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Parish News

  Congratulations Fr. Flanagan!

Archbishop Chaput has appointed Father Flanagan to be the new pastor of St. Madeline’s Parish, Ridley Park, PA.  I know you’ll join me in saying, “Congratulations!” to Father Flanagan.  He has been a resident priest here at St. Bridget’s for the last four years during his service as President of Roman.   We thank him for his ministry here and wish him God’s Blessing as he begins this new venture. 
A farewell is planned for Father for June 29.  Father Flanagan will be the main celebrant at the 11 AM Mass and we’ll have a farewell reception in St. Brendan’s and on the porch afterwards. 
Welcome Father Delacy
Father Stephen Delacy has been assigned by Archbishop Chaput to live at St. Bridget Rectory, effective July 1, 2014.  His full time ministry assignment is Director, Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood.  Father Delacy’s office is located at St. Charles Seminary. 
 Because his duties require him to different parishes on the weekend to preach on the topic of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Father Delacy will only be able be available to offer Mass at St. Bridget’s on a periodic basis.  Father Delacy also runs weekend retreats at the seminary for those discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood.  
 Please help me to welcome Father Stephen Delacy to St. Bridget’s parish.  He’s a great guy and just a good a priest.  I know he’ll be a great addition to St. Bridget’s parish and will offer assistance as much as he’s able.    
 
Welcome Back Deacon Sam!
 Deacon Sam Bianco is returning to St. Bridget’s, assigned by Archbishop Chaput, effective, July 1, 2014.  I’m sure many of you will fondly remember Deacon Sam, and his lovely wife, Debbie.  It is a great pleasure to have the Deacon and Mrs. Bianco back among us. 
 As you know, Deacons are ordained members of the clergy and as such, can serve the parish community in important ways.  Deacons assist the priest at the altar, read the Gospel and can preach the homily. 
 They can lead a Liturgy of the Word and Distribute Holy Communion in the absence of a priest.  They can witness marriages, baptize, lead the Church’s Funeral liturgies.  Deacons also exercise many other services in a parish setting.   
 Deacon Sam enjoys a great reputation as a capable, generous deacon.  We are blessed to have him as part of the St. Bridget Parish community.  Please help me welcome, Deacon Sam and his wife.  God is blessingsus with the Deacon and his ministry.
 Welcome Deacon Sam and Mrs. Deb Bianco!   
 
New Missal Stand for the Main Altar

You may have noticed the new, gold, Missal Stand on the Main Altar.  This is the gift of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Polaski.  It’s beautiful, isn’t it?  Purchased from Adrain Hamers Religious Goods, I think this beautiful Missal Stand completes the very fine Altar accoutrements and is certainly worthy of divine worship.  I hope you agree. 
 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery & Marti Ann Polaski are very generous people.  They are always reaching out to someone, and ever ready to be of help whoever needs their assistance.  Interesting to note, Jeff Polaski is Jewish but it’s not unusual for him to be present for parish functions, help with Saturday sandwich making, take pictures for special parish events and help count the collection on Christmas and Easter so that the regular counters can enjoy the holidays!  How nice is that?  I tell Jeff he’s our Jewish parishioner. 
 I thank them for their donation which allowed us to purchase our new Missal Stand.  And I thank them for all the many ways they generously support the parish with their time, talent and treasure.  Thanks Jeff and Marti Ann! 
 ~Father Devlin

 

 

Update on the Sale of the former School Buildings

The Developers of How Properties will take their plans to The East Falls Community council next Wednesday evening.  Please keep this in your prayers, and if you’re available, plan on attending this important meeting.

Meeting Information:

Wednesday, May 21st, 7PM

Campus of Philadelphia University, Auditorium of Downs Hall, School House Lane

I believe How Properties plan to convert the former school buildings into apartments is going to be good for the East Falls neighborhood.  Adding residents to a repurposed space to our great neighborhood will be a positive for St. Bridget’s parish as well.
If all goes well at the EFCC Meeting, then How Properties can continue to move forward with the City of Philadelphia’s zoning board.
As I’ve tried to do all along, as things develop, I’ll keep you updated.
~Father Devlin

Open House Weekend May 3rd-4th

Saint Bridget Parish

Ministry Open House Weekend

All are welcome in Saint Bridget Parish.

 Learn about the wonderful Ministries we have to offer.

Bring a friend or family member who may be interested in joining Saint Bridget Parish.

 Join us for this weekend after ALL MASSES

Saturday May 3rd 4PM

Sunday May 4th 9AM, 11AM

Refreshments will be available after all Masses outside of Church weather permitting, or in St. Brendan’s meeting rooms.