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St. Charles Parish Sunday Mass: 11:30 AM Wednesday Mass: 5:30 PM

Location: St. Francis, SD

Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 St. Bridget’s Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM, Tues/Thurs 5:30 PM St. Agnes Masses 4:00 PM on fourth Sunday of the month St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM

St. Ignatius/Sacred Heart Masses Sunday: 11:00 AM (alternates between parishes every other week) Our Lady of Good Counsel Masses Sunday: 5:00 PM on third Sunday of the month


<><><><><><><><><><><><><>September 11, 2011<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Sir 27:30—28:7 ~ 2nd Reading: Rom 14: 7-9 ~ Gospel: Matthew 18: 21-35

“Forgive them; they know not what they are doing.” Christians need no other example of forgiveness than that of the crucified Jesus. Nevertheless, we often fail to truly forgive from the heart, as Jesus commands in today’s Gospel. Something holds us back – pride, fear, pain. It’s different for each of us. So the Scripture this Sunday reminds us to let go and to forgive those who hurt us. Peter asks Jesus how many times to forgive; he wants a number. Instead, Jesus tells him a story. The moral is: your Heavenly Father forgives; so, too, must you forgive. God’s forgiveness is beyond any calculation. As Christians we receive His infinite forgiveness in the sacraments of baptism and reconciliation, and Jesus calls us to pass it on to our neighbors in our daily lives. Question for reflection: While God asks me to overlook faults (Sir 28:7), I sometimes cling to the pain that others inflict on me. What grudges do I need to let go of? Who in my community do I need to forgive?

50 Years for Fr. Hatcher! Hear ye! Hear ye! The 25th of September marks Father John Hatcher’s 50th anniversary as a Jesuit! We’re all so proud of the work he’s done and the lives he’s touched over the past five decades, and we’re so blessed to have him with us in St. Francis and in Rosebud. Please join us on Sunday, September 25th for a picnic in Fr. Hatcher’s honor, which will take place following Mass at St. Charles Parish at St. Francis Mission. Invite your friends! In addition, please welcome Bishop Robert Gruss as he joins us for 11:30am Mass at St. Charles, also on September 25th!

Canku Wakan Retreat The fall Canku Wakan retreat is scheduled for September 22-25, 2011 at the Sioux Spiritual Center. Those who have attended a Canku Wakan retreat have found it to be very spiritual and beneficial. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 14, 2011. For applications and questions, contact Betty Young at 747-2567.

“Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High’s covenant and overlook faults.”

John Chrysostom On September 13, the Church celebrates the life of John Chrysostom, the bishop of Constantinople at the end of the 4th century. John was reluctantly brought from his priestly ministry in Syria to Constantinople, a city plagued by imperial politics. John, whose title “Chrysostom” means “golden-mouthed,” was known for his well-crafted and sometimes stinging sermons. His disdain for court protocol and imperial pomp bothered many courtiers. He deposed bishops who bribed their way into office; he called for concrete steps to share wealth with the poor; and he rebuked men who did not keep faithful to their wives. He was an unwavering advocate for charity and justice. His outspokenness bothered many of the privileged class, and accusations were drummed up to discredit him. Eventually, John was exiled and he died in 407. John Chrysostom provides Christians with a supreme example of honesty, courage, and faithfulness in the face of ridicule and dissent.

Understanding the Sabbath God blessed the Sabbath day and declared it sacred because, on the Sabbath day, one remembers God’s rest on the seventh day of creation, and also the liberation of Israel from slavery in Egypt and the Covenant which God sealed with his people. Christians keep Sunday and other days of obligation holy by participating in the Eucharist of the Lord and by refraining from those activities which impede the worship of God and disturb the joy proper to the day of the Lord or the necessary relaxation of mind and body. Activities are allowed on the Sabbath which are bound up with family needs or with important social service, provided that they do not lead to habits prejudicial to the holiness of Sunday, to family life and to health. It is important so that all might be given the real possibility of enjoying sufficient rest and leisure to take care of their religious, familial, cultural and social lives. It is important also to have an opportune time for meditation, for reflection, for silence, for study, and a time to dedicate to good works, particularly for the sick and for the elderly. From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Brief Announcements Bishop Gruss has asked parishioners to make a special donation today for the Ft. Pierre community as they recover from flood damage sustained in May. Please be generous! The sacrament of Reconciliation will be available twenty minutes prior to each Sunday mass. Follow the arrows as you enter the church. Mass will be offered at St. Agnes Church on September 18th at 4pm.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Is 55: 6-9 2nd Reading: Phil 1: 20c-24, 27a Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16a

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