G.I.F.T.- Growing In Faith Together
Mission statement and some news about this endeavor.
G. I. F. T. – Growing in Faith Together – St. Bridget Faith Formation Group
- To grow in relationship with God
- Encourage people to discipleship at home, work, everyday lives
- Develop deeper understanding of Scripture, Sacraments and our Catholic Faith
- Participate in the life and ministries of St. Bridget parish and East Falls community
Patron Saint – St. Bridget. Also soliciting intercession from the founders of St. Bridget parish, Father Mahon – first pastor, and Thomas Barry – first priest ordained from St. Bridget in 1867.
Pastor – Father Feeney
Liaison / Spiritual Guide – Sister Margaret Jude Sullivan
Core Group – Meets and prays together for the parish and the group. Reviews progress and gathers together programs, etc to present to the Planning Committee.
Planning Committee – Helps to make decisions and facilitate the following:
- Small Groups
- Study Programs
- Guest Speakers
- Faith based activities to develop relationships / fellowship
- Faith based movie nights
- Intercessory prayer
- Retreats / days of recollection
- Communications – Face Book and Website updates
- Resource center
This is in response to our survey results:
COMING TO ST. BRIDGET!
CATHOLICISM SERIES BY BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
From 09/12/18 through 11/14/18 at 7:00 PM
St. Bridget Meeting Room
Please come and join us. Come for one, a few, or all ten episodes
09/12/18 Week 1: AMAZED AND AFRAID – The revelation of God become Man. Jesus Christ is unique, fully human and fully divine; He is the privileged door by which man can be restored to right relationship with God. Yet the story of God becoming man is not abstract or academic. But it is instead burning with deep mystery, heavenly joy, and rich humor.
09/19/18 Week 2: HAPPY ARE WE – The Teachings of Jesus. Bishop Barron walks us through the meaning of The Beatitudes, the Prodigal Son, the Path of non-violence and the “Law of the Gift”
09/26/18 Week 3: THE INEFFABLE MYSTERY OF GOD – That then which nothing greater can be thought. Bishop Barron presents arguments for God’s existence. Much of what he teaches in this session can be used to combat the growing atheism in our culture today.
10/03/18 Week 4: MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD – Out tainted nature’s solitary boast. Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. The Annunciation, Mary and Zion, The Mother of God, The Immaculate Conception, The Assumption, Mother of the Church.
10/10/18 Week 5: THE INDISPENSABLE MEN – Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure. As historical figures, they are fascinating. But they are not merely of historical interest. They live on as Saints whose tireless work, inspired writings, and holy witness are vital dynamic realities within the family of Jesus Christ. They are the models of good disciples. They had much in common, but were also a study in contrast.
10/17/18 Week 6: A BODY BOTH SUFFERING AND GLORIOUS – The mystical union of Christ and the Church. What is the Church? If you had to describe it in one sentence, what would you say? St. Irenaeus: “For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and evert form of grace, for the Spirit is Truth.” Bishop Barron teaches the four marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
10/24/18 Week 7: WORD MADE FLESH, TRUE BREAD OF HEANEN: – The Church’s Sacrament and Worship. The Liturgy, Eucharist and the Sacraments. Bishop Barron walks us through the Mass and the significance of each portion of it, stressing the Eucharist and the Real Presence.
10/31/18 Week 8: A VAST COMPANY OF WITNESSES: – The Communion of Saints “To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man.” (Blaise Pascal). Bishop
Barron walks us through the lives of St. Katherine Drexel, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Edith Stein and St. Teresa of Calcutta.
11/07/18 Week 9: THE FIRE OF HIS LOVE – Prayer and the Life of the Spirit. What is prayer? What exactly are we doing when we pray? Despite being so common – or perhaps because it is so common – trying to define and explain prayer can be elusive. Bishop Barron walks us through the different types of prayer: Adoration, Petition and Contemplation.
11/14/18 Week 10: THE LAST THINGS – World without end. The last things are death, judgement, hell and heaven. Bishop Barron walks us through many of the questions we have regarding the last things – including Purgatory, Angels and Devils.