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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.

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.

 

Sunday and LFA

 

  • This Sunday, June 23rd, there will be  Donuts and Coffee after Mass. We will also have a member of our Website Committee there with a scanner. Please bring any pictures you may have of Saint Bridget’s events in the past. We want to add the rich history of Saint Bridget’s Parish to our website and social media. Some ideas of pictures that will be nice to have: Sacraments, May Processions, Weddings, Christmas, Easter. Please email stbridgetmedia@gmail.com if you have pictures to bring.

 

 

 

 

June Newsletter

Monthly updates on the happenings at Saint Bridget Parish

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
                    – Jim Valvano

 UPCOMING DATES

 SAINT BRIDGET PARISH NIGHT @ The Camden Riversharks Game

THIS WEEKEND JUNE 15/16th is the FINAL WEEKEND TO ORDER TICKETS

June 28, 2013 @7:05 pm, gates open @6:05 pm

Tickets are $25 each and include:

Admission to the game

Picnic Area with BBQ Buffet
Admission to Kid Zone and Carousel
Fireworks after the game
Tickets will then be available for pick-up at Masses 6/22 and 6/23, or at the Rectory during business hours 6/24-6/27.
PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY ORDER FORMS, MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:

Saint Bridget Parish

 

DONUTS, COFFEE, AND PARISH HISTORY

Sunday, June 23rd, will be the next time for Donuts and Coffee after the 11 AM Mass. At this event, a member of our Website Committee will be there with a scanner. We would love to see your pictures of Saint Bridget Parish. Please spread the word to the historian and photo keeper in your family, we will be scanning pictures and giving them right back. Please join us to share pictures or to learn more about St. Bridget’s storied history.

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 complimenting the story. The story nights will be July 9th, 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.

RECENT EVENTS

NEW ROSARY GARDEN

Mr. Bob Dagney with help from Mr. Dave Kearns has installed a Rosary Garden between the Church and the Rectory in honor of the Blessed Mother and in memory of his dear, recently deceased, Mother, Margaret.  This one decade rosary made of stone is reminiscent of the one decade rosary used by the Irish during penal day when the practice of the catholic faith was outlawed by the British.  Thank you Bob and Dave for your good work, the Rosary Garden enhances that space outside the Rectory and the Church.
Just looking at these pictures exudes peace:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531560490237606.1073741843.382755715118085&type=3

 

MAY PROCESSION

Although the rain kept our devotions to Mary inside, we still had a joyous tribute to our Mother. The Confirmation class stood so reverently to honor Mary, and the choir praised her in song. Mia was very serious in her role, carrying the crown of Mary, what an honor for her family.

Here are some pictures of the event:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521559471237708.1073741841.382755715118085&type=3

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER SERVICE

After the 11 Am Mass on Mother’s Day, people gathered in front of Mary to pray for those suffering from or affected by cancer. It was very moving to pray the Rosary as a group with one united voice of prayer.

 

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contain reflections on the Eucharist, the culture of waste in society, a reflection about an NFL player, and the feast of Corpus Christi.

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

 PREP AND SACRAMENT NEWS

Important Information for PREP Program
Any family who is anticipating a first grade or a new student entering the Religious Education program for the coming year, 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 June 22-23.
Pans can be delivered to the Rectory on Sunday, June 30, from 9 am to noon.
Thank you for your support.

FOUNDATION FOR BABIES

Foundation for Babies, a nonprofit organization, is asking St. Bridget Parishioners for assistance with their second annual Diapers Drive from June 1 to June 30, 2013.  All disposable diapers collected will be distributed to diaper banks and social service groups in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Collection boxes will be in the back of church.  Thank you for your support.

LIVING FAITH AWARDS

NEW: Nomination forms are also available to download and send via email to the committee chairperson. Here is the link to the form:
http://www.stbridgeteastfalls.org/living-faith-award-nominations/
The 11th Annual “Friends of St. Bridget Social and Living Faith Awards” will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 immediately following the 4 PM Mass at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. As in past years, the Friends of St. Bridget Committee is asking you to nominate individuals -both young and old- for consideration for the Living Faith Awards. If there is an individual that you think should be recognized for their service and/or contributions to our parish.  Please submit a nomination for consideration by the committee. Nomination forms are available in the rear of the Church. Completed forms may be placed in the NOMINATION COLLECTION BOXES in the gathering space, or may be sent directly to the Rectory Office.

All nominations are due no later than Friday, June 21, 2013.

MANNA FOOD DRIVE

The following letter was received from Ms. Denise Hopkins, Administrator Community Food Program, Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Dear Father:
Thank you for your response to our annual Manna food drive.  We know that any demands are made on our parishes, so we are especially grateful to you and your parishioners for your continued support of the food cupboards throughout the Archdiocese.
During the month of May, over 100 parishes all across the five counties participated in Manna. Our parish volunteers collected over 150,000 pounds of canned goods for use in emergency food cupboards. These donations are especially helpful during the summer months, when food donations traditionally decline.
We know that the success of the Manna food drive depends upon the many volunteers who help us behind the scenes.  We would never be able to help as many people as we do without the support and generosity of people like you and your parish community.
All of us at Nutritional Development Services are grateful for your support.
Sincerely,
//s//Denise Hopkins
Administrator
Community Food Program

ALTAR SERVERS

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

Tickets for Camden Riversharks June 28th

This weekend June 8/9  and next June 15/16, will be the final 2 weekends to order tickets for Saint Bridget Parish Night @ the Camden Riversharks.

