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Update on finding alternative use for the School Building

As I’ve shared with you previously, a committee of St. Bridget’s parishioners has been formed to discuss how to best utilize the school building to be of maximize benefit to the parish. The committee has met at least six times since June, we’ve interviewed several real estate brokers, discussed options and showed the building to one Charter School group who is interested in expanding their programs. As of this date that’s as much as there is to report to you.

Myself, Mrs. Cindy Barton, the parish Business Manager, as well as several members of the parish finance council – after having interviewed several real estate brokers – think we have enough information to decide which broker to hire. Consensus of the group is to find a long-term tenant for the school building. That’s our first choice. However, should someone approach the parish with an offer to buy the buildings (an offer that was too good to refuse) we’d take that offer into consideration. The goal is to do what’s best for the parish.

Here are the facts, the parish is debt due to school related expenses for nearly $400,000. Finding a tenant would give the parish money to start paying down that debt. It would also allow the parish to generate some much-needed income to cover our regular, ongoing, expenses. With only approximately 20% of the parishioners regularly attending Mass on Sundays – and even fewer contributing to the Sunday collection – we, as a parish, need to come up with alternate sources of income. Rental income should provide us with some sorely needed revenue.

Finally, let me say it as clearly as possible, no decision has been made yet concerning an alternate use of the parish school buildings. We’re going to select a real estate broker within the next several weeks. The broker selected will market the buildings seeking to find a tenant for us who will rent the space. When we select a broker, or if any other bit of information should become available, I’ll let you know.

Father Devlin

Bill Riechers, New Director of Music

You know him already.  He’s the guy who brings to life the keys of piano/organ in church.  You may not know who is he personally, but you know his beautiful music.   Bill Riechers doesn’t just play the piano.  We all know this to be true: Bill Reichers creates wonderful sounds, hits soulful notes & reflective tones.  Yes, it’s truer to say, when Mr. Bill Reichers sits in front of our electric baby grand piano/organ in St. Bridget’s Church what we hear are lovely, prayerful sounds; beautiful music, music that truly enhances our worship & adoration of Almighty God.

Since we’ve already been blessed by his great instrumental talents – and his strong faith – Bill Riechers assuming the leadership role of St. Bridget’s Music Ministry will only add to our blessings.  And so, I happily announce to you that Bill Riechers is the new, Director of Music here at St. Bridget’s.   I thank Bill for his willingness to serve as Director of this essentially important ministry of the parish.  Think about it, what would Sunday Mass be like without music?  Music is essential to the liturgy.

Hiring Mr. Bill Reicher as Director of this ministry will continue the good efforts of Ms Kay Cubbin and the many, dedicated, talented parishioners who are members of the adult choir and the cantors who make up the St. Bridget’s music ministry.

Please join me in congratulating Mr Bill Reichers!

He and his wife Emily are also St. Bridget’s parishioners.

Father Devlin

Thank you Kay Cubbin!

I think you’d agree, the Music Ministry at St. Bridget’s Church is just wonderful. As you can well imagine, harnessing and encouraging personal talent takes a special gift. In other words, having beautiful music at Mass doesn’t just happen. It takes a special person to invite, encourage, train, and practice with those who would generously share their gifts with the community. That special person at St. Bridget’s has been Ms. Kay Cubbin.

Kay has volunteered as the Music & Liturgy Director at St Bridget’s parish for many, many years. She is the person behind the scenes who has directed our wonderful Music Ministry. In addition to being just a great person, Kay is one talented lady.

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” so it is with Kay’s generous service to St. Bridget as
Music & Liturgy Director. Her professional & personal responsibilities necessitate Kay stepping down from that position. Kay’s consistent good work, her generous spirit and her low maintenance style will be sorely missed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Kay from me as pastor and from the whole St Bridget’s parish community!

Gratefully,
Fr. Devlin