Catholic schools sell tickets

Rapid City Catholic Schools will join 82 other Catholic schools in three states for a $5 per ticket raffle that includes chances at more than $55,000 in prizes, including a 2013 Ford Escape.

Sponsored by Catholic United Financial, the annual fundraiser expects to raise $750,000 for Catholic education in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. The Rapid City Catholic school system hopes to get $50,000 of that.

Since Catholic United pays all expenses, schools get to keep every cent of each $5 ticket sold. Tickets can be purchased until Feb. 12 by mailing checks made out to RCCSS to: Rapid City Catholic School System, c/o Liz Myscofski, 424 Fairmont Blvd. Rapid City, SD 57701.

"Last year, we raised over $39,000 and designated the funds to two computer labs within the district," said Myscofski, development assistant for the school district.

Prizes include a 2013 Ford Escape SUV or $25,000, 2014 Super Bowl tickets, a Caribbean cruise vacation, Minnesota Twins suite tickets (donated by Hubbard Radio), iPads, digital cameras, Kindle Fire tablets, gift cards and more. See official rules at

The prize drawing ceremony on March 14 will be live on that web site.

Four Chaplains salutes all vets

The Four Chaplains memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10, at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Sturgis.

Hosted by the VA Black Hills Health Care System, the service is part of its National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. A chili supper will be served to all participants at the Sturgis Veterans Club following the program.

“This is a way to honor our veterans. It means so much when the community supports the Four Chaplains event through their attendance. It says ‘thank you’ to all of the veterans that have preserved our great nation as a free country,” Rene Porter-Stewart, chaplain with the VA BHHCS, said. 

The Four Chaplains Memorial Service honors four Army Chaplains — Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Reformed Church of America — who gave up their life jackets and lives so that younger soldiers could live when the USS Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on Feb. 3, 1943.

Veteran organizations are welcome to bring a wreath to be placed at the altar during the program. 

For more information, contact the Fort Meade Chaplain’s office at 347-2511, ext. 7659.

Retreat aims to rejoin families 

A Calvary Lutheran Family Retreat led by a professional life coach will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

The retreat is described as a fun and educational day for parents and children ages 7 and older that is aimed at helping families reconnect, reprioritize and refresh their connections. Leah Braun will offer activities and education around problem solving, powerful communication and putting family first.

Cost per family is $50 for Calvary Lutheran members and $75 for non-members, and includes lunch. On-site child care is available for kids 6 and younger for a $10 fee.

To register, call Kellie at 430-9684 or stop by the church office. Deadline to register is Feb. 22.

Contact Mary Garrigan at 394-8424 or

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