LEGACY Event Registration Open

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Make sure your family calendar has August 14-16 marked to attend the Legacy of Faith diocesan celebration at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center. Come celebrate with thousands of your fellow Catholics from across eastern South Dakota as we give thanks for the past, celebrate today and look forward to the future.

Catholics have lived in what was to become the Diocese of Sioux Falls dating back to the early French explorers. Next, missionaries, including eventual bishop, Martin Marty, came to serve the Native American and early settler population.

The formal Diocese of Sioux Falls was established on November 12, 1889 by Pope Leo XIII. At that time it included all of South Dakota. The current territory of the diocese, which includes all of South Dakota east of the Missouri River, was established when the Diocese of Lead (now Rapid City) was created in 1904.

Through spiritual and sacramental outreach in parishes and schools across eastern South Dakota, and a commitment to service, the Diocese of Sioux Falls has brought the Gospel to all.

Grateful for the past, celebrating today and sharing our faith into the future, we celebrate a Legacy of Faith – 125 years.

Event Schedule


  • 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Registration Opens
  • 8:30 a.m. – Exhibit Show Opens
  • 8:30-4:00 p.m. – Children’s Activities (for parents attending in-service)
  • 9:30-3:30 p.m.In-Service Events (Start times vary)
  • 11:00-12:00 p.m. – Mass
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch and Time with Exhibitors
  • 11:00-5:30 p.m.Faith & Business Conference
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m. – General Registration Open
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Reunion Hall Open (Groups such as Search, Koinonia, ME etc.)
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies with Parade of Banners – Chris Padgett
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Concert – Matt Maher
  • 9:30 p.m. – Youth Activity
  • 9:30 p.m. – Adult Networking/Reunion Hall Reopened
  • (Schedule subject to change)


  • 7:00-9:00 a.m.5K Run/1 mile Fun Run/Walk
  • 7:00 a.m. – Doors & Registration Open
  • 7:00 a.m. – Exhibit Show Open
  • 8:00-5:00 p.m. – Daycare Options Available (See registration/Must pre-register)
  • 8:00-8:45 a.m. – Marian Procession
  • 8:45 a.m. – Special Prelude Music
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. – Mass – Solemnity of the Assumption
  • 10:00-11:45 a.m. & 1:15-4:30 p.m. – Children’s Activities
  • 10:15-11:45 a.m. – Saturday Keynote (General Session) –Curtis Martin
  • 11:45-1:00 p.m. – Lunch – On your own (on-site options available)
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions #1 & #2
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. – Saturday Keynote (General Session) – Dr. Scott Hahn
  • 4:45-7:30 p.m. – Adult Festival Event – Craft Beer Tasting
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Family Festival
  • 7:45 p.m. – Entertainment – Ken Davis
  • 9:00 p.m.Chris Padgett
  • 9:15 p.m. – Adoration/Praise & Worship Music
  • (Schedule subject to change)


  • 6:30-9:15 a.m. – K.C. Pancake Breakfast
  • 7:00-9:00 a.m.St. John’s Bible Display
  • 9:25-10:30 a.m. – Sunday Keynote – Jennifer Fulwiler
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Alternate Youth Activity (Grades 6 and under)
  • 10:45-11:00 a.m. – Closing Ceremonies/Parade of Banners/K of C Processional
  • 11:00-12:30 p.m. – Celebration of Holy Mass
  • (Schedule subject to change)

Father Kevin’s Reflection – May 10, 2015 – 6th Sunday of Easter

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From this week’s Second Reading from the Letter of St. John:

Let us love not in word or speech

but in deed and truth.

Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth

and reassure our hearts before Him

in whatever our hearts condemn,

for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,

we have confidence in God

and receive from Him whatever we ask,

because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him.

And His commandment is this:

we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ,

and love one another just as He commanded us.

John’s exhortation is our gift and challenge as Christians. To live this call, we need Jesus at our side. In a recent homily, Pope Francis encouraged us to open three doors to know Jesus:

“The first door is praying to Jesus. You must realize that studying without prayers is no use. We must pray to Jesus to get to know him better. The great theologians did their theology while kneeling. Pray to Jesus! By studying and praying we get a bit closer…But we’ll never know Jesus without praying. Never! Never! The second door is celebrating Jesus. Prayer on its own is not enough, we need the joy of celebration. We must celebrate Jesus through His Sacraments, because these give us life, they give us strength, they nourish us, they comfort us, they forge an alliance with us, they give us a mission. Without celebrating the Sacraments, we’ll never get to know Jesus. This is what the Church is all about: celebration. The third door is imitating Jesus. Take the Gospel, what did He do, how was His life, what did He tell us, what did He teach us and try to imitate Him.”