Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Headlines, October 2020
By Renae Kranz As we begin Respect Life Month in October, much of the focus shines on abortion and euthanasia. And while those issues are important, other facets of the pro-life movement need to be brought to the forefront more often. One of those facets is promoting the dignity of those with disabilities and special needs, and the diocesan Special Needs Ministry works to do just that. The Special Needs Ministry (formerly REACH) exists to serve and support those with special needs in the diocese. Their mission says it perfectly: Our hope is to raise awareness for those with disabilities in our diocese, and to provide religious education services in both our parishes and schools. We aim to educate the hearts of all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners to the…
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As pro-lifers, we must push beyond pro-birth

As pro-lifers, we must push beyond pro-birth

Headlines, October 2020
By Emily Leedom Most of us don’t have to look very far into our circle of family and friends to find a single parent, often a single mother, raising her child. Chances are one of our daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters or friends has faced an unplanned pregnancy at some point in her life. In fact, about 40 percent of births in the U.S. are to single or “unwed” mothers. While there is much to be said about the fracture of the family unit in the modern age, I want us to instead look at the reality at hand. In a recent podcast episode of Leedom to Life, I had the great honor of sitting down with a friend of mine who just so happens to be a single mother. She…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, October 2020
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following assignments to become effective on September 7, 2020: Reverend Barry Reuwsaat, granted personal leave from assigned ministry, effective September 7, 2020. Reverend Shane Stevens, in addition to his current assignment of pastor St. Mary Parish, Dell Rapids, to temporary parish administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Garretson, and St. Joseph the Workman Parish, Huntimer. Reverend Dana Christensen, granted request to retire from assigned ministry effective October 1, 2020. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Can you explain religious order origins?

Can you explain religious order origins?

Headlines, October 2020
Question Can you explain/describe the various orders such as Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits? Do all priests belong to an order? Do the orders for priests and religious brothers differ from the orders for the religious sisters? Answer We’ve got another good question this month, because while most of us are familiar with the reality of religious orders in the Church, far fewer of us have a deeper understanding of their origins, how they relate to one another and to diocesan priests, etc. Because it would take at least one column to do justice to each of the major religious communities, including those present in our diocese, this month I’d like to offer some broad explanations of religious orders in the Church. Perhaps in future columns we will be able to…
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Healing Rosary offers prayers for the sick and dying

Healing Rosary offers prayers for the sick and dying

Headlines, October 2020
Parishioners at St. Charles Parish, Big Stone City, have started a ministry to pray for the sick and the dying. Called the Healing Rosary, prayer warriors gather once a week to pray the rosary, placing all prayer requests at the feet of the Blessed Mother. Many of the prayer requests are for the sick and infirm, as well as those in hospice or near death. The ministry started at the request of parish member Pat Meyer. According to her husband Vince, she prayed the rosary “from the time she got up until the angels would take her for the night.” As Pat’s battle with cancer drew to an end, parishioners quickly gathered at her farm and outside the window of her hospital room to pray the rosary (pictured above). The…
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Christmas at the Cathedral to bring hope amid crisis

Christmas at the Cathedral to bring hope amid crisis

Headlines, October 2020
The Catholic Community Foundation is producing a special Christmas at the Cathedral production this December celebrating the incredible story of God’s incarnation into humanity. “That’s my God!” will be performed six times, Dec. 17-20 and will feature individual narratives that tell a story of someone living in our community today who is experiencing a crisis or uncertainty similar to what Jesus and the Holy Family experienced 2,000 years ago. It is an important message of hope for this very time and for all time, reminding us that we are not alone and we should never give up hope. When it appeared as though the human race was doomed to self-destruction, God sent not simply a prophet or an esteemed representative but his own Self, his own divine heart. And this…
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St. Michael, Herreid, marks anniversary of first church

St. Michael, Herreid, marks anniversary of first church

Headlines, October 2020
St. Michael Parish, Herreid, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its first church, a sod structure built near the parish cemetery in rural Herreid. Parishioners met at the sod church site August 7 to pray the rosary with current pastor Father Tom Clement and former pastor Father Jim Friedrich. The gathering began with a novena to St. Michael the Archangel and concluded August 16 with the celebration of Mass, a meal and a history display. Sr. Joan Marie Brandner also shared memories of her hometown parish during the celebration. (Photo courtesy of Father Tom Clement)
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St. Michael Parish angel gown ministry brings comfort to families who have lost a baby

St. Michael Parish angel gown ministry brings comfort to families who have lost a baby

Headlines, September 2020
By Renae Kranz When a family loses a baby, whether by miscarriage, still birth or shortly after birth, they often feel like they’re alone in a suddenly dark world. A mother will wonder if she did something wrong. A father will worry about his wife. Both will feel a deep emptiness for the loss of a future and the child they’ll never get back and never get to know in this life. To add to the pain they feel, this is something few people talk about with each other. Most people don’t know what to say and the family really doesn’t know what happens next. What the family is really looking for in these moments is a caring word, an understanding ear and someone to tell them what their options…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, September 2020
Since publication of the previous Bishop’s Bulletin, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood decreed the following priest assignment changes effective on August 10, 2020: Reverend Mark Axtmann, in addition to his current assignment of chaplain at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, to sacramental minister at St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, and Reverend Andrew Thuringer, from parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to chaplain at O’Gorman High School, sacramental minister at Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish, and discernment assistant for the Vocations Office. In addition, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood granted personal leave from assigned ministry to Reverend Joseph Scholten effective July 28, 2020. Finally, in a decree dated August 10, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood lifted the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation that had been previously granted…
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This November 3, how will you vote?

This November 3, how will you vote?

Headlines, September 2020
By Chris Motz It’s that time again when car commercials take a backseat to campaign ads and red, white and blue yard signs sprout like patriotic mushrooms on lawns, letting us know who’s asking for our vote to send them to Pierre or Washington. Yet it’s not just a time to passively hunker down and bear the biennial marketing assault before we cast our ballots. “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it,” Chesterton quipped, reminding us that this is a time to be alive as citizens, to engage and actively think about the big questions. What do we want from our country? What’s our vision of life together? What good do we see or desire in our government, and how…
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