West River Catholic

The West River Catholic is the official newspaper for the Diocese of Rapid City. Based on parish registrations, it is sent free to all Catholic households. Since May 1973 it has had a threefold mission:

  1. To keep the people of western South Dakota in touch with their bishop.
  2. To build a sense of community and solidarity among the Catholics living in the geographically large area that comprises the Diocese of Rapid City.
  3. To bring news of events and programs, which will instruct, inspire and inform the faithful.

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Exodus 90 Spiritual Exercises call for sacrifice

The first part of January we had more than 60 college students…
March 19, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

Sexual abuse unacceptable

The meeting in Rome on the protection of minors in the church…
March 19, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic March 2019

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March 19, 2019/by Becky Berreth

‘Silence is more than waiting for something happen’

Fr. Michel Mulloy, Vicar General

Silence! Can you imagine…
March 19, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic February 2019

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February 20, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

Be attentive to growing in good and holy habits

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful…
February 20, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

Pray together with the pope and our bishop

In the four Eucharistic Prayers that are used at Sunday Mass,…
February 20, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘Can infanticide be described more clearly than this?

February 20, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic January 2019

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January 16, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

The Diocese of Rapid City would have a public face in the community

The Diocese of Rapid City is working on creating a new pastoral…
January 16, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

In Eucharist we receive his life into our life

I have long said that celebrating Mass, and for that matter,…
January 16, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

Despite scandal, faith still alive in young adults

I had a blessed surprise right before Christmas. I was celebrating…
January 16, 2019/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic December 2018

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December 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

FOCUS at BHSU: ‘Building a culture of missionary disciples

By Becky Berreth

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing…
December 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

We thank God for the gift of his Son, Jesus

By Fr. Michel Mulloy
Vicar General

At the heart of the celebration…
December 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘For Christmas, I want a new and purified church’

 

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,…
December 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

November West River Catholic 2018

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November 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

FOCUS at SDSM&T: ‘Connecting the head and heart’

 

FOCUS missionaries at the South Dakota School of…
November 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘We believe that Jesus is truly and really present’

By Fr. Michel Mulloy
Vicar General, Diocesan Director of Liturgy

 

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November 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Silver anniversary of Totus Tuus vocation camps coming next summer

This WRC archive photo was taken in 2009. It shows the Boys Totus…
November 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Improving the lives of homeless individuals and families

Imagine providing a solution to the serious homelessness problem…
November 20, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

October 2018 West River Catholic

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October 17, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Eucharistic prayer begins the center and high point of the Mass

The central part of the Eucharistic Celebration is the Eucharistic…
October 17, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

How does ‘all work and no play’ fit with Mass?

“The Mass is the most useless thing we can do, and by that,…
October 17, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Sexual misconduct policy and codes of conduct are in place

The sexual abuse crisis in the Church has been made far more…
October 17, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic September 2018

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September 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Youth Rally 2018: ‘Going to the ends of the earth and sharing the good news’

By Becky Berreth

How does one live once we have encountered…
September 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Centenarian looks back on a lifetime of living her faith

By Laurie Hallstrom

In the past 100 years Mary Ellen Bennett…
September 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Ringing bells is a choice, pure and simple

By Fr. Michel Mulloy, Vicar General

Smells and bells. That…
September 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘Questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive’

As we seek to address the crisis in the Catholic Church, the…
September 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic August 2018

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August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Venerating relics of St. Pio

By Laurie Hallstrom

A rare opportunity to venerate the relics…
August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Summit speaks to share powerful stories

Matt Loboda and his family from Phoenix, Ariz. He will speak…
August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Bishop Gruss invited to become a CRL Board member

 

Bishop Robert Gruss has been asked to serve on the…
August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Black Elk canonization cause continues

 

Fr. Luis Escalante, postulator from the Congregation…
August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘Jesus wants to heal you and give life in abundance’

In so many places in the Gospel, people who were sick and suffering…
August 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

July 2018 West River Catholic

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July 18, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Plainview church serves 100 years

Bishop Robert Gruss will celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Victory…
July 18, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Cathedral will host ‘Padre Pio’ relics for veneration

Through the work of the St. Pio Foundation, authentic relics…
July 18, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Join us, success can come through prayers

By Fr. Mark McCormick, Director of Vocations

& Shawna…
July 18, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

‘Together, we will leave a wonderful legacy for those who follow’

Most people do not think about leaving a legacy. Perhaps it is…
July 18, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

June 2018 West River Catholic

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May 2018 West River Catholic

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April 2018 West River Catholic

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April 19, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: March 2018

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March 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Live a life of holiness, live a life of happiness

At the end of February, Adam Johnson, a first-year theologian…
March 22, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: February 2018

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February 21, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

A powerful witness when thousands stand for life

January 17-21, I had the chance to make the pilgrimage…
February 21, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: January 2018

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January 24, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

Jesus or Satan: With whom will you stand this year?

Jesus or Satan: With whom will you stand this year?

As we…
January 24, 2018/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: December 2017

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December 20, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: November 2017

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November 22, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

For Advent, focus on reconciliation

At the end of October, Jesuit Father Jim Kubicki, president of…
November 22, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: October 2017

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October 18, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: September 2017

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September 19, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: August 2017

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August 16, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: July 2017

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July 19, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: June 2017

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June 21, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: May 2017

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May 17, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: April 2017

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April 19, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: March 2017

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March 24, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: February 2017

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February 23, 2017/by Becky Berreth

West River Catholic: January 2017

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January 18, 2017/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic — December 2016

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December 21, 2016/by Becky Berreth

West River Catholic: November 2016

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November 16, 2016/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: October 2016

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October 20, 2016/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: September 2016

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September 21, 2016/by Laurie Hallstrom

West River Catholic: August 2016

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August 17, 2016/by Laurie Hallstrom