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Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on Ballot Measure to Legalize Marijuana

Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on Ballot Measure to Legalize Marijuana

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June 6, 2024 On June 3, 2024, the South Dakota Secretary of State certified for the November general election ballot an initiated measure that would legalize the use, possession, and distribution of marijuana (cannabis) for so-called “recreational” purposes. The proposal has been designated as Initiated Measure 29. As Christians we must carefully consider how “recreational” marijuana legalization will affect the welfare of individuals and the common good. As spiritual leaders, desiring that every person in our state experience well-being in mind, body and spirit, we share this resource with the hope that it may shed light on how we can support human flourishing, and avoid that which brings harm to others and the common good. There is a widespread perception in society today that marijuana is a harmless drug. This…
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Officials – Deacon and Priest Assignments June, 2024

Officials – Deacon and Priest Assignments June, 2024

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June Officials The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following changes to clear assignments effective May 30, 2024: Deacon Philip Carlson to Deacon of St Thomas Aquinas, Madison, St Agatha, Howard, and St. William of Vercelli, Ramona Deacon David Halter to Deacon of Risen Savior Parish, Brandon and St. Rose of Lima, Garretson Deacon Edward Mitzel to Deacon of Sacred Heart, Aberdeen, St. Mary, Aberdeen, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Aberdeen, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Groton, St. Joseph, Turton, Sacred Heart, Westport Deacon Bradley Wiemann to Deacon of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Elkton/Aurora, Pius XII Newman Center, Brookings, St. Thomas More, Brookings, St. John the Evangelist, Arlington, St. Francis de Sales, Estelline/Castlewood, St. Paul, White   and effective August 1, 2024 has appointed: Very Reverend Gregory Tschakert…
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Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on Certification of Abortion Amendment

Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on Certification of Abortion Amendment

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May 21, 2024 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On May 16, 2024, the South Dakota Secretary of State certified for the November 5, 2024 election ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. The Secretary has designated the proposal as Amendment G. This amendment would overturn dozens of pro-life laws in South Dakota that protect preborn children and their mothers from the dangers of abortion. The certification decision may be challenged in court due to irregularities in the petition circulation process, some of which were previously identified by the state attorney general. If a legal challenge ensues, we should pray that it results in the removal of this extreme measure from the ballot, given the threat it poses to South Dakota’s most…
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Officials – Priest Assignment Changes Effective July 2, 2024

Officials – Priest Assignment Changes Effective July 2, 2024

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Priest Assignment Changes The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following priest assignment changes effective July 2, 2024:   Those who will be continuing ministry as senior priests: Reverend Edward Anderson, from chaplain, Avera, Prince of Peace, to senior status. Reverend Richard Baumberger from parochial vicar of Holy Rosary Parish, Kranzburg; St. Michael Parish, Clark; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Florence; St. Henry Parish, Henry; St. Mary Parish, Bryant; Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Watertown; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Watertown, to senior status. Reverend Joseph Forcelle from parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Yankton; St. Benedict Parish, Yankton; St. Wenceslaus Parish, Tabor; St. Leo Parish, Tyndall; St. John the Baptist Parish, Lesterville; St. George Parish, Scotland; St. Boniface Parish, Idylwilde; and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Springfield, to senior status.…
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Receive the Holy Spirit

Receive the Holy Spirit

Homilies
What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit residing within us? This weekend in his homily, Bishop explained the consolation we receive when the Holy Spirit resides within us. We are encouraged to draw close to the Lord and ask him for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit so God may dwell within us.https://youtu.be/n6K1c7Pqz70
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Official January

Official January

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Donald By the Grace of God and the Apostolic See Bishop of Sioux Falls Decree of Relegation Saint Peter Church of Deuel County   On October 20, 2021, I issued a decree establishing, through modification, a merger of St. Peter Parish of Deuel County, Gary, SD, with St. Mary Parish of Deuel County, Clear Lake, SD. On December 13, 2023, after consulting with parish leadership, former parishioners, and the parish finance council, the Reverend Brian Eckrich, pastor of St. Mary Parish of Deuel County, discerned that the continued use of the Church of St. Peter in Deuel County, Gary, SD was no longer feasible.  Consequently, he wrote to me and the chancellor of the Diocese of Sioux Falls recommending that St. Peter Church be relegated to profane but not sordid…
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Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota – Joint Letter of Fiducia Supplicans

Statement of the Bishops of South Dakota – Joint Letter of Fiducia Supplicans

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December 22, 2023 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We have received a number of inquiries from the faithful concerning Fiducia Supplicans, a Vatican document published Monday on the topic of blessings. It specifically discusses the offering of a blessing by a priest to persons living in situations of unrepentant serious sin, such as same-sex sexual relationships, fornication, or adultery. Blessings can have a liturgical or ritual expression (e.g., the blessing of the sick or the blessing of an altar), while others remain less formal (e.g., the prayer before meals or a parent’s blessing of their children at bedtime). Blessings can be used to seek God’s protection against evil, to set things aside for the worship of God (e.g., the blessing of a chalice), or to ask God’s favor or…
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Being Christ to others

Being Christ to others

Homilies
Has God placed it on your heart to visit the sick or imprisoned? Or to help those in need, or defend the defenseless? Have you responded to God's promptings? As baptized Christians, it is our call and responsibility to bring Christ to others. This weekend in his homily, Bishop explains the importance of heeding God's promptings, and assures us it is never too late to respond to God's call. Will you answer God's call and bring Christ to those who need him the most?
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Breaking through selfishness

Breaking through selfishness

Homilies
Do you or someone you have difficulty being selfless and sacrificial? In his homily this weekend, Bishop reminded us that what is "right and just" does not always mean what "good for me." Rather, we are called to seek for what is good for others. Bishop also reflected on a childhood memory and shared with us that it is through charity and doing what we would rather not do that we can help break our habits of selfishness.
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Called out of ourselves

Called out of ourselves

Homilies
Do you or someone you know struggle to feel like you have a place within the Church? This weekend in his homily, Bishop reminded us that all are welcome to the Catholic Church. He reminded us that when we come to encounter the Lord at Mass, we are to leave everything at the door and live out our baptismal call. Bishop also encouraged us to configure ourselves to the mind of Christ so we may love like Christ loved, and to die to ourselves for the salvation of souls and the glory of God.
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