Reaching out in times of crisis

Reaching out in times of crisis

December 2020, Headlines
This year has presented us with many challenges, but none has had a greater impact on our lives than COVID-19. It has led to job losses, depression, addiction, loneliness, sickness and for some, death. It’s been a struggle for almost everyone. As Catholics, these are the times we are moved to action to help our neighbors. Through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund that has been facilitated by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota (CCFESD), we have impacted the lives of 644 families with grants ranging from $250 to $500 to help with immediate needs. Of those who have received funds, nearly 1,200 children have been helped. Parishes in 22 communities across the diocese have received a total of $267,100 in assistance over 28 weeks. Many have stepped up…
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Learn about the Church through Catholic Conversations

Learn about the Church through Catholic Conversations

December 2020, Headlines
The diocesan Office of Discipleship and Evangelization is offering a new series called Catholic Conversations. Bishop DeGrood has called all of us to grow as lifelong Catholic missionary disciples through God’s love. An essential aspect of being a disciple is to deepen our understanding of what God has revealed to us about Himself, about us, and indeed about all things. To grow as a disciple throughout our lives, then, is to grow in understanding of what God teaches us through His Church. To help the faithful of the diocese grow as missionary disciples, Dr. Chris Burgwald, the diocesan director of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization, is broadcasting live as he travels around the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Each month he is making a stop at a different parish to have a…
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God’s gift of grace to Mary

God’s gift of grace to Mary

December 2020, Headlines
We celebrate the Immaculate Conception each year on December 8 as a holy day of obligation. It’s a day to contemplate the great gift of God’s grace given to Mary our mother. The Church teaches that Mary, from the moment of her conception, was preserved from the stain of original sin. She was to be a pure vessel for Jesus as he was conceived and grew in her womb. How did that happen and how is it different from how we are saved from original sin in baptism? Here’s an analogy that has been used by the Church for a thousand years to illustrate this gift of grace. Say you are walking along and fall into a deep, muddy pit. Someone reaches down and pulls you out of the pit.…
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Bishop invites FOCUS missionaries into vision for diocese

Bishop invites FOCUS missionaries into vision for diocese

December 2020, Headlines
Bishop Donald DeGrood and Father Scott Traynor met with FOCUS team directors from campuses in the South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska region recently. The gathering was hosted by Tony Menke, regional director of the West for FOCUS, who serves and oversees eight universities in the West Region. The group discussed how FOCUS can implement and further the bishop’s vision of Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship Through God’s Love in their work with university students around the diocese. They also shared their experiences of working with students as they bring Christ to their lives and their challenges in their work. Pictured with the bishop and Father Traynor are (back row) Seyha Saumweber (UND), Dylan Reinhardt (SDSU), Tony Menke, Father Scott Traynor, Bishop DeGrood, Jacob Tschann (Northern St.), Rob Cargill (USD), (front…
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Heaven has no All-Star Game for the saints

Heaven has no All-Star Game for the saints

Headlines, November 2020
By Monsignor Charles Mangan [caption id="attachment_5369" align="alignright" width="300"] Monsignor Charles Mangan, parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery, and chaplain to Mary of Mercy and St. Joseph Monastery[/caption] Who is the G.O.A.T.? This question seems to be asked with increasing frequency in discussions about athletes, banjo players and poets. G.O.A.T. is the acronym for “Greatest of All Time.” A person with even a little knowledge about who that person is in any field of endeavor likely demonstrates an appreciation for skill and achievement. Who the G.O.A.T. is among the saints in heaven is known only to God and really matters little to us. What we know is that all in paradise are there thanks to the Lord’s unceasing mercy and their cooperation with…
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Should Catholics spend more time with the Bible?

Should Catholics spend more time with the Bible?

Headlines, November 2020
Question Why don't Catholics read the Bible more? Answer Because this is a common observation made both by Catholics and other Christians, it’s definitely worth addressing as a topic for this column. It reminds me of an email discussion I had with someone who’d recently returned to the faith after some time away from the Church. In her time away, this Catholic developed a deep love for the Sacred Scriptures, and when she returned to the Church her impression was that the Bible isn’t studied much by Catholics. So, why don’t Catholics read the Bible more? First, it might be true that some Catholics—perhaps even many Catholics—do not make Bible study a part of their daily or weekly prayer. Despite that, however, it is also true that the Church strongly…
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Dr. Ray Guarendi to headline RPR banquets

Dr. Ray Guarendi to headline RPR banquets

Headlines, November 2020
Each year, Real Presence Radio (RPR) holds annual fundraising banquets in cities throughout the listening area. These banquets help provide a major portion of the funding needed to continue to air some of your favorite Catholic radio programs. In our diocese this year, two banquets will be held: Tuesday, December 1 in Sioux Falls (Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel) and Thursday, December 3 in Aberdeen (Dakota Event Center). Popular Catholic speaker Dr. Ray Guarendi will be the keynote speaker for both events. He’s a Catholic father of 10 adopted children, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In,” can be heard Monday through Friday on RPR. Dr. Ray has a wide variety of experience working with parents, families, educators,…
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Bishop’s Hunt sees numbers flying high

Bishop’s Hunt sees numbers flying high

Headlines, November 2020
The 25th Bishop’s Charity Hunt, sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern South Dakota, hosted 85 hunters this year to get outside and enjoy the South Dakota tradition of pheasant hunting. Twenty-two priests also attended some portion of the event over its two days at Horseshoe K Ranch in Kimball. An estimated $52,000 was raised to benefit Newman Catholic Campus Ministry in the diocese. Bishop DeGrood was on hand and enjoyed visiting with the participants. (photo by the Catholic Community Foundation)
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Serra USA supports vocations and prays for seminarians

Serra USA supports vocations and prays for seminarians

Headlines, November 2020
Serra USA celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week November 1-7. Since there is a great need for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Serrans, lay Catholic men and women of all walks of life, are dedicated to promoting and fostering vocations. The name Serra comes from the organization’s patron, Father Junipero Serra, who was canonized a saint in 2015. St. Junipero Serra was a Franciscan priest who spread the work of the Catholic Church by founding a system of missions in what is now the state of California. In addition to fostering and promoting vocations to the ministerial priesthood and religious life of the Church, other objectives of Serra are to support and encourage seminarians and women in formation. One way this is done is through their “Adopt a…
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Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Special Needs Ministry programs draw kids from the peripheries into parish life

Headlines, October 2020
By Renae Kranz As we begin Respect Life Month in October, much of the focus shines on abortion and euthanasia. And while those issues are important, other facets of the pro-life movement need to be brought to the forefront more often. One of those facets is promoting the dignity of those with disabilities and special needs, and the diocesan Special Needs Ministry works to do just that. The Special Needs Ministry (formerly REACH) exists to serve and support those with special needs in the diocese. Their mission says it perfectly: Our hope is to raise awareness for those with disabilities in our diocese, and to provide religious education services in both our parishes and schools. We aim to educate the hearts of all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners to the…
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