Pheasant Hunting Opener 2021

Pheasant Hunting Opener 2021

Greetings Faithful Parishioners in Christ,

Fr. Simon's Happenings: As you can tell if you were in church here this weekend, my hunting plans have changed. My hunting friend from MN injured himself, so he needs time for healing. Fr. Ken Lulf plans to be here the weekend of October 30 – 31 to switch with me. I am available to be invited for pheasant hunting this week along with one K.C. friend from Webster who is salmon fishing with me through Tuesday. I will be on my canonical priest retreat at Broom Tree starting Sunday evening, October 24 and return Sunday evening, October 31.

Sacred Heart Parish (SHP) Missals for Mass: We restarted our subscription to Today's Missal which is the smaller missalette with Mass readings and prayers and some traditional, seasonal hymns. It will restart the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021. We are still reviewing hymnal choices.

SHP Projection & Video Volunteers Needed: We will continue to use projections during Mass. I ask for volunteers to prepare them up to one month in advance and others to project them during Mass. We also need video controllers for Livestream.

COVID-19 Clergy Days Impact: A significant number of priests in the Sioux Falls Diocese tested positive for COVID-19 this past week (I heard of 18.), including Fr. Randy Phillips in Faulkton. (Welcome Faulkton area parishioners here the next couple weekends!) I tested negative last Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Please do not hesitate to call me for Last Rites even if somebody has COVID-19. I have had two Moderna vaccine shots. As reasonably as possible, I have all the PPE I need to prevent transmission and exposure as follows: Hand sanitizer, N95 particulate respirators, protective face shields, isolation gowns, disposable gloves, LED UV-C disinfecting lights, and disinfectantsprays and wipes for all types of surfaces. I also use vinegar or bleach when washing clothes. I am not concerned about getting the coronavirus personally, but I do not want to spread it to others, and I definitely do not want to be knocked out of priestly ministry for two weeks. I have not had it previously as far as I know.

Youth Faith Formation (YFF) News: We continue to improve our new mission approach to forming young disciples of Christ. Since we are meeting for an hour and a half on Wednesday evening with the older grades, we are able to expand our formation opportunities. In SHP 6th – 8th grades will meet as a large group for one-half hour every Wednesday thanks to catechist volunteer presenters and the Formed.org website. (I hope to start this in St. Pius X Parish (SPXP).) When I am available in Gettysburg, I will have the 9th – 10th grade join in. Our SPXP older grades were able to join us by Livestream last Wednesday. You can watch and listen (if you have good computer speakers) to this video and audio recording by going to www.getshc.org and selecting the word "Livestream" or use the following link: https://livestream.com/accounts/7796382/events/9892288.

Introduction to Eucharistic Adoration: I do this presentation for adults in Sacred Heart Church this Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Eucharistic Holy Hour at 7:00 p.m. and Mass at 8:00 p.m. To accommodate YFF high school disciples, I am offering Holy Hours and Masses every third and fourth Monday evening of the month whenever I am available.

YFF Lesson for All!: Our lesson this past Wednesday had our youth disciples to consider how they would want people to speak about them at their funeral or what type of person they want to be as a part of their life story. (Parents, please ask them about this and have a good follow-up talk with them.) Towards the end of this part of the lesson, I asked our 9th – 10th grade disciples during YFF, "What would it be like to all of a sudden die?" Immediately, the power went out in Gettysburg due to a wind storm. Everything went black except for the security lights. Hmm.... What a sign from God! Thank God for providing your immediate intervention by Divine Providence! God, you got my attention! We embarked on this YFF venture which is new to me and you in our parishes, not knowing what it would all entail. This made some parents nervous or be doubtful about it. Look what happens when you rely on God to provide! We had signs even from the beginning that we were headed down the right road, although rocky at times. "Walk by Faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) 

Fr. Simon Sez... October 10, 2021

Fr. Simon Sez... October 10, 2021

Greetings Faithful Parishioners in Christ,

As I mentioned before, I have a busy October. I will be on vacation pheasant hunting in the Eden area Friday afternoon October 15 to Thursday evening October 21. Fr. Ken Lulf requested to pulpit switch with me so he will be here the weekend of October 16-17. I will have my annual priest retreat at Broom Tree October 25 - 28. I usually do this in June to decrease my time away in October, but I was too busy with the process of moving. I can be available on an emergency basis by you contacting Beverly Thomas while I am away.

