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2009 Diocesan

Stewardship

Conference

By David Myers and Tim Wenzl
Southwest Kansas Register

PHOTOS FROM THE REGISTER
PODCASTS, SLIDESHOWS

At a sports bar in Garden City, several young adults occupy a handful of tables as a large-screen TV shows the day’s sports’ highlights. But instead of focusing on the images of home runs and amazing catches playing across the screen, they are listening to Father Wesley Schawe, or another priest or guest speaker, share with them an inspirational message.

    This is Theology on Tap, and it was the topic of one of several presentations at the annual Diocesan Stewardship Conference, Aug. 30 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. The day was organized by Eric Haselhorst, Director of the Stewardship Office for the Diocese of Dodge City.
Stewardship, the approximately 200 participants quickly learned, is about far more than dropping a coin in the collection basket; it’s about allowing God to use oneself in service of others -- and thus bringing ourselves closer to God -- whether it be through time, talent or treasure.
    Here are a few brief snippets from some of the several presentations offered throughout the day-long gathering. To obtain podcasts of all of the presentations in their entirety, go to www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship.
Teri Vasicek: “From Starbucks to Stewardship”
    Teri Vasicek, business administrator at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Aurora, Colo., was stunned to learn that Dodge City is one of the few geological points on the planet without a Starbucks coffee shop.
    “Why are coffee shops such a phenomena today?” she asked in her keynote address. She said that in many communities, coffee shops have replaced church as the “third place” for gathering -- following home and the workplace.
    “It’s a sad thing that people are seeking a sense of community at Starbucks and not church.”
    But to answer why, is to give the church a few pointers on community building.
    Vasicek suggested five ways of “being” to create a sense of community, all of which are contained in a little book that all Starbucks employees must carry: “Be Welcoming; Be Genuine; Be Considerate; Be Knowledgeable; Be Involved.”
Michael Schuttloffel: “How to Get Involved in Advocacy”
    Michael Schuttloffel, executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, said that as a Topeka lobbyist for the bishops in Kansas it was his job to promote Catholic social teaching. “Most political issues have a moral dimension.”
    He said that moral principles are shared by other churches and people who don’t go to church at all. Schuttloffel provided an overview on how people can present their views to senators or congressmen on specific policy and bills making their way through Congress. He recommended faxing hand-written letters to their Congressmen instead of signing form letters. If people call the office of a congressman they should ask for the staffer working on a particular bill and know the number of the bill. He also recommended writing letters to the editor of secular and diocesan newspapers to get issues before the public.
Sandy Rieley: “Teens and Young Adults: An Invitation to Change the World”
    Sandy Rieley, director of Youth Ministries for St. Michael the Archangel in Aurora, Colo., told those gathered that “If you are here because you feel you have to get the youth involved because they are our future, please get that notion out of your heads. Teens are not our future, they are part of our church today.” She went on to say that young people were included in every area and ministry in her parish. “When you want to include young people, invite, invite, invite. Look at their gifts and connect them to the ministries in the parish. Don’t worry about numbers. There is no success in numbers. The 12 Apostles continue to change the world. We are Christ to one another. Put Christ in their world.”
Connie Thomas and Phyllis Barber: “Connecting with Care”
    Connie Thomas and Phyllis Barber of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish said that “Connecting with Care” is a recent parish ministry that connects parishioners with volunteers able to provide small repairs, home maintenance, tax assistance and general help. It is a parish ministry that connects the talents of volunteers with the needs of others. Parishioners volunteer their time and talent to help and service others.
Maria Arteaga: “Sunflower Community Action, Who We Are and What We Do”
    Maria Arteaga, who oversees the Dodge City region of the southwest Kansas Sunflower Community Action chapter, which is based in Garden City, explained that the organization is designed to help primarily immigrants to be able to take action when facing difficulty.  
    “God says help yourself that I will help you,” Arteaga said. “You have a voice. You can take control of your problems. We just facilitate so that you can do that, so you can take action on your own.”
    To make a positive impact not only on immigrants, but on all residents of southwest Kansas, “We need to be united with every race, every color, every religion. With all issues, we know that unity is power.”
    She described “The Dream Act” as a program designed to help undocumented students who get strong grades to achieve their dreams.
Jim Ennis: “What is Happening in Catholic Rural Life?”
    The mission of the Catholic Rural Life Conference is to “apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the betterment of rural America,” said Jim Ennis, executive director of CRLC.
    The moral and social issues facing rural America have not only to do with the struggle of the family farmer, but with the fact that poverty increases as communities become more rural. Or the fact that only 33 percent of parishes with less than 200 households have a resident pastor. Or that only 25 percent have a youth minister.
