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Welcome to the Home Page of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life.  Saint John Paul II began his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, by saying "The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to the people of every age and culture." The mission of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life is to spread this "good news" to the people of Eastern South Dakota through prayer, education and action so that we might help support marriages, families, and build a culture of life in our diocese and beyond.

 

 


 

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls click here.

 

LIFE CHAIN LINK PRAYER WITH BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN
November 25, 2014, 12:00 noon, Planned Parenthood on 41st Street, Sioux Falls

To learn more and to sign up to participate in this prayer ministry, please visit the Life Chain Link Page of this website.

 

COUPLES RETREAT WITH FR. JOE VOGEL

December 5-7, 2014, Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center

During this retreat couples will have the blessed opportunity to spend time together receiving from the very heart of God. The environment at Broom Tree makes for a perfect couples get-away...no TV, no radio, no phones or computers, just beautiful, peaceful surroundings, good food, and all the time and good direction you need to experience renewal in your marriage. Register early by calling 605.263.1040 or emailing broomtree@sfcatholic.org.

 

MARCH FOR LIFE
Thursday, January 22, 2015, Washington D.C.

The Diocese of Sioux Falls will be participating in the March for Life. We invite youth and adults to come along with us. We will be traveling by bus, leaving Sioux Falls on January 20 and returning on January 24, 2015. The pilgrimage will include participation in the March, the Catholic youth rally, and some free time to visit sites at our Nation’s Capital. For more information, call Mary Andersen at 605-988-3766 or visit our website at: www.sfcatholic.org/youth.
 

WORLDWIDE  MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND

February 13-15, 2015, Abbey of the Hills, Marvin, SD

After the holidays--think about a tune up!  It might be time for some marriage maintenance!  We would never expect a car to run smoothly forever without a tune-up, so why do we expect our marriage relationship to keep running smoothly without a little maintenance?  The Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend gives married couples the tools to keep their relationship in top running condition.  Save the date for the upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend February 13-15th, 2015 at Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, SD.  Call John and Dawn Elsinger at 605-362-0924 now to find out how to schedule your tune-up, or visit www.wwme.org.

 

RETROUVAILLE
February 27-28, and March 1, 2015, The Abbey of the Hills near Marvin, South Dakota
A confidential weekend that offers hope and help for a couple to heal and renew their marriage relationship.  Retrouvaille is a peer to peer ministry and has helped couples who experience chronic communication problems, as well as those who thought they were beyond hope, already separated, or even divorced. Please check the website for other regions if looking for a different date.  For more information, or to register, contact 988-3755.
 
"7 MYTHS OF PORNOGRAPHY EXPOSED" AND "A LOVE THAT SATISFIES"
with MATTHEW FRADD
March 11, 2015, Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen, SD
In an age where all media desensitizes our culture and our minds, it is good to have critical awareness and pro-active tools to address pornography in our midst.  Sacred Heart extends an invitation to attend to every parish & every church in our region.  Invite all faiths, all friends, & all community groups.  This is a regional outreach of Sacred Heart.  Two reasons we bring Matt Fradd here:  1. to change hearts in a personal way, and 2. to help form our community virtue. Tickets for the event are $10 per adult, $7 per teen. A simple supper will be served. Please contact Michele Coughlin at 605-225-7065 with any questions.

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