Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael McGivney moves closer to sainthood

Bulletin Extras, May 2020
[caption id="attachment_5031" align="alignright" width="300"] Father Michael J. McGivney in "Founding Vision" by Antonella Cappuccio.[/caption] ROME – The Vatican announced May 27 that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia. The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint. McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity…
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Pope Francis names Father Peter Muhich of Diocese of Duluth as bishop of Rapid City

Bulletin Extras, May 2020
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Peter M. Muhich, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, as the Bishop of Rapid City. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2020, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The Diocese of Rapid City has been a vacant see since July 2019. Bishop-elect Muhich was born on May 13, 1961, and ordained to the priesthood on September 29, 1989, for the Diocese of Duluth. Father Muhich attended Eveleth High School in Eveleth, MN and University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He studied theology at American College of Louvain in Belgium. Father Muhich’s assignments in the Diocese of Duluth after ordination include: parochial vicar at St. Francis Parish in Brainerd (1989-1991); parochial vicar at St. Joseph,…
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Our faith deepens when we feel the need for God

Our faith deepens when we feel the need for God

Headlines, May 2020
[caption id="attachment_4277" align="alignleft" width="300"] Father Jordan Samson, vocations director for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, pastor at Christ the King Parish, Sioux Falls[/caption] By Father Jordan Samson The year 2020 has already been filled with so many twists and turns, graces and trials; as vocations director, I’m happy to offer a quick update in what has become a year like no other. First, let us recall the joyful celebration of Bishop Donald DeGrood’s ordination as the ninth bishop of Sioux Falls on February 13. What a gift it was to welcome our new bishop with multiple celebrations, dinners and a packed cathedral for the ordination Mass. All the seminarians were called home from their respective seminaries to partake in the festivities and to serve the Mass. Many throughout the diocese…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, May 2020
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following priest assignment changes effective on May 1, 2020: Reverend Dana Christensen, from pastor, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery, and chaplain to Mary of Mercy and St. Joseph Monastery to parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy Parish, Alexandria. Reverend Kenneth Lulf, in addition to his current assignment as pastor, Holy Family Parish, Mitchell, to pastor, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery. Monsignor Charles Mangan, from director of the Marian Apostolate to parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery, and chaplain to Mary of Mercy and St. Joseph Monastery. Reverend Robert Wullweber, from leave from public ministry to parochial vicar, St. Lambert,…
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Four saints to help us through challenging times

Four saints to help us through challenging times

Headlines, May 2020
Saint are there for us during all types of trials. They pray and intercede for us to the Father, and they walk with us on life’s difficult journeys. With the new challenges we face right now, life can feel out of our control. We need our brothers and sisters in heaven to work on our behalf, and they stand ready and waiting. If you have a special devotion to a particular saint, now is the time to ask for their help. If you aren’t sure which saint to pray to in this situation, here are four who are especially well known for help during times of worry, fear and anxiety. St. Dymphna – The patron saint of nervous disorders and anxiety, she is perfect for this situation. Dymphna’s mother died…
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Catholic schools and teachers help their students and parents adjust to a new reality

Catholic schools and teachers help their students and parents adjust to a new reality

Headlines, May 2020
Catholic schools in the diocese found themselves in new territory in March when the coronavirus sent every student home. Staff and teachers stepped forward to make it possible for students to continue their classes online from home and found ways to support parents in their new role as at-home teachers. Through all the ups and downs of this new reality, students and teachers have kept their studies going and their spirits up. Here’s an update from several schools throughout the diocese on how things are working and the many blessings they are seeing. Aberdeen Roncalli [caption id="attachment_4975" align="alignright" width="139"] The O’Gorman Knight stopped by to say hi to the students of St. Katharine Drexel Elementary during their Easter car parade.[/caption] I would like to offer my thoughts on Angela Keller,…
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Heavenly help from the Mother of God

Heavenly help from the Mother of God

Headlines, May 2020
By Monsignor Charles Mangan Several titles from the Litany of Loreto (or Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary) leap out at us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Lady is the Virgin most merciful, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted and Help of Christians. These five powerful ways to refer to Mary teach us many truths. She looks upon our misery with compassion, restores vigor to the ill, welcomes home those who have turned their backs against her Son, brings solace to the overburdened, and supports those who love and follow Christ. Our Lady is concerned about the wellness of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. She accepts the maternal duty, given to her by God, to help us, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.…
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Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament’s format honors current reality

Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament’s format honors current reality

Headlines, May 2020
The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota has found a way to keep its annual Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament alive and kicking by going virtual. All proceeds from the event will still benefit seminarian education. However, there will be no silent auction or raffle this year, only the fishing tournament fees and donations. With those events missing, generous donations will be needed to keep up the usual support the Foundation has provided through this event in the past. Here’s how the tournament will work: Individuals and families are invited to fish, keeping in mind that you should fish only with others you have been “isolating” with already. Fishing will begin May 30 and run through June 8. You can fish as often as you like during those dates on…
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Raffle a huge success at St. Lambert School

Raffle a huge success at St. Lambert School

Headlines, May 2020
The students, parents, teachers and staff of St. Lambert Elementary are grateful to the Sioux Falls community for helping them achieve fundraising success through the 2020 Catholic Schools Raffle program. The school met their $12,000 goal through the program in ticket sales and donations. From January 17 to March 1, students at St. Lambert sold raffle tickets at $5 each to raise funds for their school. Costs to run the raffle are provided by sole sponsor Catholic United Financial so every dollar raised by ticket sales stays with this school. The fundraiser came to an official close on March 12 with the prize drawing ceremony during which winners of $40,000 in prizes, from gift cards and vacations to a new Buick Encore SUV, were announced by guest emcees Super Bowl…
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There is a healing in returning to Mayberry

There is a healing in returning to Mayberry

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, May 2020
For these past weeks of social distancing, I have taken the opportunity to check in on some friends, old and new, through various means of social media and phone calls. Recently I had a friend mention to me that he thought I was probably not as busy recently as I may be used to, and I had to agree. My life, as are the lives of everyone, is vastly different than it once was, and I think about things differently than I once did. Every day I look forward to walking the dog and I have come to deeply appreciate the chance to get outside and stretch my legs while she runs with her usual abandon through the pastures. I appreciate the little signs of spring around me and a…
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