Looking for a way to brighten someone's day during this time at home?
We invite all of our parishioners - young and old - to write a card or letter to one of the residents of St. Francis Home and the Little Sisters of the Poor, over the next few days and weeks.
Not sure what to include? Here are a few ideas:
Mention that you are member of Saint Bridget Parish
Assure them that you are praying for them, and everyone who lives at their retirement home
Describe to them what you are doing to pass the time during these days
Send them a beautiful picture or drawing
Mention a prayer or i...
April 7, 2020
My dear friends in Christ,
I keep you all in my prayers each and every day. Thank you for your virtual presence. I was overwhelmed by the positive response from our ever-faithful parishioners at our livestreaming of Mass, and your generous support for Saint Francis Home when you came by to receive blessed palms. We delivered a full trailer and truck full of food on Monday. Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted on Sunday.
Our traditions may be altered for the time being, but not our spirit. Even in the current situation, we will find it in our ...
Details Regarding Holy Week:
All Holy Week Liturgies are private
They will be celebrated by one priest assisted by a few people, not to exceed 10 people
There will be music
They will be live streamed and recorded for later distribution
Click here to view our 9 a.m. Palm Sunday livestream.
Click here for Mass leaflet.
Palms will be available for pick up at the bell tower entrance and the parking lot entrance from 11a.m. until 4 p.m.
The church will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. for private prayer (there can be no more than 10 people at on...
Palms for Pickup & Canned Food Drive
In this dire time, our parish family is reaching out to St. Francis Home by collecting canned goods for their residents. Please bring canned items such as: tuna, chicken, green beans, corn, baked beans, and fruit cocktail
Items can be dropped off on Palm Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at boxes made available at the front of the church and in the parking lot.
Palm Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 9 a.m. (click here to view the live-stream) (click here for Mass leaflet). Palms will be available for pick up at the bell tower ent...
Pastor's Office April 2, 2020
My dear friends in Christ,
I rejoice in your faithfulness and pray for you during these unprecedented and difficult times.
To help our parish family meet our spiritual needs during the Church’s holiest week of the year, I invite you to join with me, Father Tochi, and our Deacons i...
Virtual Catholic Men's and Women's Conference
Join Catholics from around the World for the first ever Virtual Catholic Men’s and Women’s conferences! FOR FREE!! Speakers like Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Jason Evert, and many more will be there! We also hope to have a gathering of those who attended from our parish so we can reflect on the experience.
Register for the follow-up discussions here: https://forms.gle/xCTgoey4DEobsPDR8
Registration for Men: https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com/Mensconference2020
Registration for Women: ...
The following groups/Scripture studies will be conducted via Zoom (a digital conferencing platform)
Women’s Study on Prayer (with Ascension Press)
Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
An 8 week study on prayer titled "Oremus" by Ascension Press
Click here to watch a trailer for the course
If you would like to join, email Amanda Bibb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the Meeting ID and link provided to tune in to the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 657 088 292
Co-Ed Study on Mass Readings
The prayer and work of our parish continues as much as possible. I know you may be financially challenged now. Please remember the financial needs of our beloved parish as we live for Christ and every day, especially now, serve Him in others.
Contact Kimberly Lapkin at email@example.com with any questions regarding Stewardship.
We are keeping you all in our prayers. Thank you for your gifts, for all you do to serve God and others, and for your prayers!
Online or Mailed Contribution:
Whether you choose to utilize Online Giving (HERE), or mail your contribution to the p...
The Jennifer Stivers Campaign to Save the Lives of the Most Vulnerable
Because of the pandemic and restrictions on gathering we must reschedule the blessing of the ultrasound machines donated to the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) by the Saint Bridget Knights of Columbus. Bishop Knestout and Monsignor Carr will visit as soon as is practical to bless the machines and the mission of the PRC.
It is deeply gratifying to know that the three ultrasound machines are in full use at the PRC and its satellite location in Midlothian. Already, these machines are meeting their intended use &nda...
Pastor's Office March 25, 2020
I write to wish you peace in this difficult time. As we pat...
