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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 Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>January 8th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Is 60: 1-6 ~ 2nd Reading: Eph 3: 2-3a; 5-6 ~ Gospel: Mt 2: 1-12

As the Christmas season comes to a close, we hear today about the journey of the magi to pay homage to Jesus. We also heard last week about the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem. Luke tells us that the shepherds were visited by an angel, and Matthew tells us of the star that guided the magi. The Lord reveals Himself to us, too, and He guides us on our spiritual journey to Him and His Son. We may not be visited by a choir of angels or guided by a bright star. But there are signs of God’s love and grace all around us. Through His creation, God is revealed to us, and even in times of darkness, He shines a Light to guide us. Let us pray for the trust and patience of the shepherds and the magi, that we may hear the Lord and follow him faithfully to our salvation.

Native American Catholics in 2011 2011 was an historic year for Native American Catholics. Not only did Pope Benedict recognize a second miracle performed through the intercession of Blessed Kateri; he also appointed a Native American, Charles Chaput, as Archbishop of Philadelphia, one of the largest Archdioceses in the United States. Some of you may remember Archbishop Chaput from his days as bishop of Rapid City. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Chaput also served as bishop of the Denver diocese before being called to serve in Philadelphia. Here’s to a fruitful and grace-filled 2012 for Rosebud Catholics and Native American Catholics everywhere.

St. Francis Mission on EWTN Mr. Tom Olson, S.J. and Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. will be interviewed on EWTN January 18, 2012. The name of the program is “EWTN Live.” Time: 7:00 PM CST Topic: The new model of Mission at St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota

“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”


Saint Gregory of Nyssa On January 10th, the Church celebrates the life of Gregory of Nyssa. Born around 330, Gregory was the younger brother of St. Basil the Great. He was educated by his brother and sister, became a professor, and was married. He was elected bishop of Nyssa, a region of Armenia in the present-day Middle East. During this early time in the Church’s history, a sect known as Arianism flourished. Followers of Arianism argued that Jesus, the Son of God, was created by – and therefore was inferior to – God the Father. Gregory adamantly rejected this belief. He wrote extensively in support of orthodoxy, which recognized Christ’s dual-nature as both human and divine, “consubstantial with the Father.” Stemming from this belief, Gregory also recognized Mary as theotokos, or “God-bearer.” His convictions and writings defended the Church’s core beliefs, and he illuminated the word of God in the tradition of the Church.

Consubstantial with the Father… Gregory of Nyssa championed the Catholic doctrine that the Father and the Son are “the same substance.” In the new translation of the Creed, this idea is expressed by the term “consubstantial.” This is a difficult word because it expresses a difficult concept. In philosophy, a thing is “substantial” when it exists as a unique being. By saying the Father and the Son are “consubstantial,” we assert the unity of the Father and the Son; there was never a time when one existed without the other. Furthermore, if we can say anything about God—for example, that He is eternal, allpowerful, and all-good—we can say it about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Epiphany of the Lord The Church celebrates today the Epiphany of the Lord. As our Gospel reading shows, we celebrate the journey of the magi – who are something like astrologers – to visit the Christ Child. The magi arrive and God the Son is revealed to them in the baby Jesus Christ. This revelation is significant because it makes known that Christ came not only to save his fellow Jews; he came to save the whole world – every race, nation, culture, and tribe. Today we give thanks to God for welcoming us into his saving Love and offering the whole world the opportunity for life everlasting in his Kingdom.

Announcements 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 in the Fr. Jones Religious Ed. Building in St. Francis, following 11:30 Mass at St. Charles. At least one parent must be in attendance. 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? RCIA classes will begin at the end of January. Contact Tony Lusvardi, 747-2496. “Catholicism” Film Series Coming soon! St. Bridget’s Parish will be showing Robert Barron’s “Catholicism film series after Sunday Masses. Stay tuned for details!

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 1 Sm 3: 3b-10, 19 2nd Reading: 1 Cor 6: 13c-15a, 17-20 Gospel: Jn 1: 35-42


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