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Sept. 22, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE: Fiesta de Colores 2019; Billings Model of NFP; Fifth Annual Golf Classic; Stewardship Conference; Dominican Sisters Ten Year Anniversary; Young Adult Director visits colleges; Internet and Online Porn exploits children; Caring for Caregivers; Leading up to the Pan-Amazon Synod 

See the caption on Page 1 above. Apologies to Father Anselm Eke, MSP, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish! His name should have been included in the original caption. He can be seen riding in the back of the truck at top.

 

Sept. 8, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE: Bishop asks for your input; Catholic Charities opens new office in Garden City; Somali refugees thankful for the kindness of strangers; Teachers learn how to encounter trauma; California Confession Bill; Dominican Sisters' Anniversaries; Natural Family Planning helps to discover serious health issues; Diocese Budget for 2019-2020; Largest seminary class in 30 years; St. Mary of the Plains honors Vietnam War heroes

 

 

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‘Clay in the hands of the Lord’

Remembering Bishop Gerber

Bishop Eugene J. Gerber was six years a Bishop in Dodge City, twenty-five years a Bishop in Wichita, and seventeen years a Bishop-Emeritus also in Wichita: after almost forty-two years a Bishop, he returned on Saturday to the Father who made him, and the Son who called him, and the Spirit who shaped him. 

That’s the outside of the story, but there is an inside to the story as well.  Some of that inside concerns you, the priests and people of the Diocese of Dodge City.  He wasn’t the same man, you see, when you were through with him in 1982.

He came back to Wichita a changed man.  Those who knew him longest, those who knew him best … they saw it right away, even if they could not quite put their finger on it.  He was just … well … different.

Monsignor John Gilsenan came close to getting at it when he said Bishop Gerber was more reflective somehow, after all he had seen and heard and done in Dodge City. 

He did not rightly know what you did for him.  I do not know now what you did for him, or how you did it.  But you, priests and people of Dodge City, you broadened him, that I do know.  You deepened him.  You molded him into the man who was so widely loved in Wichita and all of southeast Kansas. 

He took delight in his people, the psalmist said.  You helped him treasure that line.  The delight never left him all the days of his life. 

Nor is it any wonder.  From you he learned how to bishop.  The way you responded to him helped deepen him even as he learned.  He hoped that you delighted in him half as much as he delighted in you. 

Because you belonged to the Lord, he came to belong to the Lord, and in ways that surprised him right up to his last days.  He was clay in the hands of the Lord to the very end, because the Lord made him clay in your hands at the very beginning.

 

‘Arcilla en las manos del Señor’

Mons. Eugene J. Gerber fue obispo de Dodge City durante seis años, veinticinco años obispo en Wichita y diecisiete años obispo emérito también en Wichita: Después de casi cuarenta y dos años de obispo, regresó el sábado al Padre que lo creó, al Hijo que lo llamó y al Espíritu que lo formó. 

Ese es el exterior de la historia, pero también hay un interior de la historia.  Parte de eso tiene que ver con ustedes, los sacerdotes y el pueblo de la Diócesis de Dodge City.  No era el mismo hombre, cuando terminó su vida con ustedes en 1982.

Regresó a Wichita cambiado.  Los que lo conocieron por más tiempo, los que lo conocieron mejor... lo vieron enseguida, incluso aunque no pudieran identificarlo.  Solo estaba... digamos... diferente.

Monseñor John Gilsenan estuvo cerca de entenderlo cuando dijo que Mons. Gerber estaba más reflexivo de alguna manera, después de todo lo que había visto, oído y hecho en Dodge City. 

Él no sabía exactamente lo que ustedes le habían hecho.  No sé ahora lo que hicieron por él, o cómo lo hicieron.  Pero ustedes, sacerdotes y pueblo de Dodge City, hicieron de él un hombre más grande, eso sí lo sé.  Lo profundizaron.  Lo transformaron en el hombre que era tan amado en Wichita y en todo el sureste de Kansas. 

Se deleitaba con su pueblo, dijo el salmista.  Ustedes lo ayudaron a apreciar ese versículo.  El deleite nunca le abandonó todos los días de su vida. 

Tampoco es de extrañar.  De ustedes aprendió a ser obispo.  La forma en que ustedes respondieron a él lo ayudó a profundizar incluso mientras aprendía.  Él esperaba que ustedes se deleitaron en él al menos la mitad de lo que él se deleitó en ustedes. 

