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Engaging the Word: 04/26/2015

Today’s readings are giving us a message of salvation through Jesus- the stone which was rejected but is now the cornerstone.  Thus, although we may reject Jesus’ teachings and his message throughout our lives, he is still our path to salvation.  Jesus himself said this in his shepherd parable.

He is like a shepherd who will not abandon a single one of his sheep.  When we sin or ignore God’s message, we are a sheep knowingly leaving God’s love and walking towards the wolf.  It may seem ridiculous that we would purposely walk towards a wolf, but everyone has sinned and turned away from God at some point in their lives.  We have put money or temporary happiness over the richness of God’s love.  The things we put above God are like the wolf.  Now, a shepherd would usually leave one sheep to be eaten to save the rest but not Jesus.  He will always come back for us if we have faith in Him.

The second reading today really hammers home this hopeful message.  We are God’s children as revealed by Jesus!  We can walk towards many wolves, but Jesus will always help us find our way home.  Indeed, we are called to be like Jesus and help our brothers and sisters find their way home.  In this way, Jesus has saved all human beings (and revealed how we can help save ourselves).

 

1st Reading: Acts 4: 8-12 ~  Responsorial: Psalms 118: 1, 8-9, 21-23, 26-29

2nd Reading: 1 John 3: 1-2 ~  Gospel: John 10: 11-18

 



Sapa Un Academy Registrations Now Open!

The Sapa Un Catholic Academy, is St Francis Mission’s Faith- based, Dual Language School on the Rosebud Reservation. We are now accepting applications for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students of all religious backgrounds are welcome!

Students enjoy a small class size of 10- 12 students, an experienced, caring and qualified staff, fresh nutritious meals, and low tuition fees with scholarships available. We offer cultural opportunities in Lakota language and culture, including a month-long summer immersion camp. Our students also engage in cooperative learning.

For more information, or to apply, contact St. Francis Mission Administration at 747-2361 or the school at 747-2567.



Engaging the Word: April 19, 2015

Readings:

1st Reading: Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19
Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2, 4, 7-9
2nd Reading: 1 John 2: 1-5
Gospel: Luke 24: 35-48

The gospel reading for this week shows a scene during which Jesus’ followers were utterly bewildered. They were eating and reminiscing about their recently crucified leader, most likely feeling afraid and abandoned. And when Jesus appears to them, they do not jump for joy, but rather become even more frightened at the thought of seeing His ghost. However, Jesus wishes peace upon them and teaches them of how his life and death are actually prophesied in the Jewish scriptures.

There is hope in Jesus calming explanation of his death being foretold in the scriptures but even more so in the first reading of Acts. Peter says to those responsible for Jesus’ death that they can be forgiven since they acted of their own ignorance. This is the Good News– that even these sinners can repent. The God of Abra-ham, Isaac, and Jacob will be ready to forgive. What does this say for us today?

Well, St. John addresses the universal church (which includes us) in his letter from which we read this week. In order to know Jesus, John says, we must strive to keep the commandments of Moses. But (and this is the hopeful part), we all will fail at some point in time. Jesus did not die for just the sins of a few but for the sins of all. Therefore, if we are truly sorry, our sins will be forgiven. God is willing to accept us as flawed human beings as long as we try to live by the Law.



12 Hour Family Recovery Program April Dates

Date: Monday, April 27th And Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Place: St. Agnes Hall, Parmelee, South Dakota

The 12-Hour Family program is facilitated by local native people who live on the reservation. The program includes video clips and live role plays and is structured to meet the needs of those family members who are living on the reservation.
Family members will learn:
• The side effects that drugs and alcohol have on the body and emotions.
• The process of addiction and relapse.
• Will learn about twelve step programs and other healthy ways designed for those who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
• Learn different ways that will help you cope and maintain a less stressful life while coping with a person who is using drugs or alcohol.
• The how and why alcoholism or drug addiction is a family disease.
• About Co-dependency and have a greater understanding about the issues that surround the Co-dependent family member.
• How to overcome these family roles and dynamics in a healthy way in order to bring about a healthier family structure.
• Effective communication, listening and observing skills
• Co-dependency and enabling conduct and its role in the addiction cycle and in family structure.
• Including more information related to families and their well –being.

The cost to attend the program is $50.00 per person, and must be paid in advance. For applications or questions, contact:
Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email us at icimani@sfmission.org
recoverycenter



Engaging the Word: 04/19/2015

The gospel reading for this week shows a scene during which Jesus’ followers were utterly bewildered.  They were eating and reminiscing about their recently crucified leader, most likely feeling afraid and abandoned.  And when Jesus appears to them, they do not jump for joy, but rather become even more frightened at the thought of seeing His ghost.  However, Jesus wishes peace upon them and teaches them of how his life and death are actually prophesized in the Jewish scriptures.

There is hope in Jesus calming explanation of his death being foretold in the scriptures but even more so in the first reading of Acts.  Peter says to those responsible for Jesus’ death that they can be forgiven since they acted of their own ignorance.  This is the Good News– that even these sinners can repent.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be ready to forgive.  What does this say for us today?

Well, St. John addresses the universal church (which includes us) in his letter from which we read this week.  In order to know Jesus, John says, we must strive to keep the commandments of Moses.  But (and this is the hopeful part), we all will fail at some point in time.  Jesus did not die for just the sins of a few but for the sins of all.  Therefore, if we are truly sorry, our sins will be forgiven.  God is willing to accept us as flawed human beings as long as we try to live by the Law.

