April 2017

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport; names Monsignor Thomas Zinkula as successor; Pope Francis also names Rev. John Dolan as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin Amos, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and has named Monsignor Thomas R. Zinkula, to succeed him.  Monsignor Zinkula is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, currently serving as rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College in Dubuque. Pope Francis has also named Father John P. Dolan as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego. Father Dolan is a priest of the Diocese of San Diego where he currently serves as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish. The resignation and appointments were publicized in Washington, April 19, 2017, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate, Msgr. Thomas Zinkula, 60, was born April…
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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chairman calls for Arkansas to abandon scheduled death row executions

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
 “Justice and Mercy are better served by commuting their sentences to life imprisonment.” Washington, D.C. - Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued a statement this morning in response to the scheduled executions of seven men in 11 days in Arkansas. The state is planning to begin the executions on Easter Monday. Bishop Dewane joins the Catholic community of Arkansas, and people of good will across the country and around the world, in urging Governor Hutchinson to reconsider this plan. “This Easter, let us ask the Lord for the grace to infuse our justice with mercy.  May those in Arkansas who hold the lives of these individuals on death row in their hands be moved by God’s…
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Broom Tree hosting Ignatian conference soon

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center will soon host an Ignatian Conference. Ignatian Conference JESUS HEALS IN THE ORDINARY Directed by Jessi Kary, AO May 12-13, 2017 Christ has a desire to heal us in our ordinary circumstances but in remarkable ways.  Through a deepening of the Our Father in our lives, praying into the Mass, and yielding to Him through imaginative prayer we can be available to His healing gift. During this overnight conference you will receive instruction on how to be open to this healing movement of God in your life. Jessi Kary, AO, originally a Sioux Falls native, is the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement. A seasoned teacher and Spiritual Director, she spends a good deal of time instructing people in the art of prayer.…
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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, releases Easter message encouraging joy over fear

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
Washington, D.C. - Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following Easter message as we celebrate the joy of Christ’s Resurrection. A video version of Cardinal DiNardo’s Easter message is also available at:  https://www.facebook.com/usccb/videos/10154506949682285/ Full statement follows:  “Through Christ’s passion, His burial in the tomb and His glorious resurrection, we come to realize the enormity of the Lord’s sacrifice for us.  We may feel unworthy of His love who paid so high a price for our salvation.  Let us not be afraid. Let’s allow ourselves to be taken – even seized – with Easter joy. As we proclaim on Easter Sunday, ‘Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.’ In the Gospel of John,…
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Our world is vastly different now…

Our world is vastly different now…

April 2017, Headlines
During the last couple of months, I have been reading The Priest’s Way to God by Father M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O. This book intrigued me because I was familiar with the author, an Irish Trappist Abbot, and the copy I borrowed was owned by the late Msgr. John J. McEneaney. Father Boylan pays much attention to the virtue of humility. He writes that it “means of course a life of ever-increasing dependence on God, but it also means a life of ever-increasing strength, confidence and joy” (pgs. 115-116). I think of those who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation throughout our diocese this spring, and I pray that the Holy Spirit will give humility in abundance to them so that they will rejoice in their dependence on God and enjoy…
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More than 1,500 attend Gift of Hope concerts supporting Catholic Family Services

More than 1,500 attend Gift of Hope concerts supporting Catholic Family Services

April 2017, Headlines
The Gift of Hope Concert, benefitting the Catholic Family Services Gift of Hope fund, drew more than 1,500 people this year. The fund supports CFS efforts to help individuals to receive services such as adoption services, grief support and other counseling services. This year, a second show was added after the first sold out. The concert featured contemporary christian musical artist Mark Schultz. Schultz himself is adopted and wrote a beautiful song to his birth mother entitled “Everything to Me.” Schultz incorporated a children’s choir (pictured) as part of his performance. (Photo by Brian Cooper, Catholic Community Foundation for eastern South Dakota)
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Rachel’s Vineyard retreats seek to help those troubled and in pain from a past abortion

Rachel’s Vineyard retreats seek to help those troubled and in pain from a past abortion

April 2017, Headlines
Catholic Family Services staffers and other professionals and volunteers are working to prepare for the latest Rachel’s Vineyard retreat being offered in May. The retreat is a weekend opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat will be May 12-14. Because of the subject matter and the people the retreat seeks to help, there is absolute confidentiality connected to the retreat. Participants are notified for the location once they sign up to attend. “Abortion is not just a woman’s issue,” said Margi Culhane, RN, special programs director for Catholic Family Services. The program has proved to be helpful to a range of men and women including grandparents, moms and dads.“We know that it directly affects women in…
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Roman Catholic bishops of South Dakota introduce the South Dakota Catholic Conference

Roman Catholic bishops of South Dakota introduce the South Dakota Catholic Conference

April 2017, Headlines, Local
The Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Rapid City, and the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls recently announced their intention to establish the South Dakota Catholic Conference (SDCC). The Conference will serve as the official voice of the bishops of South Dakota on issues of public policy, providing explanations of Church teaching and their practical application. A state Catholic conference, which most states have established including those in our neighboring states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana, monitors, responds to and educates Catholics about proposed public policies that impact life and the dignity of the human persons, religious liberty and other issues which affect the rights of Catholics to practice their faith both personally and in the public square. The South Dakota Catholic…
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Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish hosting annual dinner soon

April 2017, Local
Sunday, April 30 - Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish will host its annual roast beef dinner. Serving will be from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph parish hall. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available on the day of the dinner, following Masses and at the parish office. Take outs are available.
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