Enriched by the variety of newer cultures in our diocese

Enriched by the variety of newer cultures in our diocese

Featured, June 2019
The universality of the Catholic faith on display The more than 35,000 square miles east of the Missouri River in South Dakota have been inhabited by human beings for several thousand years. There was a long tradition of the Dakota people and their culture on these prairies. And in the last 150 years, cultures from various backgrounds, primarily European, came seeking opportunity, work and livelihood. The same motive – seeking opportunity, work and livelihood - applies to a broad range of cultures newer to what is now the Diocese of Sioux Falls and they come from all parts of the world. “We came to work,” said Xochitl Valencia, who with husband Victor have been here since the early 1980s. “We were young and saw opportunities,” she said. They have raised…
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Pondering the Incarnation God is With Us

Pondering the Incarnation God is With Us

December 2018, Featured
Advent is the liturgical season in the Church meant to help us prepare for the coming of Christ. The coming of Christ at Christmas is called the Incarnation - the Son of God assuming human nature and becoming a man in order to save us. How we understand and live out this reality of faith is unique to each of us. It might depend on who God made us to be, on where we are in our faith journey, and other factors of our lives. We hear from five of the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux Falls who offer their thoughts on what it means that God is with us. Sr. Ramona Fallon, Servant Leader, Mother of God Monastery, Watertown GOD IS WITH US! There is no doubt in…
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Screen Time: Finding balance and enjoying the best of it

Screen Time: Finding balance and enjoying the best of it

Featured, October 2018
You send a text and await the response – you might even do so while driving. You check once more in case that email arrived. Maybe just one more episode of the latest Netflix series. Any new tweets on Twitter or pictures on Instagram? So what if I’ve seen this “Everybody Loves Raymond” rerun six times before. Oh, look at that, Mary has another Facebook post – that looks like a good recipe. Man. I’ve just got to get to that next level on the current game I’m sort of (deeply) addicted to. The screens that most of us stare at each day have enormous power in our lives. They can lead us away from spending time with others, they can lead us into dangers like bullying and pornography, and…
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Screen Time: Resources Available

Bulletin Extras, October 2018
[caption id="attachment_2863" align="alignleft" width="200"] Dawn Wolf, Information Systems director for the Diocese of Sioux Falls[/caption] Dawn Wolf, Information Systems director for the Diocese of Sioux Falls recommends a couple of helpful websites, including Commonsensemedia.org. An article on their website offers the following suggests, which Wolf said she endorses as well: Be Present Control the Wifi (there are some great tools out there) Remove temptation Use Parental Controls (on smart TV's and many other devices, start early) Promote and Model Balance (binge watching, the struggle is real) She also recommends https://protectyoungeyes.com as a helpful resource.     [caption id="attachment_2852" align="alignleft" width="200"] Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, D.Min. is a media literacy education specialist who trained at the University of London. She is the co-author of two books on media literacy in faith…
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It’s All About Serving: The diaconate restored 50 years ago

It’s All About Serving: The diaconate restored 50 years ago

Featured, July 2018
Jim Walden made a Cursillo retreat and became excited about the idea of serving the Lord in some way. His sister, a nun, mentioned the idea of becoming a deacon. At that time, in the mid-1970s, there were no deacons in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. But through Msgr. John McEneaney, Walden approached Bishop Lambert Hoch and began a formation process that led to his ordination in July of 1977 as the first deacon in this diocese. [caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignleft" width="300"] Deacon Jim Walden pictured with his wife Donna.[/caption] The ministry of deacon dates to the earliest days of the Church as seen in the first verses of chapter 6 in the Acts of the Apostles: At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained…
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Finding Support and Companionship in Living the Catholic Faith

Finding Support and Companionship in Living the Catholic Faith

Featured, March 2018, Uncategorized
Ten years ago, Missy Baumberger was a young mother, struggling with her faith and yearning to talk with someone. “At that time I was a young stay-at-home mom questioning the depth of my Catholic faith and who I was in the eyes of the Father,” the Watertown woman said. She wanted to get to know other women, people who could relate to her concerns and challenges as a young mother. Someone, she said, who could “help answer the questions that were arising in my heart.” Her search for answers resonated with a few other women in her Immaculate Conception Parish. Soon, four of them decided to get together to talk about their lives and their faith. The meetings became regular events and over time, they reached out to others they…
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Being nice is not a virtue

Being nice is not a virtue

Featured, January 2018
“She is such a nice person.” “He was very nice to me.” We are often grateful when someone treats us or someone we care about well. It’s pleasant. It’s nice. But as much as we might hear about “South Dakota nice” – meaning we act kindly to friend and stranger alike, there is something only surface deep about that. “My students often seem a bit shocked when I tell them that being nice isn't the essential part of living a Christian life,” said Patricia Irvine, chair of the Theology department at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. “I point to the life of Christ as proof that niceness isn't our main goal,” she said. “The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus weren't centered on being nice to others. Rather, He…
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Priestly ministry through the Decades

Priestly ministry through the Decades

Featured, October 2017
As a measure of proof that priestly ministry, despite radical changes in culture and the world, remains largely the same through the decades, consider the following quotes from two priests of the Diocese of Sioux Falls: “We are all seeking the love of Jesus and it is only the Church that will fulfill this deep down desire that we all have.” “We are people of the Resurrection and filled with hope and must dream of an ever more promising future.” The first quote is from Fr. Barry Reuwsaat, ordained a priest in 2016 and serving as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen. The second is from Fr. Al Krzyzopolski, ordained a priest in 1950, long-time pastor around the diocese and still active providing weekend coverage and other ministry at…
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Communication the Good News

Communication the Good News

Featured, June 2016
As he followed a school bus north on Interstate 29, Father Michael Griffin couldn’t help but wonder about the students inside. He knew their high school had lost the state championship football game the night before and the bus was likely taking them home. As he drove, Father Griffin said he started to think about the students’ emotions. “I kind of started writing in my head,” he said. “It was about lessons to be learned and what I hoped they had taken away from their experience.” [metaslider id=863] Griffin, who is the pastor of St. Mary’s in Aberdeen, also serves as executive editor of the Bishop’s Bulletin. He put down his thoughts to the students on that bus and published it in his monthly column. He was proud of the…
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