Fr. Steve’s updates

A small crowd in church for Mother’s Day. A few homes were away on a trip to Rapid City, but many of the students were checked out to be with their families.

Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mother’s Day

A small crowd in church for Mother’s Day. A few homes were away on a trip to Rapid City, but many of the students were checked out to be with their families.

Sadly, we have a lot of kids whose mothers are absent in their lives. About a third of our students are being raised by the grandparents or other relatives for a variety of reasons.

Some of the students also live many hours from home and weren’t able to be with their moms.

It’s on days like these when kids might feel especially lonely or hurt; as always, our houseparents, counselors and support staff do all they can to nurture and support our children in positive ways.

I wrote out congratulatory cards for our six high school students who will be confirmed at St. James in Chamberlain next week.

I also started on the graduation cards to our 8th graders, trying to make them personal, especially since I’ll be gone for surgery at that time.

For Mother’s Day, I – of course – called home. Mom said that this blog has been a good way to keep up with me, and if nobody else reads it, at least she does. So HI MOM! LOVE YOU! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

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.

5 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Fr. Steve,
    I always look forward to getting your blog page…It is a great way to stay connected with your progress, as well as St Joseph’s.
    Be assured of our constant prayerful support. Don’t let the workload get to big. Take time to rest. You’ll need it later!
    God bless,

  2. What fun to know that your mom is out there…and our message to her is this : “You need to write a book on raising children.”.. because we have never seen a better job..! And the title should be, “How to Raise the Perfect Child.” I mean it..Young parents need to know her secrets..
    Father Steve, you are such a COMPLETE person..!
    Our Love and prayers are with you..
    Mia and Bob

  3. Tell Mom that we are all reading your blogs with great interest. It has been so nice to be greated each morning with your newsy letters and we will all be remembering you in prayer as you reach the next step of your journey. Hope someone will be able to let us know how you progress while you are unable to correspond following the surgery.
    Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  4. Tell Mom we are enjoying your blog too. Helps us know how you are doing, because you are a very special person in our life. Remember to rest when you need to, and know that you are in our prayers every day.

    God bless!
    Marianne & Jim

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