It has been another wonderful week in the neighborhood – the weather has been great!
The campus was very quiet this weekend since the Lakota students and St. Joseph’s staff were on Thanksgiving break. I helped chaperone the bus that took the students to their homes in Eagle Butte and Pierre, South Dakota. It was good to meet some of the students’ families and everyone seemed very upbeat to be home for the holiday.
St. James Parish and Fr. Guy Blair, SCJ, hosted their second annual Thanksgiving meal open to anyone in the community. It was an outstanding success and served over 400 people. They had over a 150 takeout orders for people unable to leave their homes. It was nice to see that a wide variety of locals join together to help others.
Friday after Thanksgiving kicked off the Christmas season with the annual Parade of Lights in downtown Chamberlain. Some very bright and inventive floats brought out a lot of oohs and aahs from spectators who braved the chilly evening.
St. Joseph’s Indian School was blessed with the presence of a bald eagle that sat high in a tree along the banks of the Missouri River. It was a majestic sight. Deer hunting season opened recently in our area, which may explain why I’ve seen seven deer on three separate occasions within the last 10 days or so. They seem to know there will not be any shooting on campus.
This coming weekend will be the Dancing Dolls & Dudes program. St. Joseph’s students have been involved in this over the last few years. It will definitely be one of those Kodak moments!
Hope you have a great week and that God’s blessings will be with you throughout the new month as we prepare for the birth of the Prince of Peace.
Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