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Conference offers missionary insight

Conference offers missionary insight

December 2021, Headlines
The Through God’s Love Conference brought together budding missionary disciples from around the diocese to learn more about evangelizing others in their lives and their parishes. A men’s panel and women’s panel (above left) provided real-life examples of what missionary discipleship looks like. Bishop DeGrood gave a rousing keynote and received a blessing from all gathered for the event. (Photos by Bill Sealey)  
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Ideas to make Advent a season of anticipation

Ideas to make Advent a season of anticipation

December 2021, Headlines
It’s Advent! Many of us miss out on the power and anticipation of the Advent season because of the busyness of preparing for Christmas. It doesn’t have to be that way. Following are ideas to help you make the most of Advent. Don’t put the figurines in the stable of your Nativity scene right away. Have the Magi, shepherds, Mary and Joseph travel through your home to the stable, and move them closer each week. Add the infant Jesus on Christmas morning. This will help build the anticipation of Christ’s birth. Listen to Advent songs instead of Christmas songs. Examples include: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, People Look East, O Come, Divine Messiah, and Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus. Hang a stocking for Jesus. Fill it with notes and prayer intentions…
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Priests eagerly prep for next Last Collar Standing

Priests eagerly prep for next Last Collar Standing

December 2021, Headlines
What happens when you pit priests against each other in a friendly Survivor-style competition? Mayhem and laughs! Last Collar Standing will return January 16 for the third time, putting 12 priests in the hot seat to compete for the ultimate prize: the Champion Staff and ultimately, bragging rights. Twelve priests will gather by Zoom during a livestreamed competition to answer trivia questions, complete physical challenges and test their willpower to see who will be the Last Collar Standing. This is a great way to see priests in a new light, having fun and revealing a new side many of us have never seen. “I can’t wait! It’s an amazing expereince, even for priests to see other priests in this kind of environment,” Father John Rutten said. “You get to know…
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We journey together during the Synod on Synodality

We journey together during the Synod on Synodality

December 2021, Headlines, Local
Did you know Pope Francis personally invited you to contribute to a worldwide conversation and consultation in the Church? In May of 2021, Pope Francis did an amazing and unprecedented thing—he called on every member of the Church around the world to become participants in the “Synod on Synodality.” The official name of this synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” What is a synod? “Synod” is not a familiar word. What does it mean? A great biblical point of reference for the reality of a synod is found in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 24:13-35). Cleopas and another disciple are walking together seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection. As they walked “they were conversing about all the things that had…
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Christ the King: a social doctrine

Christ the King: a social doctrine

Headlines, November 2021
By Chris Motz The years 2020 and 2021 have been tumultuous. Some might even say I’m understating that a bit. Perhaps I am, but history can give helpful perspective. In particular, I propose that reflecting on the historical circumstances surrounding the establishment of a feast day we celebrate this month—the Solemnity of Christ the King—is of great value to Christians in 2021. About a hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” (World War I) had just taken between 15 and 22 million lives. This was a catastrophic shock to the culture of Europe, the heart of the western Christian world at the time. At the same time, to the east in Orthodox Christian Russia, the October Revolution of 1917 led to the murder of the Romanov royal family…
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Christmas at the Cathedral returns for live performances

Christmas at the Cathedral returns for live performances

Headlines, November 2021
For 25 years, nationally acclaimed Christmas at the Cathedral has been sharing the joy of the Christmas season with the Diocese of Sioux Falls. This year’s live performance returns December 16-19 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. This year’s theme, “Be Born in Me,” is a first-hand account of God’s Incarnation into the human race. Through actress Apolonia Davalos, audiences will experience Mary’s perspective on the monumental moments of Jesus’ birth, and his miraculous life and mission on earth. From the annunciation to the resurrection, the meaning of Christmas will come alive through the inspiring musical compositions and arrangements of Music Director and Conductor Dan Goeller and our featured soloists, Nashville recording artists Shane O’Connell and Shelley Jennings, along with the Christmas at the Cathedral Orchestra and Choir. In addition…
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Memorial fund gives dignity to the most innocent

Memorial fund gives dignity to the most innocent

Headlines, October 2021
By Renae Kranz Babies are a precious gift from God to their families, but not all parents experience the joy of bringing their new little one home. Miscarriages, stillbirths and the loss of a newborn can leave parents and families stunned and unsure of the proper way to honor their child in death. In our diocese, there is help for parents looking for a way to honor and care for the child they’ve lost. One option is through the Angel Lee Cronin Memorial Fund. Deacon Bill Radio carries out the ministry of honoring these children through this fund, thanks to the original efforts of now-retired Deacon Harold Pardew and a mother who lost a child. She asked Deacon Pardew to help her set up a fund to help others who…
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Strike out on a diocesan pilgrimage!

Strike out on a diocesan pilgrimage!

Headlines, October 2021
Pope Francis named this year as the Year of St. Joseph to honor Jesus’ adopted father and to mark the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared the patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX. St. Joseph is also the patron of our diocese. Have you done anything to mark this year yet? How about taking a pilgrimage? Take a St. Joseph pilgrimage around the Diocese of Sioux Falls by visiting any of the nine St. Joseph parishes in our diocese. These parishes are spread throughout eastern South Dakota, so you should be able to visit at least a couple in your area. Feeling ambitious and in need of a road trip? Visit them all! [caption id="attachment_6093" align="alignright" width="300"] Don't forget your selfie stick or you'll end up…
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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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