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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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

Parish or School Table Display 


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
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.   

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

December 8, 2016, 9:00 p.m. till December 9, 2016, 1:00 a.m.

The purpose of the National Night of Prayer for Life is to unite our prayers with Catholics throughout the country in an effort to help bring the world back to Christ and bring an end to abortion. This annual event begins at 9:00 p.m. on December 8, 2016, and ends at 1:00 am on December 9, 2016. The hours are chosen to coincide with Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance to St. Juan Diego, which began on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Registration forms, instructions, prayers, a flyer and a sign-up sheet are all available on the “Parish Resources” page of the OMFRL website. If you have any questions, please contact us. 

 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

February 10-12, 2017, Irene, 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! . Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit sdwwme.org or contact John & Dawn at applications@sdwwme.org or 605-359-1533.
 
RETROUVAILLE
March 31 - April 2, 2017
Retrouvaille, a confidential weekend that offers hope and help for couples to heal and renew their marriage relationship is scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2017. The weekend will take place at Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center near Marvin. Retrouvaille is a peer to peer ministry and has helped couples experiencing chronic communication problems, as well as those who thought they were beyond hope, already separated, or even divorced. Please keep this weekend in mind for any couple you feel would be open to this healing opportunity. For more information, or to help register a couple, visit our website or contact our office. For general information visit: www.retrouvaille.org.