"St. John's Parish Partners has established a relationship with two parishes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Our Lady of the Sioux and Sacred Heart. Members of the parish usually visit the reservation once a year in November. Each year we are blessed to receive more inspiration from the Lakota people than we could ever offer through our gifts.
Anyone wishing to discover more about the Parish Partners mission can contact Jerry Stender 402-731-2296, Lil Rossiter 402-334-5791.
Pine Ridge, SD
The coats and warm clothing that we collect at St. John's is donated to Sacred Heart Parish for their Clothes Closet. After deliveries are made to both parishes we are given a tour of Sacred Heart Parish and learn of the Native American traditions which are part of their liturgy and environment. If scheduling permits we then share a traditional meal prepared by the Kateri Kitchen Crew.
Our Lady of the Sioux
Our ministry at Our Lady of the Sioux consists of providing food bags as well as food for the food pantry at Our Lady of the Sioux.
It is our privilege to attend Mass at Our Lady of the Sioux on Sunday morning. After mass we all gather in the parish hall to enjoy reconnecting and establishing new friendships with the community, while sharing breakfast together.
Thanks to everyone who donated money, coats and blankets for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Several members of our parish delivered these items to Sacred Heart Parish in Pine Ridge, SD and Our Lady of the Sioux Parish in Oglalla, SD. Our parishioners also cooked and served breakfast for the parishioners at Our Lady of the Sioux and handed out food gift bags. Your generous donations help provide for the continuing needs of these communities. Please click on this link for pictures from our visit this fall.