March 2017

U.S. Bishops chairman commends life protections in AHCA, expresses concerns about harmful provisons that will impact the poor

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates “grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed” by Congress before passage. In the letter sent to representatives on March 17, 2017, Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, highlighted the AHCA’s inclusion of vital life protections for the unborn, writing that they honor “a key moral requirement for our nation’s health care policy.” However, the letter also stresses deep concerns regarding “serious flaws” in the AHCA, including major modifications to the Medicaid system and a…
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Mount Marty College senior Caitlin Davis ’17 joins 4K for cancer run across america; raises money and awareness for young adults with cancer

Mount Marty College senior Caitlin Davis ’17 joins 4K for cancer run across america; raises money and awareness for young adults with cancer

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Yankton - Mount Marty College (MMC) senior Caitlin Davis ’17 is planning a cross-country tour for the summer of 2017. But the seven-week road trip isn’t a celebratory getaway post-graduation. Instead, the Elk Point, South Dakota, native is dedicating 49 days of her summer break to 4K for Cancer, a 4,500+-mile run/bike from San Francisco to Baltimore aimed at spreading awareness, raising funds and fostering hope within the cancer community. “Everything about this opportunity spoke to my passions and my values,” Davis says of her decision to join 4K for Cancer. “I’ve been running since middle school, and it’s something that I derive magnitudes of joy from. This opportunity takes my God-given love for running and allows me to use it to glorify him and to serve his people.” The…
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Pope Francis names South Dakota priest as new Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has named Father Steven Biegler as bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Father Biegler is a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City and currently serves as Vicar General and pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 16, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Steven Biegler was born March 22, 1959 and is a native of Timber Lake, South Dakota.  He attended the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City before earning a bachelor of arts degree from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minnesota.  He also holds a bachelors of sacred theology degree (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate of sacred theology (S.T. L., Scripture)…
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Bishops welcome constructive dialogue in congress to protect creation and address climate change

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Washington, D.C. - Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú welcomed a new resolution introduced in Congress yesterday, March 15, by a group of Republican legislators. "The U.S. bishops welcome the commitment of a group of members of Congress to engage in constructive dialogue to protect our common home and to recognize the impact of climate change,” said Bishop Dewane in response to the announcement of the Congressional resolution sponsored by several members in the House of Representatives, including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Bishop Dewane is the Bishop of Venice, Florida and chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Bishop Cantú is the Bishop of Las Cruces, and chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the…
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The Most Reverend Steven Biegler named Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
[caption id="attachment_578" align="alignnone" width="821"] The Most Reverend Steven Biegler of the Diocese of Rapid City has been appointed as the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne. (Photo by Matthew N. Potter, Diocese of Cheyenne)[/caption] Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today announced the appointment of The Most Reverend Steven Biegler as the Ninth Bishop of Cheyenne. Bishop-elect Biegler will take possession of this Diocese at a special ceremony June 5, 2017. Bishop-elect Biegler, 57, was pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City and also served as the Vicar General for the Diocese of Rapid City. A native of Mobridge, Bishop-elect Biegler was born to Alfred (deceased) and Mary Biegler, along with twelve brothers and sisters. One sister is deceased. He graduated…
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U.S. Bishops chairman on migration says new executive order still leaves many innocent lives at risk

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Washington, D.C. - The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump’s latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of today’s travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger. Bishop Vázquez’s full statement follows: "We remain deeply troubled by the human consequences of the revised executive order on refugee admissions and the travel ban. While we note the Administration’s efforts to modify the Executive Order in light of various legal concerns, the revised  Order    still leaves many innocent lives at risk. The removal of one of…
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Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has named the Reverend Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as auxiliary bishop of Saint Louis, Missouri.  Monsignor Rivituso, 55, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and currently serves as Vicar General. The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 7, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Mark Rivituso was born September 20, 1961 in St. Louis.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cardinal Glennon College and earned a master’s degree in Divinity from Kenrick Seminary.  He also holds licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.  He was ordained a priest on January 16, 1988. Assignments after ordination include: associate pastor at St. Ambrose Parish, St. Louis, 1988-1990; part-time associate pastor of…
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Couples retreat scheduled at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Directed by Deacon James Keating April 7-9 "Remain in me, as I remain in you...Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." John 10:4-5 "Marriage is not a 'self-help' relationship.  It is a deep partnership with Christ...The couple is not supposed to do all the 'work' of love; they are called to let Jesus gift them with his own spousal love."  But how do we get off the marriage treadmill once we're on it?  What is God inviting us to instead? Join us during this retreat as Deacon James Keating points us to a more excellent way. Deacon Keating, PhD, is Director of Theological Formation for the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  He also…
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March Day of Recollection being offered at Broom Tree

Bulletin Extras, March 2017
Peace that the World Cannot Give directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald Tuesday, March 21, 2017 The focus on this day retreat will be on the peace which Jesus Christ brings us. Generally the word “Peace” is used as a conventional greeting. However, Jesus Christ elevates the meaning of peace. The liturgical significance of “Peace” is profound and is associated with end-time: salvation.  St. Paul, in Philippians 4:8,9, gives us a good reason for wanting to share with others a day dedicated to this theme; “My brothers, fill your minds with these things that are good and deserve praise:  things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honorable.  And the God who gives us peace will be with you.” Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., the schedule…
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Lenten regulations for Catholics

Headlines, March 2017
Lent began on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. The Christian faithful are to do penance through prayer and fasting, abstinence and by exercising works of piety and charity. All Fridays through the year, especially during Lent, are penitential days. Abstinence: All who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting: All those who are 18 or older, until their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Only one full meal is allowed on days of fast. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s need; but together, they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed. The obligation does not…
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