Programs/events include marriage preparation and enrichment, spiritual growth and retreats, social justice issues, natural family planning, and support for hurting and grieving families.
Contact Family Life Ministries for information on the following:
Helping You Find Peace, Power, and Passion After Your Divorce
Separated or Divorced? Join us in a ministry that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce covers topics including shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. This program is for the newly separated and divorced as well as those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing. This twelve-week support group is open to Christian men and women of all denominations.
Offering two 12 week Sessions per year
Spring & Fall
Mondays, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Spring Session will begin February 27, 2023 and run through May 15, 2023
Terra Sancta Retreat Center
2101 City Springs Rd.
Participants can register online. A $30 registration fee covers all materials. Scholarship help is available for those in financial need. Participants who have previously participated, and still have their materials may register for $10. For more information, contact Amy or Linda at 605-343-3541 or FamilyLife@diorc.org.
Bereavement Support Groups
Heal Your Grief
When a loved one dies, we are wounded. Just as a wound does, we need to heal from within, to express our thoughts and feelings. a support group is a safe place where you can talk, cry, and share your anger, guilt an fears with those who care and understand. Heal Your Grief is an eight-week non-denominational support group open to all Christian adults who have lost a loved one due to death. For more information contact George Wallace at 605-721-3811 or Dee Pickarts at 605-343-2038, email FamilyLife@diorc.org or Register Online here.
Fall Sessions begin the Last Monday of September at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4500 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Sessions begin the last Monday of January at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4500 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
A weekend retreat for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. All inquiries/registrations are confidential. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held in Western South Dakota from April 28-April 30, 2023.
For information about local retreats and other post abortion healing opportunities, contact Carol Kling at (605) 374-5639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact the national office at 1-877-Hope-4-Me.
Courage and EnCourage
Courage is an apostolate which ministers to those who experience same sex attraction. Founded in 1980, Courage proclaims that holiness and happiness are possible for its members who strive to know Christ more profoundly and seek to follow him in the Gospel way of life. At the root of the ministry is the belief that “people should not be defined by their sexual tendencies, . . . and we are destined to receive his infinite love.” (Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy.)
Email: email@example.com or call 605-787-3837
EnCourage ministers to the friends and family of those who experience same sex attraction, seeking to provide support for the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same sex attractions.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-787-3837
For more information on the national Courage Ministry,
Returning Catholic Ministries
There are many reasons why people may drift away from the Catholic Church. But there is ultimately only one reason to return . . . because your heavenly Father is reaching out to you! Check your local parish to see if they are hosting any of these ministries this fall.
Catholics Returning Home, is a six-week series for non-practicing Catholics who are considering returning to the church. The informal sessions are held twice a year. The next session will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 523 Adams St, Rapid City, beginning Monday, January 9. There is no charge and pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. For more information, email email@example.com , call (605) 939-0579, visit http://ReturningCatholics.net
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have 3 things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. Food encourages community and the talks engage and inspire conversation within the community. All are welcome!
Catholics Come Home is a three-week series for people who were raised Catholic, but seldom or never come to Mass, feel separated from the Church, but would like to feel at home in the Catholic Church again. This series is an opportunity to consider renewing their relationship with their Catholic family. For more information call or email Mary Burket at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 605-642-2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information on returning to the Catholic Church, visit CatholicsComeHome.org.
Special FLM Events:
Celebration of Marriage
Are you celebrating your 25, 40, 50 years or more anniversary in 2022?
If so, you are invited to join us, September 11, 2022 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center. Contact Family Life Ministries for more information at FamilyLife@diorc.org or 605-343-3541.
If you received an invitation, and would like to RSVP, you may do so here.
11:00 Mass & Renewal of Vows, Celebrated by Bishop Peter Muhich