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. Students are not required to be Catholic, and we respect each child’s individual family beliefs. Families record their wishes in their consent packet each year, and the Director of Pastoral Care follows up to confirm those wishes and provide further information when sacramental preparation is requested.
We provide spiritual education through Religious Studies classes for all students in grades 1 through 12. When families request, we work with them to prepare their children for Baptism, First Reconciliation and Communion, and Confirmation. In adherence to our mission, we seek to educate the Lakota children for life — mind, body, heart and spirit.
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” takes place, with appropriate cultural elements — St. Joseph’s drum group offers songs, dancers in regalia lead the entrance and closing procession, and selected prayers and hymns are said 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.