    Of the two million farm workers in the United States, 75 percent earn less that $10,000 per year. And while farm work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, “very few farm workers have health coverage.”
    “Pope Benedict says Catholics must speak to some of these concerns,” Ennis said.
Jody Paulsen: “The Stewardship Committee: A Practical Approach.”
    Jody Paulsen, assistant director of stewardship for the Diocese of Lincoln, explained that “Most people think ‘Stewardship’ is a code word for money. Stewardship is about our faith journey and trusting in God. It is not a program with a start and a finish. Stewardship is a way of life; an understanding of our Catholic faith; a flash of insight – a conversion; living our faith out loud. It is about being Catholic all of the time.”
Jennifer Mai: “Theology on Tap”
    Jennifer Mai, director of stewardship at St. Dominic Parish in Garden City, said that “Theology on Tap” is not only a way of engaging young adults already involved in the Church, but of inviting fallen away Catholics, or those at risk of falling away, back into the fold in an inviting and non-threatening atmosphere. She told those gathered at her presentation how they could start a Theology on Tap gathering, which occur usually once per month at a restaurant, bowling ally, or other location in their parish. Of the important things to consider is that of a guest speaker, and topic.
    The hour or so meetings include social time, dining, and a presentation by the guest speaker. Topics should evoke interest, humor and mystery, she said, and should be presented by someone who is respected, dynamic, and in line with Catholic teaching.
Al Jirak and Travis Gear: “Parish Websites: Engaging All Generations”
    Al Jirak and Travis Gear of Solutio Software in Wichita spoke about the value of parish websites, especially when attracting youth who have grown up on high-tech communication. They said that websites offer a “limitless and highly engaging method of communicating.” When utilized well, websites can “heighten your ability to connect parishioners to each other and to their parish.”
Sister Rose Mary Stein: “Getting Involved in Mission Work”
    Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP, pastoral minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shared slides and stories from her many mission trips, including one in Zambia. For a few weeks out of each year, Sister Rose Mary travels to places such as Alabama, where she taught outdoor sports and recreation to youth. In Colorado, she and other volunteers painted homes for the elderly, while in Oklahoma they tutored American Indian children. In one memorable summer in 2008, she worked in New Orleans to refurbish a man’s home that had been flooded. Just weeks after arriving back in Colorado, she and some local volunteers spent several days providing volunteer labor in Greensburg.
    While in Zambia, she said she was “touched deeply” to be with the people whom the Dominican Sisters serve. Sister Rose Mary taught Confirmation classes, gave instruction to teachers, led faith sharing on the Sunday Scriptures, gave a retreat to the Sisters, showed photos of her loved ones back home, and told the story over and over of her vocation, her family, and her ministry at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe to several of the classes in the schools where the Sisters taught.  She loved teaching outdoor games to the children at the “Barefoot School,” a school opened by the Sisters to serve the poorest of the poor.
    “Risk to step out of your comfort zone,” said Sister Rose Mary, who described working on a “blitz” Habitat for Humanity build with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. “It starts to get in your blood. Along with the hard work you do, there are the blessings that come out of it.”
Rhonda Goodloe: “Happily Ever After?”
    Rhonda Goodloe, regional coordinator for Marriage for Keeps, said that a healthy marriage requires friendship, fun and romance. And there needs to exist a desire to communicate, and to develop mutual interests and goals. A good marriage, she said, requires that the couple do not put too much attention on the children or on their careers.
    “If you put your career, children, sports, hobbies, etc…, before your mate, nothing you can buy or give will really satisfy,” she said. “To have a growing marriage, your relationship with your spouse will need to be a higher priority than other relationships and activities.” She said it’s important that couples are each others best friend, “being the one person the other can always count on being emotionally safe.”  
Eric Haselhorst: “Stewardship Best Practices”
   “You want to do something that works?,” asked Eric Haselhorst, Director of the Stewardship Office. “This lecture has it. The information delivered has been taken directly from work completed by researcher Chuck Zech of Villanova University. He studied Catholic and Protestant Churches across the United States and found what works to increase parish stewardship.  
     “There are seven stewardship activities that have a direct impact on increasing each parish family members giving of time, spirituality, and treasure. Themes that have the biggest effect include: impact of a stewardship committee, impact of lay witnesses, parish stewardship formation and educational programs, impact of welcoming and community building activities, parish communication on stewardship, parish teaching on giving. Each topic included very practical ideas to engage each member of the parish where they are in their spiritual walk. For specific information, contact the stewardship office today!”

