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Homily for Mass of the Assumption 8/15/18

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

What consolation is offered to us, in the midst of our struggles? We can read our current struggles in the light of the message of our Lady of Fatima. Evil is immense, but our Lord is greater. Our Lady’s Assumption is the motherly guarantee of God’s goodness triumphant.

This homily references a quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

“As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice. In a word, we need to relearn precisely this essential: conversion, prayer, penance and the theological virtues. This is our response, we are realists in expecting that evil always attacks, attacks from within and without, yet that the forces of good are also ever present and that, in the end, the Lord is more powerful than evil and Our Lady is for us the visible, motherly guarantee of God’s goodness, which is always the last word in history.”  (source)

Readings came from the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



Homily from August 5, 2018

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Why are there bad shepherds?

What does the Good Shepherd do in response?
What can we do in response?
Join Fr. Andrew in a day of prayer and fasting, August 8th, for three intentions:
  1. Reparation of the sins of our Bishops
  2. For the light of Christ to reveal corruption
  3. For our eventual new bishop in SD
Readings were taken from the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C.



Heupel OConnor Wedding Homily

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Homily preached for John Heupel and Shannon O’Connor (SDSU alumna 2016) at their wedding Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, June 1, 2018. God bless them both!



Trinity Sunday Homily 2018

Posted by on May 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Why would God care about us?

Homily for Trinity Sunday, 2018. Readings found here.



Job Opening for Secretary/Bookkeeper

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Secretary/Bookkeeper position at Pius XII Catholic Newman Center.

    Pius XII Catholic Newman Center invites applications for the position of Secretary and Bookkeeper. The successful candidate will possess skills in data management, bookkeeping, organization, scheduling, and word processing. They will also have a friendly disposition for first contact with students, parents, and alumni, whether on the phone or walking in the door. This full time position includes benefits. Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Fr. Andrew Dickinson at 1321 8th St., Brookings, SD 57006 or by email, frandrewdickinson [at]



Palm Sunday Homily 2018

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm
In the person of St. Dismas, we see how the “Yes” of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary can still strengthen our own “yes” to the Father, so that what we say of St. Dismas may be said of us. “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.”


Readings taken from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, 2018.



2nd Sunday of Lent 2018 Homily

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Who are we and why do we do what we do?

As Catholics, we do things not JUST to be good, but because we are beloved children of our Heavenly Father.

Readings from the 2nd Sunday of Lent, find them here.



1st Sunday of Lent 2018 Homily

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm

There is no cheat code for holiness and salvation.

Good. Let us begin!



Ash Wednesday Homily 2018

Posted by on at 9:34 pm

What is wrong with the world?

The Christian answers, “I am.”





Repay to Caesar…homily 10/22/2017

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Jesus tells us to “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” How do we understand this famous passage?


Homily from 6:30pm Mass on 10/22/2017. Readings taken from the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time- find them here.


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