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Service & Fun – SFM Youth Group Update!

The SFM Youth group met after a short haitus at the beginning of the school year. This time, the group met and talked about our Vision for the Youth Group, made plans to attend the Diocesan Youth Rally in October and discussed how to spend money from a recent fundraiser. We also designed and voted on t-shirts for the group!

After the meeting, they made their own homemade pizzas and then we went to help one of our Youth members with her project which is a soup kitchen in her community. So the youth community service activity for this month was helping with Jayden’s soup kitchen in the Spring Creek community. They served, and helped clean up afterwards.

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Help Those in Crisis – Become a Hotline Volunteer!

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Are 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, September 29th, 2015
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:

Suicide Prevention Week: How can YOU make a difference?

Suicice Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. In 2013, we began an initiative to help prevent suicide on the Rosebud Reservation. At the time, the suicide rate was enormous – and we knew that we could help change the grim statistics. Since then, our hotline has been open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking calls (and Facebook messages) from those contemplating suicide, in crisis or in need of help.

YOU can help make a difference in someone’s life. Awareness and understanding the signs of suicide can be the first step to helping prevent suicide. What are the warning signs?

• Talking about suicide
• Seeking access to means to commit suicide
• Preoccupation with death
• No hope for the future
• Self-loathing or self-hatred
• Getting affairs in order
• Saying goodbye
• Withdrawing from others
• Self-Destructive behavior
• Sudden sense of calm

What can you do if you spot these warning signs in someone you know?

1 – Speak up. Talk to them about it (and if you are a child, talk to a trusted adult)
2 – Respond quickly. Don’t wait if you spot a warning sign.
3 – Offer help and support.

If you are on the Rosebud, call us at 605.319.1280. There is help available for you!

Interested in volunteering? Email for more information!

2015 Sacrament Preparation Dates & Times

2015 Sacrament Preparation
RCIA/(RCIC-for children 8 years and older who have not been baptized yet) classes will start on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Icimani Building in St. Francis starting at 6:30 p.m. (These classes will run from Sept-May for an 1 ½ hr.)

Baptismal classes (for children 7 years and younger) will start on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the CYO building at 7:45 p.m. (1hr. long)
(The class will run for 6 weeks with baptisms to take place on October 25, 2015. Another class will start on November 4, 2015 at the Spring Creek Religious Ed. Bldg.)

Confirmation classes (for ages 14 years and older) will start on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the CYO building in Rosebud. (The class will run for 1-1 ½ hrs. This class will run from September to May, with Confirmation to take place in June.)
For more information please call Ben III-Parish Administrator, at the SFM admin building at 747-2361 or Jenny-Religious Ed. Director at 747-2436.

One Week Only: A Very Special Exhibit

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In cooperation with the Redfern Community Centre of Sydney (NSW, Australia) and the Casa delle Letterature of Rome, we are proud to present Aboriginal and Sioux Panoramas – Glances and stories of Aboriginals and Sioux, portraits of Roberto Vignoli.

The exhibit will open in three locations worldwide this week, the Buechel Museum being one of those three. Due to the museum closing for the season on Labor Day, this exhibit will only be open for one week (September 1-7, 2015).

Admission is free. Exhibit is located in the gift shop. 


Join the White River Out-of-Towners for their annual 12-Step Weekend!


WHEN: SEPT. 25,26,27, 2015











Join us for the September presentation of the 12-Hour Family Recovery Program!

Family REcovery Program

Date: Tuesday, September 8th And Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Place: Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center, St. Francis, South Dakota

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

SFM Youth Group Flea Market!

Join us for a Fund Raiser Flea Market to be held on 9/1/15 at the Digmann Hall in St. Francis from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.  This is a fund raiser flea market, lunch and bake sale for the SFM Youth group.

Tables are $10. To reserve your table please call Jenny at 747-2436 or 828-1082.

Flea Market


Immersion in a Language: Sapa Un Summer Immersion Program

Cargo“In talking to many younger Lakota people,” says Jody Jackson, head teacher of the Sapa Un Academy “we found that they didn’t know enough about the Lakota side of themselves, including their cultural heritage, which caused a lot of struggles. As we have developed the Sapa Un Academy, we have included Lakota based curriculum to help students embrace who they are, become their authentic selves and be the strong Lakota leaders that our community needs.”

 One of the ways that our school, the Sapa Un Academy, has incorporated Lakota teachings into our curriculum is by holding a Lakota immersion camp this summer. The camp ran for 3 weeks in July and is required for 3rd – 5th grade students at the Sapa Un Academy. Students focus on learning Lakota language, history and culture while keep up skills that they have learned during the school year.

The camp is designed to reinforce information learned during school, but also to open up students to even more knowledge about their Lakota heritage. “The Immersion camp is taught by Deacon Ben Black Bear, a fluent Lakota speaker who contributes to many projects aimed at keeping the Lakota language alive,” says Jackson. “He teachers our regular Lakota classes during the year, and at the Immersion Camp, leads students in learning more Lakota language as well as history and culture.”

In addition to language lessons, which are often woven into hikes, arts, crafts and other activities, campers visit historical sites such as the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum and Spotted Elk’s grave. Students also take part in ceremonies and songs, and learn the history behind these activities. They also engage in learning traditional arts and crafts.

“While all of our students are Lakota, they come from a mix of backgrounds – some are traditional families and some aren’t traditional at all. What we want to do with the Immersion Camp, and our Lakota studies during the school year, is to build strong Lakota leaders who can be strong and know that it is ok to walk in both worlds.”

Dental Days: An Update

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In July 2013, the Mission embarked on a new adventure – Rosebud Dental Days.  A one-week event held in conjunction with the South Dakota Dental Association, Dental Days brought South Dakota dentists to the Rosebud to provide much needed dental care. The week long event was held across the Rosebud, and was considered a success.

But it was just the beginning. Today, Rosebud Dental Days happens multiple times a year, bringing down a core group of dentists (as well as newcomers) to the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic to provide dental care to both new and returning patients. Marty Jones, Dental Clinic Director, says that the services provided during Dental Days has changed as the Clinic has grown. “Early on, we were handling many new patient cases.  Now, because of our ongoing clinics, Dental Days has allowed us to provide more services – including follow up services to patients whose dental home is the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic.”

Since the beginning of Rosebud Dental Days, we’ve partnered with the South Dakota Dental Association.  Paul Knecht, Executive Director of the South Dakota Dental Association, notes that “The St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic has helped shift the focus of need during Dental Days.  Early on, we focused on triage care, and now we have the ability to have care and a true ‘dental home’ for patients. From an oral health perspective, it is a bright light in an otherwise dark environment.” 

Thanks to all the dentists and staff who have helped make our ongoing Dental Days programs a success! What does the future hold for the Clinic & Dental Days? Stay tuned on the clinic website at!