Why do the pope and religious change their names?

Why do the pope and religious change their names?

August 2020, Headlines
Question: Why do the pope and some religious sisters/brothers change their name? Answer: [caption id="attachment_5202" align="alignright" width="300"] Pope Francis greets a group of nuns outside the Diocesan Seminary in Ecatepec on February 14, 2016. (Photo by © L'Osservatore Romano)[/caption] This is another common question that both Catholics and others often ask and is worth taking some time to answer. Before diving in, it’s worth noting that popes and religious sisters and brothers do not change names for the same reason. As we will see, although there are similarities, there are also differences between the two practices. We will begin with the practice of receiving a new name as a religious sister or brother. The first thing to note is that the practice of receiving a new name as a member…
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During hard times, you can always talk to God

During hard times, you can always talk to God

August 2020, Headlines
By Brianna Wingen [caption id="attachment_5197" align="alignright" width="300"] Brianna Wingen, social media lead and administrative assistant, Diocese of Sioux Falls Communications Office[/caption] I remember as a child having mixed feelings about returning to school. There was the excitement of making it to the next grade, new school supplies, wonderment about the new things I would learn during the new school year, and above all the excitement to be reunited with friends. On the other hand, I remember having anxiety and a certain level of fear about returning to school. Was I ready for the next grade? Would the new material I would learn be too hard, and would I fail and be held back? But the one thing I remember fearing the most was that my friends had all decided they…
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TV Mass ministry gathers the world together

TV Mass ministry gathers the world together

August 2020, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5191" align="alignright" width="300"] TV Mass volunteers Brianna Wingen and Bill Sealey run the video and sound from the production room during Mass.[/caption] One big family of God gathers every weekend to watch the Sunday TV Mass recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls. That Mass is then posted on YouTube to a world-wide audience. As the world has stayed home in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, many Catholics have searched for ways to watch Mass online. Amazingly, many have found our little corner of the world and share Mass with us every Sunday. Nearly every state in the U.S. is represented in viewers. And these are just some of the places where other Catholics join in from: Indonesia, the Arctic Circle, Zimbabwe, India, Hong…
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Diocese of Rapid City ordains ninth bishop, Bishop Peter M. Muhich

Diocese of Rapid City ordains ninth bishop, Bishop Peter M. Muhich

August 2020, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5184" align="alignright" width="221"] Bishop Donald DeGrood lays hands on Bishop Peter Muhich during his ordination as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City.[/caption] Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Bernard A. Hebda presided at the ordination of the new bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, Bishop Peter M. Muhich, July 9 in Rapid City. Bishops from many dioceses were present to take part in the ordination, including Bishop Donald DeGrood, along with the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Christophe Pierre, and Cardinal Blase Cupich from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop DeGrood served as co-consecrator along with Bishop Robert Gruss of the Diocese of Saginaw. Bishop Muhich comes from the Diocese of Duluth where he has been a priest at several parishes since his priestly ordination…
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New grief program will serve entire diocese

New grief program will serve entire diocese

August 2020, Headlines
Catholic Family Services (CFS) will begin offering a new grief program called “Grief Share” this September. This is a world-wide Christian-based program designed for adults and presented in church settings. This support group combines educational videos, a workbook and time for discussion. It will be offered three times a year and will be presented over 11 weeks each time. Mary Weber, interim clinical director of CFS, says the program blends professional education with time for small group sharing and reflection. They hope it will allow more people around the diocese to get the grief counseling they need. “CFS realizes not all people can drive to Sioux Falls for a grief support group,” Weber says. “The Grief Share model allows CFS to show the videos remotely via Zoom to rural parishes…
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Why do we pray for the souls in purgatory?

Why do we pray for the souls in purgatory?

Headlines, July 2020
Question: As a convert, I have never really understood purgatory and why we are to pray for those who are there. (submitted on Facebook) Answer: This is an excellent question and a common one: because other Christians—Protestants, specifically—do not believe in purgatory, they often have questions about the Church’s teaching, which can persist even if they become Catholic. So, thanks for asking it. Let me try to explain what the Church believes about purgatory and praying for those who are there. In short, purgatory is the word the Church uses to describe a state of spiritual “cleansing” which occurs after we die. We are told in Scripture that nothing impure will enter into heaven (Rev. 21:27), but we are also told there are sins which we commit which are not…
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ALS diagnosis is a mysterious answer to prayer

ALS diagnosis is a mysterious answer to prayer

Headlines, July 2020
By Father Dana Christensen [caption id="attachment_5141" align="alignright" width="243"] Father Dana Christensen, parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria[/caption] The evening of February 27, 2000, I had the immense privilege of meeting a saint. I was on pilgrimage to Rome with a group of seminarians, and we were invited to an audience with St. John Paul II. While it was exhilarating to meet a personal hero, it was also sad to see him struggling with Parkinson’s disease. He shuffled along instead of walking with a confident gait as he did when young and healthy. His speech was slurred instead of sonorous and crisp. His secretary wiped his lips because he had spittle seeping from the corner of his lips. All this was hard to see. To many he was a weak…
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How the world’s feminism fails to honor femininity, and how Natural Family Planning helps preserve it

How the world’s feminism fails to honor femininity, and how Natural Family Planning helps preserve it

Headlines, July 2020
By Renae Kranz Women have a special vocation in the world and in the Church. Saint John Paul II understood it and called it the “feminine genius” in his exhortation “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.” But modern feminism would have us believe women should only focus on achieving equality with men, which in essence means becoming like men. Why put women in such a narrow box, reducing their role to a competition with men? It’s time for women to understand what makes them authentically female and wholly daughters of God with a role only they can fill. John Paul II described the four aspects of the feminine genius as the key way women can affect the world around them and in turn the Church. Those four aspects—receptivity, sensitivity,…
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Virtual fishing tournament a hit, but more help is needed

Virtual fishing tournament a hit, but more help is needed

Headlines, July 2020
[caption id="attachment_5125" align="alignright" width="227"] Bishop Donald DeGrood flashes an enthusiastic thumbs up.[/caption] The 24th Annual Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament moved its tracking online this year to keep the fun alive and well in the midst of a pandemic. The total individuals who participated reached 194. It was a good showing for a virtual endeavor, but more work remains to be done to reach the goal to fully fund two seminarians for the coming year. Since many pieces of the event had to be cancelled, donations are still being accepted to hit the goal for this year. [caption id="attachment_5127" align="alignright" width="300"] Pete, Tony and Joe DeGrood don paper bishop’s miters and win the Fan Favorite Photo award.[/caption] If you’d like to help fund seminarian education, please send a check to CCFESD,…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, June 2020
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following assignments to become effective on July 1, 2020: Reverend Michael Griffin, in addition to his current assignment as pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to temporary parish administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Westport. Deacon Thane Barnier, in addition to parish deacon at Saint Therese Parish, Sioux Falls, to diocesan representative on the St. Michael Cemetery Board of Directors. Mr. Christopher Motz, in addition to the executive director of the South Dakota Catholic Conference, to serve as the diocesan representative on the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Board of Directors. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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