Lenten Retreat

February 2020, Local
A Lenten Retreat, “Renewing Our Baptism through the Lenten Scriptures” will be offered February 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Benedictine Peace Center, Sacred Heart Monastery, in Yankton. Presentations by Sisters Doris Oberembt and Mary Jo Polak, times of silence and table discussion will help you enter more deeply into the Scriptures proclaimed at our Sunday liturgies. These Scriptures shape our Lenten journey so we can renew our baptismal commitment in the joy of Easter. To inquire about an appropriate donation or to register by February 26, call 605-668-6292 or email BenedictinePeaceCtr@ yanktonbenedictines.org.
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Ordination of new bishop will be accessible to all

Ordination of new bishop will be accessible to all

February 2020, Headlines
The Diocese of Sioux Falls will see its ninth bishop ordained at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood will be ordained February 13 at 2:00 p.m. by Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Bishop Paul J. Swain and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens of St. Paul/Minneapolis will be co-ordaining bishops. The Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will also be present for the celebration. Due to limited space in the cathedral, the ordination will be a ticketed event. Each parish in the diocese will be represented at the ordination. Bishop-elect Fr. DeGrood was born in rural Faribault, Minnesota, February 14, 1965, and raised on the family farm nearby. He attended Catholic school in Faribault, graduating in 1983. He graduated from the University…
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Give Praise to the Lord! Best wishes as our eighth bishop retires

Give Praise to the Lord! Best wishes as our eighth bishop retires

February 2020, Headlines
By Renae Kranz [caption id="attachment_4803" align="alignright" width="300"] The bishop talks with a couple during a farewell reception at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph recently.[/caption] When Bishop Paul Swain first arrived in eastern South Dakota more than 13 years ago to begin his tenure as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, he had no idea what he was in for. He knew the landscape would be different from his home state of Wisconsin, but traversing the more than 35,000 square miles of his new diocese over the years opened his eyes to some things he didn’t expect. “I must admit when I arrived here for the first time, I was taken aback by the wide open spaces,” Bishop Swain said. “In my over 13 years of car time…
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Advent Baby Shower donations help fill needs

Advent Baby Shower donations help fill needs

February 2020, Headlines
Donations for Advent Baby Shower poured in from parishes and Catholic schools across the diocese. All kinds of baby items are collected during Advent each year and distributed throughout the year to families who need them through parishes, Birthright, Avera, the Teddy Bear Den, the 211 Hotline, and to walk-ins at the Chancery. Pictured: Volunteers from Risen Savior Parish, Brandon, drop off donations. (Photo by Renae Kranz)
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Christmas at the Cathedral brings light to the world

Christmas at the Cathedral brings light to the world

February 2020, Headlines
With the theme “Light of the World,” the 2019 Christmas at the Cathedral concert didn’t disappoint the nearly 5,000 who attended. All six performances over four days sold out, raising needed funds for the the ongoing care of the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House (BDHH) and the cathedral. The concert was headlined by tenor Scott Piper and soprano Jackie Stressman and conducted by Dan Goeller. The Christmas at the Cathedral Orchestra and Choir accompanied the performance. The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, who sponsors the concert each year, hosted a dinner and special concert the day before the regular performances for nearly 300 guests of the BDHH, St. Francis House, The Banquet, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, immigrant families, and families from Harmony, South Dakota. That concert was followed…
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Officials

Officials

February 2020, Headlines
The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, in his appointed capacity of Apostolic Administrator has decreed the following changes to priest assignments effective on February 5, 2020: Reverend Timothy Cone, from parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish, Sioux Falls, to parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish, Mitchell. Reverend David Krogman, while remaining as chaplain to the Avera facilities in Sioux Falls, from pastor of Risen Savior Parish, Brandon, to priest-in-residence at St. Michael Parish, Sioux Falls. Reverend Jeffrey Norfolk, while remaining as chaplain to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, from pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Garretson, and St. Joseph the Workman Parish, Huntimer, to parish administrator of Risen Savior Parish, Brandon. Reverend Barry Reuwsaat, from parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish, Mitchell, to parish administrator of…
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Sharing our gifts makes a difference

Sharing our gifts makes a difference

Featured, February 2020
By Renae Kranz No parish is an island. No Catholic is on their own in their faith journey. But sometimes parishes and the Catholics in them might feel like the challenge to grow the community of God is too big and the resources are too few. I’m just one person. What can I really do? As Catholic adults, we can have a massive impact on the people around us, especially young people. Adult faith formation in our parishes is the linchpin that supports all the other programs and makes them more effective. These programs are an essential part of growing the family of God. And you are a critical part of helping to provide your parish and all parishes in the diocese with the tools they need to help make…
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Pausing before entering the intersection

Pausing before entering the intersection

February 2020, Fr. Mike Griffin's Column
F or several months this past summer and early autumn, the road along our parking lot, Kline Street, was torn up to replace some sewer lines and for other routine maintenance. For those months I had the chance to watch the workers as they labored their long hours, rolling in as I unlocked the church and still working as I locked up. I appreciated their hard work; however, while the work was stunningly efficient, it did cause some minor inconvenience getting into and out of the church complex. It did not take too long for the staff and parishioners to figure out how to make it work, and we certainly appreciated the work being done because it was necessary. It was not until a few weeks into the project that…
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It’s been a profound and humbling privilege to be bishop

It’s been a profound and humbling privilege to be bishop

Bishop Swain's Column, February 2020
This will be my last column in The Bishop’s Bulletin after nearly 14 years. It will not, however, be the last you hear from me as I assume the role of bishop emeritus. I will do so in a way that is supportive of our new bishop, Donald DeGrood, the ninth bishop of Sioux Falls, whom we all welcome with great joy. It has been a profound privilege and a humbling one to be your bishop over these years. They have been years of great pleasure particularly supporting our seminarians, priests, deacons and consecrated, ordaining over 40 priests and permanent deacons, enhancing the role of the laity in our local church, especially youth and young adults, and to just be out and about with all of you who are essential…
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