Read a book-a-month to feed your faith

Read a book-a-month to feed your faith

Headlines, January 2021
We’ve been spending more time at home lately given the current circumstances of the world. While we’re there, why not use our time well and feed our faith? To start the new year off right, we’ve gathered recommendations for great Catholic books from readers in the Chancery offices. Pick one each month and grow closer to Christ this year. Dr. Chris Burgwald The Adventure of Discipleship - Daniel Keating Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II - George Weigel Brianna Wingen You are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth - Danielle Bean Emily Leedom Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility - Edward Sri An Introduction to the Devout Life -…
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It seems like the Church has too many rules

It seems like the Church has too many rules

Headlines, January 2021
Question: How do I answer others who complain that the Catholic Church is all about rules? Answer: It’s unfortunately the case that many people—including many Catholics—believe that the Church is overly focused on “rules,” particularly when it comes to questions of morality. There are a number of ways to respond to these sorts of questions and complaints; this month I’m going to focus on a couple possible responses. First, it’s worth noting that while it can seem to some that the Church is all about “no”—what we can’t or shouldn’t do—the truth of the matter is that ultimately, the Church is about “yes”: about our yes to God and to our neighbor, about our love for Him and them, and about their true happiness and our own. All of our…
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Catholic Schools Week kicks off January 31

Catholic Schools Week kicks off January 31

Headlines, January 2021
For the 47th year, Catholic Schools Week will celebrate Catholic education in the U.S. from January 31 to February 6. This week-long celebration is marked with Masses, assemblies and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community. The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Our Catholic schools are tasked with forming students to love God and their neighbors, and become good members of society, bringing the Gospel to their communities and living as an example of faith. Brenda Anderson, principal at St. Lawrence School in Milbank, says this week allows them to share the great things Catholic schools do for their communities. It’s a great way to show how invested they are in their students’ education and how much they appreciate the community’s support. “We love…
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What does papal infallibility refer to?

What does papal infallibility refer to?

December 2020, Headlines
Question: [caption id="attachment_5428" align="alignright" width="214"] Pope Pius IX dogmatically defined the doctrine of papal infallibility during the First Vatican Council.[/caption] Is everything a pope says infallible? Answer: This is a great and timely question, in light of the documentary that was released about Pope Francis in October. That documentary included clips from a news interview that the Holy Father had given in 2019 on the topic of civil unions for same-sex couples. Much of the coverage of the Holy Father’s remarks, particularly in secular media, indicated that Pope Francis had changed the Church’s teaching. This column won’t be getting into the details of questions about what he meant or why the Church teaches what she does about marriage (make sure and check out the online resources in the link below…
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Changes offer opportunities to grow in faith

Changes offer opportunities to grow in faith

December 2020, Headlines
By Renae Kranz If you’ve already read Father Mike Griffin’s column for this month, you know the news. If you haven’t, well, go back to page 4 and see what he has to say. After about 26 years as executive editor of the Bishop’s Bulletin, Father Mike is putting down his pen. As part of that decision, he will also end the column he has written for 30 years. It’s a sad day for those who have faithfully read his lovely words all these years. Changes like these can be difficult, especially when they are unexpected. But changes in life help us grow and stretch ourselves in ways we don’t expect. They also help us put our trust in God, following him where he leads us. As long as we…
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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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