Debido a que ustedes pertenecían al Señor, él vino a pertenecer al Señor, y de una manera que lo sorprendió hasta sus últimos días.  Él fue arcilla en las manos del Señor hasta el final, porque el Señor lo hizo arcilla en las manos de ustedes desde el principio.

Bishop Eugene J. Gerber; 1931-2018

Good shepherd.  Gentleness.  Inner Peace.  Trust in the Lord.  These phrases come to mind as I think of Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, who died September 29, 2018. 

Bishop Gerber was our third bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  He was appointed by Pope Paul VI, ordained a bishop by Bishop David Maloney, and installed as our bishop, all in late 1976.  In 1982, Bishop Gerber was named by Pope Saint John Paul II to lead the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.  I was ordained a priest by Bishop Gerber 20 years ago in Wichita.

During my episcopal Ordination Mass in 2011, I commented that Bishop Gerber “is a wonderful example of a good shepherd.”  Bishop Gerber’s gentle and compassionate care for his flock was/is a great example for me.  His teaching, care for the hungry, and compassion for the sick were modeled after the Good Shepherd, Jesus.  A few examples:

  • Teaching. Bishop Gerber gave a profound lesson on “The Wheel of Balance,” to us seminarians in the mid-1990s, which I have used ever since, in order to “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). [Go to dcdiocese.org, scroll to the bottom and click on “wheel of balance”.]
  • Care for the hungry. Bishop Gerber lived in the Cathedral rectory in downtown Wichita for years. He would speak with homeless folks.  Bishop Gerber would make a sandwich for a homeless man who stopped by the rectory.  This was his initial impetus for the Lord’s Diner, which was opened in 2002, and has served over five million meals since.
  • Compassion for the sick. Bishop Gerber, many years ago, was speaking with a priest about retirement. The priest commented: “I have no place to go.”  This planted the seed in Bishop Gerber’s heart for the Priest Retirement Center in Wichita.

Thank you, Bishop Gerber, for your faithful service in the Lord to your flocks in the dioceses of Dodge City and Wichita.  Eternal rest grant unto you.  Thank you, dear Jesus, for the gift of Bishop Eugene J. Gerber.  You love him, and all of us, so much!  

 

Mons. Eugene J. Gerber, obispo - 1931-2018

 

Buen Pastor.  Dulzura.  Paz interior.  Confianza en el Señor.  Estas frases me vienen a la mente cuando pienso en Mons. Eugene J. Gerber, obispo, quien falleció el 29 de septiembre de 2018.

 Mons. Gerber fue nuestro tercer obispo para la Diócesis de Dodge City.  Fue nombrado por el Papa Pablo VI, ordenado obispo por Mons. David Maloney, e instalado como nuestro obispo, todo a fines de 1976.  En 1982, Mons. Gerber fue nombrado por el Papa San Juan Pablo II para dirigir la Diócesis de Wichita.  Yo fui ordenado sacerdote por Mons. Gerber hace 20 años en Wichita.

 Durante mi misa de ordenación episcopal en 2011, comenté que Mons. Gerber “es un maravilloso ejemplo de un buen pastor”.  El cuidado amable y compasivo de Mons. Gerber por su rebaño fue y es un gran ejemplo para mí.  Su enseñanza, el cuidado de los hambrientos y la compasión por los enfermos se inspiraron en el Buen Pastor, Jesús.  Algunos ejemplos:

  • Enseñanza. Mons. Gerber dio una profunda lección sobre “La rueda del equilibrio” a los seminaristas a mediados de la década de 1990, que he usado desde entonces para “que tengan vida, y la tengan en abundancia”(Juan 10, 10). [Buscar la “Rueda del equilibrio” en nuestro sitio web]
  • Cuidado de los hambrientos. Mons. Gerber vivía en la casa parroquial de la catedral en el centro de Wichita durante años. Hablaba con la gente sin hogar.  Mons. Gerber preparó una torta para un hombre sin hogar que se detuvo en la casa parroquial.  Este fue su ímpetu inicial para la Cena del Señor, que se inauguró en 2002 y ha servido más de cinco millones de comidas desde entonces.
  • Compasión por los enfermos. Monseñor Gerber, hace muchos años, hablaba con un sacerdote sobre la jubilación. El sacerdote comentó: “No tengo donde ir”.  Esto plantó una semilla en el corazón de Mons. Gerber, que creó el Centro para Sacerdotes Jubilados en Wichita.

