Difference between an Archive and a museum: The Heritage Center

Red Cloud Indian School students engage in object based learning through observation and interaction with The Heritage Center’s exhibits and permanent collection.

Archive: A collection of historical documents or artifacts.

Museum: A place that has displays for people to come and view historical documents and artifacts.

Many museums can be considered archives, but an archive is not necessarily a museum. My intention this month is to highlight the difference between an Archive and a Museum. The Diocese of Rapid City is in a unique position with two Native American Reservations holding phenomenal museums. The following is a highlight of The Heritage Museum in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  —Kathy Cordes, Archivist

By Mary Maxon, Director Heritage Center

The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge is one of the earliest cultural centers and museums located on an Indian reservation in the United States. Our programming explores the rich skills and creativity that are mainstays of the local Lakota and other Native American cultures. We are deeply committed to our work to strengthen cultural pride and celebrate, as well as preserve, the local Lakota culture and artistic tradition.

We are more than just a museum or art gallery. We are also an economic engine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. With rates of up to 80%  unemployment here, the Lakota community faces challenging economic and social conditions in southwestern South Dakota. Yet through the Center’s gift shop and online store, local artists are empowered to increase their own economic self-sufficiency by making their incredible work available to a wider community and in doing so, preserve their work and extend appreciation for their artistry to all corners of the globe.

The Heritage Center program began through understanding that arts, creativity, and the making of beautiful objects are essential to Lakota culture and learning. The Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show was started as an avenue to celebrate native art and artists on the reservation, and a way for native artists to get a foot in the door and learn about the ins and outs of gallery shows and retail selling. To support the show and the participating artists, Red Cloud Indian School staff purchased three award-winning pieces from the 1969 Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Each subsequent year, they continued to purchase new pieces, and ultimately amassed a diverse and important collection of works by local and national native artists.

The Heritage Center facility, located in historic Drexel Hall, is dedicated to protecting, growing, and exhibiting that collection. What began with those three early pieces now includes an estimated 10,000 pieces of Lakota and other native art, from priceless historical artifacts to cutting-edge modern works. Since its formal creation in 1982, The Heritage Center has continued to expand this unique  and diverse collection of native art — and uses it to create groundbreaking exhibitions and arts education programs.

The Heritage Center’s mission is to honor native art and to expand opportunities for native artists. The Center’s gallery exhibitions have brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Pine Ridge Reservation and been displayed in museums across the country. Through its gift shop, the Center purchases and sells works by local native artists to increase economic opportunity on the reservation and beyond. Also, its team develops innovative, arts-based educational programs to increase the public’s understanding of native art and Lakota culture.

Giving and receiving stewardship with the Nigerian community

On Sunday, March 8, Nigerian parishioners at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help shared their joyful faith with all of us through a special Mass and meal. The parish welcomed Fr. Bede Okolie who serves St. Luke Church in Kubwa, Abuja, Nigeria, as the celebrant. In his homily,

Father Bede thanked the cathedral parishioners and the larger Rapid City community for the warm welcome they have extended to the growing number of Nigerian members of the community. Oluwabusayo Tijani-Laton is a registered nurse and a parishioner at the cathedral along with her husband and two boys. She shares, “The community is a friendly one. Everyone greets you with a smile and expresses their happiness when they hear about how we got here. … the church and our colleagues at work have made Rapid City a home away from home for us. The support has been amazing, and this is evident in the massive turnout at the Nigerian Mass and reception at the cathedral.” The warm welcome she and her family have received and the inculturated Mass celebrated recently are both inspiring signs of Generous Hospitality being practiced in our diocese. 

While we have extended Generous Hospitality to these new members of our community, they have also taught us about Stewardship. As Tijani-Latona said, “We believe so much in gratitude: there is a saying in Nigeria that, ‘He who is thankful for the blessings he receives today, will definitely get another one.’” This gratitude was so evident at the Nigerian Mass,

particularly at the presentation of the gifts. Along with the bread and wine, the community processed up with many gifts for those who are in need — diapers, food, and other basic necessities. As they did, they sang a song of thanksgiving which acknowledged that all good things in their lives are gifts of God and so in gratitude they were giving it all back to him. This song captured beautifully the truth upon which Stewardship is built. And the generosity shown by the offerings to the poor and the beautiful meal after Mass also highlight a true Stewardship mindset of generosity. 

Lastly, the Nigerians celebrated the Mass with great joy. As one participant shared, “Our praise and worship is one of the ways to show our gratitude to God. Therefore we do not joke with this. Nigerians are full of life and love to dance, and as such we use various musical instruments during our Mass in Nigeria to make the Mass celebration full of life in the Nigerian cultural style.” 

When I witnessed the praise and worship of the Nigerian community, it filled my own heart with joy. There is a deep goodness in praising God. As Mary Healy says, “To praise God is to become who we

really are, since  we were created to live for the praise of God’s glory” (Eph. 1:12). When we praise God, we begin to see how awesome God is, how magnificent his plan is, how miniscule our problems are compared with his mighty power: how nothing is impossible for him.” What a gift that we have been reminded of this truth in the midst of the disruptions and difficulties of the current Coronavirus pandemic.

