April 2017

Diocesan Vocations office hosting Rocky Mountain vocation expedition

April 2017, Local
July 30-August 5 - JP II Rocky Mountain Vocation Expedition is being planned. Diocesan Vocations director, Father Shaun Haggerty, will lead the expedition, along with Father Jordan Samson, and several seminarians and a few dads. The group will be tent camping and doing day excursions as well as staying at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO. Go to www.sfvocations.com to sign-up.
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Sioux Falls parish planning parish centennial

April 2017, Local
Throughout the months ahead culminating October 1 - St. Therese Parish, Sioux Falls is planning its centennial celebration. The second parish in Sioux Falls was established in 1917 and is celebrating 100 years with centennial events throughout the year culminating with a feast on Sunday, October 1, the Feast Day of St. Therese. Come join the parish for the celebrations. All past and present parishioners and clergy are invited. For a listing of events call 605-338-2433 or go to www.st-therese.ws.
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Officials

Officials

April 2017, Headlines, Local
Since publication of the March issue of The Bishop’s Bulletin, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls: assigned Reverend Jonathan Venner, JCL, from graduate studies to priest in-residence at Holy Family, Mitchell and to defender of the bond in the Diocesan Tribunal; and decreed the Deconsecration of the St. Michael Church building, Mount Vernon, so that it might be relegated to profane but non-sordid use; extended the faculty to remit an automatic penalty of excommunication in the instance of a second procured abortion to all priests entrusted with the full pagaella of faculties. Respectfully Submitted, Mr. Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Ministry Tech days scheduled in May

April 2017, Local
May 4, 11 and 16 - Ministry Tech Days is a free workshop day for anyone interested in enhancing the ministry of Catholic churches, organizations and schools through technology. The workshop is for beginners to full fledged techies. There will be plenty of great tips, tricks and take aways and many topics to choose from. On Thursday, May 4, the event will be help at the Catholic Pastoral Center, Sioux Falls. On Thursday, May 11, the event will be held at St. Margaret Parish, Kimball. On Tuesday, May 16, the event will be hosted at Abbey of the Hills, Marvin. The workshop day will address many questions and topics. For questions or more info contact Dawn Wolf, dwolf@sfcatholic.org or 605-988-3707.
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Day of Recollection being offered at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center

April 2017, Local
Tuesday, May 9 - A Day of Recollection is being offered at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center near Irene. The Day of Recollection on May 9 will be directed by Father Andrew Dickinson, director of the Pius XII Newman Center in Brookings. Broom Tree Days of Recollection begin at 10 a.m. and consist of conferences, time for Adoration, Mass, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The day ends in mid-afternoon. Because lunch is also served, the Broom Tree Staff asks that attendees please register. A prayerful donation is requested.  
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Rachel’s Vineyard retreat being hosted by Catholic Family Services

Rachel’s Vineyard retreat being hosted by Catholic Family Services

April 2017, Local
May 12-15 - A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is being offered. This retreat is strictly confidential. A safe, loving, non-judgmental environment is included. The retreat is open to men, women, mothers, fathers, grandparents who have been affected by abortion. The retreat is non-denominational. For registration materials and more information, call Margi at 605-988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 or e-mail mculhane@sfcatholic.org. The deadline for registration is May 5.
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Inclusion Act receives continued strong support from USCCB chairmen

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
Religious freedom is important for all, including child welfare providers Inclusion Act protects religious freedom and excludes no one Parental choice in adoption is important and deserves protection Washington, D.C. - Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are offering their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017. The Act would prevent the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services, from taking adverse action against a provider that, for religious or moral reasons, declines to provide a child welfare social service. “Our first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of children,” wrote Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, chairman of the Committee on…
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Cardinal Dolan applauds administration for withdrawing funding to UNFPA’s coercive abortion/sterilization program

April 2017, Bulletin Extras
Washington, D.C. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed the State Department’s April 4th announcement that it will withhold federal funding from the U.N. Population Fund (“UNFPA”) because UNFPA monies go to Chinese agencies that perform forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. The Administration’s decision invokes the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment against funding organizations involved in coercive population programs. Millions of taxpayer dollars will now be redirected to maternal health and non-abortion reproductive health programs in developing countries. “Chinese families have endured unspeakable abuses, including onerous fines, mandatory pregnancy exams, coerced sterilizations, and forced abortions,” Cardinal Dolan said. “Over 20 years ago, the U.N. condemned forced sterilization and forced abortion as ‘acts of violence against women’, and yet the UNFPA has enabled the Chinese government to continue…
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