Guest blogger: Fr. Anthony

With the approach of Lent, it was time to bring things to an end and begin here at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

The homes were asked to bring their old palms to church today so they can be burned and used on Ash Wednesday.

The inter-city girls’ basketball season came to an end with a 6th, 7th and 8th grade all-star games.  As part of the end of the season activities, there were free throw and three-point contests as well as drawing for door prizes.  Trophies and ribbons were then handed out to those on the championship team.

My one arm feels a bit longer than the other since we had bowling yesterday for our regular bowling league of 6th, 7th and 8th graders and then did it again later Saturday night with our high school students and some of their house parents.  It is exciting to see the improvement some are making and frustrating as others keep find the gutter rather than the head pin, your humble scribe included.

As Sunday was Girl Scout Sunday, we honored those in  scouting in grades 1 to 5.  We asked them to stand at Sunday Mass and then gave them a round of applause for their willingness to help others while having fun and discovering various things about themselves and the world around them.

Frances Jetty, the wife of Deacon Bud Jetty, who helps out at St. James in Chamberlain and here on campus at times, has been facing some medical problems.  The students here have been keeping her in their prayers and today she asked that the Mass be offered for all the sick of the area.  At the start of Mass, the students were asked to pause for a moment to think about anyone they knew who is struggling with health issues and then we lifted them all up to be remembered in the Mass intention.  I lifted up any of our Benefactors who are going through some physical or emotional difficulties at the moment.

Fr. Steve is schedule to return on Monday afternoon from the donor luncheon in Milwaukee, WI; he could be running into another big snow storm that is supposed to hit our area again.   Please say a prayer that he and the group that went with him will be able to make it back to campus safely.

Have a great week.  May your Lent get off to a wonderful start with the celebration of Ash Wednesday as we begin a time of reflection on what we can let go of so as to draw closer to God.

Thanks again for your interest in St. Joseph’s Indian School.  Our students and staff are grateful for your generosity.

Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ


PS – Remember that Day Light Savings goes into effect next weekend.  Set your clocks ahead an hour when you retire this coming Saturday night.

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.

One thought on “Guest blogger: Fr. Anthony”

  1. Father Anthony..! Jello,again ! We are glad to see you back on board..!
    My uncle was a champion bowler..and for years he tried to teach me. However, I never caught on to how to aim the ball forward ! After dealing with the ball slamming into his shins for several yearsx, he finally suggested that I sew with my aunt on his bowling nights.
    We won’t wish that snow prediction on you..justsend it OUR way ! We have had LOTS of snow forecasts, but few of them came to pass this year.Send us your snow balls, and we will send our lovely tomatoes to you..!
    Bowl with the other arm next time. Your arms need to match..!
    Hugs and Prayers to All..
    Mia and Bob

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