Website Links

: The following website links are listed for your convenience. The fact that a certain website is contained in this list does not in any way signify endorsement by the diocese, as some websites may take positions in opposition to the diocese or the teachings of the Catholic Church, or may display information that we feel is inappropriate. If you have any questions about the websites contained in this list, please call us at 605-988-3755.

Life Issues (Abortion, Euthanasia, Death Penalty, etc.)

Breast Cancer and Abortion
Research indicates a strong link between abortion and breast cancer.
Culture of Life Foundation and Institute
This website is a resource that analyzes, interprets and communicates both existing and new scientific data and factual research on issues concerning human life and the family. Their purpose is to inform, unify, and affirm all those who seek the truth about the dignity of    human life, defending it in all its fullness from conception until natural death.
Human Life International
Pro-life resources and education, with an emphasis on the Church’s teachings, in English, French, Polish and Spanish.
Life Issues Institute
Counters the "pro-choice" mentality in American society.

Life Decisions International
Challenging the agenda of Planned Parenthood worldwide.

National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
Working closely with the United States Catholic Bishops, NCHLA assists state Catholic conferences, dioceses and Catholic lay groups.
Priests for Life
This site provides a resource with many helpful tips, guides, articles, and information on promoting a culture of life.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
Read about this heroic mother, who sacrificed her own life for her unborn child.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
The website of the pro-life office of the United States Bishops, providing Church documents, commentary, press releases, and pro-life programs and publications.
USCCB Campaign To End the Death Penalty
While the U.S. Catholic bishops have been calling for an end to the use of the death penalty for 25 years, this new Campaign was launched in March of 2005.

Patients' Rights Council
Addressing euthanasia, assisted suicide, advance directives, disability rights, pain control and more

Catholic Social Teachings

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
This is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Catholic Relief Services
The website for the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Community.
USCCB Social Development and World Peace
Information on Catholic social teaching and on the church’s positions on issues of justice and peace. Resources are available for diocesan social action leaders, parish social ministry leaders, priests and deacons, Catholic educators, and others.
An apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. We have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!" We also have an outreach called Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.
Human Sexuality
Pornography - Archdiocese of Kansas City "As for Me and My House" Program
An initiative aimed at fostering the virtue of chastity by building awareness of the effects of pornography in society, offering support and healing for those harmed by it, and educating Catholics on what they can do to protect their families from its influence.
Pornography - Family Life Center International
Family Life Center's resource help for those struggling with pornography & resources for men desiring to maintain their purity.
Pure Love Club
Renowned Catholic speakers Jason and Crystalina Evert’s website on chastity and the Church’s teachings on human sexuality. Geared towards teenagers, but also answering questions for parents, you will not find a more comprehensive resource on chastity and its importance. The true meaning of human love is fully explained.
Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris consortio, #35).
USCCB Love and Sexuality Website
Women of the Third Millennium
A lay organization that promotes the dignity, vocation, and mission of women and men through retreats, talks, articles, and books. WTTM was co-founded in 1996 by Katrina Zeno and Zoë Romanowsky in response to Pope John Paul II's call to develop a new feminism. Since that time, WTTM has expanded its vision to reach out to both single and married people.
Theology of the Body
Christopher West
Christopher West is a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute and one of the most sought after speakers in the Church today.
Theology of the Body for Teens
Using a great mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and references to the culture that teens understand, Theology of the Body for Teens answers the questions teens have about their own bodies, issues on sexual morality, and how they were uniquely created for greatness.
Theology of the Body Institute
The Theology of the Body Institute exists to promote the revolutionary teaching of Pope John Paul II on the divine meaning of the human body and human sexuality through programs, resources, and our graduate level training courses.
Theology of the Body International Alliance
This website's resources are dedicated to the promotion of Pope John Paul II's revolutionary and life-transforming message of hope that counteracts societal trends which urge us to view the body as an object of pleasure or as a machine for manipulation.
Translation by Micheal M. Waldstein and published by Pauline Books and Media
Pauline Books and Media presents Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, a brand new translation based on a previously unknown version of the text discovered in Vatican Archives by acclaimed biblical scholar Michael M. Waldstein, Th.D. Now, for the first time in 22 years, the true beauty of The Theology of the Body can be appreciated.
Contraception & Natural Family Planning
Billings Ovulation Method
A website with information and education on this natural family planning method.
Couple to Couple League
Natural Family Planning advocacy and information on the Sympto-Thermal Method.
One More Soul
A website devoted to spreading the truth about the blessings of children and the harms of contraception.
Pope Paul VI Institute
Resources in the Creighton Model of NFP, and also in bioethics and acceptable reproductive technologies in accordance with Church teaching. The home of FertilityCare and NaProTechnology.
The Gift Foundation
Information on contraception and sexuality. Order a once in a lifetime offer of the popular 10 disc CD set “Naked Without Shame” by Christopher West for only $3.90. You will not find a more reasonable deal anywhere.
 Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris consortio, #35).
Post-Abortion Support

