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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: 11:30 AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM

Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 12:oo PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><August 18, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 ~ 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 ~ Gospel: Luke 12:49-53

The letter to the Hebrews tells us that in running the race of life we should “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.” In a more shocking way, Jesus makes the same point in the Gospel: we must remain faithful to him even if this means disappointing or even angering family members. Today’s readings force us to examine our lives and ask ourselves whether Jesus really is the most important thing to us. How often in our lives do trivial things, such as sports, take on more importance than our religious obligations? Yet at the end of our lives, these earthly matters to which we devote so much time and energy will not count at all; the only thing that will matter is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus’ message is certainly challenging, but it is also liberating. If we stay focused on what really matters in life, we won’t be so discouraged by everyday problems. In fact, remaining focused on Jesus and the hope of everlasting life with him will allow us to endure the sufferings and frustrations of this present life with peace; in the end, all such burdens will pass away.

Today we celebrate a special Year of Faith event in St. Francis following the 11:30 AM Mass at St. Charles. In the coming month, several new and exciting opportunities to deepen your faith in small group settings will begin: Rosary. Sunday evenings starting September 1 at 6:30 in St. Bridget’s Church. Call Delores Kills In Water, 747-2059 or 828-7129, for more info. Bible Study. Tuesdays evenings at 5:45, in the Fr. Jones Religious Ed. Building (the blue building) in St. Francis. Call Fr. Jim for more info, 747-2361. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The Spiritual Exercises are the heart of Jesuit spirituality. They will be presented in a 12-week format on Monday evenings, starting in September. Time and location TBA. Call Tony at St. Francis Mission to register or for more information, 747-2361. RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is for adults seeking to become Catholic or seeking to complete their initiation as Catholics through Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist. It is also open to anyone interested in an overview or review of the Catholic faith. Classes are Wednesdays at 7:30 in the CYO Building in Rosebud, starting September 4.

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”


Saint Helen St. Helen was a mother, a queen, an amateur archeologist, a builder of churches, and one of the most influential women in early Christianity. She married a Roman general who became emperor of the eastern Roman Empire, and her son Constantine also later became Emperor. Despite her wealth and power, Helen also experienced suffering when her husband divorced her for a younger woman. She converted to Christianity in AD 312, and her prayers and example led her son Constantine to end the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire the next year. She was known for her prayerfulness and generosity toward the poor. In 326, Helen traveled to Jerusalem to investigate the places where Jesus lived. She oversaw the demolition of the temple of Venus that had been built over the site of Calvary when Christians were still persecuted; she had a basilica built in its place. She is known for discovering many relics, including the cross. Despite her powerful position, she spent her last years in a convent, humbly doing housework.

Rosebud Fair Breakfast Sale and Carnival at St. Bridget’s! Come out and support St. Bridget’s and St. Charles’ Parishes on Friday August 23 and Saturday August 24 and enjoy the tastiest breakfast on Rosebud! Following Saturday’s parade Carnival games will be available for kids and the DUNK TANK will be back.

Announcements Baptism classes start Tuesday! 6:00 PM Tuesday August 20 CYO Building, Rosebud Open to Parents of children under 7 years old RCIC Classes start September 8 The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children prepares children over 7 for baptism and the other sacraments of initiation. Classes are on Sundays following the 11:30 AM Mass at St. Charles. Questions? Call Tony Lusvardi, SJ at 747-2361.

We still need donations of: eggs, sausage, juice, and biscuits. And VOLUNTEERS to serve breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning and to help with the Carnival on Saturday. We also need volunteers for the dunk tank!

Friday August 30 4-7 PM Digmann Hall Tables $10 each Call Betty Young to reserve a table 747-2567

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RCIA starts September 4 at 7:30 PM in the CYO Building (see front page). Please consider inviting someone who might be interested in becoming Catholic or receiving the sacraments of initiation.

“One cannot separate Christ and the Church. The grace of Baptism gives us the joy of following Christ in and with the Church.” https://twitter.com/Pontifex

St. Charles Flea Market

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Gospel: Luke 13:22-30


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