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 Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><March 17th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of Fifth Sunday of Lent!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21~ 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14 ~ Gospel: John 8:1-11
Forgiveness plays out once again as we continue in our Lenten journey with this Sunday’s readings. The first reading from Isaiah tells us to “Remember not the events of the past”, but rather to seek God where He can be found: in the present. Letting go of the past is an indispensible part of forgiveness, especially if we have been hurt or insulted by a church member, relative, or friend. Letting go of grudges and bad feelings frees us to concentrate on how we can grow closer to God and build up our community. This theme continues in the Gospel when Jesus turns the table on the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees. He challenges the scribes and Pharisees to consider what response is necessary toward those who have sinned. Jesus’ response to truly repentant sinners is forgiveness. If we withhold our forgiveness from others, we are no better than the Scribes and Pharisees. We remain trapped and imprisoned by the past. Like the woman caught in adultery, we also are in need of forgiveness. As we seek God’s mercy this Lent, let us not forget to show mercy to others.
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
Pope Francis! Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope on March 13, 2013; he is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit to become Pope. Choosing the name Francis, he is the 266th spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. He was born on December 16, 1936, in Buenos Aires to Italian parents. Pope Francis is described as a humble, grounded individual, “He rides the bus, visits the poor, lives in a simple apartment and cooks his own meals. To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as ‘Father Jorge.’” We pray for Pope Francis as he begins his work spreading the Gospel across the world.
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 snack will be served. The fifth episode: "A World Without End: The Last Days" will show on Sunday, March 24.
Saint Patrick At sixteen, Patrick and his father’s slaves were captured by Irish raiders and sold as slaves in Ireland. He faced great hunger and cold temperatures while working as a shepherd. Patrick escaped captivity after six years; he fled to France and then returned to Britain. During his time as a shepherd, Patrick experienced a conversion of faith. His desire became the proclamation of God’s Word to the Irish. He had a dream where all Irish children reached out their hands from their mothers’ wombs. Patrick took this as his call to do mission work in Ireland. He traveled to parts of Ireland that had never heard of the faith, gained protection from local kings, and made many converts. Patrick encouraged widows to remain chaste, ordained priests, and founded many monasteries. He faced opposition from pagan druids, but he remained steadfast in his work. One authentic writing we have from Patrick is his Confessio, which pays homage to God for calling Patrick, a sinner, to the apostolate. We celebrate his feast day on March 17.
Holy Week Schedule Sunday March 24 Palm Sunday St. Bridget: Mass 9:00 AM Mass will be preceded by the blessing of the palms in the church basement followed by procession St. Charles: Mass 11:30 AM Mass will be preceded by the blessing of the palms at the medicine wheel followed by procession Wednesday March 27 Reconciliation and Healing Service St. Bridget’s 7:00 PM Thursday March 28 Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper St. Charles 7:00 PM Friday March 29 Good Friday St. Agnes: Stations of the Cross, 12 Noon St. Charles: Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, 3:00 PM St. Bridget: Stations of the Cross, 5:30 PM; Celebration of the Passion of the Lord St. Bridget, 6:15 PM Priests will be available for Confession at each of the Good Friday services. Saturday March 30 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil St. Charles 9:15 PM Easter Sunday St. Bridget: Mass 9 AM St. Agnes: Mass 10:30 AM St. Charles: Mass 11:30 AM
Announcements Sunday Confessions A priest will be available to hear confessions before & after Mass each Sunday during Lent! Lenten Reconciliation Service Wednesday, March 27 7PM at St. Bridget’s Parish (Rosebud) The Sacraments of Confession and Anointing of the Sick will be available. Stations of the Cross This week’s Stations will be at St. Charles Parish in St. Francis on Friday, March 22, at 5:30PM. A simple meal will be served after. First Communion and First Reconciliation Program Monday, March 18 7PM, CYO Building (Rosebud) This is an 8 Week course preparing students to receive these sacraments. Baptism Classes Begin Soon! When? Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 PM Where? Fr. Jones Religious Education Building, Saint Francis Who? Parents of children under 7. Why? Available for any parents who wish to have their Children baptized in the Church to learn about the sacrament.
Next Sunday’s Readings Palms Procession: Luke 19:28-40 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56