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Holy Land and Rome Pilgrimage

Sr. Miriam riding a camel in Petra, Jordan

Sr. Miriam awaiting papal visit.

Sr.Miriam and her sister, Anita, joined the diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome, Oct. 28th to Nov. 10th. Bishop Paul Swain was celebrating his 5th anniversary as Bishop of Sioux Falls. It was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many sites were visited in the land where Jesus walked. The group was in the front row at an audience with Pope Benedict at the Vatican. One day was also spent in Assisi. More details of the trip will be found in our newsletter, “Okodakiciye”.

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Family Christmas Dinner on the Epiphany

Some of our benefactors have sent donations and gifts to be distributed to the youth of the parish  at our family Christmas dinner.  We also received a donation of toys collected by the students of St. Benedict/Sacred Heart Schools in Yankton, SD.  As a result the children each received a gift bag filled with toys, clothes and other items.  It was a very well attended and joyfull occasion.  The parish furnished the main meal and parishioners brought salads and desserts.  We are grateful to our benefactors for their generosity for this event.

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Franciscan Chapter Underway

I made two trips back to Pennsylvania in November and December as a delegate to our Franciscan Community Chapter. One of the areas the delegates discussed at some length was our mission to the Yankton Sioux people in South Dakota. When we concluded discussing and voting on the twenty proposals, the delegates sent them to the new administration for action. It was my first opportunity to work so extensivly with my Franciscan brothers. I was impressed by their dedication and preperation in regard to the submitted proposals.
Fr. David Tickerhoof, tor

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Kateri Circle Meeting


Kateri Circle Members

The Kateri Circle members have just recently decided to take responsibility for the operation of the “Needy Nook” which has been renamed “The Kateri Center”. Members of the Kateri Circle take turns running the Center: sorting clothes, opening boxes, stocking shelves with food and exercising hospitality by being available to those who come and use the Center.


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Des Moines Mission Circle-Furniture Distribution

A photo of the furniture brought.

Shelley a St. Paul’s Parishioner taking a break after unloading.
Mike, Anita & Miles unloading the truck.

On the weekend of September 24th the Preston’s & Winslow’s brought a load of furniture, 150 boxes of supplies and other assorted items for the Kateri Center. The uhaul was 26 feet long & took over 2 hours to unload. Many tables, chairs, beds, children furniture, dressers, etc. made up the bulk of the shipment. The story can be told in the pictures on the web site.

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The Statue Transfer

This summer there is much construction going on in Marty, SD surrounding the Church.  The construction crew kindly offered to move a statue of Bishop Martin Marty that was located near the boys dorm over to a site by the church.  Bishop Marty was the first Abbot of St. Meinrad’s Arch Abby.  He also was the first Bishop of Sioux Falls.  He was concecrated Archbishop of Minneapolis at the age of 60 and he passed away a month later.  The town of Marty is named after him.

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More pictures

Cement work

Painting the Head Start
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Mission Week Pictures Continued

Soffit Painting


Gourmet Cooks!


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Members of St. Paul the Apostle, Racine, WI

House painters

Fourteen members of the Mission outreach committe from St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Racine, Wisconsin spent the days of July 16-22 here at the Mission doing many projects on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. For over six years the Mission has grown in a special friendship with the Racine parish. We are most grateful for the generous labor spent in over 100 degree weather for some of our people. Some of the projects accomplished: outside house painting, inside painting at the Marty Headstart center, putting in a new window, repairing bathroom fixtures, painting soffits for the Yankton Sioux Housing Authority, and pouring cement for a concrete patio etc.

Taking a break!House painters

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Bro. Ron Hurl, TOR

Bro. Ron spent the first part of the summer with us here at the Mission. We are so grateful for his time here. He headed up the Baptism and First Communion program-nine baptisms and 11 first communions. He also used his gifts of praying with others for the renewal of the Holy Spirit. He also spent generous times preaching at St. Marks and St. Paul’s. Three of his favorite things: singing and playing his guitar, riding a bicycle, and sitting on the riding mower. Many thanks Bro Ron!

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