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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.

Holy Week Schedule

St. Charles Parish

St. Agnes:

  • Easter Sunday Mass at 11:00am

St. Bridget’s:

  • Holy Thursday 6:00pm
  • Good Friday- 6:00pm
  • Holy Saturday- no mass
  •  Easter Sunday- regular time 9:00am

 St. Charles:

  • Holy Thursday- 6:30 pm
  •  Good Friday- 6:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday- 9:00pm
  • Easter Sunday- regular time 11:30am

St. Thomas:

  • Wednesday Mass – 5:30pm
  • Holy Thursday- 5:30pm
  • Good Friday- 5:30pm
  • Holy Saturday- 8:30pm
  •  Easter Sunday- 9:00am

New Baptisms at St. Charles!

On Sunday, March 13th, we celebrated some Baptisms at St. Charles! We welcome these children into the Catholic  Church!

Families Church Cake

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 Wednesday, March 23rd, 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:


March 12 Hour Family Recovery Program

Date: Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: St. Bridget’s Hall, Rosebud, S.D. (Near the Post Office)

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

Happenings Around St. Charles Parish

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This past weekend we celebrated the 2nd Rite of Baptism-General Intercession & Litany of Saints at St. Charles Parish. Baptism preparation began in February and takes place over 6 weeks. The baptisms will take place on March 13th.

In other exciting news, we started celebrating birthdays for the parishioners at St. Charles–this is our first month of celebration! The Parish provided the meat and cake and families brought the side dishes. It was a very nice experience for everyone and we are super excited to have started this in our Parish!

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Sapa Un Now Taking Applications for 2016-2017 School Year!


Raise your hand if your child is ready to join the Sapa Un Academy for the 2016 – 2017 school year! We are currently taking applications!

Click here to download the application!

Applications may be picked up at the SF Mission Administration building and are due by April 15th. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a visit to the school, please call Jody at 605-747-2567.


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 Monday, February 29th, 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: