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 Sacramental Ministry: Fr. Amar Bage, S.J. Parish Office Phone: 605.747.2496 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. St. Charles Masses Sunday: 11:30 AM St. Agnes Masses Sunday: 2:00 PM St. Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s
<><><><><><><><><><><><><>February 26th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the First Sunday of Lent. We’re glad to worship with you, and we hope you have a blessed week.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Gn. 9: 8-15 ~ 2nd Reading: 1Pt. 3: 18-22 ~ Gospel: Mk 2: 12-15
Five days into our Lenten journey, some of us have had an easier time than others with the personal sacrifices and commitments we’ve made this Lent. Some of us may not have chosen them yet. Certainly, most of us will struggle a few times at least as the season continues. In this light, we hear of God’s covenant with the Israelites and the gift of the rainbow as a sign of that covenant. After it rains, God has given us a rainbow to reassure us that he will never again drown the Earth in a flood. Christ Himself bears the new covenant and His ultimate sacrifice is our “new rainbow,” the promise of our salvation. As we move through Lent and face the challenges of our commitments, let us take time to find the rainbows in our day. While we may be giving something up, God places signs of His Love everywhere. Take a moment to notice them and find peace in them: the calm silence of the early morning, the smiles of your children, the love of your parents, a favorite passage in the Bible. Hold on to what reminds you of God’s unconditional love for you and carry forth with a little more peace in your heart.
Blessed Kateri’s Canonization! After officially recognizing a few months ago a 2nd miracle attributed to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Pope Benedict XVI announced last week that Blessed Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks, will be canonized a saint on October 21, 2012! All of the details have not yet been made known, but many are planning a special pilgrimage to Rome for the ceremonies, and we here at St. Bridget’s and St. Charles will certainly plan our own festivities to celebrate this momentous event. Thanks be to God! The date for the canonization is important for many reasons: The ceremony will take place during the Synod of Bishops that the Holy Father has called to discuss the New Evangelization. The canonization will also be one of the first actions of the Church during the Year of Faith, which begins next Oct. 11. Surely this is a signal to us that soon-to-be St. Kateri Tekakwitha is for all of the Church both a model of Faith and of the New Evangelization.
“He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.”
Saint Katharine Drexel On March 3rd, the Church celebrates the life of Katharine Drexel. She was born in 1858 into a wealthy and devoutly Catholic family in Pennsylvania. Her step-mother instilled in her a sense of charitable duties due to her great privileges growing up. With this upbringing and the influence of her local pastor who served American Indians, she dedicated her life to American Indian and African-American communities. Katharine founded a new religious order, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Negroes. She built a mission in Arizona for the Navajo people and founded a school for African-American children in Nashville. Katharine’s Congregation eventually started Xavier University in New Orleans – the first Catholic university in the South for Indian and black students. Her concern and compassion for these persecuted people was radical for its time, and she even spoke publicly condemning segregation. Katharine died in 1955, age 97, without a penny to her name: she had given all her enormous inheritance to schools, missions, orphanages, and other charities.
Fast and Abstinence Reminder
The first week or two of Lent can be the most challenging for many of us, simply because we have to form a new habit of sacrifice. So we offer a reminder of our duties during the season of Lent. Remember that abstinence – the exclusion of meat from our diets – is required on all Fridays of Lent as well as on Good Friday. As is always required, be sure to fast one hour before receiving the Eucharist. And stay committed to the sacrifices and commitments you’ve undertaken this Lenten season. It can be difficult at first to follow through, but remember that these goals will strengthen our relationship with God and will help us grow as followers of Christ. Peace be with you as we enter into the 2nd week of Lent.
Stations of the Cross will be presented this week at St. Charles Parish on Friday at 6PM. Join us for this moving experience. Confirmation Those who completed Confirmation prep last year & are preparing for Confirmation this Spring – a refresher course begins TODAY, 4PM at the CYO in Rosebud. You should have received a letter in the mail about this course. Reconciliation Remember that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available 20 min. before Sunday Masses. A special Reconciliation service is also planned for Wednesday of Holy Week. More info on this to come. St. Bridget’s Video Library has nearly 100 items to enjoy—both religious and family-friendly films. Check out at St. Bridget’s or by filling out a request slip in the red binder at the rear of St. Charles.
Next Sunday’s Readings St. Bridget’s Parish ~ 10AM ~ Sundays Leading Up to Easter
1st Reading: Gn. 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 2nd Reading: Rom. 8: 31b-34
2/26 “The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure” Who were Peter and Paul? How did they shape the Church?
3/4 “The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church” What is “the Church?” How does the Church embody Christ?
Gospel: Mk 9: 2-10