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 Bridget’s Mass Sunday: 9:00AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 12:00PM, St. Bridget Ash Wednesday-see back Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><February 10th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8~ 2nd Reading:
1Corinthians 15:1-11 ~ Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
The first reading speaks of Isaiah having a vision that he is on a journey to heaven to see God and the angels. When he arrives, the air is filled with the angelic choirs singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” Isaiah, overwhelmed by the presence of God, exclaims that he is a sinful man and deserves to be doomed for his imperfections. A similar scene is portrayed in today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke. Simon Peter is skeptical when Jesus asks him to throw out his nets, because he had been fishing all night without luck. When Peter sees the miracle Jesus performs, filling the nets with fish, he recognizes that he is in the presence of holiness – the presence of God. At that very instant, Peter falls to his knees because he knows that he, a sinful man, is unworthy to stand before Jesus. Despite Peter’s unworthiness, Jesus called him to be a great Apostle and leader, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching men.” He became the first apostle to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and the first head of the Catholic Church. We too, like Isaiah, have heard the words of God tell us through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, “…your wickedness is removed, your sin is purged.” We are also called by God to be prophets [Like Peter and Isaiah.] All God needs of us is to respond, “Here I am, send me!”
Not so “Fast!” We can’t eat meat during Lent?! Well, that’s not exactly the case. Lent has particular rules about how we observe the season. First, there are two key terms to know: fasting vs. abstinence. Fasting means eating a lesser amount of food. There are only two days established by the Church for fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When fasting, only one full meal is taken with two other smaller meals eaten, but the two smaller meals cannot exceed the amount of food taken for the full meal. Food is not eaten between meals. Catholics who are eighteen and not yet sixty years old are asked to observe these fast days. Abstinence means not eating any meat. The Church has established Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent as abstinence days. Dairy products as well as fish and sea food may be eaten. All Catholics over the age of fourteen are required to abstain on the abstinence days. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we are asked to fast and abstain.
Saint Valentine We know St. Valentine existed because of an unearthed Roman catacomb and church dedicated to him, but we don’t know many details of his life. Valentine (then known as Valentinus) was most likely a Roman priest martyred during Claudius II’s reign. He helped Christian couples get married and aided any Christian being persecuted at the time. Valentine was arrested and imprisoned; Claudius initially took a liking to Valentine. However, Valentine tried to convert him to Christianity, and he was subsequently beaten with clubs, stoned, and sentenced to death. Legends say on the night of his death, Valentine restored sight to his jailer’s blind daughter, leaving her a note saying, “From your Valentine.” He was beheaded in 269. Saint Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, love, and happy marriages. We celebrate his feast day on February 14.
When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Journey around the world and deep into the faith with Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism. During Lent, St. Charles Parish will show episodes of this spectacular series in the Icimani Center following the 11:30 Mass. A light lunch will be served. The first episode: "Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man" will show on Sunday, February 17.
Announcements Ash Wednesday Mass Wednesday, February 13 St. Charles Parish (St. Francis) — 5:30 PM St. Bridget’s Parish (Rosebud) — 7:00 PM *The collection at these Masses will go to Catholic Social Services, which works to serve all individuals in western South Dakota, offering mental health counseling, educational programs, youth prevention services, and birth parent and adoption services. Please be generous in your support!*
New DVDs at St. Bridget’s! We have added some DVDs to the video library at St. Bridget’s Church. DVDs may be checked out at no cost and returned after one week. For Greater Glory Courageous The Mighty Macs A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
Big Thanks to Big El’s! Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
Thanks to Big El for donating the meal for St. Charles/KINI Mardi Gras dance! Big El’s lunches can be enjoyed every weekday in the basement of St. Bridget’s Church. During Lent he’ll be serving fish on Fridays.