St. Charles Parish Location: St. Francis, SD
Sunday Mass: 11:30 AM Wednesday Mass: 5:30 PM
Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass St. Bridget’s Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM, Tues/Thurs 5:30 PM St. Ignatius/Sacred Heart Masses St. Agnes Masses Sunday: 11:00 AM (alternates between 4:00 PM on fourth Sunday of the month parishes every other week) St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Our Lady of Good Counsel Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM Sunday: 5:00 PM on third Sunday of the month
<><><><><><><><><><><><><>September 25, 2011<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celeGetting to Know: bration of the 26th Sunday in Ordinary
Time. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
The parishes of St. Charles and St. Bridget churches extend a huge welcome to Bishop Robert Gruss! We’re honored to have him celebrate Mass with us! Bishop Gruss was ordained a priest for the diocese of Davenport, IA in 1994. After ordination, Bishop Gruss served parishes in Iowa from 19942007 in various capacities. He served as vice rector and director of human formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 2007-2010, before returning to parish life in Davenport, IA. Msgr. Gruss was named the bishop of Rapid City by Pope Benedict XVI on May 26, 2011. His episcopal ordination took place on July 28, 2011 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Of his appointment as bishop of Rapid City, Msgr. Gruss said, “It is with deep humility and gratitude that I have accepted the Holy Father’s appointment as the next bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve God, the Catholic Church, and the people of the diocese.”
Today we celebrate Fr. John Hatcher’s 50th anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus! In light of this great day, Fr. Hatcher shared some reflections on the past and some hopes for the future. What motivated you to become a Jesuit? Well, I wanted to be a priest since I was a little kid. I went to a Jesuit high school and met the Jesuits. They were a happy bunch and seemed to like what they were doing, so I said, “Why not?” What has been a highlight in your time as a Jesuit? I’m a teacher by nature. My highlights come from when my students do well. I taught history in high school and was a speech coach. Here at the Mission, I’ve directed formation programs for deacons and lay ministers. The most exciting moments are seeing people become successful in their own right. What are some hopes you have for the years ahead? I hope to not die in bed! My hope for the Mission is that we’ll be able to create a significant number of Lakota leaders both in and outside of the Church and that we’ll make a difference on the reservation. And that has to be done by us, not just me. While I was in school, a Jesuit once told me, “What you don’t want on your tombstone is ‘No hits, no runs, no errors.’” I’ve always tried to take reasonable risks for the sake of the Gospel and tried to trust God.
“Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.”
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Ez 18: 25-28 ~ 2nd Reading: Phil 2: 111 ~ Gospel: Matthew 21: 28-32
A Jesuit friend of mine wrote in his Gospel reflection this week, “Actions do speak loudly and words are whispers of hope. We will eventually do what we know ourselves to be.” This profoundly summarizes Jesus’ parable to the scribes and Pharisees. We may give a verbal “Yes” to God, but this means little if our actions toward God, ourselves, and others do not align. We must not only say “Yes.” We must show “Yes!” Paul offers us an equally profound example of how to show our “Yes.” He calls us Christians to humbly put others’ needs and interests before our own and to empty ourselves as Christ did. And the Lord tells us through the prophet Ezekiel that all this is up to us. We falter, but the way to God’s grace and to eternal life is still in our hands. Choose “Yes” and live “Yes.”
Understanding Social Justice Society ensures social justice when it respects the dignity and the rights of the person as the proper end of society itself. Furthermore, society pursues social justice, which is linked to the common good and to the exercise of authority, when it provides the conditions that allow associations and individuals to obtain what is their due. All persons enjoy equal dignity and fundamental rights insofar as they are created in the image of the one God, are endowed with the same rational soul, have the same nature and origin, and are called in Christ, the one and only Savior, to the same divine beatitude. Solidarity, which springs from human and Christian brotherhood, is manifested in the first place by the just distribution of goods, by a fair remuneration for work and by zeal for a more just social order. The virtue of solidarity also practices the sharing of the spiritual goods of faith which is even more important than sharing material goods. From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Saint Vincent de Paul “Strive to live content in the midst of those things that cause your discontent.” - St. Vincent de Paul
On September 27th, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of St. Vincent de Paul. As a French priest in the early 1600s, he lived a comfortable life with little ambition until he heard the deathbed confession of a servant. This occasion opened his eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the French peasantry. The servant’s master, Countess de Gondi, enlisted Vincent de Paul to lead a new group of missionaries to work among poor tenant farmers and country people. Vincent eventually accepted and started the Vincentians. They took vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability and served the people of smaller towns and villages. In his time, he organized the rich women of Paris to collect funds for his missionary projects, founded several hospitals, collected relief funds for the victims of war, and ransomed over twelve hundred galley slaves from North Africa. Vincent de Paul embodied Christ’s mission of service to those suffering from sickness, poverty, ignorance, or cruelty. His life was a resounding “Yes!” to God’s call to love and compassion.
Brief Announcements Sign-ups sheets for liturgical ministry are at the back of the church. A training session for lectors (readers) will be held Sun. Oct. 2nd after Mass. A training session for extraordinary ministers of holy communion will be held Sun. Oct. 9th after Mass. Contact Tony Lusvardi, SJ at 747-2496 if you have any questions.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Is 5: 1-7 2nd Reading: Phil 4: 6-9 Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-43
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