August Monthly Notes
► I have recently returned from a short visit to Colorado. I hope that your summer is providing you some opportunity for rest, relaxation, and renewal.
► Pam Polley has relocated to Wichita and is working in the Provost’s Office at Newman University. All seems to be going well for her. We still do miss her at the Chancery Office. Pam will continue to work on immigration matters for our international priests.
► Peggy Schulte has recently joined the Chancery staff as a part time secretary. Peggy lives in Spearville with her husband, Lester. Peg will be assisting Amy.
► I encourage you to encourage as many people as possible to participate in our annual Stewardship /Justice/Life Day, Saturday, August 29th, at the Cathedral. Eric has a full and rich day prepared for us. Visit http://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship for more information.
In addition, you or an interested parishioner may contact any of the following for further information regarding the Forum Beginnings Institute:
► I had the pleasure on July 3rd to welcome Father Efiri Matthias Selemobri, MSP, to the diocese. Father Matthias is a member of the Missionaries of St. Paul who while on sabbatical will be serving for one year at St. Mary in Garden City. You may have already met Father Matthias since he served as his Community’s contact person for the Mission Coop. He has preached the mission appeal in a number of our parishes. I hope you will soon have the opportunity to meet Father Matthias and welcome him among our Presbyterate.
► Monsignor Brian Moore has recently been elected to serve both on the Presbyteral Council and the Personnel Board.
► Father Peter Fernandez is a priest of the Diocese of Boac. Father Peter went to the US consulate in Manila July 24th and I understand he will be given a US Visa and I'm hoping he could come this August. When he does, he will be spending some time with Father Bernard Felix and Father Rene Labrador for orientation.
► Father Jimmy Barrozo is a priest of the Diocese of Sorsogon. We understand that his immigration paper work is still in process. We are not sure just when he will be able to travel to the US. I am ever so grateful to Monsignor Angel Dy for being willing to delay his return home until Father Jimmy arrives and he has an opportunity to help him with some orientation. I am also grateful to Bishop Bastes, Monsignor Dy’s Bishop, for allowing him to put off assuming his new appointment as Director of Social Action for the Diocese of Sorsogon.
► Father Marvin Reif is doing quite well. He is presently working through the transition program of the Iroquois Center in Greensburg. Father Marvin may be able to complete that process by the end of next month or the beginning of September. Let us continue to keep him in our prayer. He tells us that his cell phone (620-617-1284) is working.
► Father Gregory LeBlanc is presently living with a cousin and her family in Wichita. That address is 110 North Ashley Park, Wichita, KS 67212.
► Father Frank Jordan asked that I pass on to you that he feels that he will no longer be able to provide help out except for the Garden City area. Travel has become too demanding and uncertain for him. I am sure that you understand. It was with considerable reluctance that he came to this decision. Father Jim Baker, Father Anthony Suellentrop, Father Gregory LeBlanc are available to provide help out, as is Monsignor Moore if and when his schedule permits.
► I ask that you keep the difficulties surrounding the closing of St. Joseph Hospital in Larned in your prayer. Please pray that there can be a solution that meets the needs of the Larned and Pawnee County community, as well as, the needs of Catholic Health Initiatives and CKMC.
► I ask that you also keep the Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative of Catholic Social Service in your prayer. The Governor recently cut all funding to this very successful and beneficial program. It is a program that supports mothers who even amidst trying situations and circumstances choose to bring their babies to birth. The Teen Mom’s program is part of this initiative. Perhaps you might know of someone who wishes to support such a practical prolife work.
► Father David Kraus is to have knee replacement surgery on his left knee on August 11. Let us keep him in prayer for a successful surgery and an easy recuperation.
► USCCB Newsletter Committee on Divine Worship: Click here to view this newsletter.
► USCCB News: 2009 Catechetical Sunday Materials Being Offered Entirely Online. Click here to view this newsletter.
+Ronald M. Gilmore
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From Fr Charles Mazouch, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Effective 7/1/09, monthly retirement for priests has increased by $100 to $1850/month.
From Msgr. Brian Moore, Director of Continuing Formation of Priests, Director of Seminarians:
►Conception Abbey wants to be a resource for the Church in the Midwest for liturgical music: “Music in the Liturgy” workshop Aug. 10-13, 2009 aims to answer a need for liturgical and musical formation for parish ministers. The workshop includes three days of classes on Eucharistic theology and spirituality, which set the stage for classes on criteria for liturgical music, history of chant, cantoring and choir/congregational singing and more. There will also be a presentation on the new liturgical psalter by Abbot Gregory Polan, osb, the main translator of the psalms.
Please consider the attached brochure for more details, and please share this information with the pastors and liturgical/music ministers with whom you have contact. If you would like us to send hard copies of the brochure, let us know how many and the address(es).
Thank you for helping us to help the Church in the Midwest!
►The Bishops' Committee for Divine Worship has issued a clarification that for Masses on the evening of Saturday, 15 August, the Mass texts and readings should be those of the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, rather than those of the Assumption.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►As new employees, staff and volunteers who will be working with youth and children come aboard in your parish, PSR program or school, remember that a background check is to be completed BEFORE they begin working or volunteering; also, they are to participate in a Protecting God’s Children awareness session within three months.
