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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><June 2nd, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ!
Engaging the Word
“This is my body… This is my blood…”
1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 ~ 2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26~ Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17 Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ where we are challenged to come to a deeper understanding of what the Holy Eucharist is and means. As Catholics, we believe that at every Mass the bread and wine that is offered up becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. In fact, the only thing that doesn’t change about the bread and wine when it becomes the true presence of Jesus is its physical appearance. This teaching is hard for us to believe and trust. It was also hard to believe for the early followers of Jesus and many left after Jesus taught this. However, if we were to believe everything that the Roman Catholic Church teaches to be true, what a difference that would make in our lives! If we were to REALLY believe that we meet Jesus at every Mass when we share in the Breaking of the Bread then that would be the center of our lives and the highlight of our week. How much more peace would it foster in our families and communities if we realized that the person we’ve been holding a grudge against or the family member we’ve been impatient with has shared in the Eucharistic Meal with us! How much more attention would we give to following the teachings of Jesus and frequenting the Sacraments! Let us all ask God for the grace to understand what the Eucharist is and that we can come to have faith in the teachings of the Church; only good can come from trying.
Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ, NOT just a symbol. It may still look, taste, and feel like ordinary bread and wine, but it is not. When the priest says the Eucharistic prayer over the bread and wine, the power of the Holy Spirit changes them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus is fully present even in the tiniest piece or drop of Holy Communion. At Mass, the priest acts in the person of Christ. When we are at Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us and for the forgiveness for our sins, just as he does on the cross. Mass is Christ’s self-sacrifice for us. When we receive Holy Communion, it unites us with God. Holy Communion is the source and summit of our faith.
Saint Charles Lwanga Charles was a Ugandan Catholic catechist. He first learned of Christ’s teachings from two retainers in the court of Chief Mawulugungu. As a catechumen (a student learning the principles of Christianity), Charles entered the household of Joseph Mukaso, head of the court pages. Later on, Mukaso was martyred for encouraging the youth to resist the reign of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga. Charles witnessed Mukaso’s martyrdom, and he requested to be baptized that night. Charles continued resisting Mwanga’s rules and advances, and, eventually, he was imprisoned with his friends who also resisted Mwanga’s rule. Charles’s courage and belief in God inspired his friends to remain chaste and faithful. Also, he protected the other pages from Mwanga, and he instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment. Charles was sentenced to death for his teachings and unwillingness to submit to Mwanga’s immoral acts. Charles was burned to death in 1886, and he became one of the twenty-two Ugandan martyrs. He was canonized on October 18, 1964, and he is the patron saint of youth and Catholic Action in most of tropical Africa. We celebrate his feast day on June 3.
Body, Mind & Soul Camp! Every summer, the Saint Francis Mission Religious Education departments puts on its Body, Mind & Soul Camp, a week-long arts and crafts camp dedicated to teaching kids about a specific topic in Catholicism. This year’s theme is The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father). Body, Mind & Soul Camp Schedule June 3-7 (St. Francis) 9AM-2:30PM June 10-14 (Rosebud) 9AM-2:30PM June 17-21 (Spring Creek) 9AM-2:30PM June 24-28 (Mission) 9AM-2:30PM July 8-11 (Parmelee) 12:30PM-4:30PM Want your child to be a part of Body, Mind & Soul? Contact Betty Young at 747-2361 OR 747-2567 Prize Bingo St. Charles Parish - Saturday, June 8, 4-7PM Prizes & Volunteers needed!
Sapa Un Academy Saint Francis Mission’s Sapa Un Catholic Academy is accepting applications for it’s 3rd grade class for this coming Fall of 2013. The school features daily religious education classes, weekly Masses, Lakota language and culture courses, and a standard uniform.
Attention Youth!! Hills Alive will be held on July 19-21, 2013 in Rapid City, SD. 20,000 people will gather each day in Rapid City to enjoy the annual FREE Christian festival, which will feature some of the top names in the Christian music industry. There will be activities for the entire family including inflatables and KidZjam shows for children. The festival will be complete with food vendors and merchandise vendors. You won't want to miss this event!! Contact Tony Lusvardi, S.J. at 747-2361 to sign up! We are asking any youth involved in the trip to help run one of our June Prize Bingo Nights on June 8 to raise funds for this trip!
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24 2nd Reading: Galatians 1:11-19 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied.