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Conference offers missionary insight

Conference offers missionary insight

December 2021, Headlines
The Through God’s Love Conference brought together budding missionary disciples from around the diocese to learn more about evangelizing others in their lives and their parishes. A men’s panel and women’s panel (above left) provided real-life examples of what missionary discipleship looks like. Bishop DeGrood gave a rousing keynote and received a blessing from all gathered for the event. (Photos by Bill Sealey)  
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Ideas to make Advent a season of anticipation

Ideas to make Advent a season of anticipation

December 2021, Headlines
It’s Advent! Many of us miss out on the power and anticipation of the Advent season because of the busyness of preparing for Christmas. It doesn’t have to be that way. Following are ideas to help you make the most of Advent. Don’t put the figurines in the stable of your Nativity scene right away. Have the Magi, shepherds, Mary and Joseph travel through your home to the stable, and move them closer each week. Add the infant Jesus on Christmas morning. This will help build the anticipation of Christ’s birth. Listen to Advent songs instead of Christmas songs. Examples include: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, People Look East, O Come, Divine Messiah, and Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus. Hang a stocking for Jesus. Fill it with notes and prayer intentions…
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Priests eagerly prep for next Last Collar Standing

Priests eagerly prep for next Last Collar Standing

December 2021, Headlines
What happens when you pit priests against each other in a friendly Survivor-style competition? Mayhem and laughs! Last Collar Standing will return January 16 for the third time, putting 12 priests in the hot seat to compete for the ultimate prize: the Champion Staff and ultimately, bragging rights. Twelve priests will gather by Zoom during a livestreamed competition to answer trivia questions, complete physical challenges and test their willpower to see who will be the Last Collar Standing. This is a great way to see priests in a new light, having fun and revealing a new side many of us have never seen. “I can’t wait! It’s an amazing expereince, even for priests to see other priests in this kind of environment,” Father John Rutten said. “You get to know…
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We journey together during the Synod on Synodality

We journey together during the Synod on Synodality

December 2021, Headlines, Local
Did you know Pope Francis personally invited you to contribute to a worldwide conversation and consultation in the Church? In May of 2021, Pope Francis did an amazing and unprecedented thing—he called on every member of the Church around the world to become participants in the “Synod on Synodality.” The official name of this synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” What is a synod? “Synod” is not a familiar word. What does it mean? A great biblical point of reference for the reality of a synod is found in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 24:13-35). Cleopas and another disciple are walking together seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection. As they walked “they were conversing about all the things that had…
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Father Charles Cimpl

Father Charles Cimpl

December 2021, Vocations
Father Chuck Cimpl steps into the spotlight this month. He was ordained on June 1, 1978, and is currently the pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls. He has served as the vicar general for the diocese since 2004 and is helping transition the role to Father Andy Young, the new vicar general for the diocese. Father Cimpl has a brother who lives in Tabor and a sister who lives in Yankton. Let’s learn more about this long-time priest of our diocese. Q.  How did you get your call to the priesthood? I grew up in Tabor and the Benedictine priests from St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois, staffed our parish. Since Tabor had a high Czech population, St. Procopius had priests who could speak Czech. They were often…
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Advent offers time to quiet our hearts

Advent offers time to quiet our hearts

December 2021, Guest column
By Robyn Bruggeman Advent has always been one of my favorite times of the year, and the Church invites us to fully enter into this rich season, which is also the beginning of the new liturgical year. This time leading up to Christmas is really meant for us to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Lord, and not just historically, but in how he continues to come to us constantly and will come again someday. [caption id="attachment_6224" align="alignright" width="300"] The Bruggeman family: (from left) Melody (granddaughter), Jordan (son-in-law), Mikaela, Benedict, Justina, Spike, Robyn, Carter, Julia, Fulton and Blase.[/caption] Advent is a time for us to slow down, seek silence and take mindful steps to be ready for Jesus. It can be quite the challenge when everything around us…
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Why Serve? A View From Beyond The Pew

Why Serve? A View From Beyond The Pew

December 2021, Missionary Discipleship
“There are three openings on the parish and finance councils.” You’ve read words like these in your parish bulletin before, but you’ve never considered it. You tell yourself you don’t have the skills, you don’t have the time, and someone else will surely do it. It’s a common response, but not an accurate reflection of reality. Fear and apathy drive many of us to dismiss a request like this without ever really discerning whether we are the ones who should volunteer. It might actually be the perfect opportunity for us to be of service to our parish and our pastor. Challenged to serve Regardless of which parish he’s been in, large or small, Father Ken Lulf, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Eden and St. Joseph Parish in Grenville, has…
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Why should I care about learning about my faith?

Why should I care about learning about my faith?

December 2021, Does the Church have an answer?
Question: Why should I care about learning about my faith? Answer: One of the great frustrations we can face when we become awakened to and fascinated by our Catholic faith is that others don’t share our enthusiasm, and try as we might, we can’t seem to get them as excited as we are. How, then, might we respond in these situations? First, it’s worth confirming your own sense: this information is indeed informative, in the most literal sense of the word it “in-forms,” or “forms inwardly”; it forms us within ourselves. Let me explain. The truths of our Catholic faith are not mere faith facts or bits of religious trivia that those of us who are theology geeks collect in our minds simply to increase our knowledge. Certainly, knowing these…
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Turning everyday life into a gift of love

Turning everyday life into a gift of love

December 2021, Featured
by Josie Bopp After hearing a laundry list of to-dos from the Messiah during the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, ending with a command to perfection might have almost seemed like a tease to the Jewish audience of his day. What more could this man actually demand of us? The beatitudes, with their praises for those who are meek, to the teaching that anger against a brother is akin to murder, to the command to love even our enemies, is difficult enough, until Jesus wraps it all up with an even more problematic and puzzling phrase: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). But rather than a final command piled on at the end of a list of seemingly impossible demands, Jesus is…
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Discovering and sharing gifts has no age requirement

Discovering and sharing gifts has no age requirement

December 2021, Next Generation Catholic
By Laura Melius Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 The youth of the Diocese of Sioux Falls are responding to the call to be lifelong Catholic missionary disciples, using their God-given gifts as they grow in faith and serve their parishes and communities. No matter the size of the parish or the age of the parishioner, God is counting on all of us to share the gifts he has given. Know your gifts The first step in sharing gifts is to identify them. Caleb Honner, parishioner at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sioux Falls, suggests one of the best ways to do this is to serve others. Through serving on…
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