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Sisters of Saint Joseph Serving at Saint Bridget Parish

This article comes from the SSJ newsletter.

Sunday morning, September 8, 2013, dawned beautiful, bright and sunny… perfect weather to mark a significant moment in the history of Saint Bridget Parish in Philadelphia. One hundred twenty-five years ago the Sisters of Saint Joseph began their ministry here in this picturesque locality of the Falls of the Schuylkill.
In 1884, Reverend William Walsh, pastor of Saint Bridget Parish,  recognized the need for a school and procured land on Stanton Street for this purpose. The cornerstone was laid in October 1887, and the school, dedicated by Archbishop Patrick Ryan, opened in September 1888.
The staff consisted of a band of eight Sisters of Saint Joseph. Since the convent was not completed, the sisters traveled each day by train and horse and buggy from Saint Michael Convent at Second and Jefferson Streets and Old Saint Joseph’s at Fourth and   Alley. The group included the superior, Mother Angela and the
following sisters: Sister Regina, Sister Laurentina, Sister Joachim, Sister Sabina, Sister Natalie, Sister Celestine and Sister Assunta. Since those original eight, 271 Sisters of Saint Joseph have ministered at Saint Bridget Parish and School.
Gratitude and love for the Sisters of Saint Joseph were evident as the congregation gathered for the 11:00 a.m. Liturgy, presided over by the pastor, Reverend Joseph P. Devlin.  The historic church was filled with parishioners, families, friends, and sisters. Many sisters who had been missioned there returned for the celebration, as well as sisters who entered the congregation from Saint Bridget Parish.  Among those in attendance was Sister Clare Annice White SSJ who entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1936 from Saint Bridget Parish.
Among those in attendance was Sister Clare Annice White SSJ who entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1936 from Saint Bridget Parish. She was thrilled to be there and proud to share that her father had done the original landscaping when the church was built. As the hymn, “Glorious Father Dear Saint Joseph,” was sung by the congregation, one could sense the pride, joy and memories that will always remain precious to the parishioners of Saint Bridget Parish and the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Although the school is now closed, the presence of the Sisters of Saint Joseph continues through the dedication and ministries of Sisters Dorothy Crowley, Patricia Egan and Margaret Jude Sullivan, who minister at Saint Bridget Parish, and Sister Rosanne Orchon who is in residence. It would be difficult to describe the great good that has been accomplished and the many graces received over the past 125 years at Saint Bridget Parish. As Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are grateful for the opportunity and privilege of continuing to serve alongside our dear neighbors—the people of East Falls.

 

Information for the Fall Festival

October 26th after the 4PM Mass

Children may wear appropriate costumes to Mass
We are expecting 40 children to participate in the Trick-or-Treat Parade.  We are asking for a team effort to make this great Parish gathering.

Trick-or-Treat Parade begins at 5:30 PM:  

Children will decorate treat bags as soon as they enter the Hall. Bags will be used to collect their treats from Parishioners, as we did last year.

After the Parade:

Children will be able to make Halloween crafts and participate in games with prizes.

Parish will be providing:

Tomato Pie, Pretzels, Chicken Nuggets, and Hoagie Trays.

We are asking everyone to contribute something to the food/drink tables:

Parishioners with the last name A-L: Please bring a drink to share, for example a 2 liter of soda, or 12 waters or juice boxes

Parishioners with the last  name M-Z: Please bring a snack to share, for example a bag of chips or a dozen cupcakes.

