This past Sunday, October 21, the Saint Francis Mission gathered together in celebration of the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. One communal mass was celebrated at 10:00AM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Francis. The mass was full of Lakota drumming and singing, a homily by Deacon Ben Black Bear in Lakota and English, and a beautiful statue of Kateri facing the congregation from the altar.
Following mass, a dinner was held at Digmann Hall where the canonization mass from Rome was being shown. In his homily, Pope Benedict XVI said about Kateri, “She lived a life radiant with faith and purity…In her, faith and culture enrich each other!” People shared food, laughter, and joy on this special day as they watched the first Native American become canonized. It was truly a joyous day for all to remember.
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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks and Flower of the Algonquins, pray for us!