June 2016

Communication the Good News

Communication the Good News

Featured, June 2016
As he followed a school bus north on Interstate 29, Father Michael Griffin couldn’t help but wonder about the students inside. He knew their high school had lost the state championship football game the night before and the bus was likely taking them home. As he drove, Father Griffin said he started to think about the students’ emotions. “I kind of started writing in my head,” he said. “It was about lessons to be learned and what I hoped they had taken away from their experience.” [metaslider id=863] Griffin, who is the pastor of St. Mary’s in Aberdeen, also serves as executive editor of the Bishop’s Bulletin. He put down his thoughts to the students on that bus and published it in his monthly column. He was proud of the…
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Catholic Family Services offering survival guide

June 2016, Local
Monday, June 6 - The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide-Summer Session begins Monday, at the USD Newman Center, 320 E. Cherry St., Vermillion. Sessions are held on Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of $45 per person includes a “Personal Survival Guide”, refreshments and all materials for 6 weeks.
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Mount Marty College offering new effort

June 2016, Local
June 3-5 - Mount Marty College is launching a new summer program for teens called Magnify at the Mount, scheduled for June 3-5. The weekend event offers teens a chance to ask real questions about their lives, challenges and faith. Registration and information can be found at www.mtmc.edu/magnify. The Magnify at the Mount youth conference is designed for ninth-grade through 12th-grade students (teens who have just finished ninth grade, are currently in high school or just graduated from high school in 2016). Cost is $100 per person (including teens, adults and chaperones), which includes programming, five meals and housing for two nights. The event is free for all priests. To register, call 605-668-1542.
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Vocation camp set for the diocese

June 2016, Local
June 3-5 - The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls will host its 2nd annual vocations camp for junior high and high school students. Vocations director, Father Shaun Haggerty, several seminarians and a few dads are ready to lead the vocations camp again at Abbey of the Hills, Marvin. The camp is for young men ages 12-16. Cost is $185 with all food and gear included in the cost. There are only 24 spots available for each camp. Sign up and registration is available at www.sfvocations.org or by calling 605-988-3772.
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It is ours, it is a gift; it is beautiful

It is ours, it is a gift; it is beautiful

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, June 2016
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to drive to Eden, SD. I am preparing a couple for marriage, and the groom to be works on a family farm there and at the local grain elevator, so in the springtime, his availability to meet and discuss marital issues is rather limited. So I thought it would be fun to go and see them in Eden rather than expecting them to drive to see me. It was a beautiful day as I drove east and then north of Aberdeen and I had forgotten for a moment how lovely the world can be in springtime, when you are off the interstates and highways and smelling the slowly warming soil being prepared to receive the seeds of spring. I got to Eden…
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Here at home, the persecution is more subtle but growing

Here at home, the persecution is more subtle but growing

Bishop Swain's Column, June 2016
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes me, ask us to raise up once again in prayerful concern the serious threats to religious liberty during a Fortnight for Freedom. The theme this year is “Witnesses to Freedom.” It begins on June 21 and concludes on the Fourth of July. We will do so at a Holy Hour on June 28 in the Cathedral at 7 p.m. Pope Francis has noted “A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children. She has conquered evil thanks…
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June 2016

June 2016

Bulletin Editions, June 2016
"Never Give Up, No Matter What" This months issue features ministries by and for the disabled [icon name="file-pdf-o" class="" unprefixed_class=""]View this months Bishop's Bulletin
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