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Important update on the School Buildings

Two members of the parish finance council, Mr. Terry Cunningham and Mr. John Grady, provided an update at the Masses this weekend on the ongoing process to find a new and productive use for the former St. Bridget Parochial School buildings.

 

Here are those remarks:

 

“As you know from our last update in the Fall, Brendan Kelley, a parishioner and principal with Virtus Realty, has been actively marketing the School buildings since early September, 2012.

 

When hiring Virtus, the members of the finance council made clear, our initial preference was for Virtus Realty to find a long-term tenant that would pay the parish rent and operate a compatible use in the buildings.

 

Over these last six months, there has been no meaningful interest from parties interested in renting our former school buildings. Although two or three charter school operators have toured the building, with the recent school closings and changes at the school district regarding new charters, none of this initial interest has resulted in any offers to lease the facilities.

 

What has become very clear though is strong interest from developers to purchase the St. Bridget’s school buildings to convert the space into apartments.  This interest is consistent with what we have seen at other parish properties in places like Manayunk and South Philadelphia.

 

The financial reality of St. Bridget’s Parish is that we remain in debt nearly a “half-a-million-dollars” to the Archdiocese due in large part to the parish’s subsidy of the former St. Bridget’s Parochial School.

 

Faced with this reality and the response from the real estate market, the parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council met jointly last week and recommended that we proceed with entertaining offers for the sale of the former school buildings. To date, we have received one proposal and we expect to receive interest and offers from others over the next few weeks.

 

Any sale of the school assets would be limited to the two school buildings and the Stanton Street lot and would not include the Midvale Avenue parking lot.

 

Any redevelopment of these buildings for residential use would also require the normal zoning approvals from the surrounding community through the East Falls Community Council and the City of Philadelphia.

 

The eventual sale of these assets will allow the parish to become debt free.  It will also allow us to establish a strong reserve fund that will put the parish on a more solid financial ground, helping to assure the parish’s viability both now and well into the future.

 

We will continue to provide periodic updates to the parish community as additional information becomes available and we thank you for your support.”

April Newsletter

Monthly updates on the happenings at Saint Bridget Parish

Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards Him:
 He awaits you with open arms.
-Pope Francis I, via Twitter

Recent events

The Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success. Thank you to the generous parishioners who donated enough candy and eggs to hide 1,775 eggs for our parish children. All kids left with a basket full of eggs and a smile on their face!

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Here are some highlights of our Lenten activities this year:

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Upcoming Dates

Sunday, April 21, 2013. 11:00 AM: Mass Honoring All Graduates

In anticipation of the accomplishments of our St. Bridget parishioners, we invite all students who may be graduating this year (Elementary, High School, College, Graduate school, and Post Graduate school) and their families to celebrate with us.

Refreshments will follow in St. Brendan’s meeting room

 Monday, April 29, 2013 from 1 pm to 6 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library and St. Bridget Community Blood Drive
Meeting Room Falls of Schuylkill Library
3501 Midvale Ave.
Phila. PA 19129
 Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
or online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  0223622
There are sign-up sheets in the back of St. Bridget Church.

Sunday May 5, 2013: 11 AM Mass followed by Volunteer Thank You Luncheon

We invite all of our parish volunteers to a luncheon in honor of your service on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Please join us for the 11 0’clock Mass, followed by the luncheon in the former school hall.

Please respond to Sister Margaret at 215-844-4126 ext. 103 or smargaret@stbridgeteastfalls.org by Monday, April 29, 2013

Food for Thought

The First Words of our New Holy Father, Pope Francis I:

http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/pope-francis-first-words/

Sacrament News

Communion:

Sunday, April 28, 2013; 11:00 AM Mass
First Holy Communion Mass, please pray for our children who are receiving the sacrament of First Communion.

Confirmation:

The Confirmation Class was confirmed by Bishop Senior on April 7, 2013. Bishop Senior spoke to the children about living out our baptismal call.  He challenged the children to be active members of the church by attending Mass every weekend, receiving Reconciliation often, and participating in parish activities

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Congratulations to all who received the grace of this sacrament:

Heather Bridget Adams ,Robert Patrick Markey, Andrew Joseph Ameye ,Conor Thomas McCabe, Sophia Catherine Davis , Dominick Charles Ranalli. Sean Paul Flanagan, Benjamin David Raufer, Ceara Helen Grady, Alexander Stephen Singer, Isabelle Clare Grady,Emily Rose Singer, Benjamin Joseph Henry, Stephen William Starrett, Benjamin Leo Jones ,Anthony John Straface, Matthew Luke Jones, Julia Maria Straface, Haley Carolyn Joyce, Sophia Marie Tarpey,David Robert Keough, Joseph Charles Taylor, Ashley Bridget Kyle, Amber Theresa Trimber-DelPiano, Madelyn Marie Malloy, Noelle Bridget Wilson

Adults: Vincent Matthew Conocono, Kyle Joseph Norris

 

Parish Announcements:

BRINGING SACRAMENTS TO THE HOMEBOUND

We received a call recently from a homebound parishioner in her late 80′s requesting that someone bring her Holy Communion because she hadn’t “received Holy Communion since last Easter.” Since last Easter? Isn’t that sad?! Of course we responded to her request right away. I have visited her, gave her the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. An extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion has also been assigned to visit her and Sisters Pat and Dorothy have also added this wonderful lady to their list of parishioners to visit.
Request. Had we known about the situation of this woman who is no longer able to attend Mass due to advanced age, she would not have had to go that long without the sacraments and a visit from the parish. If you know of any homebound parishioner who is not currently receiving the sacraments, please do not hesitate to give us a call at the Rectory, 215-844-4126. Leave the information with Tom Veasy, the parish secretary, and Father Devlin will follow ASAP. Thank you.

ALTAR SERVERS

It is time to start training new altar servers, if your child is entering 5th grade and would like to become an altar server please contact Sister Margaret @ 215-844-4126 ext. 103 or smargaret@stbridgeteastfalls.org. All children are welcome to serve our parish as altar servers if entering 5th grade or older.

URGENT REQUEST FROM ST. JOHN’S HOSPICE

St. John’s Hospice is in need of the following items for the men that they serve:  soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, disposable razors, shaving cream, hand lotion, and combs. (travel sizes are appreciated.) There is a basket in the back of church.  Thank you for any assistance you can give to these men.

For more information our weekly parish bulletin can be found on the website under Parish Life News drop down menu or by clicking here:

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