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Formation

Forming faith, building community

KINSLEY -- Jim and Lynee Habiger hadn’t put much thought into the faith formation of high school aged students.
That is, until their two children were in their teens. It was then that the couple realized just how difficult it is to find people willing to take on the responsibility of providing faith formation for teenagers.
Lynee, the vice principal at Kinsley High School, had been actively involved in teaching PSR (Parish School of Religion) classes to children for several years. When she and her husband couldn’t find anyone to teach the older kids, she and Jim took on the challenge.
Ten years later, the small town boasts 20-40 freshmen through senior-grade high school students attending the weekly gatherings. They started in the Habiger’s home, but the gatherings soon outgrew their house, so they moved to the church basement.
“We kept having more and more children at our house,” Lynee said. “And they were running into a problem with eating. So we decided to provide a 30 minute social time with pizza or nachos, then an hour class.

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Diocese celebrates Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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At the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, St. Joseph Parish, Scott City, and at other parishes throughout the diocese, throngs of faithful entered the churches Wednesday, Dec. 11, to honor the patroness of the Cathedral in anticipation of her feast day.
The celebrations began in the early afternoon and went on into the night. Colorful dancers displayed their skills as a way to honor God and the Holy Mother. The celebration continued the next day, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with more dance the the celebration of Mass.
The powerful sounds of drums announced the arrival of one of several groups of danzantes, large troops of boys and girls, men and women, donned in colorful Aztec dress, bamboo beads jangling, large headdresses defying the laws of gravity.
Several different troops performed for an appreciative audience. The dancers were not dancing to entertain -- although entertain they did -- but as a prayer of thanksgiving, hope and community.

Viva Guadalupe!

En la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Dodge City, una multitud de fieles entraron al salón social el 11 de diciembre, anticipando el día de su fiesta, para honrar a la patrona de la catedral.
La celebración empezó temprano en la tarde y se extendió hasta la noche. Además de los  grupos grandes de danzantes y parejas también había clases de karate y cantantes, todos exponiendo sus talentos como una manera de honrar a Dios y a Su Santa Madre.  La celebración continúo el día siguiente, el día de la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.  
Con una imagen de Nuestra Señora puesta en un lado del salón grande, los grupos danzaron, cantaron, o exhibieron su atletismo.  
Más tarde, el potente sonido de los tambores anunciaron la llegada de uno de los varios grupos de danzantes, tropas grandes de niños y niñas, hombres y mujeres, con coloridos vestidos aztecas, con cuentas de bambú colgando, con grandes tocados que desafiaban las leyes de gravedad.  
Las danzas no eran para entretener — aunque sí lo hicieron — sino que eran una oración de acción de gracias, esperanza y comunidad.

Pope offers reminder to start looking into the faces of the poor

Editor’s Note: The seasons of Advent and Christmas offer a reminder to recall the gift of Christ and what that ultimate gift means to us when it comes to serving those less fortunate. On Dec. 10, Pope Francis launched a global campaign to end world hunger. The global “wave of prayer” to eradicate hunger reached the U.S. Capitol with participants in an interfaith prayer service asking God to guide all people to better see and understand the needs of people living in poverty. The wave of prayer was one of hundreds of services that cascaded around the world at noon local time under an initiative of Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities. The effort is aimed at prayer and action to relieve hunger around the world through May 2015.

By Joe Towalski
Catholic News Service

Just about every day on my way to work, I encounter the face of the poor.
It’s usually a different face each time at the top of the interstate exit ramp or on a corner along one of the streets on my “short cut” route back home. A man or woman stands there holding a sign asking for money -- sometimes for food, sometimes in exchange for work.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but all too often, I look away. I wonder for a few seconds while the traffic light is red if I should open my wallet and offer a few dollars. Sometimes, I judge their appearance and wonder if they’ll really use the money for food.
Then the light turns green and I continue on my way to my warm house and a full plate of dinner.

