Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Headlines, October 2020
By Renae Kranz As we begin Respect Life Month in October, much of the focus shines on abortion and euthanasia. And while those issues are important, other facets of the pro-life movement need to be brought to the forefront more often. One of those facets is promoting the dignity of those with disabilities and special needs, and the diocesan Special Needs Ministry works to do just that. The Special Needs Ministry (formerly REACH) exists to serve and support those with special needs in the diocese. Their mission says it perfectly: Our hope is to raise awareness for those with disabilities in our diocese, and to provide religious education services in both our parishes and schools. We aim to educate the hearts of all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners to the…
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As pro-lifers, we must push beyond pro-birth

As pro-lifers, we must push beyond pro-birth

Headlines, October 2020
By Emily Leedom Most of us don’t have to look very far into our circle of family and friends to find a single parent, often a single mother, raising her child. Chances are one of our daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters or friends has faced an unplanned pregnancy at some point in her life. In fact, about 40 percent of births in the U.S. are to single or “unwed” mothers. While there is much to be said about the fracture of the family unit in the modern age, I want us to instead look at the reality at hand. In a recent podcast episode of Leedom to Life, I had the great honor of sitting down with a friend of mine who just so happens to be a single mother. She…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, October 2020
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following assignments to become effective on September 7, 2020: Reverend Barry Reuwsaat, granted personal leave from assigned ministry, effective September 7, 2020. Reverend Shane Stevens, in addition to his current assignment of pastor St. Mary Parish, Dell Rapids, to temporary parish administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Garretson, and St. Joseph the Workman Parish, Huntimer. Reverend Dana Christensen, granted request to retire from assigned ministry effective October 1, 2020. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Can you explain religious order origins?

Can you explain religious order origins?

Headlines, October 2020
Question Can you explain/describe the various orders such as Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits? Do all priests belong to an order? Do the orders for priests and religious brothers differ from the orders for the religious sisters? Answer We’ve got another good question this month, because while most of us are familiar with the reality of religious orders in the Church, far fewer of us have a deeper understanding of their origins, how they relate to one another and to diocesan priests, etc. Because it would take at least one column to do justice to each of the major religious communities, including those present in our diocese, this month I’d like to offer some broad explanations of religious orders in the Church. Perhaps in future columns we will be able to…
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Healing Rosary offers prayers for the sick and dying

Healing Rosary offers prayers for the sick and dying

Headlines, October 2020
Parishioners at St. Charles Parish, Big Stone City, have started a ministry to pray for the sick and the dying. Called the Healing Rosary, prayer warriors gather once a week to pray the rosary, placing all prayer requests at the feet of the Blessed Mother. Many of the prayer requests are for the sick and infirm, as well as those in hospice or near death. The ministry started at the request of parish member Pat Meyer. According to her husband Vince, she prayed the rosary “from the time she got up until the angels would take her for the night.” As Pat’s battle with cancer drew to an end, parishioners quickly gathered at her farm and outside the window of her hospital room to pray the rosary (pictured above). The…
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Christmas at the Cathedral to bring hope amid crisis

Christmas at the Cathedral to bring hope amid crisis

Headlines, October 2020
The Catholic Community Foundation is producing a special Christmas at the Cathedral production this December celebrating the incredible story of God’s incarnation into humanity. “That’s my God!” will be performed six times, Dec. 17-20 and will feature individual narratives that tell a story of someone living in our community today who is experiencing a crisis or uncertainty similar to what Jesus and the Holy Family experienced 2,000 years ago. It is an important message of hope for this very time and for all time, reminding us that we are not alone and we should never give up hope. When it appeared as though the human race was doomed to self-destruction, God sent not simply a prophet or an esteemed representative but his own Self, his own divine heart. And this…
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St. Michael, Herreid, marks anniversary of first church

St. Michael, Herreid, marks anniversary of first church

Headlines, October 2020
St. Michael Parish, Herreid, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its first church, a sod structure built near the parish cemetery in rural Herreid. Parishioners met at the sod church site August 7 to pray the rosary with current pastor Father Tom Clement and former pastor Father Jim Friedrich. The gathering began with a novena to St. Michael the Archangel and concluded August 16 with the celebration of Mass, a meal and a history display. Sr. Joan Marie Brandner also shared memories of her hometown parish during the celebration. (Photo courtesy of Father Tom Clement)
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Discovering purpose: Answering the call to be a prayer warrior

Discovering purpose: Answering the call to be a prayer warrior

Featured, October 2020
By Dr. Marcus Ashlock The seasons of our lives bring many challenges, opportunities and rewards. The spring finds each of us learning and growing as children into teenagers, finding out what it means to be members of our family, students in school, members of groups and followers of our faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states: “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.” (CCC 2207) We learn how to be effective members of our immediate family, as well as our societal families in school and in our parishes. Learning to value the role of family early and the role we each play…
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We choose to see the world with Christ’s eyes

We choose to see the world with Christ’s eyes

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, October 2020
I was born with a lazy eye. I have lived with this for my entire life, but it was not until recently I discovered exactly what was wrong with my eye. While the eye doctor was taking a little break from the procedure he was performing on my eye, I asked him what was wrong with my right eye. He explained to me that my eye is actually fine, but I was probably born with astigmatism in that eye, and so my brain compensated for the blurriness by using my good eye almost exclusively. This happened as my right optic nerve was developing, causing it to stop developing, something that was discovered when I was 6 and my eyes were checked before kindergarten. By that time, the optic nerve was…
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God calls each of us to a purposeful life

God calls each of us to a purposeful life

Bishop DeGrood's Column, October 2020
One of the people who has had the greatest impact on my life is someone whom, by the world’s standards, was a “burden on society.” He was a man who never earned a living, someone who relied on everyone else for his basic needs all his life, someone who consumed a lot of other people’s time, energy and resources. Some may consider his life worthless, costly and unworthy of an investment of time and resources. He was however, and continues to be though he died in 1984, a man who helped me find my purpose in life because of his love, prayer, insights and humble witness. That person is my uncle Donnie, whom I was named after. My uncle Donnie, severely disabled since birth, was classified as having cerebral palsy.…
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