May 2017

Grief program being offered by Catholic Family Services

Local, May 2017
Wednesday, May 24 - Catholic Family Services is offering an evening program for grieving the loss of a loved one on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church Sisseton. Directed by Dr. Marcie Moran, this retreat is for adults who have lost a loved one and are trying to understand and reconcile their grief. This program is non-denominational and is offered free of charge. To register, call the parish office at 605-698-7414 or Catholic Family Services at 800-700-7867.
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A Special Moment: Six to be Ordained Priests for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

A Special Moment: Six to be Ordained Priests for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

Featured, May 2017
The six men to be ordained to the priesthood June 2 will form one of the largest ordination classes ever for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Archive records show that six were ordained in 1944, 1954, 1956 and 2001. In 1957, 1962 and 1976, seven were ordained. In some of these years, not all of the ordinations occurred at the same time. Who are the six to be ordained for service in the Diocese of Sioux Falls this year? In their own words, please meet them. [metaslider id=769] Rev. Mr. Brian Eckrich “What do you want to do with your life?” At the heart of this question is the assumption that each one of us knows what will ultimately bring us happiness. This is what I believed. I arrived at…
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New monastery effort moving forward

New monastery effort moving forward

Headlines, May 2017
During the blessing of construction and the ground breaking for the new monastery for the Perpetual Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Paul J. Swain (pictured on the right), joined (left to right with shovels) Tom and Mary Cink, co-chairs of the Bishop’s Leadership Committee; Bernardo Sanchez, owner, Sanchez Painting and Madre Caridad Morales, Mother Superior, in the initial symbolic turn of the shovel. So far, $5.3 million have been donated to begin the project. Donations are still needed to reach the $970,000 to complete the second phase of the monastery. A donation form and prayer request form are available at www.perpetualadorationsisters.org. (Photo by Brian Cooper, Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota)
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Living with Chronic Illness group to meet in Sioux Falls

Local, May 2017
May 2 and June 6 - Living with Chronic Illness group, a free educational support group meets the first Tuesday of each month, for those living with chronic illness and their care givers. The group meets at St. Lambert Parish, 1000 S. Bahnson Ave., Sioux Falls. For details please call Margi at Catholic Family Services, 605-988-3775.
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Ministry Tech days scheduled in May

Local, May 2017
May 4, 11 and 16 - Ministry Tech Days is a free workshop day for anyone interested in enhancing the ministry of Catholic churches, organizations and schools through technology. The workshop is for beginners to full fledged techies. There will be plenty of great tips, tricks and take aways and many topics to choose from. Thursday, May 4 at Catholic Pastoral Center, Sioux Falls. Thursday, May 11 at St. Margaret Parish, Kimball. Tuesday, May 16 at Abbey of the Hills, Marvin. The workshop day will address many questions and topics. For questions or more info, contact Dawn Wolf, dwolf@sfcatholic.org or 605-988-3707.
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Cathedral Arts Series hosting Founder’s concert

Local, May 2017
Friday, May 5 - The Founders’ Concert each May commemorates the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, as well as the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the Cathedral. The event will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Founder’s Concert will be the Cathedral choir’s concert in preparation for its upcoming tour to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. The program will include favorites from the liturgical year, and early American gospel music.
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Would it still be Easter if there was no Easter Candle?

Would it still be Easter if there was no Easter Candle?

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, May 2017
At some point in the year, the pastor of a parish finds himself getting the church building ready for Ash Wednesday. The ashes are found hiding in the back of the sacristy cabinet and the containers to put them in are pulled out of storage, the purple vestments are readied and the purple altar clothes are put out. The cross that will lead the parish throughout the season is dusted off and put out for devotion. And this pastor, flurrying through Mardi Gras with the details of the coming season, will begin to think about the days that are just five short weeks away. The days of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, and leading to the Paschal Triduum is a whirlwind of preparation and planning, punctuated with hours in…
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I would not be a Catholic today without having received the grace of God’s mercy

I would not be a Catholic today without having received the grace of God’s mercy

Bishop Swain's Column, May 2017
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Mt 3:12) Recently a research report was issued entitled “In Response to Persecution” by the Under Caesar’s Sword project. It concludes from a three year study that 60% of cases of global religious persecution and 80% of acts of religious discrimination are directed against Christians. In 2015 7,100 Christians died for their faith including by beheadings and other abhorrent means. In part thanks to the Knights of Columbus the U.S. State Department has labeled the persecution against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as genocide, the intentional effort to exterminate all Christians. This…
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