Marriage, Family & Respect Life Home

 

         
 

Welcome to the Home Page of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life.  Saint John Paul II began his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, by saying "The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to the people of every age and culture." The mission of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life is to spread this "good news" to the people of Eastern South Dakota through prayer, education and action so that we might help support marriages, families, and build a culture of life in our diocese and beyond.

 

 


 

 

 

FEATURED

 

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families, Papal Visit & Mass

September 22-28, 2015

 

CLICK HERE to learn more!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls click here.

 

LIFE CHAIN LINK PRAYER WITH BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN

August 18, 2015, 12:00 noon, Planned Parenthood on 41st Street, Sioux Falls

To learn more and to sign up to participate in this prayer ministry, please visit the Life Chain Link Page of this website.

 

NFP AWARENESS WEEK 

July 19-26, 2015

This marks the beginning of NFP Awareness Week.  The theme this year is "All Natural! Natural Family Planning - Good for the Body. Great for the Soul!"  To assist in promoting this important gift in the parishes and beyond, information packets have been mailed throughout the diocese. Please visit the NFP page to learn how to spread this good news.  

 

ANNUAL MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY MASS CELEBRATIONS

August 2, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen

August 9, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls

The annual Anniversary Mass honoring couples married 25, 50, 60, and 65 years or more will once again be offered on two separate dates and locations this year.  Please contact the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life at 988-3755 with any questions.

 

LEGACY CELEBRATION

August 14-16, 2015, Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center

Come and celebrate as one the 125th anniversary of our diocese.  There will be fun for all, including speakers, workshops, concerts, child and family activities, and Mass.   CLICK HERE to learn more.  

 

PILGRIMAGE TO WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, PAPAL VISIT AND MASS
September 22-28, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy a week of spiritual enrichment (with Msgr. Charles Mangan as the spiritual director), engaging speakers, visit the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine (the only known saint to have visited South Dakota), and the opportunity to join Pope Francis in his first visit to the U.S. and attend a Papal Mass. CLICK HERE to learn more.   
 
ALL IN GOD'S PLAN
September 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. St. Michael's Parish, Sioux Falls
 
All in God's Plan is a program fro Mother & Daughters and Fathers & Sons to come together in separate gender sessions to learn age appropriate information about human sexuality, human development, and chastity formation.  CLICK HERE to learn more.