June 2021

Rogation Days Procession prays for blessings

Rogation Days Procession prays for blessings

Headlines, June 2021
[caption id="attachment_5873" align="alignright" width="300"] The cross leads the Rogation Days Procession in Ipswich followed by parish members and Fr. Tim Smith. (Photo and story courtesy of Fr. Tim Smith)[/caption] Members of Holy Cross Parish in Ipswich recently celebrated the annual Rogation Days Procession on May 10. The Minor Rogation Days are on the last three days before Ascension Thursday and were instituted to appease divine justice, ask for protection, and invoke God’s blessing on the harvest. The Litany of the Saints is chanted in procession with the cross and people praying and asking for God’s blessing. The Minor Rogation Days are a time focused on asking God’s blessing in the planting season for an abundant harvest and for protection against calamities such as disease, bad weather and natural disasters. Fifteen-year-old…
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Treasures of the Church tours the diocese

Treasures of the Church tours the diocese

Headlines, June 2021
[caption id="attachment_5869" align="alignright" width="300"] Those who attended the presentation of the relics at Risen Savior Parish in Brandon were able to see them up close. (Photo by Brianna Wingen)[/caption] Several parishes around the diocese hosted Treasures of the Church exposition of sacred relics for veneration during the month of May. The exposition of 165 sacred relics included the True Cross, Mary’s veil, St. Joseph, each of the Twelve Apostles and many saints. All but six of the relics were first class relics. Nicholas Lanners, parishioner at Risen Savior Parish in Brandon, said of the exposition, “Almost 2,000 years later, I’m able to be in the physical presence and touch our beginning apostles. It brings a deeper meaning to Bishop DeGrood’s Holy Spirit vision on missionary discipleship for my diocese.” “The…
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Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate

June 2021, Vocations
Five men were ordained to the order of diaconate in the Diocese of Sioux Falls on May 15 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Bishop Donald DeGrood was the ordaining bishop. [caption id="attachment_5896" align="alignleft" width="300"] The five new deacons of the diocese with Bishop DeGrood. From left to right: Daniel Guy Sherban, Jeffrey Paul Swank, Bradley Elvin Palmer, Bishop Donald DeGrood, Peter Jude Sexton and Jonathan Scott Eckrich. (All photos by Jordan Pannell Photography)[/caption] These men went through four years of formation under Deacon John Devlin in preparing for their ordination. [caption id="attachment_5897" align="alignright" width="300"] Bishop DeGrood speaks words of encouragement and holy instruction during his homily.[/caption]
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Fathers serve their families with love and devotion

Fathers serve their families with love and devotion

June 2021, Next Generation Catholic
By Becca Thiry The subject of fatherhood can be viewed in a multitude of ways. For some, when they hear the word “father,” they are brought back to fond memories of their upbringing, maybe the stereotypical playing catch with dad or their wedding day, and their beloved father waiting to walk his daughter down the aisle. For others maybe it’s more of a sensitive subject, they never knew their father or he was absent from the family for different reasons. Sometimes we immediately think of a priest as father or even God the Father. Whatever it may be, the term father usually represents the head of a household. The backbone. A strong male figure. The reality is everyone views fatherhood differently, mostly based on our own personal experiences. When speaking…
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Are the teachings of the Church Jesus’ teachings?

Are the teachings of the Church Jesus’ teachings?

Does the Church have an answer?, June 2021
Question: How do we know the teachings of the Catholic Church are the teachings of Jesus? Answer: In April’s column we addressed the claim that Catholics are not permitted to think for themselves. As noted then, oftentimes the real issue underlying this objection is the view that the teachings of the Church are not the teachings of Jesus. In other words, the person who makes this objection often does not believe the teachings of the Catholic Church are the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let’s see how we can respond to this challenge. At the end of St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus commanded the apostles to proclaim his teachings to the entire world. In other words, the followers of Jesus—led by the apostles and their successors, who are the bishops—were tasked with…
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My first teachers of the faith: Mom and Dad

My first teachers of the faith: Mom and Dad

Bishop DeGrood's Column, June 2021
One of the fascinating things about little babies and young kids is how they learn to mimic others. It’s something parents learn quickly as their children grow, and they also realize the impact parents have on their children’s lives by their own example, especially their spiritual lives. The exemplary impact and role of healthy, happy and holy moms and dads helps us through life to choose to be healthy, happy and holy ourselves. Their words, actions and shared motivations for all good things significantly impact our world and personal views for good or for bad. Of course we are all limited humans and make mistakes and even sin, and some things like physical and psychological health are beyond our control. And of course, we are dependent upon God’s grace in…
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Seven Sisters Apostolate covers priests in prayer

Seven Sisters Apostolate covers priests in prayer

June 2021, Missionary Discipleship
By Wendy Royston Groups of women around the Diocese of Sioux Falls are gathering spiritually to encircle their pastors in seven hours of daily prayer (one hour per day) before the Blessed Sacrament each week. The Seven Sisters Apostolate began in Minneapolis when “in 2010 Janette Howe sensed a nudge to pray more frequently and intentionally for her pastor … rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota,” according to the organization’s website. “During a walk one day, it occurred to Janette that the very least she might do in gratitude for Father’s ever-generous pastoral care would be to offer a Holy Hour once a week for him.” Howe began to offer a weekly Holy Hour for her pastor that summer. While praying, she heard the words…
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Bishop Hoch scholarships awarded for 2021-2022

Bishop Hoch scholarships awarded for 2021-2022

Headlines, June 2021
The Bishop Hoch Scholarships have been awarded and announced for the 2021-2022 school year. This program was established to give the Diocese of Sioux Falls the ability to award a scholarship to attend either Mount Marty University in Yankton or Presentation College in Aberdeen to a student from each of its deaneries each year. The scholarships are open to anyone intending to attend either Mount Marty University or Presentation Colleges in the next academic year. This includes new students, students already attending one of the universities/colleges, non-traditional students and transfer students. This year’s scholarship winners are: In the Yankton deanery, Michaela Kokes, Mount Marty University. In the Watertown deanery, Payton Gassman, Mount Marty University. In the Sioux Falls deanery, Alexandra Healy, Mount Marty University. In the Brookings/Huron deanery, Lauren Stiefvater,…
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Trust the Lord with all your crop, and your livestock

Trust the Lord with all your crop, and your livestock

Guest column, June 2021
By Jake Geis [caption id="attachment_5887" align="alignright" width="225"] Jake Geis is a parishioner at St. Martin Parish in Emery and ranches with his parents.[/caption] Faith and farming—an alliteration so timeless that it dabbles in being cliché. Yet the two must go hand-in-hand, because the only alternative explanation for placing your family’s livelihood at the whim of weather, world markets and waspy livestock is insanity. Seeing a distinct shortage of people planting fields in straightjackets, I’m guessing the first option is why we keep farming. This makes farms and ranches great laboratories to explore the value of faith. In a culture suffering from turning its back to Jesus, taking a moment to observe how faith sustains the family farmer can provide insights for urban and rural folks alike. Hopes are built on…
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