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It is clear we need reform in our country that ends racism, unjust discrimination and violence against others.    These are born of hatred which achieves no good  in the heart of anyone.   I support peaceful protests to change our country.   At the same time I am against riots, looting, and violence against our police officers, law enforcement agents, and fire fighters.  These are our first responders who sacrifice their own safety to protect us every day.  They need our support.   I am forwarding Archbishop Pérez’s message below with which I agree.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Taglianetti

Statement of Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez Regarding the Death of George Floyd…

The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful condolences and join with all who are struggling to cope with this heavy burden of sorrow and grief.

Recent events in Minneapolis are a stark reminder that the vile evil of racism has not been stamped out in this country. Rather, it has been resurgent in communities throughout our land for the last several years with old wounds being painfully ripped open time and again.

Racial hatred has no place in our world, including here in the United States, or in the hearts of people. Every life is a precious gift from God. Racism is a mortal sin and an attack on that gift. All of us share a responsibility to bring an end to this evil and to do so in a way that seeks justice and peace. The perpetual cycle of pain and anguish must end.

May God give all of us courage and solace as we work together for social justice and to preserve our land as one of equality and opportunity for every citizen. May He bring peace to Minneapolis and to our Philadelphia region and may He rekindle within each of our hearts true love and respect for our fellow human beings.

+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop of Philadelphia

Opening St. Bridget’s Church, Saturday June 6th

Dear St. Bridget’s Parish, 

We have great news.   St. Bridget’s will be open for public Mass starting this Saturday, June 6th.   Please see the following events and instructions below.

  1. Bridget Church will be open for public Mass, Saturday, June 6th, along with the rest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  2. Fr. Feeney’s funeral Mass is Saturday June 6th at 11AM with a view beforehand at 9am. We will live stream the funeral Mass for anyone who would like to watch it online. 
  3. While the obligation to attend Mass is suspended, you are welcome to return for the vigil on Saturday at 4pm and the 9am Sunday Mass. The 11 am Mass will be celebrated privately by a priest and will offer the Mass intention. 
  4. Daily Mass is Monday to Friday at 8AM and is also open to the public starting June 8th.
  5. Please wear a mask and wash your hands if you come to church. 
  6. When you arrive at church the Pews will be roped off to keep us less than 50% capacity in the church. 
  7. Instructions for receiving communion will be given at Mass.
  8. Thank you for those volunteering to clean and sanitize the church. I look forward to seeing you Thursday morning.    
  9. Thank you to everyone who has dropped off their Sunday Collection Envelopes and signed up for online giving. You are helping with parish expenses and employee salaries.
  10. If you have not done so already, please fill out the Census form online or drop off a paper form at the rectory.
  11. The parish bulletin can be found on the St. Bridget website.
  12. The Church is open this week for personal prayer and Confession Monday to Wednesday from 1-3pm. The church is closed for cleaning Thur and Friday.

Detailed instructions for returning to St. Bridget Church

We look forward to your return,
God Bless you and keep you safe,

Fr. Taglianetti

parochial administrator
St. Bridget Parish
East Falls, Philadelphia

Mass – Pentecost Sunday – First Holy Communion, May 31, 2020

Mass – Pentecost Sunday – First Holy Communion, May 31, 2020


Come, Holy Ghost – Text: LM with repeat; Veni, Creator Spiritus; attr. To Rabanus Maurus, 776-856; tr. by Edward Caswall, 1814-1878, alt. Music: Louis Lambilotte, SJ, 1796-1855. Public Domain.
Glory to God from Mass of St. Frances Cabrini – Text (c) 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved.  Music (c) 2007, 2010, Kevin Keil (ASCAP), Published by OCP. All rights reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation – text (c) 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. All rights reserved . Music by Owen Alstott (c) 1979, 1990, OCP. All rights reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Come, O Holy Spirit – Text: 77 77 77 D; fr. the Pentecost Sequence, Veni, Sancte Spiritus, alt. adapt. by Owen Alstott, (c) 1980, OCP. All rights reserved. Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827; adapt. by Edward Hodges, 1796-1867. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
They’ll Know We Are Christians – Text: 13 13 14 with refrain; Peter Scjoltes, 1938-2009. Music: Peter Scholtes. Text and music: (c) 1966, F.E.L. Publications, Ltd. assigned 1991 to the Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used with permission. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Holy from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen – Text (c) 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Music (c) 1984, 2010, GIA Publications, Inc. All rghts reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
When We Eat This Bread from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen – Text (c) 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Music (c) 2010, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Amen from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen – Music (c) 1984, 2010, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Lamb of God from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen – Music (c) 1984, 2010, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Eat this Bread – Text: John 6, adapt. by Robert J. Batastini.  Text and music (c) 1982, 1983, 1984, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (France).  All rights reserved.  International copyright secured.  Used with permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive US agent.  Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A
Church of God, Elect and Glorious – Text: 87 87 D; based on 1 Peter 2; James E. Seddon, 1915-1983, (c) 1982, The Jubilate Group. All rights reserved.  Administered by Hope Publishing Co. Used with permission. Music: Rowland H. Pritchard, 1811-1887. Streamed with ONELICENSE 606912-A

Statement from the Archdiocese Regarding the Project Resumption of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Five-County Region

Statement from the Archdiocese Regarding the Project Resumption of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Five-County Region
In mid-March, the celebration of public Mass was suspended in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass was dispensed. Those decisions were not made lightly and were always intended to be temporary measures.
They were made out of necessity for the common good and in recognition of the fact that all of us share a responsibility for the preservation of public health, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, the Archdiocese has made every effort to provide for the spiritual needs of the faithful as well as the temporal needs of those who benefit from its many charitable works.
It is important to note that Catholic churches in the Archdiocese have never been closed. Local parish churches have remained open for private prayer as well as the celebration of the Sacraments Baptism, Penance, Matrimony, and funeral Masses at the discretion of the local pastor and with respect for guidelines from public health officials as they have evolved over time.
Based on recent statements from government officials at the state level, it is anticipated that the five-county region comprising the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will move into the “yellow” phase of the statewide re-opening plan by Friday, June 5th. As such, it is projected that the celebration of daily and Sunday Masses will resume beginning on Saturday, June 6th. 
The administration of the Archdiocese has been working in consultation with public health officials to ensure that such a resumption takes place within the context of state approved guidelines and is actively working to provide appropriate guidance to its clergy so that all will be as prepared as possible when the public celebration of Mass begins again. All of us are eager to open the doors of Church wide for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.