Of late, South Dakota unfortunately has seen a significant increase in the number of Covid cases. The Rosebud and surrounding areas have been affected, and, after several employees tested positive, the tribal offices were closed. We are grateful that so far we have all been safe and healthy and able to keep St. Francis Mission open.
Teachers at Sapa Un Catholic Academy continue to meet students online and, individually, in person. When the doorbell rings, and I open the door, I enjoy seeing the kids and how much they have grown since last March.
As our parishioners make every effort to do what they can to stop Covid’s spread, we continue to celebrate Sunday Masses in our five churches. In between their other responsibilities, Fr. Boddicker and Fr. Lafontaine bring food to the many families in need. We celebrated more baptisms, and Jenny Black Bear started Baptism and First Communion classes as well as online classes for religious education students.
Though travel is discouraged, we recently had some important visitors. Jeremy Red Eagle and other staff from Sisseton-Wahpeton College in the eastern part of the state came to see the museum. They were particularly interested in the collection of traditional Lakota toys and games. To learn more, check out this website: https://tinyurl.com/Lakota-games
Our new shepherd, Bishop Peter Muhich, of the diocese of Rapid City, came to see St. Charles Church and our museum, to meet some of our staff, and to hear about our programs. We wish we could have celebrated Mass and hosted a “feed” for all the people who wanted to meet him, but the pandemic prevented a large gathering.
With this letter, I want to introduce you to one of our family of supporters. As you’ll see, Mike Holdren, who shares your interest and commitment, has some creative ideas for spreading the word about St. Francis Mission.
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