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Holy Door Pilgrimage


Year of Mercy: Holy Door Pilgrimage

When: 11:00am to 5:00 pm (CST), Saturday, June 18, 2016

Join us for the Celebration of the Mission with Bishop Gruss! The Celebration will include a talk by and Mass with the Bishop, as well as a BBQ lunch.

Suicide & Crisis Hotline Volunteer Training

the art ofAre you interested in becoming a volunteer for the St. Francis Mission Suicide & Crisis Hotline?

Help us to support our young people, elderly or anyone, whether they are having suicidal thoughts, are in a crisis situation or just need someone to talk to.

The next training for Suicide & Crisis volunteers is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016, from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at the Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center in St. Francis

There is no cost for the training. Help us to reach out and support the people.

For any questions or concerns, call Geraldine at 747-5547 or email at:

May 12-Hour Family Recovery Program

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center, St. Francis, S.D.

Family REcovery ProgramThe 12-Hour Family program is facilitated by local native people who live on the reservation. The program includes video clips and live role plays and is structured to meet the needs of those family members who are living on the reservation.

Family members will learn:

• The side effects that drugs and alcohol have on the body and emotions.
• The process of addiction and relapse.
• Will learn about twelve step programs and other healthy ways designed for those who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
• Learn different ways that will help family members cope and maintain a less stressful life while coping with a person who is using drugs or alcohol.
• The how and why alcoholism or drug addiction is a family disease.
• About Co-dependency and have a greater understanding about the issues that surround the
Co-dependent family member.
• How to overcome these family roles and dynamics in a healthy way in order to bring about a healthier family structure.
• Effective communication, listening and observing skills
• Co-dependency and enabling conduct and its role in the addiction cycle and in family structure.
• Including more information related to families and their well –being.

For applications or questions, contact:

Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email

Body, Mind & Soul


Summer is almost here, and it means one of our favorite activities of the year is here too! Join us for Body, Mind and Soul – a Catholic kids camp! This year’s theme is Cave Quest: Following Jesus’ Light in the World.

Each camp will feature games, experiments, adventures, Lakota stories, teachings & games for children aged 6-12.  Lunch and snacks will be provided!  Join us at one of the dates listed below!

June 6-10          Spring Creek (blue religious ed. bldg.)

June 13-17        St. Francis (Icimani Bldg)

June 20-24        Parmelee (St. Agnes hall)

June 27-July 1 Rosebud (St. Bridget’s hall)

July 5-8             Mission (Fr. Paul Hall)

For more information you can call Jenny at 747-2436 or stop by the Religious Ed building or SFM Admin bldg. to pick up an application!



First Communion and a Day for Mothers

Mother’s Day had a special meaning this year at St. Francis Mission – a total of 11 children made their first communion at both St. Charles and St. Bridget’s! The St. Charles Parish gave carnations and Mother’s Day cards to all the mothers in attendance at the Mass service. We had cake and juice for the families and parish members after Mass.

We would like to wish all Mother’s a blessed day (for every day is Mother’s Day!) and to give a special congratulations to the 11 children making their First Communion! Communion

A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

Article featured in Catholic News Service (April 7, 2016), The Catholic Spirit (April 14, 2016 Edition), The West River Catholic (April 2016 Edition). For full story, click on the link below!

A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

Rosebud Indian Reservation selected to receive award

(Taken from Creighton University – School of Dentistry article. You can view the original post here.)

Congratulations to Creighton University School of Dentistry and the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic on the Rosebud Indian Reservation on being selected to receive a $5,000 E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award for the 2015-2016 school year.

The ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award annually highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. This program supports the “Access to Care” mission pillar of the ADA Foundation by helping dental student groups to provide oral health care to those in need.

The ADA Foundation received many applications this year and, through a very competitive process, selected six deserving programs to receive this award. These awards are funded by a donation from the Tarrson Family and by a generous donation from ADA Business Resources, Inc.  These funds will help with costs to send students to the Mission to provide dental care. A special recognition and thank you goes to John Kum (student leader) and Dr. Don Scheidel (faculty leader) for their leadership in our partnership with St. Francis Mission.

Read the complete story at the Creighton News Center.

Fr. Hatcher on Catholic Coach radio show

Fr. Hatcher was recently featured on the Catholic Coach on Real Presence Radio. Check out the podcast and details below!

