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Our Wonderful Religious Sisters

How blessed are we at St. Bridget’s parish to benefit by the presence and ministry of Sisters Pat, Dorothy, Margaret & Roseann?!  These wonderful Sisters of Saint Joseph are such an important part of the St. Bridget Parish Community.  We are very grateful to God that as a parish community we are graced with the presence and ministry of these sisters.

This weekend the Sisters are speaking on behalf of the National Retirement Collection for the benefit of Religious Men and Women.

Our SSJ’s speak on behalf of the thousands of Religious who because of age or infirmity are no longer able to actively serve the Church but who now carry out the ministry of prayer.  Praying for the Church – the same Church these dedicated priests, sisters and brothers have served so generously their whole lives.

Please show your gratitude for the dedicated lives of religious by supporting this important, annual appeal.  The collection will be taken up as a second collection next weekend, December 8 & 9, 2012.

Speaking of Sisters, did you know that St. Bridget’s has two other communities of Religious Sisters living in the parish?  There is another community of Sisters of St. Joseph and a community of Religious Sisters of Mercy renting homes in the East Falls neighborhood.  We are truly blessed.  Welcome to the parish, Sisters!

On a very sad note, one of the Sisters who had just moved into the home being rented on Ainslie St., Sister Alice Edward, SSJ, died suddenly this week.  A long time – and beloved – Chaplain at Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia, Sister Alice Edward was known by many parishioners because she grew up in Roxborough.  And because Sister Alice has been attending the 4 PM Vigil Mass at St. Bridget’s for many years now.

We are all so very sad and we mourn Sister’s sudden and untimely passing.  Sister Alice Edward was such a nice lady!  Kind, warm, friendly, supportive, encouraging, thoughtful, are just some of the words that come to mind to describe this dedicated Sister of St. Joseph.

I know Sister Alice was very much looking forward to beginning to reside in St. Bridget’s parish.  I’m sorry we won’t have Sister Alice with us.  We are all the poorer due to her passing.  She will be very sorely missed.  RIP Sister Alice Edward, SSJ.