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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