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Improvements to St. Brendan’s Dorm Parish Meeting space

New Cement Steps are installed leading up to St. Brendan’s Dorm (the original SSJ Convent) where the parish meeting rooms are located. These new cement steps replace the slate steps which were chipping, coming lose and posing a safety hazard. The cost of the new cement steps is $3,300.00.
A New Sink will also be installed in the large meeting room of St. Brendan’s. A sink to fill coffee pots, etc. is sorely needed in this space which will become the parish meeting space once our school building is sold. As of this writing we do not have a definite price for the installation of the new sink, when we do so, I’ll be sure to share it with you.

Two Important Items Concerning the Former School Buildings

Two things: I have an update concerning the School Building.  And, as pastor, I’d like to make an important appeal that affects our future as a parish.

First, the update:  An Agreement of Sale has been signed with a developer to purchase both the former St. Bridget School Buildings to develop into apartments, and the small parking lot on Stanton Street.

This sale is subject to structural and environmental review as well as zoning variances with the City of Philadelphia.

The zoning process is expected to take at least 6 months so it is projected that the final sale will not be completed until 2014.

When the sale is finalized St. Bridget’s debt to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be paid off and the net proceeds will be available to St. Bridget parish to provide a cash reserve for any major repairs and projects.

Secondly, I remind everyone that the parish is in debt nearly a ½ million dollars.  This debt was accrued as the result of running of St.Bridget Parochial School.

As the constant news reports of the financial woes of the Philadelphia Public School District make abundantly clear, schools are very expensive to run.

At the same time, the Archbishop has repeatedly made it crystal clear that a parish community’s future is in jeopardy when it can not satisfy all of its financial obligations.

Therefore I urge all St. Bridget’s parishioners to support the sale of our school buildings.  This will allow the parish to satisfy its debt,  put the parish on more solid financial ground and secure its future.

At the same time, I strongly urge you not to be supporting – especially with money – any organization that represents itself as restoring the former St. Bridget’s School.

Doing so, you are inadvertently putting the parish’s future in jeopardy.  Thank you.

Father Devlin

New Carpets

You may have noticed two, new, oriental, carpets on either side of the Baptismal Font which match the two larger carpets in the back of Church (by the side door) and underneath the electric piano. These carpets were purchased with the money in the Memorial Fund. Each carpet costs $2,500.
We also were able to purchase new, white, altar cloths for the top of both altars (main and daily Mass); and some new corporals (the smaller white cloths that the chalice and paten are placed on top of during the offering of the Mass). The costs for these new cloths total $350. Again, thanks to the money raised through the Memorial Fund, we are able to buy items for the Church and for use during the offering of the Mass.
Thank you one and all for remembering to support the St. Bridget Memorial Fund. Your support is greatly appreciated.
What is the St. Bridget Memorial Fund? Donated funds in memory of your deceased loved ones are used to purchase things for the Church (i.e. Ciboria used to distribute and reserve the Blessed Sacrament, purchase the Sanctuary Railings) renovate, refurbish, and repair areas in the Church.  Your deceased loved ones names are enrolled in the parish’s prayer for the deceased. This prayer includes a monthly Mass for the happy repose of the souls of those    deceased persons as well as the weekly Sunday celebration of the Mass with a remembrance in the General Intercessions. Annually, those enrolled are prayed for in yearly marking of November as the month of the Holy Souls.

Living Faith Awards

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the “Living Faith Awards” this year. The committee is pleased to honor the following:
 Outstanding Religious:
Rev. W. Frederick Kindon
  Outstanding Service to St. Bridget:
Stephen & Melora Jones, Christina Kistler, Dan & Lori Mastrobuono
 Outstanding Youth of St. Bridget:
Zoe Singer
            Please join us in honoring these individuals at the Saint Bridget Social on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Whitemarsh Country Club. Please watch the Bulletin for more details.

July Newsletter

St. Bridget Parish–a people called

to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus.

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey.

-from Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Lumen Fidei

REMINDER

Saint Bridget’s Mass schedule remains the same during the Summer months:

Sundays: 9 AM & 11 AM (Saturday Vigil: 4 PM)

Monday through Friday (Weekdays): 8:00 AM Holy Days: 8:00 AM & Noon (Vigil: 7 PM)

If you are traveling away from Saint Bridget’s this Summer check http://masstimes.org/ for Mass times and Churches.

God won’t be taking a vacation from you this Summer, hopefully you won’t take a vacation from Him.

 UPCOMING DATES

CATHOLIC STORY HOUR AND CRAFT NIGHTS

Children, entering Kindergarten thru 4th grade in September, are invited to join us in Saint Brendan’s gathering space Tuesday nights in July from 6:30-8:00 PM. Children will be read a story and relate it to Scripture,  complete a craft, and sing a song complementing the story. The story nights will be July 16th, 23rd, and 30th. It will be a great time to meet other children in the Parish. Look for more details in the Parish Bulletin and our facebook page and website.
Here are some pictures from our first evening of Scripture related story, craft, and song:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.545926912134297.1073741852.382755715118085&type=3

DONUTS, COFFEE, AND CONVERSATION

The next donut, coffee, and conversation Sunday is Sunday July 21st following the 11 AM Mass. Please join us in Saint Brendan’s air-conditioned meeting room.
 At our last Donut and Coffee gathering after Mass, we invited parishioners to bring photos of Saint Bridget’s history. Look for these photos to be added to the Parish website and facebook page soon.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.538429866217335.1073741850.382755715118085&type=3

RECENT EVENTS

Saint Bridget Night @ The Camden Riversharks Game

Although it was a rainy night, everyone who attended seemed to have a good time. Thank you to our Parish Life Committee for organizing this event. People were already talking about going again next year.
The pictures from the evening are available to view here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.541006865959635.1073741851.382755715118085&type=3

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contains an article on Independence Day and a reflection on being part of a  Parish:
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/remember-freedom-is-never-free/
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/a-parish-like-a-family-is-made-of-woven-lives/

PREP AND SACRAMENT NEWS

      ATTENTION PREP PARENTS:

There is an important meeting of all parents of children in our Parish Religious Education Program on Sunday, September 8 at 1 pm in church.
At least one parent from every family is expected to attend. If any family will have a first grade student or any new student in another grade this September, please contact Sister Margaret Jude as soon as possible.   215-844-4126 ext. 103 or smargaret@stbridgeteastfalls.org.

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

CASSEROLES

Casserole pans for St. John’s Hospice will be available on July 27/28.
Pans can be delivered on Sunday, August 4 from 9 am until noon. St. John’s will pick them up on Wed. August 7.

HOMERS, HOAGIES, and HOMELESSNESS

Depaul USA, an organization that helps homeless men in Germantown, is sponsoring a trip to the Phillies on Saturday, August 3.  2 pm tailgate with food supplied by Williamson’s catering, followed by game at 4 pm.  If interested, contact oliver.miller@depaulusa.org.  Flyers are also in the back of church.

SAVE THE DATE

St. Bridget Parish will celebrate 125 years of the presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday, September 8, 2013 during the 11 o’clock Mass.

Refreshments and conversation will follow Mass.  Please spread the word to family, friends, and alumni.

ALTAR SERVERS

ICE CREAM PARTY

An ice cream party was held to thank the Altar Servers for their service to our Parish.
 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.536903403036648.1073741849.382755715118085&type=3

NEW SERVER TRAINING

 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.

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

http://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/176template.pdf