Mitchell Catholic Schools Golf Scramble June 7th

Local, May 2019
Friday, June 7–Mitchell Catholic Schools will host a Golf Scramble at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit both John Paul II School and the K-12 Faith Formation program for Holy Family and Holy Spirit parishes in Mitchell. Fee is $75 per golfer including carts, and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Pre-register by contacting Renee LeBrun at 605-996-2365 or renee.lebrun@k12.sd.us  
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Prenatal diagnosis of illness is no excuse for abortion, pope says

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Abortion is never the answer" to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said. "Human life is sacred and inviolable and the use of prenatal diagnosis for selective purposes must be strongly discouraged because it is the expression of an inhuman eugenic mentality, which deprives families of the possibility of welcoming, embracing and loving their weakest children," the pope said May 25. Addressing participants at a Vatican meeting on medical care for "extremely fragile" babies and on the pastoral care of their parents, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church's total opposition to abortion is not primarily a religious position, but a human one. "Just two phrases, two questions, can help us understand this," the pope said.…
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Pope Francis names bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City as new bishop of Saginaw

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
WASHINGTON, DC—Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, 63, up until now Bishop of Rapid City, as Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan. The appointment was publicized in Washington, May 24, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop Robert Gruss was born June 25, 1955, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a commercial pilot and flight instructor from 1980-1989 before entering seminary. He pursued seminary studies at St. Ambrose University, in Davenport 1989-1990; at North American College, Rome, 1990-1994; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome. He additionally earned a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Theology at the University of…
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U.S. Bishops’ chairman applauds states passing of pro-life legislation

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, DC—The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has issued a statement regarding states recent passing of pro-life legislation. The full statement follows: “Every single human life has value. The trend of states passing pro-life legislation is a very encouraging move toward ensuring that our society cherishes unborn children and their most basic right to life.  The pro-life movement has always had two critical goals: increasing support for mothers and children and eliminating the tragedy of abortion. Our march for justice and human rights for unborn children will not be complete until they are recognized and protected as persons by the law. Our ultimate objective, however, is for abortion to be unthinkable. As we celebrate these…
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U.S. Bishops to meet June 11-14 in Baltimore; assembly to be live streamed, carried via satellite

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, D.C. - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, June 11-14. During the assembly, the bishops will discuss and vote on bishop accountability measures to respond to the abuse crisis and will also hear reports from the National Advisory Council and an annual progress report by the National Review Board. The bishops will also discuss and vote on the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (2nd edition); and on the final approval of revisions made to the second typical edition of the ICEL Gray Book of the Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests, and of Deacons. The assembly will also discuss and vote on the revised passage of the death penalty for the…
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U.S. Bishops’ chairmen respond to U.S. House vote on Equality Act

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, D.C. - Five chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have responded to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) on May 17, 2019. The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” as well as “pregnancy […] or a related medical condition,” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws; expand the types of entities covered under those laws; and exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Upon the bill’s passage by 236 to 173 in the House, the bishops said: “Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background. Rather than offering meaningful protections for…
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Pope Francis names the Most Reverend Peter Baldacchino as Bishop of Las Cruces

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, D.C. - Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Peter Baldacchino as the new Bishop of Las Cruces. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop Baldacchino, 58, was born on December 5, 1960 in Sliema, Malta. He attended the University of Malta, where he earned a diploma in science and chemistry. He attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Kearny, N.J., from 1990-1996 and also earned a bachelor of Arts and a Master of Divinity degree from Seton Hall University. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on May 25, 1996. On Feb. 20, 2014, he was named auxiliary Bishop of Miami, and Titular Bishop of Vatarba, and was ordained to the…
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President of U.S. Bishops and chairman of migration issue statement on President Trump’s proposed immigration reform plan

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, D.C. - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, Texas, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response to the President’s remarks today on his proposed immigration reform plan.  Full statement follows: “While we appreciate that the President is looking to address problems in our immigration system, we oppose proposals that seek to curtail family-based immigration and create a largely “merit-based” immigration system. Families are the foundation of our faith, our society, our history, and our immigration system. As Pope Francis notes: “Family is the place in which we are formed as persons. Each family is a brick that builds society. "We also are deeply troubled that this proposal…
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Father Luke Ballman appointed executive director of Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bulletin Extras, May 2019
Washington, D.C. - Father Luke Ballman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has been appointed as Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV).  Father Ballman has served as Associate Director of CCLV since July 2016. The new appointment will take effect December 1, 2019.  Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment. Prior to his work at the Conference, Father Ballman served as Parochial Vicar, Pastor, Vocation Director, and Vicar for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  He later served as Director of Apostolic Formation at the Pontifical North American College. “Father Ballman has supported seminarians in their studies, pastors in their ministry, and formators in their essential work of training priests.  His insights and experience have greatly benefitted the Secretariat,”…
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Season of parish meals, suppers brings parishioners together

Season of parish meals, suppers brings parishioners together

Local, May 2019
St. Patrick Parish, Montrose, brought out the parishioners (top photo) for the parish’s annual ham dinner. (Top photo courtesy, Father Bob Krantz, St. Patrick Parish, Montrose) The crowds were also great at St. Joseph Parish, Grenville, for all of the parish’s fish fry meals (bottom photo) during the Lenten season. (Bottom photo courtesy, Father Brian Simon, St. Joseph Parish, Grenville)
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