Featured

Featured stories in our monthly Bishop’s Bulletin

The Parental Gift: Passing on the faith through love and service

The Parental Gift: Passing on the faith through love and service

Featured, June 2021
By Renae Kranz It’s no secret our culture has been moving away from Christian values for decades now, and that move to a more secular world with no need for religion or God seems to be picking up speed. In this environment, Catholic parents worry their children will grow up and walk away from their faith—and they often feel powerless to stop it. What many parents forget is the real influence they have over how their children see and embrace their relationship with God and how well they learn their faith. And if parents don’t use that influence to help deeply ingrain their children’s faith in their hearts, our culture will sweep them into its secular current. Father Shaun Haggerty says parents are the key to passing on the Catholic…
Read More
St. Joseph: The great saint of silence

St. Joseph: The great saint of silence

Featured, May 2021
By Renae Kranz Little is said about St. Joseph in the Bible. He himself says even less. In fact, he says absolutely nothing. And yet, he is the patron of the entire Catholic Church and of our diocese. Father Shane Stevens, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Dell Rapids, calls him the great saint of silence. This quiet man let his actions speak for him in the way he cared for Mary and Jesus and in the way he answered the call the Lord had for his life. He left a courageous legacy of faith behind as an example for the rest of us to strive toward. And he is a saint we can all turn to in times of trouble. Patron of our diocese [caption id="attachment_5844" align="alignright" width="300"] The…
Read More
Gazing on the face of Christ: the freedom and love of the cross

Gazing on the face of Christ: the freedom and love of the cross

April 2021, Featured
By Renae Kranz [caption id="attachment_5775" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Ellen Keena[/caption] When you look at the face of Jesus on the cross, do you see only the face of the God who set us free? Or maybe you see the face of a man in excruciating pain, his head hanging low in agony. It’s hard to imagine the pain, emotions and thoughts our Lord had while he hung on the cross, dying for each one of us. We do know from the Gospels that he did several important things in his last moments. Some seem somewhat random or unimportant, but each word he says from the cross is carefully chosen to open the door to our salvation and establish the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Father James Morgan, rector…
Read More
Meeting God in the silence: An invitation of love

Meeting God in the silence: An invitation of love

Featured, March 2021
By Renae Kranz Five or six years ago, I was driving home alone after doing something at church. Maybe I had gone to confession, maybe it was Stations of the Cross. Somehow that detail escapes me now. Whatever I had done at the church that night had stirred a new thought in me as I drove. I felt prompted to turn the radio off and drive in silence. I never do that. In fact, I always have something on to create noise. It’s how I have functioned my whole life. As I drove down 57th Street in silence, God found me. I think he had been waiting for some silence so I could hear him. He said to me, “I want you to write for me.” Once the initial “Wait,…
Read More
Connecting us as One Faith, One Family

Connecting us as One Faith, One Family

Featured, February 2021
By Renae Kranz Each year when the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal begins, many of us can probably think of one or two ways we’ve come into contact with some of the things offered by the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Maybe one of our children went to a youth conference or a college-aged child is involved in the Newman Center on their university campus, or maybe we attended a talk by Dr. Chris Burgwald to deepen our knowledge of our own faith. This past year has been one where nearly every Catholic has regularly felt and seen some of the things the diocese provides for parishes and for all Catholics: Sunday TV Mass, The Bishop’s Bulletin, parish websites, and online parish giving just to name a few. These things have come…
Read More
The virtue of humility: Learning to surrender to our littleness

The virtue of humility: Learning to surrender to our littleness

Featured, January 2021
By Renae Kranz Pride is a sneaky sin. It’s the sin of the Fall in the Garden of Eden. It creeps around seeking the ruin of souls. It seems like pride would be easy to recognize since it’s considered by many to be the root of sin, but it’s surprisingly stealthy in its manifestations. One way we often see it is when we think to ourselves, “I can do this on my own.” Or it could be, “I don’t need God for this.” Or even, “Look at all the good I’ve done.” It’s an easy trap to fall into—we want to be our own god. This was the sin of Adam and Eve, and it continues to be our biggest downfall. God didn’t leave us without an antidote, however. There…
Read More
Hope lights the way as we wait for the Lord

Hope lights the way as we wait for the Lord

December 2020, Featured
By Renae Kranz Advent is a beautiful opportunity to wait with joyful hope for the coming of our Messiah. It can also be a time to refresh our souls with prayer and the sacraments, making ourselves ready for the Christ child on Christmas Eve. The wait during Advent seems easy because we know what the end of the wait will bring. But in our daily lives, we often face times of waiting that can leave us discouraged and rob us of our hope. You might be waiting to find a spouse to share your life with. You might be waiting to have a child. Or, you might be waiting to be healed from a disease. Whatever it is, the result you desire might seem impossibly out of reach; you wait…
Read More
The Eucharist: Real presence, real life

The Eucharist: Real presence, real life

Featured, November 2020
By Father Michael Griffin The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), quoting canon law (para.1247), is explicit, “The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: ‘On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.’” (CCC 2180) That is the “what” of the Church’s obligation and it is something most of us grew up with; we knew we were obligated to go to Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation under penalty of sin. While this is important, equally important is to not stop at the “what” and forget the “why” of the Church’s obligation. [caption id="attachment_5374" align="alignright" width="208"] Father Chuck Cimpl and Deacon Pat Derrington celebrate the Eucharist at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls. The…
Read More
Discovering purpose: Answering the call to be a prayer warrior

Discovering purpose: Answering the call to be a prayer warrior

Featured, October 2020
By Dr. Marcus Ashlock The seasons of our lives bring many challenges, opportunities and rewards. The spring finds each of us learning and growing as children into teenagers, finding out what it means to be members of our family, students in school, members of groups and followers of our faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states: “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.” (CCC 2207) We learn how to be effective members of our immediate family, as well as our societal families in school and in our parishes. Learning to value the role of family early and the role we each play…
Read More
NET Ministries: Bringing the missionary fire of God’s love to the diocese

NET Ministries: Bringing the missionary fire of God’s love to the diocese

Featured, September 2020
By Renae Kranz Catholic parents and parishes want the same thing: vibrant young people on fire for Christ. This common goal is difficult to attain but so necessary to keep our Catholic faith thriving and growing. We already have several diocesan programs like Going Deeper Retreats, Confirmation Retreats, D-Camps, Totus Tuus and Bible studies. But to have a lasting impact on young people, more evangelization needs to happen at the parish level. So how do we do that with many small, rural parishes? We bring in a NET Ministries team to light the fire of missionary discipleship. In light of the vision Bishop DeGrood has sensed from God for the diocese for lifelong Catholic missionary discipleship through God’s love, the bishop and the diocesan Discipleship and Evangelization Office want to…
Read More