Catholic Family Services

This is the Diocesan outreach to those suffering from the effects of an abortion decision. Individual counseling services, as well as group and other counseling resources are available to help women and their families heal from their decision.
Elliott Institute
Research and testimonies on the aftereffects of abortion on mothers and a comprehensive list of psychological and physical complications.
National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing
Founded in 1990, the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, Inc. networks researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, consults on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings including Project Rachel, provides training for care providers, maintains a national "800" referral line for those seeking assistance in reconciling an abortion experience, publishes the International Post-Abortion Support Services Directory, produces and vends audio, video, and printed materials, maintains an annotated book list, tracks support group models, and sponsors the Healing Vision conference at Marquette University.
Project Rachel
A great website for education, information, personal stories and other assistance.
Rachel's Vineyard
Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign
The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families.
Fetal Development
Just the Facts
Extensive information on the development of the child from conception to birth, with other useful information such as pregnancy, fetal surgery, pain, heartbeat, video clips and resources.
Endowment for Human Development
The Endowment for Human Development (EHD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health science education and public health. EHD equips educators, clinicians, and governments to help everyone appreciate, apply, and communicate the science of health and human development.
Marriage & Family

St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers
St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers is an informal international network of Christian men, under the patronage of St. Joseph, dedicated to strengthening the family. A great resource for many issues involving marriage, the family, and parenting.

For Your Marriage - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website with resources for those preparing for marriage and husbands and wives who seek to strengthen their marriages.
Institute for Marital Healing
The mission of the Institute for Marital Healing is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. Through a combination of online resources, educational programs and publications, the Institute employs a time-tested approach to marital therapy that recognizes the importance of both science and faith in the process of marital healing.
Pro-life News Services

An independent news agency specifically devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community. With a team of experienced journalists and reporters, reaches more than 150,000 pro-life advocates each week via its web site, email news reports, and weekday radio program.

LifeSiteNews is a non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family. It was launched in September 1997. LifeSiteNews Daily News reports and information pages are used by numerous organizations and publications, educators, professionals and political, religious and life and family organization leaders and grassroots people across North America and internationally.

Prayer & Devotions
Daily Scripture Readings and Saint of the Day
Read today's Mass readings and find out who is the Saint of the day.
EWTN Devotions
A collection of prayers, novenas, litanies, short spiritual reflections, inspirational messages, and specific pro-life reflections and messages.
Institute for Priestly Formation
A list of books and periodicals on the discernment of spirits for priests and the laity.
Priests for Life
A collection of prayers, blessings, litanies, novenas, and much more.
USCCB Prayers for Life
A collection of resources for all forms of prayer, including, but not limited to, liturgy guides, intercessions for life, homilies, blessings, holy hours, litanies, meditations, novenas, and rosaries for life.
Political & Legal Activity

Americans United for Life
This is a public-interest law firm dedicated to providing legal expertise and strategy in the field of life-affirming legislation, litigation, and public education.

Catholic Advocate Network (CAN) of the Sioux Falls Diocese
The grassroots public policy initiative of the diocese created to educate, inform, alert, and hopefully inspire participation in governmental processes.

National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors
A State Catholic Conference is a Church agency made up of representatives from the dioceses within the state that advocates on behalf of the Church with regard to public policy concerns. The Diocese of Sioux Falls is an affiliate member.

Susan B. Anthony List
Training pro-life women in the political arena.

The Becket Fund
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a Washington, D.C. based public interest law firm protecting the free expression of all religious traditions.

Thomas More Law Center
A not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
The nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.

Bioethics (IVF, Stem Cells, etc.)

Culture of Life Foundation and Institute
This website is a resource that analyzes, interprets and communicates both existing and new scientific data and factual research on issues concerning human life and the family. Their purpose is to inform, unify, and affirm all those who seek the truth about the dignity of human life, defending it in all its fullness from conception until natural death.
Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics
A website devoted to the issue of embryonic and adult stem cell research and use.
Life Giving Love in an Age of Technology
This website includes many helpful resources, including the statement "Life Giving Love in an Age of Technology", a pastoral teaching by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is a question-and-answer format that seeks to respond to current issues in reproductive technology – some that offer great hope, others that pose moral problems – and helps Catholic couples fulfill their procreative potential and build a family.
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National Catholic Bioethics Center
This center provides a Catholic perspective on moral issues in the health and life sciences.
Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research
The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research is a statewide advocate for biomedical research that promotes the life, dignity and rights of every human being at each developmental stage.
Population Research & Ethics

Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)
Educates the public on family and human rights issues related to U.N. activities.

Population Research Institute
Steve Mosher’s organization fights international population control policies and provides up to date information on what is happening across the globe on population issues.

Respect Life Shopping

Family Life Center International
Family Life Center International has dedicated itself to supporting family life throughout the world.

Heritage House/Victory Won
Resource website with a large selection of respect life materials.

Life Cycle Books
North America's foremost publisher of pro-life and abstinence books and other educational materials.

One More Soul
A website devoted to spreading the truth about the blessings of children and the harms of contraception.
Multi-Issue Catholic Resources

Cardinal Newman Society

An intercollegiate organization of students, educators and alumni founded to promote preservation of Catholic higher education, including the pro-life identity of universities.
Catholic Answers
The home page for the highly successful Karl Keating and a place to start if you have a question about the Catholic faith.
Catholic Education Resource Center
An outstanding website that provides a broad range of valuable resources which are loyal to Catholic teaching, including work from popular Catholic columnists, authors and journalists from around the globe.
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)
A great resource on Catholic teachings, prayers, apologetics, etc., with a range of media services, including podcasts.
First Things
First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
The Catholic Encyclopedia
This user friendly website, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States.
The official home page of the Vatican including a papal archive, resource library, news service, latest updates, and much more.

Entertainment Reviews

USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting
      This Office is responsible for reviewing and rating theatrical motion pictures, previewing and evaluating television programming as well as providing the Catholic public with information about the role of the entertainment and news media in influencing societal and personal values.