Palm Sunday and Triduum Liturgies

Palm Sunday and Triduum Liturgies

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Palm Sunday and Triduum Liturgies Earlier this week, I informed the clergy of my decision to continue the suspension of public Masses, including through the upcoming Holy Week.  The suspension will remain in effect until further notice.  This decision was based upon recent clarifications regarding social distancing practices that have been provided from our elected officials and those competent in public health that contributed to their development.  For your reference, an outline of the directives and clarifications regarding liturgies to be celebrated during Holy Week which I provided clergy has been posted on the Diocesan website and can be accessed here. View Bishop's Full Statement
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Joint Statement on Dispensation

Joint Statement on Dispensation

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Joint Statement of Dispensation - March 13, 2020 Resources are available online Praying at Home – the Mass and Other Prayer Ideas Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Sunday Masses due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus until further notice Earlier this week and in our respective capacities as spiritual leaders of the two dioceses in South Dakota, we announced measures for limiting the spread of illness during Masses. These statements were circulated within parishes and can be accessed on the two diocesan websites. With public health officials providing additional guidance this week that has led to the cancellation of sporting and cultural events, we write to offer further clarification and guidance. While the Church has not been asked by government officials at this time to suspend the celebration of Masses, these additional…
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Mass of Thanksgiving Tour

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Precautions in the Midst of Influenza Infections [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recent reporting on the spread of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” gives all of us pause and reason to be concerned about our own health and the health of those around us who are most vulnerable to contracting disease. Still recovering from a different strain of influenza, I know first-hand just how much we become impacted by viral infection. Therefore, it’s natural that many parishes and pastors have been approached with concerns about what precautions can and should be implemented,  especially now that there are confirmed cases here in South Dakota. The coronavirus has already directly impacted one of our Catholic schools and parishes and is likely to affect others in the near future. [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Button_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Bishop…
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God’s sacrificial love

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[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] God's Sacrificial Love The theme of the sacrificial love of Christ on the cross runs through Bishop DeGrood's pectoral cross, crozier, ring, and coat of arms. It reminds him of God's sacrificial love and his call to live sacrificially as a bishop for the people he will serve. [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Button_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget][siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Watch to Bishop emeritus Paul J. Swain's message for this years Catholic Family Sharing Appeal. This year we focus on Discipleship and Evangelization, and how those ministries effect so many people throughout the diocese. [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Video_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget]
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Bishop DeGrood Coat of Arms

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Bishop-elect Donald E. DeGrood's Coat of Arms We are one week away from Bishop-elect DeGrood's ordination and installation. The image shows Bishop DeGrood's Coat of Arms. Click on the link below to read the full description and meaning for each of the carefully selected elements within his Coat of Arms. [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Button_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget][siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget]
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Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood

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[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood was appointed the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Until now Bishop-elect DeGrood has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, most recently serving as pastor of St. John the Baptist, Savage, MN. Bishop-elect DeGrood will be ordained a bishop and installed on February 13, 2020. Click here for more information about Bishop-elect DeGrood Click here for more information on the upcoming Ordination/Installation View the Press Conference and Introduction of Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood on December 12, 2019
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Special Announcement from the Office of the Bishop

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Introduction of Bishop-elect DeGrood and Press Conference [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Video_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget][siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Bishop-elect Donald Edward DeGrood Today Pope Francis appointed Rev. Donald DeGrood as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  Until now Bishop-elect DeGrood has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, most recently serving as pastor of St. John the Baptist, Savage, MN. He will succeed Bishop Paul Swain, whose resignation the Holy Father accepted today with the appointment of a new bishop.  Bishop Swain had submitted his resignation, per canon law, upon reaching the age of 75 in September of 2018.  He will be the apostolic administrator of the diocese until Bishop-elect DeGrood is ordained and installed. Bishop-elect DeGrood will be ordained a bishop and installed on February 13. Bishop-elect Fr. DeGrood was…
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