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?
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.
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.
Do you hang on to anger and resentment when someone hurts or offends you? This weekend in his homily, Bishop reflected on the negative impacts of hanging on to anger and resentment, and explained how unforgiveness is poison to the soul. To remedy the effects of unforgiveness, we are encouraged to go to confession, and offer forgiveness sincerity of heart to those who have offended us.
Effective, September 1, 2023 the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has: granted the full pagella of priestly faculties to Reverend Edward Zemlik, SCJ at the request of the religious superior of the United States Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, and in accord with the attestation of his good standing with his religious community. Father Zemlik will be substituting for Reverend Hendrik Christianus who will be on sabbatical until September 2024. Father Zemlik has been assigned by the Provincial of the United States Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, to the pastoral team serving the parishes of St. Joseph, Ft. Thompson, St. Catherine, Big Bend and Immaculate Conception, Stephan effective September 1, 2023. Respectfully submitted, Thad Pals Chancellor View Printable Official Statement
Do you wonder what heaven will be like? Perhaps you think of perfect happiness. This weekend in his homily, Bishop encouraged us to grow closer to God because as we grow closer to him, the more perfect our interior experience of life becomes. Bishop also encouraged us to persist in our faith, persist in bringing our needs and desires to Jesus, and look forward to glorifying the Lord in heaven.
Without a doubt, we live in a world that is filled with evil. Despite all of the evil that plagues our world, God has blessed us with many graces. This weekend in his homily, Bishop encouraged us to rise up against the evil of the world. Bishop also calls on all Catholics, Christians and people of good will to stand in the breach and protect the vulnerable among us, especially minor children who have been abducted and sold into child sex trafficking. With our eyes and ears open, we can fight evil with the power of God and protect the vulnerable among us.
Often times when we think of "the little ones" we think God is referring only to children. While he may have been referring to children, Jesus was also referring to those who let the spirit of God into their hearts. This weekend in his homily, Bishop DeGrood reflected on what it means to be little. He also explained that God desires to live within us. And when we live in the spirit of God, the fruits of the Holy Spirit radiate through us.
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following appointments effective May 26, 2023: Father Doug Binsfeld, in addition to his current assignment as Parochial Vicar of St. John deBritto, Britton; Sacred Heart, Eden; St. Joseph, Grenville; St. John the Baptist, Rosholt; St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Sisseton; St. Peter, Sisseton; Immaculate Conception, Waubay and Christ the King, Webster, to Chaplain for Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center and Father Andrew Dickinson, in addition to his current assignment of Pastor of St. Magdalen, Lennox; St. Christina, Parker, St. Katharine Drexel, Sioux Falls, and St. Nicholas, Tea, to Canonical Administrator for the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic School System. Father Thi Pham, SCJ was incardinated ad experimentum into the Diocese of Sioux Falls. In addition to their current Pastoral assignments, the following…
June 24, 2023 “For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: On this occasion of the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we write to exhort the Catholic faithful and all persons of good will to reflect on our shared responsibility to protect all vulnerable human life, most especially our preborn brothers and sisters. The Dobbs decision, as we stated one year ago, represents a “giant leap forward toward the ultimate goal of protecting each and every life from the beginning of its existence.” The Supreme Court, by overturning the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, has finally allowed South Dakota…