The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following assignments to become effective on July 1, 2020: Reverend Michael Griffin, in addition to his current assignment as pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to temporary parish administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Westport. Deacon Thane Barnier, in addition to parish deacon at Saint Therese Parish, Sioux […]

Can the creation story be reconciled with science?

Question My middle school daughter questions the truth of the creation in light of the discovery of prehistoric animals and Adam and Eve being the first humans because in order for us to exist then incest had to occur. My daughter is a gifted student and loves science, so she has many questions about truth […]

Ordinations move forward despite changes

The Diocese of Sioux Falls ordained two men to the priesthood and three to the transitional diaconate in May. These were Bishop Donald DeGrood’s first ordinations and looked a bit different than in past years. The biggest differences were in the reduction in those who could attend and no receptions afterward due to social distancing […]

Parishes resume Masses after two months of closure

After two months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Masses resumed in mid-May. Attendance was light in many places as personal discernment was encouraged. Father Chuck Cimpl, pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls, said many who attended thanked them for the precautions taken to make things safer. “Those who returned were truly excited […]

COVID-19 Relief Fund is helping families who face challenges

The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund which provides financial resources to people in eastern South Dakota who are impacted by the coronavirus. So far, the effort has helped 92 families (including 184 children) in 13 different parishes in […]

Our faith deepens when we feel the need for God

By Father Jordan Samson The year 2020 has already been filled with so many twists and turns, graces and trials; as vocations director, I’m happy to offer a quick update in what has become a year like no other. First, let us recall the joyful celebration of Bishop Donald DeGrood’s ordination as the ninth bishop […]


The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following priest assignment changes effective on May 1, 2020: Reverend Dana Christensen, from pastor, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery, and chaplain to Mary of Mercy and St. Joseph Monastery to parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy Parish, Alexandria. Reverend […]

Four saints to help us through challenging times

Saint are there for us during all types of trials. They pray and intercede for us to the Father, and they walk with us on life’s difficult journeys. With the new challenges we face right now, life can feel out of our control. We need our brothers and sisters in heaven to work on our […]

Heavenly help from the Mother of God

By Monsignor Charles Mangan Several titles from the Litany of Loreto (or Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary) leap out at us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Lady is the Virgin most merciful, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted and Help of Christians. These five powerful ways to refer to […]