Pope, bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

August 2019, Bulletin Extras
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Describing the Amazon rainforest as "vital for our planet," Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. "We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon," the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus prayer. "Let us pray that with the commitment of all they will be brought under control quickly. That forest lung is vital for our planet." Leaders of the Latin American bishops' council also urged international action to save the Amazon rainforest from the fires. "We urge the governments of the Amazonian countries, especially Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations and the international community, to take serious measures to save the lungs of the world," said the…
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Desirae Purissima takes first vows as a Sister of Life

August 2019, Local
Sr. Desirae Purissima, SV, professed first vows as a Sister of Life on August 4 with Bishop Richard Henning of the Rockville Centre Diocese (NY) celebrating the Mass of Profession. The Sisters of Life are a religious congregation located in the New York area dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of human life. Sr. Desirae Purissima, 27, grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Orient, South Dakota, and later St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Faulkton when the parishes merged. She attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary math education. She is the daughter of Scot and JoEllen Wieseler of Orient. Her younger brothers are Robin and Darin. She was a FOCUS missionary prior to entering the Sisters of Life in the…
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Aug 2019 Search Retreat was a success

August 2019, Local
This amazing group shared and grew in their faith. They enjoyed Mass, Confession, adoration, talks given by youth and adults from our diocese, music and games, and much more. Thank you for all the prayers that went their way for a successful weekend.
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson highlights Knights’ efforts worldwide

August 2019, Bulletin Extras
MINNEAPOLIS (CNS)—Five years after the Islamic State invaded northern Iraq and began systematically persecuting the country's Christians, the Knights of Columbus are continuing their work of supporting Iraqi parishes that are rebuilding, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in his annual report Aug. 6 at the Knights' 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis. "The road ahead for our Christian brothers and sisters is long and dangerous," Anderson said, telling the 2,200 Knights, family members, clergy and others about the group's new "Adopt a Parish" program, encouraging Knights councils to commit to two years of directly supporting parishes across Iraq. The initiative is in addition to the $25 million already committed to helping the Middle East region and its displaced and threatened people since 2014, he said. "As new threats emerge, the Knights…
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In letter, pope encourages priests dejected by abuse crisis

August 2019, Bulletin Extras
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who betrayed the trust of their flock through sexual abuse and abuse of conscience and power. In a letter addressed to priests around the world Aug. 4, the pope said that many priests have spoken or written to him expressing "their outrage at what happened" and the doubts and fears the sexual abuse crisis has caused. "Without denying or dismissing the harm caused by some of our brothers, it would be unfair not to express our gratitude to all those priests who faithfully and generously spend their lives in the service of others," he said. Commemorating the 160th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, patron…
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Search for Christian Maturity retreat set for August 9-11

August 2019, Local
Located at Holy Spirit Church, Sioux Falls, the retreat is a student led program featuring talks, skits, music, opportunities for confession, and celebration of Mass. All high school and college age students and adults are welcome. Contact 605-371-1478, SiouxFallsSearch@gmail.com or www.siouxfallssearch.org for more information.
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Avera Addiction Care Center

Avera Addiction Care Center

August 2019, Headlines
Avera leads the way in behavioral and addiction care in the region. The Addiction Care Center will open later this year in Sioux Falls allowing patients an option for detox and a 28-day program focusing on the whole person—body, mind and spirit—to get them on the road to recovery. Thomas Otten, assistant vice president of Avera Behavioral Health, says Avera’s willingness to take on addiction to this degree shows their commitment to serving a population that doesn’t always get the respect they deserve. “We feel this is a really critical component,” Otten says. “This is a medical disease, not a character flaw. By putting our stamp on it, we’re saying we believe this is a medical issue. There's treatment available and we want to be there to help.” The need…
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Officials

Officials

August 2019, Headlines
The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain has decreed the following priest assignment changes effective July 10, 2019: Very Reverend Charles Cimpl to serve as the Temporary Administrator for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (St. Mary), Sioux Falls. Assignment changes effective August 7, 2019: Reverend Thomas Hartman, in addition to serving as Pastor for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Groton and St. Joseph Parish, Turton, as Sacramental Minster to the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Reverend Richard Fox from Pastor for Christ the King Parish, Sioux Falls to Pastor for Immaculate Conception Parish, Watertown. Reverend Mark Lichter, in addition to serving as Pastor for Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen, as Temporary Administrator for Sacred Heart Parish, Westport. Reverend Paul Rutten from Pastor for Immaculate Conception Parish,…
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Sharing the joy of the  Gospel is amazing work

Sharing the joy of the Gospel is amazing work

August 2019, Headlines
Every summer I have the same conversation with my sister. Like me, she is a teacher and the exchange usually comes while floating on an air mattress, enjoying the July sunshine. Sooner or later one of us asks “have you done much for school?” Try as we might, it is difficult to push thoughts of school away once the calendar flips to July. After the leisurely weeks of June, my heart gets a little restless, though I always hate to see summer end. I try to make the most of the last weeks of summer by doing things that feed my spirit and mentally prepare me for back to school. Going on retreat is my personal favorite because receiving the sacraments and spending extra time in prayer deepens my desire…
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