Softball, Prom & Palm Sunday for the Lakota (Sioux) Students

We hope this finds you all healthy and doing well! The weather in Chamberlain is keeping us guessing, but the last couple of days have been warming up… Dare we say spring

Fr. Anthony is St. Joseph’s Chaplain
Fr. Anthony with the Lakota children

is really here?

St. Joseph’s Native American students have taken advantage of the nice days and are getting out for some activities. Tonight, the junior high softball league will start. The fourth and fifth grade softball will have a meeting today and start their season in the next day or two. Our youngest students (first, second and third grades) take part in T-ball and they kick off their season tomorrow afternoon.

Last Thursday, I had the chance to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The oils used in church rituals during this year were blessed and then distributed to all the parishes. The clergy gather to re-affirm our commitment of service to God’s people and to take the oils home as a sign of unity within the diocese. These oils will be used on April 27 when our Lakota (Sioux) students who are taking part in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program will receive their Sacraments.

Saturday was a big night for our high school students – prom! Since the festivities go through the night, we decided to push back our Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Indian School to late afternoon so everyone could get some sleep. It was nice to see other prom goers from the community join our later service after taking the opportunity to sleep in. Check out our photos from the evening!

Most of St. Joseph’s high school students attend the Chamberlain High School prom last weekend.
St. Joseph’s students and their dates at the prom!

Everyone was very excited to have Fr. Steve back with us to be the celebrant at our afternoon Mass. He is in South Dakota for a board meeting this week and to visit with the local SCJ community members in his role as Provincial Superior.


It is hard to believe Palm Sunday is coming up this weekend. We hope it will be a special day for you as we continue our journey to Easter.


Take care and know we are keeping you and your intentions in our prayers.

God bless,
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.

4 thoughts on “Softball, Prom & Palm Sunday for the Lakota (Sioux) Students”

  1. The Prom girls look beautiful and the guys so handsome. Hope they had a great time. Thank you for sharing pictures of such memorable moments in their lives. God Bless each of them.

  2. As always.. lots of wonderful “stuff” going on at St. Joseph’s. Prom? boy that is early.. Everyone looks so beautiful. Great to have Fr. Steve back to celebrate Mass. God bless!

  3. Congratulations to Fr. Huffstetter on his assignment as Provincial Superior. He has been a great blessing to St. Joseph’s as Director and we know he will be a blessing to all the Priests of the Sacred Heart in this new position.
    Fr. Steve, Fr. Anthony and all the Priests of the Sacred Heart have a special place in my daily prayers and all my Masses and Eucharistic Holy Hours (2 each week) God bless you all abundantly.
    Every one of the students are also in my daily rosary and prayers.
    Paulette Northcutt

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