Marriage, Family & Respect Life Home

 

         
 

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.

 

 


 

 

 

FEATURED

Mass for Life

Bishop Paul J. Swain

January 22, 2015

Homily Text

9 days

 

USCCB National Nine Days for Life:

Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage Resources and Materials

 

To mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, thousands of Catholics across the country and our diocese will join in prayer for a "culture of life" beginning January 17th and continuing through January 25th.  The theme of this prayer campaign is "Your Prayers Matter.  Your Sacrifices Make a Difference."  There are many resources available, including prayers, a novena, blessings, intentions, a sample Holy Hour and more.  Ads and logos are also availabe for promotional purposes.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more!  

 

 

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families, Papal Visit & Mass

September 22-27, 2015

 

CLICK HERE to learn more!

 

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
February 17, 2015, 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.

 

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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