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Retreat invites men to explore deeper faith

Retreat invites men to explore deeper faith

Headlines, September 2021
Men in our Catholic parishes often desire to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church, but they don’t know exactly how to do that. It can seem like a daunting task with no one to help them get started. The 10th annual Sioux Falls Area Men’s Retreat could be the perfect catalyst to a more meaningful relationship with the God who made them. Presented by the Sioux Falls Area Men’s Group, this retreat runs from October 22-24 at Broom Tree Retreat Center in Irene. The theme this year, St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, plays off the year of St. Joseph and provides a stable foundation to begin this journey. Deacon Ralph Poyo will lead the group on an interactive retreat that will lead men to examine the sound…
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Mission SOS offers a place to pray for the unborn

Mission SOS offers a place to pray for the unborn

August 2021, Headlines
By Marcus Ashlock Do you want to be involved more regularly with the pro-life movement but standing out in the weather or in public is not your calling? Maybe in your youth standing for a full Rosary was something you could do often, but now you have bad knees and would rather sit. What if you could pray in private with other individuals? Mission SOS (Saving Others Spiritually) is a lay ministry that provides a prayer space in an apartment next door to Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls. It’s a place where anyone can come to pray for the mothers considering abortion. The group has coordinated its efforts with the men of Jericho Wall who pray each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Women and children who come with their husbands…
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Bishop’s Hunt impacts Newman Centers in diocese

Bishop’s Hunt impacts Newman Centers in diocese

August 2021, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5998" align="alignright" width="300"] Father James Morgan, rector of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, makes the most of his time at the hunt with other priests and hunters. (Photo by Ellen Keena)[/caption] The 28th Annual Bishop’s Charity Hunt will be taking to the fields in the Kimball area in September to raise money in support of Newman Centers in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Priests and lay hunters alike will join Bishop DeGrood to hunt pheasants, swap stories and celebrate Mass. Produced by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, the hunt will be hosted by Horseshoe K Ranch on September 20-21. There will be plenty of great food, trap shooting to warm up, and prizes to win, not to mention the challenge of hunting. All proceeds for the…
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Adoption services offered in Diocese of Rapid City

August 2021, Headlines
Catholic Social Services (CSS), a widely recognized organization with a 45-year history in the Diocese of Rapid City, is transitioning the family services adoption program to Trinity Pregnancy and Adoption. CSS is committed to building and supporting strong families in South Dakota. CSS has over four decades of experience with the placement of more than 300 children with “forever” families. Trinity Pregnancy and Adoption is the only accredited agency in South Dakota by the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) organization. IAAME’s purpose is the accreditation, approval, monitoring and oversight of adoption service providers providing intercountry adoption services. Trinity offers free pregnancy counseling, international adoption resources, monthly support group for foster and adoptive families, and contracted home studies. Trinity Pregnancy and Adoption will continue to provide thoughtful adoption services…
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Lumen Christi spreads joyful missionary spirit

Headlines, July 2021
[caption id="attachment_5944" align="alignright" width="300"] The Lumen Christi missionaries for 2021.[/caption] Lumen Christi missionaries have been traveling around the diocese this summer, bringing the love of God to young and old alike. Twenty-two missionaries broken into teams have been using outreach events, small group discipleship and participation in community and life of the Church to help form Lifelong Catholic Missionary Disciples Through God’s Love. Formerly Totus Tuus, Lumen Christi is a diocesan missionary formation program that forms young men and women to be effective evangelists, sharing the love of Christ they have experienced in their own lives. Father Andy Thuringer spent time training the missionaries this year, which he says has been a real blessing. “This year we focused on the creation story in Genesis. Our missionaries are excited to share…
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Rogation Days Procession prays for blessings

Rogation Days Procession prays for blessings

Headlines, June 2021
[caption id="attachment_5873" align="alignright" width="300"] The cross leads the Rogation Days Procession in Ipswich followed by parish members and Fr. Tim Smith. (Photo and story courtesy of Fr. Tim Smith)[/caption] Members of Holy Cross Parish in Ipswich recently celebrated the annual Rogation Days Procession on May 10. The Minor Rogation Days are on the last three days before Ascension Thursday and were instituted to appease divine justice, ask for protection, and invoke God’s blessing on the harvest. The Litany of the Saints is chanted in procession with the cross and people praying and asking for God’s blessing. The Minor Rogation Days are a time focused on asking God’s blessing in the planting season for an abundant harvest and for protection against calamities such as disease, bad weather and natural disasters. Fifteen-year-old…
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Treasures of the Church tours the diocese

Treasures of the Church tours the diocese

Headlines, June 2021
[caption id="attachment_5869" align="alignright" width="300"] Those who attended the presentation of the relics at Risen Savior Parish in Brandon were able to see them up close. (Photo by Brianna Wingen)[/caption] Several parishes around the diocese hosted Treasures of the Church exposition of sacred relics for veneration during the month of May. The exposition of 165 sacred relics included the True Cross, Mary’s veil, St. Joseph, each of the Twelve Apostles and many saints. All but six of the relics were first class relics. Nicholas Lanners, parishioner at Risen Savior Parish in Brandon, said of the exposition, “Almost 2,000 years later, I’m able to be in the physical presence and touch our beginning apostles. It brings a deeper meaning to Bishop DeGrood’s Holy Spirit vision on missionary discipleship for my diocese.” “The…
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Bishop Hoch scholarships awarded for 2021-2022

Bishop Hoch scholarships awarded for 2021-2022

Headlines, June 2021
The Bishop Hoch Scholarships have been awarded and announced for the 2021-2022 school year. This program was established to give the Diocese of Sioux Falls the ability to award a scholarship to attend either Mount Marty University in Yankton or Presentation College in Aberdeen to a student from each of its deaneries each year. The scholarships are open to anyone intending to attend either Mount Marty University or Presentation Colleges in the next academic year. This includes new students, students already attending one of the universities/colleges, non-traditional students and transfer students. This year’s scholarship winners are: In the Yankton deanery, Michaela Kokes, Mount Marty University. In the Watertown deanery, Payton Gassman, Mount Marty University. In the Sioux Falls deanery, Alexandra Healy, Mount Marty University. In the Brookings/Huron deanery, Lauren Stiefvater,…
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The Jericho Wall group prays to end abortion

The Jericho Wall group prays to end abortion

Headlines, May 2021
By Marcus Ashlock According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, by January’s 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, more than 62.5 million abortions have taken place in the U.S. or roughly 1.3 million per year. In a study published in July 2020 in one of the world’s oldest medical journals, The Lancet, the average number of abortions worldwide was 73.3 million each year during 2015-2019—73.3 million each year. How many innocent lives will be ended before the world realizes the value of life? What can the devout Catholic do to help save these innocent lives? We can simply start with prayer. “It started when I wanted to be more courageous with my faith, to live my faith and put it on the ground and not just keep it…
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Events planned for those in need of healing

Events planned for those in need of healing

April 2021, Headlines
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month, the Diocese of Sioux Falls will hold two events at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. A rosary for healing and protection will be livestreamed on April 13 at 10 a.m. and led by Deacon John Devlin. This rosary is being offered for all those who need healing and protection. Pray with us live from your location or at your convenience on YouTube at SFDiocese. On April 24 at 4 p.m., Bishop Donald DeGrood will celebrate Mass to pray for healing for all those impacted by abuse. If you cannot attend this Mass, it is televised on Keloland Sunday at 10 a.m. and livestreamed on YouTube at SFDiocese. Please join the bishop for this time of healing and prayer. Every year in South Dakota,…
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