Real Presence Radio fundraising banquet

Real Presence Radio fundraising banquet

Headlines, November 2019
Have you listened to Real Presence Radio? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. RPR is all Catholic, all the time. They are dedicated to answering the call of Pope John Paul II for a New Evangelization. Listeners enjoy a mix of devotionals, prayers, call-in programs, the daily Mass and both local and national programs about the Catholic faith. Some favorite programs include Mother Angelica Live classics, Catholic Answers Live, Called to Communion with Dr. David Anders, The Doctor Is In, and Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. There’s something for every taste throughout the day. This important programming is only made possible by fundraising and donations. The main fundraising events each year are the banquets held in cities throughout the listening area. The two annual fundraising banquets in our diocese are…
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Sister Mary Jane Gaspar dies at 91

Sister Mary Jane Gaspar dies at 91

Headlines, November 2019
Sister Mary Jane Gaspar, 91, a sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died on September 23, at the Presentation Convent, Aberdeen. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 27 in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen; interment followed at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Cecilia Gaspar was born July 24, 1928, in Orient, South Dakota, to John William and Veronica (Hardes) Gaspar. Cecilia graduated from Fairview High School, (Polo) Orient in 1946. She entered Presentation Convent September 8, 1948, and professed her vows on August 11, 1954, receiving her religious name of Sister Mary Jane. Sister Mary Jane earned a bachelor’s in education from Northern State College in 1964, a master’s in education from St. Louis University, Missouri, in 1969, and a master’s in Christian spirituality from…
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Growth and change, day by day

Growth and change, day by day

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, November 2019
A few weeks ago I drove to Brookings for the annual Hobo Day festivities. This has become something of an annual tradition, and because of that, certain rituals and routines have arisen. I tend to park in the same place, stop in at the Newman Center on my way to the parade, watch the parade from the same spot, walk to Nick’s Hamburgers for four hamburgers (mustard and onions only), sit next door to eat them, and then walk to the game, watch the game and then drive home. As a human being, I find the rituals comforting and a good way to assure a Jacks victory in the game. Yet, each year as I walk around Brookings and observe Hobo Day around me, the changes become evident. I am…
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Homegrown saints: Holy men and women abound in America’s own backyard

Homegrown saints: Holy men and women abound in America’s own backyard

Featured, November 2019
By Renae Kranz Have you ever had a really good friend who was with you through a difficult time? They comforted your sorrow. They held your hand when you hurt. They prayed with you and prayed for you. In today’s scattered world, we all need these good friends in our lives. Did you know you have thousands of these friends waiting to accompany you through life’s challenges? They lived similar lives in many cases. They came from similar places. They felt many of the same sorrows. All you have to do is call their name. And each name starts with one word: saint. Saints in our American backyard This month we celebrate and honor our friends in heaven with All Saints Day on November 1 and all the faithful departed…
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Be grateful for the blessings we enjoy

Be grateful for the blessings we enjoy

Bishop Swain's Column, November 2019
As I have grown older, November has become among my favorite months even though it is the entryway into winter. That was not always the case. Tailgating before Wisconsin Badger football games in November was not as much fun as on warmer days. But what November has become for me is a time of recognition of our past and raising up for our reflection those who have gone before in whose legacy we are blessed to live. All Saints and All Souls days begin the month, remembering those known and unknown who have shaped the Church, our diocese and parishes, and our personal lives. Knowledge of our history allows us to put into perspective the challenges of our own day. One of the founding fathers of our country, Benjamin Franklin,…
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