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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><March 9, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the First Sunday of Lent!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 ~ 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12 -19 ~ Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
Lent forces us to face uncomfortable realities. On Ash Wednesday, we are told to reform our lives because we will die. Today’s readings deal with sin, death, and temptation. These subjects might be uncomfortable to talk about, but because Jesus has overcome these evils we no longer need to fear sin, death, or temptation. The first reading reminds us that sin and death were never what God wanted for us. Instead they came about when Satan tricked Adam into putting himself in God’s place. Because humans choose to misuse the freedom God gave us and to love other things more than God, sin and death remain part of our world. But St. Paul announces good news in his letter to the Romans: one man’s sin (Adam’s) gave death power over us, but one man’s sacrifice (Jesus’) freed us from death’s grip and opened up for us the possibility of eternal life. In the Gospel, we see Jesus, like Adam, facing temptation. But, despite hunger and weakness, Jesus refuses to put anything else above God: “The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” When the power of sin and temptation weigh upon us, focusing on God alone offers the pathway to freedom and life.
Check out this excerpt from Pope Francis’
Lenten Message to the Church: “Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for selfdenial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” The rest of the Pope’s message can be read on the Vatican website: www.vatican.va
“One does not live on bread alone.”
St. Roderick St. Roderick was a priest who lived during the 9th century in Spain under the Moorish rule. St. Roderick had two other brothers. One brother was a Muslim, and the other had no faith. One day they were having a violent quarrel. St. Roderick went to break up the argument and was violently beaten senseless by both of them. His Muslim brother then dragged him through the streets claiming that Roderick had rejected Christ and wished to die a Muslim. Roderick, unable to defend himself due to the beating he incurred, suffered in silence. He escaped his brother’s hands after his health returned only to be sought out and brought in front of a Muslim judge under the charge that he had returned to the Christian faith after rejecting it. The judge did not believe St. Roderick’s fierce protest and sent him to one of the worst dungeons in the city of Cordova. He was martyred in 857 after the judge ordered him to be beheaded.
First Communion and First Reconciliation Classes Classes start Tuesday March 18 at 7 PM in the CYO in Rosebud and are open to baptized Catholic children in 3rd grade or higher. Parents and students are required to attend.
For the Youth! The SFM youth group will meet on Sunday, March 16 for games and fellowship following the 11:30AM Mass at St. Charles. Call Jenny BlackBear at 747-2436 for more information.
Stations of the Cross We will celebrate Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. This Friday March 14, stations will be celebrated at St. Charles at 5:30. Fr. Jim will be available for confession on Friday after Stations.
Sapa Un Catholic Academy Registration forms are available for next year’s Sapa Un Academy class. We’ll be admitting a new third grade class and will have a few open spots in fourth grade.
The Spiritual Exercises A Heart-Centered Approach This 12-week program of prayer and spirituality will begin this Wednesday March 12 at 6 PM in the blue Fr. Jones Religious Ed Building. Topics include: The Purpose of Life, The End of Life, The Frustration of Life’s Purpose, What Was Jesus Like?, and The Passionate Love of God. These Spiritual Exercises are a great way to connect with God and strengthen the fundamentals of the spiritual life. Call St. Francis Mission, 7472361, for more information.
Announcements HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION Any high school students interested in Confirmation should sign up after Mass at St. Bridget's or St. Charles. ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN SPRING CREEK We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Spring Creek on Monday March 17 with Mass at 6 PM in the religious education building, followed by a potluck dinner. THE GRIEF AND HEALING GROUP will meet after the 9:00 Mass at St. Bridget's on Sunday March 23.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9