St. Michael Parish angel gown ministry brings comfort to families who have lost a baby

St. Michael Parish angel gown ministry brings comfort to families who have lost a baby

Headlines, September 2020
By Renae Kranz When a family loses a baby, whether by miscarriage, still birth or shortly after birth, they often feel like they’re alone in a suddenly dark world. A mother will wonder if she did something wrong. A father will worry about his wife. Both will feel a deep emptiness for the loss of a future and the child they’ll never get back and never get to know in this life. To add to the pain they feel, this is something few people talk about with each other. Most people don’t know what to say and the family really doesn’t know what happens next. What the family is really looking for in these moments is a caring word, an understanding ear and someone to tell them what their options…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, September 2020
Since publication of the previous Bishop’s Bulletin, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood decreed the following priest assignment changes effective on August 10, 2020: Reverend Mark Axtmann, in addition to his current assignment of chaplain at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, to sacramental minister at St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, and Reverend Andrew Thuringer, from parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to chaplain at O’Gorman High School, sacramental minister at Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish, and discernment assistant for the Vocations Office. In addition, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood granted personal leave from assigned ministry to Reverend Joseph Scholten effective July 28, 2020. Finally, in a decree dated August 10, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood lifted the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation that had been previously granted…
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This November 3, how will you vote?

This November 3, how will you vote?

Headlines, September 2020
By Chris Motz It’s that time again when car commercials take a backseat to campaign ads and red, white and blue yard signs sprout like patriotic mushrooms on lawns, letting us know who’s asking for our vote to send them to Pierre or Washington. Yet it’s not just a time to passively hunker down and bear the biennial marketing assault before we cast our ballots. “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it,” Chesterton quipped, reminding us that this is a time to be alive as citizens, to engage and actively think about the big questions. What do we want from our country? What’s our vision of life together? What good do we see or desire in our government, and how…
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Ballot measures to consider for 2020

Ballot measures to consider for 2020

Headlines, September 2020
This November 3, South Dakotans will be asked to vote on three ballot measures: Initiated Measure 26 would legalize medical marijuana in statute, Constitutional Amendment A would legalize recreational marijuana by altering the state constitution, and Constitutional Amendment B would authorize the legislature to permit sports betting in Deadwood casinos. South Dakota voters rejected medical marijuana in 2006 and 2010. This is the first time recreational marijuana and sports gambling are on the ballot. SD Catholic Conference opposes Constitutional Amendment A The South Dakota Catholic Conference urges citizens to vote “No” on Constitutional Amendment A. What Amendment A would do Amendment A is aimed at normalizing recreational marijuana use. According to the attorney general’s explanation, it would legalize “the possession, use, transport, and distribution of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia by…
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Is it wrong for Catholics to pray to Mary?

Is it wrong for Catholics to pray to Mary?

Headlines, September 2020
Question: I had a friend question why we pray to Mary and I wasn’t 100% sure how to answer it. What do you suggest? Answer: Thanks for this question. It’s a commonly asked one, by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. As simple as the question seems, it actually contains an entire series of questions. Let me explain that by walking through them. A common objection to praying to Mary is that it takes away from Jesus’ status as our sole mediator between God and humanity. My first response to this point is that we are told throughout the New Testament to both pray for others and to ask others to pray for us. Prayer that is specifically for others is called intercessory prayer, and it’s one of the most common…
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Father Michel Mulloy to be installed as bishop of Duluth

Father Michel Mulloy to be installed as bishop of Duluth

Headlines, September 2020
Father Michel Mulloy will be ordained and installed as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth on October 1. He has spent the last year as the diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Rapid City. Bishop-elect Mulloy will fill the seat of Bishop Paul D. Sirba who died of a heart attack December 1, 2019. Mulloy was born in Mobridge, South Dakota, in 1954. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary University in Winona, Minnesota, he attended seminary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, also in Winona, and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls June 8, 1979. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Rapid City in 1986 after spending a few years in…
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COVID-19 Relief Fund helps families facing crisis

COVID-19 Relief Fund helps families facing crisis

Headlines, September 2020
COVID-19 continues to have an impact on many of our families, friends and neighbors. Some who thought they could get by are now finding themselves struggling to pay rent or buy groceries due to layoffs, cut backs on work hours, or having to quit work to care for and educate their children. Adult children have moved in with their parents to help make ends meet and unexpected medical expenses have put families over the limit of their finances. Thanks to your generosity through the COVID-19 Relief Fund, local pastors throughout the diocese have been able to offer a hand up that may not have been an option within their own parish budgets. One anonymous note expressed gratitude from everyone: This is a “Thank You” from the many families and individuals…
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NET Ministries: Bringing the missionary fire of God’s love to the diocese

NET Ministries: Bringing the missionary fire of God’s love to the diocese

Featured, September 2020
By Renae Kranz Catholic parents and parishes want the same thing: vibrant young people on fire for Christ. This common goal is difficult to attain but so necessary to keep our Catholic faith thriving and growing. We already have several diocesan programs like Going Deeper Retreats, Confirmation Retreats, D-Camps, Totus Tuus and Bible studies. But to have a lasting impact on young people, more evangelization needs to happen at the parish level. So how do we do that with many small, rural parishes? We bring in a NET Ministries team to light the fire of missionary discipleship. In light of the vision Bishop DeGrood has sensed from God for the diocese for lifelong Catholic missionary discipleship through God’s love, the bishop and the diocesan Discipleship and Evangelization Office want to…
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Learning to live from those in love

Learning to live from those in love

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, September 2020
One would think that, after being a priest for 30 years, you would have it all figured out. I always thought I would reach that happy point, and I presumed that things would be so much easier; what I did not consider is that it would also be much more dangerous. There is always the possibility, as you have had the same experience over and over again, to just kind of go through the motions. Eventually you have the words memorized, and so they can start to lose their meaning. It is something to be fought against as the years progress, and to somehow allow each sacramental encounter to be a gift. There is a sign that used to be in a number of sacristies that said, “Father, celebrate this…
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Bishop’s Charity Hunt stalks its 25th year

Bishop’s Charity Hunt stalks its 25th year

Headlines, September 2020
For the 25th year, hunters will gather in Kimball for the Bishop’s Charity Hunt. They’ll hunt pheasant, spend time with friends and hang out with the bishop, all for a great cause—Catholic Newman Centers in our diocese. A few adjustments may have to be made due to COVID-19, but the hunt is set to run September 21-22 at Horseshoe K Ranch. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern South Dakota. This will be Bishop DeGrood’s first crack at South Dakota’s state bird while bishop. Priests, deacons and plenty of lay hunters will take part in the two-day event to benefit Catholic Newman Centers at the four state universities in our diocese: SDSU in Brookings, USD in Vermillion, NSU in Aberdeen and DSU in Madison. Registration for…
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