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Featured stories in our monthly Bishop’s Bulletin

Becoming Missionary Diciples

Becoming Missionary Diciples

August 2018, Featured
How Schools, Parishes and Each of Us Must Contribute “At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,’” Matthew 9, 36-38 It is not hard to see crowds and individuals today who are troubled and abandoned. They are our family, our friends and neighbors. What might be hard to see is that it is the role of the baptized, in other words, all of us, to be moved with pity. We are the laborers for the harvest – the missionary disciples – to those around…
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It’s All About Serving: The diaconate restored 50 years ago

It’s All About Serving: The diaconate restored 50 years ago

Featured, July 2018
Jim Walden made a Cursillo retreat and became excited about the idea of serving the Lord in some way. His sister, a nun, mentioned the idea of becoming a deacon. At that time, in the mid-1970s, there were no deacons in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. But through Msgr. John McEneaney, Walden approached Bishop Lambert Hoch and began a formation process that led to his ordination in July of 1977 as the first deacon in this diocese. [caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignleft" width="300"] Deacon Jim Walden pictured with his wife Donna.[/caption] The ministry of deacon dates to the earliest days of the Church as seen in the first verses of chapter 6 in the Acts of the Apostles: At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained…
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The Timeless Teaching from the Church on Marital Love

The Timeless Teaching from the Church on Marital Love

Featured, June 2018
As papal documents go, Humanae vitae (On Human Life) is short, readable and understandable. As it reaches the 50th anniversary of being issued it provides both a summary of the Church’s longstanding teaching on marriage and sexuality and a way forward in addressing many of the challenges surrounding marriage and families today. That this encyclical remains as relevant now as when Blessed Pope Paul VI issued it, deep in the days of the sexual revolution, is no doubt a surprise to many who immediately wrote it off, thinking it presented an old fashioned view of marriage, contraception and sexuality in general. Instead, the Catholic teaching expressed in Humanae vitae, which stands on Scripture and Tradition, remains important and relevant. Basic beliefs in how God made men and women, the nature…
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Living The Beatitudes Today

Living The Beatitudes Today

April 2018, Featured
We might consider the Sermon on the Mount, and specifically the eight beatitudes, as the way to live happily within the gift of free will which our Creator gave to us. “What Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount, therefore, is the new law that would discipline our desires, our minds and our bodies so as to make real happiness possible,” said Bishop Robert Barron in his book, Catholicism. There are ample examples of people living out the beatitudes all around us, in the world and in our diocese. This story offers an example for each of the beatitudes in hopes they will inspire you to look around and find more. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven One of the hallmarks…
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Finding Support and Companionship in Living the Catholic Faith

Finding Support and Companionship in Living the Catholic Faith

Featured, March 2018, Uncategorized
Ten years ago, Missy Baumberger was a young mother, struggling with her faith and yearning to talk with someone. “At that time I was a young stay-at-home mom questioning the depth of my Catholic faith and who I was in the eyes of the Father,” the Watertown woman said. She wanted to get to know other women, people who could relate to her concerns and challenges as a young mother. Someone, she said, who could “help answer the questions that were arising in my heart.” Her search for answers resonated with a few other women in her Immaculate Conception Parish. Soon, four of them decided to get together to talk about their lives and their faith. The meetings became regular events and over time, they reached out to others they…
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Catholic Family Sharing Appeal – One Faith One Family

Catholic Family Sharing Appeal – One Faith One Family

Featured, February 2018
The Catholic Family Sharing Appeal (sfcatholic.org/cfsa), the annual effort to raise funds to support the ministries of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, has been positively impacting the faith life of families for generations. The appeal kickoff coincides with the season of Lent. Among the goals of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal is to encourage and support family life in all its facets - reflected in the theme, One Faith, One Family. Generations of families have been supported through the ministries funded through this annual appeal. The Steve and Carol Smith family, members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Groton offer an example of how that plays out generation after generation with Newman ministry, youth ministry, parish ministry and many other Catholic Family Sharing appeal supported ministries impacting their whole family. “We’ve…
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Being nice is not a virtue

Being nice is not a virtue

Featured, January 2018
“She is such a nice person.” “He was very nice to me.” We are often grateful when someone treats us or someone we care about well. It’s pleasant. It’s nice. But as much as we might hear about “South Dakota nice” – meaning we act kindly to friend and stranger alike, there is something only surface deep about that. “My students often seem a bit shocked when I tell them that being nice isn't the essential part of living a Christian life,” said Patricia Irvine, chair of the Theology department at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. “I point to the life of Christ as proof that niceness isn't our main goal,” she said. “The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus weren't centered on being nice to others. Rather, He…
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Happy Church New Year! A Time for Renewal

Happy Church New Year! A Time for Renewal

December 2017, Featured
Happy New Church Year. Advent, which began this year on December 3, ushers in the new liturgical year in the Church, and offers each of us an opportunity to start fresh, make faith a more significant priority, and deepen our relationship with the One who created, saves and redeems us. The rhythms of the liturgical year can act as a guide for us, beginning with Advent as the time to anticipate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. [caption id="attachment_1531" align="alignleft" width="207"] Julie Eakin and her family[/caption] “I believe the liturgical year is a wonderful way to be sensitive to the special seasons of the year,” said Julie Eakin, office administrator and director of religious education at St. Teresa of Calcutta, Dakota Dunes. “I can remember Advent as a child…
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You Are a Member of the Communion of Saints

You Are a Member of the Communion of Saints

Featured, November 2017
St. Peter, St. Cecelia, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Francis, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, Blessed Stanley Rother, Nicholas Black Elk, ...and you. Everyone – it is the communion of saints and we all belong. While the Church has formally declared many men and women as saints through the ages, it also teaches that the communion of saints is “the unity in Christ of all the redeemed, those on earth and those who have died.” (CCC glossary) The celebration of All Saints on November 1 and All Souls on November 2 provides a natural moment to consider our place in this wonderful communion. “On November 1 we celebrate those souls in Heaven: the many, many men and women who have never been and…
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Priestly ministry through the Decades

Priestly ministry through the Decades

Featured, October 2017
As a measure of proof that priestly ministry, despite radical changes in culture and the world, remains largely the same through the decades, consider the following quotes from two priests of the Diocese of Sioux Falls: “We are all seeking the love of Jesus and it is only the Church that will fulfill this deep down desire that we all have.” “We are people of the Resurrection and filled with hope and must dream of an ever more promising future.” The first quote is from Fr. Barry Reuwsaat, ordained a priest in 2016 and serving as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen. The second is from Fr. Al Krzyzopolski, ordained a priest in 1950, long-time pastor around the diocese and still active providing weekend coverage and other ministry at…
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