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Interactive Television

Faith formation goes high tech

Actually, it would be more accurate to say that faith formation has gone high tech. For some time now.
Even though the ITV system has been actively used for more than a decade, it is for many people one of the best kept secrets in the diocese.
The system, which is used for catechist formation, pastoral ministry formation, and other programs, works like this: A program is presented from any of 10 sites in the diocese. From any of the other nine sites, individuals can not only see the speaker through closed circuit television, but can speak to the presenter and have the presenter respond.
Sites include:  
Dodge City: Newman University Western Center, 236 San Jose Drive, Hennessy Hall Room 26
Garden City: St. Mary Church Center, 510 N. 12th, Basement Southwest corner
Great Bend: St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Avenue, Southeast Room
Liberal: St. Anthony School, 1510 North Calhoun
Pratt: Sacred Heart Church, 338 North Oak, Basement
Ness City: Sacred Heart School, 510 S. School Street, Lunchroom
Scott City: St. Joseph Church, 1006 South Main Street, Southeast Room
Sharon: St. Boniface Parish Center, 406 N. Main, Northwest Room
Syracuse: Hamilton County Library, 102 W. Avenue C
Ulysses: Pioneer Communications, 120 W. Kansas Avenue, Downstairs Video Conference Room
The Diocese of Dodge City and Newman University collaborate through “Church in Partnership” to provide pastoral ministry formation, access to Catholic higher education, and other formation programs, presented through ITV, facilitating communication across the 23,054 square mile territory of Southwest Kansas.
For more information, call Coleen Stein, Director of ITV, all (620) 227-1538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can see a video introduction to ITV at dcdiocese.org/interactive-television.



The Four Pillars of Stewardship: ‘Formation’

Bishop Gilmore encourages catechists to be witnesses

By CHARLENE SCOTT MYERS
Special to the Register
Editor’s Note: This week the Register begins coverage leading to the November 17 “Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday” (see Page 3).  This issue is highlighting one of the Four Pillars of Stewardship, “Formation”. Here, Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore speaks to catechists about their (and, in effect, all of our) role in faith formation.

Catechists need not only teach, but should be witnesses to their faith in order to be effective as teachers of others, according to Bishop Emeritus Ronald M. Gilmore.
The bishop spoke Sept. 4 and Sept. 7 through the Interactive Television Network, connecting to several towns where catechists tuned in to hear and respond to what he and Coleen Stein, Coordinator of Catechist Formation, had to say.  (See the next issue of the Register for Stein’s story). Bishop John Brungardt greeted them and remained for the session.
“You will not be a good teacher unless you are first a good witness,” said Bishop Gilmore.  “The connection is just that simple and just that strict.”
“To ‘witness’ is to hand on something to someone, without adding anything of your own.  You see something happening, and you describe it to someone in the best words you can find.  Then you are a witness.”

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Bishop Brungardt installs Mark Brantley,

12 others, as acolytes

Father William B. Palardy, Rector and President of Blessed John XXIII Seminary (far right) welcomed Bishop John Brungardt to the seminary and thanked him for coming to bestow the Ministry of Acolyte on 13 First Theologians, including Diocese of Dodge City seminarian, Mark Brantley, center.

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Seminarian Mark Brantley struggled to find the words to describe the moment he took the chalice for the first time as a new acolyte, Dec. 9.
Brantley was among 13 seminarians at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts installed as acolytes by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt.
“It was the first time that we actually get to serve so close to Christ’s altar,” Brantley said. “As soon as we were instituted, they handed the chalice to me, and I took my place among the extraordinary ministers.
“It was a real moment,” he said softly. “It just has so much meaning, and of course I have this great love for the Eucharist. It was just an awe-inspiring moment.
“[At the time,] you want to stop and think about it,” he added with a chuckle, “but you have to continue serving Communion.”
Bishop Brungardt celebrated the Mass and instituted Brantley and the 12 other seminarians, each from dioceses across the United States: Atlanta, Albany, Boston, Pittsburg, Columbus, Denver....

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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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