As the bishop’s document on Stewardship reminds us, “As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” This same document also reminds us, “Christian stewards are always joyful bearers of the Good News of salvation.” I would like to extend my deep gratitude to our Nigerian brothers and sisters for so clearly living and proclaiming joy, gratitude and generosity and the importance of praising God with our whole hearts. Together, let’s continue to live Generous Hospitality, Lively Faith and Dedicated Discipleship.

We are blessed by the resurrection

By Fr. Michel Mulloy

I think a little rejoicing is in order. After all, it is Easter! Jesus has risen. The joy of this holy season is beautifully expressed in the opening prayer for the Third Sunday of Easter. The opening prayers of the Mass are rich in history and theology. Taking the time to read and reflect on them, which is easy to do these days with the worship aids available, can enrich the experience of Mass.

The prayer states: May your people exult forever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ            This text comes from two prayers that date back to the 400-600s AD. It begins with a prayer over the people taken from a final blessing. It continues with part of a prayer for the dead. The complex history of how these two texts were brought together is beyond the scope of this article. However, it is significant that this prayer has been used by God’s people for centuries.

The verb tense in the prayer indicates that the renewal of our youthfulness of spirit has happened. It is a done deal. When I looked in the mirror after Easter, I saw the same old face. But this is about a youthful spirit. The prayer attributes our renewal to the restoration of the glory of our adoption. In other words, the resurrection of Jesus has canceled out the debt of our sins and restored us to the status of beloved sons and daughters. Like the prodigal son who is swept up into the love of his father and family, we are also renewed in the resurrection of Jesus. That awareness causes rejoicing. Even if our bodies do not comply, our minds and hearts are dancing and singing a song of joy.

The prayer then goes on to ask that we may have hope for the future because of that renewal and joy — hope for the coming day of resurrection. This is a reference not to Jesus’s resurrection, which has already happened, but to our own. We are speaking here about our own death. That is generally not seen as a moment of joy. Yet for those who are faithful, who have incorporated into their own spirit the joy and the resurrection of Jesus, death is welcome. It is the goal of our lives as stated at the end of our diocesan mission statement. Everything we do in life is “leading to eternal life.” This prayer on the Third Sunday of Easter expresses that simply and clearly. We look forward with joy to our own resurrection.

So, put together, this prayer says that we are grateful for the resurrection of Jesus. It has renewed us and restored our youthful spirit. We rejoice because we are back in the loving embrace of our faith family. God is our Father; Jesus is our brother and we belong to each other. We also know that this relationship is not temporary. This renewed bond of love is meant to be forever. We have the promise of sharing in the fullness of eternal life. This exciting reality causes us to rejoice. In addition, we hear, unspoken but clear, the invitation to live in this youthful spirit preciously because we want to go and be with God forever in heaven.

This prayer expresses the blessing we have received in the resurrection of Jesus. It sets the course and calls us to live in the joy of this newfound path to eternal life. In this prayer we have faith expressed and the road map for living in that faith clearly stated. So, when the priest presider invites your participation with the words, “Let us pray…” you now have a better awareness of the joy and hope of the prayer. That awareness gives you the opportunity to join more fully in this moment in the Mass. You can allow the joy of your own heart to rise up in the resurrection of Jesus. You can offer thanks and, as the words are prayed, resolve to rejoice in this hope of a new life in Jesus leading to your own eternal life. 

Without struggle, joy would be meaningless

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Two days ago, almost a month into this social distancing reality, I looked out the window of my house onto my snow-covered patio. I envisioned myself sitting out there, at a table with a fully extended, bright-colored umbrella (which I don’t have) sipping a glass of wine (which causes indigestion in me these days) and reading a good book. What has happened to me?

Later I looked past the patio to the standing gardens in my newly rejuvenated backyard and imagined them covered with beautiful wildflowers or garden greens, which I longed to lovingly place in the rich, black soil newly wetted from the spring snows. These are disturbing images of a desperate man!

Well maybe that is too strongly stated, but for those who know me, these are indeed unusual if not downright bothersome thoughts from a man who prefers the inside to the outside.  These present measures to keep us safe from this deadly disease are challenging, to say the least. If I am experiencing this, I suspect you are too. I never thought I would say, “I miss going to the office.”

What is perhaps more evident on the spiritual side is the struggle to say the often-repeated prayers that I hope many are offering, beseeching God to end this scourge. Honestly, these prayer rituals can become monotonous at times.

Then the governor says that June or July will be the peak and the weight is suddenly heavier. The old rebellion that is born into the children of Adam and Eve surfaces. “I don’t want to do this anymore!” I feel inside like a petulant child, stomping my spiritual feet and saying, “NO!” Then my adult self takes over and I sulk for a while and begin praying again.

These moments of resistance and yielding are important to the spiritual journey. I have often said to people I advise that 90% of the spiritual life is showing up. By that, I mean a significant portion of our relationship with God in Jesus is putting in the time and making the effort. We go to Mass (or watch it on TV, as unsatisfying as that may be compared to the real thing), we stop and say our prayers and we treat others kindly.

