Become an Active Disciple

Looking for ways to share of your time, treasure, and talent at the Cathedral? Below are different areas of need and the main contacts for those ministries. Do you have a particular gift that isn't on the list? Contact Us! 



Contact Roberta Bruhn at 342-0507 x204 or for all liturgical ministry


Ministers of Hospitality

Provide a welcoming atmosphere for those who come to celebrate Mass.  Hospitality ministers assist in the collection, presentation of gifts, distribution of bulletins and other materials and straightening up the church in preparation for the next liturgy.  This is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to become involved in a very important way in the liturgy.


Liturgy Committee

Active disciples prepare and review liturgies for various feasts and seasons. Members need to have a love for and commitment to parish liturgical life. The goal of the Liturgy Committee is to celebrate effective liturgies in our parish.



Altar Servers

Assist the priest and other ministers of the liturgy for daily as well as weekend liturgies. Masters of ceremonies are servers with some years of experience who assist the other servers in fulfilling their duties. This is an excellent opportunity for children (4th grade and older) and adults to be involved in liturgical ministry. 



Proclaim the Scriptures at the weekend and/or daily Masses and other liturgical prayer services. Lectors are needed who have a love of the Scriptures, are comfortable reading in front of the community, and have a willingness to understand what proclamation requires.


Extraordinary Ministers (EM's) of Holy Communion

Assist the priests and deacons in the distribution of Communion at weekend and/or daily Masses. EM's have a love of the       Eucharist, are comfortable in front of the community, and have a willingness to understand this ministry.



Set up vessels and furnishings prior to weekend and/or daily Masses and clean vessels and put things away after Masses. Sacristans need organizational skills,   the ability to follow directions, and flexibility with the various liturgical seasons/settings. This “behind the scenes” ministry is a great service for those who like to be involved, but perhaps are not comfortable being in front of the community. It is an invaluable help to the priests, other ministers and the whole community. 


Church Decorators

Decorate the church entryways, body of the church and sanctuary with signs and symbols marking certain feast days or liturgical seasons.


Music Ministry

Contact Amber Larsen at 342-0507 x210 or for all music ministry inquiries unless otherwise noted.



Choir consisting of singers and instrumentalists who lead music at the Sunday 8 a.m. Masses. Musicians are needed with the ability to sing or play an instrument proficiently. Ability to work well with others in a small group and blend musically is helpful. Weekly rehearsal attendance. Choir Director: Toni Brumbaugh



Choir consisting of singers and instrumentalists who lead music at the Sunday 5:30pm Masses. Musicians are needed with the ability to sing or play an instrument proficiently. Willingness to attend a simple voicing or playing instruction with either the choir director or Director of Music Ministry prior to admittance. The ability to work well with others in a small group and blend musically is needed. Weekly rehearsal attendance. Choir Director: Michael Weber


Oremus Singers

choir consisting of singers willing and able to form an SATB Choir and sing at the Sunday 10:30am Masses.  This choir will be accompanied by the pipe organ.  Ability to work well with others in a small group and blend musically is helpful. Weekly rehearsal attendance required.  Choir Director: Angela Weber,

Seasonal Choir

Trained singers and instrumentalists to lead music for High Feast Days,      Ordinations, special liturgies throughout the year, and be ambassadors for Diocesan Events. Musicians need the ability to sing or play an instrument proficiently and read music at a semi-professional level. Ability to work well with others in a small or large group, blend musically, and learn music with moderate assistance is helpful. Choir Director: Amber Larson,


Leaders of song and proclaimers of the psalm for liturgies at weekend masses and special liturgies, such as weddings and funerals. The ability to sing on pitch with clear diction and articulation along with proficiency in reading music is needed. Ability to learn music on your own is helpful.



Pianists or organists who accompany the singing at Mass on weekends and other special liturgies such as weddings and funerals. Musicians need proficiency in playing the piano and/or organ, the ability to lead, be sensitive to volume, work with cantors, choir members, directors and support and encourage congregational singing. Excellent sight-reading skills are helpful, but not required. 

Instrumental Musicians

Guitarists, string players, percussionists, brass players, woodwind players, etc. Scheduled for weekend masses and special liturgies according to need and availability. Musicians needs proficiency on selected instrument and the ability to match key with other musicians and/or singers. The ability to learn music on your own is preferred. Willingness to support the prayer of the congregation through sharing of musical talents is needed.


