Ash Wednesday Mass

Lent Reconciliation Schedule

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


Lent Resources

Crash Course in Trauma: PTSD, Part 2, Traumatic re-enactment

2/22/2021  8:00 MST
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Since repetition is one of the greatest indicators of trauma, knowledge of traumatic reenactment will be a valuable tool for helping to understand behaviors which re-create aspects of the original trauma, such as powerlessness, destruction, fear, and shame.

Examples of post-traumatic reenactment will be given within the framework of eating disorders, multiple abortions, as well as anxiety over fertility, maternal identity, and sexuality. Until the trauma is fully acknowledged and worked through in an intensive way, individuals will continue to re-create the conflict again and again.

This can be particularly painful for those who have accepted Christ, but continue in compulsive self-destructive and shaming behaviors, which are rooted in Christ.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of traumatic reenactment.
  2. Identify therapeutic challenges.
  3. Understand how the trauma can be grounded in safety so that an individual can reconnect, integrate, and mourn the traumatic event so that it can be released and healed.

“Medical” Abortions

The Deadly Assault on Mother and Child

February 22, 2021  10:30 AM MST
60 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  Both chemical and surgical abortions have their risks. However, chemical abortions seem to be setting new trends as the abortion of choice, touting fewer complications, and privacy.

But what is the reality? Not only are there serious physical consequences from the chemical assault, but there are also obvious psychological, moral, and social consequences to this procedure.

Billed as an “emergency contraceptive”, Ella is recommended for use up to five days after intercourse, while other chemical cocktails are recommended to abort babies up to nine weeks gestation.

This workshop will examine the trauma associated with chemical abortions and some of the grief reactions that commonly occur. The goal of this workshop is to assist those who suffer from this type of abortion in the context of therapeutic interventions.

The material presented will also include cases we have witnessed on retreats, the unique and complicated form of grief, and the associated symptoms. In addition, we will explore the many legal cases resulting in convictions where women were given these chemical cocktails without their knowledge to force unwanted abortions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the emotional and physical trauma associated with chemical abortion.
  2. Explore the common grief reactions following medical abortions.
  3. Describe the link between eating disorders and chemical abortions.
  4. Understand the implications of the “home” as being a connector to traumatic sensations.
  5. Outline potential risk factors associated with chemical assault on endocrine reproductive system.

Trauma Trilogy, I

How to Spot Trauma

February 28, 2022  8:00 AM MST
Part 1 of a combined 90 minute session
CEU’s available

Description:  This workshop will use case studies to help the clinician distinguish how we can know who needs help de-conditioning a traumatic memory and who does not.

Many therapists assume that someone must be “holding onto trauma” if they have been through something awful. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who has been through a horrendous experience gets traumatized by it.  Around 75% of survivors of trauma naturally de-traumatize without any kind of intervention.

Most people process a traumatic experience by dreaming it out, or talking it out, or otherwise contextualizing it.  Twenty five percent of trauma survivors who have persistent Post Traumatic Stress symptoms – such as flashbacks, nightmares and generalized anxiety disorder – are vulnerable for various reasons.

However, you can learn to spot trauma in your first interview by three distinct factors.  The Amygdala deep within the brain of someone who has PTSD has been ʻimprintedʼ with the pattern of the trauma they have experienced. This pattern contains all the information surrounding the initial event – including aspects not available to conscious memory.

Once this traumatic template is in place, all new incoming information is compared to the traumatic pattern to check if there is a complete or even just a partial match that requires the Amygdala to fire into action.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Name three ways to identify who needs help deconditioning a traumatic memory and who does not.
  2. Explain why it is critical not to push it if someone can not talk about their trauma.
  3. Discuss why people who have persistent post traumatic stress symptoms, such as flashbacks and nightmares, and are easily triggered into panic.

Men in Black Basketball

Totus Tuus Domi 2020

Newman Centers welcome new directors

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 316 E. Kansas City Street, Rapid City, 
Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Mass times: Sunday 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Monday-Friday Noon
Events: Small group Bible studies, formation on discipleship, Sunday suppers, and open mic night coffeehouses.

—SEEK21 will be hosted February 4-7. Local FOCUS missionaries will be putting on a local SEEK conference for students in the area. The purpose of SEEK is to help students encounter Christ, rediscover our purpose for living, grow in confidence to share the Gospel, and go deeper into amazing friendships along the way.

Meet the Director: Frank Birkholt began work as the Director for the Rapid City Newman Center on December 1. A member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hot Springs, Birkholt serves as a lector, altar server and greeter, and is a second year master’s student in the Veritatis Splendor Institute. As an alumnus of SDSM&T, he is excited to work with the students and staff of the university.

“I hope they inspire me to faithfulness and growth as a spiritual student and mentor,” he said. “I hope to learn from observing their search for Jesus how my search continues every second of my life.

“This is a fantastic facility and the commitment from the pastoral staff to growth in personal spirituality is inspiring. I am blessed to be called to help in the continued development of RC Newman. We have much work to do to become financially autonomous and it is a challenge I look forward to.”

Black Hills State University, 814 W. King Street, Spearfish,
Hours: Every day 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mass Times: Sunday 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday 5:30 p.m. (all Masses limited to students only)
Events: Small group Bible studies and meals following liturgies on Thursday and Sundays

—Annual Spring Soiree is temporarily scheduled for April 17

Meet the Director: Hannah Lucina wanted to work in ministry because, “because I really enjoy the possibility of growing in my faith as well as helping others grow in theirs. More specifically, I wanted to work at the Newman Center because college is such an important stage in life that determines so much, and I want to help the students here truly grow into authentic men and women in their Catholic faith.”

A cradle Catholic, Lucina did not have a prayer relationship with the Lord because she didn’t understand what that looked like and, “didn’t care enough to seek that out.” Later, in high school and especially college, she learned that forming that relationship changed her life for the better. She attended a Catholic university with a chapel where she attended Mass and campus ministry programs.

“The most impactful part was that I met some amazing people who really inspired me and helped me to form my spiritual life in college.”