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 Sacramental Ministry: Fr. Amar Bage, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. St. Bridget’s Mass Sunday: 9:00 AM St. Agnes Masses Sunday: 2:00 PM St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>March 11th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the Third Sunday of Lent. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Ex 20: 1-17 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Cor 1: 22-25 ~ Gospel: Jn 2: 13-25
Today’s Gospel draws our attention to a truth about Jesus’ disciples that we don’t often talk about. We tend to think of the disciples as people who “get it” – who understand who Jesus is. But it’s clear from today’s Gospel reading and others in the New Testament that they didn’t understand the Resurrection. They didn’t understand the implications of Jesus being “Son of God.” They believed in Christ and followed his teachings faithfully, but, in many ways, they were learning and ignorant just like everyone else at the time. We listen to the Gospel each Sunday and already know what’s going to happen in the life of Jesus. We know that a religion will develop and, in the year 2012, Christianity has become a major faith and way of life for people all over the world. Jesus’ disciples had no idea what was going to happen, even though Christ tried to explain to them. As we hear about the disciples in the coming weeks and how they respond to the growing threat to the Messiah, notice the things they don’t understand, the things we still don’t fully comprehend, and the truths and understanding that we sometimes take for granted as believers in 2012.
The Power of the Mass Do you have a difficult time bringing yourself to Mass each Sunday? Are you uncertain of the benefits it provides you? In addition to the development and enrichment of a relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ, research studies show that people who go to church every week are: • • • •
Less likely to suffer from depression Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol More likely to have a solid sense of right and wrong More likely to live a longer and happier life
Lakota Hymns Project We are excited to announce a new effort to record Catholic Lakota hymns and incorporate this music into our Masses at St. Agnes, St. Bridget’s, and St. Charles Parishes. We are looking for members of the Rosebud community who know the Lakota language and would like to sing these hymns to be recorded. Volunteers do not have to be Catholic. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Tony Lusvardi, S.J. at 747-2496. We’re excited to get this project underway and to enrich our liturgy with this terrific music!
“His disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Gospel and the word Jesus had spoken.”
Saint Patrick On March 17th, the Church celebrates the life of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Popular legends of Patrick are often entertaining – for instance, that he led all the snakes out of Ireland – but lack any historical evidence. Thankfully, Patrick left details on his life in two works, Confessions and Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus. Patrick was born in north-western Britain around the year 390 and was captured at fifteen by marauders from northern Ireland. He spent six years in Ireland, during which he learned to trust entirely in God and to rely on the power of prayer. He escaped and eventually made his way home and was ordained deacon and then priest. But a dream told him to go back to Ireland. He spent years discerning until he was sent there as a missionary bishop. He spent the rest of his life evangelizing Ireland. He preached of redemption through Christ, the dwelling of the Spirit in our hearts, and of the Trinity, which legend says he explained with the three-leaf clover.
Announcements Stations of the Cross will be presented this week at St. Charles Parish on Friday, March 16th at 6PM. Join us and enjoy a light meal afterward. St. Bridget’s Parish ~ 10AM ~ Sundays Leading Up to Easter 3/11 “The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist” - Where did the modern liturgy originate from? - Why is the Eucharist the central practice of the Church’s culture? 3/18 “The Communion of Saints” - Who are Saints? - How do they influence the Church today?
The Bible Collection This week from St. Bridget’s video library, we highlight a fantastic film series produced by TNT, titled The Bible Collection. The series includes stories of major Biblical figures, including Abraham, Moses, Esther, and Jesus. With a stellar cast of accomplished actors, these films are sure to captivate your attention and provide you with a good visual experience of the great leaders and stories of our faith. Check them out at St. Bridget’s!
Baptism Classes The next round of baptism classes will begin on Thursday April 12 at 7PM at the CYO Building in Rosebud. The baptism course lasts 4 weeks, and Mass attendance is mandatory. Lenten Reconciliation & Healing Service A Lenten Reconciliation Service will be held on Wednesday April 4 at 7PM at St. Bridget’s in Rosebud. Multiple priests will be available to hear confessions. The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be available for those suffering from serious physical ailments. Marriage Matters Workshop, a 6-hour Workshop on developing communication skills for a strong and loving Christian Marriage, will be presented on Saturday, March 24 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City. It runs from 9AM to 3:30PM, and lunch is provided. The cost is $50 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Contact Catholic Social Services at 605-348- 6086 or toll free at 1-800-727-2401 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 2 Chr 36: 14-16, 19-23 2nd Reading: Eph 2: 4-10 Gospel: Jn 3: 14-21