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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 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

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><April 27, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 ~ 2nd Reading: 1Peter 1:3-9 ~ Gospel: John 20:19-31

Today’s first reading gives an account of the growth of the early Church, while the second is an encouraging message from St. Peter to those who have recently become Christians. In the Gospel Jesus gives a message of encouragement as well when, after rising from the dead, he greets his disciples with the words: “Peace be with you.” What sort of peace does Jesus offer? He doesn’t mean that the Church won’t face conflicts, divisions, or doubts. We see some doubts in the apostle Thomas, and these are overcome. Peter’s message in the second reading also warns of “trials” we will face, so Jesus’ peace does not mean we won’t have difficulties. But Peter’s letter promises that good can come out of these difficulties. Peter uses the image of gold tested by fire, gold that is heated to burn away impurities. Even our suffering can serve our redemption, just as the wounds of Jesus do not disappear in his glorified new body but they no longer cause him pain. In fact, they even help bring others to faith. The peace that Jesus offers is the peace that comes from faith, from knowing that God’s power is greater than evil, from believing that the Lord can even turn suffering into glory.

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Divine Mercy Sunday? This Church feast was started by Saint John Paul II in the year 2000 in response to visions given to a Polish nun, St. Faustina. Today we reflect upon the unending mercy and love that God shows us through His Son Jesus. SO how can you celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday?  Go to confession! What better way to celebrate God’s mercy than to experience it personally in the sacrament of reconciliation?  Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This is a prayer that only takes five minutes and can be prayed on rosary beads. Instructions for praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy can be found at www.praydivinemercy.com or on the other side of this bulletin!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love is everlasting.”


St. Gothard St. Gothard was born in the Bavarian village of Reichersdorf around the year 960. His education came from a local community of priests, and he showed so much potential that he attracted the attention of Archbishop Frederick of Salzburg. He became a priest in 990 and entered the Abbey of Neider-Altaich, receiving his monastic habit and eventually becoming Abbot. He was then given the job of reforming monasteries. He did this by rooting out abuses of power in monastaries, encouraging art among the monks, and teaching monastic communities to care for the poor. St. Gothard also formed nine Abbots over twenty-five years. After becoming Bishop of Hildensheim, he applied his reforming skills to the diocese. He restored various churches, improved the state of education and set up a hospice for the poor all before his death in 1038.

Sioux Spiritual Center Recovery Retreat May 16-18, 2014 Friday at 6:00 pm (MST) and ends Sunday at noon The cost is $40.00 per night but any offering is accepted and all are welcome! To register, call 605.985.5906 or email ssc@gwtc.net

PRIZE BINGO! Saturday May 3, 4-7 PM Digmann Hall Prizes needed.

How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Sapa Un Catholic 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.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 2nd Reading: 1Peter 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35


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