April day of recollection set at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center near Irene

Bulletin Extras, March 2019
April Day of Recollection planed for Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center on Tuesday April 9. What are People Saying about Miracles? is the topic. The day of recollection will be directed by Monsignor Richard Mahowald. This is a timely topic, given the fact that so many people today deny the possibility of miracles, others think that even if one acknowledges there were miracles in centuries past, they are irrelevant in the age of science. What’s to be said of that? Many atheists and materialists think that there are never any reasons to speculate beyond a universe of matter and energy. How do we understand this objection? The ministry of Jesus included preaching a call to conversion, teaching the plan and design of God for our salvation in stories we…
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USCCB Migration chairman endorses proposed legislation that gives permanent legal protection to dreamers and temporary protected status (TPS) holders

Bulletin Extras, March 2019
Washington. D.C. - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), legislation that would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. “We need a permanent legislative solution for those who have spent their lives contributing and living in the United States, the country they know as home,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “Dreamers and TPS holders are vital members of our community who are going to school, working to make our communities better and raising families. They have lived in limbo for far too long and now is the time for…
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The Gift of Hope concert  happening soon

The Gift of Hope concert happening soon

Headlines, Local, March 2019
The Gift of Hope concert is set for March 23 and will include two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. this year. The shows will be hosted at the O’Gorman Performing Arts Center, Sioux Falls. The Gift of Hope concert supports the work of Catholic Family Services. Returning this year for the concert is Christian music performer and Dove award winner Mark Schultz. Schultz said he is excited about returning to the diocese for the concert. “I had such a great time last time. I was honored to be invited back,” Schultz shared during an interview with Catholic Views, the diocesan radio program. Tickets can be purchased by calling 605-988-3765, by visiting ccfesd.org or at all Sioux Falls Hy-Vee locations. The concert supports Catholic Family Services’ Gift of Hope Fund for…
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St. Lambert Parish, Sioux Falls, hosting parish dinner

Local, March 2019
Sunday, April 14 - St. Lambert Parish, 16th and Bahnson, Sioux Falls, will host its parish dinner. Serving will be 10:30 a.m.-1:3o p.m. Tickets available in the parish office or call 605-336-8808 for more information. The dinner is slated for Palm Sunday, April 14 and will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, dinner rolls, beverages and desserts. Ticket costs are $9 for adults; $6 for children ages 5-12 with those children 4 and under eating free. There is a $40 family ticket (immediate family) available.
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St. Mary Parish in Sioux Falls hosting annual turkey dinner

Local, March 2019
Sunday, April 28 - St. Mary Parish, Sioux Falls, will host its annual turkey dinner with serving 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the church hall, 2109 S. 5th Ave. Take outs are available. Pre-sale ticket costs are $8 for adults ($9 at the door); $5 for children 4-11. Tickets are on sale after all Masses April 6, 7, 13, 14 and following the 4 p.m. Mass only on Apr. 27. There will be no Easter Sunday ticket sales.
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Co-Chair of USCCB dialogue with National Council of Synagogues issues statement regarding opening of Vatican archives

Bulletin Extras, March 2019
Washington, D.C. - Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Co-Chair of the USCCB’s dialogue with the National Council of Synagogues, praised Pope Francis’ recent announcement regarding the opening of the Vatican Archives from the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII. “I am grateful to His Holiness for taking this welcome step and allowing scholars to examine the records of Pope Pius XII’s pontificate during the Second World War,” commented Cardinal Dolan. “Along with our Jewish partners and colleagues, I have previously called for access to these files. Today, we look forward to the 2020 opening of the Archives.” In a March 4 audience with Vatican officials, Pope Francis announced his intention to permit access to the Secret Archives of Pius XII’s pontificate. The Pope set the date of…
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Sisters from the diocese helped serve migrants at Southern Border

Sisters from the diocese helped serve migrants at Southern Border

Headlines, Local, March 2019
Sister Clarice Korger, Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton and Sister Myra Remily, Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, recently spent time volunteering near the southern United States border working with and aiding refugees there. The sisters spent two weeks helping and serving El Paso’s Annunciation House. The sisters were not alone but part of a broader group from across the nation helping out during the partial government shut down. The sisters shared that Annunciation House was utilized due to demand. Sister Clarice said that she usually helped out on the day shift welcoming refugees seeking asylum and residence in the United States. The sisters helped the refugees get cleaned up, get a new clean set of donated clothes and acclimated to their new surroundings. Sister Clarice pointed out that the usual time at Annunciation…
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Residents Encounter Christ weekend set

Local, March 2019
April 5-7 (March 15 sign up deadline) - Residents Encounter Christ (REC), a prison ministry, is looking for volunteers. As it says in Matthew 25:36 – “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” No formal training necessary, just a desire to live out the Gospel and see these men for who they are: children of God. If you’re interested please contact Father Jeff Norfolk at jeff.norfolk@state.sd.us.
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