By the time you receive this bulletin, I should be returning from Washington, D.C. with our diocese March for Life pilgrimage. We leave D.C. Saturday evening and return to Sioux Falls Sunday evening. I plan on staying overnight to run errands and attend appointments. I will probably return Monday evening. Pope Francis started a two-year process in the universal Church he calls Synod on Synodality. Synods are a process going back to New Testament times for representative bishops and other leaders in local Churches to consult together to discern a common path forward. It’s a way to provide input to the Church universal.
For our part, our diocese has developed a survey to gain input on how to implement Bishop DeGrood’s vision for our diocese Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship Through God’s Love. Bishop DeGrood encourages our participation by going online to complete the survey that will be available online February 1 - 28, 2022. Go to sfcatholic.org/synod to download the survey. I will also have it available in our church gathering spaces.
I added my sister Lynette Singleton’s name to our Prayers of the Faithful since her husband and I admitted her into Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg room 16 on January 13, 2022 and started hospice care. She was diagnosed in May 2015 with Anaplastic oligodendroglioma, IDH mutant and 1p/19q-codeleted. It is a rare malignant glioblastoma brain cancer that is Grade 3. She was first diagnosed with having a Grade 4 cancer with the prognosis being a few months to live. Lynette is the daughter of Steve Jr. and Alice Simon from Hoven with four older brothers. (She says her name is “And Lynette,” because the names of the five children are Craig, Gerard, Steve, Fr. Brian, and Lynette.) She is married to John Singleton from Ft. Pierre and has one nineteen-year-old son Alex. She was the Branch Manager of AAA Travel Agency in Pierre, SD. Her prognosis now is indefinite. (That is my word choice.) The oncologistsaid there is no way of knowing her prognosis. Hospice care can be for a long time or this could get worse fast if her cancer becomes Grade 4. There is no hope for her health getting better other than a miracle! Please pray for her. I hope Lynette can be with us for quite some time without significant pain for God to bless us with her presence. Those who know her, know what I mean. St. Peregrine the Cancer Saint, Pray for us! For more information on her, to read my journals, and to provide support, go to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lynette singleton.