Heaven has no All-Star Game for the saints

Heaven has no All-Star Game for the saints

Headlines, November 2020
By Monsignor Charles Mangan [caption id="attachment_5369" align="alignright" width="300"] Monsignor Charles Mangan, parochial vicar, St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, St. Stephen, Bridgewater, and St. Martin, Emery, and chaplain to Mary of Mercy and St. Joseph Monastery[/caption] Who is the G.O.A.T.? This question seems to be asked with increasing frequency in discussions about athletes, banjo players and poets. G.O.A.T. is the acronym for “Greatest of All Time.” A person with even a little knowledge about who that person is in any field of endeavor likely demonstrates an appreciation for skill and achievement. Who the G.O.A.T. is among the saints in heaven is known only to God and really matters little to us. What we know is that all in paradise are there thanks to the Lord’s unceasing mercy and their cooperation with…
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Should Catholics spend more time with the Bible?

Should Catholics spend more time with the Bible?

Headlines, November 2020
Question Why don't Catholics read the Bible more? Answer Because this is a common observation made both by Catholics and other Christians, it’s definitely worth addressing as a topic for this column. It reminds me of an email discussion I had with someone who’d recently returned to the faith after some time away from the Church. In her time away, this Catholic developed a deep love for the Sacred Scriptures, and when she returned to the Church her impression was that the Bible isn’t studied much by Catholics. So, why don’t Catholics read the Bible more? First, it might be true that some Catholics—perhaps even many Catholics—do not make Bible study a part of their daily or weekly prayer. Despite that, however, it is also true that the Church strongly…
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Dr. Ray Guarendi to headline RPR banquets

Dr. Ray Guarendi to headline RPR banquets

Headlines, November 2020
Each year, Real Presence Radio (RPR) holds annual fundraising banquets in cities throughout the listening area. These banquets help provide a major portion of the funding needed to continue to air some of your favorite Catholic radio programs. In our diocese this year, two banquets will be held: Tuesday, December 1 in Sioux Falls (Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel) and Thursday, December 3 in Aberdeen (Dakota Event Center). Popular Catholic speaker Dr. Ray Guarendi will be the keynote speaker for both events. He’s a Catholic father of 10 adopted children, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In,” can be heard Monday through Friday on RPR. Dr. Ray has a wide variety of experience working with parents, families, educators,…
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Bishop’s Hunt sees numbers flying high

Bishop’s Hunt sees numbers flying high

Headlines, November 2020
The 25th Bishop’s Charity Hunt, sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern South Dakota, hosted 85 hunters this year to get outside and enjoy the South Dakota tradition of pheasant hunting. Twenty-two priests also attended some portion of the event over its two days at Horseshoe K Ranch in Kimball. An estimated $52,000 was raised to benefit Newman Catholic Campus Ministry in the diocese. Bishop DeGrood was on hand and enjoyed visiting with the participants. (photo by the Catholic Community Foundation)
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Serra USA supports vocations and prays for seminarians

Serra USA supports vocations and prays for seminarians

Headlines, November 2020
Serra USA celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week November 1-7. Since there is a great need for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Serrans, lay Catholic men and women of all walks of life, are dedicated to promoting and fostering vocations. The name Serra comes from the organization’s patron, Father Junipero Serra, who was canonized a saint in 2015. St. Junipero Serra was a Franciscan priest who spread the work of the Catholic Church by founding a system of missions in what is now the state of California. In addition to fostering and promoting vocations to the ministerial priesthood and religious life of the Church, other objectives of Serra are to support and encourage seminarians and women in formation. One way this is done is through their “Adopt a…
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Letting the end give meaning to every step

Letting the end give meaning to every step

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, November 2020
For the past few years, our parish has been privileged to host a seminarian for a few weeks in the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity for a seminarian to get to know what parish and rectory life are like, and a wonderful opportunity for our parish and rectory to be inspired by this young man’s faith and joy. This year we had Alex Leschisin from Eden join with us. By every account, it was a unique experience for him and for us. Usually, there are things a visiting seminarian does during these summer weeks: he visits shut-ins, he visits the sick, he attends meetings, he spends time with parishioners. This year, due to pandemic restrictions, there were none of those opportunities. Alex was understanding and found ways to make…
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The Eucharist: Real presence, real life

The Eucharist: Real presence, real life

Featured, November 2020
By Father Michael Griffin The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), quoting canon law (para.1247), is explicit, “The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: ‘On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.’” (CCC 2180) That is the “what” of the Church’s obligation and it is something most of us grew up with; we knew we were obligated to go to Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation under penalty of sin. While this is important, equally important is to not stop at the “what” and forget the “why” of the Church’s obligation. [caption id="attachment_5374" align="alignright" width="208"] Father Chuck Cimpl and Deacon Pat Derrington celebrate the Eucharist at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls. The…
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The “thirst” of Jesus is deep and strong

The “thirst” of Jesus is deep and strong

Bishop DeGrood's Column, November 2020
The striking words of Jesus on the cross “I thirst” have long been understood in our Catholic faith as Jesus’ thirst for all of humanity to receive God’s love. Consider these words written by St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) to the sisters in her community explaining the meaning of Jesus’ “thirst”: “Not only [that] He loves you, even more—He longs for you. He misses you when you don’t come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy. Even if you are not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes—He is the one who always accepts you.” As a kid I just figured Jesus was thirsty for some water to drink, but as I am learning more and more to receive the love…
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