February 2017

February day of recollection planned at Broom Tree

Bulletin Extras, February 2017
February Day of Recollection is planned at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center for Tuesday, Feb. 21. The February Day of Recollection is entitled  "Gifting yourself to God: A Lenten Preparation." The day of recollection is being directed by Dr. Teresa Kemmer and Father Ken Lulf. In preparation for the Lenten Season, God is calling us to unite ourselves to his Holy Will. For our salvation, Jesus gifted Himself to us through His life, death and resurrection. During this day of prayer, Dr. Teri Kemmer will help us reflect on how we can gift ourselves to God, through self-surrender, using Christ and the Saints as our models. Broom Tree Days of Recollection begin at 10 a.m. and consist of conferences, time for Adoration, Mass, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of…
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Faith, grassroots leaders to mobilize to end “economy of exclusion” as part of worldwide grassroots movement called for by Pope Francis

Bulletin Extras, February 2017
Washington, D.C. -  A worldwide effort sponsored by the Vatican to energize and empower grassroots leaders will convene in Modesto, Calif., February 16-19. Twenty U.S. bishops will join nearly 700 participants representing 12 countries to examine and discuss collective responses to the issues of land, labor, lodging, racism and migration. Celebrated as the first U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM), the gathering is organized by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development (IHD), PICO National Network and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the U.S. bishops’ national program working to break the cycle of poverty in the United States and educate on poverty and its causes. "Participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements represent a multitude of political perspectives both here…
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USCCB chairmen ask President Trump to fulfill his promise to protect religious liberty

Bulletin Extras, February 2017
Washington, D.C. - In early February, several media outlets reported that President Donald J. Trump is considering issuing an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. A copy of a draft executive order was published by multiple news outlets. The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and  Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, jointly issued the following statement urging…
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Mount Marty College students do good annual winter service project

Mount Marty College students do good annual winter service project

February 2017, Headlines, Local
During the recent winter break, 11 Mount Marty College (MMC) students and the Campus Ministry team of Sister Maribeth Wentzlaff and Jordan Foos traveled to Dallas for a service trip under the auspices of Catholic Charities of Texas. Pictured are (from left: MMC sophomores Sam Boomgarden and Maria Olsen packing 10,000 meals-worth of cans into boxes. (Photo courtesy, Mount Marty College, Yankton)
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Catholic Family Services hosting grieving the loss of a child series

February 2017, Local
February 28-April 4 - Grieving the loss of a child will be offered on six Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Catholic Family Services, 523 N. Duluth Ave., Sioux Falls. Directed by Dr. Marcie Moran, the program is for adults who have lost a child and are trying to understand and reconcile their grief. The program is designed to be educational and will offer positive suggestions to help people to survive and learn to live fully again. Call 988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 to register.
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Catholic Family Services hosting grief sessions

February 2017, Local
March 3-5 - Grieving the loss of a loved one weekend non-denominational retreat for adults who have lost a loved one and are trying to understand and reconcile their grief. The retreat begins on Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes Sunday at noon at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center, near Irene. Directed by Dr. Marcie Moran. Call 988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867. Registrations are limited.
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Sacred Heart Monastery hosting Lenten morning of reflection

February 2017, Local
Saturday, March 4 - Lenten Morning of Reflection: “A Season for Transformation” will be offered 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Benedictine Peace Center in Yankton. Sister Jeanne Ranek is the presenter for the event, which will include short talks, prayerful silent times and reflective sharing in small groups. Suggested donation is $15. Register by Mar. 1 by e-mail BenedictinePeaceCtr@mtmc.edu or phone 605-668-6292.
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Bishop Swain hosts seminarians during semester break

Bishop Swain hosts seminarians during semester break

February 2017, Headlines, Local
Bishop Paul J. Swain is pictured with many of the seminarians of the diocese at the bishop’s residence during their recent semester break. Bishop Swain was joined by Father Shaun Haggerty, Director of Vocations (on the left of the photo) and a number of seminarian studying for the priesthood. The diocese presently has 31 men in seminary. (Photo by Gene Young)
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