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: NO DAILY MASS Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><February 17th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The First Sunday of Lent!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 ~ 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 ~ Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit and is driven by this Spirit into a deserted place. Once there, Jesus fasts for forty days and he is hungry at the end of it all. The Devil, knowing that Jesus is hungry, tries to tempt him. The Devil begins his temptation by appealing to Jesus’ hunger for food: “command this stone to become bread.” Yet Jesus’ hunger is not primarily for food. Next the Devil moves on to tempt Jesus with power and glory, and last the Devil tells Jesus to throw himself off the temple in Jerusalem. However, Jesus’ main desire isn't for power and glory, nor does he want to put God to the test. So for what did Jesus hunger? Why did Jesus fast for forty days? Jesus fasted for the same reason that we fast during Lent: to grow closer to God through straightening up priorities and to put God first in our lives. As Jesus said in his reply to the temptation of Satan, “One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Indeed fasting from food and abstaining from using things like television or computer should make us hungry, just as it did Jesus. However, our hunger should be for righteousness and a closer relationship with God and not for food, power, or glory. If, like Jesus, we get our priorities straight, we will be free to fall more deeply in love with God.
“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” With these words from the Gospel of John (20:23) Jesus gives to the Church the authority to forgive away sin. This forgiveness happens through the Sacrament of Confession (also known as “Penance” or “Reconciliation”). This Sacrament heals and saves the baptized individual from sin, restoring the gift of God’s grace. It strengthens and intensifies the life of God in every Catholic. When we confess our sins, we are not telling our sins to a priest; we are telling them to Christ. The priest merely serves as a channel for God to absolve us of our sins. No sin is too great for God to forgive, but we must ask willingly for forgiveness. If we fall into the sins of presumption (assuming God will forgive us whenever we do wrong) or despair (convincing ourselves God cannot forgive us), however, we cannot receive forgiveness because we refuse to ask for God’s mercy. We should make an authentic examination of conscience before we enter Confession and tell every sin on our hearts, not withholding anything. Once confessed, we must do the penance the priest assigns to us to repair the harm of our sin and to complete the process of Reconciliation.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Ash Wednesday Reflection “It is possible to return to the Lord, it is a 'grace', because it is the work of God and the fruit of faith that we entrust to His mercy. But this return to God becomes a reality in our lives only when the grace of God penetrates and moves our innermost core, gifting us the power that ‘rends the heart’...each
person must be aware that the penitential journey cannot be faced alone, but together with many brothers and sisters in the Church.
Saint Peter Damian Peter Damian was orphaned and treated poorly by one of his brothers. Peter escaped his life of poverty and neglect when another brother, an archpriest, took him under his wing and sent him to good schools. Peter became a professor. Peter was very strict with himself; he fasted, wore a hair shirt under his clothes, and, after joining the Benedictines, suffered severe insomnia due to his eagerness to pray. Soon learning how to take care of himself in a more balanced way, Peter succeeded an abbot who died, and he founded five other hermitages. He helped his brothers in a life of prayer and was frequently called upon to settle disputes between other abbots. Pope Stephen IX soon made Peter the cardinal-bishop of Ostia. He urged the clergy to practice celibacy and tried to eliminate simony, the buying of church offices. Realizing the clergy had grown soft and comfortable, Peter wished to restore them to their early discipline. Peter was a prolific writer, writing over 170 letters, fifty-three sermons, and seven biographies. He eventually retired and returned to his life as a monk. Peter died on February 22, 1072 from complications from a fever. He was declared a doctor of the Church in 1828. We celebrate his feast day on February 21.
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test...
Announcements Sunday Confessions A priest will be available to hear confessions before & after Mass each Sunday during Lent! Lenten Reconciliation Service Wednesday, March 27 7PM at St. Bridget’s Parish (Rosebud)
Journey around the world and deep into the faith with Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism. During Lent, St. Charles Parish will show episodes of this spectacular series in the Icimani Center following the 11:30 Mass. A light lunch will be served. The second episode: "Happy We Are: The Teachings of Jesus" will show on Sunday, February 24.
Stations of the Cross This week’s Stations will be at St. Charles Parish in St. Francis on Friday, February 22, at 5:30PM. A simple meal will be served after.
New DVDs at St. Bridget’s! We have added some DVDs to the video library at St. Bridget’s Church. DVDs may be checked out at no cost and returned after one week. For Greater Glory Courageous The Mighty Macs A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
Big Thanks to Big El’s! Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1 Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36
Thanks to Big El for donating the meal for St. Charles/KINI Mardi Gras dance! Big El’s lunches can be enjoyed every weekday in the basement of St. Bridget’s Church. During Lent he’ll be serving fish on Fridays.