Though St. Joseph’s Indian School is affiliated with the Catholic Church through the Priests of the Sacred Heart, we welcome children of all faiths, recognizing the dignity of each human person created in God’s image. Our students are not required to be Catholic, and we respect each child’s individual family beliefs. Families record their wishes as part of their consent packet each year, and the Director of Pastoral Care follows up to confirm those wishes and provide further information as needed.
St. Joseph’s provides spiritual education through Religious Studies classes for all students in grades 1-12. When families request, we work with them to prepare their children for Baptism, First Reconciliation and Communion, and Confirmation.
This past year, 24 students received the Sacraments. Four made their First Communion, 16 were Baptized and two made a Profession of Faith. 18 of these students also received the Sacrament of Confirmation!
Children participate in Mass on Sundays and prayer services at various times throughout the year. They participate in choir and as altar servers, readers, blessing ministers and ushers. Each month, a “Lakota Mass” is held, with appropriate cultural elements — St. Joseph’s drum group offers songs, dancers in regalia lead the procession and recession, and selected prayers and hymns are in Lakota.
Additionally, St. Joseph’s offers Healing Camp at least twice a year. The camp helps children who have experienced grief or loss begin to heal through Christian and Lakota practices.
In adherence to our mission, we seek to educate the Lakota children for life — mind, body, heart and spirit. Thank you for joining us on the journey!