Together we will make this a great Parish event

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Please RSVP or Volunteer via EMAIL: Stbridgetmedia@gmail.com, or via FACEBOOK: St. Bridget Catholic Community, or by PHONE: Sister Margaret 215.844.4126 x103

Service Credit is given to children who need CYO, School, or Organization Service Hours:

CRAFTS

(all materials are provided)
Ghost/Tissue taffies
Haunted House pictures w chalk and black construction paper
Halloween Tattoos
Coloring Pages
Treat Bags Renee Kyle moderator

GAMES

Spinning Wheel w prizes
Pumpkin Bowling:  Amanda Flanagan moderator
Witch Hat Ring Toss
Bean Bag Toss
Please RSVP or Volunteer via EMAIL: Stbridgetmedia@gmail.com, or via Facebook: St. Bridget Catholic Community, or by Calling: Sister Margaret 215.844.4126 x103

October Newsletter

St. Bridget Parish–a people called  to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” 

 

UPCOMING DATES

October 26, 2013

PARISH FALL FESTIVAL

After the 4PM Mass
Please join us in the Parish Hall for games, crafts, and of course TREATS!
             

          

Trick or Treat parade will take place at 5:30 PM.

Parishioners are asked to bring a candy or treat to hand to the trick-or-treaters during the parade.
St. Bridget Parish will provide light food, we are asking Parishioners to contribute to the event:
  Parishioners with the last name beginning with A-L please bring a drink to share
 (for example a 2 liter of soda or 12 juice boxes or bottles of water)
  Parishioners with the last name beginning with M-Z bring a snack or dessert to share
(for example a bag of chips or a dozen cupcakes)

Children are able to wear their Halloween costume to Mass for the event.

 

November 3, 2013

Guest Speaker: Louise Feder, “Discovering Grace”

Ms. Louise Feder will be coming to represent the Michener Museum and give a presentation on Princess Grace Kelly and her relationship to St. Bridget Parish.
Please join us in Church after the 11 AM Mass.
Click here to familiarize yourself with the topic:  http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/2831-2/

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

CHILDREN’S CATHOLIC STORY HOUR

Children in Kindergarten thru 4th grade are invited to join us in Saint Brendan’s gathering space Friday, November 15, 2013 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. It will be a great time to meet or reconnect with other children in the Parish. Look for more details in the Parish Bulletin and our facebook page and website.  All children are asked to bring a drink, snack will be provided.

RECENT EVENTS

 

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PRAYER SERVICE

Over 30 people attended the special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. Please view pictures of this prayer service here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.590362491024072.1073741870.382755715118085&type=1

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Father Noone graciously blessed the family pets of East Falls on October 6th. Click here for the album of this event.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588334611226860.1073741868.382755715118085&type=3

 

MEMORIAL FOR DR. BARTUSKA

Many parishioners have been touched by the life of Dr. Bartuska. Our Saint Bridget family was at the Drexel School of Medicine to see a Memorial bench, plaque, and tree dedicated in Dr. Bartuska’s honor.
Here are some pictures of the event to view:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589835047743483.1073741869.382755715118085&type=1

 

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contains a reflection on the name Mary and Pumpkin Reflections.
You will find the articles on the drop down menu here:
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/i-remember-mary/
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/pumpkin-meditations/

 

 

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

CASSEROLES

Casserole pans for St. John’s Hospice will be available on October 26/27.
Pans can be delivered on Sunday, November 3rd  from 9 am until noon. St. John’s will pick them up on Wednesday, November 6th.

RCIA

RCIA classes have begun.  If anyone is still interested please contact Tony Wzorek at 215-844-7746, Sister Margaret at 215-844-4126 ext 103   as soon as possible.

OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH

 

Mother’s Home in Darby, PA is a residential maternity shelter for women ages 18 and older with their babies. To help with the operating costs of this home, we are asking St. Bridget Parishioners for your assistance. Empty bottles may be taken from the back of church to be filled with any possible money donations. Bottles may be returned to the container in back of church any time until November 17.
Thank your for your support and generosity.

 

MINISTRY UPDATES

Prayer Shawl Committee:

Next Meeting Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 after the 11 AM Mass in St. Brendan’s Meeting Rooms.

Adult Choir:

Choir continues every Monday night in church.  There is still time to come and join us.

PARISH BULLETIN

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

October @Saint Bridget Parish

October Events at Saint Bridget Parish

October 3, 2013 THURSDAY

Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Service 

7PM

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

 

 

 

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

UPCOMING DATES

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 7PM

PRAY THE ROSARY

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

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PRAYER SERVICE

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

PARISH FALL FEST

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.

