poster.  Posters will be given to parish representatives following Chrism Mass.

Encounter With God’s Call is April 17-19 at Conception Seminary College. Men, juniors in high school and older, are invited to this weekend retreat.  The weekend is enlightening and spiritually invigorating…a time to experience seminary life, hear talks given by seminarians, pray with the monks, and enjoy time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. It is a free event with transportation provided by the diocese. A bulletin announcement is provided in the Diocesan Bulletin Corner. For brochures contact Becky Hessman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

Stewardship bulletin inserts for 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 Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of Hispanic Ministry:

To work toward a goal of unity among ethnic groups as stated in the Bishop’s Pastoral Vision and in the Mission Statement for Hispanic Ministry approved in 1986 by the U.S. Catholic Bishop, I have developed a simple process for groups of various ethnics to use for reflection and dialogue on the good and the beautiful of our cultures, a mutual blessing, and a pot-luck to conclude the session. The booklet titled, “You are the Body of Christ, and each one is a part of it,” is available on the diocesan website under Hispanic Ministry Docs. If you wish to gather a group reflecting various ethnics, I will be willing to facilitate the gathering or give you more directions as needed.


What is the proper way to dispose of old Holy Oils?

While the revised Code of Canon Law contains specifics on the use of the Holy Oils blessed by the diocesan bishop and distributed at the Chrism Mass, it does not contain explicit instructions for disposal of Holy Oils from the previous year which are being replaced.

The Book of Blessings, Chapter 32, Order for the Blessing of a Repository for the Holy Oils, Introduction, paragraph 1127 states:

1127. Each year when the bishop blesses the oils and consecrates the chrism, the pastor should see that the old oils are properly disposed of by burning and that they are replaced by the newly blessed oils.

Burning the old oils may be accomplished by burning them in the Easter Fire at the Easter Vigil Mass. It is not fitting that the Holy Oils be burned along with trash or other non-religious refuse.  

An alternative to burning is burying the unused oils in a sacred place.  A fitting place would be on the church grounds.  This can be accomplished by digging an appropriate size trench along the foundation of the church.  This trench should be at least 12 inches deep and of a size that the oils will not be evident on the surface after the trench is filled.  There is no environmental concern as the oils and chrism essence are non petroleum base and will eventually be absorbed into the ground.

If the quantity of oil is so large that burying them on the church ground is not feasible, then an alternative place to bury the oils is a Catholic cemetery near a statue which identifies the cemetery as Catholic or in the area where priests and religious people are buried.

A corollary subject is the cleansing of the ambry vessels or other containers that contained the old oils before newly blessed oils are added.

Ambry vessels and old containers should be cleansed with hot soapy water to dilute the olive oil and essence of chrism.  This soapy water should be emptied into the sacrarium or emptied directly into the ground next to the church in a similar manner and location as recommended for burying old oils.  After it appears that all traces of the old oils have been removed the ambry vessels and containers can be cleansed and dried in a normal fashion.

[From the Archdiocese of Seattle,]

What should be done with last year's Paschal Candle?

Ideally, each year, the candle should be completely consumed through its normal use in the Church's liturgies: lit at every liturgical celebration during the Easter season until Pentecost Sunday; lit at every Baptism and funeral during the year.

When this is not possible, Paschal candles that no longer correspond to the current liturgical year for which they were blessed can be reverently disposed of by burning them in the Easter Vigil fire. Remove any metals such as pins holding the incense grains, and add it to the fire on Saturday before the fire is blessed. The priest might make a brief comment about the fire and the Paschal Candle to prepare the assembly for the lighting of the new Candle.

Do not burn the Paschal Candle with trash or non-religious refuse.

The wax may also be melted down and made into other candles used for prayer, or the melted down wax may be buried in sacred ground. Break the re-solidified wax into small pieces, place it in a container, and bury it where it will not be stepped on. Another option is to check with the company that made your candle. Sometimes they offer to take your old candles in return for credit on future candles.

When the Paschal Candle no longer looks like a candle—that is, it is melted wax, has been damaged beyond use, or is broken into bits—it no longer holds the blessing and sacred use for which it was first intended. This is true for all sacramentals and sacred objects. (In a similar way, when consecrated wine no longer looks like or serves as wine—having been diluted to the point of being water, no longer having the alcoholic content of wine, or having become vinegar—it is no longer considered appropriate for Communion.) Yet this does not mean that these should be treated with any less care than when they were in their original form. The means of their disposal should communicate reverence for what they had been, and even then, be a reminder of Christ to whom all these things lead us. Thus, burning in the Easter fire seems to be the easiest as well as most reverent way of disposing of old Paschal candles.