Clergy Days went very well this year. I received a papal blessing recognition for my 25th priesthood ordination anniversary. Thank you for any praying you did for me this past Wednesday. My homily went very well as I received many complements. Bishop DeGrood made a side comment to me about how impressed he is with the unity we have among our diocese’s priests and deacons. Retired Archbishop Robert Carlson made a similar observation about 20 years ago. It got their attention because this much clergy unity is not the norm. One thing most of them do, is sit towards the back of the chapel!

We will be having Eucharistic Holy Hours with adoration and benediction on a periodic basisin both parishes. I will provide teachings and trainings for all ages in preparation. Last Sunday bulletin column, I talked about first starting with the last third and fourth Mondays of the month when I am available starting at Sacred Heart Church in November. Not only do our parishes need this, we also need to prepare for when the U.S. bishops implement their initiative throughout the United States. One of the main reasons for this is that about 30% of U.S. Catholics believe Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. This percentage has been dropping over many years. This strikes at the heart of our Catholic Faith.

THE LAUNCHING OF FORMED.ORG We launched Formed.org as an online resource that offers the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizationsto help parishes, families and individuals of all ages to explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device (laptops, tablets, smart TV's, etc.). Check it out now by going to Formed.org, select “sign up,” select sign up as a parishioner,” find our parish by typing “57442” or use either parish name (our parish names had to be combined so that we could save money by having just one account), create a new account and start roaming around!

27th Sunday Ordinary Time | October 3, 2021

27th Sunday Ordinary Time | October 3, 2021

Greetings Faithful Parishioners in Christ,

I recently received an invitation to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of St. Wenseslaus Parish in Tabor that is on this Saturday evening. I was there substituting on weekends for their pastor Fr. Dan Moris for over one year after he suffered a tramatic car crash. It triggered his PTSD. As far as I know, he is a senior (medical retirement) due to this condition. Please pray for him. Since then, I have had a close parish family bond with the faithful people in Tabor, Lesterville, and Sigel. We welcome and thank Fr. David Axtmann forsubstituting for me this weekend on short notice.

I have a busy October. Unfortunately, I need to be gone for three weeks this month.

  • I will be gone for our diocese’s annual Clergy Days Monday, October 4 th through Thursday, October 7th .
  • I will be on vacation pheasant hunting in the Eden area October 16 - 21. Fr. Ken Lulf requested to pulpit switch with me so he will be here the weekend of October 16-17.
  • I will have my annual priest retreat at Broom Tree October 25 - 28. I usually do this in June to decrease my time away in October, but I was too busy with the process of moving.
  • I can be available on an emergency basis by you contacting Beverly Thomas while I am away.

At Clergy Days every year we celebrate clerical anniversaries in our diocese. This year they will be celebrating my 25th priesthood ordination anniversary. You might say a prayer for me this Wednesday, October 6, 2021. I will be preaching in front of Bishop DeGrood and almost all of the priest and deacons in our diocese! High school youth disciples have asked me to have a Holy Hour open to all faithful people that fitstheirschedule and my schedule. We will have Holy Hours on the third and fourth Mondays of the month whenever I am here. It will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by a daily Mass at 8:00 p.m. The first dates that will work are November 15 & 22. I will offer confession opportunities during these Holy Hours as usual.

We are launching Formed.org as an online resource that offers the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals of all ages to explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device (laptops, tablets, smart TV's, etc.). Check it out now by going to Formed.org, select “sign up,” select sign up as a parishioner,” find our parish by typing “57442” or use either parish name (our parish names had to be combined so that we could save money by having just one account), create a new account and start roaming around! Formed.org has thousands of movies for you to stream, but if you prefer the old fashioned way, you can go see the new movie “Show Me the Father” at the Lyric Theatre in Faulkton this Sunday evening October 3 in Faulkton. This movie is produced by the film makers of Courageous, Fireproof, War Room, and more. Another way of expanding you Faith horizons is to attend Days of Recollection, retreats, etc. More on this later. Consider seeing Archbishop Robert Carlson November 3rd 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Broom Tree (broom-tree.org)!

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Published on  October 21st, 2021

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