Young Adult East Coast Pilgrimage

PMD 2021 Registration

WRC e-Editon February 2021

Repent and believe in the Gospel

The Holy Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Last year we entered Lent not knowing how our lives would be disrupted because of the novel Corona Virus. We have made many adjustments to stay safe and avoid contracting and spreading the virus, including social distancing and other precautions. With the availability of vaccines, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and a brighter future.

My prayer for you as we begin this Lent is that you re-engage in the practice of your Catholic faith as never before. Open your heart to the Lord and ask him to renew your faith. Make coming to church for the celebration of Sunday Mass a priority once again and if you cannot safely do so, please pray that will change for you soon. The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic life together. Nothing is more important for our spiritual health. I invite you to deepen your hunger for the Eucharist during this Lenten Season and join me in praying that we can all soon be together for Sunday Mass.

Please check your parish bulletins and websites for a listing of Lenten opportunities to practice your Catholic faith. Carve out some additional time for prayer and engage in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as best you can. Let this Lent be a time for a deep renewal of the practice of your Catholic faith. Hear the Lord’s call to conversion once again: “Repent and believe in the Gospel!”

+Bishop Peter

Lent Reconciliation Schedule

Spearfish, St. Joseph, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 3 p.m.
McLaughlin, St. Bernard, Sunday, Mar. 28 — 7 p.m.


Understanding Trauma Bonds

October 17, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Exploitive Relationships create betrayal bonds. These occur when a victim bonds with someone who is destructive to him or her.

We typically think of bonding as something good. However, adult survivors of abusive or dysfunctional families, abortion, and other traumatic events struggle with bonds that are rooted in their own betrayal experiences.

There is a wide range of symptoms: Reactivity, arousal, blocking, splitting, abstinence, shame, and repetition compulsion can all work in the service of traumatic bonding. As a result, these supercharged, traumatic relationships can have tremendous power.

This workshop integrates information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.

We will provide a helpful diagnostic tool: The Trauma Stress Index that can be scored to help shed light on the particular ways that trauma might be manifesting itself in your client’s life, or maybe even your own.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how exploitive relationships create betrayal bonds.
  2. Integrate information from the science of trauma with the field of addictions to explore betrayal bonds in relationships.
  3. Discuss the Trauma Stress Index to shed light on the particular ways trauma may be manifesting in your clients’ lives, or even your own.

What’s the Connection Between Trauma & Addictions

June 13, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  First, this presentation will provide a brief overview of what we know about the brain and what we know about the release of hormones during stress or trauma.

Second, we will examine some of the ritual behaviors that are set up by individuals which produce neuro-chemical brain changes.

We will examine how the traumatic experience impacts brain functioning as an underlying cause of process addictions. We will also learn how addictions serve a purpose to provide an immediate reward or feeling.

In counseling, we need to help our clients find something to REPLACE the addiction with, something that you want more than the immediate pleasure of addictive behavior. Certainly grief works to deal with the losses that fuel the compulsion is ESSENTIAL, and then methods to change entrenched behavior patterns used to relieve stress, self-medicate, and alter brain chemistry for self-soothing or adrenaline high will be covered.

Finally, a look at the role of spirituality in healing addiction—a higher power, a redeemer, discovery of a new self and transformation in Christ.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine addictions as a development process.
  2. Looking at the common denominator: addictive, compulsive behaviors.
  3. Identify common addictions that post-abortive women and men frequently battle, such as: Sexual Addictions, Compulsive Spending, Compulsive Gambling, Compulsive Working, Eating Disorders, Internet Addiction, Alcoholism, Multiple Abortions, Shoplifting, Drug Abuse and Trauma Drama Junkies.

The Power of Secrets

Breaking Free from Trauma with Truth

February 28, 2022  2:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Truth Heals. This workshop will explore how secrets can make you sick and how what you hide can hurt you.

Lies that keep us from acknowledging the truth can result in physical or emotional pain, debilitating shame, and deep layers of denial and anger. The lies we tell ourselves can cause emotional blockages and prevent joy and peace.

Telling the truth is about freedom. It is about health and living a life that is meaningful, powerful, connected, and loving. Ultimately, telling the truth is about feeling good in your own skin, unencumbered and free to be loved.

We will also explore the value of public testimony as a gift to the giver as well as the receiver.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore why people keep secrets and how the consequences can be destructive.
  2. Understand secrets as a symptom of shame-based relationships.
  3. How secrets can divide, triangulate and deter new relationships.
  4. When not to disclose secrets to avoid frozen development.

Care-Fronting Conflict

February 28, 2022  12:00PM  MDT
60 minutes

Description:  Team unity does not mean that disagreements never arise and contrary opinions are not expressed. With a healthy mixture of personality, styles, and opinions we can expect conflicts to arise. So instead of unity, we seek to build community.

The mark of a healthy healing community in Rachelʼs Vineyard is a team that exhibits true Biblical unity. It is not the absence of conflict, it is the presence of a reconciling spirit.

This workshop will help us learn ways to communicate directly through conflicts in a spirit of charity and humility. We will explore some of the ways that oneʼs own family dysfunctions can be re-created on retreat teams, and how to avoid the pitfalls of not resolving conflict.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the difference between unity and building a community.
  2. Learn ways to communicate directly through conflicts in a spirit of charity and humility.
  3. Explore the ways that oneʼs own family dysfunctions can be re-created in working teams and how to avoid the pitfalls of unresolved conflict or repetition of unhealthy family dynamics.


The Healing Power of Tears

October 17, 2022  12:00 PM MDT
60 minutes
Please note: this session is available for Rachel’s Vineyard Team Members only

Description:  This seminar will focus on the amazing health benefits found in tears! We will begin the seminar with a personal experiential reflection followed by brainstorming the many reasons that people are afraid to cry.

We will explore the critical importance of letting go of out-dated, untrue misconceptions and negative beliefs about expressing tears and grief.

Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflexive, continuous, and emotional. Each kind has very specific and unique healing role for the body and the immune system. During this seminar you will learn about each of these types of tears, ultimately demonstrating why it is healthy to cry.

Understanding the benefit of tears can help our clients surrender into the grieving process, allowing them to overcome resistance to the stages of grief. These stages include anger, denial, and avoidance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the reasons people are afraid to cry.
  2. List the physiological, emotional and physical benefits of crying.
  3. Understand how holding back tears and stuffing powerful emotions related to grief and trauma can aggravate depression and other health problems.