[From the Diocese of San Jose,]

Reception of the Oils/ Recepción de lo Oleos

From the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:


The following information has been provided by the USCCB General Counsel. Please be sure your parishes, schools and other entities that use wireless microphone systems are aware of this situation.

Some Wireless Microphone Systems Must be Scrapped

The Federal Communications Commission has promulgated a new regulation requiring users of wireless microphones operating in the 700 MHz band (frequencies between 698and 807 MHz to stop operating those wireless microphone systems no later than June 12, 2010.  The manufactures of those devices never adequately informed purchasers of these systems that they were required to obtain an FCC license to operate in the 700 MHz band.  Until last year, wireless microphones were sharing the 700 MHz band with television broadcasters, and no harmful interference resulted from that sharing.  However, as part of the transition to digital television, last year broadcasters vacated channels 52 through 69, and that spectrum was licensed to commercial and public safety users.  Wireless microphone systems which continue to operate in that spectrum will cause harmful interference with public safety communications, such as police, ambulances and fire departments, as well as commercial wireless broadband systems.

The largest manufacturers of wireless microphone systems, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, and AKG are offering rebates to purchasers of their wireless microphones which used the 700 MHz band.  The FCC decided that although wireless microphone users in the 700 MHz band had been violating FCC rules for years, it would not penalize those users, since they were not made aware of the improper use of the spectrum by the sellers of the wireless microphone systems.


►Amy Meyer, Regional Coordinator of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, is available to speak at your parish or community event.  For more information, please visit, view the attached letter from Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director for the campaign or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholic Charities has been serving those most in need for 100 years, and we'd like you to join the celebration at the Catholic Social Service 9th Annual Charity Wine Tasting Event in Great Bend, Kansas! Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on April 16, 2010 at the Club at Stone Ridge, take a brief journey through the world of wine with Roger Fowler of Standard Beverage in Wichita KS before sampling over three dozen wine products from all over the world, along with hors d-oeuvres and live entertainment by Classical Guitarist, Richard J Falcon Jr. Finish the evening by shopping for vintage wines, wine memorabilia, aged cheeses, fine dining experiences and much more at the live and silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $25, and a block of rooms have been reserved for our overnight guests at the Best Western Angus Inn. Proceeds support Catholic Social Service programs in the Diocese of Dodge City. Visit, or call 620-792-1393 for more information.

►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.

MARCH/APRIL Calendars:

(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


6th:  9:30am-4:30pm, 5:00 mass  Called & Gifted at COLG

7th:  8:30am  Confirmation at Fowler

9th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Council Meeting

10th:  SKR Deadline

13th:  5:30pm  Confirmation at Meade

14th:  11:00am  Confirmation at Scott City

19th:  10:00am  Directors' Meeting; 12:30 Staff luncheon

20th:  5:00pm  Confirmation at LaCrosse

21st:  9:30am  Confirmation at Pratt

24th:  SKR Deadline

25th:  11:00am  Mass of Chrism at COLG

27th:  4:00pm  Confirmation at Olmitz

28th:  10:30am  High School Youth Rally Mass at DCCC


1st:  Holy Thursday - Chancery Closes at Noon

2nd:  Good Friday - Chancery Closed

3rd:  Easter Vigil

4th:  Easter Sunday

6th:  Diocesan School Council Meeting & Dinner

7th:  SKR Deadline

10th:  6:00pm  Confirmation at Ulysses

11th:  10:00am  Confirmation at Kinsley

12th-16th:  Bishop not Available

16th:  10:00am  Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

17th:  6:00pm  Confirmation at Medicine Lodge

18th:  10:30am  Confirmation at St Dominic, Garden City

21st:  Administrative Professionals Day - Chancery Closes at Noon

21st:  SKR Deadline

23rd:  11:30am  Diocesan Finance Council

24th:  5:00pm  Confirmation at St Patrick, Great Bend

25th:  12:30pm  Confirmation at St Rose, Great Bend

27th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Council Meeting

28th:  Mass at St. Catherine Hospital for their Mission Week

This concludes the MARCH 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..

Vol. VIII, No. 2

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