 

RECENT EVENTS

 SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH 125 Years

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:
 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.576360042424317.1073741864.382755715118085&type=1
 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”
http://www.youtube.com/user/StBridgetEastFalls

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.

 

BOWLING NIGHT

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.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.570582089668779.1073741863.382755715118085&type=3

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 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:

http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/food-for-thought-2/

 PREP AND SACRAMENT NEWS

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

http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/parish-religious-education-program/

 

 RCIA

QUESTIONS ABOUT RCIA?

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.

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

CASSEROLES

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.

http://phaithmagazine.com/2013/04/warm-meals-warm-words/

MINISTRY UPDATES

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.

 

LIVING FAITH AWARD NEWS

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.
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/dear-friend-of-saint-bridget/
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/commemorative-program-advertising-form/

PARISH BULLETIN

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

September 8th

Please join us in celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the presence of the Sisters of Saint Joseph at Saint Bridget Parish.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 during the 11 AM Mass. There will be a reception after Mass in Saint Brendan’s meeting rooms.
All are welcome to attend.
Many Sisters who have served at Saint Bridget Parish and School will be in attendance.
What a wonderful opportunity to reminisce and express our gratitude.

Bowling Night

Wednesday, August 28th, is Saint Bridget Bowling Night

TIME: 6-10 pm
PLACE: Sweat Fitness and Frames, 3300 Henry Avenue
COST: $10 to cover four hours of bowling
Note: We are providing tomato pie and pretzels.

Please bring your own drinks.

If you would like to bring a snack to share it will be appreciated.
 So far, we have 50+ RSVP’s
Come join us for a fun evening to send off Summer!

August Newsletter

St. Bridget Parish–a people called

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

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
-Mother Teresa

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.
 

 UPCOMING DATES

AUGUST 28, 2013:

SAINT BRIDGET PARISH BOWLING NIGHT

Please join us at SWEAT FITNESS and LANES, 3300 Henry Avenue
6-10PM
$10 per bowler for all 4 hrs
Light food will be provided, BYO drinks and food also an option
More details will be announced at Masses.
Although the money is payable at the door, we would like a head count for food.
Please RSVP by email:
stbridgetmedia@gmail.com
or through our facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/176692199177156/
or by completing a form and leaving it on the back tables after Mass.

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 2013: 

MASS TO CELEBRATE THE SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH

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.

RECENT EVENTS

CATHOLIC STORY HOUR

Tuesday evenings in July, the Parish children enjoyed Catholic Story Hour. Sister Margaret read a story  and  related the story to Scripture and song. The children would then complete a craft. All the children enjoyed themselves, and their families now have some memorable art work to display. Please take a look at our facebook album of this event:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.549530455107276.1073741853.382755715118085&type=3

 

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contains a reflection on Saints among us.

http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/we-need-saints/

 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 before September 6, 2013.   215-844-4126 ext. 103 or smargaret@stbridgeteastfalls.org.

 RCIA

QUESTIONS ABOUT RCIA?

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.

 

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

CASSEROLES

Casserole pans for St. John’s Hospice will be available on August 24/25.
Pans can be delivered on Sunday, Sept. 1st  from 9 am until noon. St. John’s will pick them up on Wed. Sept. 4.
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.

http://phaithmagazine.com/2013/04/warm-meals-warm-words/

LIVING FAITH AWARD NEWS

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.
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/dear-friend-of-saint-bridget/
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/commemorative-program-advertising-form/

PARISH BULLETIN

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

Bowling Night

Saint Bridget Parish Bowling Night

@ Sweat Bowling Lanes

August 28, 2013

6-10PM

$10 per bowler for all 4 hrs

Light food will be provided, BYO drinks and food also an option

More details will be announced at Mass this weekend.

Although the money is payable at the door, we would like a head count for food.

Please RSVP by email:

stbridgetmedia@gmail.com

or through our facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/176692199177156/

or by completing a form and leaving it on the back tables after Mass this weekend.