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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><June 1, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to our celebration of the Ascension of the Lord!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11 ~ 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 ~ Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. After he rose from the dead, Jesus appeared to his followers for 40 days; at the end of that time, he ascended into heaven. We shouldn’t think of Jesus taking a spaceship into the sky. Instead, it is enough for us to know that at the Ascension, Jesus’ humanity—both body and soul—entered fully into God’s heavenly domain. Jesus’ unimaginable glory, however, means that his body remains hidden from us who have not yet achieved heavenly perfection. Jesus’ Ascension reminds us of aspects of his earlier teaching. Jesus’ humanity was radically changed when he ascended into heaven, and Jesus always preached a message of profound change. Jesus calls for us to undergo a radical conversion, leaving behind worldly ways of thinking and giving ourselves—body and soul—to God. Still, deep change does not happen all at once; the transformation of Jesus’ humanity included his suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Before he ascended into heaven Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the Church, so that the process of conversion could continue inside each one of us.
What’s up with the Ascension? Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension into heaven? Well, here you go: Jesus’ Ascension is the completion of what he began by his death and resurrection. Jesus died and rose again to save us from sin and death, and when he ascended into heaven, he showed us our destiny, which is to be in heaven with God for all eternity. Did you know? The Ascension is the second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
St. Boniface St. Boniface was born in the year 680 in Devonshire, England. He received his education at a Benedictine monastery where he eventually became a monk. He was later appointed by the Abbot (the head of the monastery) to teach. He was ordained a priest around the age of thirty. With permission he took leave from the monastery to preach in Friesland, Germany in 716, but he was unsuccessful and returned to his monastery, where he was chosen to be Abbot. He soon resigned and went to Rome to ask permission to return to Friesland. St. Boniface’s second missionary journey was more successful, and he became known as the “Apostle of the Germans.” Despite his success in spreading Christianity, St. Boniface suffered martyrdom in Friesland in 755. Even as the elderly saint was dying, he urged his companions not to retaliate against his murderers with violence.
Remember… Summer can be a wonderful time to relax, spend time outdoors with family and friends, and even go on vacation. But when you’re relaxing this summer, don’t leave God behind! Catholics are obligated to participate in Mass every Sunday. This requirement comes from the Third Commandment: “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.” Skipping Mass without a serious reason (such as sickness or the care of infants) is a serious sin. Taking time to go to Mass even on vacation can send a strong message to those around us about just how much our faith matters. It also allows us to see the wonderful diversity of the Catholic Church. You can find a list of Mass times in common nearby destinations in the back of the church.
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.
Body, Mind, & Soul Camp The theme of this year’s Body, Mind, & Soul Summer Camp is “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ love is one-ofa-kind.” Weird Animals is a habitat filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Body, Mind, & Soul dates and locations: Parmelee: June 2-6, St. Agnes Hall St. Francis: June 9-13, Icimani building Rosebud: June 16-20, CYO building Mission: June 16-20, Fr. Paul Hall Spring Creek: June 23-27, blue religious ed building For more information, call Jenny Black Bear at 7472436.
Flea Market AND Prize Bingo! Saturday, June 7 St. Bridget’s in Rosebud Flea Market: 9AM-2PM, Tables $10 Prize Bingo: 4PM-7PM Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 Gospel: John 20:19-23