Welcome to the Parish of St. Anthony of Padua!
We are a community of Christian faithful stably constituted in and around Hot Springs, S.D.,
in the Diocese of Rapid City.

Bishop Muhich has reinstated the General Obligation
for Sundays and Holy Days

along with information on conditional dispensations.

"Live-Streamed" Masses

You can either view below or
visit Fr. Gerlach via Facebook.

~ Next Scheduled Mass ~
Sunday Mass (Sun., 1/23, 10:30a):
Third Sun. in Ordinary Time

Weekday Mass (Fri., 1/28, 7a):
St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor


~ Archived Masses ~
Sunday Mass (Sun., 1/16):
Second Sun. in Ordinary Time

Re-Vivify! ~ a new mission: to intensify the flame...

Watch and share with a loved one a 10-minute video ("From Someone Who Loves You").
~ from Intentionally Catholic . com

Meet Baby Olivia

Who is Olivia? ... The world's most realistic and medically accurate animation of
a baby's development in her mother's womb.
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Church building hours: M-F, 8am - 5pm.
~ Come pray in the Presence of our Eucharistic Lord ~
Eucharistic Adoration, Tues., 3-5pm

HelpLine Center - 2-1-1 Community Resources

Available Services:

Catholic Social Services (CSS):

  • Financial Assistance via CSS for western S.D. families. You can apply for aid or donate to this Fund directly via CSS.
  • Telehealth Counseling Services via CSS: While the medical toll of the viral pandemic is frightening, so is the threat that it presents to the social, spiritual, and mental health of people, according to CSS counselors.

Needs arising from the viral pandemic (sickness, reduced wages, loss of work, etc.)? Please see above re: CSS; call the parish church office or the deacons (these numbers are listed in the bulletin) or the after-hours/emergency line at 605/745-3278. - Fr. Gerlach

Pope Francis encourages faithful to pray the Rosary at home during May; encouragement comes from the Pope's Letter on the Month of May, addressed to all the faithful throughout the world.

~ Lent, 2021 ~
Reflect ~ Repent ~ Restore

There will be two celebrations on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17): (1) at 7am with Dn. Craig Pearson presiding at a communal celebration and (2) at 6pm with Fr. Gerlach presiding at Mass (see right). The Blessing and Giving of Ashes will occur during both celebrations.

Lenten spirituality: Remember, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence (select for more details), as part of our penitential observance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

  • Lenten Fasting & Abstinence
  • The Stations of the Cross during Lent: Fridays, 5:30pm
  • MERCY! (Making Each Reconciled, Confessing You!): Thurs., March 4, 4:30-6:30pm: Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration
  • Penance/Reconciliation during Lent (every other week): Monday and Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-5pm; Saturday, 11am - 1pm (see parish bulletin calendar for specific dates and times)
  • Searching for the answers to life's big questions of happiness, purpose, meaning, and faith?: Begin The Search -- this is a free resource, from FORMED!
  • Families with Children: Unbound has prepared a Reflection, Prayer & Activities for the Family kit called "The Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter" -- this is a free resource!

CRS Rice Bowl"For Lent, For Life" ~ WE ARE CALLED ~ Join our faith community - and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the U.S. - in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on how hunger and malnutrition affect our human family, and on the need to take action to end this global injustice. Visit www.CRSRiceBowl.org to learn more.

Holy Week Liturgical Celebrations
( Video on the Sacred Paschal Triduum )
Note: SPT celebrations will be archived
Palm Sun. March 28 10:30a Holy Thurs. (EP) April 1 6p
Mon. March 29 7a Good Fri. April 2 6p
Tues. March 30 5:30p Holy Sat. (Vigil) April 3 8:15p
Wed. March 31 5:30p Easter Sun. April 4 5:30p

~ Sacred Paschal Triduum ~
Easter Sun. (4/4):
Mass of Resurrection of Lord

Holy Sat. (4/3):
Easter Vigil Mass in Holy Night

Good Friday (4/2):
Celebration of Passion of Lord

Holy Thurs. (4/1):
Mass of Lord's Supper

~ Sunday of Divine Mercy ~Novena
(Good Friday - Easter Saturday)

Divine Mercy

Today, receive My Divine Mercy!

