Posted on: March 14, 2020
Coronavirus Parish Response
We have received some guidance from the archdiocese about steps that we can take at our parish and we have already begun them including:
- Not offering the precious blood at mass
- Hand sanitizer used by all Eucharistic ministers before communion
- Not physically offering the sign of Peace nor physically greeting people at Mass.
- Emptying the holy water fonts. Small bottles of holy water are available for you to sign yourself with and you may take the bottle with you in your purse, or pocket. Bring it with you to mass and use it to sign yourself, and your family.
- For those who desire to receive communion on the tongue, please come to the priests line. All other Eucharistic ministers will distribute it in the hand.
Steps that you can take which I'm sure you've already heard already
- Frequently wash your hands
- Cover your cough into your sleeve preferably
- Avoid gatherings anywhere, including Mass, if you are not feeling well and paragraph be aware of your own personal health risks giving your own health history and take steps to protect yourself
- Don't hesitate to call or visit the clinic if you have a fever, cough or trouble breathing.
If the situation nationally and locally changes, other stronger measures will have to be taken. We will follow instructions from the civil authorities and church authorities if that is needed.
For now, let us all do our best with our personal and family hygiene practices. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer. Pray for those suffering from this disease, pray for those who have died, and pray for the healthcare workers who are courageously on the front lines of this battle, risking their own health for the benefit of others. Prayer is needed, humility is needed, and common sense is needed.
In Christ, Father Deziel
Posted on: January 31, 2020
Bishop Don DeGrood Ordination
On December 12 Pope Francis name Father Dan DeGrood (pastor of Saint John the Baptist and Savage), to be the next Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s a great honor to have a priest chosen from our archdiocese to serve as a bishop. Father DeGrood was ordained in 1997 and has served in many roles since then including as pastor and as the Vicar for Priests of the Archdiocese. Always positive, inspiring and true to the Catholic faith, he will be a most excellent bishop!
The ordination as bishop will take place at the Cathedral in Sioux Falls on February 13. Archbishop Hebda will be the celebrant and preacher. However, due to the expected large crowds in the relatively small size of the cathedral, it is essentially an invitation only mass. There simply isn’t enough room! However, it will be live streamed on the Sioux Falls diocesan website so that all can view it from anywhere.
Also on Sunday, February 16 Bishop DeGrood will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at our Cathedral in St. Paul at 2 PM. I will plan to be there and perhaps you would like to come as well. For more information about the ordination details, please visit the Sioux Falls diocesan website, or theCatholicSpirit.com. Congratulations and God bless you Bishop DeGrood! We are also proud of you and are praying for you!
Posted on: December 21, 2019
A very Merry Christmas to all parishioners of Saint Nicholas and Guardian Angels! What a joy it is to celebrate Christ's birthday together as a parish family! When we gather as a people to celebrate Christmas we not only remember the birth of our Lord two thousand plus years ago, but we celebrate his presence with us today! The same Jesus born in Bethlehem is present at every mass in his most precious Body and Blood! The gift which he himself gave to us! That is truly amazing when we reflect upon it. Thank you, Jesus for coming into our world, our hearts, our lives with your saving Grace! Thank you for the gift of the Eucharist in which you are so powerfully present to us today! Merry Christmas!