Youth Choir Practice, last practice before Thanksgiving Mass.
After the 11 AM Mass:
Cherub Choir Practice and Special Event: “Caring for God’s Creation: Catholics and Global Climate Change” –Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ
7-8PM in Church: First Tableau Practice, Roles and Costume needs will be planned
Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thanksgiving Day Mass Thursday, November 28th at 9:00 AM (Note time change). Bread will be blessed and distributed for your table.
Volunteers will also be needed to help with assembling food baskets Monday morning, November 25th at 9:15am in the Rectory. There will also be a small delivery on Wednesday morning, November 27th at 11am.
Angel Tree Gift Tags will be available to take off our Angel Tree this weekend after Mass. Please return all gifts with tags by December 9th.
Children, entering Pre-Kindergarten thru 3rd grade, are invited to join us in Saint Brendan’s gathering space this Friday 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 other children in the Parish.
ALL SOULS DAY:
November 17, 2013 @ 11AM
St. Bridget will celebrate All Souls Day on Sunday, November 17th at the 11AM Mass. Your loved ones, deceased family members and friends, will be remembered during this month of November by placing their names on the envelope provided in your envelope packet. There are also envelopes at the side entrance and the gathering space for your convenience.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND NATIVITY:
December 15th @3PM
Adult Choir practices on Monday evenings at 7:15 PM.
Youth Choir (4th grade and above) practices on Friday evenings, usually 5:00-6:30PM.
Cherub Choir (Kindergarten thru 3rd grade) practices after the 11 AM Mass on Sundays beginning 11/17.
Nativity (4th grade through High School) will practice Sunday November 24th 7-8PM. Monday December 9th 6:15-7:15 PM. Friday December 13th 5:00-6:00PM.
All Parish Youth are invited to be a part of this Saint Bridget Parish Tradition.
Join us this Sunday, 11/3, after the 11 am Mass as a guest speaker from the Michener museum discusses Grace Kelly and her relationship to St. Bridget Parish. All are welcome to attend. Event will take place in Church.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
Prayer Shawl Committee:
Next Meeting Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 after the 11 AM Mass in St. Brendan’s Meeting Rooms.
Choir continues every Monday night in church. There is still time to come and join us.
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:
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.
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.