Development Directions

Save the Date- Notre Dame All School Reunion

posted Dec 13, 2017, 12:34 PM by Nicole Fuhrer

It's hard to believe that the last Notre Dame all school reunion was almost five years ago!  

I feel like I am still recovering, but its time to start planning for next one! 

Save the date, and spread the word! 

September 14-16, 2018 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in Mitchell!

For questions, or to volunteer your help, contact Nicole at the Mitchell Catholic Foundation. or 605-999-9127 

Scholarship Application Period Now Open

posted Sep 6, 2017, 2:58 PM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 2:18 PM ]

Applications for the 2018 John Paul II School PTO and the Marilyn Peschong Memorial Scholarships are now available.  They are due back by April 16, 2018.  They will be awarded in May of 2018.

Each scholarship is worth $500, payable to the educational institution for the second semester of registered courses.

The scholarships are managed by the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education.

Each scholarship has a separate panel of judges, so separate applications must be turned in. 

Applicants must have attended John Paul II Catholic Elementary School for a minimum of three years, and must have stayed through 6th grade.

Applications may be downloaded from the corresponding webpage on the left sidebar. 

Questions may be directed to Nicole Fuhrer at 999-9127 or

Beneficiary Designations

posted Sep 6, 2017, 2:58 PM by Nicole Fuhrer

Alongside wills and trusts, beneficiary designations are becoming increasingly popular as part of a complete estate plan. By simply filling out a beneficiary designation form, individuals can bypass probate and designate who will receive a specific asset upon their death. Today, a variety of assets can be transferred through a simple designation form, including bank accounts, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, life insurance policies, commercial annuities and, in some states, even land, vehicles and boats.

While the process seems fairly straightforward, problems can arise and mistakes can be made when individuals execute these forms without a complete understanding of how they operate. Therefore, when completing a designation form, the owner should work with an advisor to ensure the form successfully achieves his or her goals and to avoid common mistakes.  

For more information on how you can utilize beneficiary designations to benefit the Mitchell Catholic Foundation, contact Nicole at 605-999-9127 or  

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

posted Jul 13, 2017, 2:21 PM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 11:26 AM by Mitchell Catholic Foundation ]

Fr. John Short proclaimed today during the homily at Ed Roster's funeral, Ed lived true to Matthew 20:20, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve".  We now say to you Ed, "Well done, good and faithful servant.  God has called you to your time of eternal rest.  Thank you for your example of stewardship during your earthly life, and now still from your heavenly home.  

Memorials are being directed to the 

Golf Scramble Registration Open

posted May 9, 2017, 8:54 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated May 9, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

There are a limited number of spots left for our Annual Golf Scramble on Friday, June 2nd at Wild Oak Golf Course.  Open the registration form below.

ND Class of '57 Plans 60 Year Reunion

posted May 8, 2017, 9:39 AM by Nicole Fuhrer

The Notre Dame Class of 1957
60 Year Reunion
Mitchell, SD
September 29- October 1, 2017
A block of 10 rooms has been reserved.
Contact Jan Engels for more information.
The MHS Class of '57 is meeting the same time & place.

Bids for Kids Extravaganza & Golf Scramble

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:04 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated May 9, 2017, 3:01 PM ]

Registration is now closed for Bid for Kids.  
We have openings for the Golf Scramble yet on June 2nd.  Contact Nicole at 999-9127 for info! 

Registration Includes options for the Auction Event and the Golf Scramble!
The Golf Scramble will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at Wild Oak Golf Course with a 12:30pm shotgun start.
4 Person teams and registration opens at 11:00am. 

Bids for Kids Registration

Our Prayers for You

posted Jan 3, 2017, 8:38 AM by Nicole Fuhrer

Each year, the MFCE offers six masses for the intention of thanksgiving for our friends and benefactors.  We could not fulfill our mission without your support.  Thank you!   

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

posted Dec 23, 2016, 6:54 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Dec 23, 2016, 6:55 AM ]

A very blessed Christmas to all. 

Leaving a Legacy of Faith, Hope, Joy and Love.

posted Dec 21, 2016, 1:44 PM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 1:52 PM ]

John Paul II School will be blessed for all eternity because of a recent gift to the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education.  

Kenny Wittstruck, husband of the late Mary Jo Wittstruck established an endowment for the school in the memory of his late wife.  

Mary Jo was a saint in the making.  She truly had a heart of gold and left an impint on the heart of countless people who encountered her, especially during her past sixteen years working for Holy Spirit Parish here in Mitchell.  

John Paul II School, its staff and students held a special place in her heart.  She enjoyed being so near and was extremely supportive during her earthly life.  

Anyone may contribute to this endowment at any time and in any amount. Distributions will be used for the greatest needs of John Paul II School.    

Mary Jo Wittstruck Memorial Endowment

Mary Jo Wittstruck was born in Madison, SD on August 7, 1950 to Harold and Marie (Bode) Gosmire.  Mary Jo graduated from Canova High School in 1968, and then attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls. She was employed for 22 years at the Delaney Clinic in Mitchell and finished her career working her dream job as secretary/bookkeeper at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish for the past 16 years. In August of 1973 she married Gary Faber, with Gary passing away in November of 1998. She married Kenneth Wittstruck in July of 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Kenny; 4 siblings: Phyllis (Rich) Schager, LuAnn (Bill) Thommes, Ted Gosmire, and Kathy (Charlie) Zens; brothers-in-law, Dwight Wittstruck and Reginald "Shorty" (Kathy) Faber; sister-in-law, Linda Thompson, uncle, Howard Powers and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband and her mothers and fathers-in-law.

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