►Note of Clarification: It has come to my attention that some adults are reluctant to attend a PGC awareness session because they are under the impression they are under suspicion of being a child abuser themselves. Obviously this is an erroneous impression. As we have been saying from the beginning, Protecting God’s Children sessions are intended to train adults to become AWARE of child sexual abuse and the signs and behaviors that may indicate a child is being harmed or that an adult is grooming a child for subsequent abuse. As more and more adults receive awareness training, the safer the environment will be for our children and youth.
►An auditor, Mr. Angus Lewellen, will be visiting the diocese August 31-September 4 to review our diocesan Safe Environment program. In addition to reviewing our diocesan data and processes, Mr. Lewellen will be contacting some parishes while he is here to review the parish’s safe environment record-keeping and to assess whether parishes are/are not complying with safe environment requirements. He will also be looking for creative ways a parish may be going above and beyond the norm to educate children and/or adults about child sexual abuse.
Parish Corporation Misc.: Signers on Parish Checking Account
►A reminder that the paperwork for weddings celebrated in the diocese should be sent to me a month before the wedding. For marriages being celebrated in another diocese or for marriages taking place in this diocese but the couple lives in another diocese, the prenuptial documents should be sent to me a month to six weeks before the wedding. Difficulties have arisen when the prenuptial documents arrived at my office on Monday for a wedding being celebrated the following Saturday (and I was out of town that week).
►Please be sure the prenuptial investigation form (white form) is complete before sending it in. Many times the names of the witnesses are omitted or the baptism information is not complete. Remember, too, that for the Catholic party you are to submit a baptism certificate with notations dated within the past six months.
►Check our new Pastoral Handbook (http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor/sacraments-and-liturgy) for the revised Marriage Preparation Guidelines (a document that may be given to the couple), as well as the revised instructions for marriage preparation. The preparations for every couple, regardless of age or circumstance, are to include three items: an instrument (such as FOCCUS); an event (such as Engaged Encounter or sponsor couple sessions); and sessions with the priest or pastoral minister.
►I am considering conducting a ½ day workshop with pastors, secretaries or others who are responsible for sacramental record keeping. As I prepared the document “Sacramental Records and Registers” (http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor/sacraments-and-liturgy) for the revised Pastoral Handbook, it occurred to me that many persons given the responsibility to record sacraments do not know or understand some of the finer points and norms of this important duty. My tentative plan is to offer two sessions in each deanery: on the same day conduct one session during the daytime and one session during the evening. Once I have chosen the dates, an invitation will be extended to you and to your secretary to attend.
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary, A/P, Employee Benefits:
►Pam used a distribution list to notify individuals that monthly notes had been published. Unfortunately, this list has been lost. I would like to start another distribution list. If you or anyone else would like to be notified that the notes have been published, please email me with a current email address. Thank you!
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
►Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminarian Event
►Attention Pastors and RCIA Directors
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
Do keep in mind I am available to speak to your parishioners in small groups, councils, or at mass upon your request. Let me know how I can help you.
ODDS AND ENDS
Upcoming dates for Engaged Encounter at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend: September 11-13.
►There are about 10-12 Spanish bibles available to any parish who wishes to pick them up. Kinsley had no use for them & returned them to the Chancery.
►Bishop Gilmore has asked that Confirmations be scheduled on weekends only. He is also asking that Confirmation masses NOT be scheduled later than 6 pm.
►Thank you to all who have wished me well in person and by card as I prepare to leave ministry in the Diocese of Dodge City to take on a new role of leadership in our newly formed congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace. I will be moving to Columbus Ohio in July. If you find yourselves in the vicinity, I would love to visit with my Kansas friends! Gemma Doll OP
►Note from Lisa Bellecci-st.romain (Pastoral Ministry course instructor): I have a request at this time. Since I have finished the master's in pastoral theology, graduating in May, and my sabbatical is coming to an end, I am looking for meaningful employment again.
In the course of interviewing for several different types of work, it is becoming very clear that my heart delights when I am in a position to perceive both gifts and needs in a community, find ways to match those so as to further build the Body, anchoring the activities with prayer, scripture, and teaching about the Catholic faith, in varieties of formats and situations. It is completely satisfying to foster a person's or a community's relationship with God in this manner. Thanks to experiences in psychology and social work, I have honed a team-spirit, flexibility, perseverance, creativity, negotiation skills, and the willingness to take a (calculated) risk, and I have had much success at encouraging others to become involved, give feedback, or try something new. But it would all be "on sand" were it not for my own relationship with our good God. At this point in my life, my desire is to serve God in formal work for the Church.
►New phone number for Fr. Anthony Suellentrop: 913-375-7270, remove the 620 #
(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)
5th: 10:00am Seminarian gathering with Bishop
6th: 9:00am Pastor/Principal Meeting
15th: Feast of the Assumption
15th: 4:00pm Ingalls Centennial Celebration
18th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting
21st: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon
22nd: 125th Anniversary Celebration at Pratt
29th: 9:30am Registration ~ Stewardship Conference
31st: Safe Environment Audit
1st-4th: Safe Environment Audit
2rd: SKR Deadline
7th: Labor Day - Chancery Closed
9th: 6:00pm Catechist Formation (English)-ITV
12th: 9:00am Catechist Formation (English)-ITV
13th: 3:00pm Catechist Formation (Spanish)-ITV
15th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting
16th: SKR Deadline
17th-19th: Beginnings RCIA Institute-Spiritual Life Center
25th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon
28th: 9:00am Diocesan Teachers' Institute & Missioning
30th: SKR Deadline
Vol. 7, No. 5