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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><March 10th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of Laetare Sunday!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8~ 2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 ~ Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Reconciliation means to return to harmony with someone by exercising forgiveness. It is a thorough and perfect way to welcome back someone who has fallen away from God. Reconciliation is also a major theme of the Lenten season. In the Gospel today we hear examples of reconciliation from both sides: forgiving and asking for forgiveness. The Gospel story is the Prodigal Son. A son asks for his inheritance from his father and wastes it on wild living. After the money runs out, the son comes back to the father asking for forgiveness. This parable (which some also call the Forgiving Father) ends with the father welcoming back the son with open arms and a celebration. We have all been the prodigal son. We have all disobeyed God so we could pursue sinful ways. This Lent, as always, we are called to return, as the prodigal son did, to God in humble contrition. We have all been in the place of the prodigal son's father, too. We have all had the opportunity to extend forgiveness as the father did for his son. We all have been the prodigal son's brother, questioning the fairness of forgiving someone that messed up so badly. The next time you pray the Our Father pay special attention to the section that says, "...forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We are asking for God’s forgiveness, but only as much as we are willing to forgive others.
Following our 9AM St. Bridget’s Mass, there will be a brunch and screening of our brand new DVD, “Welcome Home” filmed right here on the Rosebud Reservation! We’re challenging each parishioner to bring a friend to Mass and the screening of this incredible DVD!
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 snack will be served. The fourth episode: "A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints " will show on Sunday, March 17.
St. Louise de Marillac Born in France in 1591, Louise lost her mother at a very young age followed by her father when she was 15. Her desire to become a nun was initially discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged for her. After having a son, she nursed her husband through a terminal illness. St. Francis de Sales and a bishop in France supported her through her loss, but Louise realized she would undertake great work under someone she had not met yet. This person was St. Vincent de Paul. At first reluctant to be her confessor, St. Vincent de Paul soon realized he needed help in his ministry to the poor. He quickly realized Louise was an answer to his prayers; she was smart and physically strong despite her feeble health. Eventually, four young women joined her on her missions. Her rented home in Paris became a training center for those wanting to work with the sick and the poor, and she created rule of life for the women under Vincent’s guidance. This group, after years of working to gain permission to receive vows and official recognition from Rome, became the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Many women were illiterate and hesitant to work with neglected children, but Louise, despite her failing health, brought her community members to orphanages, hospitals, and schools all over France. She died in 1660. She is the patroness of social workers. We celebrate her feast day on March 15.
Holy Week Schedule Sunday March 24 Palm Sunday St. Bridget: Mass 9:00 AM Mass will be preceded by the blessing of the palms in the church basement followed by procession St. Charles: Mass 11:30 AM Mass will be preceded by the blessing of the palms at the medicine wheel followed by procession Wednesday March 27 Reconciliation and Healing Service St. Bridget’s 7:00 PM Thursday March 28 Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper St. Charles 7:00 PM Friday March 29 Good Friday St. Agnes: Stations of the Cross, 12 Noon St. Charles: Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, 3:00 PM St. Bridget: Stations of the Cross, 5:30 PM; Celebration of the Passion of the Lord St. Bridget, 6:15 PM Priests will be available for Confession at each of the Good Friday services. Saturday March 30 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil St. Charles 9:15 PM Easter Sunday St. Bridget: Mass 9 AM St. Agnes: Mass 10:30 AM St. Charles: Mass 11:30 AM
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) Stations of the Cross This week’s Stations will be at St. Bridget’s Parish in Rosebud on Friday, March 15, at 5:30PM. A simple meal will be served after. First Communion and First Reconciliation Program Monday, March 18 7PM, CYO Building (Rosebud) This is an 8 Week course preparing students to receive these sacraments. Baptism Classes Begin Soon! When? Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 PM Where? Fr. Jones Religious Education Building, Saint Francis Who? Parents of children under 7. Why? Available for any parents who wish to have their Children baptized in the Church to learn about the sacrament.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 Gospel: Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32