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Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on the Anniversary of the Dobbs Decision

Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on the Anniversary of the Dobbs Decision

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June 24, 2024 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today we mark the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and allowed South Dakota to begin protecting preborn children and their mothers from the harms of abortion. This is a fitting day to express gratitude for the thousands of South Dakotans who have rallied to meet the needs of women and families facing difficult or challenging pregnancies. Our state has a robust network of agencies and organizations that help pregnant women and families meet a variety of needs, including health care, housing, financial assistance, parenting education, and more. The state of South Dakota has established a website – https://www.sd.gov/life – where access to all…
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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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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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Official Listing September

Official Listing September

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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
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Living in the spirit of God

Living in the spirit of God

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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.
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Official Listing May

Official Listing May

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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…
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