Fr. Steve’s updates

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The office is usually empty on Saturday mornings, and since there are no interruptions, it’s great time for me to go in finish lots of the 10 and 15 minute tasks that pile up. I felt a good surge of energy this morning, and actually found the bottom of my desk today!

Some of our students get checked out regularly and spend quality time with their families. Other students live four or five hours away from family or have home situations that don’t allow for a lot of family time.

For those reasons, we have a mentor program at St. Joseph’s, sort of like a big brother/ big sister match up.

I enjoy the chance to hear about life at school from a student’s perspective, so I support the program completely. Today, I took one of our students, RJ, downtown for a movie and a bite to eat.

Sixty of our staff members have also volunteered to take part in such a monthly activity with students who appreciate the outlet. To me, these selfless actions speak of the extra miles our staff is willing to go because they care about the well-being of our students.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Friday is my usual day off, a chance to get away and relax before the weekend duties.

With icy roads, and feeling tired, I opted just to stay home and read, exercise, and work on answering some of the many cards coming in.

I know I’m being prayed for in every corner of the country, in many different churches and denominations and among many prayer groups.

One prayer card sits before me and made me do a double take.

One of the sisters I used to work with sent me one of our St. Joseph’s Prayer for Healing Cards. It has my name as the one being prayed for, and my signature as the one leading the prayers.

I guess other folks who receive those cards these days can be reassured I’m praying extra hard for all the people on that list!

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

4 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how much work you can get done in a quiet office! Love the story about the prayer card…very cute…and you are right, people all over the world are praying for you. I have always believed you get back what you give in this life – and it’s our turn to give back to you.

    Have a wonderful day Fr. Steve!

  2. God bless you, Father Steve. Glad you saw the bottom of your desk 🙂 St. Joseph’s is a sterling example of what any center for education should be like.

  3. what? theres a bottom to a desk too? oh no, im never gonna find mine if they keep adding parts, all i ever see is this mountain of stuff that i vagely remember putting there till i can see if its important. and we have to not only read this mountain but reply or in some other fashion act on this too? …. ah well a days work always sees its end of toils but my desk, well i think may never be right again now that it has a top AND a bottom. hope you had a smile or laugh or something from my post,, mostly i just wanted to say all things wise and wonderful all things great and small the lord god made them all, and all your “small” deeds are indeed mighty in the sight of god! as is this mountain of mail on my desk.. lol much love to you and the kids

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