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: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><October 6, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Twentyseventh Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 ~ Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
Today’s readings deal with one of the most difficult problems in the spiritual life: when our prayers seem to go unanswered. The prophet Habakkuk complains that God does not seem to be listening. “How long, O Lord?” is his heartfelt cry. Habakkuk sees misery and evil all around him, but he is learning the difficult lesson that God does not always work according to our schedule. We sometimes make the mistake of thinking of God like a pop machine—we put our dollar in and expect to get what we want in return. In the Gospel, Jesus warns against a sense of entitlement, thinking that God owes us. God blesses us with life and other gifts because he is generous, not because we deserve it. He also leaves us—and other people—free to make mistakes. Nonetheless, faith teaches us that God cares for us even when we don’t understand his plans. Mary could not have understood all that God had in store for her when the angel Gabriel told her she would have a son, nor could she have understood God’s plans when she watched that son being crucified. In the end, even though it involved suffering, God’s plan proved to be greater than anything we could imagine.
Respect Life Month! Check out this quote from Pope Francis about the dignity of life: “A widespread mentality of the useful, the ‘throw away culture’ which today enslaves the hearts and intelligences of so many, has a very high cost: it requires eliminating human beings, especially if physically or socially weaker. Our answer to this mentality is a decisive and unhesitant ‘yes’ to life. The first right of a human person is his/her life... Things have a price and are saleable, but persons have a dignity, they are worth more than things and they have no price... Each one of us is called to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, be it in developing countries, be it in well-off societies. Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to being aborted, has the face of the Lord, who before being born, and then when he was just born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every elderly person, even if he/she is sick or at the end of his/her days, bears in him/herself the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded!” Pope Francis, Sept. 20, 2013
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed…”
St. Francis of Assisi St. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy during the year 1181. He came from a wealthy family as his father was a successful merchant in town. At the age of twenty, he joined his town’s army and waged war with them on nearby Perugia. However, they lost and he was imprisoned for a year. After being released he had a dream in which he was called to follow the master and not the man. He took this to be from Christ and returned to Assisi to work with the poor. Then in 1205 he had another dream that he was praying in a church and the voice of God told him to repair his church. While he initially took that literally and repaired a small chapel, he eventually learned that he was called to fix the Catholic Church which was seen as wealthy and corrupt. Thus he started living a life vowed to complete poverty. He was allowed to preach and eventually gained enough followers that he formed a religious order known as the Franciscans. After this he stepped down as the minster general and left to live in a hermitage and later on in La Verna. After breaking bread with those with him, he died on the evening of October 3rd 1226.
Grief Support Group Dr. Gail Mason will give a talk on grief and the healing process on the third Sunday of every month following the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Bridget's. The next talk will be on Sunday October 20 and will focus on functional and dysfunctional coping mechanisms.
Her talk in November will focus on dealing with holiday stress.
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.
SFM DENTAL CLINIC October 9-11th at the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic. Call Bobbi or Michelle at 747-2142 with inquiries. Space is limited.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 4PM to 7PM in Digmann Hall in St. Francis
BIBLE STUDY Tuesdays evenings at 5:45, in the Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center in St. Francis. Call Fr. Jim for more info, 402-739-7272 or 747-2361.
Are you interested in joining the St. Bridget’s or St. Charles choir? Join us for practice on Mondays at 8:00 PM in St. Charles Parish in St. Francis!
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Gospel: Luke 17:11-19