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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

Parish News July

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Father Michael Hennelly. Father Hennlley was the Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford, PA. He joins the parish as a resident priest as he takes on the assignment of Assistant to the Vicar for Clergy.

Fr. Taglianetti’s status has changed slightly. He is now 100% here at St. Bridget’s as the parochial administrator, and will be an adjunct professor of moral theology at the seminary in the Fall.

The parish began a search for a new Music Director this past January. The coronavirus shutdown made the transition to a new music director difficult. The candidate we extended an offer to did not accept. We will resume the search for a new music director during the summer months. Bill Riechers has agreed to temporarily remain the acting Music Director. We anticipate he may be the Music Director until year end depending on the progress of the search. Thank you, Bill and Emily, for your generous and excellent service to St. Bridget parish.

The Finance Committee and Fr. Taglianetti are discussing updates to St. Bridget Church after an engineering analysis and mold analysis that took place this past year. We hope to give you more information in the Fall.

St Bridget is now using Flocknote to communicate with the parish. The will allow various ministries to communicate with one another and also the pastor to send an email to everyone signed up for Flocknote at St. Bridget parish. This will help with parish communication. Please signup through Saint Bridget Facebook Page or Website.

We will resume the 11am Mass at the beginning of August. Once we resume the 11am Mass we could use volunteers to sanitize the Church after the 11am Mass.

Live streaming will continue for 8am Daily Mass and 9am Sunday Mass

Thank you for the weekly collection. It has helped with operating costs and salaries. Please consider Online Giving which you can access via St. Bridget’s website.

Online Giving

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

archphila.org/statemen…

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