January 2022

Father Joe Vogel

Father Joe Vogel

January 2022, Vocations
This month we get to know Father Joe Vogel. He was ordained on May 29, 1987, and is currently the pastor at St. Joseph, Elk Point, St. Peter, Jefferson, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, Dakota Dunes. He grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota between Turton and Doland. He has seven brothers and sisters and 26 nieces and nephews. His mother is one of 10 and his father is one of eight, which means he has lots of cousins. That’s quite all right with Father Vogel because family has been everything to him Q. Tell us a bit about your family and where you grew up. I grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota between the big cities of Turton and Doland. I have seven brothers…
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New school offers deep formation for every Catholic

New school offers deep formation for every Catholic

January 2022
By Dr. Chris Burgwald Are you looking for more in your faith? Do you want to know God and our Catholic faith in a deeper way? That desire—which itself is a gift from God, something he has placed in your heart—is meant to be fulfilled. But how? We have something to share that might fit the bill. Together with Father Scott Traynor and Eric Gallagher, I am excited to announce the launch of the School of Missionary Discipleship, an initiative of the Office of Discipleship & Evangelization in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. I’ll explain the nuts and bolts of the School in a bit, but I want to begin by talking about its purpose. In short, the School of Missionary Discipleship exists as a way for Catholics from around…
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St. Francis de Sales guides disciples on the way to holiness

St. Francis de Sales guides disciples on the way to holiness

January 2022, Next Generation Catholic
By Mikaela Pannell If there is one feeling we’ve all had at some point over the past couple of years, it’s loneliness. With forced isolation and the tumultuous political landscape, all of us have felt alone and alienated at least once. Even living out our Catholic faith can at times feel lonely these days. But we are not alone. We can so easily forget that many faithful people before us have walked the road we’re on, and there are others living right now who can help us along our own journey. They are there to come alongside us and assist us in living the faith well. Nobody has to walk the road to heaven alone. Eventually, the habits we have learned from those who walk with us will be passed…
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Receive like a kid on Christmas morning

Receive like a kid on Christmas morning

Guest column, January 2022
By Amanda Pugh The Christmas season is that time of year that brings out our inner child. Snow is falling, Christmas music is playing, cookies are baking, and there is usually time off from school or work to enjoy it. After a whole month of building Advent anticipation, the time has finally arrived to celebrate! Of course, as in most things, the reality for adults is not as simple and carefree as it is for kids. The holiday season is notoriously busy, weather can be unpleasant, and family gatherings can be tense and exhausting. If you’re a student, finals “crunch time” is just wrapping up, and you’re entering a weird in-between time at home before the rest of the school year unfolds. But around kids, the magic of Christmas morning…
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Where do I start if I want to learn more?

Where do I start if I want to learn more?

Does the Church have an answer?, January 2022
Question: Your columns have prompted me to want to study the Church’s teaching more, but I’m at a bit of a loss on where to start. Can you give some advice or recommendations? Answer:   What a great question, especially at the beginning of a New Year! Many people make resolutions at the beginning of January, so it seems fitting to think about how we can each grow in our understanding of the faith. For those who are dipping their toe into the study of our faith, I generally encourage focusing on two areas to begin: the Bible and the Church’s official teachings. Let me explain why, and then give some recommendations for specific resources. I highly encourage people to familiarize themselves with the Bible because it is the literal…
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Atrium of peace: A beautiful way for children to experience God

Atrium of peace: A beautiful way for children to experience God

Featured, January 2022
By Pauline Lev Imagine walking into a quiet, naturally lit room dotted with low shelves containing various items. Everything in the room has a place, and everything is in its place. The room has a simple beauty that alludes to peaceful order. There are 10 children in the room, all between the ages of 3 and 6. In one corner, a child works at a small model altar, placing a model chalice, paten and crucifix on it, naming them, and prayerfully enjoying the beauty of the simple setting. At a low table a child is slowly and carefully pouring dry beans from one glass container to another. She does it again and again. At a small rug on the floor, an adult is proclaiming the Scripture of the Annunciation to…
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Children’s ministry impacts entire family’s faith

Children’s ministry impacts entire family’s faith

January 2022, Missionary Discipleship
By Matthew Chicoine The Catholic Church strives to build up holy families who pray and learn about their faith together. Parents long for their children to grow up to know God loves them and to know they can share God’s love with others. However, our noisy and busy world can make those efforts difficult for parents and parishes. Parents need a place of quiet, calm and peace for their children and even themselves to have an encounter with the God who made them. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides a place for this peace and encounter to happen. The Good Shepherd leads The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program has popped up in several parishes in our diocese in recent years. The program’s website describes what they do this…
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Many reasons to be filled with hope

Many reasons to be filled with hope

Bishop DeGrood's Column, January 2022
In this winter season, I hope we all may be filled with the gift of hope! Our beloved Catholic faith describes hope this way: “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the Holy Spirit. The virtue to hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up…
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