 Gracias, Mons. Gerber, por su fiel servicio en el Señor a sus rebaños en las diócesis de Dodge City y Wichita.  Reciba el descanso eterno.  Gracias, querido Jesús, por el don de Mons. Eugene J. Gerber.  ¡Tú lo amas tanto, y nos amas tanto a nosotros! 

 

+ Obispo John

How a priest and teams of homeless people are transforming Detroit

By Mary Rezac

Detroit, Mich., Sep 12, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many homeless people of Detroit already recognize Father Marko Djonovic’s white Ford Excursion.

When Djonovic rolls up with his friend Marcus Cobb, it’s probably because they’ve got a job to offer, in exchange for lunch and some pay.

“Word is getting out on the street about us,” Djonovic said of his new ministry, which he dubbed Better Way Detroit.

“So, when they see the white Ford Excursion they come up to us, asking, are you going to pick us up for work?” he told CNA.

Djonovic and Cobb are the two-man crew behind Better Way Detroit, and since May they have been teaming up with the city of Detroit and willing homeless workers to clean up the city’s parks, overgrown alleys, and vacant lots.

They drive around three days a week, stopping at shelters and other homeless hangouts, offering several hours of work for pay. The van can hold up to six people besides Djonovic and Cobb, and they typically take workers on a first come, first serve basis.

While he never worked with the homeless in any official capacity prior to starting this ministry, Djonovic said he was inspired by the individual interactions he had had with people on the streets.

After helping a mentally ill man get off the streets and into housing, he said he realized that while the homeless agencies are a “well-polished machine, there are gaps in that sometimes they can’t go out on the streets and find people and meet these people.”

He said he also discovered that many of the homeless had a strong work ethic and a desire to work for pay.

“When I see the homeless I don’t see hopeless objects of pity, but I see persons...with a sincere desire to work. They want to work. And there’s a great need in the city of Detroit, so putting those two things together moved me to to do this project,” he said.

Djonovic is also part of the newly-formed Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Detroit.

The spirit of service found in St. Philip Neri was an inspiration behind Better Way Detroit, Djonovic said.

“We serve following his spirit,” Djonovic said of the members of the Oratory. That service manifests itself in three ways: evangelization to youth, the cultivation of the spiritual life among the people through the sacraments, and service to the poor.

“I believe it’s what St. Philip would have done, he wasn’t afraid to out on the streets and preach the Gospel, to engage people, which included the homeless. St. Philip Neri was known as the apostle of Rome just because of that,” he said.

In the beginning, Better Way Detroit partnered with the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department to clean up parks through their Adopt a Park program. They now also help the city clear out overgrown alleys and vacant lots that can pose safety problems to neighborhoods.

Cobb provides much need insight to the ministry for how to work with the homeless because he was once a homeless veteran himself, Djonovic said.

“I learn a lot from Marcus, he understands the homeless culture; he’s very wise,” Djonovic said. He said Cobb has taught him the importance of being attentive to even the smaller needs of the homeless, such as if they want cigarettes or water, and to let them know they are respected.

Cobb said it helps instill a sense of respect and responsibility to the homeless that they work with if they are given ownership of the projects in which they partake. Every job starts with an evaluation of the site and the work to be done, and the homeless workers decide how best to get the job done, he said.

“You give them ownership, ask them how it should be done. It gives them responsibility,” Cobb said. “We get their input, and before you know it everyone’s teaming up. It makes them feel important, it gets better results, and they put the word out because they know it’s well worth their time.”

Cobb said he believes the ministry has been well-received among the homeless because “it gives them something to look forward to, and a chance to give back, and to get back into society.”

“Just because they’re homeless...doesn’t mean they don’t want to give back or try to get back in to society,” Cobb said.

It also appeals to the homeless because it gives them a chance to provide for some of their own needs “without a handout,” he said.

The partnership with the city, which is significantly understaffed, has also worked well, Cobb and Djonovic said, because their team is often able to get to jobs that the city doesn’t have the staff to do.

For example, the city gets a lot of calls from senior citizens who have lived in their neighborhoods for decades and have safety concerns about overgrown lots that may serve as hideouts or hubs for drug deals, Djonovic said.

“One woman was just singing our praises” after they cleared up a vandalized, overgrown lot in her neighborhood, he said. “Once (lots) are exposed, they feel safer, especially for the sake of children.”

Djonovic said he feels privileged to get to work alongside the homeless, and as they work, “sometimes I get to know their story, and they get to know my story,” he said.

“It’s happened a few times where guys ask me, why did you become a priest?” he said.

Every project concludes with lunch and a reflection on a bible reading. They have also handed out prayer cards to the homeless and do their best to connect them to housing, healthcare services, or other resources they might need.

