May 2021

St. Joseph comes alive through dad and brother

St. Joseph comes alive through dad and brother

Bishop DeGrood's Column, May 2021
One of my four brothers was named Joseph, whom we commonly called Joe. He is the one among us five boys who likes to stay on the farm and work rather than do public sorts of things. I learned many things from my brother Joe as we grew up: how to raise rabbits, pigeons, trap, hunt and so many things about nature, cows, pigs and other farm animals. He is a farmer and nature enthusiast who loves to live a very hidden, simple, faith-filled wholesome life as a farmer and hunter. And he is generous when it comes to helping the Church and others, along with his wife, Connie. Joe was really a “chip off the old block” like my dad who is known for saying, “I will usher at…
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Diocese casts missionary NET over its parishes

Diocese casts missionary NET over its parishes

May 2021, Next Generation Catholic
By Dana Hess The Sioux Falls diocese is in the midst of discerning how evangelization fits into the bishop’s vision for missionary discipleship. Catholics in parishes across the diocese have had a firsthand look at the methods for spreading God’s word. [caption id="attachment_5836" align="alignright" width="300"] The NET Team of four men and four women traveled the diocese over the past year.[/caption] Those Catholics learned about those methods through interacting with National Evangelization Teams Ministries (NET). Based in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, NET has been holding retreats in the Sioux Falls diocese since its inception in 1981. However, this trip to South Dakota was unique. According to Tessa Bernousek, a NET missionary from Holdredge, Nebraska, mission trips typically take two forms: a team roams from state to state…
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St. Joseph: The great saint of silence

St. Joseph: The great saint of silence

Featured, May 2021
By Renae Kranz Little is said about St. Joseph in the Bible. He himself says even less. In fact, he says absolutely nothing. And yet, he is the patron of the entire Catholic Church and of our diocese. Father Shane Stevens, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Dell Rapids, calls him the great saint of silence. This quiet man let his actions speak for him in the way he cared for Mary and Jesus and in the way he answered the call the Lord had for his life. He left a courageous legacy of faith behind as an example for the rest of us to strive toward. And he is a saint we can all turn to in times of trouble. Patron of our diocese [caption id="attachment_5844" align="alignright" width="300"] The…
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The Jericho Wall group prays to end abortion

The Jericho Wall group prays to end abortion

Headlines, May 2021
By Marcus Ashlock According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, by January’s 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, more than 62.5 million abortions have taken place in the U.S. or roughly 1.3 million per year. In a study published in July 2020 in one of the world’s oldest medical journals, The Lancet, the average number of abortions worldwide was 73.3 million each year during 2015-2019—73.3 million each year. How many innocent lives will be ended before the world realizes the value of life? What can the devout Catholic do to help save these innocent lives? We can simply start with prayer. “It started when I wanted to be more courageous with my faith, to live my faith and put it on the ground and not just keep it…
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How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

Does the Church have an answer?, May 2021
Question: How do we actually know Jesus rose from the dead? Answer: Last month I said we were going to address people’s doubts that the Church’s teachings are Jesus’ teachings. However, given the timeliness of the question about the resurrection, we’ll address the question about the Church’s teachings next month. Asking about the resurrection is timely because we just celebrated Easter last month and are still in the midst of the Easter season. Beyond that, however, it’s a fitting question for the times in which we live, as traditional Christian teachings are exposed to ever greater scrutiny in our society. And this question in particular—the question of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ—goes to the very heart of our faith. In certain scholarly circles over the last few…
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Diocese to celebrate three ordination Masses

Diocese to celebrate three ordination Masses

May 2021, Vocations
Bishop Donald DeGrood will celebrate three ordination Masses in his second year as bishop in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. All three ordinations will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Five men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, May 15. These men began their formation in 2018. The five permanent deacons to be ordained are: Jonathan Eckrich, Bradley Palmer, Peter Sexton, Daniel Sherban and Jeffrey Swank. After ordination, they will serve in parishes in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Aberdeen, Beresford and Madison. Watch for photos from their ordination in the June issue of the Bishop’s Bulletin. Three men will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Thursday, May 27. They are: Nicholas Haiar, Mitchell McLaughlin and Zachary Schaefbauer. After ordination, they will serve for the summer…
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The Blessed Mother’s fiat leads us into wisdom

The Blessed Mother’s fiat leads us into wisdom

Guest column, May 2021
By Lois Heron [caption id="attachment_5830" align="alignright" width="215"] Lois Heron, parishioner at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph[/caption] My first encounter with the beauty of our Blessed Mother came through the 1968 release of the popular song “Let It Be” by the Beatles. What the Beatles communicated in that song, though not exactly scriptural, began to draw me to Mary long before I converted to Catholicism decades later. The notion that the mother of Jesus could speak words of wisdom to me intrigued me. Later in life when I was a tenderfoot Catholic, I began contemplating all the words of our Blessed Mother and I found that praying “let it be” could usher me into the grace the Lord has for all who will magnify Him. How so? By observing this grace-filled…
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A grateful heart opens us to  abundant graces from God

A grateful heart opens us to abundant graces from God

May 2021, Missionary Discipleship
By Josie Bopp In the life of missionary discipleship, gratitude stirs in all of us a recognition of God’s presence and love, His activity in our hearts and lives. Gratitude opens the heart to the workings of the Holy Spirit. Gratitude is first a response to God’s action of loving and pursuing us. Even when life gets difficult, He continues to offer abundant graces. Trust leads to gratitude Fifty-five minutes of CPR. Fifty-five minutes of waiting, wondering, is my daughter going to make it? Rachel and Matt Mueller sat for 55 minutes watching, waiting and praying as their 11-year-old daughter Alisha went into cardiac arrest on February 12, 2018. Earlier that morning, Rachel had driven Alisha to the emergency room after Alisha started having trouble breathing while dealing with a…
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