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

 

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families, Papal Visit & Mass

September 22-28, 2015

 

CLICK HERE to learn more!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to allow an engaged couple to concentrate on their relationship.  For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls CLICK HERE.

 

LIFE CHAIN LINK PRAYER WITH BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN

September 15, 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.

 
ALL IN GOD'S PLAN
September 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. St. Michael's Parish, Sioux Falls
All in God's Plan is a program for Mother & Daughters and Fathers & Sons to come together in separate gender sessions to learn age appropriate information about human sexuality, human development, and chastity formation.  CLICK HERE to learn more.
 
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
September 11-13, 2015, Broom Tree Retreat Center, Irene
Turn your heart and mind to your spouse and dedicate a weekend to knowing your beloved on a deeper level by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend at Broom Tree Retreat Center in Irene.  Go to wwme. org to register or call Dawn and John Elsinger at 605-362-0924.
 

PILGRIMAGE TO WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, PAPAL VISIT AND MASS

September 22-28, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy a week of spiritual enrichment (with Msgr. Charles Mangan as the spiritual director), engaging speakers, visit the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine (the only known Saint to have visited South Dakota), and the opportunity to join Pope Francis in his first visit to the U. S. and attend a Papal Mass.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

 
DIOCESAN YOUTH HUNT
October 4, 2015, Broom Tree
Join us for the 13th Annual Diocesan Youth Hunt at Broom Tree and the surrounding countryside on Sunday, October 4, 2015.  There will be opportunities for prayer, fellowship, education, and all the excitement surrounding a hunt, including family fun activities for non-hunting family members.  CLICK HERE for more information.
 
RESPECT LIFE FALL CONFERENCE
October 24, 2015, Immaculate Conception, Watertown SD
Please join us for this year's Respect Life Fall Conference entitled “Building a Culture of Life through the Family” at Immaculate Conception Parish, Watertown. There will be opportunities for prayer, presentations and fellowship in strengthening a culture of life by building strong families. Flyer and Agenda Coming Soon.