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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Program recognizes Catholic teachers for excellence

Program recognizes Catholic teachers for excellence

February 2021, Headlines
Last year Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (BOGCS) partnered with the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota (CCFESD) to recognize teachers of excellence in Catholic education. The Teacher of Excellence program celebrates excellent teachers at all levels. This program, which kicked off its second year on January 15, was created through the generous donation of an anonymous donor family to support the hard work and dedication of outstanding teachers. “Last year a grateful family came to the CCFESD with an idea to support the quality Catholic education that BOGCS provides by thanking the teachers who are critical to the students’ experience,” said Mark Conzemius, president of the CCFESD. “In particular, they wanted to recognize quality, high performing teachers, who go above and beyond, affirming the faith-filled, dedicated, committed, and extraordinary…
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Vocations Q&A with Father Martin Lawrence

Vocations Q&A with Father Martin Lawrence

Headlines, January 2021
[caption id="attachment_5482" align="alignright" width="239"] Father Martin Lawrence[/caption] Father Martin Lawrence is the pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Canton and St. Magdalen Parish in Lennox as well as the director of the Office of Liturgy and Worship for the diocese. He was ordained to the priesthood June 13, 2003. This month, he is the lucky first subject of our new page focusing on religious vocations in our diocese. Q. Tell us a bit about your family and where you grew up. A. I grew up in the city of New Orleans, and I am the third of three boys. My parents, Joseph and Helen, are both deceased as well as my oldest brother, Anthony. I am the product of Catholic education, and firmly believe in Catholic schools. I met then-Bishop…
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The power of praying for your kids’ friends

The power of praying for your kids’ friends

Headlines, January 2021
By Melinda North [caption id="attachment_5478" align="alignright" width="232"] Melinda North, executive assistant to the bishop for the Diocese of Sioux Falls[/caption] When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, we did what I imagine most first-time parents do—we purchased the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Little did we know advice and help would come pouring in even when we didn’t ask for or particularly want it. We quickly learned to choose what recommendations we wanted to implement and which ones we didn’t. When a family is given the wonderful gift of caring for a child, the responsibility seems overwhelming. You are tasked with loving and caring for this little human in hopes they will grow up into well rounded, healthy, happy and holy…
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Bishop DeGrood consecrates diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph

Bishop DeGrood consecrates diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph

Headlines, January 2021
Bishop Donald DeGrood offered prayers of consecration for our diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph at a Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As our spiritual mother, Mary is the patroness of the Americas, and St. Joseph, as a spiritual father, is patron of our diocese and the Universal Church. In a statement announcing the Mass, Bishop DeGrood said, “By consecrating our diocese to these two amazing spiritual advocates, protectors and intercessors, we can be assured of great spiritual fruitfulness in our diocese and in souls who are open to the amazing transformational love of God.” The statement went on to say that through these prayers, our bishop—who is our spiritual father and high priest of the diocese—is praying in a profound way for…
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