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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 No daily Mass on Tuesday or Wednesday Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><April 20, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of Easter!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 ~ 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 ~ Gospel: John 20:1-9

The Resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in human history. It is also the most unique: never before had a person been physically dead and come back in a new and astonishingly different bodily form. Nothing like the Resurrection has happened since, though as Christians we await Jesus’ second coming when our bodies will rise and be transformed like his. When Jesus rose from the dead, the lives of his followers also radically changed. We see this change in the readings from the Acts of the Apostles that we hear throughout the Easter season. Before the Resurrection, the apostles were slow to catch on to the meaning of Jesus’ words. They bickered for honor and position and were cowardly at times. Most famously, Peter denied Jesus three times on Good Friday. But after the Resurrection, the apostles speak and act with a boldness they have never shown before. They proclaim the message of Jesus even when it is unpopular. Many of them face martyrdom, but their faith makes them unafraid of death. As we celebrate Easter this year, let us pray that our own faith in Christ’s Resurrection will transform our lives, defeat all our fears, and allow us to act with new confidence and courage.

Congratulations, R.C.I.A. class! One of the most exciting parts of Easter is the celebration of the Easter Vigil, which takes place in the darkness of the night before Easter. During this ancient ritual, adults enter the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those interested in becoming Catholic or completing their initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacrament of Confirmation prepare to do so through the R.C.I.A. program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Un-baptized children over the age of 7 go through the same process. This year the Church welcomes and congratulates Malisa Left Hand Bull, Kaylamae Emery, Red Sky Stewart, Mauricia Red Hawk, Bernard Black Bear, Claudette Crow Eagle, and Arlene Gunhammer on completing their initiation into the Catholic Church! Several other class members will enter the Church and be confirmed in the coming weeks. Know any adults interested in becoming Catholic or receiving Confirmation next year? The next round of R.C.I.A. classes will begin the first week of September. For more information call Tony Lusvardi, S.J., 747-2361.

Happy Easter!


SaintJohn Paul II Saint John Paul II was born Karol Joseph Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland on May 18th 1920. He became a priest in 1946 and was eventually elected bishop in 1958. After becoming a cardinal he was elected as pope on October 16, 1978. He became the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI who died in 1523. Saint John Paul II’s life of service to the Church was highlighted by many different accomplishments. He was one of the most influential leaders in the 20th century, visiting 129 different countries as pope. He helped bring an end to Communism in Poland and then the rest of Europe. He also worked hard to better relations with many other faiths and as a part of his emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified over one thousand people and canonized almost five-hundred saints. Upon his death on April 2, 2005 Saint John Paul II became the second longest serving pope in history serving for twenty-six years. He will be officially declared a saint (canonized) at a special Mass in Rome next Sunday. The picture out right shows John Paul II preparing to celebrate a Mass on a visit to a Reservation in Canada in 1984.

St. Bridget’s Grief and Healing Group Will meet after the 9 AM Mass at St. Bridget’s next Sunday, April 27. Everyone is welcome!

Sioux Spiritual Center Recovery Retreat May 16-18, 2014 Friday at 6:00 pm (MST) and ends Sunday at noon The cost is $40.00 per night but any offering is accepted and all are welcome! To register, call 605.985.5906 or email ssc@gwtc.net

BAPTISM CLASS The next round of baptism classes for children under 7 years old begins on Thursday April 24 at 7:00 PM in the CYO building in Rosebud.

PRIZE BINGO! Saturday May 3, 4-7 PM Digmann Hall Prizes needed.

Announcements

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.

VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR For the Diocese of Rapid City is Barbara Scherr. She can be reached at 605-209-3418.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 2nd Reading: 1Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20:19-31


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