Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

Spring: A season of change and new life arrives

  Has it seemed like this year of 2016 is rapidly moving through its course? It is hard to believe that we are midway through the month of May. When I reflect back on these months, I find myself continually filled with gratitude for how God has blessed me, both personally and in ministry. I […]

Let’s build a culture of vocations together

It is an exciting time in the Diocese of Rapid City — a time filled with renewed hope and energy as we embrace the Priority Plan of the Diocese of Rapid City together. Bishop Robert Gruss says this plan “offers a message of hope and an opportunity that draws the people of God to something greater than themselves and […]

Petition to open the cause for Black Elk canonization

George Looks Twice, center, and the grandchildren of Nicholas Black Elk stand before Bishop Robert Gruss and Deacon Marlon Leneaugh, director of Native Ministries, after presenting a petition requesting the diocese to nominate Black Elk for the cause for canonization. (WRC photo)           Bishop Gruss,   Hehani waste’, Cante wasteya nape […]

It’s always fishing season

“For the clergy it is easier to be pastors than to be fishermen — that is, it is easier to nourish those who come to the church through word and the sacraments than it is to seek out those who are far off in cultural environments that are very different. The parable of the lost […]

Priority Plan: Our efforts to build God’s kingdom

In last month’s West River Catholic I shared with you the vision statement that is very integral to the Pastoral Priority Plan as well has the three Pastoral Priorities. As you recall, the mission of the Diocese of Rapid City is aligned with the mission of the Roman Catholic Church extending from the mission of […]

Video: three new deacons ordained

On March 31, Andy Clark, Lloyd Frein, and Craig Peterson were ordained permanent deacons at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, by Bishop Robert Gruss. Did you miss the ordination? Click here or on a photo to see the Ordination Mass! Andy Clark Home Parish: St. Joseph, Gregory Work: Family Practice Physician Family: […]

Last month did you forget to go fishing?

At the end of my February article, I gave a homework assignment. At this point it looks like I need to give an extension because my phone has been silent! The homework assignment was this: When you go to Mass on the weekend, make it your personal intention for that Mass to ask the Lord […]

Diocesan priorities have been established for 3-5 years

As you have seen in the last two issues of the West River Catholic, I have shared with you information about the Diocesan Envisioning Process. Recall our Sacred Mission: “We, the Diocese of Rapid City, through the power of the Holy Spirit, are called to attract and form intentional disciples who joyfully, boldly and lovingly proclaim […]