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. Assistant Pastor: Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J. Saint Charles Mass Sunday: 11:30AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><November 25th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Solemnity of Christ the King!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Daniel 7:13-14~ 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:58~ Gospel: John 18:33b-37
Today’s Solemnity of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus “the suffering servant” is also the omnipotent ruler of the universe. The Prophet Daniel proclaims that Christ is the King of every person everywhere and in every age. Christ is our triumphant savior from the beginning of time to the end of the age. This is the very thing which Pontius Pilate could not understand when he questioned Jesus in today's Gospel. Pilate asked Jesus if he was a king, to which Jesus replied, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” Pilate could not grasp what this meant because he thought only in terms of political power. We sometimes play the role of Pontius Pilate. We sometimes question Jesus saying, “Are you really a king?” We want him to fix all our earthly problems, to smite the person that cuts in front of us at the supermarket, and to take away our irritations. Yet, although Jesus has the power to do these things, the kingdom that he promises us is even more than a perfect earthly existence. Pilate can never understand that by giving up everything earthly, even his life, Jesus opens up for us the possibility of sharing forever God’s power and glory.
The Solemnity of Christ the King Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 in response to growing nationalism and secularism in the world. In the past century, we have allowed our recognition of Christ’s power and kingship to dim in the face of powerful political forces. Pope Pius hoped this day would remind the Church of the supreme ruler of our world, Jesus Christ. In this feast, we are reminded that no political power in our nation or world can usurp the throne of the true King, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us pray for the courage to let Christ be our king and for a radical renewal in Christ.
“For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Saint Edmund Campion Born in London, Edmund Campion was a brilliant academic and orator. In order to progress in his academic life, Campion took the Oath of Supremacy, an oath recognizing Queen Elizabeth as the head of the Church in England. Disturbed, Campion left Oxford and studied privately in Ireland. Two years later, he returned to England to a very dangerous climate for Catholics. Fleeing to Northern France, Campion became a bachelor of divinity. Then, he traveled to Rome and became a Jesuit. Pope Gregory III was encouraged to add Jesuits to the English mission, and he chose Campion as one of the first two Jesuits for the job. Many English Catholics were nervous that the Jesuits would only worsen the Catholic crisis in England. Campion wrote Campion’s Brag, a document intellectually attacking Protestantism. Campion spent years fleeing the authorities and secretly administering Sacraments to Catholics. Betrayed by an informer, Campion’s whereabouts were discovered, and he was heavily interrogated by the Queen and her officials. When he refused to renounce his faith, Campion was brutally tortured by racking, and he was accused of starting an uprising against Elizabeth. He was found guilty, and he was hanged on December 1, 1581. He was canonized in 1886, and we celebrate his feast day on December 1. The Introductory Rites This first part of the Mass unites the congregation together as one body of Christ. Making The Sign of the Cross has roots in the Old Testament in the Book of Ezekiel. A mark that looked like a cross appeared on the foreheads of those who received divine protection in Jerusalem. We call upon the Trinity to remind ourselves that we are only given the grace to approach the table because of our Baptism. The Greeting, “The Lord be with you” joins us in a rich history of biblical figures who could only carry out their works by answering God’s call and relying on His grace. We respond “and with your spirit” to acknowledge the special work of the Holy Spirit through the priest in the liturgy. In the Penitential Rite (“I confess, to Almighty God…), we prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of faith by acknowledging that we are sinners to God. Then, we join ourselves with Mary and all the angels in saints in awe of the Lord, calling on his mercy as we prepare to receive Him (Lord, have mercy…). In the Gloria (Glory to God in the highest…) we turn from sorrowful repentance to joyful praise. We join those angels who sang "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Lk 2:14) on the night Jesus Christ was born. The Introductory Rites conclude with the Collect, a prayer gathering our intentions together.
Announcements December Prize Bingo Saint Bridget’s Church in Rosebud Saturday, December 1 4-7PM St. Charles Church in St. Francis Saturday, December 8 New Daily Mass Time Starting Tuesday, November 27, daily masses will be celebrated at 12 noon instead of 5:30PM. The days and locations remain the same, Tuesday and Thursday at St. Bridget’s and Wednesday at St. Charles. Advent Reconciliation Service Thursday, December 6 St. Bridget’s Parish (Rosebud), 7PM *Confession & Anointing of the Sick available*
Contemplative Prayer: The Pathway to a Deeper Relationship with the Lord Come away and rest in God during Lent with Bishop Gruss – March 1-2, 2013. Find out more online at http://terrasancta.org or call the retreat center at 605716-0925. Space is limited!
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36