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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.

 

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.

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

Looking Ahead to the Archdiocesan Financial Report

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

June 28, 2013

The wife of a friend once quipped that there’s not much sizzle or romance in balancing a check book – but try feeding the kids if you can’t. I’ve never forgotten her words. No sensible adult goes very long without paying close attention to the finances of his or her own family. And for good reason: Without the necessary resources, no family survives. If a family has financial problems, it needs to know why. That requires accurate information, no matter how complex and sobering, so the problems can be fixed.

So it is with the Church. As I’ve said many times over the past 22 months, the resources of the Church don’t belong to the bishops or the clergy or some remote institution. They belong to her people. The Church is a steward. She holds her resources in trust for her people, to carry out their apostolic work as a community in furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That means she has an obligation to use her resources well. She also has a duty to make an accurate yearly accounting to her people of how she manages those resources, whether the news is happy or not.

One of the many urgencies facing the Church when I arrived here in September 2011 was the need to understand and start fixing our financial problems. We’ve made progress. Over the past year, we’ve benefitted from strong, new financial leadership from our CFO, Timothy O’Shaughnessy; our controller, Peter Yecco; and a reinvigorated Archdiocesan Finance Council with talent from across the Catholic business community.

Despite every difficulty we have faced, our people have increased their giving to the annual Catholic Charities Appeal as well as the annual Seminary Appeal. And along with monies raised from the sale of the archbishop’s residence and a home on the New Jersey shore – beautiful properties, but unsuited to the needs of the Church today – we’ve taken big steps toward raising new resources and eventually eliminating our annual budget deficit.

This good news, however, will need to wait until later when we’ll publish the results of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 – i.e., the year beginning July 1, 2012, and ending this weekend, on June 30, 2013. In other words, the fiscal report we plan to publish next week will reflect almost none of the progress I just described. Why? Because it will show our financial results from July 1, 2011 – two months before I arrived in Philadelphia – through June 30, 2012, barely two months after our new financial team began their work. I’ve asked our staff to make the report on FY 2012 as thorough and clear as possible. The audited financial statements for every major archdiocesan entity will appear on our website for public review. I’ve also directed that in the future, as we continue to improve our operations, our annual financial reports will appear for our people’s scrutiny far more promptly and with proper standards of transparency.

I’ve reviewed the FY 2012 audited financial statements for our central operations run through the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center; or more technically, the “Office for Financial Services.” While the results are serious – and that’s an understatement – they have the virtue of being honest and accurate. The statements also include several major adjustments to reporting made in previous years. Most of the financial pain we now face as a local Church is inherited and due to chronic patterns of behavior. It has nothing to do with fraud or the abuse crisis. Instead it flows out of well-intentioned but poor management decisions made over a period of nearly two decades at every level of archdiocesan and parish leadership – a crippling habit of trying to hang on to the past and keep unsustainable ministries, schools and parishes afloat, despite great changes in our demographic and financial realities.

We have too many good people in the Archdiocese to let these problems continue to hobble our discipleship in the years ahead. We owe too much to the believers who came before us to fail in renewing the health of our Church. And we owe even more to the young people who will follow us. They need to encounter Jesus Christ through our witness. That’s why our financial problems matter so seriously. And that’s why, with honesty and hard work and the grace of God, we’ll resolve them.

We will post the audited financial statements for the Office for Financial Services on www.CatholicPhilly.com on Wednesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. Please note that these statements only relate to operations and ministries stemming from Archdiocesan headquarters. They do not include financials for the Office of Catholic Education, Catholic Healthcare Services, Catholic Social Services, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Catholic Charities Appeal or the Heritage of Faith—Vision of Hope Capital Campaign. Audited reports for those entities will be posted in the coming weeks.

Also note that none of these reports will include financial statements for parishes — and for good reason: All parishes are autonomous entities. The Archdiocese has no authority over their assets.