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

"AMORIS LÆTITIA" ("The Joy of Love")

BY POPE FRANCIS

 

 

STATEMENT OF BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN

 

TEXT OF "AMORIS LÆTITIA" ("The Joy of Love")

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to allow an engaged couple to concentrate on their relationship.  For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls CLICK HERE.

 
LIFE CHAIN LINK PRAYER WITH BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN
Planned Parenthood on 41st Street, Sioux Falls
  • July 12, 2016 - 12:00 noon
  • August 16, 2016 - 12:00 noon
  • September 6, 2016 - 12:00 noon

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

 
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING AWARENESS WEEK
JULY 24-30, 2016
A national and diocesan wide educational campaign that provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote God's divine plan for families through the gift of natural family planning.  Learn more and download resources by visiting the NFP Page of this website.    

ANNUAL MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY MASS CELEBRATIONS

August 7, 2016, St. Mary's Parish, Aberdeen

August 14, 2016, 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.

 

DIOCESAN YOUTH HUNT

Saturday, October 1, 2016, Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center, near Marvin, SD

The Youth Hunt is a great way to celebrate faith, family, and tradition in the context of responsible stewardship for God's creation.  There will be opportunities for prayer, fellowship, education, and all the excitement surrounding a hunt, including family fun activities for non-hunting family members.  For more information and to register visit the Youth Hunt page or call 605-988-3755.

 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
September 9-11, 2016, Broomtree Retreat Center, Irene, SD
November 18-20, 2016, Rapid City, SD
Consider giving the gift of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to your spouse!  The weekend involves 15-20 couples.  A series of presentations are given by a team of Catholic couples and a priest.  The focus of the weekend is on the couple--not group sessions. The time you spend on the weekend learning how to love each other and God in new and deeper ways will be a gift that will keep on giving throughout your lifetime! Visit www.sdwwme.org to register or call 605-362-0924