Celebrate Advent at Mount Marty’s free annual Vespers Concert

December 2019, Local
The Mount Marty College Music Department and Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery invite the community to their 37th annual Vespers concert on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances will take place in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel, located on the Mount Marty Campus in Yankton. Vespers is free and open to the public, and no tickets will be required for admittance. Vespers will feature Scripture reading and prayer in addition to songs and instrumental works of the Advent and Christmas season, including hymns and traditional English, Irish, and Polish carols. Pieces will be performed by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery Schola and Mount Marty College’s Concert Band, Chamber Singers, Choral Union, and pop a cappella ensemble, Smooth Benediction. Between performances, the Mount Marty Gregorian…
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Advent prepares us for the journey to the manger

Advent prepares us for the journey to the manger

December 2019, Headlines
By Daryl Thuringer, Delegate for Discipleship and Evangelization and Director of Parish and School Services for the Diocese of Sioux Falls It is that time of year again when the snow begins to fall and Christmas music can be heard everywhere. This has always been an exciting time of year for me. I remember as a child being drawn to the small manger scene our family displayed. It was nothing fancy, just plastic figures with a cardboard stable. But somehow those little figures were much more. I am still captivated by nativity sets. My wife and I have dozens of them. One was a wedding gift from my siblings, one made from a coconut, one that is about three feet tall, and an assortment made of wood carving, glass, metal…
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Officials

Officials

December 2019, Headlines
The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain decreed the following since the most recent publication of The Bishop’s Bulletin: Effective October 22, 2019, placed Reverend Jonathan Venner on non Charter leave from assigned ministry. Effective December 1, 2019, implemented new policy and guidelines for Financial Accountability in Parish Administration. A copy of the policy can be accessed online at sfcatholic.org. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Marian Blue Wave uses rosary to fight abortion

Marian Blue Wave uses rosary to fight abortion

December 2019, Headlines
In the fight to end abortion, we need all the help we can get. The American Life League has created the Marian Blue Wave, a call to action involving praying the rosary with the specific intention of ending abortion. According to the Marian Blue Wave website, the goal of the project is to “engage as many Catholics as possible in projects to extol the virtues of praying the rosary and use it to advance a call to holiness and evangelization.” Monsignor Charles Mangan is strongly behind this movement. “We turn to our natural mother when in need. And because of our baptism, we also lift up our cares to our Mother in heaven. By participating in the Marian Blue Wave, we entrust to Our Lady the protection of children in…
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Annual report for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Annual report for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

December 2019, Headlines
The Finance Office of the Diocese of Sioux Falls is again pleased to present the annual report to the people of the diocese. The year ended June 30, 2019, was an active year for programs and ministry throughout the Diocese of Sioux Falls. The fiscal year was strong financially, with net revenue from operations of $762,342. Including contributions of $215,465 toward the completion of the Adoration Sisters Monastery, net revenue totaled $977,807. While contributions were slightly below forecast, operating expenses were also below what was anticipated. The Catholic Family Sharing Appeal increased slightly and it continues to be the primary source of revenue for programs and ministries offered through the diocese. Endowment and other revenue provided by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota also provides significant funding. Program…
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The real St. Nick didn’t wear a red velvet suit

The real St. Nick didn’t wear a red velvet suit

December 2019, Headlines
By Renae Kranz Have you ever wondered who the real St. Nick was? Many of us Catholics know there was a St. Nicholas, but his story might be fuzzy in our minds and his link to Santa Claus is probably even fuzzier. The historical man who gave rise to the red-clad St. Nick of today was St. Nicholas of Myra, a bishop of the ancient Greek city of Myra during the Roman Empire. What we know about him is from accounts written centuries after his death and from pure legend. We do know many miracles have been accomplished through his intercession over the years. St. Nicholas was born around March 15, 270, in Patara in the Roman Empire to a wealthy Greek Christian family. His birth and death dates are…
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Avera celebrates opening of two new facilities

Avera celebrates opening of two new facilities

December 2019, Headlines
Avera recently celebrated the opening of two new facilities on the Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. This 82-acre campus is home to the Avera Specialty Hospital and Avera Medical Group building, Avera Addiction Care Center and Avera Human Performance Center. Bishop Paul Swain provided a blessing at a gala event (bottom) for the specialty hospital and at the ribbon cutting (left) for the Addiction Care Center. The first patients were seen at the specialty hospital Oct. 29. The Addiction Care Center will open mid-December.
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Conference invites youth to follow Jesus

Conference invites youth to follow Jesus

December 2019, Headlines
The 2019 Youth Conference, “Come Follow Me,” took over the Swiftel Center in Brookings in early November. Around 1,000 youth and adult leaders from parishes throughout the diocese were treated to speaker Chris Barlett, Josh Blakesley and his band, confession, eucharistic adoration, Mass with Bishop Paul Swain, a walk with the saints, and a dance party to finish it off. Photo left: A group of kids and leaders have lunch with Pope Francis. (All photos by Emily Leedom) [caption id="attachment_4610" align="alignright" width="217"] Father Joe Scholten leads adoration for the crowd.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4607" align="alignleft" width="225"] Josh Blakesley brought a young man on stage to help out with a game.[/caption]
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Stewardship award given to Beacom’s for their service

Stewardship award given to Beacom’s for their service

December 2019, Headlines
Miles and Lisa Beacom were awarded the annual Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota (CCFESD) Stewardship Award by CCFESD President Mark Conzemius (far right) and Bishop Paul Swain (pictured between Miles and Lisa). The award is given to CCFESD board members who exemplify what it means to be good stewards. The Beacom’s are members of St. Lambert Parish, Sioux Falls. (Photo courtesy of CCFESD)
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St. Joseph Parish dedicates cemetery monument

St. Joseph Parish dedicates cemetery monument

December 2019, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_4597" align="alignright" width="300"] Father Brian Simon, administrator of St. Joseph, Grenville, sprinkles holy water during the blessing of a new monument at the parish cemetery. (Photos courtesy of Elaine Koslowski)[/caption] St. Joseph Church, Grenville, dedicated a new cemetery monument October 13. The monument recognizes the 306 souls who are buried in the parish cemetery but do not have a headstone. In conjunction with the blessing of the monument, a cemetery book is available which contains color photos of all headstones, along with vital information such as date of birth and death, parents, and spouse.
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