About

deacon-greg-sassMy name is Deacon Greg Sass. I was ordain Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Rapid City by Bishop Robert Gruss on Friday, February 1, 2013. See the assignments page for my current duties.

My journey to the Deaconate is summarized in my first post titled Welcome. But as I mention in that article, my journey really involves my whole life.

I grew up in a large, Catholic, farm family in northeastern South Dakota where one of my brothers is the third generation farmer on that land. My Great Grandfather was involved with building the original Catholic Church and my Dad helped build the new church when the original one became too small. My Dad was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers in that parish after Vatican II. My Mom was a long time Youth Formation teacher, besides being a Mom to twelve kids, homemaker, nurse farm wife and painter.

In middle school, I looked at the Priesthood, but after some discernment, I knew that was not what God wanted for me. I went to college, married my wife Nancy shortly after graduating. We have two children, Cathy and Matt. While they were growing up, Nancy and I helped with various Faith Formation programs. I became a member of the Knights of Columbus, like my Dad. At one point Fr. (now Msgr.) Edward Burian asked be become a Lector which I did. We eventually moved to western South Dakota.

While we were planning our move, my Mom became ill, and shortly after moving she passed away. That experience of Mom’s illness and being with her when she passed away, was a conversion experience for me. I became more involved with our new Parish, Nancy and I again helping to teach Faith Formation, I became the “computer support guy” for the parish – eventually taking on the webmaster duties also. I became a Eucharistic Minister and was involved with more and more Parish committees and groups.

I eventually joined the Lay Ministry program, followed by the Deaconate program. I help start a Returning Catholics Ministry, helped with the fundraising for Terra Sancta, all while still being active in the Parish, working full time and raising a family. To many, this sounds like a lot, and it was. My family has been on this journey with me, and often helped me to focus on the entire journey. It is with their help, and the help of many, many others, that has lead me to a life closer to God, than I ever imagined.

“Did you never read in the Scriptures”

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“Did you never read in the Scriptures”

We need to ask ourselves, are we getting all the fruit we can?

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Who is your greatest love?

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Who is your greatest love?

Who is your greatest love?

OLBH Bulletin Cover for June 28, 2020, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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How can one identify a tree?

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How can one identify a tree?

You can tell a tree from its fruits.

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And he was transfigured

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And he was transfigured

Lent is a season for each of us to work on being transformed and grow closer to Jesus.

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lectio divina Instructions by Pope Benedict XVI

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lectio divina Instructions by Pope Benedict XVI

Have you heard about lectio divina and didn’t know what it is or how to do it?

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“Neither do I condemn you.”

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“Neither do I condemn you.”

A reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent Gospel reading – Jn 8:1-11.

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1,440

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1,440

That is how many minutes are in every day. That is how much time we have every day. You can’t save it up. So how you spend you 1,440 minutes every day is important. It is important because at some point, you will no longer have time. So spend your time wisely.

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Made known … in the breaking of bread

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Made known … in the breaking of bread

Recognize Jesus in those in need

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“Life on earth a drudgery”

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“Life on earth a drudgery”

A life of drudgery can become a life of gratitude.

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What are you looking for?

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What are you looking for?

Take the time to “Behold the Lamb of God”, and then respond.

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