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: 9:00 AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM Saint Bridget’s Rosary Sunday: 6:00 PM
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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><January 5, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 ~ 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 56 ~ Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Today’s feast of the Epiphany is important not just because it celebrates a great event of the past—the visit of the magi to Bethlehem—but because it gives us a glimpse of God’s plan for our future. The purpose of human life is the worship of God, exactly what the magi do when they find the infant Jesus. In fact, the gifts that the magi bring to Jesus should remind us of our own Catholic worship. Gold is used in the sacred vessels that hold the Body and Blood of Jesus at Mass. Frankincense is a type of incense, which we also use in worship. And myrrh is a sweet-smelling tree sap used to make sacred oils, such as the sacred chrism used in confirmations, ordinations, and baptisms. All of our worship on earth, of course, is a reflection of the perfect worship we will offer to God in heaven. The magi, coming from distant foreign lands to worship Jesus, give us an image of that heavenly worship, when the faithful of every time, race, and nation will praise and worship Christ with one voice. The hope of that future age is itself reason to rejoice on this great feast day!
“…we are like the Three Wise Men who journeyed to Jesus. Now, like those Wise Men, we return to the world from which we came, to the everyday life where we will witness to what we have seen. Indeed it compels us to start out afresh on a new stage of the journey on which we become proclaimers and heralds. The Wise Men were in a sense the first missionaries. Their encounter with Christ did not keep them in Bethlehem, but made them set out anew on the paths of the world.” ~Blessed John Paul II
“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
St. John Neumann St. John Neumann was born in Bohemia in 1811. He went to school for theology in hopes of becoming a priest. However, he could not find a bishop in Europe that would ordain him because of the high number of priests in Europe at that time, so he learned English and move to the United States where he was ordained in the Diocese of New York. While there, he worked with German immigrants by helping establish parishes, visiting the sick, teaching catechism, and training teachers. In 1852 he was appointed Bishop of Philadelphia, where he accomplished a large variety of tasks. He doubled the number of parochial schools, established the first diocesan school system, constructed many new parishes, and helped new immigrant communities feel welcomed and established in his diocese. He did this good work until he died of a stroke in the streets of the city in 1860 at the age of 48.
Grief Support Group Dr. Gail Mason will give a talk on grief and the healing process on the third Sunday of every month following the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Bridget's. The next talk will be on Sunday January 19th.
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Announcements VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR For the Diocese of Rapid City is Barbara Scherr. She can be reached at 605-209-3418. DIGMANN HALL St. Charles Parish will be taking over the management of Digmann Hall starting January 6, 2013. The hall will be closed during January and February for minor repairs. BIBLE STUDY Tuesdays evenings at 5:45, in the Fr. Jones Religious Ed. Building (the blue building) in St. Francis. Call Fr. Jim for more info, 402-7397272 or 747-2361.
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Next Sundayâ€™s Readings 1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4 2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17