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

RESOURCES FOR CELEBRATING RESPECT LIFE MONTH

 

Fall Conference Flyer - Hi-Res Printable

Bishop Paul J. Swain's Respect Life Mass Homily

Sample Fall Conference Announcement

Celebration Suggestions

Sample Quotes

Abortion Statistics for South Dakota

USCCB Respect Life Packets - all materials are available online

EndRoe.org-The Story of How Roe Came to Be

Faithful Citizenship and Election 2014 Resources

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFE ISSUES:

Human Sexuality

Theology of the Body

Natural Family Planning

Beginning of Life Issues

Death Penalty

Medical Decisions & End of Life Care

Videos

 


VISIT THE CAN Website for Faithful Citizenship & 2014 Election Year Resources

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY & RESPECT LIFE MONTH
October 5 - 31, 2014, Across the Country

October 5th is Respect Life Sunday and the month of October is Respect Life Month.  Resources for celebrating this month are available on the website home page.

 

PRESENTATION BY JENNIFER FULWILER
October 24, 2014, St. Lambert Parish, 7:00 p.m., Sioux Falls, SD

Jennifer Fulwiler, author of "Something Other Than God", a former atheist will give her testimony on how the life issue and abortion was instrumental in her conversion to her Catholic faith.  

 

WORLDWIDE  MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
October 24-26, 2014, Rapid City, SD
November 21-23, 2014, Stewartville, MN

Make the time to allow God to strengthen, renew and rekindle your marriage relationship.  Sign up today to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.  For more information contact John and Dawn Elsinger at (605) 362-0924 or applications@sdwwme.org.

 

MARRIAGE SPONSOR COUPLE TRAINING & MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT
October 25, 2014, Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen

For more information on becoming a Marriage Sponsor Couple and the day's enrichment activities please contact us.

 

DIOCESAN 125TH CELEBRATION EVENTS
November 21, 2014, Presentation College & Roncalli HS, Aberdeen

Visit our office booth for a variety of resources.

 

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.

 

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

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

 

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.
 
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.
 

Return to Top