St. Joseph’s students participate in clubs and camps!

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain
Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph’s Chaplain

Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School!

This has been an interesting few days weather-wise. You’ve heard the statement ‘March comes in like a lion or a lamb and goes out the opposite.’  The addition of a leap year day kept that truth in place here at St. Joseph’s, since that was the day (not the 1st of March) that got the bad snow storm.  The month ended on a wet and windy day which set the tone for more snow on April 1st, and that’s not a joke.  One benefit is that the grass is turning green nicely.

The big event of this past weekend was the reception of Sacraments for 24 of our students at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel – four made their 1st Communion, 16 were Baptized and two made a Profession of Faith. 18 of these students also received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Reception of the Sacraments.

We were honored to have family and friends join the St. Joseph’s community in witnessing the reception of the Sacraments. As always, several of St. Joseph’s Houseparents, teachers and Family Service Counselors served as godparents or sponsors for the students.


Our Cyr and Fisher homes recently participated in a community pinewood derby alongside the Chamberlain Cub and Boy Scouts. The event gave all involved the chance to interact and share insights as to how each individual car was made and how each unique feature enhanced speed or drag.

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and the various winners earned some nice trophies. Our students were grateful for the chance to take part.

St. Joseph’s Acalympics Team

Another Acalympics—academic school teams answering a variety of question in various categories—was held recently in White River, South Dakota. 16 teams participated and Highmore-Harold, Pierre and New Underwood emerged the winners.


Kendra, White River Middle School Principal, stated the emphasis this time was on spelling and capitalization and that they are exploring the possibility of having their computer-science class come up with an Acalympic scoring app to speed things up.

Four of St. Joseph’s 8th graders travelled to South Dakota State University in Brookings this past weekend to take part in GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science).It was a one day workshop giving the young ladies the chance to explore interests in Engineering, Science and Technology by interacting with professional women from the industries as well as professors and students from SDSU.


The aim is to inspire those taking part to continue to pursue courses of study introduced during the workshop.  The day gave the participants the chance to solve a crime using forensic science, build a LEGO robot car and navigate it through a treacherous maze, and end with some hands on engineering skills as they designed, constructed and tested model bridges.


We hope the day planted some seeds that may encourage those taking part to give some serious thought to those fields for their futures.

I hope your week has been challenging and exciting. May God’s blessings continue to be with you.  We thank you for your generosity and support. Please know that your kindness gives our students the opportunity to take part in many wonderful, empowering activities!


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 “St. Joseph’s students participate in clubs and camps!”

  1. It sounds like they had a wonderful time. I was always learning most, when I could participate. Practical exercises, that solve community problems will encourage all the students to learn. A safe, warm, nourishing environment, makes a flower bloom. I hope all the children are happy.

  2. Addressing the needs of the whole child is a fantastic plan. Dr. Kingore, Gifted Education guru, believes that “the more we stretch kids’ rubber bands (minds), the more they learn.” Thanks for all you do!

    And to each youngster I say, “Thanks for being the best version of yourself!”

  3. What age group receives confirmation? I once worked with a group of 8th & 9th graders training to be confirmed, but in Latin America most children receive confirmation at the same time as their baptisms. As a consequence our pastor wanted these Latin students to receive the same training as those students who were raised in the U.S. and hadn’t yet been confirmed so that all the students would have the same knowledge of their faith. They only received a blessing by the bishop as they had already been considered to be confirmed. Now a friend of mine says her 8 year old third grader who attends public school is going to be trained for Confirmation next year after making 1st communion this year. Is the timing for this sacrament done whenever local Bishops decided? Just wanted to see how St. Joseph’s does it.

    1. Hi William! Here’s the information I received from our Director of Mission Integration:

      Following the Second Vatican Council, the Church revived the early Christian practice of the unity of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for those of “catechetical” (able to be taught and understand) age, referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation.
      • From somewhere in the 1970s on, it has been universally mandatory that for the unbaptized of catechetical age, the unity of the sacraments be observed. So, if a child of 7 or older is going to be baptized, they are prepared for and receive as well Confirmation and Eucharist.
      • Those who are baptized Catholic as infants, receive First Communion at 7 or so, and are Confirmed at an age of the local bishop’s discretion (usually anywhere between 7th grade and 12th).
      • Those who are baptized in another mainstream Christian tradition, who want to receive Communion in the Catholic Church, make a profession of faith, are Confirmed and receive Communion.

      We still hold to the older process for those baptized as infants, but adhere to the newer for the unbaptized. Interestingly some of the Orthodox traditions maintained the unity of the sacraments all along, and give baptism, first communion and confirmation to infants.

      We hope this answers your question!

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