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: 12:00PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00PM, St. Bridget
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><May 25, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to our celebration of the Sixth Sunday of Easter!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 8:5-8 ~ 2nd Reading: 1Peter 3:15-18 ~ Gospel: John 14:15-21
Today’s readings highlight the role of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promises the disciples that even after he physically departs from this world, he will send the Holy Spirit to guide and protect the Church. The Holy Spirit will be our “Advocate,” someone working constantly on our behalf. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes the Church holy. Only because of the work of the Holy Spirit do the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus at Mass. Only because of the Holy Spirit are the sacraments effective. Only because of the Holy Spirit can we be confident that the teachings of the Church on faith and morals are true. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would be just another social club or charitable organization. Furthermore, without the Holy Spirit the Church would have died out years ago. But instead, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would be with us always. We can take great confidence in the promise that no matter what opposition we face or what mistakes we make, God will never abandon his Church. We all have a role to play in the work of the Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles we see an early form of the sacrament of confirmation. This sacrament gives us the privilege and the responsibility to be instruments of the Holy Spirit.
What did the Pope have to say this week? “The one who listens attentively to the Word of God and truly prays, always asks the Lord: what is your will for me? “ Check out more of what Pope Francis has to say at: www.twitter.com/Pontifex
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
St. Augustine of Canterbury St. Augustine was the prior of the Benedictine monastery of St. Andrew in Rome at the end of the sixth century when Pope St. Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury along with around thirty of his fellow monks to England. After the dangerous journey he was greeted by the pagan king Ethelbert of Kent. Married to a Christian wife, King Ethelbert was baptized by St. Augustine shortly after his arrival and St. Augustine began reestablishing the Church there. He became the Bishop of Canterbury during this endeavor and spent much of his time trying to reconcile tensions between the recently converted Saxons, and the Christians they drove into hiding. St. Augustine had accomplished a significant amount in a short span before his death on May 27th 605.
For the Month of Mary: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Save the Date! The St. Bridget’s Day Annual Carnival will be on Saturday, July 26th.
Flea Market AND Prize Bingo! Saturday, June 7 St. Bridget’s in Rosebud Flea Market: 9AM-2PM, Tables $10 Prize Bingo: 4PM-7PM
Announcements FLEA MARKET Will be May 31, 9AM-3PM at Digmann Hall in St. Francis.
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 1:1-11 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20