Your Word says that You answer people when they call on Your name, and that You deliver them.
Right now, we ask that You would heal those who are sick or who are carrying the COVID-19 virus without knowing it.
Heal them and protect those around them.
Provide a cure for the Coronavirus and heal our economy.
Bring a quick and miraculous end to the darkness in our world.
Whether Your healing comes today, next week, or next month, we believe that You will heal our world.
And we will continue to praise You, even as we wait for answers.
Please deliver us.
With everyone staying at home more, and kids becoming antsy stuck inside, here is a blog with lots of Catholic printouts, crafts, and activity ideas for your children to do at home: https://www.catholicicing.com
It's time to make Vacation Bible School 2020 the best one yet! Come along with us, Moses, and the Isrealites, June 15th - 19th, as we journey to the promised land -- it will be an EPIC adventure, as we learn how God guides and provides!
We Need People Like You to Help Make this Week Possible!
Interested in helping out with VBS this year?
Click here to sign up as a VBS Volunteer
*All volunteers will be needed June 15th - 19th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., and each will have 1 child participant for free, as a way to say thank you for your service.
Registration for VBS will open April...
Statement from Bishop Knestout to the Faithful (March 16th, 2020)
Click to read this afternoon's letter from Bishop Knestout.
Click to learn the latest impacts to parish facilities and programs.
Bishop Knestout's Dispensation for the Most Susceptible (March 12th, 2020)
Until further notice, Bishop Knestout has granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days to the following persons most susceptible to the effects of the Corona virus/COVID 19: those 60 years of age or older; those with chronic illness; and those with immune system de...
Amidst necessary changes due to COVID-19, we have cancelled the Ministry Matters interest meeting, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd. We still encourage you to reflect on how you are uniquely being called to serve God's Church, and if that includes Liturgical Ministry by becoming an Usher, Lector, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for our Saint Bridget parish, we look forward to making that happen as soon as we are able.
Know that we are praying for the health, safety, and healing of our entire parish family and community.
Thank you for your prayers during this time of stress, locally and throughout the world. With prayer, work, and common sense “this too shall pass.”
All Lenten Retreat events have been cancelled (including keynote talks, Mass of the Anointing of the Sick, and the Fish Fry).
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be offered at the end of the daily 8 a.m. Masses next week.
The church is open for your visit to Him every day from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Until further notice, t...
Read More General News
Saint Bridget is seeking nominations for Pastoral Council. Each year, as a select number of members roll off of Pastoral Council, Monsignor Carr works with the Pastoral Council to find new members. If you would like to nominate either yourself, or someone you think would be a good fit for a Pastoral Council position, or to learn more, contact Jen Konesco at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (727) 262-9144 or Ross Grogg at email@example.com or at (845) 489-2169.
Join us at the Pregnancy Resource Center on Sunday, March 29th, as Bishop Knestout and Monsignor Carr bless the PRC's new ultrasound machines (provided by the funds raised through the Saint Bridget Knights of Columbus' "Jennifer Stivers Campaign to Save the Lives of the Most Vulnerable").
Tours of the PRC facilities will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a brief program and blessing at 3 p.m.
The PRC is located at 1510 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230.
Please RSVP to (804) 673-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal
Building Our Family of Faith
Many of you received a letter from Bishop Knestout asking for your support of the 2020 Annual Appeal. Pledge brochures will also be available in the pews at all Masses during the weekends of February 29th/March 1st and March 7th/8th.
In the spirit of the bicentennial, we are hopeful that all our parishioners will make a gift to the 2020 Appeal. Thank you in advance for your support!
Click here for more information.
We invite you to take advantage of the materials and resources made available in the Commons, throughout this Lenten season.
Pick up a Lenten prayer card that will help you be more gracious and merciful to others during your Lenten journey.
Daily Lenten Scripture Reflection
Based on the Church’s Mass readings, Living God’s Word will help you welcome Jesus into your heart by reflecting on his sacrifice, passion and death as you prepare for the great joy of his resurrection at Easter.
Family Devotions and Activities
The reinforcement of our lo...
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