Special Occasions

Talented musician who would like to be added to our list of contacts for special occasions such as weddings, ordinations, funerals, and others? 


Want to be involved but not sure where you'd fit?  Contact the Director of Music Ministries, Amber Larsen, to discuss the various options in detail and find where you may best serve the Lord.


Life Long Faith Formation

Generations of Faith (GOF) 

is a weekly gathering where people of all ages: children, teens, and adults, are invited to learn and grow in the richness of our     Catholic Faith. We share dinner together in fellowship and then break out into interactive age-related catechesis to learn more about our faith. This provides a great opportunity to meet new people and grow together as a community and encounter Christ. 


Contact Brett Eckert: 342-0507 x212,


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Level One)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Level One) is for children ages 3-6 years old. It is a Montessori based program where children are invited and encouraged to work with their hands. Trained catechists present various presentations using handmade materials that are scripturally and liturgically based. Children learn to simply enjoy their relationship with God through their own prayer experience. Children meet in the Atrium (the name for the prepared space) which is an environment that promotes simplicity and order. These sessions are offered on Sundays from 9-10:20am and then Wednesdays from 6-7:20pm during Generations of Faith (GOF). 
Contact Mary Daniel: 342-0507 x213,



Middle School & High School Youth Ministry (Edge & Life Teen)

Begins with Mass at    5:30 p.m. on Sundays. The youth gather after mass in the downstairs hall and enjoy a meal together. Formation programs begin with the high school students (Life Teen) gathering in the Social Hall and the middle school students (Edge) gathering in the Lower Sacristy Room. Our Life Nights & Edge program highlight issues relevant to the youth culture. XLT nights are a way to gather with area parishes and happen once a   month. XLT nights will include Eucharistic Adoration, Praise and Worship music,   fellowship, and loads of fun. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Contact Laura Hawk: 342-0507 x214,



is a series of 10+ sessions, along with a retreat weekend, exploring the Christian faith, where guests have an opportunity to discuss the meaning of life and faith in a warm, relaxed, and friendly setting. At each session, participants enjoy a delicious meal together and grow in their understanding of Christ in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.  Alpha is for anyone and everyone: all backgrounds, faith experiences, and viewpoints. Alpha is run worldwide and embraced by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches. 

Contact Brett Eckert: 342-0507


Rite of Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

is the process which the unbaptized, as well as baptized Christians of other faith traditions, journey together as a community to explore and discover the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic Faith. RCIA at Cathedral is open to all adults who have completed an ALPHA series. RCIA meets weekly on Wednesdays during Generations of Faith.

Contact Brett Eckert: 342-0507


RCIA Sponsors - are those willing to walk alongside RCIA candidates who are interested in and looking at joining the Catholic Church. Sponsors accompany candidates at the weekly meetings, as well as through the various rites and retreats for the RCIA process.


RCIA Team Members - help those who are interested in exploring the Catholic faith. They aid in planning the formation activities as well as actively participate in the rites and retreat days during the RCIA formation.


Newman Center

Contact Brendan Murphy —605-716-4130

Rapid City Catholic Newman Center

316 East Kansas City Street

Rapid City SD 57701


serves the spiritual, social, and leadership formation needs of Catholic students attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Contact Brendan Murphy: 605-716-4130,



Health Care Ministry

Health Care Committee (Advisor to Health Care Ministry) 

Discerns the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our church family and assists the Parish Nurse to coordinate and develop ministries as such. Active disciples need the desire to be the hands of Jesus. Persons with or without health care backgrounds are invited.

Contact Fr. Matt Fallgren, 342-0507 x202,


Homebound Communion Ministry

Bring Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. Ministry is once a week with a flexible schedule between minister and the homebound person. Minister needs to have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, have a love for Eucharist, and be comfortable meeting people and building a relationship. Training is provided.

Contact Fr. Matt Fallgren, 342-0507 x202,


Hospital Communion Ministry

Share your love of Eucharist by bringing Christ to patients at the hospital and in Hospice House. Flexible visitation during the day or early evening; weekly or every other week. Communion ministers need to have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be comfortable visiting with those who are ill. No medical background is necessary and training is provided.

