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 23, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Third Sunday of Lent!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7 ~ 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 ~ Gospel: John 4:5-42
The 40 days of Lent remind us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert and the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. Today’s first reading comes from that long period of desert wandering; the journey of the Israelites was short geographically but long spiritually. The journey took so long because of what we see in today’s readings: despite all God has done, the Israelites are unable to trust him. Instead of being grateful for being freed from slavery, they complain constantly. Amazingly, God does not give up on his hardhearted people. In his letter to the Romans St. Paul reminds us of just how generous God is. We don’t deserve any of the gifts he has given us—but he gives them anyway. Jesus died for us even though we were sinners, just as God gave miraculous water to the Israelites even though they were ungrateful and disobedient. The long journey of the Israelites in the desert is a time of conversion. The disobedient generation dies off, and the people are purified. The Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well is also a story of conversion. Jesus challenges the woman to care more about what is spiritual than what is worldly, and he reveals some uncomfortable truths about her past life. She is confused and amazed, but out of this disorientation a new faith begins to grow.
A Lenten Prayer Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
St. Turibius St. Turibius was born in 1583 at Majorca, Spain. He was a professor of law at University of Salamanca and was then appointed as president of the court of the Inquisition at Granada. In 1581 he was appointed to the See of Lima, Peru as a layman. This assignment was both religiously and geographically difficult. For twenty-five years he wore himself out serving his flock there. He traveled the diocese on foot, willing exposing himself to the extreme climate, wild animals, and many other dangers in order to reform the clergy and instruct the people in the Faith. During this time, he also founded the first seminary on the American continent and baptized many people. In his efforts to serve his flock, he took the time to learn the native language and opposed all attempts to justify their mistreatment by the Spanish. He died at the age of sixty-eight.
Another Reason to Go to Confession this Lent! Our actions affect the people around us. When we do good things, we build up all of the people in our community, but when we sin, we hurt them. Each of us can think of a time when someone else’s bad decision hurt us, even when those actions weren’t directed at us!
Stations of the Cross We will celebrate Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. This Friday March 28, stations will be celebrated at St. Charles at 5:30. Fr. Jim will be available for confession on Friday after Stations.
So how do we ask forgiveness from all the people we injured with our sins? Confession!!! In Confession, the priest represents both God AND the Church. When he absolves the penitent, he is granting forgiveness on behalf of God AND the Church community. Do you feel the need to be reconciled with the people in your community?
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.
Go to confession this Lent!
For the Youth! The SFM youth group will meet on Sunday, April 6th after the 11:30 Mass at St. Charles.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 1Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Gospel: John 9:1-41