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. David Collins, 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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>April 29th,2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 4: 8-12 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Jn 3: 1-2 ~ Gospel: Jn 10: 11-18
Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd in today's gospel. Elsewhere He talks about the good shepherd who will always search after the one lost sheep. The comforting picture of Jesus with a sheep slung over his shoulders has decorated Catholic churches and cemeteries for two thousand years. Next time you visit Saint Charles, see if you can find our image of “the Good Shepherd”! When Jesus tells us that He knows His sheep, His sheep know him, and He lays down His life for His sheep, we are of course the sheep He’s talking about. When He talks about lost sheep, He’s also talking about us: We all know and are concerned about loved ones who have “wandered off;” plus there’s a little bit of the lost sheep in all of us. Trust the Good Shepherd! He’s always working to bring us fully back into His flock. He's always ready to lay down His life for us: that is at the heart of the Easter message.
As many of our young people have celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation in the past few weeks, we remember that, through Confirmation, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is the fullness of gifts. He cannot be limited to seven gifts. The number seven in the scripture is used to express fullness. The Holy Spirit, the gift of God, gives as many gifts as are needed to build up the Church. The Church has developed the idea of seven gifts of the Spirit from the book of Isaiah (11:1-3). These gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. In the coming weeks, look for brief articles on each of these seven gifts bestowed upon us through confirmation.
“See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called the children of God.”
Saint Philip the Apostle On May 3rd, the Church celebrates the life of the Apostle Philip. Philip appears only a few times in the Gospels, where he comes across as earnest, sincere, and even shy. After Pentecost, Philip preached the Gospel in what is now Greece, Turkey, and Syria. His preaching partner was St. James the Just, whose feast day is also 3 May. The Roman authorities ultimately arrested Philip and condemned him to death. He was crucified upside down with the Apostle Bartholomew. It is reported that he preached so eloquently from the cross that the Roman guards were moved to take them both down. Philip refused, however, to let them take him from the cross. Because Philip's name means "lover of horses" in Greek, he is one of several patron saints for those who raise, ride, and care for horses.
Pilgrimage to Rome Join Bishop Robert Gruss and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions on a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Veronica Valandra, Diocesan Director of Native American Concerns, is coordinating local participation with the bureau office. She can be contacted at the chancery at (605)343-3541 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 11-day trip will be October 18-24. There is also a 7-day trip option. Travel applications and a $500 deposit are due May 15. The final payment is due August 15. For more information, go to www.rapidcitydiocese.org.
“On Sundays, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2185
10 YEARS of Keeping OUR PROMISE TO Protect For information on Child and Youth Protection and the Diocesan Safe Environment Program, go to www.rapidcitydiocese.org APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Announcements Family Game Night will be held TODAY from 5PM-8PM at Digmann Hall. Free to attend with concessions available. Join us for basketball, ladderball, washers, and many more games! Totus Tuus Consider sending your children to Totus Tuus camp this summer in Rapid City. Details on this faith-based camp can be found in last week’s bulletin and in brochures at the back of church. You may also contact the Diocese of Rapid City at 343-3541 or at email@example.com. Video Library Check out the great collection of DVDs at St. Bridget’s video library. Films include: Finding Nemo, Horton Hears a Who!, The Passion of Christ, Peter Pan, and Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series. Check one out today! "That Man is You" Men’s Conference It will be held at Terra Sancta from 7AM to 4PM on Sat, June 9. Asking $10 donation to cover cost of lunch and materials. To register or for more information, call 605.342.4681 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 9: 26-31 2nd Reading: 1 Jn 3: 18-24 Gospel: Jn 15: 1-8
Published on Apr 27, 2012