Contact Fr. Matt Fallgren, 342-0507 x202,


Prayer Chain

This is a ministry for everyone!  You pray the intentions that people bring to us. Intentions are passed along by telephone or by email. Pray those intentions at Mass, in your daily devotions, or in Adoration.

Contact Delores Conway: 605-431-5218,


Greeting Card Ministry

Send cards to lonely or grieving parishioners on holidays, birthdays and other occasions. Sending a card reminds people that God and our church community have not forgotten them. Ministry goes throughout the year from your home.  Active disciples need the ability to write and mail cards.

Contact: Kathy Cordes 605-209-4226,


Ministry of Comfort (Grief) Team

Support those who have lost a loved one through group or individual support. Training is provided. Gifts of compassion and listening needed.

Contact Fr. Matt Fallgren, 342-0507 x202,


Rosary Devotion Leaders

Lead rosary devotion in a small group setting with persons who are infirm, elderly or lonely. Rosary is prayed weekly on a day and time that is agreeable to the facility and the rosary leader(s). Leaders work in teams of two.   Compassion, a strong voice, and the desire to pray to Jesus through Mary. Training, as well as rosaries and prayer pamphlets, are provided.

Contact: Pam Ekberg 605-381-4999


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Make shawls for people who are chronically or terminally ill, who are lonely or grieving, or with other needs. While making a shawl you pray for the person who will receive the shawl. Shawls can be made at your leisure at home. You may enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with other shawl makers at shawl maker socials. Ability to knit or crochet needed.

Contact: Margaret Smith 605-343-2511


Rosary Makers

Make bead and cord rosaries. Training provided.  Rosaries are used by parishioners, patients in the hospital, homebound persons, and missions around the world. Rosaries can be made at your leisure at home. Hand dexterity and good eye sight is helpful.

Contact: Dorothy DeBell 605-721-3542


Prayer & Study Groups

Perpetual Adoration

is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of the Cathedral and other parishes in Rapid City unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral is blessed to have Perpetual Adoration in Our Lady's Chapel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact Roberta Bruhn 605-342-0507 ext 204,


OLPH Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy

is a devotion to Divine Mercy. Our mission is to profess and proclaim the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, encourage adoration, and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the dying. We meet the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am following 8:00 am Mass and Adoration. We pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and learn through the Diary of St. Faustina, the Bible, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Contact Pam Ekberg 605-381-4999


Parents in Prayer

pray for God to guide our children, grandchildren, Godchildren and any child in need. All are invited to come and pray. Each gathering begins with the most holy rosary of our Blessed Virgin Mary.  Other prayers and personal intentions may be included. We meet the 2nd and the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm (following Mass) in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Contact Fran Solinsky 605-342-1468


Cursillo (Diocese of Rapid City Cursillo Movement)

The World Wide Cursillo Movement is recognized by the Vatican as a charism within the Roman Catholic Church. The method includes regular reflection on our internal tripod of Piety, Study, and Action, so that we become the "Good News" and our actions naturally lead others to Christ. Regular participation in all of the Sacraments and optionally attend: weekly support groups, monthly Ultreyas, quarterly workshops, annual Spiritual Retreats, and 3-Day weekends that emphasize the need and the value of getting involved in supporting the mission of the Church; Evangelization.

Contact: Hugh or Carol Bretchel 605-716-4479, or or visit



World Apostolate of Fatima (The Blue Army)

is a devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. We meet every First Friday from 6-8pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel and pray a rosary, litanies, and other prayers. We also meet every First Saturday before the 8:00 AM Mass in the   Sacred Heart Chapel and following that mass we have one hour of Adoration. Please feel free to join us for any part of this prayer experience.

Contact: Ellen Robertson 605-389-1750



Living Stones Secular Franciscan Fraternity

The Secular Franciscan Order (formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis) is an official Order within the Catholic Church.    Members do not live in community, but come together in fraternity on a regular basis to pray, learn and share a living faith. At profession, they pledge to live the gospel in the manner of St. Francis by means of a Rule of Life approved by the Church. Profession in the Order is a lifetime commitment; the pathway to profession is at least a two and a half year process: orientation, inquiry, and candidacy. After profession, the newly professed join the fraternity in on-going formation.