Catholic Coach Hr. 2 April 18 Fr. John Hatcher, Tom and Colleen Musgrave, and Sr. Marguerite Streifel

In the second hour, our host spoke with several of our local 2016 Lumen Christi Award nominees. The guests included Fr. John Hatcher from the Diocese of Rapid City, Tom and Colleen Musgrave from the Diocese of Fargo, and Sr. Marguerite Streifel from the Diocese of Crookston. (Listen to more episodes here:

Community Garden!

Its that time of the year to start our garden here at the St. Francis Mission! Pictured is our JV Pat Carlin prepping the garden for this summer. The Sapa Un students and their parents will volunteer this summer to work in the garden, and will eat the result in their lunches later in the fall! Watch this space – we will be sharing more pictures as the garden grows!

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Dental Clinic Strives to Stay Strong

St. Franics MissionIf you’ve been following the progress of our dental clinic, you know we have achieved great things. Except for the local hospital—which mostly deals with dental crises, generally by extracting the offending tooth— no one else in a hundred miles is able to serve the dental needs of the Lakota of Rosebud Reservation. We do it at the St. Francis Dental Clinic.

And we’re doing it with volunteer dentists and hygienists who come in from university dental schools (like Creighton in Nebraska) and spend a day, a week, or two weeks giving children, men, and women excellent dental care in our four-chair clinic. Dentists from the South Dakota Dental Association have also stepped up to care for our people.

We do much more than extractions. Our best weapons are education, establishing habits of good hygiene, and doing regular checkups to prevent serious problems. We try to save teeth, not pull them. If we encounter something too great for us, we transport patients to dental offices outside the Reservation–places like Sioux Falls or Rapid City where they have special equipment and expertise.

But we’re facing some great needs in the dental clinic these days. I spoke with Marty Jones, long-time director of our dental program and a veteran dental hygienist. She and her assistant Britt Gordon are
scheduling week-long clinics for summer, bringing in dentists from Indiana University, Creighton, elsewhere. They expect to take care of scores of children by working, sometimes, 12-hour days. We are so grateful for our faithful volunteers.

Here are a couple of comments I heard as I spoke with some dental clinic patients:

“This is a much-needed service. Good people doing a good thing. If they can’t take care of you, they refer you elsewhere and make it happen.” –Sherry Cornelius, mother of a patient.

“They were really, really nice. They didn’t have room in their schedule, but they squeezed us in.They helped me, my three children, and my father. We didn’t have to travel hours to see a dentist.” –Diane Bordeaux.

So while the clinic continues to serve, we have some problems. I’m hoping you can help us out.

Shortage of dentist volunteers. Because we don’t have a permanent dentist on staff (a dream of ours), we rely solely on volunteers. But we cannot expect the same 20 volunteers to give up their family vacations to work with us year after year. Marty has been talking to the South Dakota Association of Dentists at their regional meetings, hoping to draw more in.  She is also reaching out nationally to the American Association of Dentists to publicize our need. Even now we get as many dentists from out of state as we do from in state.  It costs us money to advertise and travel to get our message out to dentists. Would you let your dentist know of our need?

Lack of modern equipment. We have been using equipment that was outdated when we got it. Many dental offices have kindly donated their last-generation chairs and equipment to us. But some of it is now 35 years old. Our X-ray machine is obsolete, and we can’t get parts to fix it. To replace it will cost over $4,000.

Here are some other pieces of equipment we desperately need:

  • Ultrasonic bath used in sterilization of instruments: $500
  • Apex locator used in root canal treatment: $600
  • Cavitron ultrasonic scaling device: $1,000
  • Surgical hand-piece with motor: $3,000
  • A second statim sterilizer to keep up with the need: $4,000
  • Over-the-patient delivery arms for three chairs: $4,000 each

Can you help us financially? Without help, we will continue to drift toward becoming an urgent care only dental clinic, not unlike the local hospital. We established the dental clinic because we believe that all people deserve adequate health care – regular education, hygiene, checkups and treatment. We are definitely NOT talking about cosmetic dentistry.

We put the children first as much as we can, reaching them before dental problems get established. But we struggle to stay current even with them. We need a resurgence in volunteers and generous gifts to maintain standards and achieve ideals for the clinic.

Think of your own dental care – that of your children and yourself – and imagine going without. I appreciate whatever you can do to help us.

In the Risen Lord,

Father John Hatcher, S.J.