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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. 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

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><December 9th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Second Sunday of Advent!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 ~ 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11~ Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Have you ever walked a mile over rough country? With the rocky earth descending into valleys and ascending into ridges, your one mile walk quickly feels like traveling three miles or more. It is more difficult to get where you are going in the rough terrain described in Baruch. The readings today speak to flattening the valleys and rearranging the hills to make all things level so as to prepare a highway for God. Advent is the time to rearrange the terrains of our hearts, just like the rearranging of the hills and valleys. Advent invites us to focus on relationships with our neighbors, God, and even ourselves. This is a time of putting things in their right order, prioritizing and rearranging our relationships. Every person has a tendency to pride; we all tend to do what we want instead of focusing on the Lord’s will. We may value the opinions of others or even the relationships of family members or a girlfriend or boyfriend over our relationship with God. We may put sports before Sunday Mass. These valleys and hills in our hearts need to be rearranged and made flat so we can make straight a highway to accept Jesus this Christmas season.

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

A PRAYER FOR ADVENT Look on us, Jesus, and let all the darkness of our souls disappear before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with your holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. You know all our desire, so bring to perfection what you have started, and what the Holy Spirit has wakened us to ask in prayer. We seek your face, turn your face to us and show us your glory. Then our longing will be satisfied and our peace will be perfect.


Saint Juan Diego Born in Mexico in 1474, Juan Diego is known for seeing an apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 9, 1531. Juan and his wife became Christians after meeting Christian missionaries in 1524. Sadly, Juan’s wife soon died of illness. As a widower, Juan walked fifteen miles to daily Mass in Mexico City. On December 9, 1531, Juan heard a voice calling to him as he passed a sacred hill on his way to Mass. Climbing the hill, Juan discovered a beautiful girl dressed like an Aztec princess. She announced herself as the Virgin Mary and urged Juan to immediately go to the Bishop and ask that a church be built on the spot where she stood. She desired to “remedy all miseries, pains, and sufferings” of the people at this church. The Bishop was initially skeptical and asked for proof of the sighting. After some setbacks, Juan was given roses from the Virgin Mary. When Juan poured out the roses from his cloak in front of the Bishop, an image of Mary was imprinted on the cloak. The Bishop was stunned and agreed to the building of the church. That same cloak hangs behind the altar in that church today. We celebrate Juan Diego’s feast day on

The Liturgy of the Eucharist-Part 1 At the Preparation of the Gifts bread and wine are brought forward to symbolize our thanksgiving offering to God. The money we donate at this time has a spiritual, as well as practical meaning. The Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer of Jesus and the Church offered to the Father. It has its roots in the Jewish table prayers recited at each meal. We kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer as Jesus’ Body and Blood become present on the altar. In the Preface to the Prayer, we lift up our hearts to praise God. We then join our prayers to those of the angels in heaven (Holy, holy, holy…), and the priest calls down the Holy Spirit to change the gifts of bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood (the Epiclesis). The priest invokes the words of Jesus at the Last Supper, and afterwards we respond with wonder and awe to the transformation that has taken place (the Mystery of Faith). When we say the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, we are saying YES to the miracle that has unfolded before us.

Announcements

Christmas Eve Mass Schedule  St. Agnes Church (Parmelee) Monday, December 24 4:00PM Christmas Mass Schedule  St. Charles-Midnight Mass  St. Bridget’s-11:00AM (Christmas Morning with Bishop Robert Gruss) Youth Group Meeting Any youth interested in our youth group, come to our meeting right after the 11:30AM Mass at St. Charles on Sunday, December 16! 12-Hour Family Recovery Workshop Monday, December 17-Friday, December 20 1:00PM-4:00PM (each day) Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center For applications or questions, contact: Jim-(605)259-3365 OR Geraldine-(605)747-5547 *Administrative Leave granted to any Tribal Employee who wishes to attend*

Big El’s Food with Attitude Big El is at St Bridget’s all this week from 11amsold out. Meals are $5.50.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Zephania 3:14-18a 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3:10-18


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Parish Bulletin for St. Charles Parish for 12/9/12

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