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 Sacramental Ministry: Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J. 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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>August 5th,2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 ~ 2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:17. 20-24 ~ Gospel: John 6:24-35
Crowds do not come off very well in today’s readings. The first reading begins with the Israelites grumbling against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron have just led them out of Egypt, where they were slaves. The struggle for freedom has been long and difficult, but the Israelites seem to have forgotten it completely. “The food was better in Egypt!” they claim. Complaining about each other can tear a community apart. And focusing too much on a glorified memory of the past can cause us to lose sight of the blessings God has put in front of us right now. The same problem occurs in the Gospel. The crowds remember the bread that Moses received from heaven, but they don’t realize that they have something even greater right in front of them—Jesus Christ, the true bread of life. Jesus offers a remedy for getting bogged down in complaints and selective memories when he says, “Do not work for food that perishes but for… eternal life.” If we remember that the purpose of our life is heaven, we will see both past and present in the proper perspective.
Change in Baptismal Class Policy The next round of baptism classes will begin on Tuesday August 14. Starting with this round of classes, the baptism program will be expanded from four to six weeks of preparation. When parents and godparents present a child for baptism, they make a promise that they will raise him or her as a Catholic. Before they are able to do so, however, parents themselves need knowledge of what the Church believes and how to live as a Catholic. The purpose of expanding the baptism program is to provide parents with a better understanding of the Catholic faith so that they can pass it on to their children. Baptism, after all, is the beginning—not the end—of our journey.
Biblical vocabulary: what is “manna”? “Manna” is a Hebrew word for the food God miraculously provided for the Israelites in the desert when they complained of hunger. According to the book of Exodus it appeared during the night like frost that covers the ground. It looked like thin flakes and tasted like bread that had been made with honey. Christians saw in the miracle of the manna coming from heaven an early hint of miracle of the Eucharist.
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
St. Lawrence St. Lawrence was a deacon who was killed by the Roman Emperor in A.D. 258. Little is known about his early life, but Lawrence had a special care for the poor. Deacons at that time were in charge of distributing charity to those in need. In Roman times Christians were treated with suspicion by the pagan emperors who believed that they themselves were gods. Under the Emperor Valerian, the pope was murdered. A few days latter, the emperor’s guards came to arrest and kill Lawrence as well. One of the most famous stories about St. Lawrence tells about his martyrdom. Knowing that he was in charge of distributing charity to the poor, Lawrence’s judge ordered him to bring him all the Church’s treasure. Perhaps he wanted Lawrence to believe that he could bribe his way to freedom. The deacon appeared before his judge the next day leading a crowd of widows, orphans, lepers, blind people, the sick, and the injured. “These ,” he said, “are the treasure of the Church.” The furious judge sentenced Lawrence to be slowly roasted to death over a grill. (For this reason pictures of Lawrence often show him with a grill.) Even when he was being tortured to death, Lawrence showed his sense of humor. As he was roasting on the grill, he looked up at his guards and said cheerfully, “Turn me over; I’m well done on that side!”
Announcements Baptism classes coming up
What the Church teaches about suicide St. Francis Mission’s newest program is a hotline for those in crisis or considering taking their own lives. Our Catholic faith teaches us that every human life is a gift from God. Therefore, taking any human life—except in the defense of oneself or others—offends God. Suicide is a grave sin. Our lives come from God and are not our own to destroy. Suicide is also selfish because it hurts those around us and leaves them to deal with the consequences. Suicide is never a solution. We must do everything we can to prevent it. Nonetheless, we still have hope for those who commit suicide. We cannot know what psychological disturbances prevent them from reasoning clearly. As the Catechism says: “By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.”
For children 6 and under Starting Tuesday August 14 6:30 PM Fr. Jones Religious Ed Building, St. Francis 6 weeks Mass attendance is mandatory 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. High School Confirmation classes will resume on Wednesday August 8 at 7:00 PM in the CYO building in Rosebud. Remember… August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:4-8 2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:30-5:2 Gospel: John 6:41-51