 

1st Reading: Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19 ~  Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2, 4, 7-9

2nd Reading: 1 John 2: 1-5 ~  Gospel: Luke 24: 35-48

 



Engaging the Word: April 12, 2015

Reading:

1st Reading: Acts 4: 32-35
Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd Reading: 1 John 5: 1-6
Gospel: John 20: 19-31

This week’s gospel reading reminds us of the importance of faith. How many times are we like Thomas, refusing to believe the power of God until we see with our own eyes? But, the power of God will reveal itself if we have faith and follow Jesus, God’s Son and Messenger.
Now, the first reading gives us an idea of what it was like to follow Jesus in the early days of Christianity. By giving up any claims to possessions, there were no longer any of them in need. They saw the truth– their apparent possessions were a gift from God meant to be shared. Going further, their gifts and talents were a gift from God meant to be shared. They were a true community, selling even their homes for those in need. To-day, we can continue to follow Jesus by giving up our possessions and gifts to him and vow to share them with those in needs.
The second reading makes the statement that keeping God’s commandments are not burdensome. This may seem strange to us as we struggle to follow the Law of God. But, the good news through Jesus is that God is always willing to accept us even with our flaws. So, even when we step out of God’s love, we can step back in. Thus, we need only to commit to God and living the commandments will naturally follow. They are not burdensome but natural to one who follows Jesus.



Engaging the Word: 04/12/2015

This week’s gospel reading reminds us of the importance of faith.  How many times are we like Thomas, refusing to believe the power of God until we see with our own eyes?  But, the power of God will reveal itself if we have faith and follow Jesus, God’s Son and Messenger.

Now, the first reading gives us an idea of what it was like to follow Jesus in the early days of Christianity.  By giving up any claims to possessions, there were no longer any of them in need.  They saw the truth– their apparent possessions were a gift from God meant to be shared.  Going further, their gifts and talents were a gift from God meant to be shared.  They were a true community, selling even their homes for those in need.  Today, we can continue to follow Jesus by giving up our possessions and gifts to him and vow to share them with those in needs.

The second reading makes the statement that keeping God’s commandments are not burdensome.  This may seem strange to us as we struggle to follow the Law of God.  But, the good news through Jesus is that God is always willing to accept us even with our flaws.  So, even when we step out of God’s love, we can step back in.  Thus, we need only to commit to God and living the commandments will naturally follow.  They are not burdensome but natural to one who follows Jesus.

 

1st Reading: Acts 4: 32-35 ~  Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24

2nd Reading: 1 John 5: 1-6 ~  Gospel: John 20: 19-31

 



SFM Youth Group Easter Fun

The SFM Youth group was very busy during Holy Week! The youth were on Spring break so we kept them busy with many activities.  On Thursday, we made 110 Easter baskets and filled 150 candy bags for Easter festivities. Throughout the day, the youth worked on the Easter baskets, ate lunch and supper as a group and ran off energy at the SF Track & basketball courts.  We ended the day by attending Holy Thursday Mass services at St. Charles Church in St. Francis. The youth were well behaved and respectful at Mass services – and some of them volunteered to help with parts of Mass.

 

We met up again on Saturday afternoon to color eggs.  When that was done, we went to the old track field to run off some energy while the food was cooking, then we finished coloring eggs. We are so thankful to all the people who donated eggs, real and plastic. As a group, we attended the Easter Vigil services at St. Charles Church.

On Easter Sunday some of the Youth attended Mass and passed out the Easter baskets and candy bags they made. They hid about 300 real and plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt. We had a lot of children take part in the Easter egg hunt! It was a long, busy weekend for the SFM Youth group, but they did awesome! We are very proud of all of them!

 



Holy Week Schedule

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
— Blessed Pope John Paul II

Here is the Holy Week schedule:
Thursday, 04/02
7:00 p.m. — Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Charles
Friday, 04/03
3:00 p.m. — Passion of the Lord at St. Charles
5:30 p.m. – Stations at St. Bridget’s
6:00 p.m. — Passion of the Lord at St. Bridget’s

Saturday, 04/04
8:30 p.m. — Easter Vigil at St. Charles

Sunday, 04/05
Easter Sunday
8:40 a.m. – Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Bridget’s
9:00 a.m. — Mass at St. Bridget’s
10:00 a.m. – Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt at St. Bridget’s
11:10 a.m. — Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Charles
11:30 a.m. – Mass at St. Charles
12:30 p.m. — Easter Egg Hunt at St. Charles



Annoucing the 2015 First Communion & First Reconciliation Program

The following is an overview of our 2015 First Communion and First Reconciliation Program.

Program Schedule
Classes will be done at the Rosebud, He Dog, and Spring Creek Schools during Religion class release times. We will offer class on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m on April 1, 2015

Children will learn: The Sacraments, Living our Faith: The Ten Commandments & The Sacrament of Reconciliation,

First Confession will take place at the following times & locations:

  • St. Charles-TBA
  • St. Bridget’s-TBA
  • St. Agnes on April 2, 2015 time TBA

We will also learn about where the Eucharist come from, what we believe about the Eucharist, instruction on preparing for First Communion,
First Communion will take place at the following times & locations:

  • St. Charles-Sunday, May 10, 2015
    St. Bridget’s-Sunday, May 10, 2015
    St. Agnes-Saturday, May 9, 2015

Program Requirements

1. Children in 3rd grade and higher who are baptized in the Catholic Church. (If you have your child’s baptismal record we can make a copy for their file, or we can look up the date of baptismal for your child.)
2. Sunday Mass attendance and Saturday Mass (St. Agnes) is mandatory during the program. Sign-in sheets will be in the entrance of St. Charles, St. Bridget’s and St. Agnes.
3. We ask that you pray with your child every day. Your child will learn the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition prayers.

Contact Information
You may contact Jenny Black Bear, Religious Education Director at 747-2436 or 828-1082, or email at jenny.blackbear@sfmission.net

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal lie, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
John 6:53-56