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 Saint Bridget’s Rosary Sunday: 6:00 PM
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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><February 9, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ~ Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
All Christians are called to spread the Christian message: this is Jesus’ clear teaching in today’s Gospel. The light of our faith should not be hidden under a “bushel basket,” he tells his disciples. This teaching is especially important in today’s secular environment, when cultural pressure can tempt us to keep our faith a purely private matter. Jesus knows that the teachings of our faith might not always be popular with the majority; he calls his disciples the “salt” of the earth because even a small amount of salt gives flavor to food. So even if faithful Catholics are only a small minority, they can still make the Christian message known. Of course, one obstacle to the spread of our faith is when our actions don’t live up to our words. It’s never enough for us to simply call ourselves Catholic; we must also act like Catholics. Jesus tells us that when people see our good deeds, they will glorify the Father. The prophet Isaiah makes the same point in today’s first reading: showing special care for the hungry, the homeless, and the suffering gives glory to God. If we serve God in both word and action, we will truly be a light to the world.
The Corporal works of mercy Jesus tells us that our good deeds give God glory, and the prophet Isaiah promises that doing good deeds makes God present among us. The Church has traditionally singled out seven good works mentioned in Scripture as particularly praiseworthy. These seven good actions are known as the “Corporal Works of Mercy”. The word “corporal” means “bodily”. Because human beings are both body and soul, loving them requires care for both body and soul. The Corporal Works of Mercy are: Feeding the hungry Giving drink to the thirsty Sheltering the homeless Clothing the naked Visiting the sick Visiting the imprisoned Burying the dead
“You are the light of the world.” “You are the salt of the earth.”
St. Valentine Little is known about the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriages. There are two different accounts of his life. The first account says that he was a priest who was caught marrying and aiding Christian couples who was then arrested. After trying to convert Emperor Claudius II he was sentenced to death, beaten with clubs and stones, and finally beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate. The other account says he was a bishop in Italy and while under house arrest, talked about faith with Judge Asterius. It is said that Valentine successfully converted Asterius after restoring sight to his blind adopted daughter. However, Valentine was arrested again. Although Emperor Claudius II took a liking to St. Valentine, he had him sentenced to death after St. Valentine tried to convert him. Consequently, he was beaten with clubs and stones and was finally beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate. The date of his martyrdom is between the years 269 and 273.
MARDI GRAS DANCE Friday, February 28th 7:30 PM until 11:00 PM Digmann Hall.
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 February 16th.
B-I-N-G-O! Prize Bingo Saturday March 1, 4:00-7:00 PM St. Bridget's Church, Rosebud
Announcements DIGMANN HALL Digmann Hall will be closed during January and February for minor repairs. SAPA UN ACADEMY Registration forms are available for next year’s Sapa Un Academy class. We’ll be admitting a new third grade class and will have a few open spots in fourth grade. SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Interested in learning to pray more deeply? The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola form the foundation of Jesuit spirituality, and are a time-honored path toward deeper union with God. A small group will soon be forming to do a twelve-week version of the Spiritual Exercises this spring. Call Tony Lusvardi, SJ, 747-2361 if interested.
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Sirach 15:15-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37