Communication the Good News

Communication the Good News

Featured, June 2016
As he followed a school bus north on Interstate 29, Father Michael Griffin couldn’t help but wonder about the students inside. He knew their high school had lost the state championship football game the night before and the bus was likely taking them home. As he drove, Father Griffin said he started to think about the students’ emotions. “I kind of started writing in my head,” he said. “It was about lessons to be learned and what I hoped they had taken away from their experience.” [metaslider id=863] Griffin, who is the pastor of St. Mary’s in Aberdeen, also serves as executive editor of the Bishop’s Bulletin. He put down his thoughts to the students on that bus and published it in his monthly column. He was proud of the…
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A Special Moment: Six to be Ordained Priests for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

A Special Moment: Six to be Ordained Priests for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

Featured, May 2017
The six men to be ordained to the priesthood June 2 will form one of the largest ordination classes ever for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Archive records show that six were ordained in 1944, 1954, 1956 and 2001. In 1957, 1962 and 1976, seven were ordained. In some of these years, not all of the ordinations occurred at the same time. Who are the six to be ordained for service in the Diocese of Sioux Falls this year? In their own words, please meet them. [metaslider id=769] Rev. Mr. Brian Eckrich “What do you want to do with your life?” At the heart of this question is the assumption that each one of us knows what will ultimately bring us happiness. This is what I believed. I arrived at…
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Strengthened by the Holy Spirit

Strengthened by the Holy Spirit

April 2017, Featured
Story written by Maricarrol Kueter for The Bishop’s Bulletin Baylee Beaner found her Confirmation inspiration in the pious example of St. Therese of Lisieux, the 19th century French girl who became a nun at the age of 15. The Garretson teen-ager took the saint’s name, embracing St. Therese’s acceptance of God’s will in her life. Bishop Paul Swain described a similar feeling of peaceful acceptance he experienced as a young adult, sitting by his grandmother’s hospital bedside. Fear and despair gradually evaporated through prayer, he told Baylee and her 32 classmates from St. Joseph, Huntimer and St. Rose of Lima, Garretson at their Confirmation Mass at the Huntimer church last month. When God challenges us, he also strengthens us, the bishop said. That strength is courtesy of the Holy Spirit,…
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Living Lent with Joy

Living Lent with Joy

Featured, March 2017
Since we have the advantage of knowing that Jesus has won the victory over death, you would think that living with joy, whether in Lent or any other time, would be relatively easy. But that is not the case for most of us. We struggle with the challenges of life, with mundane routine, with issues and concerns that don’t seem to resolve in ways we think best. Maybe it is simply the human condition. Maybe we don’t truly understand joy. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all…
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One Faith. One Family

One Faith. One Family

Featured, February 2017
It all starts with Jesus Christ. That we are Catholics in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, that we are members of One Faith and One Family, is all because of Jesus Christ. While we know this is true at some level in our being - whether we are living our faith passively or more actively - we might not be able to articulate the how and why. Helping us deepen and grow that understanding is a significant part of the work of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal and the ministries of the church made possible by the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal. (see listing from Bishop Paul Swain on page 9) Consider the work of the Discipleship and Evangelization office. Most might be familiar with the annual events – D-camps, Totus…
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Opening the Gate: The Sacrament of Baptism

Opening the Gate: The Sacrament of Baptism

Featured, Headlines, January 2017
A precious baby being held by parents and godparents is the sweet image which most likely comes to mind when you think about baptism. But the true image of baptism is much more radical than that; it is our rebirth as Christians and it opens the gate to all the other sacraments and to faith itself. Since most Christians are baptized as babies, we tend not to think all that much about this profound reality. “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made…
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Living Advent Faith

Living Advent Faith

December 2016, Featured, Headlines
Living day to day we might not always be aware of God’s call or activity in our life.  We may not see how these key themes and characters of Advent have any relation to the faith life we are trying to lead.  That sentiment is often expressed by those who find themselves unexpectedly involved in meaningful efforts and which almost always deepen their own faith. “Mary said, ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 When the Benedictine Monks began building Blue Cloud Abbey in the 1950s, they could not have imagined that someday they would need to determine what to do with the buildings and adjacent land. But with few vocations…
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