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Baptism Classes Starting

Baptismal classes will start on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. for children 7 years and younger, at the Icimani Building in St. Francis. It is six weeks of preparation for Baptism. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Jenny at 747-2436 or Ben at 747-2361.



Lakota Language Preservation: A Letter from Father Hatcher

The following has been excerpted from our monthly stewardship letter. Wopila

You may remember that wopila is Lakota for thank you. Gratitude plays an important role in the lives of the Lakota people.  This image of an angel saying “wopila!” is by a student at the Sapa Un Macadam.

Sapa Un is what the Lakota called the black-robed German Jesuit missionaries who came to the great plains to evangelize Native Americans in the nineteenth century. The Lakota of Rosebud Reservation invited the Jesuits to live among them and educate their children to succeed in a strange new world. We are still here, still doing what we were called to do. Wopila!

I have Lakota on my mind these days because we are seeing a resurgence of the language among the Lakota people. Recently I asked some questions about this of Deacon Ben Black Bear, Jr., director of our Lakota Studies program, and Marie Kills in Sight, director of our Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum.

How many of the 26,000 Lakota on Rosebud Reservation speak Lakota?

About 25 percent, or 6,500 people, are speakers, many of them elderly, but the number of young speakers is growing rapidly.

How are people learning the language?

In many ways. Parents are teaching Lakota words to tots, preschool children are getting bilingual training, children in Black Robe Catholic Academy are exposed to Lakota language and culture every day, the tribe has a Lakota education program, and young adults are taking Lakota in college.
Because language is social by definition, many seek out speakers of Lakota by attending powwows and other gatherings. Working through the Lakota Language Consortium, Deacon Ben has created audio CDs and workbooks for Lakota learners, as well as online resources.

Why is it important for the people of Rosebud to know the Lakota language?

“It’s who we are,” Marie Kills in Sight said. “I speak English in my job all day long, but when I go home I need to loosen up my tongue. So I call my aunt or my cousin and have a long conversation in Lakota. That makes me happy.”

Lakota is this people’s “heart language,” Deacon Ben explained. When people pray the world over, they naturally do it in their own languages. Lakota spirituality is consistent with Christian spirituality in many wonderful ways. We worship the same God.

If you are Lakota, they told me, you think and act in ways that have been handed down to you by our ancestors. If you are Lakota, you won’t understand your own behavior without knowing the Lakota language. The language embodies the rich culture of the Lakota, and the fastest way to understand your culture is to learn the language. In the schools the children are learning words, phrases, stories, prayers, and songs in Lakota. They love it. When it comes right down to it, they said, knowing Lakota gives people of all ages a sense of ancestral pride and self-esteem that helps them become successful in life.

But shouldn’t we be focused on preparing them to succeed off the reservation, especially in college?

That’s exactly what we are doing, they insisted. Students are learning standard curriculum as well as Lakota. Learning Lakota is like learning Spanish, French, or Latin, except it is far more personal for Lakota children. When they go off to college they are bicultural, able to function effectively among their own people and as members of an ethnic minority in both college and career. With a sound understanding of who they are, Lakota youth feel good about themselves, proud of their heritage, and confident of their ability to compete with anyone.

I hope Deacon Ben and Marie help you see why Lakota Studies is an important program of St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota. This people is a unique gift to the Church, the Body of Christ. I am fortunate to be blessed in my own faith by the Lakota. I am blessed to serve them. I understand the word wopila. I am making it my own. Preserving Lakota language and culture is critical to our success as a mission. We must affirm those we serve and welcome them into our community of love. The Church encourages this approach to missionary service, calling it inculturation.

We have needs in our Lakota Studies program—both in the school curriculum and in the museum. You have been a friend to the Mission, so I am grateful to be able to turn to you again. Does God move you to make a gift in support of Lakota language and culture? Thank you for whatever you can do to help us!

In the Risen Lord,

John Hatcher, SJ



Suicide & Crisis Hotline Training

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

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 Wednesday, January 27th, 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



St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic selected to receive award

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) from the Creighton University School of Dentistry for their leadership in our partnership with St. Francis Mission.



January 12 Hour Family Recovery Program

Family REcovery Program

Do you or a loved one wish to participate in our 12 Hour Family Recovery Program? Learn more below:

Date: Tuesday, January 19th And Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center, St. Francis, S.D.

The 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.

There is no cost to attend.

For applications or questions, contact:

Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email icimani@sfmission.org



Bishop Opens Holy Door

Bishop Robert Gruss opened the Holy Door at Saint Charles Church (the main church at Saint Francis Mission) on Sunday December 20, 2015.

This begins the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Saint Charles Church has been designated as one of two pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Rapid City.

Father John Hatcher cordially invites everyone in the diocese and the larger Catholic Community to visit Saint Francis Mission during this Year of Mercy.

There will be a designated day of prayer on June 18, 2016. The Mission will offer confessions throughout the day, a holy hour of prayer and a lunch to all who come.



Sapa Un: A New Chapter

Students from Sapa Un started a new chapter this week with the grand opening of our new school library. As you will see, the library contains children’s books, a media center, and many cozy (and fun!) places to inspire the kids to read and explore.

We were pleased to welcome Mission staff, parents and members of the community for our grand opening – and to watch our students get their “first look” at the new library! They enjoyed exploring and have already dived in to reading and playing in their new room!



St. Francis Mission December Event and Christmas Mass Schedule

The holidays are upon us, and throughout December, there is a lot happening at the Mission.  Here is the schedule for December events and the Christmas Mass schedule!

December 12th
• St. Agnes – 5:00 pm Mass, followed by Supper at 5:45 and at 6:30, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminar by Deacon Ben Black Bear, Jr.

December 19th
• St. Agnes – 5:00 pm Mass, followed by Supper at 5:45 pm

December 20th
• St. Bridget’s Christmas Dinner (Time TBD)
• St. Charles – Bishop Robert D. Gruss will be here to open our Holy Door.

December 22nd
• St. Agnes – Parish Christmas Dinner for Parmelee Community
• St. Francis Mission distributes gift baskets to the elders

December 24th – Christmas Eve Masses:

• St. Agnes Christmas Eve – Children’s Christmas Eve Liturgy with Christmas Narrative, Carol Gospel, and Eucharistic Prayer for Children at 3:00 pm, followed by a 4 pm Supper and Children’s Christmas Party & gifts at 4:30 pm.
• St. Charles Christmas Eve – Mass at 9:00 pm, followed by hot chocolate and cookies at the Icimani building.
• St. Bridget’s Christmas Eve – Mass at Midnight

Note that St. Charles will not be holding Midnight Mass this year – instead, the St. Charles Christmas Eve Mass is at 9:00 pm with hot chocolate and cookies to follow at the Icimani Building. Midnight Mass will be held at St. Bridget’s.

December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9:00am at St. Charles

December 26th:
• St. Agnes – Holy Family Mass at 5:00 pm, followed by Supper at 5:45

 



Sapa Un – Thankful Students, Thankful Families

The students at Sapa Un Academy had a Thanksgiving dinner with staff and families last week.  We had plenty of delicious food, artwork, a word from the students, and handing out of certificates. We are so thankful for the students and their families who have joined us during our third year.

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Want to hear directly from our students? They made some videos to tell us (and you) what they are most thankful for! Take a look below!



November: 12 Hour Family Recovery Program

Family REcovery Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Monday, November 23rd And Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center, St. Francis, S.D.

The 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 –

There is no cost to attend

For applications or questions, contact:

Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email icimani@sfmission.org