  • Day 9 (Easter Sat.): "Today, bring to Me the souls who have become lukewarm..."
  • Day 8 (Easter Friday): "Today, bring to Me the souls who are in the prison of Purgatory..."
  • Day 7 (Easter Thurs.): "Today, bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy..."
  • Day 6 (Easter Wed.): "Today, bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children..."
  • Day 5 (Easter Tues.): "Today, bring to Me the souls of
    those who have separated themselves from My Church..."
  • Day 4 (Easter Mon.): "Today, bring to Me those who do not believe in God and
    those who do not yet know Me..."
  • Day 3 (Easter Sun.): "Today, bring to Me all devout and faithful souls..."
  • Day 2 (Holy Sat.): "Today, bring to Me the souls of priests and religious..."
  • Day 1 (Good Friday): "Today, bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners..."

~ Novena Booklet ~

~ Easter Time ~

The Celebration of Easter isn't just for Easter Sun., but extends over 50 days (i.e., Easter Time), from Easter Sun. to Pentecost Sun. We continue to celebrate Easter, as…

~ He is Risen! Alleluia! ~

~ Come, Holy Spirit! ~
Holy Spirit Novena
(begins Fri., May 14; ends Sat., May 22)
(condensed version)

~ Limited Public Masses have begun ~
(During January, there is no need to register to attend these Masses.)( attendees are requested to register to attend Sunday Mass )

Diocese's Plan for Resuming Mass in Public Setting (in a limited way)
released May 1, 2020
Guidelines for these Masses (latest: Sept. 22, 2020)

Sunday, July 4: Mass at 5:30pm (due to Independence Day civic events) in Hot Springs
Mass at 11am in Edgemont

Year of St. Joseph

~ Year of St. Joseph ~

Pope Francis proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph" (began Dec. 8, 2020, and ends Dec. 8). Please read his apostolic letter (Patris Corde, "A Father's Heart") and an accompanying decree (original decree not available in English yet).

~ Year of St. Joseph: What Catholics Need to Know ~


~ Advent, 2021 ~
Prayer ~ Penance ~ Preparation

~ MERCY! ~

MERCY! ~ Making Each Reconciled, Confessing You!
Tues., Dec. 14, 4:30-6:30pm: Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration
Note: several Confessors will be available for Confession during this time of prayer.

all leading to...
Christmas Time!

Nativity of Lord (Christmas)

~ Christmas Time ~
(Dec. 25 - Jan. 9)

~ Holy Day of Obligation: Nativity of Lord (Christmas) ~

Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua (Hot Springs) on Sat., Dec. 25, 10:30am (Day).
(Note: this Mass will be live-streamed; see to the right.)
Masses will also be celebrated in the area
on Fri., Dec. 24: 5pm (Vigil) at St. James (Edgemont) and 8pm at St. John the Baptist (Custer) and
on Sat., Dec. 25: 8am at St. John the Baptist (Custer).

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Remember! The Celebration of Christmas isn't just for Dec. 25., but extends over two weeks (i.e., Christmas Time), from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) to the Baptism of the Lord (Sun., Jan. 9). We continue to celebrate Christmas, as…

~ He is Manifest! Alleluia! ~

~ Christian Funeral: Mary Breyer † ~

A Christian Funeral for Mary Breyer will be celebrated this week:
Vigil on Wednesday (Dec. 22) at 7pm and Mass on Thursday (Dec. 23) at 10am
with Committal following at Cold Springs Cemetery.

Information related to Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

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From Fr. Gerlach, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua (and St. James, Edgemont): Fr. Michel Mulloy, our diocesan administrator, has issued several directives regarding the realities that we are currently facing with the viral pandemic. First, all celebrations of Mass in a public setting, regardless of location, have been suspended (effective March 18) until further notice (issued March 17). Therefore, all Masses celebrated publicly (Sunday and weekday) in Hot Springs (and Edgemont) are suspended until further notice.

