Curriculum adapts some aspects of theology of body for younger grades

Bulletin Extras, July 2019
WASHINGTON (CNS)—The theology of the body is not just suited to high school classrooms. Even 4-year-olds should have the opportunity to learn about St. John Paul II's teaching on life, love and human sexuality—at least in part. Molly Meyer, a curriculum design specialist, gave a presentation July 24 on Ruah Woods Press' proprietary K-12 supplementary curriculum on the pope's teaching during the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education's four-day conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington. The K-5 section of the curriculum teaches not about the sexual themes associated with the theology of the body, but the Catholic anthropology that must precede any understanding of human sexuality that students learn later. "Rooted: The Theology of the Body" is the first curriculum in the world that begins to teach this…
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Pope writes Syrian president, urging him to protect civilians, seek peace

Bulletin Extras, July 2019
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to put an end to his country's eight-year-long conflict and seek reconciliation for the good of the nation and its vulnerable people. "The Holy Father asks the president to do everything possible to put an end to this humanitarian catastrophe, in order to protect the defenseless population, especially those who are most vulnerable, in respect for international humanitarian law," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. The Vatican press office said July 22 that Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, met that morning with Assad in Damascus. During the meeting, Cardinal Turkson gave the president the pope's letter, which expresses "Pope Francis' deep concern for the…
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Program gives educators tools to teach about Holocaust, anti-Semitism

Bulletin Extras, July 2019
WASHINGTON (CNS)—A group of 35 teachers from Catholic middle and high schools around the country went back to school briefly this summer to learn how to better approach anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in the classroom. In its 24th annual summer conference, Bearing Witness—a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Georgetown University—hosted the teachers for five days, beginning with an opening ceremony at the Holocaust museum July 15. Throughout the week, Bearing Witness addressed the historical relationship between Catholics and Jews, the ideas that led up to the Holocaust, the Holocaust itself, and how the relationship between Catholic and Jews has changed. They also explored ways to bring these theoretical ideas into the classroom and to encourage students,…
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Des Moines bishop retires; priest of Dubuque named successor

Bulletin Extras, July 2019
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and named as his successor Father William M. Joensen, a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. The resignation and appointment were announced July 18 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Joensen's episcopal ordination and installation will be celebrated Sept. 27. "Today, our Holy Father Pope Francis gave voice to God's will by naming Father William Joensen as the next bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines; and Father Bill said, 'Yes,'" said Dubuque Archbishop Michael O. Jackels said in a statement. "We are sad to lose Father Bill as a member of our presbyterate; he will be missed," he added. "Hopefully, the faithful of…
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Corpus Christi procession in Aberdeen

Corpus Christi procession in Aberdeen

July 2019, Local
The Aberdeen Catholic community celebrated their 25th year of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at their annual Eucharistic Procession on Corpus Christi Sunday. It was followed by a social event at Sacred Heart parish hall.  (picture furnished by David Vetch)
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Sioux Falls parish hosting rummage sale

July 2019, Local
July 19-21 - St. Lambert Parish, East 16th and Bahnson, Sioux Falls, will host its Rummage, Book and Bake Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch served Friday and Saturday.
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Forgiveness and Mercy Healing Retreat set

July 2019, Local
July 19-20 - Located at St. Benedict Parish, Yankton, participants can expect to ‘Experience the healing love of God’ in a retreat led by Oblate Fr. Richard McAlear beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday with an opening Mass and conference. Saturday will consist of a series of talks, reconciliation and prayer ministry concluding Saturday evening with a Mass at 7 p.m. Speakers include Fr. McAlear, Patti Lihs and Jane Barz. There is no registration fee; however, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Sponsored by St. Benedict Parish and Yahweh Shalom Prayer Group. For more information or to register go to www.ajoyfulshout.com or call Jane Barz at (605) 940 4101 or email at cottonwoodfrm@santel.net.
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KC host trap shooting tournament

July 2019, Local
Sunday, July 21 - Come test your skills in a Trap Shooting Tournament hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 16802 at the Izaak Walton League in Sioux Falls. Warm up starts at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch at noon followed by a safety meeting. Shooting begins at 1:30 p.m. Price is $100 per shooter with teams of five. Fee includes shells, targets, lunch and t-shirt. Each shooter will be entered into a drawing for a Benelli Nova Pump shotgun. Trophies awarded to top teams and individual. For more information or for an entry form, contact Lance Mattson at 605-366-4055 or mattsonsd@q.com.
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Religious communities receive $28 million toward retirement needs

Bulletin Extras, July 2019
WASHINGTON—In June, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $28 million in financial assistance to 360 U.S. religious communities to help underwrite the care of aging members. The funding is made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious collection, an annual, parish-based appeal benefiting some 30,000 senior religious and their communities. The latest appeal was held in most U.S. Catholic parishes in December 2018 and raised $27.7 million. Known as Direct Care Assistance, the funding disbursed represents the bulk of financial assistance distributed by the NRRO. Religious communities combine these funds with their own income and savings to help meet expenses such as prescription medications and nursing care. Over the years, this support has helped many religious communities to stabilize their retirement outlooks. However, many others continue to struggle with rising retirement costs and the…
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