Contact: Peg Westrich 605-716-9857,


Community Service & Social Groups

Hope for New Life Jail Ministry

As the name of our ministry implies, we seek to inspire "Hope for New Life" in the hearts of the men and women incarcerated in the Pennington County Jail. The Jail Ministry is composed of men and women from the five   Catholic Churches in Rapid City who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel's promises with our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Every week members of our ministry are scheduled to go to the jail and meet with inmates. We lead bible studies for and also solicit prayer requests from the inmates. With that, our ministry also needs prayer partners to pray for these inmate prayer requests to our Heavenly Father. Our ministry also has a group monthly meeting at 6:30 P.M., on the third Monday of each month, at Catholic Social Services.  No special training is required to join our ministry, but you will be required to pass a background check, & periodically attend volunteer training required, & given by, the Pennington County Jail staff.

Contact: Bill Gradoville 605-430-2697,


Knights of Columbus Council 1489

is an independent service organization comprised mostly of Cathedral parishioners. We provide a variety of services at the request of the pastor of the parish. We also provide fellowship and support for one another. All men of the parish are invited to become members. We have regularly scheduled meetings,  socials, and service opportunities.

Contact: Dustin Wagner 605-769-9003


Catholic Daughters Court St. Rita #916

is the local chapter for Rapid City. Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of the month in the evening at St. Therese Parish Center, 532 Adams St., Rapid City. Catholic Daughters is open to practicing Catholic women 18 years of age or older who follow the teachings of the Church. The purpose of Catholic Daughters is to donate to local and national charities, administer education and scholarship programs, learn about laws which may influence their faith, assist members in enhancing their spiritual lives and form lasting friendships through various social events.

Contact: Rene Brand 605-787-3044,


Safety & Security Team

is a dedicated and well-trained team of active disciples that provides an atmosphere of safety and security for our parish faith formation, worship, and fellowship. The team seeks to deter and prevent criminal activity or other disturbances and to stop attackers should such an event occur on our parish grounds.   Active disciples involved in this ministry require specialized training and serve on teams during our Saturday and Sunday Masses and other special parish activities. Team members with experience as emergency responders, medical training, law enforcement officials, or with military service are especially well-suited for this ministry.

Contact: Bill Grode,


Federation of North American Explorers

is a Catholic, faith-based youth movement that teaches responsibility, promise, commitment, leadership, service, and loyalty. We explore nature, the outdoors, the community, service to others, leadership, and the Catholic faith. FNE is open to youth ages 6 and older. FNE is recognized by the Vatican and is a member of the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe. 

Contact: Jacques Daniel 605-939-0091,


Cornerstone Rescue Mission Meals

We have several groups who serve a meal for those staying at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission on the second Sunday of the month. The meal needs to be planned, shopped for, cooked and served. Active disciples with their various talents come together to provide the meal. You could join a group already serving or form your own group. This is a great way to experience doing some of the       Corporal Works of Mercy.

Contact: Ruby Matejcik 605-342-0507,


St. Vincent de Paul Society

Active disciples or "Vincentians" are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our active disciples come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.

Contact: Nancy Gwaltney 605-431-7863



is a non-profit, pro-life, crisis pregnancy center. Volunteers are asked to be pro-life and have a servant’s heart. We offer free, confidential pregnancy testing. We also offer assistance with diapers, formula, layettes for newborns, and maternity and toddler clothing. Our Mission Statement: "It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born."

Contact: Kathy Lawatsch 605-347-6190,


Funeral Meal Servers

provide side dishes or desserts, help set & serve, or help clean up after funeral meals. Help on an as-need basis. We are in need of active disciples with the gift of service, hospitality and time.

Contact: Ruby Matejcik 605-342-0507,


Cathedral Softball Team

is a recreational men's and women's slow-pitch softball league with other Rapid City churches. The season runs from mid-May to the end of July—2 games on one night per week. If you have the desire to play softball and to have fun and fellowship please join us.

Contact: Dennis Hanken 605-721-5533



For all maintenance inquiries please contact Tom Woods, 342-0507 x215


Dusting Angels

Dust the surfaces of the church and chapel, clean windows, and empty trash. Active disciples help once a week after morning Mass or at another arranged time. Following the cleaning, they will have coffee and donuts in the Parish      Hall giving them an opportunity to socialize. Serve the community and get to know your fellow parishioners.


