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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 16, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Second Sunday of Lent!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a ~ 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8b10 ~ Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

The Gospels don’t contain descriptions of Jesus’ physical appearance. His words and actions amazed, but we have no reason to believe that Jesus looked any different from the rest of us. His ordinary human appearance must have made the event described by today’s Gospel, the Transfiguration, all the more startling to the three apostles who witnessed it. For a few brief moments, Jesus looked dazzling. Sometimes God gives us special moments of clarity and light, and we must treasure these because we also know we will face hardship. St. Paul tells Timothy in the second reading, “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel.” Jesus’ suffering and death still await him after the Transfiguration, and we know that carrying our cross is part of being a Christian. During times of darkness and hardship, remembering God’s blessings can help us remain hopeful. So can remembering God’s promises. In today’s first reading God promises Abraham many descendants, but Abraham underwent years of hardship before his first son was born. During those years, he had only God’s promise to rely on. Remembering the glorious future that awaits us in heaven can help us endure suffering—in fact, we might even find that our suffering has prepared us for heaven.

“Be Courageous, and Go to Confession” Pope Francis said these words on February 19th in St. Peter’s Square. Has it been a while since you’ve received the Sacrament of Reconciliation? What better time to answer the Pope’s call than during the Lenten season, a time set aside for repentance? When we go to confession, we admit our sins to a priest, who represents both God and the Church, and commit ourselves to changing those actions. When we do this, we receive the abundant forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ, who died so that we could receive this forgiveness. In the Sacrament of Confession, we experience the unconditional love of God! Confession is offered both before AND after Mass at St. Bridget’s and St. Charles during the Lenten season.

“Rise, and do not be afraid.”

St. Patrick Born in 389, St. Patrick was the son of Calpurnius, a Roman-British deacon, and Conchessa. When he was sixteen, he was captured by a raiding party and taken to Ireland, which was full of Druids and pagans. While there, he was forced to serve as a herdsman. After six years he was able to escape and return home to his family. However, he had a dream instructing him to return to Ireland and bring Christianity to the people there. This dream led him to begin his study for priesthood under St. Germanus in Auxerre. He was eventually appointed as bishop in Ireland and preached the gospel, converting many. He established numerous monasteries, most famously the Monastery at Armagh. During his forty years of evangelizing, he wrote and performed many miracles. He died March 17, 461.

First Communion and First Reconciliation Classes Classes start THIS 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.

Stations of the Cross We will celebrate Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. This Friday March 21, stations will be celebrated at St. Bridget’s at 5:30. Fr. Jim will be available for confession on Friday after Stations.

The Spiritual Exercises A Heart-Centered Approach The start of the Spiritual Exercises program has been delayed one week. The program will start this Wednesday March 19 at 6:00 PM in the blue Fr. Jones building in St. Francis

Grief Support Group The grief support group will meet after the 9:00 Mass at St. Bridget's on Sunday March 23.

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.

Announcements HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION Any high school students interested in Confirmation should sign up after Mass at St. Bridget's or St. Charles this week. 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.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 Gospel: John 4:5-42

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