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. Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Next Sunday, Special Mass Schedule St. Charles-10:00 AM No 9AM Mass at St. Bridget’s
Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s Wednesday: 5:30 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 5:30 PM, St. Bridget’s
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><October 14th, 2012<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the TwentyEighth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11~ 2nd Reading: Hebrews 4:1213 ~ Gospel: Mark 10:17-30
St. Teresa of Avila once wrote: “He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.” This does not mean that if we “possess God,” we do not need to follow His commandments, pray, or come to the sacraments. These are all part of our friendship with God; when we have friends, we do not want to mistreat, offend, or ignore them. We want to talk to them, listen to them, and visit them. The first reading gives us guidance to develop a right relationship with God: cherishing wisdom in our hearts is more important than jewels! The second reading reminds us that God sees our hidden thoughts; we are naked before Him. In prayer, we can be real with Him; we can admit our flaws, since He knows them anyway. We can express our true emotions, even our anger and frustration! We can pray that He helps us overcome our shortcomings. In the Gospel we see that Jesus, loving us, also challenges us. We must follow Him. We were created for friendship with our Lord.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized in:
See attached sheet for Kateri’s biography and information about her canonization!
“All things are possible for God.”
Year of Faith October 11, 2012, marked the beginning of the Year of Faith. Pope Benedict XVI declared this year to bring a renewed sense of faith and authentic witness in the Church. In Porta Fidei, he writes, “We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples.” This year will focus on strengthening the desire to profess the faith with true conviction, along with an “intensified” reflection of our faith. Part of this renewal will focus on rediscovering the fundamentals of Catholicism through catechesis. This year will conclude on November 24, 2013. Let us pray for renewed strength in the Church as the Year of Faith begins.
Luke, Apostle and Evangelist Saint Luke lived in the first century. Early traditions say that Luke came from Antioch; he was an unmarried doctor who eventually became one of Jesus’ disciples. St. Paul refers to Luke as “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14a). It is uncertain whether this same Luke is the writer of the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles; all that is known is that the third Gospel and Acts were written by the same individual. His Gospel was probably written between 70 and 85 A.D. Luke is said to write for a non-Jewish audience. He is a remarkable storyteller who is known to make stories sound like history. He focuses more on the group that followed Jesus from Jerusalem to Galilee. Jerusalem is a very important location in Luke’s writings because this is where the Word of God begins to spread. Luke likes to point out Jesus’ concern for and relationship with the weaker and downtrodden members of society—women, sinners, and those who have been outcast. Luke is now known as the saint of the medical profession. Throughout the years, he has become the patron saint of painters, butchers, and notaries. We celebrate Saint Luke’s feast day on October 18.
The Sixth 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.
Last week’s Gospel reminds us that once a man and a woman join together in a sacramental marriage, they are united for life. In marriage, not only do the husband and wife commit to each other, but they both commit to have God at the center of their relationship. Any sexual relationship outside of marriage falls short of God’s plan for human life. The Sixth Commandment reminds us to keep our word to our spouse and to God. It also calls us to recognize the beauty that lives only in a committed, monogamous relationship between husband and wife.
Announcements Donations Needed! Donations are needed for concessions for the Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 27 in Digmann Hall! March for Life Pilgrimage The Diocese of Sioux Falls is organizing a trip to the 40th Annual March for Life on Friday, January 25, 2013 and has invited us to join them! The Diocese has planned a pilgrimage from January 23-27, 2013. The bus will depart from Sioux Falls at 5PM on January 23. The cost is $375. Open to youth and adults; middle schoolers must have a parent accompanying them. *Registration is due November 1st!* For more info: http://www.sfcatholic.org/youth/?p=881 Prize Bingo St. Bridget’s—November 3— 4PM-7PM St. Charles— November 10— 5PM-8PM *Donations Needed*
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Isaiah 53:10-11 2nd Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16 Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
COUNTDOWN TO KATERI! Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will officially be recognized as Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in
ONE WEEK! Born in 1656 in a Mohawk village in New York, Kateri grew up learning the teachings of Christ from her mother Tagaskouita. Early in her life, Kateri lost both her mother and brother to the smallpox “purples” epidemic. After contracting smallpox herself, Kateri was left physically scarred, weakened, and partially blinded by the disease. After relocating with her village, Kateri developed skills in weaving, making clothes, and gathering crops and produce. Eventually, Kateri noticed the presence of the “Black Robes” (Jesuits) in her village. She loved their teachings of Christ and soon met Father Jacques de Lamberville. She studied catechism with him and was baptized at age twenty. As a result of the distrust and persecution from other villagers her newfound faith caused, Kateri left for a Jesuit mission in Canada. She spent the rest of her life on this mission until her death in 1680. Two miracles have been officially approved by the Vatican, legitimizing her canonization: Fifteen minutes after Kateri’s death, the scars that had plagued her whole life miraculously disappeared, and it is said her face was as radiant as the sun. In 2006, a boy in Washington State was suffering from a flesh-eating bacterium. Most assumed he would die since no medical treatments were taking effect. The boy’s family and friends all prayed to Kateri for divine intercession, and he miraculously began to heal right after receiving Last Rites. We are in the midst of our Novena at St. Bridget’s Church. Every evening until October 20, we are celebrating a Holy Hour starting at 7:00 PM with Adoration and Benediction. Confession is available every night, and Anointing of the Sick will be offered on Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20. During this novena, tune into KINI for special programming about Kateri! On October 21, we will celebrate one Mass at 10:00 AM at St. Charles Church to be followed by dinner in Digmann Hall where we will watch the Mass in Rome. Donations needed for the dinner; contact Linda Bordeaux, 828-1437.