August 2021

Mission SOS offers a place to pray for the unborn

Mission SOS offers a place to pray for the unborn

August 2021, Headlines
By Marcus Ashlock Do you want to be involved more regularly with the pro-life movement but standing out in the weather or in public is not your calling? Maybe in your youth standing for a full Rosary was something you could do often, but now you have bad knees and would rather sit. What if you could pray in private with other individuals? Mission SOS (Saving Others Spiritually) is a lay ministry that provides a prayer space in an apartment next door to Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls. It’s a place where anyone can come to pray for the mothers considering abortion. The group has coordinated its efforts with the men of Jericho Wall who pray each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Women and children who come with their husbands…
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Bishop’s Hunt impacts Newman Centers in diocese

Bishop’s Hunt impacts Newman Centers in diocese

August 2021, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5998" align="alignright" width="300"] Father James Morgan, rector of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, makes the most of his time at the hunt with other priests and hunters. (Photo by Ellen Keena)[/caption] The 28th Annual Bishop’s Charity Hunt will be taking to the fields in the Kimball area in September to raise money in support of Newman Centers in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Priests and lay hunters alike will join Bishop DeGrood to hunt pheasants, swap stories and celebrate Mass. Produced by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, the hunt will be hosted by Horseshoe K Ranch on September 20-21. There will be plenty of great food, trap shooting to warm up, and prizes to win, not to mention the challenge of hunting. All proceeds for the…
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How do we know Church teachings are biblical?

How do we know Church teachings are biblical?

August 2021, Does the Church have an answer?
Question: Last November, you answered a question about why Catholics don’t read the Bible more. I have a related but different question: how do I respond to people who say the Church’s teachings aren’t biblical? Answer: This is another great question, especially because it’s such a common one; many other Christians look at the Church’s teachings in light of their own reading of the Bible and wonder where those teachings came from, or even more, how Catholics can square their teachings with the Bible. By way of answering this question, I’d like to start with this point: the Catholic Church firmly and absolutely teaches that none of its doctrines contradict Scripture. That is, there are no Catholic teachings that go against the Bible. Now, many other Christians will certainly disagree…
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Girls’ faith inspires others

Girls’ faith inspires others

August 2021, Next Generation Catholic
[caption id="attachment_5993" align="alignright" width="200"] Maya (left) and Ella (right) Heintz, parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Dell Rapids[/caption] Lois Heron with the Bishop’s Bulletin recently sat down with Ella (18) and Maya (16) Heintz, two sisters involved in building relationships with other teenagers. The sisters have partnered with Lumen Christi missionaries to establish a Bible study group in their parish, St. Mary in Dell Rapids. In this conversation, Lois explores the girls’ desire to share their faith and become the missionary disciples they are called to be. Tell us about your faith journey and how it has spurred you on to grow in your understanding of the Lord’s love for you as you have matured. Ella: My faith journey has been steady and gradual. I would say I have had…
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Priests work to give the unknown a place to rest

Priests work to give the unknown a place to rest

August 2021, Vocations
By Renae Kranz Running a parish can keep a priest quite busy. Confessions, Masses, funerals, weddings, emergencies, and parish administrative work are just some of the things vying for their attention every day. Among all these responsibilities, priests also need to tend to their relationship with Jesus and do good works for others. One group of priests has found a way to help others, but these “others” are not able to thank them or show any kind of gratitude, at least not in this life. They tend to those who have died and have no one to pray for them. [caption id="attachment_5989" align="alignright" width="225"] Fr. Jordan Samson digs the spot where a marker will be placed.[/caption] Father Jordan Samson, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Sioux Falls, was riding…
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God’s unconditional love is the foundation of discipleship

God’s unconditional love is the foundation of discipleship

August 2021, Missionary Discipleship
By Laurie Stiegelmeier By now many of us know Bishop DeGrood’s vision for the Diocese of Sioux Falls by heart: Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship Through God’s Love. Each word in this statement carries great meaning but “through God’s love” is both the foundation and the capstone of the entire message. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines foundation as a basis upon which something stands or is supported, an underlying base, or a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid. Traditionally, a capstone was placed at the top of a pyramid or building to signify completion and to protect the walls below. Capstones were often considered the most important part of the building; they were elaborately decorated to signify the crowning of the achievement. One definition of capstone…
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New opportunities for holiness coming to diocese

New opportunities for holiness coming to diocese

August 2021, Bishop DeGrood's Column
I am pleased to announce two wonderful opportunities for our diocese to grow in missionary discipleship and holiness. First, those involved with the formation of seminarians of our diocese have been researching and proposing ways we can assist men in discernment and in discernment and formation for priesthood. This new initiative is being developed because of the Vatican’s request for dioceses to provide a period of time of formation called the Propaedeutic Stage, which includes intellectual, but above all, human and spiritual formation. This stage of formation is envisioned to occur prior to a man going to the seminary so he can flourish when he does go, and it provides time for those responsible for recommending a man for the seminary to get to better know a man’s readiness and…
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Incubating an apostolate leads to flourishing service

Incubating an apostolate leads to flourishing service

August 2021, Guest column
By Jon Konz in·cu·ba·tor /ˈiNGkyəˌbādər/ noun 1. an enclosed apparatus providing a controlled environment for the care and protection of premature or unusually small babies. [caption id="attachment_5985" align="alignright" width="300"] Jon Konz, director of Faith Formation at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Sioux Falls.[/caption] Growing up as a farm kid on the fertile soils of southwestern Minnesota, we were never short of random pets. One day, Dad brought home some duck eggs he found while working in the pasture. We were all excited to see the ducks hatch. When they did hatch, we sat in awe of the life unfolding before us—a silent, sacred moment. The pure excellence of this experience was enough to help us forget about how boring everything was leading up to the ducks hatching. Days full of nothing.…
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I almost left the Church: The Good Shepherd brought me back home

I almost left the Church: The Good Shepherd brought me back home

August 2021, Featured
By Pauline Lev We all have a story Every Christian who walks the path of the disciple has a story to tell. We live in a culture hostile in many ways to a life following Jesus. It takes a conscious, active choice to follow Him. Our journey from pre-evangelization to discipleship takes us deeper and deeper into his sheepfold, into the kingdom of God and the Catholic Church. Jesus invites us to the sheepfold of his Church, and he never stops inviting us to enter more and more deeply into his love and his mercy. A disciple is always learning and growing. Each person’s story of this journey is different. Some people’s stories are slow-moving, and it might be hard for them to pinpoint the actual moment when they chose…
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