“We at least just make them aware of the services available and encourage them to go, some guys aren’t aware of (everything available),” Djonovic said.

Djonovic currently funds the ministry entirely out of his own pocket, and through any donations he receives for the project. All of the money goes strictly to needed materials such as gloves or shovels and to pay the homeless for their work.

Djonovic and Cobb added that they are always looking for ways to expand and strengthen their ministry, and they are hoping sometime in the future to employ someone in a full-time position who can oversee the operation to make it more sustainable.

“Things are looking good we’re really enjoying it,” said Djonovic, who added that he’s been touched by some of the responses he’s seen from the homeless.

“One guy said: ‘I feel blessed because to be a part of something positive.’ He didn’t say, 'oh, now I’ve got some money in my pocket',” Djonovic recalled.

“Another young man, 25 years old, he said it was a grace” to participate in the project, he said.

Cobb said he would encourage Catholics to encounter and get to know the poor in their cities.

“Go out and start from the bottom and communicate with the people...go into the areas where the people don’t have the income, and approach them and talk to them halfway nice, and they’ll respond.”

Diocese mourns death of Bishop Gerber, third bishop of diocese

The Most Reverend Eugene J. Gerber, bishop emeritus of Wichita, died Sept. 29. He was 87. Bishop Gerber was the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Wichita (1983 to 2001), and third bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City (1976 – 1983).
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita Oct. 9. Bishop Carl Kemme presided. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Bishop John B. Brungardt and Bishop Emeritus Ronald M. Gilmore of Dodge City, and Bishop Gerald Vincke of Salina were among the concelebrating bishops. Bishop Gilmore was the homilist at the vigil; Bishop Kemme was the homilist for the funeral. Interment was at Ascension Cemetery in Wichita.
Eugene Gerber was born April 30, 1931 at a hospital in Kingman, the son of Cornelius J. and Lena (Tiesmeyer) Gerber, members of St. Louis Parish, Waterloo. He took his college studies at Wichita State University and Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo. He completed philosophy and theology studies at St. Thomas Seminary, Denver. There he received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Mark K. Carroll at St. Patrick Church, Kingman on May 19, 1959. He served as assistant pastor at St. Anne and Church of the Magdalen parishes in Wichita before being named vice chancellor in 1961.
Father Gerber taught religion at Mt. Carmel Academy from 1961 to 1963 when he was named an assistant at Holy Savior Parish in Wichita. He returned to the Chancery in 1963 as vice chancellor.
The following year he was named an assistant to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Wichita, and as assistant to Bishop David M. Maloney. Father Gerber was again named vice chancellor in 1965.
He served as business manager for the Catholic Advance beginning in 1967 and was named an assistant at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the next year.
In 1973 Father Gerber was named pastor of Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita. He was named chancellor in 1975, while continuing as pastor of Blessed Sacrament.
Several months after his appointment as chancellor in 1975, Bishop Maloney sent him to Rome for post-graduate studies in theology and scripture at the St. Thomas Pontifical University where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
In June of 1976, while continuing as chancellor, he was appointed vicar for religious education. From 1969 to 1976, he served on the governing board of Hoy Family Center for the mentally challenged and from 1970 to 1976; he was moderator of the diocesan Cursillo Movement.
He was 45 years of age when he was appointed to serve as the third bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City. Bishop Gerber was ordained to the episcopacy Dec. 14, 1976, by Bishop David Maloney at St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita. Assisting in the ordination were Bishop Marion F. Forst, second bishop of Dodge City, and Bishop Richard Hanifen, auxiliary bishop of Denver. Archbishop Jean Jadot, apostolic delegate, and Cardinal John Carberry, archbishop of St. Louis, presided at the ordination
The following day, installation ceremonies were held in the Civic Center in Dodge City. The installing prelates were Archbishop Jadot and the Most Reverend Ignatius J. Strecker, archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas. Clergy, religious, and laity made up the more than 1,600 persons in attendance.
Bishop Gerber was the first native of Kansas to lead the Dodge City diocese. Under Bishop Gerber’s leadership the ministries continued to grow with the establishment of the Apostolate with Disabled Persons, the Vicariate for Spanish-Speaking, Permanent Diaconate, Aging Ministry, Rural Life Program, RENEW, Vocations Program, Evangelization and the Peace and Justice Office.
On Nov. 23, 1982, after only six years in Dodge City, Bishop Gerber was appointed to lead the Diocese of Wichita. He was installed Feb. 9, 1983, at Century II in Wichita.
Bishop Gerber would serve in his home diocese for nearly 20 years. He resigned at the age of 70 in 2001. The Lord’s Diner, a Wichita food ministry that has served 5 million meals to the poor; the Spiritual Life Center, a retreat and conference facility in Bel Aire; and the Bishop Gerber Science Center at Newman University now stand as living memorials to his life and ministry.
(Additional information on Bishop Gerber’s funeral and remembrances will appear in the next issue of the Catholic.)

