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If you have immediate questions or comments, please send them to Deacon Billings at [email protected]
May 8, 2020 - Bishop Walker has an updated message to the faithful, mostly regarding current plans to eventually move to physically-attended Masses. Bishop also has a special message and Blessing to all mothers. Click Here to see his latest video at scdiocese.org.
May 1, 2020 - Bishop Walker's response to Governor Reynold's relaxation of come COVID-19 rules. Bishop explains why public Masses will continue to be suspended. CLICK HERE to view his latest video at scdiocese.org.
Bishop is continuing his efforts to reach out to all the faithful of our Diocese. Please CLICK HERE to go directly to this latest video posted at scdiocese.org.
2020-03-27 -Please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those who will now die alone!
Below is a plea from an an Italian priest; a plea to remember those who will die, or have died, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Fr. Philip:
"Earlier this evening I was reading a news report on the SkyNews website which, quoting a doctor in a hospital in Italy, had the headline: “Everyone Dies Alone.” It was a very sobering and tragically sad report, describing how, because they have to be isolated, those suffering and slowly dying from Covid19 meet their end without the comfort and consolation of their relatives and loved ones. The medical staff do what they can, but they are overwhelmed by the task that lies before them. When I read that headline, immediately I was stirred to begin this little project. Inspired by a scene in the Diary of St. Faustina, where she was spiritually transported by the Lord in order to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the bedside of a dying man she did not know, I would like to suggest that we would each commit to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day for the days ahead to spiritually place ourselves beside one of the poor unfortunate men and women who are dying alone in hospitals all over the world because of this virus, some of whom are perhaps not well prepared spiritually for their earthly end. If families were to pray it then several dying persons would be spiritually adopted with the one prayer of the Chaplet.
Praying the Chaplet for the dying, we will petition Jesus to enfold them in his Merciful Love in their final hours and grant them a strong experience of his consoling presence before they take their leave of this life. This would be a great act of mercy and love for those who are victims of this virus and who are approaching their end.
Please consider taking part in this project. There is no need to sign up to anything. It is a simple movement which, please God, will bear enormous fruit for the souls for whom we pray. I would appreciate it if you were to pass this on to others you know who might be willing to take up this spiritual work of mercy. In the final weeks of Lent it would be a good spiritual practice to incorporate into our prayer routine.
Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
2020-03-27 - SPRITUAL PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS - Bishop Walker has just made available to all his faithful a collection of prayers and devotions that may be used at any time; but especially during this time of pandemic. CLICK HERE to review or print to paper.
2020-03-27-PLENARY INDULGENCE - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis announced he will be giving an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi,” which translates to “to the city and to the world” at 6 p.m. local time in Rome on Friday, March 27 or noon Central Standard Time (CST). It will be broadcast on the Vatican news website at vaticannews.va.
To read the actual PRESS RELEASE from the Diocese Office, please CLICK HERE.
WARNING! - FRAUDULENT TEXTS AND EMAILS are going out under Fr. Terry's name. Please ignore any texts or emails you receive, asking you to respond to Fr. Terry. Fr. Terry will NEVER ask you to give money, or gift cards, or anything else of monetary value, via text or email.
Let us pray for those driven by the devil to take advantage of generous people.
If you receive a text or email and are unsure, please feel free to contact me directly at 712-251-4278, or email me at [email protected]
God Bless you for all you do in His name! Thank you. Deacon Dick
Effective March 16, 2020, all public events, including Masses, have been cancelled by Bishop Walker, until further Notice. The faithful is greatly encouraged to continue their daily and weekly spiritual routines, including participation in the Daily and Sunday Video Masses at Siouxland's Catholic Radio Station.
March 16, 2020 - Corona Virus Video from Bishop Walker - English and Spanish - Click on "Learn More" when you get to the Diocese's Home Page.