St. Bridget’s Parish Location: St. Francis, 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. Assistant Pastor: Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J. St. Charles Mass Sunday: 11:30 AM 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 Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><September 9th,2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the TwentyThird Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a ~ 2nd Reading: James 2:1-5 ~ Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
Isaiah tells us, “Thus says the LORD...Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.” What wonderful reassurance! God is always coming to save and vindicate those of us who love Him and who walk in His ways. Our final vindication will be when we are forever united with God in the next life. In James, we are reminded to “show no partiality” as we live out our faith. James states that we may pay more attention to a wealthy or noted individual than to a person who has less money or fame. He says this goes against Christian faith, for we have “made distinctions among ourselves and become judges with evil designs.” We must see Jesus in all people, especially the poor. It is these for whom God has reserved His Kingdom. In the Gospel, Jesus cures a deaf man. We may not have the spiritual gift to heal people’s ailments; however, the Catholic tradition teaches that we are the hands of God on Earth. God asks us to serve as instruments of His justice, saving power, and love. We can only do this by recognizing and serving God in our least brothers and sisters.
RCIA/RCIC Classes Begin Soon! RCIA? RCIC? What do these letters mean?! RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) are programs that help fully welcome individuals into the Catholic faith. RCIA primarily focuses on adults who wish to fully enter into the Catholic Church. Through the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), and various liturgical rites, adults are given the education and foundation to lead fulfilling, affirming lives within the Church. RCIC is intended for children 7 and older who are not yet part of the Church to receive the sacraments of initiation. By this age, children can answer for themselves if they wish to enter into the faith instead of having their parents speak on their behalf. Do you know anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Adults interested in Confirmation? Children who have not been baptized? Invite them to RCIA or RCIC! RCIA classes begin Tuesday, September 25th! RCIC classes begin Sunday, October 7th! For more information, call Tony Lusvardi, S.J. at 747-2361.
"He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Saint Peter Claver Born in 1581 in Spain, Peter Claver departed from his homeland forever in 1610 and sailed to the wealthy port city of Cartagena in Colombia where he would be ordained a Jesuit priest in 1615. Claver lived his life serving African slaves. Cartagena was the epicenter of the slave trade. Ten thousand slaves were bought and sold here each year. Slaves came from West Africa in conditions so gruesome and foul that more than a third died in transit. Upon their arrival, Peter Claver treated the ill and exhausted, bringing medicine, food, water, and other supplies. Through translators, he affirmed the human dignity of each individual he encountered, and, in his forty years of ministry, Claver baptized roughly 300,000 slaves. He also preached to the mass crowds and gave missions to sailors and traders. He lived in slave quarters instead of planter or trader homes whenever possible. Claver developed a severe illness for four years that caused him much isolation and neglect. As a result, he died on September 8, 1654. He was canonized in 1888. Pope Leo XIII declared him the worldwide patron of missionary work among black slaves. His feast day is September 9th. “We must speak to them with our hands before we try to speak to them with our lips.”
The First Commandment: 1. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other gods before me. 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. 3. Remember to keep the Sabbath Day. 4. Honor your father and your mother. 5. You shall not kill. 6. You shall not commit adultery. 7. You shall not steal. 8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. Our lives are very busy. Who can deny that? Between work, family, and leisure, our calendars become pretty cluttered. We might try to lean on earthly pleasures or hobbies to relax ourselves. Fun and relaxation is needed and encouraged! But are we making these pleasures and schedules our primary god? Where does God play into our life on a day to day basis? Do we have time to thank Him, pray to Him, and listen to Him? Is God at the center of our daily life? Or is there something else that we allow to soak up all of our energy, attention, and praise? This First Commandment wants to re-center us to the Creator, to the one who gave us life, to God. He provides all we need. Remember, if we’re too busy for God, we’re TOO BUSY!
FAMILY NIGHT! Ready to show off your inner Michael Jordan? Come to Digmann Hall on Monday, September 17, at 6:30 P.M. for some pickup Basketball!
Prayer Boards If you have any intentions you wish to be prayed for, you may write it on an index card in the back, sign and date it, and post it to the board! Northern Hills Middle School/High School Rallies When? Sunday, September 30; 9AM-4:30PM Where? Belle Fourche Area Community Center, Belle Fourche, SD What? Two rallies at the same venue. Fun! Music! Games! Amazing speakers! How much? $25 Who? YOU!!! For more information, contact Tony Lusvardi, S.J. at 7472361. *Registration due by September 15 to get a T-Shirt! Lakota Singing and Drumming Classes on Lakota singing and drumming will be offered every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 P.M. in Digmann Hall. For more information, contact Shane RedHawk.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:5-9a 2nd Reading: James 2:14-18 Gospel: Mark 8:27-35
Parish Bulletin for St. Bridget's for 09/09/2012