Ash Wednesday

Lent Reconciliation Schedule

Rapid City, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Tuesday, February 20 — 6:30 pm (Night of Mercy)

Hot Springs, St. Anthony of Padua, Tuesday, February 27 — 6:30 pm
Ft Pierre, St. John the Evangelist, Tuesday, February 27  — 6:30 pm CT

Presho, Christ the King, Thursday March 1 — 6 pm CT

Lemmon, St. Mary, Sunday, March 4 — 7 pm
Sturgis, St. Francis, Sunday March 4 — 1:30 pm

Keystone, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Monday, March 5 — 5 pm
Bison, Blessed Sacrament, Monday, March 5 — 7 pm
Hill City, St. Rose of Lima, Monday March 5 — 7:30 pm

Custer, St. John the Baptist, Tuesday, March 6 — 6:30 pm

Piedmont, Our Lady of the Black Hills, Wednesday, March 7 — 6:30 pm

Newell, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Thursday March 8 — 6:30 pm
Bonesteel, Immaculate Conception, Thursday, March 8 — 7 pm CT

Lead, St. Patrick, Sunday March 11 — 2pm

Rapid City, Blessed Sacrament, Monday, March 12 — 6:30 pm
Belle Fourche, St. Paul, Monday, March 12 – 7 pm
Buffalo, St. Anthony, Monday, March 12 — 7 pm
Timber Lake, Holy Cross, Monday, March 12— 7 pm

Colome, St. Isaidore, Tuesday, March 13 — 5 pm CT
Murdo, St. Martin of Tours, Tuesday March 13 — 6 pm CT
Rapid City, St. Therese the Little Flower, Tuesday, March 13 — 6:30 pm
Isabel, St. Mary, Tuesday, March 13— 7 pm

Rapid City, St. Isaac Jogues, Thursday March 15 — 6:30 pm
Gregory, St. Joseph, Thursday March 15 — 7 pm CT

McIntosh, St. Bonaventure, Thursday, March 22 — 7 pm
Winner, Immaculate Conception, Thursday, March 22 — 7 pm CT

Faith, St. Jospeh, Sunday, March 25 — 7 pm

McLaughlin, St. Bernard, Monday, March 26 — 7 pm
Spearfish, St. Joseph, Monday March 26 — 7 pm

Fr. Mark’s Musings

Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant – Pastoral Ministries/Faith Formation

Applications are being accepted for the full time (40 hours per week) position of Administrative Assistant for the Director of Pastoral Ministries & the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Rapid City.

To provide support for the Director of Pastoral Ministries & the Office of Faith Formation                                                                                   

Practicing Catholic. High School Diploma, some post-secondary education preferred. Highly organized, with a heart for ministry and a love for the mission of the Church. Generous hospitality, excellent communication skills, knowledge of the Catholic Faith and experience in formation ministries. Excellent event organization skills. Above average administrative and computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office, with a high degree of confidentiality. Self-directed with an ability to multi-task in a dynamic and collaborative work environment. Available for some evening and weekend work.

Click here for an application.

Interested individuals should send a resumé and letter by e-mail or postal mail listing three professional references along with a completed application to
Office of the Chancellor
Diocese of Rapid City
606 Cathedral Drive Rapid City SD 57701 


There’s an urgency to the work of the S.D.Catholic Conference

When Bishop Paul Swain and Bishop Robert Gruss asked me to begin the South Dakota Catholic Conference this last fall, the Rushmore State joined 43 other states — including our Midwest and mountain neighbors — that already have Catholic conferences. The mission of the Catholic Conference, in a nutshell, is to serve as the church’s institutional ambassador to the public square, keeping the bishops of South Dakota informed on lawmaking, administrative rulemaking, and judicial action at the state and federal level, and to serve as a platform for them to exercise their voice when, as happens with increasing frequency, issues arise in the civic arena that bear on the church’s social and moral teachings.

As our nation’s First Amendment recognizes, religious faith has a vital role to play in the health of our Republic, and the Catholic Conference is an initiative that will ensure that the church has a voice on behalf of the common good.

Elsewhere in the nation, historically, a large wave of state Catholic conferences were born in the immediate wake of the Second Vatican Council, and state-by-state additions have been steady in the intervening decades. The council has been described by some as a “missionary council,” and I think this is important to consider in connection with the birth and growth of Catholic conferences in the post-conciliar decades. They are, in a certain sense, instruments serving the church’s missionary mandate. While my work is focused on the nuts-and-bolts of policy, on being a resource to legislators and citizens alike, there really is a missionary flavor to it, a sense that it’s one way in which the church can be a light to the nations. The New Evangelization at the capitol.

Further, there’s an urgency to the work of the Catholic Conference as a response to the signs of the times. Pope Francis, in his beautiful exhortation Evangelii Guadium, points out that “the process of secularization tends to reduce the faith and the church to the sphere of the private.” We can certainly attest to this trend in our country. On the contrary, Pope Francis reminds us, “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” As the U.S. bishops tell us in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, “the church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith.” There are no benchwarmers on our team, and we can’t leave our faith on the sidelines.