Lawn Care

Mow and trim the lawn as needed during the spring and summer. Ability to operate ride and push mowers, weed eater and have a love of yard work. The parish provides the lawn mowers, gasoline and oil.  Those who volunteer to work on the lawn work out their own schedule. This is a great opportunity for those who love the outdoors and would like an opportunity to help maintain the grounds around our beautiful Cathedral.


Snow Removal

Shoveling the sidewalks at Cathedral. The parish provides the shovels and a snow blower. Active disciples who volunteer will be called as early as 4:00 AM when the need arrives to clear snow.



Maintain the shrubs around the Cathedral as needed during the spring and summer. This includes trimming hedges and decorative bushes around the Cathedral. This is a great opportunity for those who like to work in the earth and create beauty in the landscaping of our property.



Committees & Councils

Parish Council

provides vision and direction for the growth and development of our parish community and provides advice and counsel for the rector on a variety of issues. The council consists of eight members who are elected at large from the parish community as well as representatives from the various parish committees and organizations. Elections for the eight members at large are held in June of each year. The term of office for the elected members is two years and parishioners can serve two consecutive terms. We are looking for active disciples with a willingness to share one’s vision for the parish and collaborate with other parishioners in discussion and deliberation. Evening meetings held monthly.

Contact: Beth Strain 605-342-0507,


Stewardship Committee

studies stewardship and provides a plan for implementing stewardship in our parish. We use our faith in Jesus and our love for His people to live and proclaim stewardship and to shepherd and inspire the members of Cathedral parish and the wider community to become faithful stewards. Members serve a 3-year term and are appointed by the pastor.  Monthly evening meeting.

Contact: Ruby Matejcik 605-342-0507,

Finance Council

provides assistance and guidance to the pastor in preparing the annual budget and monitoring the financial status of the parish. This is an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in finances to share their expertise and talent with the parish community. Monthly evening meeting.

Contact: Beth Strain 605-342-0507,


Building Committee

works to develop a maintenance plan for our facility and provide an ongoing monitoring system. Active disciples with an expertise and interest in the parish facility and its operation is valued. This is an excellent opportunity to share your gifts in the area of construction, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc.  The goal is to improve and keep our facility in good working order so as to serve our parishioners in the best way possible. Monthly evening meeting.  

Contact: Tom Woods at 605-342-0507 ext 215,


Health Care Committee

Discerns the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our church family and assists the Parish Nurse to coordinate and develop ministries as such. Active disciples need the desire to be the   hands of Jesus. Persons with or without health care backgrounds are invited.

Contact: Fr. Matt Fallgren, 342-0507 x202,

Adoration Committee

Desires to inspire an encounter with Jesus through Adoration at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH). Active disciples serve at the invitation of the pastor for a 3-year term. We work to coordinate for the smooth operation of Adoration at OLPH with a goal to have three or more adorers per hour. The committee consists of five to eight OLPH members.

Contact: Mike Verville 605-343-4730,     


Called and Gifted Committee

works to foster, in the hearts of the faithful, an understanding of our God-given gifts, which we received at baptism. Our multi-parish team puts on workshops based on the Called and Gifted materials from Sherry Weddell's Sienna Institute that focuses on the twenty-four most common charisms.

Contact: Brett Eckert 605-342-0507,    


Liturgy Committee

Active disciples prepare and review liturgies for various feasts and seasons. Active disciples need to have a love for and commitment to parish liturgical life. The goal of the Liturgy Committee is to celebrate effective liturgies in our parish. 

Contact: Roberta Bruhn 605-342-0507,


Reconciliation Committee

The Reconciliation Committee works towards our diocesan vision statement, "Reconcile - Make Disciples - Live the Mission". Focusing on the reconciliation component of the vision, we strive to help build a welcoming and reconciling community that reflects Christ's merciful love, by promoting and organizing events to heal wounds and re-establish unity in families, faith communities, and racial and ethnic groups. Active disciples in this ministry have a desire to draw the community closer to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and a willingness to work alongside fellow parishioners. Monthly evening meetings.

Contact: Ruby Matejcik 605-342-0507,


Welcome Committee

Desires to create an environment that welcomes ALL parishioners (new or not-so-new). Active disciples would be involved in a variety of works including calling or visiting new parishioners, putting together our parish welcome bags, and organizing regular gatherings for new parishioners.

Contact: Dori O'Connor  605-391-3204,