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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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The Church has a critical role in protecting children

The Church has a critical role in protecting children

Headlines, March 2021
By Renae Kranz In April each year, we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month nationally. The Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages every diocese to use this month to bring greater awareness and focus to the protection of children. In our own diocese, the Office of Safe Environment takes this month to collaborate with mental health practices and school systems to promote child abuse awareness and to highlight ways they currently provide safer environments for children throughout the diocese. Alison Conemac, safe environment coordinator for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, oversees the training implemented by the diocese within all programs related to children, minors and the vulnerable. The training highlights signs and symptoms of abuse, predator behavior and ways to respond to disclosures of abuse. The training equips people with…
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House bill would help secure conscience rights

House bill would help secure conscience rights

Headlines, March 2021
By Chris Motz, executive director of the South Dakota Catholic Conference “To refuse to take part in committing an injustice is not only a moral duty; it is also a basic human right.” Pope St. John Paul II wrote these words 26 years ago this month in his great pro-life encyclical, “Evangelium Vitae” (The Gospel of Life). He’s referring to what is called conscientious objection. John Paul specifically explains this basic human right as being of fundamental importance for those working in health care when he goes on to teach, “What is at stake therefore is an essential right which, precisely as such, should be acknowledged and protected by civil law. In this sense, the opportunity to refuse to take part in the phases of consultation, preparation and execution of…
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Gift of Hope takes on new format for 2021

Gift of Hope takes on new format for 2021

Headlines, March 2021
The 21st Annual Gift of Hope Event will have a different look this year due to the realities of COVID-19. But the new format won’t be short on helping its beneficiary, Catholic Family Services (CFS), in a big way. Set to begin 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, “Lighting a Path to Hope and Healing” will focus around a candlelight celebration in front of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on Duluth Avenue. This celebration will bring people together to hear inspirational messages from Bishop DeGrood and CFS Executive Director Emily Leedom, praise and worship music from Jon Konz, and a moment of remembrance for long-time CFS director, Dr. Marcie Moran, who passed away January 21. Jan Feterl, director of marketing and special events for the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern South…
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Spiritual disciplines for the Lenten season

Spiritual disciplines for the Lenten season

February 2021, Headlines
The Christian faithful are obliged to do penance through prayer, fasting, abstinence and by performing works of piety and charity. All Fridays through the year, especially during Lent, are penitential days. Abstinence: Everyone age 14 and older is to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Why meat? Over the centuries meat has been considered to be a luxury for many people and has also been used for celebrations and feasts. At a penitential time of year, it makes sense to give up something used to mark joyful celebrations, especially on Friday, the day of our Lord’s death. Fasting: Everyone age 18 and up to their 59th birthday is to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice mirrors the 40 days…
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Advent Baby Shower offers help and prayers

Advent Baby Shower offers help and prayers

February 2021, Headlines
Donations for Advent Baby Shower have been pouring in from parishes and Catholic schools across the diocese. All kinds of baby items were collected during Advent and will be 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. Emily Leedom, executive director of Catholic Family Services, says there is a wide variety of individuals who benefit from the items collected. “Often, we see single mothers who could use the additional support. We may also see families who have recently moved to the area and don’t have jobs lined up yet but need items for their children,” she said. “We also get calls from women who delivered earlier than expected and need the items…
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