OLPH Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy

Contact Pam Ekberg—(605)719-9669

What: Devotion to Divine Mercy

Mission: 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 promote the Divine Mercy message by providing education and pamphlets and we practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

When: 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.


Women of Faith

Contact Carol Brechtel—716-4479

What: Women’s group interested in getting to know other Black Hills area, Catholic women and finding out more about the Catholic faith. In 2012-13, the Year Faith, we will be using Jeff Cavin’s Bible Study called Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom which uses Bible readings, teachings of the Catholic Church, thought provoking questions, background commentary, small group discussion and a DVD lecture for a literal, historical, and spiritual sense of Scripture. 

When: We meet Wednesday mornings in the lower sacristy (in the hall downstairs just past the kitchen) from the week after Labor Day

until April from 9:00-11:00 visiting informally the first 15 minutes followed by prayer and the program. Get involved as deeply as you choose.  The study guide costs $30 and is very helpful, but not a requirement for attending.




Cancer Support Group

Contact Vicky Justen—381-4723

What:  Support group for people that have had or are currently fighting cancer.  We feel that no one should be alone in this fight and we provide a setting where you are free to discuss and ask questions.

When:  First Sunday of each month immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass.

Where:  In the Life Lounge in the basement of the main church.

We gather together as a Christian community to talk about any issues concerning the cancer diagnosis, the fears that a person might have, the questions that everyone has and we are there to help find answers and to pray with each other.  We are there to support each other every step of the way in a faith filled setting. 



Parents in Prayer

Parents and Others Lifting Children in Prayer! 

Contact Fran Solinsky—342-1468 or Judy Hasenohrl—342-0507 ext. 14

Mission:  Pray for God to guide our children, grandchildren, Godchildren and any child in need

Why:  A child may be ill, stray from God, or make destructive choices.  We may feel helpless but we are armed with the power of prayer

Who:  Parents, grandparents, Godparents, friends, teachers…anyone who wants to implore God’s grace on children

What:  Each gathering begins with the most holy rosary of our Blessed Virgin Mary.  Other prayers and personal intentions may be included

When:  The 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm (following Mass) in Our Lady’s Chapel



Couples’ Bible Study

Contact olphbiblestudy@gmail.com or go to our Facebook page “OLPH Cathedral Couple’s Bible Study”

What:  A Catholic Bible Study for engaged or married couples who are looking to bring more joy to their relationship. This study is a great way to learn more about the Catholic Faith with your spouse and to see how other couples apply the Catholic Faith to marriage, relationships, and raising children.  Babysitting is provided for all ages in the nursery at the Cathedral for a very nominal fee. 

When:  We meet one Monday evening a month from 6:45-8:00 PM in the basement of the Cathedral. 



Cursillo (Diocese of Rapid City Cursillo Movement)

Cathedral Contact: Carol Brechtel—605-716-4479 hughandcarol@rushmore.com


What: “…the Cursillo method aims at helping to transform in a Christian way the milieus [social settings] where people live and work.” - Pope John Paul II

When: Various times.

Our goal is to support the mission of the church by leading others to Christ by the way we live our daily lives.  The method includes regular reflection on our internal tripod of Piety, Study, and Action, so that in a natural way we become the "Good News" and our actions naturally lead others to Christ.



Men’s Ministry - That Man is You!

Contact Dustin Wagner—718-5901


What:  A 26 week interactive Bible study focused on the development of men in the modern world.  It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming society. 

When:  Saturdays, 6:00 AM, beginning September 15, 2012

Talent Needed:  Commitment to grow as a Catholic man.



Lay Ministry Group

Contact Beth Strain—342-0507


The Lay Ministry Group at Cathedral consists of Commissioned Lay Ministers (leaders) who support the work of their respective parishes.  The formation program to become a Commissioned Lay Minister involves a four-year commitment consisting of spiritual, theological and pastoral formation followed by service in a given ministry in a leadership role.   The Lay Ministry Group meets as scheduled for support and prayer.


World Apostolate of Fatima

(The Blue Army)

Contact Jim Jacquot—381-9130


What:  Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.

When:  First Fridays, Mass at 5:30 PM followed by prayers, Our Lady’s Chapel and First Saturdays, before the 8:00 AM Mass, Our Lady’s Chapel.

We meet every First Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Our Lady’s Chapel for Mass at 5:30 PM with prayers following the Mass, including a procession, rosary and litanies.  We take a break in the middle for coffee and fellowship.  Feel free to join us for all of any part of the mini-vigil.

We also have Fatima prayers on First Saturday mornings at Our Lady’s Chapel before the 8:00 AM Mass with Adoration following Mass for one hour.

Some events to watch for are the May procession with a statue of Our Lady from the Cathedral to ICC on 5th St. and our annual Fatima Conference in June. 



Living Stones Secular Franciscan Fraternity

Contact Peg Westrich—716-9857


When:  We meet the 3rd Monday of the month at St. Therese Church at 7:00 PM and we serve lunch at the Cornerstone Mission on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM.

The Secular Franciscan Order (formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis) is an official Order within the Catholic Church ; it was established in the early thirteenth century by St. Francis of Assisi for Catholic men and women who live their everyday lives in the world.

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. The current Rule was confirmed by Pope Paul VI in June, 1978.

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.



Hope for New Life Jail Ministry

Contact Tony Galles (348-2301) or Mary Sperlich (342-9343)

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. Our ministry is now in its eighth year. The Jail Ministry is composed of men and women from the Rapid City 
Diocese who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel's promises with our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We come from varied backgrounds and life experiences, but we are united in our hope to share our faith with those in need.
Every Wednesday evening members of our ministry are scheduled to go to the jail. Two  members meet with the men in two separate groups  and two members meet with the women. At each meeting, one ministry member serves as group facilitator and one serves as presenter of a spiritual topic or an inspirational DVD. The inmates who attend our ministry presentations are required to meet jail guidelines for good behavior. The men and women in the jail come from many different faiths, while some may have no faith experience. But all seem to truly desire to hear our message and most actively participate in our presentations. At the conclusion of each group, we solicit prayer requests from the inmates. Therefore, our ministry also needs prayer partners to share these prayer requests with Our Heavenly Father.