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Residents Encounter Christ (REC) program marks its 100th weekend helping men and women in prison  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  10:30 AM
The Residents Encounter Christ or REC program recently marked its 100th weekend of helping men and women incarcerated in the state’s prisons.

“The first REC was held approximately 34 years ago,” according to Jeff Alvey, a member of St. Mary Parish, Sioux Falls and a long time REC volunteer and participant.

REC is based on Teens Encounter Christ and Search. It has been adapted to fit in a prison setting.

“REC is held three times a year in Sioux Falls - at both Granite City and at the Jameson Annex,” said Alvey.

He and his wife, Sherri, have been involved for 10 years. “We were first invited to participate in a REC back in 2005 by Father Gary Ternes,” he said. “Each weekend brings new insights to both Sherri and I. The goal of each weekend is to see Christ in everyone.”

Alvey points out that too often society throws men and women in prison and wants to forget about them.

“We are all children of God,” Alvey said. “The inmates are always very appreciative that we take time out of our lives to spend a weekend with them.”

The Alveys share that they always get more out of each REC weekend than they put into it. “We get to see inmates grow and share in ways they never thought they could,” he said. “Sherri and I have learned many things from the program over the years. We have learned that if you get these men away from their addictions and their environment they are really not a lot different than any of the rest of us.”

The Alveys also share they have learned that too often the imprisoned men and women have burned all their bridges and have little or no outside contact and as such really appreciate that people are willing to spend time with them. “We have learned that even folks serving a life sentence can grow in Christ and share the gospel,” said Alvey.

It takes 12-20 volunteers to do a REC weekend, the number varying with the location and Father Ternes is always pleased to accept new volunteers. Certain approvals are needed from the Department of Corrections and there are differing levels of clearance depending on the ministry.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at correctional facilities in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, please contact Rev. Gary Ternes at gary.ternes@state.sd.us or call (605) 367-5113.

Contemplative morning offered  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  10:25 AM
Saturday, May 16 - A Contemplative morning is being offered on the third Saturday of most months from 9 a.m. to noon at the Peace Center at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton.

During a Contemplative morning, participants will experience four silent periods complemented by a teaching and quiet solitude time.

Reserve space or inquire via e-mail at benedictinepeacectr@mtmc.edu, or call (605) 668-6292.

Suggested offering is $5 per session.

Marian Apostolate and Sioux Falls parish hosting pilgrimage to Marian Shrines  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  10:24 AM
May 20 sign up deadline for June 16-18 event - Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls and the Office of the Marian Apostolate will sponsor a pilgrimage this year to the three Marian Shrines of Wisconsin.

The pilgrimage will run June 16-18.

Please contact Kathy Davis for details at 605-371-2320 or at kdavis@HolySpiritsf.org.  

Speaker featured at St. Lambert Parish  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  10:23 AM
Friday, May 22 - Heather King will speak at St. Lambert Parish, Sioux Falls, on Friday, at 7 p.m.

King was born and raised on the coast of New Hampshire, spent twenty years as a hard-core drunk, sobered up, moved west, had a spiritual crisis as a Beverly Hills lawyer, quit her job, started writing, converted and received her First Communion.

Now she is a writer of books, a blog (shirtofflame.blogspot.com), and a monthly column in the Magnificat, “Credible Witnesses.”

Help create a day in the life of the Diocese for August edition  
Monday, May 11, 2015  10:04 AM
You can help create a unique and special edition of The Bishop’s Bulletin.

The Bishop’s Bulletin will be creating a photographic record of “A Day in Life around the Diocese of Sioux Falls” for the August edition.

Good photographs of life happening in all corners of eastern South Dakota and all the area in between are needed. The photographs can be of family activities, community events or gatherings, and parish life in all its forms.

The Bishop’s Bulletin plans to do this in the August edition of the publication as a way to celebrate the culmination of the 125th anniversary. The common day for photographs to be taken is June 7 - Corpus Christi - since we are the body of Christ in this diocese. The photos need to be submitted no later than June 19.

Interesting content encouraged - more than just folks lined up against a wall. Be creative and imaginative.

Photos may be uploaded at the diocesan web page, www.sfcatholic.org or e-mailed to adayinthelife@sfcatholic.org or mail prints to: 523 N. Duluth Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. 

Recitation of the rosary set in Alexandria  
Monday, May 11, 2015  10:03 AM
Wednesday, May 13 - To commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, there will be the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and the celebration of the Holy Mass on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Fatima Family Shrine in Alexandria. 
Mount Marty College Golf Classic set  
Monday, May 11, 2015  10:02 AM
Wednesday, May 13 - The 31st annual Mount Marty College Golf Classic will be held at Hillcrest Country Club, Yankton, on Wednesday.

There are men’s and women’s divisions with up to 144 golfers.

The tournament is a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m.

To register for the event or for more information visit www.mtmc.edu/golfclassic or contact event organizer Shannon Viereck at 605-668-1542 or shannon.viereck@mtmc.edu. 

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat planned  
Monday, May 11, 2015  10:01 AM
May 15-17 - Catholic Family Services is hosting a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.

This is strictly confidential, with a safe, loving, non-judgmental environment offered.

The retreat is open to men, women, mothers, fathers, grandparents who have been affected by abortion.

The event is non-denominational.

For registration materials and more information, call Margi at 605-988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 or e-mail mculhane@sfcatholic.org.  

Friday, May 01, 2015  2:39 PM
The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain has made the following priest assignment changes effective July 1, 2015:

Reverend Mark Axtmann, from in-residence, Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Pierre to in-residence, St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen

Very Reverend Charles L. Cimpl, from Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Sioux Falls, to Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Sioux Falls

Very Reverend Thomas M. Fitzpatrick, from Rector, Cathedral of Saint Joseph to graduate studies at the Angelicum University, Rome

Reverend Michael Griffin, from Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Pierre, to Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen

Reverend J. Joseph Holzhauser, from Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Pierre

Reverend David Krogman, in addition to his chaplaincy ministry at Avera McKennan and affiliated facilities in Sioux Falls, to Pastor, Risen Savior Parish, Brandon

Reverend James P. Morgan, from Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Sioux Falls, and St. Dominic Parish, Canton to Rector, Cathedral of Saint Joseph

Reverend Terry Weber, from Pastor, Risen Savior Parish, Brandon, to Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Sioux Falls

Reverend Andrew Young, released from his assignment as Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of Saint Joseph and Chaplain, O’Gorman Junior High School, while awaiting final disposition of an active duty commission into the United States Navy to serve as a Chaplain in support of the Archdiocese of the Military Services

Additional assignment changes will be published in the June issue of The Bishop’s Bulletin.

Respectfully submitted,

Mr. Matthew K. Althoff

Holy Eucharistic Hour set in Madison  
Friday, May 01, 2015  2:38 PM
Sunday, May 3 - There will be a Holy Eucharistic Hour with the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and confessions on Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison.  
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