May 2017

Convocation of Catholic Leaders – The Joy of the Gospel in America, taking place July 1-4 in Orlando; unprecedented gathering of Catholic bishops and leaders from across the nation

Bulletin Extras, May 2017
Washington, D.C. - This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of diverse leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. An ongoing initiative of the Bishops' Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person, the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, will assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture. The moment is also an opportunity for the Church in the United States to examine today’s concerns, challenges, and opportunities in the light of the Church’s mission of evangelization, and be equipped…
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Pope Francis names priest as new auxiliary bishop of Atlanta

Bulletin Extras, May 2017
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has named Father Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Atlanta. Father Shlesinger,57, currently serves as Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. The appointment was publicized in Washington, May 15, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bernard Shlesinger was born December 17, 1960.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1983.  He went on to attend Theological College in Washington, DC (Pre-Theology/Philosophy) before attending Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned a B.A. in Sacred Theology in 1995.  He then began Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) studies at the Angelicum (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome) that same year.  He…
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Gospel message spreads with the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 27-28

Bulletin Extras, May 2017
Washington, D.C. - The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) collection is an annual national appeal to support evangelization through the internet, television, radio, and print publications. This year’s collection will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 27-28. “At its core, this collection is a way for all of us to be evangelizers,” said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, chairman of the Committee on Communications’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. “The message of the Church is one of hope and mercy—that God walks with us and does not leave us to face our suffering alone. With the collection, this is the message that we share.” The Catholic Communication Campaign supports projects in the United States and in developing countries where the local Church lacks resources…
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U.S. Bishops chairman calls on Senate to strip armful proposals from House-passed health care bill

Bulletin Extras, May 2017
Washington, D.C. - After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to strip out the harmful provisions of the bill when the chamber takes it up for consideration. “Even with efforts to improve the bill before passage, the American Health Care Act still contains major defects, particularly regarding changes to Medicaid that risk coverage and affordability for millions; it is deeply disappointing that the voices of those who  will be most severely impacted were not heeded,” said Bishop Dewane. “The AHCA does offer critical life protections, and our health care system desperately needs these safeguards.  But still, vulnerable people must not…
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U.S. Bishops to meet June 14-15 in Indianapolis; discussions will include religious liberty, immigration, upcoming synod

Bulletin Extras, May 2017
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 14-15, in Indianapolis. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address issues of immigration and refugees, religious freedom at home and abroad as well as health care policy developments. The bishops will also begin consultation on the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops being convened by the Holy Father in 2018. Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, will lead a presentation on religious persecution, genocide and human rights violations in the Middle East.  The bishops will receive a briefing from their working group on immigration and hear from outside experts. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman…
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Fatima centenary to be celebrated with Pope Francis in attendance

Fatima centenary to be celebrated with Pope Francis in attendance

Headlines, May 2017
Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto while in Fatima for the centenary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children. More coverage in the June edition of The Bishop’s Bulletin. This prayer was written for the occasion. Jubilee Prayer of Consecration Hail, Mother of the Lord, Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima! Blessed among all women, you are the image of the Church dressed in the Paschal Light, you are the honour of our people, you are the triumph over the mark of evil. Prophecy of the merciful Love of the Father, Teacher of the Annunciation of the Good News of the Son, Sign of the burning Fire of the Holy Spirit, teach us, in this valley of joys…
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Rachel’s Vineyard retreat being offered

Local, May 2017
May 12-15 - A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is being offered by Catholic Family Services. The retreat is strictly confidential and provided in a safe, loving, non-judgmental environment. The retreat is open to men, women, mothers, fathers, grandparents who have been affected by abortion. The retreat is non-denominational. For registration materials and more information, call Margi at 605-988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 or email mculhane@sfcatholic.org.  
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Special Holy Hour planned at Cathedral of Saint Joseph

Local, May 2017
Saturday, May 13 - The Office of the Marian Apostolate will host a special Holy Hour with the recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first appearance at Fatima, on Saturday in the Cathedral of St. Joseph beginning at 1:30 p.m. All are invited.
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Recitation of the rosary planned

Local, May 2017
Saturday, May 13 - The Office of the Marian Apostolate will host the recitation of the rosary on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m. in the Mother’s Garden near the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. All are invited.
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