So, at root, the fundamental purpose of the Catholic Conference is to spread forth before our fellow citizens in the public square the banquet of the church’s beautiful teachings as a witness to the truth that sets us free, and I hope to equip you to do the same. This banquet, to be clear, is not a list of “No-no’s,” a terse recitation of prohibitions. Rather, it’s a vision for the fullness of life. As the Holy Father puts it, the “Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.” The dignity of the human person and respect for the family, the sanctity of life, religious freedom — all of the issues that form a firm foundation for a just society — to propose these truths is to propose a feast!

As this article goes to press, our neighbors who serve us as elected legislators are gathered in Pierre to do the heavy-lifting of political governance. They’ll engage with one another on a host of issues of importance to our common life as citizens. For their service, we thank them.

It will be my task to track legislation under consideration and to highlight for you those bills that might most benefit from a reading with the church’s social and moral teaching. Visit to stay up-to-date on what’s happening during the legislative session, and if you’re not sure who your district’s Senator and House Representatives are, I encourage you to learn.If you’d like to receive email alerts or provide feedback, send me a note through the website.

Lastly, thank you for your prayers on behalf of our elected leaders and the Catholic Conference.


Eileen Sullivan Rotert, 76, former WRC editor

Mary Eileen Sullivan Rotert, age 76, passed away on January 16 at Maple Crest Care Centre, Belvidere, Ill. She was formerly of Lemmon, Rapid City and Sturgis. She was cremated and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, Lemmon at a later date, and burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery also in Lemmon.

Eileen Sullivan was born on May 31, 1941, to John L. and Marguerite M. (Klinkhammer) Sullivan. She graduated from Lemmon High School and Black Hills State College in Spearfish. On August 3, 1959, Eileen married James A. Rotert at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lemmon; they had four children.

Eileen spent most of her working life in journalism. Before retiring in 2004, she served as the editor of the West River Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Rapid City. She earned a number of journalism awards, especially for her writing about women in the church. Eileen was an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

After retirement, Eileen left her beloved South Dakota to be closer to her children and lived in Florissant, Mo., and Rockford, Ill. She maintained her love of learning and her passion for nature throughout her life. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.

Eileen leaves, to cherish her memory, her four children, daughters: Barbara Bennett, Michelle Rotert, and Catherine Sylve all of Illinois and one son: Patrick Rotert of Spearfish; their families; three siblings, Joe Sullivan of Ottawa, Ill, Jim Sullivan of Mandan, N.D., and Patricia Fletcher of Chicago, Ill; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. She is predeceased by her parents and her former husband.

Memorials may be made to the National Audubon Society at

MIB Basketball: ‘We will have a comfortable enough lead that we should be able to hold them off’

By Becky Berreth

“They ain’t ready,” said Kale Landguth, St. Thomas More High School student team coach. “We are more athletic and more disciplined. We have a pretty good squad this year. We’ve been preparing for this our whole high school career. We are ready.”

“We are a well-oiled machine,” responded Dan Duffy, first year coach for the Men in Black. “We’ve got some priests that they should be worried about.”

On January 29, the priests of the diocese will take on a team of St. Thomas More High School students in the 7th Annual Men in Black basketball game. The evening begins with a dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the St. Elizabeth Seton students vs. staff, St. Thomas More Middle School students vs. staff, and the Men in Black game tipping off at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Rapid City Catholic School System and the Vocations Office as a way for the people of the diocese to meet some of the priests and seminarians in a fun and entertaining environment.

The students anticipate using their size to their advantage. “We’ve got a big man coming in — new recruit, Christian “Larry” Simunek. He’s 6 feet 5 inches, finishes around the rim, and he’s a rebounding machine,” explained Landguth.

According to Coach Duffy, the size of the student team is one thing they are preparing for. “We are going to plug the middle and put our bigger guys up against theirs,” he explained.

The Men in Black are also counting on their experience to help win the game. “Old age and wisdom will always hold out over youth. I’m confident that our wisdom and experience will be enough to counter act the youth and athleticism of the students,” said Duffy.

When asked how they are going to overcome the fourth quarter energy drain, Duffy expressed confidence in his team. “We are prepared for that. I can’t disclose anything, but we will have a comfortable enough lead that we should be able to hold them off.”

The Men in Black team has been known to run trick plays. To prepare, student team assistant coach Joe Poeppel is watching film to prepare for anything the Men in Black might bring to the game. “Our defense is good enough to hold up against any trick plays they might have,” he said.

Coach Landguth said his team is also preparing for Father Adam Hofer, a youngster out of Blessed Sacrament Parish, in Rapid City.

“Father Hofer is a great player. We’re looking at changing up our defensive strategy for him. We’ve got a couple guys coming from the football team that I think can handle him. We may have to play a little zone defense, but I think we can take him down.”

“He’ll see that as a challenge and run right through them,” countered Duffy. “He’s very competitive.”

“We will come prepared,” said Duffy.

“To lose,” added Landguth.

The game will be broadcast live on Real Presence Radio, 89.9 FM, beginning at 6:45 p.m. and streamed live on Facebook at