Trick or Treat!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Some weekends I’m convinced I have a great homily, but it doesn’t connect with the students. Other days, I’m not too confident of what I have to say, but it strikes a chord in someone’s life. Many Sundays you just never know if you’ve inspired anyone or not, until further down the road. I do my best to find appropriate words and examples. But I never know what space the listener is on or how the Spirit will work. Like many parts of life, we do our best and leave the rest in God’s hands.

After mass was over, this Sunday was truly a day of rest. Many of the students went into town Trick or Treating, so I didn’t make any rounds. I stayed home and enjoyed the quiet time to read, exercise and get ready for the upcoming week.

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.

5 thoughts on “Trick or Treat!”

  1. As Mass, Sunday morning, the 1st and 2nd year First Communion Students wore a favorite Saint costume to Mass. First time i ever heard, “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In,” as the opening song before Mass. Last night, Some of our trck or treaters wore that same costume! I had last night off. Normally, I’d be working!

  2. I hope the Trick or Treat task went well. We gave away over $30.00 worth of candy, and they stopped coming at 7:30 P.M….
    Mass with Missy-Susan sounds like fun..!
    We wonder what town she lives in. GREAT IDEA..!
    Hugs and Prayers..
    Mia and Bob

  3. I’m sure the Holy Spirit uses you to touch someone. I have on more than one occasion had the priests sermon directed straight into my heart…It’s a strange thing when that happens. But, boy you sure know when it’s your turn!!!

  4. One of our favorite family stories is about the time our grandmother Florence Clifton took part in a musical service at her local church. Several ladies dressed up as angels, complete with wings and halos in the 1930s. They entered the sanctuary singing “When The Saints Come Marching In”. My cousin Helen, who was then about 8 years old, remembers Mama’s face glowing with her happiness and love of Jesus and said she looked exactly like a saint herself. I bet Missy-Susan saw a lot of little saintly faces that Sunday at Mass as well.

  5. Dear Fr. Steve,

    Haven’t written in a while. Sorry about that. Your note inspired us to write a quick note to say hi.

    Hope all the kids had fun on Holloween. It’s always nice to have some time just for you Fr. Steve. Enjoy it while it’s there. Hope you’re doing okay.

    Love, hugs-n-kisses to you all and the kids.

    As always you are all in our prayers everyday.

    Peace,

    Nancy & Kenny

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