Rapid City Area Listener Relations Representative

 Real Presence Radio is seeking applicants for the following position:

Rapid City Area Listener Relations Representative:  Assist the Listener Relation Coordinator with spreading the word about Real Presence Radio. 40 hours per month and requires work 3-5 hours one weekend per month on average.

·         Promote RPR in the local listening area

·         Manage local parish reps

·         Schedule and give talks at parishes

·         Gather gift certificates for Live Drives

·         Attend events and manage an RPR booth

·         Help gather table hosts, volunteers, etc for banquets and live drives

·         Other duties as assigned

Positions open until filled
Send Applications to:
Real Presence Radio
PO Box 13703
Grand Forks, ND 58208

Let Your Love be Intense: Annual Diocesan Appeal

“Above all, let your love for one another be intense.”

1 Peter 4:8-10 describes our love as being intense and we are told to use our gifts to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. We ask Jesus to grant us the ability to be conscious of the ways we can contribute toward providing the needs of others. He will surely listen.

God’s love offers the grace which encourages us to provide service to others while receiving the blessings that emanate from the love we give to others. Ask the Holy Spirit to let your love for one another be intense as we serve the ministries of western South Dakota during our Annual Diocesan Appeal.

Papal Visit 2015 — Speeches & Homilies

Wednesday, September 23 (Washington D.C.)

White House Welcoming CeremonyPhotos
Midday Prayer with US Bishop'sPhotos
Holy Mass of Canonization homilyPhotos

Thursday, September 24 (Washington D.C. and New York, NY)

Joint Session of U.S. CongressPhotos
Visit to Charitable Center and Meeting with the Homeless (Washington D.C.)Photos
Vespers (New York, NY)Photos

Friday, September 25 (New York, NY)

Meeting with United Nations Staff
United Nations General AssemblyPhotos
Interreligious Meeting, Ground Zero MemorialPhotos
Meeting with Immigrant Families and Children,
Harlem School
Holy Mass, Madison Square GardenPhotos

Saturday, September 26 (Philadelphia, PA)

Holy Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter & PaulPhotos
Religious Liberty MeetingPhotos
Festival of Families Prayer VigilPhotos
Festival of Families, Off-the-Cuff Remarks

Sunday, September 27 (Philadelphia, PA)

Meeting with Victims of Sexual Abuse
Meeting with World Meeting of Families BishopsPhotos
Meeting with Prisoners, Curran-Formhold PenitentiaryPhotos
World Meeting of Families Closing MassPhotos
Greeting of World Meeting of Families OrganizersPhotos


Video: Chrism Mass

Click here to watch the to the 2016 Chrism Mass which took place March 14.

by Becky Berreth

“The church is at its most complete when it gathers with the bishop, priests, deacons, and the faithful. When everybody joins together this is who we are,” explained Father Michel Mulloy, rector at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. “It is very rare for the church to come together for a full celebration. The Chrism Mass is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the gift of the diocesan church.”

On March 14, at 7.p.m., Bishop Robert Gruss, joined by the priests of the diocese, will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help — a celebration that includes the blessing of oils and the renewing of priestly promises. Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend.

Following the homily, Bishop Gruss will bless the three oils that will be used in sacraments in the diocese during the coming year. According to Fr. Mulloy, the first two oils — the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumen — consist of olive oil and are blessed in the same way holy water is blessed. The Oil of the Sick is used in anointing the head and hands of those who are seriously and chronically ill to give them spiritual strength to fight in their weakened condition. The Oil of the Catechumens is used in the sacrament of baptism, meant to provide strength for discipleship.

The third oil — the Sacred Chrism — is olive oil mixed with balsam and is consecrated by the bishop during this liturgy. The bishop also breathes on the oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

“When someone is anointed with the Sacred Chrism they become one with Christ,” explained Fr. Mulloy. It is used in baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and the dedication and blessing of churches and altars.

The Chrism Mass is also a time for the priests, in the presence of the bishop and the faithful, to renew their commitment to the ministry to which they were ordained. Similar to the renewal of wedding vows in front of family members, the priests are asked to repeat the promises taken at their ordination in the presence of the Catholic faithful.

“Our vocation is a marriage to Christ and to the church. It is important to any priest to have the faithful there to bear witness, to have the people’s support and encouragement in our ministry,” explained Fr. Mulloy. “The bishop at one point says ‘as for you dear sons and daughters pray for your priests.’ It is important for the priests there to know they have those prayers.”

The Chrism Mass is often celebrated on the morning of Holy Thursday, but because of the size of the diocese and the distances priests need to travel to be in attendance, it is celebrated in conjunction with Pastoral Ministry Days (March 14-15 this year). “Holy Week is a summation of who we are and what we are about,” Fr. Mulloy added. “The Chrism Mass is tied to the Easter triduum not only because the oils are used in the sacraments, but it’s also the gathering of the church as a whole community. It is the church at its finest.”


Sharing the Master’s Joy

Catholic Stewardship is not about money – it’s about following Christ and making the best use of the things he has given us.