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Bids for Kids Extravaganza & Golf Scramble

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:04 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 11:21 AM ]

Register Here!  

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.

Become a Part of our Mission TODAY!

posted Nov 10, 2016, 8:09 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 2:45 PM ]

THANK YOU for supporting our 2016 Annual Fund Drive Appeal!

Tickets now on sale- CDA Luncheon & Style Show

posted Oct 11, 2016, 2:21 PM by Nicole Fuhrer

Tickets are now on sale in the MFCE office for the annual Catholic Daughters Fall Luncheon and Styleshow to be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Three soups will be served along with fresh bread and desserts.  Funds raised will be used by the local Court Margaret Mary #2453 to support many local, state and national Catholic charities! General admission tickets are $10 each. Call 999-9127 to order your tickets today! 

Three Great Events This Weekend!

posted Oct 5, 2016, 7:39 AM by Nicole Fuhrer

The Holy Spirit is a-movin' in Mitchell!  
This weekend three great events are happening.  
I hope you can join us for all of them



Auction being held to benefit 7-12 Faith Formation!

posted Sep 8, 2016, 7:52 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 1:42 PM ]

Just added:  1959 Pontiac Bonneville.  4 Door, Hardtop, Vista Roof
                       2 sets of men's golf clubs, men's bowling ball, end tables

1995 Dodge interpid 4 door 3.3 v6 automatic- runs great! Great school car!  

Click either link to view pictures if the Picasa Album below does not load.   or

Auction Pictures

Colleen (Walsh) Marion - ND'55 - Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her O Lord

posted Aug 29, 2016, 6:13 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 6:26 AM ]

My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and classmates of Colleen (Walsh) Marion, a Notre Dame 1955 graduate who recently passed away.  Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon her.      


Colleen F. (Walsh) Marion, 79, of Denver, CO, passed from this life to the next on August 25, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Mitchell and was the fourth of seven children in the Walsh family. They lived across the street from Notre Dame High School, where she graduated in 1955. She later graduated from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota in 1959 with a degree in English. She married Michael B. Marion on June 16, 1962, in Mitchell, SD. 

Colleen worked at The Bookies bookstore for over 20 years. It was never a job to her but the best place to be with fantastic coworkers, great customers, and of course wonderful books.  She was an avid reader, belonging to three book clubs as well as being a leader for Junior Great Books.  She spent a lot of time hiking and skiing in the mountains with her husband and children.  She especially loved to watch all her grandchildren in all of their sporting, musical, dance and theatrical events.  True to her Irish spirit, she loved a good celebration with family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a faithful friend to many. She was well-loved and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and her sisters Patricia (Walsh) Koupal and Joann (Walsh) Messerli. She is survived by her children Mike (Theresa) Marion, Tim (Doreen) Marion, Molly (Deron) Hultzapple, and Katy (John) Ennis; her brothers Bill, John, and Tom Walsh, her sister Mary (Walsh) Curry, and her grandchildren Rachel (Scott and son Kegan), Dan, Nicholas, James, Jack, Sam, Lauren, William, Thomas, John, Olivia, Meghan, Andrew, and Michael. A Rosary service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 6pm at St. Vincent de Paul Church, (2375 E. Arizona Avenue). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, immediately followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Catholic Charities .

The family has also suggested that her Notre Dame friends and classmates may make a donation to the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education in her name.  You can do so by mailing a check to:

Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education
1510 West Elm
Mitchell SD 57301

or securely donating here 

Edward and Kathleen Roster Family Endowment

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:40 AM by Nicole Fuhrer   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 9:02 AM ]

Many thanks and blessings to the family of Edward and Kathleen Roster for establishing an endowment for teacher’s salaries at John Paul II School!  What a beautiful gift and memorial for their wife and mother.  Anyone may contribute to this fund in any amount and at any time.  This endowment creates an opportunity for us all to make donations in honor or memory of our favorite teacher’s and assist the continuation of Catholic Education here in Mitchell. 

Kathleen Carol Roster was born on December 5, 1938 the 9th of 10 children, to James and Frances K (Woll) Burke at Jefferson, SD. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1956.  She then attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD.  She graduated with an Associate Degree in secretarial and accounting.  After graduation she worked in the Trust Department at First National Bank in Sioux Falls, SD.  She played 2nd base for Locke Electric’s Fast Pitch softball team and was a member of their state championship team in 1960.  While playing for Locke Electric she became friends with Cindy Schoepf who set up a blind date for Kathy with her boyfriend, Lawrence Roster’s, twin brother, Ed.  She and Edward T. Roster were united in marriage on September 16, 1961 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Jefferson, SD.  The Roster’s purchased a farm from Alvin and Mable Tuggle and made it their home.  They raised their crops, hogs and cattle.  They passed on their love of farming to their 5 children and 7 grandchildren.   They enjoyed attending their children’s and grandchildren’s concerts, contests and sports events.  She took pride in all of their accomplishments. Having lost her father at the age of 13, the closeness of family was very important to her. 

Kathy was an active member of the St. Peters Altar Society in Farmer, SD, was a CCD teacher for many years and member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.  She was also an active member of the Fulton, Farmer and Epiphany American Legion Auxiliary.  Ed and Kathy attended many state legion conventions with their friends:  the Pommers, Steilens, Schladweilers, Slades, Soladays and Beatches.  Together this fun loving group created many wonderful memories and raised their children to love their country, its veterans and that faith, family and friends are important and those bonds should be nurtured. She also maintained a life-long friendship with the Presentation Sisters in Aberdeen.  She was extremely thankful to all those who became her friends thru the years and stayed in contact with many. 

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ed; children: Susan Tucker of Salem, Carmelita Roster of Farmer, Angela Roster of Monett, MO, Wayne (Monica) Roster of Farmer and Alice (Rich) Newsam of Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Robert, Jessica and Christina Tucker, Rebecca and Justin Roster, Nicholas and Elizabeth Newsam;  siblings: Alice Dusenbery of Van Buren, MO, Patricia (Howard) Beermann of LaGrange, IL, Martin (Mary) Burke of Sioux City, IA, Charles (Beverly) Burke of Dallas, OR and Daniel Burke of  Casa Grande, AZ; sister-in-law, Wanda Burke of Petaluma, CA; brothers-in-law: Donald Roster of Mitchell and Lawrence (Cynthia) Roster of Spencer, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents Jim & Frances; siblings: James, Raymond, Sr. Joyce (Geraldine) and Thomas; brothers and sisters in-law:  Warren Dusenbery, Clinton (Jim) Roster, Karen Burke; niece, Nancy Wiebelhaus and father and mother-in-law, Matt and Catherine Roster.


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