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St. Bridget’s Parish Location: St. Francis, SD Sunday Mass: 11:30 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: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><September 15, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Twentyfourth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 ~ Gospel: Luke 15:1-32

“Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” This line from Paul’s letter to his fellow missionary Timothy is a good summary of the whole life and ministry of Jesus. And what good news this is! Paul knows firsthand what it is to be forgiven by Jesus; he was once a fierce opponent of the Church but underwent a conversion that changed his life. What was good news for Paul is also good news for us. Jesus gave the Church the authority to forgive sins through the sacrament of confession. There is no sin the Church cannot forgive, and there is no limit to God’s forgiveness. Only fear holds us back from seeking God’s forgiveness— fear of acknowledging our sins, fear of change, fear of commitment. But such fear is nothing if we remember how powerful God’s mercy truly is. God’s mercy is unlimited and capable of changing our lives—and the world. As Pope Francis recently reminded the Church, “God never, ever gets tired of forgiving us! But at times, we get tired of asking forgiveness. May we never tire, let us never tire of

How to Go to Confession Before going to confession, you should examine your conscience. This means that you should think about your life and the ways that you have sinned. When you enter the confessional, follow these steps: 1. Make the Sign of the Cross 2. Say “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was (length of time since your last confession).” 3. Tell the priest your sins. 4. Listen to the priest’s advice and to the penance that he assigns. 5. The priest will ask you to say an Act of Contrition. 6. The priest prays the prayer of absolution (“I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”). 7. You respond, “Amen.” 8. The priest says, “Go in peace.” 9. You respond, “Thanks be to God.” 10. Leave the confessional, and do your penance as soon as possible.

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.”


St. Catherine of Genoa St. Catherine of Genoa was born into a noble Italian family in 1447. At the early age of 13 she wanted to follow in her older sister’s footsteps and enter religious life. However, her confessor told her that she was too young. Consequently, a few years later she was married off by her family at the age of 16 to a nobleman Julian Adorno. Julian’s character and lifestyle, including having multiple affairs, made their marriage very dysfunctional with no children. Catherine suffered from severe depression for the first 10 years of their marriage. As a result Catherine turned to menial worldly things in order to find escape. However, one day while at confession, through the grace of God, she became aware of her own sinfulness and God’s unending love for her. As a result she reformed her life and set a good example for her husband. They both ended up devoting themselves to prayer and caring for the sick. Exhausted from a life of service and illness she received working at the hospital, St. Catherine died in 1510.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius start tomorrow Monday September 16! 6:00 PM St. Bridget’s Church Discover the power of this tried and true method for growth in the spiritual life. Explore Scripture, personal anecdotes, and the wisdom of St. Ignatius with Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J., to arrive at a deeper spiritual understanding. Each conference includes a 25 minute video presentation; 20 minutes of Eucharistic adoration; faith sharing and fellowship.

SCC Recovery Retreat October 4-6 at the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, SD To register, call 605.985.5906 or email ssc@gwtc

12-Hour Family Recovery Program September 24-27, 9AM-12PM Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center, St. Francis Call Geraldine at 605.747.5447 or Jim at 605.259.3365 Youth Group Organizational Meeting Thursday, September 19, 6 PM, Icimani Center, St. Francis Refreshments will be served. Diocesan Middle & High School Youth Rallies The two rallies will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 9:00AM-4:00PM, at Terra Sancta Retreat Center. Cost: $35 per youth/$25 per chaperone. Online registration is available at PutOnChrist.com. Deadline for registration is September 27. Contact Susan Thomson (716-5214 x221, sthompson@diorc.org) for more information.

Grief Talk September 22 Dr. Gail Mason will give a talk on grief and healing following the 9 AM Mass at St. Bridget’s on September 22.

PRAY THE ROSARY Sunday evening Rosary has begun! The rosary will be prayed on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM St. Bridget’s. Call Delores Kills In Water, 747-2059 or 828-7129, for more information. 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, 402-739-7272 or 747-2361. PRIZE BINGO! Saturday, September 21, 4-7 PM, Digmann Hall Proceeds will support youth ministry and new tables for Digmann Hall

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13

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Parish Bulletin for St. Bridget's parish for 09/15/2013

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