Past Issues

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Dec. 17, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Celebrate Christmas 'unplugged'; Msgr. Matthew Smith; Klan; Catholic Charities Annual Appeal; Fr. Larry Rosebaugh; A Guadalupe Encounter; Laci and Joe Salazar; A Christmas Wish; Adoption; Confession; Advent; EWTN; Christmas Blues; Tilma; Pittsburgh; PSR

 

Dec. 3, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2017 NCYC; Wheel of Balance; Marita Rother; Stanley Rother; slavery; trafficking; Windthorst water damage; martyred priests; confession; reconciliation; How to go to confession; recipe for codfish cakes; Catholic schools; appeal

 

Nov. 19, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Saints; Father Kola; Black Elk; Giving Tuesday; velvet Elvis; a Slice of Time; Dani Sandoval; Mexican Village; Father Tim Hickey; New faces at chancery; priests share thoughts on confession; Wheel of Balance

 

Nov. 5, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Matrimony Anniversary Mass, 2017; Riebel; Faith and Light; Scripture Day; Sex in the Bible; Quilt, Mexican Village Story; Finance; Fatima pilgrimage; Fowler church window renovation; Medicare; Crazy Glue


Oct. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Father Francis Jordan; Sister Renee Kirmer; Father Rother beatified; religious liberty; RCIA Kansas; V Encuentro; Bishop Weisenburger; Daughters of Isabella; Bishop Gerber Science Center


Oct. 1, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: De Colores; Rebein; Dreamer; Pies; Kellner; Code Quilts; Sister Crucita; Feezor; Formed.org; Sin and pain

 

 Sept. 17, 2017

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Sister Lucy Fidelis; Underground Railroad; Sister Irene Hartman; DACA; new priests; teachers; Volunteer of the Year; Golf Classic; St. Francis Xavier; St. Nicholas Parish Center, Kinsley; seminarians; Knights Lite; Stewardship Day 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Coronado Cross; Masada; Moody Gardens; Elders; Rother; undocumented children; cages; year of mercy; Kumi; Hollywood makeup artist; New Mexico; refugee women.

July 16, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Summer camp; tithing and almsgiving; Bill Baalmann; Nathan Schaller; Jubilarian Sisters; Sister Hortencia Rodriguez; Sister Petrona Stockemer; Sister Denise Sevart; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Mother talks about her son entering seminary; Arcoiris; Youth group travels to Colorado Springs; Major Phillip Roth

June 11, 2017 (Updated)

Ordination; Mark Brantley; Jacob Schneider; Father's Day; Thanks, Dad!; Appeal; Sister Mary Martin Weaver; Bishop Maralit; Budget; Trafficked women; Deacon Michael Brungardt; Dead Sea Scrolls; softball; Father Urban retirement; Sister Kravec retirement; Father Mazouch retirement; Authentic Joy; Pris Climate Accord; Jack Schramm; Pieta.

May 28, 2017 (Updated)

 

Grateful Hearts; MSFS Provincial; Reddy; Reif; Opossum; Dead Sea Scrolls; Our Lady of Fatima; Jorge Herrera, Jr.; Cursillo; Kough; First Communion; Confirmation

May 14, 2017

Esteban Hernandez; citizen; Lilly Ann Rein, Amberly Jimenez, Mother's Day; peacock; Quattrocchi; President Kennedy; Teen Moms; Junior High Youth Rally; Encounter With God's Call; granny/nanny; seniors' contributions; tornado anniversary; harvest; healthcare; Mr. Brown; Store-bought teeth; Louis and Zelie Martin; Father John Sullivan; Irish priest whose prayers could heal; Mexican beauty queen; Esmaralda Gonzalez; religious life

April 30, 2017

   KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; bully; TEC; Father Marvin Reif; Bet'sie; What makes a hero?; St. Mary of the Plains; tornado

Easter, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Honorable courtship; footsteps of migrants; CHRISM Mass 2017; honoring priests; Encuentro Cross blessed; Daughters of Isabella State Convention; Fatima pilgrim statue; Mary Sharon Moore interview; Senate advances pro-life measures; love must be at the core of family life; Father John Forkuoh's car story; Confirmations; Sisters of Concordia; CNN hero Father Khalil Jaar

March 26, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: From the heart; kidney; Rother; Friar Carmelo; Schnauzer; Lauren Seachris; Lauren's Treat; fire; Guatemala; immigration; Lenten Regulations 1888; Hot Cross Buns; budget; Trump; Forkuoh; Seiwert; South Sudan; hot ashes

March 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Refugees; immigrants; Gilbert Herrman; When you give alms'; Lent; Call to Continuing Conversion, Rite of Election; Charell and Jeremy Owings; adoption; Our Growing Church; Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; water; creation; Sudan; Darlow Lampe

Feb 26, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Night to shine; Immigration; immigrants; Knights of Columbus; Pete Gomez; this foreign mission; Creole; Robin Doll; Eagle Scout; Quest

Feb 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; March for Life; Pro-life; Executive Order; Secular Franciscan Order; teachers; Down Syndrome; Eagle Scout; Bronze Pelican

Jan. 29, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Thank you, religious; SEEK 2017; homeless man to priest; Fourth Sunday; Secret Service to Sacred Heart; Dr. Gerard Brungardt; Martin Luther King; 110 year old nun; Toddler miracle; Letter from undocumented immigrant; health care; immigration

Jan. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Mary helps us share; Tighe donates home to Birthright; Pro-life billboard; Theobald Hattrup; Helen and Steve Eck; Pearl Harbor; Reigning Grace

Dec. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2016; Pope Francis Christmas schedule; 2016 high school youth rally; Aerospace engineer; Father Stanley Rother; Radio station; Dying girl's letter; Scout nominations; 12 days of Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016

KEYWORDS: Vocations Day; Pope Advent advice; Ex-prostitute; Spearville mission; Pilgrims v. Zombies; Face of God; Mission bazaar; Ness City fall festival; Rural health care; Archbishop Gomez; Bishops congratulate Trump

Nov. 20, 2016

Nov. 6, 2016

Oct. 23, 2016

Oct. 9, 2016


Sept. 25, 2016


Sept. 11, 2016

 
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July 10, 2016

June 12, 2016

May 29, 2016

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March 13, 2016

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