Annual Dechant Foundation Golf Classic honors, celebrates retired priests, bishops

By DAVID MYERS

Southwest Kansas Catholic

DODGE CITY – The clouds were thick with moisture, like mammoth water balloons, dark grey and ready to burst.

Underneath the ocean of clouds filling the sky Sept. 7, lining the green grass of Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City were dozens of golfers who were hoping that by some miracle they would be able to complete the course before being rained out, or worse yet, zapped by some 30,000 amperes.

If it had been any other golf outing, they may have called it quits. But this was special. This was for our retired priests, a fund-raiser to make sure they are served well after so many years of serving others.

In the end there was no thunder, not a drop of rain.

“I felt the day was a great success,” said event organizer Mark Roth, Development Director for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. “The weather was perfect and the rains held off. I would like to thank all the sponsors and players who made the day possible. It is truly heartwarming to see so many people come out and support our retired priests.”

The day began with Mass at the chapel in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated by Bishop John B. Brungardt and Father Jacob Schneider. In his homily, the bishop reminded those gathered that in such troubled times as these, “We realize how weak we are and how much we need our Savior. … Trust in Him and He will act. … That’s the only way to make it in this world … to trust in the Lord and in His Sacred Heart.”

At Mariah Hills on the eastern edge of Dodge City, chancery staff signed in the teams. Individual golfers were offered the chance to buy mulligans for $20 each, which allows the golfer a second chance at a swing if the first one goes embarrassingly awry.

Just outside the clubhouse, members of KofC Council 2955 heated up charcoals for a hamburger and hotdog lunch as dozens of golf carts for the teams stood in a long line nearby.

Before the golfers hit the course, Bishop Brungardt led the blessing with St. Paul’s teaching that athletes “‘run so as to win’, a perishable award, yet we, with the help of our sacramental life, hope for an ‘imperishable’ award: eternal life. (1 Cor 9:24).

“The golf tourney is for the benefit our retired priests and bishops, who have given the flock decades of ministry: the sacraments, teaching, and shepherding,” he said.

“Thank you, golfers, sponsors, and organizers of this day, for your generosity for our retired priests and bishops.”

With excited anticipation, the golfers took to their assigned carts and headed out, each traversing the green hills to a different hole, some seeming to almost disappear into the distance. In one cart, Father Schneider let out a fun-filled howl as he raced to beat another cart, driven by Director of Youth Ministry Adam Urban, to the greens, where they competed on the same team.

On the closest hole to the clubhouse, Diocese Financial Officer Dan Stremel was one of the first to take to the tee. Team member Greg Vierthaler joked that he was going to take a few steps back in case the lightning decided to make an early appearance.

Retired priests Fathers Reggie Urban and Benjamin Martin were there, along with other priests and Sisters, as well as Newman University chaplain, Father John Fogliasso, and a bevy of lay people who combined faith and fun to serve our retired priests.

Local pair organizing hope, help for the

physically challenged, caregivers

By DAVE MYERS

Southwest Kansas Catholic

John Trombley struggles daily due to a problem knee and shrapnel in his back, the latter of which he received while serving in Vietnam.

Sara Smith is a caregiver to her husband, Rawlin, who is suffering the latent effects of Agent Orange, a chemical weapon to which he was exposed—also while serving in Vietnam.

But this isn’t about Trombley and Smith.

This is about all veterans—and anyone else—who are living with disabilities and could use a helping hand, a bit of instruction or advice, maybe someone to talk to.

It started with Bob Hamilton, the Visually Impaired Service Coordinator at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. His idea is to provide greater support for the physically challenged veterans and public throughout Western Kansas.

Hamilton shared his idea with Bishop John Brungardt, who notified Father Bob Schremmer, who contacted Smith.

“And Sara contacted me,” Trombley said. The pair are uniquely qualified to bring Hamilton’s dream to Southwest Kansas, both because of their personal experiences, and because they each house a heart- and faith-filled desire to help others. 