(see second column regarding Masses celebrated at a private location, etc.)

All health care facilities in Hot Springs (the Fall River Health Services hospital, the Seven Sisters Living Center, the State Veterans Home, and the VA campus) have restricted visitor policies until further notice. Please visit the S.D. Dept. of Health site for more information regarding this reality in the state (FYI: this site also has links to the national CDC site and the international WHO site).

However, Fr. Gerlach will still celebrate Mass -- by himself -- during the week at the usual times (when in Hot Springs: see Mass Times below; times differ slightly when in Custer) at a private location; Sunday Mass will be celebrated only on Sunday morning at 8am, again, at a private location. Also, there are already opportunities to participate in Mass via TV or online (also, see to the right), along with Resources for Personal or Family Prayer. Please note, to be clear and explicit: Holy Communion will be administered only as Viaticum (i.e., Holy Communion for the dying) during this suspension. Parish Church Office Hours (see below) are still in effect, so you are still able to come to the church building and visit Our Eucharistic Lord in the tabernacle during these hours (Sat. and Sun. open hours will be 9am-5pm). However, Eucharistic Adoration will be provided every day (Monday - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), 3-5pm (therefore, Eucharistic Adoration on first Fridays is modified to follow these hours).

Parish Church Office Hours (see below) remain in effect, and you are able to come to the church building and visit our Eucharistic Lord in the tabernacle during these hours. Also, Eucharistic Adoration is provided on Tuesdays, 3-5pm (also, first Fridays, 8am - 5pm).

Diocese of Rapid City
West River Catholic

DRC WRC Dec., 2021, e-edition
December, 2021, e-edition

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Diocese of Rapid City
West River Catholic

DRC WRC Aug., 2021, e-edition
August, 2021, e-edition

Christian Wedding of

~ Christian Nuptial Mass ~
(Sat., 12/18)

Christian Funeral for
Mary Breyer †

~ Christian Funeral Vigil ~
(Wed., 12/22)

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Thurs., 12/23)


~ Archived Masses ~

Christian Funeral for
Ray Ecoffey †

~ Christian Funeral Vigil ~
(Mon., 12/13)

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Tues., 12/14)

Christian Nuptial Mass
Domagata Wedding

~ Christian Nuptial Mass ~
(Fri., 5/28)

Christian Funeral for
Cecile Tays †

~ Christian Funeral Vigil ~
(Tues., 2/9)

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Wed., 2/10)

Weekday Mass (Sat., 12/5):
Sat. of the First Week of Advent
(Int.: Paul Wittenberg †)

Christian Funeral for
Leo Hagenson †

~ Christian Funeral Vigil ~
(Thurs., Nov. 5)

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Fri., Nov. 6)

Christian Funeral for
Don Gannon †

~ Christian Funeral Vigil ~
(Mon., Aug. 31)

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Tues., Sept. 1)

Christian Memorial Mass
(William "Bill" Curley †)
(Fri., May 29)

Christian Funeral for
Dorothy Doerner †

~ Christian Funeral Mass ~
(Tues., May 19)

Mass Times

Every Week:
Sundays - 10:30am ("live-streamed" as well, beginning 5 min. prior)

Every Other Week (see bulletin calendar):
Mondays - 7:00am
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 5:30pm
Thursdays - 7:00am (usually -- varies: 10:00am [Thurs. after 1st Wed. @ State Veterans Home; Thurs. after 3rd Wed. @ Seven Sisters Living Center]; 7:00am [Thurs. after 5th Wed.])
Fridays - 7:00am ("live-streamed" only; see above on the right); 8:00am (Holy Communion outside Mass: 1st Fri. and Fri. after 2nd and 4th Wed.)
Saturdays - 7:30am

Holy Days (see bulletin calendar; "live-streamed" as well, beginning 5 min. prior)

Parish Church Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch break, noon - 1:00pm)

Parish Church Personnel