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St. Bridget’s Parish Location: Rosebud, SD

Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM Tuesday/Thursday Mass: 5:30 PM

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 Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass St. Charles Masses Sunday: 11:30 AM, Thursday 5:30 PM St. Ignatius/Sacred Heart Masses St. Agnes Masses Sunday: 11:00 AM (alternates between 4:00 PM on fourth Sunday of the month parishes every other week) St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Our Lady of Good Counsel Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM Sunday: 5:00 PM on third Sunday of the month


<><><><><><><><><><><><><>September 18, 2011<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Is 55: 6-9 ~ 2nd Reading: Phil 1:20c-24, 27a ~ Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16a

The readings each Sunday guide us to be good neighbors, good spouses, good relatives, good friends, and good lovers of Christ. But it’s not easy. The past few Sundays, we have been asked to forgive, even in the face of deep pain and anger. We try to follow Christ, but we struggle. This Sunday, God calls us again to forsake our sinful tendencies. But, importantly, he also assures us through Isaiah that “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Is 55:8). This translates to: “I know you are capable of more. But I also know it’s difficult; I know I’m asking a lot of you.” Our God is compassionate and perceptive, but he challenges us to grow. Question for reflection: Jesus’ parable this Sunday highlights the difference in perception of the landowner and the day laborers. What aspects of my life don’t seem to match with God’s call for me? How can I turn my thoughts and my actions toward God?

Christianity and Bible Classes The Catholic parishes of the Rosebud Reservation will offer a class called “Introduction to Christianity and the Bible” starting on Thursday September 22. The class is open to anyone and would be especially appropriate for adults interested in confirmation, adult baptism, marriage in the Church, or simply learning more about the Catholic faith. Whether you have been away from the Church for many years or are simply curious to learn something about the origins of the Christian faith, this class is for you. Classes will be held at St. Agnes Church in Parmelee at 7:00 PM every Thursday from September 22 to November 17. Both Catholics and non-Catholics are welcome, and there is no obligation that comes from attending. For more information contact Tony Lusvardi at St. Bridget’s Church 747-2496.

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.

“Conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Saint Matthew the Apostle On September 21st, the Church celebrates the life of Saint Matthew, the Apostle and name-sake for the Gospel of Matthew. He was a Jew who worked for the Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. Tax collectors often did not have to pay the same amount of taxes as common citizens. The Pharisees and fellow Jews considered tax collectors like Matthew to be traitors and sinners. So they were shocked and appalled that Jesus would call such a man to be a close follower. We also remember that Matthew hosted a special dinner with Jesus and other tax collectors and “known sinners.” When the Pharisees criticized Jesus and questioned his company, he replied “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners” (Matthew 9:12b-13). The life of Matthew assures Christians that we need not be perfect to follow Christ and to serve him devotedly. If we embrace the faith and courage of Matthew and the first disciples, we, too, can answer God’s call for us to serve him and to serve others with love, compassion, and devotion.

Understanding Community Together with the personal call to beatitude, the human person has a communal dimension as an essential component of his nature and vocation. There is a certain resemblance between the communion of the divine Persons and the fraternity that people are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God. The human person is and ought to be the principle, the subject and the end of all social institutions. Certain societies, such as the family and the civic community, are necessary for the human person. Also helpful are other associations on the national and international levels. Authentic human society requires respect for justice, a just hierarchy of values, and the subordination of material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones. In particular, where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and for the grace of God to obtain social changes that may really serve each person and the whole person. Charity, which requires and makes possible the practice of justice, is the greatest social commandment. From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Brief Announcements Celebrate Fr. John Hatcher's 50th Anniversary as a Jesuit! Potluck lunch in Digmann Hall following the 11:30 Mass at St. Charles. Next Sunday, September 25. Bring a dish to share! Come meet our new Bishop! His Excellency Bishop Robert Gruss will join us for the 11:30 AM Mass at St. Charles on September 25. He will also attend Fr. Hatcher's 50th Anniversary celebration to follow. Please consider serving our parish as a Lector (Reader) or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Training sessions for these important ministries will be held in October. Questions? Contact Tony Lusvardi, SJ at 747-2496.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Ez 18: 25-28 2nd Reading: Phil 2: 1-11 Gospel: Matthew 21: 28-32

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