Autumn Activities

Dear Friends,

It's been a busy Fall at St. Francis Mission. Besides our regularly scheduled Masses at five churches, religious education classes around the reservation, and classes for Sapa Un's fifty-three K-8 students, a lot of other things have been going on.

Our Youth Group, led by Ben and Jenny Black Bear, led a suicide prevention "glow walk."

A total of nine infants and children were baptized at two of our churches.

The Knights of Columbus and the American Wheelchair Mission came to distribute wheelchairs at the Mission and in individuals' homes.

Our dental clinic began partnering with the University of Connecticut, the sixth volunteers who provide direct dental care to members of the community.

Our cross country team and girls' basketball team finished their seasons. Two of our girls played volleyball and three of our boys played football at the neighboring St. Francis Grade School.

Two students took first place in their age group at the South Dakota grade school chess tournament that was held in Pierre. And we hosted our first annual Lakota Handgames tournament.

For Halloween, Sapa Un students went reverse trick-or-treating, bringing candy and words of support to elders. They also brought hand-painted pumpkins to residents at the White River nursing home.

We distributed a lot of donated winter clothing which was especially timely because in October we had two snow storms that either delayed school or cancelled classes. It looks as though it's going to be a long winter!

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