Over 12,000 U.S. pilgrims and 34 U.S. Bishops traveling to Panama for World Youth Day; WYD stateside events expected to also draw thousands of youth and young adults

Bulletin Extras, January 2019
Washington, D.C. - The United States will be sending over 12,000 youth and young adults, ages 16 to 35, to Panama for the thirty-fourth annual celebration of World Youth Day (WYD). The global event, taking place January 22-27, 2019, in and around Panama City, is expected to draw over 1 million people from all 6 continents. “The bishops of the United States and I joyfully walk with the young people and young adults of our country as fellow pilgrims,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport and the WYD liaison for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  In all, 32 bishops from the U.S. are planning to attend the global event. Bishop Caggiano will be one of 20 bishops who also have been invited by the Vatican to…
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Collection for the Church in Latin America to be held January 26-27

Bulletin Extras, January 2019
Washington, D.C. - The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up the weekend of January 26-27, 2019. For more than 50 years, the collection has been a sign of solidarity between Catholics of the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Collection for the Church in Latin America is a chance for Catholics in the Americas to share their faith and grow closer to Christ,” said Bishop Octavio Cisneros, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn and newly-appointed chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America. “I thank the faithful of the United States for their compassion and generosity to their sisters and brothers in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have seen first-hand the people in many countries who benefit from…
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Bishops express dismay at court ruling enjoining moral and religious exemption to HHS mandate

Bulletin Extras, January 2019
Washington, D.C. - In response to Monday’s federal court ruling from Pennsylvania granting a nationwide injunction barring the broadened moral and religious exemption to the HHS mandate, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement: “The court ruling freezing these common-sense regulations leaves those with conscientious or religious objections to the HHS mandate out in the cold.  In a free country, no one should be forced to facilitate or fund things like contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, which go against their core beliefs. We…
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National Catholic Schools Week begins January 27-February 2; with the theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Bulletin Extras, January 2019
Washington, D.C. - National Catholic Schools Week 2019 (CSW) will be observed in dioceses around the country January 27–February 2. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of the Gospel. As Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, Oakland, newly elected chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education said, “Young people today need Catholic education more than ever. In a world where truth, beauty and goodness are considered all but subjective, the Way, Truth and Life offered us in Jesus Christ are our only source of direction, clarity and hope. Furthermore, being rooted in faith does not endanger the academic quality of Catholic schools, but…
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Several Diocesan Catholic schools taking part in Catholic Schools Raffle

Several Diocesan Catholic schools taking part in Catholic Schools Raffle

Headlines, January 2019, Local
Eight Catholic schools in the diocese will be participating in the 2019 Catholic Schools Raffle, sponsored by Catholic United Financial. Tickets will be on sale Jan. 11 through Feb. 24. The fund raiser differs from other school fund raisers in that participating schools get to keep every penny of every ticket sold. In the past nine years, the raffle has raised over $600,000 for participating schools in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Participating schools in the diocese include Aberdeen Catholic Schools; Holy Trinity Catholic School, Huron; St. Lawrence School, Milbank; John Paul II School, Mitchell; Christ the King School, Sioux Falls; St. Lambert School, Sioux Falls; St. Agnes School, Vermillion and Immaculate Conception School, Watertown. (File photo courtesy, Catholic United Financial, St. Paul, MN)
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9 Days for Life unites over 100,000 faithful in prayer ahead of Roe v. Wade anniversary

Bulletin Extras, January 2019
Washington, D.C. - Over one hundred thousand people nationwide have joined 9 Days for Life, the annual pro-life prayer and action campaign, beginning this year on January 14. The novena is an opportunity for recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States. The overarching intention of the novena is the end to abortion, but each day treats a different aspect of respecting the dignity of the human person—from the beginning of life to its natural end. Each daily intention highlights a related topic and is accompanied by a reflection, educational information, and suggested daily actions. The novena culminates on January 22, the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Joining tens of thousands nationwide, participants can…
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Grieving the loss of a child to be offered by Catholic Family Services

January 2019, Local
February 26-April 2 - Grieving the loss of a child; six Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Catholic Family Services, 523 N. Duluth, Sioux Falls. Directed by Dr. Marcie Moran, this program is for adults who have lost a child and are trying to understand and reconcile their grief. The program is designed to be educational and will offer positive suggestions to help people to survive and learn to live fully again. Call 988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 to register. The program is non-denominational. Cost is a donation.
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Search for Christian Maturity retreat set

January 2019, Local
March 1-3 - Located at Holy Spirit Church, Sioux Falls, the retreat is a program featuring talks, skits, music, opportunities for confession and celebration of Mass. A priest serves as spiritual director on the weekend. It is open to all high school and college age students and adults. Contact 605-371-1478, SiouxFallsSearch@gmail.com or www.siouxfallssearch.org.
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