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Anniversary Mass celebrated in Sioux Falls  
Thursday, August 27, 2015  6:15 PM
Bishop Paul J. Swain blesses married couples of the diocese on hand for one of the two anniversary Masses celebrated this summer.

The diocesan anniversary Mass (pictured above) was celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sioux Falls.

Couples in attendance enjoyed a reception and the opportunity photos with the bishop.

The first anniversary Mass this summer was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Aberdeen.

Holy Hour offered in Yankton  
Thursday, August 27, 2015  6:12 PM
Sunday, Sept. 6 - All are invited to join the Yankton Benedictines for Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 2-4 p.m. in Bishop Marty Chapel.

Readings from Scripture on the Eucharist and on God’s call will enhance the times of silence.

This will be held the first Sunday of every month as a time dedicated to prayer for vocations, especially to the consecrated life.

For directions to the chapel, call 605-668-6000.

Recitation of the Rosary scheduled  
Thursday, August 27, 2015  6:11 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 - The Office of the Marian Apostolate will host the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. in the Mothers’ Garden of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls. 
Sioux Falls parish hosting adult education  
Thursday, August 27, 2015  6:11 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Holy Spirit Parish, Sioux Falls will host adult education at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the church.

The topic is “Happy Birthday, Mary! Come celebrate Our Lady’s Nativity and learn about Her.”

The presenter will be Msgr. Charles Mangan, director of the Office of Marian Apostolate for the diocese.

If you have any questions, call Kathy Davis at 371-2320.


Legacy 125 Years: August 14-16 Diocesan Gathering  
Tuesday, August 11, 2015  9:21 AM
There is still some time to register for LEGACY, the culminating diocesan- wide celebration set for August 14-16 at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center.

“If you are South Dakotan and Catholic, this event is for you,” said Jan Feterl, Special Event coordinator.

Registration is available online at sfcatholic.org or by calling 605-334-9861.

Volunteer opportunities are also still available.

“From a full slate of in-service opportunities on Friday, to the Matt Maher concert Friday night, to keynote speakers and breakouts session, to a Family Festival, to a craft beer tasting event and much more, there truly is something for everyone,” Feterl said.

The gathering will complete the series of celebrations held around the diocese commemorating the 125th anniversary of the creation of the diocese by Pope Leo XIII in 1889.

Bishop Paul J. Swain (pictured at right, top, on the right) with Father Anthony Urban (second from the right) makes a presentation to hosts of the diocesan Legacy event in Woonsocket at the Swenson Melon Farm.

The Legacy event was part of the year-long observance of the establishment of the Diocese of Sioux Falls 125 years ago.

(Pictured at right, center): Bishop Paul J. Swain concelebrates Mass with priests of the diocese during the Legacy event recently at St. Paul Parish, Marty, honored the Native American heritage in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

It centered on the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

St. Paul Parish, Marty, named after the first bishop of the diocese, was a great place to host one of the Legacy celebrations.

(Pictured at right, bottom): Altar servers stand before diocesan parish banners during the celebration of Mass at the recent Legacy event at the Swenson Melon Farm, Woonsocket.

The banners from parishes past and present will be featured during the culminating Legacy weekend event August 14-16 in Sioux Falls.

Registration information:

This is your opportunity to be part of the Legacy Event...For a full list of events for the weekend and to register for the event, please visit:


or call 605-334-9861 for a printed registration form.

Changing the name of parish in Sisseton  
Tuesday, August 11, 2015  9:02 AM
Father Jerome Ranek, pastor (pictured at right, on the left) and Deacon Chet Cordell (pictured at right, on the right) stand before the new sign at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Sisseton.

The parish recently hosted Bishop Paul J. Swain for the celebration of Mass and the renaming of the parish from St. Catherine to St. Kateri Tekakwitha to honor the saint who has deep meaning to Native Americans.

Religious sister makes profession of final vows  
Tuesday, August 11, 2015  8:58 AM
Sister Estela of the Sacred Heart of Mary kneels (pictured at right) during her profession of final vows at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sioux Falls.

Sister Estela is a member of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph, Sioux Falls.

Mother Caridad, sitting to Bishop Paul J. Swain’s right, is Mother Superior for the community.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land being hosted by Watertown pastor  
Tuesday, August 11, 2015  8:43 AM
October 29-November 6 - Father Michael Wensing, pastor, Holy Name Parish, Watertown is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 29-Nov. 6.

You may call Peter’s Way (the tour agent) at 1-800-225 7662 for more information and to see if there is room.

The trip is limited to 50 travelers.

Ask for Amy Choi, the tour planner.

The group will fly from and to Sioux Falls. 

Bishop ordains two to the Priesthood: Grant Lacey and Darin Schmidt  
Monday, August 10, 2015  9:43 AM
Pictured at right, top: Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, with newly ordained priests Father Darin Schmidt (on the left) and Father Grant Lacey (on the right).

Pictured at right, bottom: Father Ed Pierce (on the left) places his hands upon the head of Grant Lacey while Father Jeff Norfolk places his hands upon the head of Darin Schmidt during the liturgy of Ordination to the Priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.

Father Schmidt and Father Lacey began their first parish assignments July 1, as parochial vicar, at Holy Spirit Parish and at Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish, Sioux Falls, respectively.

Spiritual growth dream workshop offered  
Monday, August 10, 2015  9:35 AM
September 18-19 - “Dreaming My Way to Spiritual Growth”, a dream workshop will be sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Mother of God Monastery, Watertown.

It will be offered Sept. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. through September 19, from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

This workshop will be held at Harmony Hill Hall on the campus of Mother of God Monastery in Watertown.

The suggested donation is $70 which includes room and board.

$40 for commuters.

Call Sister Emily Meisel if you are interested at 605-886-4181 ext. 1.  

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