A Christmas Celebration for the Lakota Children

Dear Friends of St. Joseph’s,

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain
Fr. Anthony helped pass out gifts at the Christmas celebration.

What a week last week was! The Lakota students were scheduled to come back from Christmas break a week ago, but many were not able to return right away due to the weather – cold temperatures, wind, snow and ice. The entire week stayed cold and windy with wind chill factors below zero. Most of the students and staff remained inside, but a few brave souls took advantage of the snow and got in some good sledding.
We had many students come down with the flu after they returned from break. They spent most of the week in our nurses’ care in the health center on campus. Nurse Nancy and Nurse Ronda showed tender concern and helped get the students back on their feet. The prospect of missing out on opening Christmas gifts on Sunday helped everyone to cooperate and listen to the nurses’ instructions for a speedy recovery!
On the sports front, the boys’ basketball season is underway and they will play their first game tomorrow. The older girls signed up for the Inter-city girls’ league, which is played on Sunday

Our Christmas celebration began with mass and the Christmas story.
The students reenacted the Christmas story during mass.

afternoons with girls from the Chamberlain community.
St. Joseph’s bowling league got started Saturday. We have eight teams made up of students in grades 7-12. Everyone was a little rusty to start and we saw quite a few gutter balls. In the second game, however, students began to hit their spots.
Finally, Sunday – the day of our Christmas party – arrived! We always wait until the students return from break to celebrate Christmas in their St. Joseph’s homes. As part of Mass, some of our fourth grade students acted out the Christmas story. As soon as Mass was over, the students headed back to their homes to open Christmas gifts. As you can see from the pictures, there was a lot of excitement. Check out more photos in our Flickr album!
A great big pilamayathank you – to all those who played Santa behind the scenes. Your

Students opened gifts in their St. Joseph’s homes after mass.
Pilamaya – thank you – for the headphones!

generosity enabled our houseparents to go out and shop for some of the items our students had asked Santa to bring. It was a great feeling to see the joy and happiness expressed by the Lakota children. We’re so grateful for your generosity!
May God’s blessings continue to be with you as your generosity enables His blessings to be present to the Native American children at St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ

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 90 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.

6 thoughts on “A Christmas Celebration for the Lakota Children”

  1. Hi Father.. wow .. I am not going to complain about the cold here..Happy the children were feeling well enough to enjoy their Christmas gifts. Good luck to all the sports teams. As always, thanks for the posts and God bless!

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