Welcome to the Women’s Ministry of Saint Bridget Church
The mission of Saint Bridget Women's Ministry is to promote fellowship amongst the women of Saint Bridget's Church because as a group we are stronger than we are alone. We focus on ministry - ministry to self and faith formation, ministry to church, and ministry outreach to others. As women of the parish we come together to pray and grow in faith and love while learning from and leaning on each other. We also strive to serve our parish, pastor, and our community. Because as the beautiful prayer of Saint Francis says, “it is in giving that we receive.” See the entire prayer below.
May we remember, be inspired, and encouraged
Therefore as women of the parish as we go forward in our faith journey may we remember, be inspired and encouraged by the example of the Virgin Mary and her response of “yes” to God and the Angel Gabriel.
"By pronouncing her "fiat" at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body" (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 973).
I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word" (Luke 1:38). This is Mary's "Fiat", her "Yes" to the Lord. It was spoken from a heart filled with pure love for God. In a Biblical context, "heart" is a word that means much more than the fleshy organ at the center of our chest cavity. It refers to our center, the core of each of us, the place where our deepest identity is rooted, and from which our fundamental choices about life are made.
The Annunciation reveals the meaning of the Christian vocation. The Virgin of Nazareth teaches us how to live our real lives in a real world, by saying Yes to the One who created the world and is recreating it through His Son. When the Angel of the Lord appeared, bearing the message and calling her to a special mission, she said "YES." We are invited to say "Yes" as well and believe that "nothing is impossible with God." Let's consider her response to the message: "I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word." It is in these words that we discover the vocation of every Christian.
Excerpt from “The Prayer of Mary” by Deacon Keith Fournier on the website catholic.org
From Bishop Knestout
The following quotes are from our new Bishop Barry C. Knestout and were shared with the congregation on January 12, 2017 during the Mass at which he was installed as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. They are from an article published in The Catholic Virginian entitled “Enthusiastic reception greets diocese’s 13th shepherd” written by Brian T. Olszewski.
“I recognize my limits,” the bishop said. “Only God can satisfy all of our needs and longings.”
Referring to the multiplication of loaves and fish, and the need to feed the crowd, Bishop Knestout quotes Jesus’ words to the Apostles: “Give them something yourselves.”
“Of course, Jesus does not insist that the disciples give them “everything”! No, he says give them “some food” – to give from what they have,” the bishop said. “An act of charity and mercy – which may not seem like it will be sufficient – but it will be the “some” the Lord has commanded.”
He said the “some” the Apostles had gathered, when blessed by Jesus, fed the 5,000, as well as others.
“God asks us to give ‘something’ out of love and trust that he can bring fruitfulness from our small efforts,” Bishop Knestout said.
“When we encounter the significant or overwhelming needs before us, when we are conflicted inside, with both a desire to give the best of everything and the knowledge that we are very limited in ability and resources, what do we do?” he said. “We give ‘something’ out of love for them. Feed my sheep! And trust firmly that God multiplies our efforts to feed the multitudes.”
“May God make fruitful our efforts to provide ‘some’ – and with his blessing and guidance multiply our work together for the glory and praise of his name,” he said.
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Please contact us with any questions or for more information
Anita Heller: email@example.com
Paula Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org