While they have a special place in their hearts for disabled veterans (for whom, thanks to their experience and the support of Hamilton, they will be able to offer special attention) their goal is to serve all those with disabilities, and all those who care for them.

“We want to bring information and solutions to the challenges that persons with disabilities face,” Smith explained. “People are dying in the recesses of their home because they don’t know there is help out there.”

As “purveyors of information”, the group will offer helpful advice about (among many other things): Medicare and how to apply for it; how to use health care appliances properly; where to get help for simple, every-day challenges; what benefits are out there that can help financially; where you can go for help that doesn’t include driving across the state.  

“We have experts in southwest Kansas,” Trombley said, experts that the two hope will offer some of their time and expertise to extend Hamilton’s mission to southwest Kansas so that no person facing physical challenges has to travel for answers, including disabled veterans who must travel to the Veterans Affairs facility in Wichita.

“If it’s a question of mobility in Sublette, we go to Sublette,” Trombley explained, “We don’t want them to come to us, but for us to go to them. We encourage sharing solutions between caregivers, the people with disabilities and the professionals.”

“We want more things from the Veterans Administration out here,” Smith added. “For us to get Rawlin to Wichita for treatment was a big deal. If we can save someone from that ….  A 24-hour caregiver doesn’t have the energy to go to Wichita.”

The pair also wants to strengthen the emotional support between caregivers and people with disabilities, by sharing experiences, challenges and solutions, including care options.

“If you find something that works, share it!” Smith said. This summer, Rawlin [Smith’s husband] wanted to exercise in the lazy river at a water park but couldn’t because of his oxygen tank. Rather than feel sorry for himself, he got the creative juices flowing. He invented a special raft made to support his oxygen tank in the water.

“He figured out that he should share that knowledge,” Smith said, proudly. 

“Sometimes these people are pitied,” she said, referring to people facing physical challenges. “They are not helpless or incapacitated. They are smart, inventive and creative. They are to be respected.”

The organization is still in its early stages. Eventually it will begin offering workshops throughout the diocese. Those wishing to volunteer their time to help Smith and Trombley may call the Catholic office at 620-227-1519. In the meantime, Smith and Trombley would like to gage the interest for such an organization. They are asking interested individuals to fill out the needs assessment survey included on this page, and to submit it to the office of the Southwest Kansas Catholic to: Disability Issues, 910 Central, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801.

“We have gotten to know a number of veteran couples who have gone through treatment programs,” Smith said. “We have to stand beside each other. There are people who can do it alone, but relationships make it so much easier.”

 

Return survey to:

Disability Issues, 910 Central,

P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801.

Be sure and include your name, address and phone number:

 

NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY

 

  1. Check the disabilities you have or may deal with in the future.

□ Visual

□ Hearing loss

□ Mobility

□ Dementia/Alzheimer

□ Speech Communication Issues

□ Parkinson’s

□ Emphysema Lung/Breathing Issue

□ Other_______________

 

  1. Are you currently a caregiver for someone with a disability? □ YES □ NO

 

  1. Below is a list of activities that can be difficult, depending on your circumstances. Check the box for any that is difficult for you now, or might become difficult in the future.

□ Eating

□ Bathing

□ Meal Preparation

□ Managing Money

□ Light Housework

□ Other:__________

□ Toileting

□ Transferring in and out of bed or chair

□ Shopping

□ Using Telephone

□ Transportation

□ Walking

□ Dressing

□ Managing Medication

□ Heavy Housework

□ Transportation

 

  1. Below is a list of issues/conditions/concerns, which could affect an individual’s quality of life. Check the box which is or may become a problem for you:

□ Accidents/Falling

□ Employment

□ Household Chores

□ Legal Affairs

□ Obtaining information about services

□ Taking care of another person: □ Child under 18 years of age □ Adult

□ Crime

□ Energy/Utilities

□ Housing

□ Loneliness

□ Receiving services/benefits

□ Depression

□ Health Care

□ Isolation

□ Money to live on

□ Other ___________

 

  1. Would you like to attend a workshop about disability issues? □ Yes □ No
  2. What other topics about disabilities would you like to see addressed at a workshop?

 

 

 

 

Past Issues

August 4, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE: Prayer and ActionAction for AlexTotus TuusCamp Cristo ReyFather Schawe in GuatemalaSt. Francis Cabrini FraternityEmPowering those facing challenges; Pro-Life group brings help, hope to borderSeminarians' Summer MinistriesHow Catholics Pray

July 7, 2019

June 9, 2019

May 19, 2019

May 5, 2019

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

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

 

 

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