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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.

Resources for Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

Below is a list of resources and suggestions offered by St. Bridget parishioners to help with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.   The list was compiled by Eileen ORourke from a parish wide email discussion we had this past week.   It was inspiring to hear insights and testimonies from so many.   We hope this helps during the coronavirus shutdown and beyond — Fr. Taglianetti
Email from Eileen ORourke:
Thanks to all who participated last week in sharing their prayer stories.  It was so inspiring to hear your ways of praying before the Blessed Sacrament.  Below is a short summary of the responses received.
God bless you all.
G.I.F.T – Growing in Faith Together



Online Adoration: (Thanks Kelly for this!!)

Word on Fire – Bishop Barron’s website

Augustine Institute

Pray more Novenas – Via web which comes to your Inbox every day, or the APP for your phone. (I downloaded the App, and it sends you an alert for whatever time you set it – time to pray your novena!)

Aleteia – will send spiritual articles to your email every day

Sound Cloud App

E-Magis – – they will also send spiritual resources to your Inbox periodically

Hints to deal with distractions:

Reading Scripture and Lectio Divina (There are some CD’s in the Resource Center by Dr. Tim Gray which walks you through the steps of Lectio.  Check out the many resources on the Augustine Institute’s website, or the Magis website)

Invite Jesus into the distractions – helps you to concentrate more on God than the distractions

Picture Jesus saying “Relax, come spend some time with Me.  Leave everything else outside.

Good spiritual books – see suggestions below:

Personal Prayer A guide to receiving the Father’s love

In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart–The Journal of a Priest at Prayer

There will be 2 copies of each of the above in the Resource center once we can get back to church.  They are both also available on Amazon if you would like your own personal copy.  There are many other good spiritual books in the Resource center that can also help.

St. Francis DeSales:  “If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently… And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane asking his friends, “Could you not stay with me one hour?”

Cultivate other prayer spaces where you can practice being still and silent, and surrender thoughts and worries, which can help when before the Lord in the Eucharist.  These tiny windows expand to vacation views at Adoration.

Praise and Thanksgiving – either in prayer or music