St. Bridget’s Parish Location: Rosebud, SD Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass St. Charles Masses Sunday: 11:30 AM St. Agnes Masses Sunday: 2:00 PM St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM
Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles
<><><><><><><><><><><><><>December 4th, 2011<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the Second Sunday of Advent. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading Is 40: 1-5, 9-11, 15-17 ~ 2nd Reading 2 Pt 3: 8-14 ~ Gospel: Mk 1: 1-8
The Advent season offers us a welcomed change in focus from the parable-driven Gospels at the end of the liturgical year. This Sunday, we hear hopeful words about the coming of Christ. We are assured of the love and protection of the Lord. Let us take time this week and throughout Advent to find peace and comfort in the coming of the Lord. In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah invites the people of Israel to quiet their personal and collective cries of guilt and shame as they sit in exile. When we overwhelm ourselves with worry, anxiety, and self-doubt, sometimes words of comfort cannot be heard. Let us quiet ourselves and listen to God: “I love you, and I am sending you my Son.” We stand in awe and wonder as God leaps from eternity into time, from heaven to earth, from Spirit to Flesh, and from mystery to history. During this Advent, take time to be still, to be quiet, and to feel the presence of God’s love.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception The Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Thursday, December 8th. As a Holy Day of Obligation, Catholics are required to attend Mass on this day. Join us at St. Bridget’s at 5:30 PM or at St. Charles at 7:00 PM. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s conception to her parents – both saints – Joachim and Anne. Her conception is sacred to the Church because we believe that she was conceived, by the grace of God, without the stain of original sin. She was chosen by God to bear and raise Christ the Savior and was so granted this special grace of being born without sin. The rest of us must receive Baptism in order to experience this redemption from sin. This Feast is often confused with the Church’s celebration of the virginal conception of Jesus. This miracle is celebrated on March 25th as the Feast of the Annunciation.
“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Blessed Anuarite Nengapeta On December 8th, the Church celebrates the life of Anuarite Nengapeta. Born in 1939 in the African country of Congo, she lived during a tumultuous time for the continent; European colonial powers were withdrawing from Africa. Western and Eastern powers were seeking to lay claim to Congo’s rich mineral deposits and sought continued political influence on the country. A rebel group, the Simbas, waged war on anything they saw as “Western.” Nonetheless, Anuarite entered religious life as a nun – Catholicism was considered “Western” – and she taught in a local school. In 1964, Simba rebels entered the convent and kidnapped some Sisters, including Anuarite. She was beaten and threatened with sexual violence, but she protested and fought adamantly. The rebels stabbed her repeatedly and shot her through the heart. The Church honors Anuarite’s devotion to Christ and her deep respect for her body – that most sacred gift from God and a temple of the Holy Spirit.
The Advent Wreath Many traditions have developed in the Church and around the world that help us prepare for Christmas and the coming of Christ. The Advent wreath has become a vastly popular component to the Advent season for Christians worldwide. Historically, it’s unclear the exact origins. The ring of evergreen branches and candles was a symbol in northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity. The ring represented the eternal cycle of the seasons, while the evergreen branches and candles marked the persistence of life during the harshness of winter. Another source suggests that the use of the modern Advent wreath started as recently as the 19th century. A Protestant pastor in Germany created a wreath of evergreen branches ornamented with four large candles and nineteen small candles. His students asked every day if Christmas had arrived yet, so he set out the wreath and lit one candle each day, giving the students a visible countdown until Christmas. Most Advent wreaths today have only four large candles. Three are purple and one is rose. We light the third candle on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday—Latin for “rejoice.” As we anticipate the celebration of Christmas, we mix the Christmas season color of white with the Advent color of purple to get this rose candle.
Announcements Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. 5:30 PM at St. Bridget's and 7:00 PM at St. Charles. After-school art class! Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm, Grades K-12. Contact Davanne Piccini 747-2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children). Classes for children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have not been baptized and their parents will begin on Jan. 15, 2012. Classes will run through May 27 and will prepare the children for all the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist). More details to follow. Contact Tony Lusvardi, SJ, 747-2496. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Know any adults interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has not yet been confirmed? Contact Tony Lusvardi, SJ. Bishop Gruss has scheduled confirmation for St. Bridget's and St. Charles for Sunday April 15. A "refresher course" for all those who have completed preparation for confirmation is scheduled for Lent 2012. More details to follow.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Is 61: 1-2a, 10-11 2nd Reading: 1 Thes 5: 16-24 Gospel: Jn 1: 6-8, 19-28
Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM Good morning! Welcome to the cele- bration of the Second Sunday of Advent. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope...