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 There will be no daily Mass this week.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><May 18, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to our celebration of the Fifth Sunday of Easter!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7 ~ 2nd Reading: 1Peter 2:4-9 ~ Gospel: John 14:1-12
The Gospel of John explains the unique role of Jesus for those who wish to know God. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus says. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Of course, even before Jesus, God had spoken to the Jewish people through the prophets of the Old Testament. Many people of other religions also had some understanding of God as creator. But without Christ, humanity’s knowledge of God was incomplete. We can see hints of God in nature and human culture, but apart from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we cannot know who God really is. In our day a culture of relativism rules. Relativism denies that there is any one truth; relativism claims that all beliefs are equally true. Relativism cannot be true because the beliefs of different religions contradict each other, but today many find relativism appealing because it means we can pick and chose what we want to believe. As Catholics, we can see goodness in other religions, and we must treat even those people with whom we disagree with love and respect. But the fullness of truth can only be found in the teachings of Jesus handed on to us through the Catholic Church. We cannot deny that Jesus is who he says he is: “the way and the truth and the life.”
May is the
Month of Mary During May, the same month in which we celebrate Mother’s Day, the Church places a particular emphasis on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. During this time, we remember that we can always turn to Mary with our greatest needs, knowing that she will, in turn, bring these needs to God. Here are some practical ways of growing in your devotion to Mary during the month of May: Learn a new Marian prayer, such as the Memorare or the Hail, Holy Queen. Reflect on Luke 1:26-39. Read a story from the life of Jesus and imagine how Mary would have experienced that moment. Pray the Rosary! (Join the group that prays the rosary at St. Bridget’s on Sunday evenings.)
“I am the way and the truth and the life.”
St. Rita of Cascia St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy in 1381. From a young age she desired to enter the convent and expressed this to her parents. However, they arranged a marriage for her. While Rita was a good wife and mother, her husband had an extremely violent temper and in his anger often mistreated St. Rita. Her children inherited his violent temperament. All Rita could do was faithfully pray and receive the sacraments. After twenty years of marriage her husband was stabbed to death but repented beforehand. Soon after she lost her two sons and consequently entered into the convent of the Augustinian nuns at Cascia in Umbria. There she developed her devotion to the passion of Christ leading to her suffering a deep wound in her forehead from a thorn from the crucifix that never healed. She died on May 22, 1457.
Congratulations! Congratulations to Michelle Zephier, who was received into the Catholic Church last week and to Michelle and John Swift, who were married in the Church on May 16th.
Memorial Mass A memorial Mass for Richard Traversie will be held on Saturday, May 24th at 10:30AM at St. Bridget’s Parish. This will be followed by a blessing of the tombstone and a dinner at 1PM at Bishop Jones Hall in Mission.
Announcements ST. CHARLES PARISH COUNCIL Will meet following the 11:30 Mass at St. Charles on May 25th. FLEA MARKET Will be May 31, 9AM-3PM at Digmann Hall in St. Francis. SAVE THE DATE The St. Bridget’s Day Annual Carnival will be on Saturday, July 26th. VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR For the Diocese of Rapid City is Barbara Scherr. She can be reached at 605-209-3418.
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 8:5-8 2nd Reading: 1Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21