Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church



Baptism is a wonderful moment in the lives of people who seek to become disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a joy filled occasion that family and friends rejoice in. We are grateful you are considering this sacrament for your child(ren) or for yourself. Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. Through baptism we become sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus and one another in the Church community. Baptism takes away original sin in infants and all sin in those who are older.


1. Parents seeking baptism for infants (birth through 6 years old) are invited to call us at 605-342-0507. 
2. Children who have not been baptized and have reached the age of reason (7 years) are prepared for baptism through the RCIC process. This process usually begins in the fall and concludes in the spring. Dependent children seven and older are baptized during the Easter Vigil. Please call Janet at the rectory office (605-342-0507) for more information about the RCIC process.
3. Adults who have not been baptized participate in the RCIA process which begins in the fall and concludes in the spring. Adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil. Please call Amy at the rectory office (605-342-0507) for more information about the RCIA process.


Godparents share a unique role with parents in the formation of their godchild in the ways of the Catholic faith. It is a serious responsibility requiring careful selection on the part of parents and thoughtful consideration on the part of the godparents to ensure they can and are willing to accept this responsibility. According to Church guidelines, to ensure that godparents are ready for this commitment, godparents must be baptized, confirmed, practicing Roman Catholics. Parents can select one or two godparents. If they select two, there must be one male and one female. A baptized Christian can be a Christian witness along with one or two godparents. The normative age for being a godparent is 16 or older assuming at that age persons can accept this responsibility.


Active, confirmed members of the Cathedral Parish who are 16 years old or older are eligible to be godparents. Godparents who are not members of the Cathedral Parish are asked to contact their pastor to determine what their parish requires of them to become godparents. When they have completed the requirements of their parish, they should ask their pastor to send a letter attesting to their readiness to be godparents to Fr. Brian Christensen, 520 Cathedral Drive, Rapid City, SD 57701.

First Holy Communion/First Reconciliation

  • First Communion Prep will now be taking place on Wednesday evenings, NOT on Sunday mornings.

  • We are using the Spirit of Truth curriculum, along with supplemental materials from the Augustine Institute’s new Signs of Grace program.

  • We are updating the Parent Component for First Reconciliation/First Communion Prep as a way for parents to be more closely connected to their son/daughter’s growth of faith during their time of preparation. Updates are as follows:

    • Parents should attend all scheduled Parent Enrichment Classes and Retreats for First Reconciliation & First Communion (dates listed below).

    • Parents should be attentive to the updates and enrichment requirements sent to them from their son/daughter’s catechist.

    • Parents should attend the Alpha course on Wednesday evenings this fall. Registration for Alpha can be found here: Registration for your family can be found here:


Important First Communion dates for your calendar:


Parent Enrichment Meetings:

  • Dates to be posted soon.


First Reconciliation:

  • First Reconciliation Retreat: TBD

  • Sacrament of First Reconciliation: TBD


First Communion:

  • First Communion Retreat: TBD

  • Sacrament of First Holy Communion: TBD


For more information contact: Mary Daniel,



 “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which give the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1316)

Preparing for the Sacrament

The Cathedral’s preparation for Confirmation is a one-year program. Confirmation classes take place during Generations of Faith on Wednesday evenings. With true excitement, our Confirmation classes will be using a new program called “Purpose” by Life Teen. In addition to providing continual formation, these Wednesday nights help to foster community and faith alongside peers.  At the time of the sacrament, Father Christensen must acknowledge before the Bishop, “The candidates presented are prepared and ready to receive the fullness of Christian Initiation in the sacrament of Confirmation.” To be prepared and ready, one must attend and participate in all areas of Confirmation preparation.


While the Purpose curriculum addresses the needed Catechetical formation, we believe that in order to truly provide those seeking the sacrament with the needed tools to become active participants in their faith these additional areas of formation need to be completed.

-Register for Generation of Faith to attend classes

            (Register online at under Faith Formation)

- Attendance of all Confirmation classes

- Weekly Attendance of Sunday Mass (or Saturday Vigil)

            (Please fill out Mass hand-outs & place in collection basket.)

- Complete Sponsor Commitment Form by December 4, 2019

- Completion of Summer Service Project

- Complete the Saint Report due February 12,2019 *

- Attend Confirmation Retreat on April 25, 2019

- Informal Meeting with a Priest

(Anticipated dates – Wed. Sept 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7, 2020)

-Letter of sacramental request to Bishop by April 29, 2019 *


In addition, we highly encourage participation in Middle School EDGE on Sunday nights, Diocese’s Youth Rally on October 13, 2019 & summer programs (i.e. Duc In Altum and the Diocese’s of Rapid City’s Totus Tuus camp).


These expectations were not created to overwhelm anyone. Their goal is to truly help foster confirmands into young people ready, enthused and able to fully receive the sacrament. I would be happy to visit with anyone with questions or concerns.

For more information contact: Laura Hawk,


When is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in October 2020. The exact date is still to be determined due to the Diocesan’s schedule.



Marriage Preparation

Contact Kim Eliason,

Our parish uses a team approach with couples preparing for marriage.  Married couples, a deacon couple and the priests help couples delve into practical “life skills,” reflect on marriage as a sacrament, and grow in foundational virtues for a healthy relationship. 

Holy Orders


Some men are called to lay down their lives for the Church in the ordained ministry by the Sacrament of Holy Orders. These men stand in the person of Christ and serve their bride, the Church by preaching, teaching, and celebrating the Sacraments.

Consecrated Life

Some men and women are called to be dedicated totally to God by embracing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Some live in the world and are set apart by a special consecration, in secular institutes, as consecrated virgins, or as hermits. Others are called out of the world, to live the religious life by professing the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Contact: Office of Vocations





Annointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. If a you or a loved one is in need of a priest to visit them at home or in the hospital, contact us.

Contact: Kim Eliason,, 605-342-0507


The Sacrament of reconciliation is offered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help each Wednesday, from 12-1 p.m. and each Saturday, from 3-4 p.m. Confessionals are in the entryway of the Cathedral, next to the stairwells on both sides of the main entrance. There are usually two priests hearing confessions during this time. If you would like to make an appointment with a priest for a longer time, please contact the rectory office. 605-342-0507