St. Charles Parish Location: St. Francis, SD Sunday Mass: 11:30 AM Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass St. Bridget’s Mass Sunday: 9:00 AM St. Agnes Masses 4:00 PM on third Sunday of the month St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM
Daily Mass This Week NO MASS ON TUESDAY Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s
<><><><><><><><><><><><><>October 16th, 2011<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Is 45: 1, 4-6 ~ 2nd Reading: 1Thes 1: 1-5b ~ Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-21
We forget sometimes who the Creator and the Giver is. We get too caught up in ourselves and forget God. In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, the Pharisees have hit their limit: Jesus’ recent parables have blatantly challenged their authority and their piety. They develop a plan to trick Jesus into ridiculing Roman rule, which could get him in trouble with the Romans. Jesus’ response is a scolding: he instructs the Pharisees to quit their childish scheming and to turn their focus back to God. No believer wants her relationship with God challenged; yet, we know how easily our attention can turn from God. We know, for instance, the emotional strain of broken relationships and of our own selfishness and vanity. Christ calls us this Sunday to remember that our entire lives – our Being – belongs to God and this should be our concern. Question for reflection: What distracts me from God’s love and grace?
Sacraments of Healing We will celebrate the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick during Mass on Sunday, October 23rd. The elderly and anyone suffering from a serious illness or anticipating major surgery may receive the sacrament. It may be received several times if one’s illness becomes worse or another serious sickness afflicts them. The sacrament is rooted in Christ’s ministry to the sick which was carried on by the Apostles. It gives comfort, peace, courage, and even forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession. If it is the will of God, the sacrament may even restore physical health. The celebration of this sacrament should, if possible, be preceded by individual confession on the part of the sick person. Confession purifies the mind and soul and allows us to enter Anointing with a clean and open heart.
Halloween Celebrations! On Friday, October 28th, St. Francis Mission will host this year’s Spook House. The event is free and open to the public from 5:30-7 PM. KINI 96.1 FM is proud to host the Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 29th. The dance will take place at Digmann Hall. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Entrance is free to children 12 and under, $3 for costumed attendees 13yrs and older, and $4 for the rest. Finally, St. Charles Parish will have a preHalloween blessing of costumes at the 11:30 AM Mass. We hope you’ll join us for all the weekend’s festivities!
“I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not.”
The ProtoProto-Martyrs of North America On October 19th, the Church celebrates the lives of eight Jesuit missionaries to North America: Jean de Brebeuf; Isaac Jogues; Jean de la Lande; Rene Goupil; Gabriel Lalemant; Antoine Daniel; Charles Garnier; and Noel Chabanel. These Frenchmen were the first Jesuit missionaries to arrive in North America, in the early 1600s. They spent their adult lives with the Huron and Algonquin tribes in Canada, trying to spread Catholicism. Their work progressed slowly at first, despite having learned the Huron language and understood the Huron religion. Eventually, they decided to train young Huron men for the priesthood at a seminary in Quebec. The attitude of the Hurons changed, and the Jesuits were invited and welcomed to their villages. They carried out over two hundred Baptisms among the Hurons. All eight Jesuits became martyrs; most were killed in the 1640s by Iroquois, sworn enemies of the Huron.
Understanding the First Commandment The affirmation of God, “I am the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:2) means that the faithful must guard and activate the three theological virtues and must avoid sins which are opposed to them. Faith believes in God and rejects everything that is opposed to it, such as, deliberate doubt, unbelief, heresy, apostasy, and schism. Hope trustingly awaits the blessed vision of God and his help, while avoiding despair and presumption. Charity loves God above all things and therefore repudiates indifference, ingratitude, lukewarmness, sloth or spiritual indolence, and that hatred of God which is born of pride. The words of our Lord, “Adore the Lord your God and worship Him alone” (Matthew 4:10) mean to adore God as the Lord of everything that exists; to render to him the individual and community worship which is his due; to pray to him with sentiments of praise, of thanks, and of supplication; to offer him sacrifices, above all the spiritual sacrifice of one’s own life, united with the perfect sacrifice of Christ; and to keep the promises and vows made to him. From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Announcements Training sessions for extraordinary ministers of holy communion will be held today after Mass. St. Charles will be running concessions at the KINI Halloween dance. We need food donations! Bring them to Mass or Betty Young at the Religious Ed. Building. Donate your old or unused Halloween costumes or decorations to the St. Francis Mission Spook House. Items can be brought to the St. Francis Mission administration building. For questions, contact Mike O’Sullivan: email@example.com Open gym at Digmann Hall every Wednesday from 4:30pm-7pm. Play basketball! Bring your friends!
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Ex 22: 20-26 2nd Reading: 1 Thes 1: 5c-10 Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40
Contact Us! If you would like to contribute to the bulletin, give feedback, or advertise, contact Tony Lusvardi, S.J., at 605.747.2496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.