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
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>May 6h,2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the Fifth Sunday of Easter. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 9: 26-31 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Jn 3: 18-24 ~ Gospel: Jn 15: 1-8
When Jesus declares, “I am the vine, and you are the branches,” He is making a powerful statement about our relationship with Him. It suggests He is the single-most important source of life for His followers. Jesus also describes how the Father tends us like a gardener tends his plants. The thought of God pruning us of our shortcomings and casting aside the withered parts of us doesn’t sound all that enjoyable at first. But Jesus is clear why God works on us this way: God wants us to bear great fruit, a fruit that will glorify Him. So God does for us what we often could never do on our own, including conquering our shadow sides. Let’s make that our Easter hope this week: that God will help us with the pruning that needs doing in our lives and help us bear great fruit for His glorification.
This is our faith...we are proud to profess it... Today at St. Agnes’, St. Bridget’s, and St. Charles’ parishes we celebrate the baptism of over 20 children. The symbols and words we use today remind us of how fortunate we are to have been “claimed for Christ” in baptism. The celebration begins by calling down God’s blessing on the baptismal water. Parents and godparents are then asked to turn away from sin and Satan, “father of sin and prince of darkness.” Then they are asked if they believe in the Catholic faith. After the baptism, the children are anointed with perfumed oil which has been blessed by the Bishop, a reminder that they now share in the priesthood, the prophetic office, and the kingship of Jesus. They are clothed with a white garment and told to bring that garment “unstained into heaven.” And they are given a candle, the “light of Christ,” to carry into the world. Finally their ears and mouth are touched, so that they may hear and speak the truth of the Catholic faith. Today’s celebration invites us to pray for these children’s future and to reflect upon the responsibilities and gifts we have received in baptism.
“Let us love not in word or speech, but in deed and truth.”
Saint Rose Venerini On May 7th, the Church celebrates the life of St. Rose Venerini. Born and raised in central Italy, Rose had ambitious plans when she was young, but various obstacles prevented them: the man she hoped to marry died suddenly, and then she was needed at home to tend to her ailing, widowed mother. While caring for her mother, she regularly gathered neighborhood women to pray the rosary together; and she noticed how poorly they knew their faith and how the schools had failed to provide them with a good general education. At the encouragement of a Jesuit father, she started organizing new schools. She proved to be a great teacher and school administrator, and soon she was directing a network of schools throughout Italy. She died in Rome in 1728 and is a great example of the Church’s heroic dedication to education, especially for the poorest and most disadvantaged students.
May: the Month of Mary Join us on Sunday May 20 after the 11:30 Mass at St. Charles as Br. Pat Douglas explores the mystery and meaning of the most popular Catholic devotion — the Rosary. Refreshments will be served.
A Prayer to Mary for the Easter Season… Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen as he said, alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia! For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Summer movies and activities for kids! After every Sunday Mass Starting Sunday May 27 (Parents are invited too.)
Announcements Arts & Crafts Camp For children ages 6 to 6th Grade When? May 22nd-24th Where? The CYO Building in Rosebud Time? 10 am—2 pm Contact Davanne Piccini, 747-2436 Totus Tuus Summer Camp Sponsored by the Diocese of Rapid City. Girls leadership: June 25-29 Girls camp: June 26-29 Boys leadership: July 9-13 Boys camp: July 10-13 Call 343-3541 or email email@example.com.
Prize Bingo Donations Needed! For St. Charles Summer Prize Bingo Donations may be brought to St. Francis Mission Contact Tony Lusvardi, SJ, 747-2361 "That Man is You" Men’s Conference Sat June 9, 7 am-4pm Terra Sancta $10 donation to cover cost of lunch and materials. For more information, call 605.342.4681 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48 2nd Reading: 1Jn 4: 7-10 Gospel: Jn 15: 9-17