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October @Saint Bridget Parish

October Events at Saint Bridget Parish

October 3, 2013 THURSDAY

Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Service 


Prayer, Adoration and Song in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

October 6, 2013 SUNDAY:

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your family pets to Saint Brendan’s porch at 12:30 PM in honor of St. Francis’s Oct. 4th Feast Day.

October 13, 2013 SUNDAY:

Walking Pilgrimage of Faith, Liturgy of the Word

2:30 PM

October 26, 2013 SATURDAY:

2nd Annual Parish Fall Festival

After the 4PM Mass.

Please check the bulletin, website, and facebook page for details as the dates get closer.

All are welcome to attend any Saint Bridget Parish Event




Pre-Cana Class Information

The Parishes of Manayunk and East Falls will present Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the Parish Hall of Holy Family Church, 242 Hermitage Street.  The day will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and conclude with attendance at the 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass.  Registration is $60.00 per couple.  To register, please call Holy Family Rectory, on Tuesday or Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at 215-482-0450

Bucket List


My Bucket List


I’ve wanted to participate in the Franciscan Study Pilgrimage for a long time now.  You can say, it’s been on My Bucket List.  I thought I’d have the opportunity to participate at long last in this three week long retreat when I celebrated my 20th Anniversary as a priest in 2011.  But, for reasons both personal and professional, this was not to be.  Well, I’m thrilled to say, this year I’m finally going to have this blessed opportunity.

 I’m participating in the Franciscan Study Pilgrimage/Retreat September 13 – October 7, 2013.  The pilgrimage is to Rome and Assisi, Italy, visiting the main shrines associated with St. Francis of Assisi.  

 This will be a trip of a lifetime – a time of travel, prayer, reflection, silence, solitude, community, learning, sharing; and of experiencing Franciscan spirituality.  

 What is more, just by coincidence, Pope Francis is also going to be in Assisi for the celebration of the St. Francis’ Feast Day on October 4th.  How exciting is that?!?!  Being in Assisi for the Holy Father’s visit – on the feast of St. Francis, no less – only adds to the gratitude I feel at being able to participate in this pilgrimage.  

 I’m traveling with two of my priest friends, Father Martin Kern and Father Bill Murphy; we will be joining a group from all over the United States and several other countries.  The pilgrimage is being led by two OFM Friars and one Poor Clare Nun.  

 I will be praying for all of you when I’m on this Pilgrimage.  

 While I’m away, Father Charles Noone, a retired priest of the Archdiocese will be filling in for me.  Father Noone is a good priest and a nice man – I feel confident, I’m leaving you in good hands.

September Newsletter

St. Bridget Parish–a people called

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

 “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  
St. Francis of Assisi


SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 7PM


Rosary will be prayed in our new Rosary Garden beginning at 7PM. You may bring a chair for your comfort. In the event of rain, the rosary will be prayed inside.
All are invited to attend.

 OCTOBER 3, 2013: 7-8PM


Prayer in honor of our lady in Fatima in Church.
Come join us for prayer,  music, and adoration

OCTOBER 26, 2013:

After the 4PM Mass


Our 2nd Annual Parish Fall Fest is almost here, our Parish Life committee will be meeting soon to plan this Parish event.
All are invited to attend. Please stay tuned for further details.




St. Bridget Parish celebrated 125 years of the presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday, September 8, 2013 during the 11 o’clock Mass.
Over 30 Sisters were in attendance. Please view highlights from the day in this album:
 Saint Bridget Parish and the SSJ are on youtube!
Please take a look at our very own youtube channel. Listen to the SSJ sing the song “Glorious Father, Dear Saint Joseph”

Thank you from the Sisters of Saint Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph would like to thank all who helped to make our celebration of 125 years such a grace-filled event.
Thanks, too, to the Hospitality Committee for their time and talent in providing all of the refreshments.



What a great event supported by over 60 Parishioners and friends. It was a great night to meet new people and kick off the end of summer.


 This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contains a reflection on Human Life, a Biography on Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope Francis’ homily for the Assumption.
You will find the articles on the drop down menu here:


PREP Classes Begin on September 22, 2013. Please see Parish Website for schedule.




Rite of Christian Initiation Adult, RCIA,  classes will begin Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m., at St. Bridget’s. Classes last approximately one hour each week. RCIA reviews the basic beliefs of the Catholic Church and is designed for adults interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church. Participants also include adults raised as Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, or Holy Eucharist. If you have any questions about the RCIA program, please call Tony Wzorek at 215-844-7746, Sister Margaret at 215-844-4126 ext 103, or simply come to the first meeting. If you call, please leave your name and a phone number at which you can be reached.



Casserole pans for St. John’s Hospice will be available on September 21/22.
Pans can be delivered on Sunday, September 29 from 9 am until noon. St. John’s will pick them up on Wednesday October 2nd.
Do you ever wonder where the casseroles you make go? Take a look at this article from PHAITH magazine, the new online version of the Catholic Standard and Times, to see what a difference your casseroles are making on lives at St. John’s Hospice.


Prayer Shawl Committee: Next Meeting Sunday, September 15, 2013 after the 11 AM Mass in St. Brendan’s Meeting Rooms.
Adult Choir: First meeting September 16, 2013 in Church. Come share your voice with us!
Thanksgiving Outreach: First meeting October 1, 2013 7PM in St. Brendan’s Meeting Rooms.



Two pages are added under the Parish Life and News drop down menu on our website. The event will be here before you know it, start securing babysitters now! Please join us for this great night out celebrating Saint Bridget’s Parish and honoring our Parishioners.


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:

Thank you Sisters of Saint Joseph

Thank You Sisters of Saint Joseph


Today St. Bridget’s parish celebrates a very significant anniversary, 125 years of faithful service to St Bridget’s of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill!!!!! 


Wow!!!! Isn’t that wonderful???!!! 


We are so blessed to have the Sisters of St. Joseph serving in our midst for a “century and a quarter.”  The SSJ’s who currently serve our great parish are part of a rich legacy of dozens of sisters who have generously served St. Bridget’s since 1888.  More than several young women of the parish have become Sisters of Saint Joseph, including a former Mother Superior of the Congregation, Mother Alice Anita, SSJ who grew up on Sunnyside Ave.   


Well named after St. Joseph, the SSJ’s embody the virtues and wonderful qualities found in Jesus’ “Foster Father.”  St. Joseph, a person of great faith, who loves, cares for and serves the Holy Family with great generosity and with great fidelity. 


Always helping, creating, reaching out to the “Dear Neighbor” in Nazareth; St. Joseph was the go- to neighbor who can fix, build, and see to your needs.  He’s the one you can always depend on – consistently doing what needs to be done, always ready to help.  Aren’t these the same good qualities – holy qualities – we have always seen in our Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill?


They have been and are women of great faith, of faithful prayer, who reach out with love and service to those in their midst; women who create community here at St. Bridget’s who build relationships and who are “ready for any good work,” as Bishop Kendrick said of the SSJ’s back in the day.


I know you join me in thanking the Sisters for these 125 years of dedicated service to St. Bridget’s parish.  Please also join me in uttering a prayer of Thanksgiving for all of the Sisters who have so generously served – and continue to serve – St. Bridget’s Parish!  Thank you, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill.  In appreciation of their work a donation has been made to the Sisters of St. Joseph in the name of St. Bridget Parish.  If you would like to send your own thank you their address is:

            Mount St. Joseph Convent

            9701 Germantown Avenue

            Philadelphia, PA 19118