Sunday, March 10 - Surviving Divorce- begins Sunday in Watertown at Immaculate Conception Parish. Sessions are held on Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of $45 per person includes refreshments and all materials for 6 weeks. For information or to register contact Sheila Grabow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available.
March 15-17 - Grieving the loss of a loved one is a weekend non-denominational retreat for adults who are trying to understand and reconcile their grief. The retreat begins Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes Sunday at noon at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center, near Irene. Directed by Dr. Marcie Moran. Call 988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867. Space is limited.
Saturday, March 16 - Contemplative Morning being offered at The Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton. The center hosts a morning of contemplative prayer, usually on the third Saturday of every month. For more information or to register for the March 16 session, contact Sister Doris Oberembt at email@example.com or call 605-668-6292.
The South Dakota Legislature is winding up its work for the 2019 legislative session. Executive director of the South Dakota Catholic Conference Chris Motz worked throughout the legislative session to monitor what lawmakers have been doing and the status of legislation “‘To serve right and to fight against the dominion of wrong,’ Pope Benedict XVI proposed to the German legislature in 2011, ‘is the fundamental task of the politician,’” Motz shared as the session was winding down. “At a moment in history when man has acquired previously inconceivable power, this task takes on a particular urgency. Man can destroy the world. He can manipulate himself. He can, so to speak, make human beings and he can deny them their humanity.” Motz added. “How do we recognize what is right? How…
Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5, 12 - St. Joseph Parish, Grenville fish fry, raffles and 50/50 drawing. Serving 5-7:30 p.m. each Friday. Adults are $10; children (ages 6-11) are $5 and children 5 and under: free.
Saturday, March 9 - "A Day with Hildegard of Bingen” will be offered at Mother of God Monastery, Watertown, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Hildegard, a Benedictine nun of the Middle Ages, had incredible insights into understanding God’s work in creation and all people. For more information or to register contact Sister Emily Meisel at 605-886-4181.
Saturday, March 9 - Lenten Retreat: “Navigating Rough Waters in a Beloved Church” Led by Peace Center staff, participants in this half-day retreat will reflect prayerfully on the suffering within the Church surrounding the sexual abuse scandal, explore historical roots of the crisis, and consider avenues of understanding and healing for victims, perpetrators, and all the faithful. Register by March 6, Ash Wednesday, at BenedictinePeaceCtr@mtmc.edu or by calling 605-668-6292. A $20 donation is requested at check-in. The retreat runs 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Weddings today can get complicated. Much time and energy often goes in to perfecting the decorations, flowers, dresses and tuxedoes, receptions, dances, invitation lists and so much more. Actually, this is not only a modern reality, as we know weddings long ago had challenges; Jesus’ first miracle saved the day at the wedding feast at Cana. Dealing with all of these things is not bad, unless it obscures the actual event: the sacrament of marriage. As couples today consider their futures, some, perhaps having checked out divorce statistics, decide not to formally marry. Others choose a destination wedding or a justice of the peace option. But many continue to find great richness in making their commitment within the Church. The wedding liturgy proclaims, “you have come together into the house of…
St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Sioux Falls, has launched its “Like & Share” project. The parish is using its social media avenues of Facebook, Instagram and its parish website (www.stkdsfsd.org) to evangelize to as many people as possible. The parish shares “you never know who needs to hear the invitation to come home.”