The fruits of our faithfulness to this relationship with God in Jesus are not always evident and, quite frankly, sometimes at the end of a prayer or even Mass or some gesture of charity all I can muster is, “well, I got that done.” Yet I firmly believe that our faithfulness in making ourselves present to the Lord in these ways, no matter how it may feel or what benefit we may experience, is at the heart of our encounter with God in Jesus.

I compare this to marriage. To be faithful to your spouse means you are present in their lives. The effort to live together, to do the ordinary things that are necessary and to spend time together is crucial to sustaining and building the marriage bond. Every encounter is not wonderful. Sometimes it is an endurance and other times it is a joy-filled coming together that is enriching and renewing. However, without the moments of struggle, the joy would be less meaningful. Twenty years from now, what will bind us together and fill our hearts with gratitude will not be the trip to Disneyland that we had to put off. Rather, it will be the struggle we are currently in and efforts we have made to make it through to the other side, still in love and still together.

This is true in our spiritual lives as well. God in Jesus is our ever-present spouse, the husband to his bride, the Church. There are wonderful encounters and joy-filled moments with the Lord in prayer and in our charity toward one another. There are also moments of quiet assurance; moments of simply being there in the presence of one another. There are also moments when a commitment to doing the right thing is the only motivation for continuing.

Through it all, God in Jesus is there, loving us and inviting us to love him in return. Jesus suffered through the darkness of human existence in total fidelity to God his Father. Jesus, in his time on earth, invited us to be perfect in our relationships with one another as God is perfect in his relationship with us. He also accepts our begrudging compliance. God in Jesus is using these difficult moments to invite us into that deeper fidelity which will cement our union in ways that times of joy and happiness cannot. We are called to embrace a radical change in our hearts toward God.

This might be one of those moments. We are invited to embrace God when daily living becomes difficult, when we look out the window and wish to be anywhere other than where we are, when we look at the rosary or the prayer book or the prayer corner and feel like running the other way. In these moments we are reminded that our faithfulness to Jesus is what he is asking of us right now. We don’t know when this will end and how it will end. What we do know is that our faithfulness to God in Jesus will result in victory. Through it all, we will grow and discover anew, and even for the first time, what God, in his infinite love for us, wants to teach us. We will be the better for it.

I might even find myself running to the garden to plant the flowers. Anything is possible.     

Employment Opportunity — Director of Native American Ministries

Applications are being accepted for the position of Director of the Office of Native American Ministries for the Diocese of Rapid City.

FUNCTIONS: To serve the Native American people within the Diocese of Rapid City. To bring the richness of the Native American community into full participation in the life of the diocese. To serve as a source of support to local Tekakwitha Circles, Sioux Spiritual Center, Pastoral Teams and any other Catholic Native American organizations. To serve as an advisor to Catholic Social Services personnel in matters related to life skills or leadership programming for Native Americans as generated by CSS including the Lakota Circles of Hope. To serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Sioux Spiritual Center. To coordinate and oversee the Canku Wakan weekends. Click here for a complete job description.

QUALIFICATIONS: Practicing Catholic; Enrolled member of a Native American Tribe.  College studies and/or a background in pastoral ministry, religious education, liturgy, and lay leadership reflecting Vatican II and the contemporary church; Experience of traditional tribal life, culture and religion. Excellent office management skills.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested individuals should submit via e-mail or regular mail, a cover letter along with a completed application form to msimonson@diorc.org or
Office of the Chancellor
Diocese of Rapid City
PO Box 678
Rapid City SD 57709

The Diocese of Rapid City offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Open until filled.


West River Catholic April 2020

KNBN Sunday Mass Schedule/Channels

Sunday Mass Schedule


Sunday 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
*Cable channel 10 or over the air on 21; on Dish, Channel 21


Sunday 10 a.m.*Over their air channel 21.2; Golden West channel 12; not available on Dish


Website – newscenter1.TV
Twitter – @newscenter1
Facebook – KNBN Newscenter1

KNBN News Center 1 has graciously agreed to televise the Sunday Mass for the Diocese of Rapid City for as long as we need this service. This comes at no cost to our diocese. We are grateful for this offer. Unfortunately this televising will not reach far beyond the Black Hills area. Wall is the farthest east the signal goes; Custer is the southern point and Belle Fourche the northern point. (Click here to see a coverage map.) However, the mass will also be provided on New Center 1’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Those with internet access can join in that way. I am hopeful that individual pastors as well and television and radio stations that reach to all area of the diocese from Bismarck and Sioux Falls as well as Rapid City, will carry televised Masses as well. Below is the information for accessing the KNBN Mass.

Mary Mother of the Church – pray for us!

Joseph Protector of the Church – pray for us!

Father Michel Mulloy

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Holy Week

Holy Week Retreat from the University of Mary with Msgr. Shea

For Families

Liturgies, Activities, Prayers, Recipes, and Resources: —Holy Week at Home from Sophia Press

A Journey Through Holy Week with Families, from the Diocese of Phoenix
Spanish version, from the Diocese of Phoenix