Vocations to the priesthood and religious life grow among FOCUS alumni

Bulletin Extras, October 2019
DENVER, Oct. 22, 2019 — Since 1998, tens of thousands of young people have been involved in FOCUS, who after graduation often transition into parish life and continue lifelong Catholic mission in their families and communities. Among these FOCUS alumni, 867 individuals have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. To date, 662 of those 867 FOCUS alumni who have chosen to pursue religious callings have been men, many of whom are studying for the priesthood in diocesan seminaries, while the remaining 205 have been women entering a religious house of formation. More than 75 religious orders have received someone who was previously affiliated with FOCUS, including the Sisters of Life, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville Dominicans), the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara (Servidoras), the Franciscan…
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St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, fall festival Oct. 27

Local, October 2019
St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, fall festival and dinner at Roncalli High School. Roast beef dinner 3:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for ages 6-12, and 5 and under are free. Take out meals available. Fun at the midway from 2-7:30 p.m. with concessions, silent auction, country store, games, bingo, inflatables, cake walk and face painting. More info, visit facebook.com/stmarysaberdeen.
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Clergy Days brings priests and deacons together for education and fellowship

Bulletin Extras, October 2019
Priests and Deacons gathered for Clergy Days 2019 pray in St. James Church in Chamberlain. Each year at clergy days during evening prayer, the priests, deacons, bishops and popes who served the Diocese of Sioux Falls since its inception and who have died are remembered. The name of each cleric is read aloud during this solemn time of prayer. The diocese has record of approximately 515 deceased ordained who served in assignments in eastern South Dakota dating back to 1889. (Photo by Matt Althoff)
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St. Agnes, Sigel, soup kitchen Oct. 13

Local, October 2019
St. Agnes, Sigel, annual Soup Kitchen to celebrate the harvest. Serving from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sigel Church Hall in rural Utica. Menu includes taverns, hot dogs, chili dogs, chicken noodle soup, chili, potato soup, homemade desserts and beverages. Enjoy a raffle, bake walk and country store.
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St. Benedict Parish Rummage and Bake Sale, Yankton

Local, October 2019
St. Benedict Parish Rummage Sale & Bake Sale: Thursday, October 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, October 11, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (half price day).  The bake sale is Thursday only. 1500 St. Benedict Drive, Yankton, SD Located one mile west of Walmart and then one block south, in the Church dining room. Gigantic amount of items including: kitchen and household items, furniture, linens, books, small furnishings, appliances, shop supplies, office supplies, knick-knacks, holiday and Christmas items, toys, lawn and garden items plus clothing (lots of scrubs plus men’s, women’s, maternity and children’s of all sizes).
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