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Remembering 9/11 on the 20th Anniversary

Remembering 9/11 on the 20th Anniversary

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcT3lNJdHJg Remembering 9/11: Recommit to peace and justice As a fellow US citizen as a Catholic bishop on the Eastern side of South Dakota as we remember September 11th of 2001, many of us remember it was a great tragedy indeed. Nearly 3,000 people died that day from terrorist attacks. We think of all those families and all those souls that were lost and all those who since that time have made so many sacrifices in America and Beyond to try to protect the innocent, to try to protect life. We think of the nearly 2,300 people who died in Afghanistan, those military personnel who made sacrifices let alone all those who were affected in other ways. As we remember this sobering reality may be also be filled with a…
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COVID Vaccinations: Must I, May I?

COVID Vaccinations: Must I, May I?

Joint Statements, Statements and Documents, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHsCSJh2FNU Bishop Donald DeGrood along with Bishop Peter Muhich of the diocese of Rapid City, have put together documentation on whether or not the current COVID vaccinations meet a standard of obligation or morality as a faithful catholic. [icon name="file-pdf-o" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Joint Statement on COVID Vaccinations from the South Dakota Catholic Conference [icon name="file-pdf-o" class="" unprefixed_class=""] FAQ Documentation on the COVID Vaccines
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A Message for All Souls’ Day

A Message for All Souls’ Day

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I felt called to speak to you today about All Souls' Day and how to pray and offer sacrifices for our beloved dead. Please feel free to share these videos with anyone who might need them. Know of my prayers for you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_3wAYr3CBA Message Sent to all Catholic Elementary Students https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZC--pGeda4 Message Sent to all Catholic Junior High & High School Students https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ7lvy3X3IY
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Pastoral Letter on Sunday Mass Obligation

Pastoral Letter on Sunday Mass Obligation

Statements and Documents, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DleCFrGGTEDear Faithful of the East River South Dakota (i.e. Diocese of Sioux Falls), Thankfully, the anticipated magnitude of the serious effects of COVID-19 have not been as extensive in South Dakota as was initially projected. These past months have caused hardship not only for those who have had serious effects from the virus and their families, but also for those who have been in isolation and health care workers. Also, I am mindful of those who attend to those who are vulnerable in their families. To varying degrees, I sense we have all been affected physically, psychologically and spiritually by the various measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus. Throughout this experience, I have kept close to mind the risk to those most vulnerable to harm and also my duty…
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Healthy Emotional and Spiritual Response to the impact of COVID-19

Healthy Emotional and Spiritual Response to the impact of COVID-19

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In the past months I have been reviewing data and insights from others on the status of COVID-19 so I can actively discern how we should respond as a diocese. My goal has been to prudently discern how we might help reduce the spread of the virus but do it in a reasonable manner so as not to cause unreasonable hardship on people’s lives. Now that we have months of data on COVID-19, it has been on my mind and heart to address the emotional and spiritual impact it has had on so many people. The video below walks you through my thoughts. You can find some of the data I am using as I discern at this link, doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx. You can use this data to help inform yourself and…
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Message to the Faithful – Harmony and Love

Message to the Faithful – Harmony and Love

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In the wake of the current events ranging from the pandemic to the divide that is not only gripping our nation but our entire world at this time, Bishop DeGrood prays for us all with a message of harmony and love. It's God's love that is going to help us find harmony where there is great disharmony and injustice, much like Jesus and His suffering and the great injustice He enured. God bless you all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Esq3GDKY8
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