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

 

OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH

 

Respect Life Packets are on the way with this year's theme:  "Moved by Mercy".  

Access all the materials using the links below.

 

FROM THE USCCB:

Prayer & Resource Guide

Poster

Reflection Flyer

Program Catalog

 

ARTICLES:

Bridges of Mercy for Post-Abortion Healing
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

Caring for Love Ones at Life's End
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

Every Suicide is Tragic
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

Serene Attentiveness to God's Creation
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption
Brochure | Bulletin Insert

 

FROM THE OMFRL:

Celebration Suggestions

Movie Night Suggestions

Sample Quotes for Bulletins & Social Media

South Dakota Abortion Statistics

2016-2017 Faithful Citizenship Handout


 

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 6, 2016, 12:00 noon

October 11, 2016, 12:00 noon
November 8, 2016, 12:00 noon
December 6, 2016, 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.   

WHAT IS A LIFE WORTH? WITH MARY ANN KUHARSKI

September 25, 2016, 3:30-5:30 pm, St. George Catholic Church, Hartford

Join St. George Catholic Church and the Hartford/Humboldt Right to Life for a free event featuring Mary Ann Kuharski, Foundress of Pro-Life Across America, national speaker, columnist, and mother of 13, along with Truth4Youth and the Central Valley Community Church Praise and Worship Band. For more information contact 605.528.3902 or dre@stgeorgehartford.com, or click here to view a flyer for the event.

 

DIOCESAN YOUTH HUNT

Saturday, October 1, 2016, Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center, near Marvin, SD

The Youth Hunt is a great way to celebrate faith, family, and tradition in the context of responsible stewardship for God's creation.  There will be opportunities for prayer, fellowship, education, and all the excitement surrounding a hunt, including family fun activities for non-hunting family members.  For more information and to register visit the Youth Hunt page or call 605-988-3755.

 

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Sioux Falls

Life Chain - 41st Street in Sioux Falls with a start time of 2:00 p.m.  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

In parishes all across the Diocese of Sioux Falls there will be various pray and activities taking place to help build a culture of life.  Life Chain is a pray event taking place on 41st Street in Sioux Falls.  Pick up your signs prior to the start at O'Gorman High School or First Assembly of God Church parking lots.  Proceed to 41st street and prayer silently for one hour for a respect for all human life.  

 

ALL IN GOD'S PLAN
October 18, 2016, 6:15 p.m., St. Michael Parish, Sioux Falls
“All in God’s Plan” is a program for Mothers & Daughters and Fathers & Sons to come together in separate gender sessions to learn age appropriate information about human sexuality, human development, and chastity formation.  For more information and to register visit:  www.sfcatholic.org/RespectLife, or call 605-988-3755.

 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
(CANCELLED - September 9-11, 2016, Broomtree Retreat Center, Irene, SD)
November 18-20, 2016, Rapid City, SD
Consider giving the gift of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to your spouse!  The weekend involves 15-20 couples.  A series of presentations are given by a team of Catholic couples and a priest.  The focus of the weekend is on the couple--not group sessions. The time you spend on the weekend learning how to love each other and God in new and deeper ways will be a gift that will keep on giving throughout your lifetime! Visit www.sdwwme.org to register or call 605-362-0924.