Please take a look at our February Newsletter by following the link:
St. Bridget Mardi Gras Beef and Beer
@Franklin’s East Falls
Tickets will be sold at all February Masses starting this weekend
Saturday March 1, 2014
7-11PM, DJ begins at 9PM
$25 a ticket includes Hot Roast Beef, Draught Beer, Salad, Soft Drinks
50/50 and Raffle tickets available as well
3 for $5, 7 for $10 and 15 for $20
Camden Riversharks Tickets for June 20th: 2nd Annual St. Bridget Night
St. Bridget Basket: Sweatshirt and T Shirt in your choice of sizes, plus a New St. Bridget Parish car magnet
East Falls Sports Association certificate: good for one Baseball Registration for 2014
Also, this Sunday 2/2 after the 11AM Mass please join us for donuts and coffee in St. Brendan’s meeting rooms.
This past Sunday, Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ gave an informative presentation on Human Trafficking.
is defined as:
RECRUITMENT, TRANSPORTATION, TRANSFER, HARBORING, or RECEIPT OF A HUMAN BEING
by means of:
THREAT, COERCION, ABDUCTION, FRAUD, or DECEPTION
for the purpose of:
EXPLOITATION, PROSTITUTION, FORCED LABOR SERVICE, SLAVERY, OR SERVITUDE
Human Trafficking takes 2 Main Forms: Labor Trafficking and Sexual Trafficking
Super Bowl Sunday is the single biggest event related to Human Trafficking. 3.8 million dollars are spent on 30 seconds of a Superbowl Commercial, while $90 is spent on a HUMAN BEING being trafficked.
What we, as Catholics promoting Social Justice, can do to do help:
1. Become Familiar: watch “White Gold: the True Cost of Cotton”
2. Spread the Word: Using Social Media
3. Volunteer at Dawn’s Place, a Safe House for women in forced prostitution, run by Catholic Charities:
4. Lobby for Legislation of SB 75:
Short Title: An Act amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, extensively revising the law on human trafficking in the areas of prosecution, prevention, victim protection, evidentiary confidentiality, limitation of actions and victim impact statements; and making editorial changes
St. Bridget Parish will host Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ again on March 16th, after the 11AM Mass for the topic of IMMIGRATION REFORM. All are welcome to attend.
Please follow the link for our January edition of Saint Bridget’s Parish Newsletter.
New Parish Newsletter can be found by clicking the link:
Busy week at Saint Bridget Parish!
Friday evening 11/22, 5:30-7PM:
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.
CATHOLIC STORY TIME AND CRAFT NIGHT:
Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:30-8:00 PM
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.
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.