October 2021

Memorial fund gives dignity to the most innocent

Memorial fund gives dignity to the most innocent

Headlines, October 2021
By Renae Kranz Babies are a precious gift from God to their families, but not all parents experience the joy of bringing their new little one home. Miscarriages, stillbirths and the loss of a newborn can leave parents and families stunned and unsure of the proper way to honor their child in death. In our diocese, there is help for parents looking for a way to honor and care for the child they’ve lost. One option is through the Angel Lee Cronin Memorial Fund. Deacon Bill Radio carries out the ministry of honoring these children through this fund, thanks to the original efforts of now-retired Deacon Harold Pardew and a mother who lost a child. She asked Deacon Pardew to help her set up a fund to help others who…
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Strike out on a diocesan pilgrimage!

Strike out on a diocesan pilgrimage!

Headlines, October 2021
Pope Francis named this year as the Year of St. Joseph to honor Jesus’ adopted father and to mark the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared the patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX. St. Joseph is also the patron of our diocese. Have you done anything to mark this year yet? How about taking a pilgrimage? Take a St. Joseph pilgrimage around the Diocese of Sioux Falls by visiting any of the nine St. Joseph parishes in our diocese. These parishes are spread throughout eastern South Dakota, so you should be able to visit at least a couple in your area. Feeling ambitious and in need of a road trip? Visit them all! [caption id="attachment_6093" align="alignright" width="300"] Don't forget your selfie stick or you'll end up…
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Does it really matter if I have a  relationship with Jesus?

Does it really matter if I have a relationship with Jesus?

Next Generation Catholic, October 2021
By Mikaela Pannell Have you ever felt like you know a lot about Jesus, but don’t necessarily know him? It’s okay; you aren’t alone. If you are a student at a Catholic school or have gone to any religious ed classes in your lifetime, but haven’t taken your faith any deeper than that, your relationship with Jesus might feel similar to one with a celebrity. You know all about them, but if you were to attempt a conversation or go out to eat together, you’d have no idea what to do. [caption id="attachment_6095" align="alignright" width="139"] Brady Wilson, graduate of O’Gorman High School[/caption] Brady Wilson, a Sioux Falls native and student at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, knows how it feels to have a surface-level relationship with the Lord. As a…
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New religious community arrives in diocese

New religious community arrives in diocese

October 2021, Vocations
By Renae Kranz What happens when you mix joyful religious sisters with curious high school and junior high students? A whole lot of opportunities for holiness! [caption id="attachment_6100" align="alignright" width="300"] Sister Eileen and Sister Lynn, PES, outside O'Gorman High School. (Photos by Sister Cinthya, PES)[/caption] Two Pro Ecclesia Sancta (PES) sisters, Sister Eileen and Sister Lynn, arrived in the Diocese of Sioux Falls in mid-summer to establish a new PES house in Sioux Falls at the invitation of Bishop DeGrood. Their mission (or charism) is to live and promote a vocation to holiness, reminding people of their call to be holy in all vocations. The sisters will be primarily working with youth, children and families, especially at O’Gorman Junior and Senior High. The PES ecclesial family of sisters, brothers and…
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Would Mass be better if there was more variety?

Would Mass be better if there was more variety?

Does the Church have an answer?, October 2021
Question: Can you help me understand why so much of the Mass is repetitive? So many of the prayers are the same from week to week, and it seems like if there was more variety, it’d be more interesting to both Catholics and others as well. Answer: Thank you for this honest question! It’s true there is a good deal of repetition in the Mass, and it’s common to wonder if less repetition would make it easier to keep our attention focused. So in order to answer this question, I’d like first to explain a bit about the Mass prayers from a “big picture” perspective, and then we’ll focus on the question. At every Mass, there are two sets of prayers: the prayers of the order (in Latin, “ordo”), and…
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Supreme Court case could cause pro-life shift

Supreme Court case could cause pro-life shift

Guest column, October 2021
By Nick Michels [caption id="attachment_6105" align="alignright" width="300"] Nick Michels, Deputy State’s Attorney, Minnehaha County, and Member of St. Thomas More Society of South Dakota[/caption] To paraphrase the author of the book of Ecclesiastes, there are no new sins. What mankind wrestled with as far back as Adam and Eve, it still wrestles with today. This reality comes to mind when one considers the following passage from the prophet Jeremiah: “The people of Judah have done what is evil in my eyes, says the Lord. They have set up their detestable things in the house which bears my name, thereby defiling it. In the Valley of Ben-hinnom they go on building the high places of Topheth to sacrifice their sons and daughters by fire, something I never commanded or considered” (Jeremiah…
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Faith vs. Works: They’ll know we are Christians by our love

Faith vs. Works: They’ll know we are Christians by our love

Featured, October 2021
By Wendy Royston “Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17) Although the letter of St. James uses this phrase to help us understand the relationship between believing in the love of God and showing it to others, the statement often leaves us even more confused, wondering whether we can—or even if we must—earn the gift of eternal salvation. “Can I work or earn my way into heaven? No, I can’t,” said Father Tom Hartman, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Sioux Falls. Instead, the passage is intended to reveal the wholeness of Christianity. “If we’re simply saying that we have this faith, but we aren’t actually modeling ourselves after the Giver—Jesus himself—then, in some ways that faith is worthless,” he said. The passage from…
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FOCUS alumni carry  discipleship into everyday life

FOCUS alumni carry discipleship into everyday life

Missionary Discipleship, October 2021
By Becca Thiry What happens when a FOCUS missionary, who has spent intense time walking with college students, returns home and settles into normal life? A beautiful rhythm of inviting people into their lives and the life of the Church blossoms into that thing we keep referring to as “missionary discipleship.” And an invitation to follow Christ is offered to everyone they encounter. Mission forms roots FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is a global ministry that has taken college Catholic Newman Centers by storm over the last 20 years. With over 800 missionaries in 180 college campuses, FOCUS is growing rapidly and making a huge impact on not just the United States but the world. Among those 180 locations, four universities in South Dakota benefit from missionaries serving on…
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Love in its perfect form is a pure gift from God

Love in its perfect form is a pure gift from God

Bishop DeGrood's Column, October 2021
When I was a kid, I used to think if I just worked harder at building virtue (good habits) and did not give in to vices (bad habits), I could earn God’s love. Well, it just doesn’t work that way. You see, God’s love (also called charity) is a pure gift from him to be received and shared. The spiritual gift of love is the only type of love that fulfills the deepest longings of our hearts. Like all gifts, it must first be received and cherished, and then it allows us to love ourselves and others as God does. Of all the possible virtues that are a gift from God, love is the greatest as St. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “So faith, hope, love remain, these…
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