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March 10, 2019

Mathematical solution to the Sock puzzle

Feb. 24, 2019

Local youth attend World Youth Day in Panama

Annual QUEST weekend honors Scouts

   The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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The Four Pillars of Stewardship: Service

Catholic Social Service

Adoption Services • Pregnancy Counseling • Teen Mom’s Program •
Addiction Counseling • Economic Assistance • Disaster Response •
Marriage and Relationship Education • Food Assistance • Medical Assistance ...

By REGISTER and CSS STAFF
If you’ve never had to seek the assistance of Catholic Social Service of the Diocese of Dodge City, you might count yourself lucky.
Throughout its history, staff members of Catholic Social Service have been the workhorses behind dozens of programs designed to lend aid to those most in need.
For more than 60 years, CSS has worked in the areas of adoption, childcare, housing, troubled youth, alcoholism, education, refugee services, children and spousal abuse and prevention, emergency assistance, pregnancy counseling, aging, foster and respite care for children with disabilities, search and reunion services for adult adoptees, birth parents and their families, family counseling, addictions and recovery (in addition to alcoholism), Teen Moms, disaster response, marriage preparation and education, Marriage for Keeps (marriage support), infant adoption awareness training (training health professionals), and post abortion counseling (Rachel’s Vineyard). It all began in 1951, the same year the Diocese of Dodge City was formed. Then-Bishop John B. Franz started an office for Catholic Charities, which was directed by Father Gilbert Herrman, who worked out of the chancery basement.     
From the outset, Catholic Charities handled adoptions. At least five orphans from Ireland were adopted by couples in southwest Kansas early on.
With offices in Dodge City, Garden City and Great Bend, Catholic Social Service has been instrumental in the development of the following ministries: Forest Place, a home for troubled youth in Great Bend; Sommerset Place, a low to moderate income housing facility in Great Bend; Family Crisis Center in Great Bend; Emmaus House, a facility providing emergency assistance with food and shelter in Garden City, and 40 senior citizen centers and 28 nutrition sites.
The mission of Catholic Social Service has been to reach out to those most in need within the diocese. The agency advocates social justice with the philosophy that people should have equal access to resources, services, and opportunities that are essential for the accomplishment of life-tasks.
Following are just a few of the many ways that CSS has lent a direct hand to those in need in southwest Kansas:
Helping victims of natural disasters
Soon after the violent tornado struck Greensburg and the surrounding region in May 4, 2007, CSS began working with other agencies to provide needed help.
“We primarily distributed the donations that were received through CSS and the diocese to help individuals build or repair homes when they had no other resources to do that,” commented CSS Executive Director, Debbie Snapp.  
“We worked with the South Central Kansas Tornado Recovery Organization (a part of the Kiowa Ministerial Alliance) to determine eligibility.  We also used some of that money to help with emergency needs -- replacing eye glasses, prescriptions, etc….”
Helping Young Moms
The Teen Moms program, which was introduced to the Diocese of Dodge City by CSS social worker Amy Falcon in 2000, is designed to restore the promise, possibilities, and, not to mention, the sense of fun into the life of a teenager who is pregnant.
Every week, September through May, the participants of the Teen Moms program, who must be between ages 13 and 23, meet with Falcon and Maria Gutierrez, program assistant, where they enjoy a meal together while taking part in a workshop presented by a volunteer teacher. The workshop may include lessons on everything from parenting, to preparing their taxes, to applying for a college, to interviewing for a job.
Each young mom is assigned a volunteer “mentor,” an adult who spends one-on-one time with the teen mom, talking, going to a movie, or helping with a project. Graduates of the program have gone on to become attorneys, medical professionals, among others.
Helping Marriages
The Marriage for Keeps (MfK) program formed in 2004 “with the goal of realizing a dream of promoting and supporting healthy marriage and family relationships throughout the state of Kansas.”
Research indicates that healthy marriages and family formation reduces poverty, child abuse, and neglect.  It also prevents costly social service intervention and increases job stability.
Goals for couples are to:
• learn emotional, physical, and commitment safety
• appreciate their partner and improve their friendship
• increase productive communication and reduce conflict
• more fully appreciate how their relationship impacts their children
• develop effective problem solving skills
• cope and support one another by developing healthy relations and stress management tools
• improve parenting skills
• develop goals and plans for the future”
Helping open eyes to justice issues: JustFaith
The mission of JustFaith Ministries is to form, inform and transform people of faith by offering programs and resources that sustain them in their compassionate commitment to build a more just and peaceful world.
JustFaith is a scripture-based adult formation program that looks at poverty and compassion for the poor through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. The program is presented over 21 weekly two-and-a-half hour sessions, Through prayer, immersion experiences, books and videos, participants encounter the face of poverty in such a way that they experience transformation and are drawn to respond to the needs of our broken world. It is deep spiritual journey done in the context of a small faith community.
Helping the addicted
Addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling or pornography is an affliction that affects individuals, families and communities. Catholic Social Service provides addiction, recovery, and relapse prevention counseling services for individuals, couples, families and groups throughout the 28 counties of rural southwest Kansas. There are several options available for addiction treatment and recovery, and no single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Catholic Social Service is a faith-based outpatient treatment program. Outpatient treatment programs generally involve individual or group counseling and family therapy for individuals who visit an office at regular intervals.
Helping provide financial assistance
CSS provides assistance in accessing programs that provide financial help for food, housing, utilities, and medical services. For instance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs. People who are elderly, disabled, or less than six years old, are at risk for life-threatening illnesses or death if their home is too cold in the winter, or too hot in the summer. Kansas HealthWave provides low-cost or no-cost health insurance for families with children. CSS will also provide assistance in acquiring immediate access to meals, and to organizations that provide ongoing help.

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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

 

 

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