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. Saint Charles Mass Sunday: 11:30AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><January 27th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10~ 2nd Reading: 1
Corinthians 12:12-30 ~ Gospel: Luke 1:1-4 ; 4:14-21 Today's Gospel tells the story of Jesus entering the synagogue, taking the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and reading from it's lines, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” He concludes by proclaiming that He is the fulfillment of those words. In this passage, Jesus is saying publicly that His duty and calling is to help the poor, the blind, and the captive, and the oppressed. Jesus is explaining where His priorities lie. When something is a priority for Jesus, we too should make that a priority in our lives. So who are the people suffering in your community? Who are the oppressed, poor, the blind or captive that you know? Perhaps the prisoner is the homebound elder who is longing for company. Maybe the poor is the individual suffering from depression and in need of someone to talk to. The blind could be those suffering from addictions who cannot see past their next drink. We are called as children of God to bring the Good News to those who need it, just as Jesus did. We are charged with the duty of looking out for the whole Body of Christ. It is important to remember as we work to spread the Good News of Jesus that God has anointed us with the same Spirit with which Jesus was anointed and God will be with us every step of the way.
We Are One Body This week’s readings remind us that we are unified as the Body of Christ; each of us, in fact, is a unique and necessary part of this body. The Catechism of the Catholic Church talks about the mystery of the Church in its ability to unite us all under God. It sees the Church as the sacrament of man’s union with God and the “sacrament” of the unity of the entire race. In the end times, the Church will gather people “from all tribes and peoples and tongues” (Rev 7:9). When we enter into Mass every Sunday, let us remember that our Church extends beyond the individual building and parish we worship in. We pray the same prayers, listen to the same readings, and share the same Body and Blood of Christ as millions of other Catholics in every corner of the world.
Saint John Bosco John Bosco rejected corporal punishment in education; he placed students in environments away from the likelihood of committing sin. He pushed for frequent reception of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechesis and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with one’s day-to-day life. Encouraged to become a priest so he could work with young boys, John was ordained in 1841. His service to young people started when he met a poor orphan and prepared him to receive Holy Communion. He then gathered young boys and taught them catechism. Eventually, John opened the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales for boys. Several patrons contributed money, allowing him to provide a shoemaking and tailoring workshop for the boys. By 1856, the institution had grown to 150 boys and had added a printing press for the publication of religious pamphlets. John’s preaching fame spread and by 1850 he had trained his own helpers because of difficulties in retaining young priests. In 1854 he and his followers informally banded together, inspired by St. Francis de Sales. With the help of Pope Pius IX, John founded the Salesians in 1859 with 17 other men. Their activity concentrated on education and mission work. Later, he organized a group of Salesian Sisters to assist girls. We celebrate his feast day on January 31.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. The Corporal Works of Mercy
Those who receive the gift of sanctifying grace from God perform these works:
Feeding the hungry Giving drink to the thirsty Sheltering the homeless Clothing the naked Visiting the sick Visiting the imprisoned Burying the dead
12-Hour Family Recovery Workshop Monday, January 28-Thursday, January 31 1:00PM-4:00PM (each day) Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center For applications or questions, contact: Jim-(605)259-3365 OR Geraldine-(605)747-5547 *Administrative Leave granted to any Tribal Employee who wishes to attend* First Friday Mass There will be a noon Mass at the hospital this Friday, February 1.
Feeding South Dakota Mobile Food Pantry The pantry will deliver food to St. Agnes Hall in Parmelee on Tuesday, January 29, at 10AM. The actual distribution will be from 11AM-1PM. We will need at least 6 volunteers to help unload and distribute food. Contact the Mission at 747-2361 for more information. DONATIONS NEEDED! Prize & food donations are needed for our upcoming February Prize Bingo & our Mardi Gras Dance. St. Bridget’s Parish in Rosebud will host Prize Bingo on Saturday, February 2, from 4-7PM
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1: 4-5, 17-19 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
KINI and St. Charles Parish will host a Mardi Gras dance on Saturday, February 9 in Digmann Hall in Saint Francis. Doors open at 7:30PM, dance starts at 8PM. High School Confirmation Classes start Wednesday, February 6, at 7:00PM at the CYO Building in Rosebud. Class is open to students ages 15 and up. Baptism and first communion preparation is open to all high school students.