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Mardi Gras Social: March 1st


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.

Social Justice: Human Trafficking

This past Sunday, Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ gave an informative presentation on Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking

is defined as:
by means of:
for the purpose of:
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.

The Week at a Glance

Busy week at Saint Bridget Parish!

Friday evening 11/22, 5:30-7PM:

Youth Choir Practice, last practice before Thanksgiving Mass.

Sunday 11/24:

 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.

Special Ministries

Thanksgiving Outreach

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

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.


November Parish Life


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.


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.



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.

Sisters of Saint Joseph Serving at Saint Bridget Parish

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.


De-coding Francis: Vatican media adviser offers “10 things to know”

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY — If people are still unsure about what to make of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s media adviser offered his take on decoding the pontiff.

Greg Burke, media adviser to the Vatican, participating in a Vatican press conference Dec. 3, 2012. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

“Pope Francis is not a politically-correct pope,” rather, he is “a loyal son of the church” who presents the hard truths with a heavy dose of mercy, said Greg Burke, senior communications adviser to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.

The former U.S. journalist, who’s been based in Rome the past 25 years, gave a behind-the-scenes talk last week to hundreds of benefactors celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.

U.S. Msgr. Peter Wells — another top official at the Secretariat of State — also spoke at the same Oct. 18 event in the apostolic palace, where he gave his take on the reform of the curia and how they counteract secular media manipulating the pope’s message.

In trying to describe his papally-appointed role as the Vatican’s chief media strategist, Burke (an unabashed soccer fan) said, “We kick the ball to Francis and Francis scores the goals.” “We let the pope do his thing.”

He said Pope Francis clearly knows how to communicate and his effectiveness comes from his authenticity. “It’s not charm. It’s Christian charity, which is a whole lot more attractive than charm.”

He also said “Pope Francis is not a politically-correct pope, in my opinion.”

Pope Francis greeting people in wheelchairs after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

There’s been a lot of spin in the press about what the pope has been saying, but “I believe the pope wants to get beyond left and right” by getting people to focus on the Gospels, on God and his truth and mercy.

“He’s a loyal son of the church” who sees its task as being like “a field hospital” that runs to and helps people who are hurting, he said.

The pope is not advocating a “feel-good” religion of “I’m OK-you’re OK-Catholicism,” but talks about the truth of the Gospel that includes mercy and forgiveness.

“The Gospel is not there to make us feel good. The Gospel is there and makes very practical demands on us,” and one of those demands is to “tell people the truth and walk with them to the Lord,” Burke said.

Burke said, “the pope’s picture should have one of those warning labels” on it, much like a pack of cigarettes does, but with the words: “Danger: This man could change your life.”

Here’s Burke’s Top Ten List to describe and better understand the Argentine pontiff:

Pope Francis greeting a man at Rio de Janeiro’s St. Francis of Assisi Hospital — a clinic for recovering drug addicts. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (July 24, 2013)

1. Mercy — The story of the Prodigal Son is a recurring theme and the pope repeatedly says that God never tires of forgiving and welcoming his lost children back home.  “The church is waiting here for you with open arms,” is the message, Burke said.

2. Moxie/courage — “We’re all going to get challenged by Pope Francis. Get ready!” People who live comfortably or live in developed nations will be especially challenged, Burke said, adding, “This is good. This is the Gospel.”

3. Margins, missions — Francis is continuing with his predecessors’ criticism of a world divided by haves and have-nots. The pope “is not a fan of cheap grace and feel-good religion. He wants to see Christians who are not afraid to get their hands dirty,” Burke said.

A woman in prayer as Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

4. Prayer — Non-believers often don’t notice how important prayer is for religious life. For example, Blessed Mother Teresa was often looked upon by the secular press as “a social worker wearing a habit.” But, Burke said, the pope has constantly been stressing the importance of prayer and urging people to pray.

5. Encounter — The pope is asking people to embrace a “culture of encounter” where they experience God and meet with others, including non-believers. This attitude of encounter and communion also starts at home, with your family, Burke said.

Pope Francis giving a thumbs up after celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican March 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

6. Joy — The pope “gets a thumbs’ up on that,” he said, as he’s able to show his joy so plainly. He said that according to Pope Francis, the biggest dangers and temptations in life are “discouragement, discord, the doldrums and the devil.”

7. Service — By paying his hotel bill in person (even though he had just been elected pope), phoning people who write to him and other do-it-yourself tasks, the pope is leading by example with the message that “it’s not about power or privilege; if we’re here, we’re here to serve.”

Pope Francis stepping off a plane after returning to Rome July 29 from his trip to Brazil. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

8. Simplicity/Humility — Living in a Vatican guest house instead of the apostolic palace, carrying his own briefcase on a trip… that’s just how the pope is and people will have to “get used to it because we’ll see more of it,” Burke said.

9. Compassion — Burke, who’s a numerary member of Opus Dei and went to Jesuit-run St. Louis University high school in St. Louis, said he used to joke with people “that everyone should have a Jesuit education. Now with Pope Francis, everyone is getting the benefits of a Jesuit education.”

“Compassion and suffering with others is something Pope Francis has a knack for” and it’s especially evident when he embraces people and is totally present one-on-one with an individual, even in large crowds.

10. Energy — Burke said for a 76-year-old, the pope “has a lot of energy and we’re going to be in for an interesting ride!”


Information for the Fall Festival

October 26th after the 4PM Mass

Children may wear appropriate costumes to Mass
We are expecting 40 children to participate in the Trick-or-Treat Parade.  We are asking for a team effort to make this great Parish gathering.

Trick-or-Treat Parade begins at 5:30 PM:  

Children will decorate treat bags as soon as they enter the Hall. Bags will be used to collect their treats from Parishioners, as we did last year.

After the Parade:

Children will be able to make Halloween crafts and participate in games with prizes.

Parish will be providing:

Tomato Pie, Pretzels, Chicken Nuggets, and Hoagie Trays.

We are asking everyone to contribute something to the food/drink tables:

Parishioners with the last name A-L: Please bring a drink to share, for example a 2 liter of soda, or 12 waters or juice boxes

Parishioners with the last  name M-Z: Please bring a snack to share, for example a bag of chips or a dozen cupcakes.

Together we will make this a great Parish event


Please RSVP or Volunteer via EMAIL:, or via FACEBOOK: St. Bridget Catholic Community, or by PHONE: Sister Margaret 215.844.4126 x103

Service Credit is given to children who need CYO, School, or Organization Service Hours:


(all materials are provided)
Ghost/Tissue taffies
Haunted House pictures w chalk and black construction paper
Halloween Tattoos
Coloring Pages
Treat Bags Renee Kyle moderator


Spinning Wheel w prizes
Pumpkin Bowling:  Amanda Flanagan moderator
Witch Hat Ring Toss
Bean Bag Toss
Please RSVP or Volunteer via EMAIL:, or via Facebook: St. Bridget Catholic Community, or by Calling: Sister Margaret 215.844.4126 x103