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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 St. Bridget’s Mass Sunday: 9:00 AM St. Agnes Mass Sunday Mass at St. Agnes is suspended 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 Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>July 29nd,2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44 ~ 2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6 ~ Gospel: John 6:1-15

Tuesday July 31st is… St. Ignatius Day St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits. He began life as a soldier, but after a battle in which a cannonball shattered his leg and nearly took his life, he decided to reform his life and serve God instead of earthly powers.

God sometimes sees more in us than we see in ourselves. In our second reading, Paul feels compelled to continue teaching about Jesus even though this has landed him in prison. In the Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples to feed over five thousand people even though they Join us at the 5:30 daily Mass at St. Bridget’s to celebrate St. Ignatius’ feast. don’t have enough food or money. God knows that it takes just an ounce of faith on our part for the Holy Spirit to give us a ton of Grace. With that faith, Paul overcomes the desolation of prison and writes some of the most beautiful words ever written on the Christian way of life. By trusting Jesus even when it seems they lack material resources, the disciples overcome the limitations of their imaginations and witness a miracle. Paul and the disciples are like children jumping into a pool for the first time with their parents waiting to catch them. The children might fear the water, but their parents know that they will easily be able to catch their chilThis mosaic of loaves and fishes comes from the floor of a dren and keep them safe. Whatever challenges church near the Sea of Galilee where the miracle of the feeding we face in our daily lives, we can face them with of the five thousand may have taken place. The mosaic dates confidence, knowing that God is the ultimate from the fifth century AD. loving parent. As Jesus says again and again, “Be not afraid!”

Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them...


St. Martha "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. During his first visit, Martha welcomes Jesus and his disciples into her home and immediately goes to work to serve them. Hospitality is paramount in the Middle East and Martha believed in its importance. Imagine her frustration when her sister Mary ignores the rule of hospitality—and Martha's work!—in order to sit and listen to Jesus. Martha asks Jesus to intervene. Jesus' response is not unkind, which gives us an idea of his affection for her. He observes that Martha is worried about many things that distract her. He reminds her that there is only one thing that is truly important—listening to him. The next visit shows how well Martha learned this lesson. She is grieving the death of her brother Lazarus when she hears that Jesus has just come to the area. She gets up immediately, leaving her guests, and goes to meet him. Her conversation with Jesus shows her faith and courage. In this dialogue she states clearly that she believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus goes on to raise her brother from the dead. The final words about Martha in Scripture are simple but perhaps sum up her character best of all. In describing a final visit of Jesus to her house, the Gospel of John says simply, "Martha served." She isn't in the spotlight and doesn’t perform spectacular miracles. She simply serves Jesus. We know nothing more about Martha and what happened to her later. According to legend Martha accompanied Mary to evangelize France after Pentecost. Martha is the patron saint of servants and cooks.

A Prayer to St. Martha Dorothy Day said: "If everyone were holy and handsome, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. But it was not Christ's way for himself. Ask honestly what you would do when a beggar asked at your house for food. Would you give it on an old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough? Do you think that Martha and Mary thought that the old and chipped dish was good enough for their guest? It is not a duty to help Christ—it is a privilege." Prayer Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen.

Announcements Sunday Mass at St. Agnes suspended Effective August 2012 the 2:00 PM Sunday Mass at St. Agnes in Parmelee is suspended. St. Francis Mission is planning a monthly evening healing service at St. Agnes as well as alcohol recovery programs.

Body, Mind, and Soul

These week-long vacation Bible schools teach children about the Catholic faith through fun and interactive activities. Contact Caroline Stands, 7472436 July 30—Aug 3 Parmelee

Suicide and Crisis Hotline

St. Francis Mission has opened a new hotline for people of the Rosebud Reservation who are in crisis and need help. Please spread the word about this life-saving new service.

605-319-1280 Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 Gospel: John 6:24-35


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