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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><August 11th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9~ 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1
-2, 8-19 ~ Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Today’s Gospel opens with an exciting image: God is pleased to give us His kingdom! How blessed we are to know that God, in His eternal love for us, wants to share with us the bounties of his “inexhaustible treasure”! Of course, we have a choice in entering the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us to be vigilant waiting for God’s arrival as a servant is waiting for his master to come home. We cannot allow ourselves to grow lazy or prideful in our relationships with God. Through prayer, going to Mass, works motivated by faith and spreading God’s word to others, we diligently prepare ourselves for the day when God will welcome us into His home. We do not want to be like the servant who grows impatient and eats and gets drunk before the master comes home. We do not want to settle and say, “I’ve prayed long enough, I don’t need to pray anymore.” We must always prepare ourselves and wait in excitement for the arrival of our Lord, just as the servant does for his master coming home from a wedding or a child does for his mother and father coming home from work.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
Thursday, August 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation. What are Holy Days of Obligation? Holy Days of Obligation are important days in the Church that honor special events or special people. On these days, Catholics are obliged, or required, to attend Mass. Skipping Mass on one of these days is a sin.
Can you name all Holy Days of Obligation? (Answers on back.) What are we celebrating on August 15? August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Since ancient times, Christians have believed that Mary was taken up bodily into heaven. Her body never suffered decay as ours do when we die. We say that Mary’s body “was assumed” into Heaven.
Why is this important for us? We believe that at the end of time not just our souls but our bodies will rise again. Mary’s Assumption is like a preview of what we believe God will do for the whole Church—and that is the reason to celebrate!
Mass Times 5:30 PM St. Charles 7:15PM St. Bridget’s *On the Assumption, bring religious items for blessing at the end of Mass!*
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Maximilian Kolbe is well known for his encounter with Mother Mary. As he prayed to Our Lady to find out what would happen to him in his life, she appeared holding in her hands a white crown and a red crown. The white crown represented purity, and the red crown represented martyrdom. She asked if he would like to have one of them. Kolbe replied, “I choose both.” At sixteen, he became a Franciscan novice in Ukraine, and he was ordained at twenty-four. Maximilian saw religious indifference as the biggest issue of his time. In response, he created the Militia of the Immaculata, the Knight of the Immaculata, a magazine designed to preach the Good News to all peoples, and he opened a “City of the Immaculata”, a home for seven hundred of his Franciscan brothers (he would later found another one in Japan). In 1939, Nazis overran the area and bombed the Franciscan home; Kolbe and his friars were arrested and released three months later. In 1941, Kolbe was arrested again. After a prisoner escaped, the commandant announced ten more would die. Kolbe, known in the prison as number 16670, took the place of a family man who was selected to be executed. After being starved, Kolbe was killed by an injection of carbolic acid. He was canonized in 1982. We celebrate his feast day on August 14.
Announcements Saint Charles Year of Faith Event! Sunday, August 18 St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Francis 11:30a.m. -Mass-Fr. Michalski will preside; Deacon Ben Black Bear will preach 12:30p.m. -Lunch Event MC: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. 2:00p.m. -Introduction 2:10p.m. -Presentation-Jeff Hurd 2:55p.m. – -Break 3:05p.m. -Q&A-Jeff Hurd 3:20p.m. -Testimony-Cowboy Fast Horse 3:30p.m. -Discussion 3:45p.m. -Evening Prayer-Fr. Hatcher
St. Charles Flea Market Friday, August 30 4-7PM Tables: $10 each Call Betty Young to reserve a table at 747-2567 Baptism Classes The next round of Baptism classes starts on Tuesday, August 20 at the CYO Building in Rosebud at 6PM!
RCIA/RCIC Classes RCIA classes start Wednesday, September 4 at 7PM at the CYO Building in Rosebud. RCIC classes will start after the 11:30AM Mass at St. Charles Parish on Sunday, September 8.
What are the Holy Days of Obligation? The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (January 1); The Assumption (August 15); All Saints Day (November 1); The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8); Christmas (December 25) Every Sunday is also a Holy Day of Obligation since Catholics are obliged by the Third Commandment to keep the Lord’s Day holy by participating in Mass.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53