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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><April 14th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Third Sunday of Easter!
What is Confirmation?
The Rosebud welcomes His Excellency Bishop Robert Gruss, who is here for the Confirmation Mass at St. Charles Parish! We are honored to celebrate with him!
One of the three Sacraments of Initiation, Confirmation comes from Christ’s bestowing of the Holy Spirit on his apostles on Pentecost. It is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which deepens our baptismal graces, unites us more firmly to Christ, and strengthens our adoption as children of God. Confirmation also bolsters the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. The confirmand (one receiving Confirmation) has a sponsor who must be at least sixteen years old, who is a confirmed Catholic, and who has received the Holy Eucharist. Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism (holy oil) on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and the words, “Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” The sign of peace concludes the rite, demonstrating communion with the Bishop, the minister of Confirmation, and all the faithful.
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41~ 2nd Reading:
Revelation 5:11-14~ Gospel: John 21:1-19
Today’s Gospel speaks of Jesus' third appearance to the disciples and the calling of Peter to be a great Apostle. It begins with Peter saying that he is going fishing; in other words, Peter is going back to his old way of life. He's doing what he is comfortable with and something he has done his whole life - fish. Yet his efforts and those of the disciples are fruitless, and they don't catch any fish all night, that is, until Jesus comes. Jesus tells them to cast out their nets again, and, at his command, the net is filled with fish. It is so easy for us to continue doing what we are used to and comfortable with. It is difficult for us to go out of our comfort zone and do as Jesus asks. Yet if we follow our own path, our lives will bear no fruit. We will toil, just as the disciples did, without catching what we're after. It is only after we respond to the promptings of Jesus that we can have purpose in our lives. So let us boldly approach the Eucharistic banquet knowing that we are called to be fishers of men, just as the first disciples.
Saint Bernadette Born into a humble family in France, Bernadette was a very frail child, facing cholera, digestive trouble, and asthma. One day, she was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood. A very beautiful Lady dressed in blue and white appeared to Bernadette above a rose bush in a grotto named Massabielle. This Lady revealed herself to be the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God. She told Bernadette to pray for sinners and have a chapel built in that area in her honor. At first, no one believed Bernadette’s story, even though the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernadette seventeen other times. One day, Our Lady told Bernadette to dig in the mud; when Bernadette did this, water began to flow. As days passed, the water continued to flow, and miracles happened when people used the water. Once older, Bernadette became a nun; she was known for her humility. She died in 1879. We celebrate her feast day on April 16.
Seven Gift of the Holy Spirit Through wisdom, the wonders of nature, every event in history, and all the ups and downs of our lives take deeper meaning and purpose. The wise person sees where the Spirit of God is at work and is able to share that insight with others. Wisdom is the fullest expression of the gifts of knowledge and understanding. Understanding is the ability to comprehend how a person must live his or her life as a follower of Jesus. Through it, Christians realize that the Gospel tells them not just who Jesus is but also who we are. It is closely related to the gifts of knowledge and wisdom. Right Judgment is the ability to know the difference between right and wrong and then to choose what is good. It helps us to act on and live out what Jesus taught. In its use, many other gifts-especially understanding, wisdom, and fortitudecomes into play in our daily lives. Fortitude enables us to take risks and overcome fear as we try to live Jesus’ Gospel. Followers of Jesus confront many challenges and dangers-the risk of being laughed at, fear of rejection, and, for some believers, fear of harm or death. The Spirit gives Christians the strength to confront and overcome these challenges. Knowledge is the ability to comprehend the basic meaning and message of Jesus. He revealed the will of God, his Father, and he taught people what they need to know to achieve fullness of life and salvation. It is closely related to the gifts of understanding and wisdom. Piety gives Christians a deep respect for God. Jesus spoke of His father as Abba, an intimate name for “daddy”. Through this gift, we can come before God with the openness and trust of small children, completely dependent on the One who created us. We approach God with the trust of small children; however, Fear of the Lord makes us aware of His majesty and desire for justice. A child may want to sit on the lap of his loving father, but the believer will fall on her knees in the presence of the Creator of the universe.
Announcements Mini Kateri Conference April 28-29; Minneapolis, Minnesota For more information, visit www.katericommunity.org
Prize Bingo! St. Charles Parish (St. Francis) Saturday, April 20; 6-9PM Prize and concession donations are needed! April 12 Hour Family Recovery Program Monday, April 22-Thursday, April 25 1-4PM each day St. Agnes Hall-Parmelee, SD For applications or questions, contact: Geraldine @ 605-747-5547 Or Jim @ 605-259-3365 *Administrative leave will be granted to any Tribal Employee who wishes to attend* Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry St. Agnes Hall Parmelee, SD Tuesday, April 16 12PM-2PM *times subject to change*
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 5: 27-32, 40b-41 2nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14 Gospel: John 21: 1-19