The game is on Friday June 28th @7:05pm.
Each $25 ticket includes game ticket, picnic area with bbq buffet included, carousel and game zone for children. Fireworks will follow the game.
Pre-ordered tickets will be available for pick-up at all Masses the weekend of June 22/23.
Note: Parking fee is $5.

 

Thank You for your Condolences

Thank you to all of you, the wonderful parishioners of St. Bridget Parish, for your prayers, expressions of sympathy, Mass Cards, notes, donations made to St. Bridget Memorial Fund, love and support during this time of my Father’s death. On behalf of my Mother, Brothers and Sisters, I thank you most sincerely for the many kindnesses shared so generously with us during this very sad time.
I am also very grateful for the many parishioners who were able to attend the wake and/or Funeral Mass for my Dad at St. Anselm’s. I was so touched by your presence.
Thank you very much. I am indeed blessed to be pastor of this wonderful parish. You are great people, and I am grateful to you for your goodness, your strong faith and for your dedication. I greatly appreciate you, the parishioners of St. Bridget’s parish.
Father Devlin

May Newsletter

 

Monthly updates on the happenings at Saint Bridget Parish

While she keeps hold of your hand, you will not fall … you will not grow weary … you will have no fear … Enjoying her protection, you will reach the goal.

                                                                                                                                        (Saint Bernard)

RECENT EVENTS

VOLUNTEER SOCIAL

Thank you to all of our volunteers who make our parish thrive. We were able to celebrate their hard work and dedication to Saint Bridget’s Parish at our annual Volunteer Luncheon.

 

GRADUATE MASS AND RECEPTION

Saint Bridget’s Parish honored all graduates of 2013 and a special Mass and reception. Here are some pictures of the event.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.509542469106075.1073741838.382755715118085&type=3

 Congratulations and Many Blessings to the Class of 2013. We welcome you to share your successes, scholarship news, and achievements with our parish community please email: stbridgetmedia@gmail.com

 

UPCOMING DATES

MAY PROCESSION

We invite all of you to participate in our May Procession this Sunday, May 19 after the 11 o’clock Mass.  We will process from the back of church out to the statue of Mary on the front lawn. Following the procession, there will be refreshments in the former school hall.  We look forward to seeing you. Procession will include Communion class, Confirmation class, and 8th Grade Graduates from their respective schools. Please have the children wear their Communion dresses and suits, Confirmation robes, and Graduation gowns.

 

 

SAINT BRIDGET PARISH NIGHT @ The Camden Riversharks Game

June 28, 2013 @7:05 pm, gates open @6:05 pm

Tickets are $25 each and include:
Admission to the game
Picnic Area with BBQ Buffet
Admission to Kid Zone and Carousel
Fireworks after the game
Tickets may be ordered at all Masses from 5/25 until 6/16.
Tickets will then be available for pick-up at Masses 6/22 and 6/23, or at the Rectory during business hours 6/24-6/27.
PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY ORDER FORMS, MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Saint Bridget Parish

CATHOLIC STORY HOUR AND CRAFT NIGHTS

Children, entering Kindergarten thru 4th grade in September, are invited to join us in Saint Brendan’s gathering spaces Tuesday nights in July from 6:30-8:00 PM. Children will be read a story and complete a craft complimenting the story. The story nights will be July 9th, 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 soon.

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

This  month the Food for Thought section of the website contain reflections on Mary, our Mother, and Pentecost.

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

 

SACRAMENT NEWS

COMMUNION:

Congratulations to our parishioners who received the grace of the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 28th.

Here are a few pictures from their special day:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.512462428814079.1073741839.382755715118085&type=3

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOUNDATION FOR BABIES

Foundation for Babies, a nonprofit organization, is asking St. Bridget Parishioners for assistance with their second annual Diapers Drive from June 1 to June 30, 2013.  All disposable diapers collected will be distributed to diaper banks and social service groups in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Collection boxes will be in the back of church.  Thank you for your support.

LIVING FAITH AWARDS

The 11th Annual “Friends of St. Bridget Social and Living Faith Awards” will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 immediately following the 4 PM Mass at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. As in past years, the Friends of St. Bridget Committee is asking you to nominate individuals -both young and old- for consideration for the Living Faith Awards. If there is an individual that you think should be recognized for their service and/or contributions to our parish.  Please submit a nomination for consideration by the committee. Nomination forms are available in the rear of the Church. Completed forms may be placed in the NOMINATION COLLECTION BOXES in the gathering space, or may be sent directly to the Rectory Office.
All nominations are due no later than Friday, June 21, 2013.

 

BRINGING SACRAMENTS TO THE HOMEBOUND

We received a call recently from a homebound parishioner in her late 80′s requesting that someone bring her Holy Communion because she hadn’t “received Holy Communion since last Easter.” Since last Easter? Isn’t that sad?! Of course we responded to her request right away. I have visited her, gave her the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. An extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion has also been assigned to visit her and Sisters Pat and Dorothy have also added this wonderful lady to their list of parishioners to visit.
Request. Had we known about the situation of this woman who is no longer able to attend Mass due to advanced age, she would not have had to go that long without the sacraments and a visit from the parish. If you know of any homebound parishioner who is not currently receiving the sacraments, please do not hesitate to give us a call at the Rectory, 215-844-4126. Leave the information with Tom Veasy, the parish secretary, and Father Devlin will follow ASAP. Thank you.

ALTAR SERVERS

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 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