Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Weekday Mass Schedule for November

Tuesday, November 1, 2005………... + Ed Byrne
Wednesday, November 2, 2005…….. + Ed Byrne
Thursday, November 3, 2005………..Dina Garcia (Special Intention)
Friday, November 4, 2005…………. + Michael and Regina Hudson

Monday, November 7, 2005……….. + Robert Berude Jr.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005………...Enid Ronan (Special Intention)
Wednesday, November 9, 2005…….. + Mary Ann and Edward Zanieski
Thursday, November 10, 2005……….Anne and Tom Ginader (Special Intention)
Friday, November 11, 2005…………. + Bud Hilbert

Monday, November 14, 2005……….. + William A. Bennie, Sr.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005………...+ Ed Byrne
Wednesday, November 16, 2005……..+ Patricia McMahon
Thursday, November 17, 2005………. + Patricia McMahon
Friday, November 18, 2005…………. .+ Marietta O’Connor

Monday, November 21, 2005……….. Pat Ryan (Special Intention)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005……….. Mary Wagner (Special Intention)
Wednesday, November 23, 2005……. Debra Reid (Special Intention)
Thursday, November 24, 2005……… Keith George (Special Intention)
Friday, November 25, 2005…………. Dr. and Mrs Lon McPherson (Special Intention)

Monday, November 28, 2005……….. +Amelia Murray
Tuesday, November 29, 2005……...…+ Bud Corrigan
Wednesday, November 30, 2005……..+ Alistair Gare

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

NOTICE:Diocesan Pilgrimage

Saturday October 15, 2005,
The Arlington Diocesan Pilgrimage  takes place at the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
in Washington D.C.
For more Information:  Call Ann Meier 703 478 3490

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Weekday Mass Schedule for October

Monday, October 3, 2005……………..Jake Drahos +
Tuesday, October 4, 2005…………….Special Intention: Griffin family
Wednesday, October 5, 2005…………Jake Drahos +
Thursday, October 6, 2005 …………..Laurel Gregorio III +
Friday, October 7, 2005……………….Special Intention: Sue Lewandowski

Monday, October 10, 2005……………..Ann & Thomas Ginader +
Tuesday, October 11, 2005……………. Jake Drahos +
Wednesday, October 12, 2005………….Carol Fulmer +
Thursday, October 13, 2005 …………...Special Intention: Mary Wagner
Friday, October 14, 2005………………..Special Intention: Matthew Walworth

Monday, October 17, 2005……………....Paul Andrew Bodnareck +
Tuesday, October 18, 2005……………...Special Intention: Enid Renin
Wednesday, October 19, 2005………….Stephen Patrick Gallagher +
Thursday, October 20, 2005 …………..Nina Pearson +
Friday, October 21, 2005………………..Irene Benson +

Monday, October 24, 2005……………..Communion Service
Tuesday, October 25, 2005……………. Communion Service
Wednesday, October 26, 2005………….Leonore Pownall +
Thursday, October 27, 2005 ……………Patricia McMahon +
Friday, October 28, 2005………………..Special Intention: Bob and Rose Seale

Monday, October 31, 2005……………..Ted Balash +

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


  • After the Hurricane
    • From Father Krempa
      Our diocese is initiating an inventory of local resources to determine what help can be given to any evacuees who may move temporarily into this area. The types of services being identified are shelter in private homes, the provision of food on a regular basis, various medical and legal services, volunteers to assist with resettlement and the availibility of a central storage space for food, clothing etc.
      As of now there is no determined plan and no local needs that are imminent. Of course, this may change. This is simply to let you know that the diocese is making an assessment and we may do a more concrete survey if anything definite materializes.

  • Katrina Relief
    • There will be a collection to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina at the 9 am Mass on Sunday, September 18. Please be generous. For additional information, see the Web site for the Arlington Diocese (Link at left) and click on Hurricane Katrina Relief Information.

    Sunday, September 04, 2005

    Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


    • Annual Church Picnic
      • Sunday, September 11, 2-6 pm Clarke County Park Kiwanis Shelter
        Bring covered dish for self + 2 others, soft drinks, chairs - no alcohol.

    • Womens's Club Meeting
      • Tuesday, September 6 after 12:05 pm Mass.

    • Fish Sunday
      • Sunday, September 11. Please bring non-perishables to narthex.

    • Katrina Relief
      • There will be a collection to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina at the 9 am Mass on Sunday, September 18. Please be generous. For additional information, see the Web site for the Arlington Diocese (Link at left) and click on Hurricane Katrina Relief Information.

    Sunday, May 22, 2005

    Trinity Sunday

    Congratulations to the Children of Saint Bridget's First Communion Class of 2005 Who Received First Holy Communion at Today's Mass

    • Christophe Aguemon, Eucolona Bonett, Caitlin Garvis

    • Matthew Herter, Olivia N. Hovis, Alex Leeds

    • Rachel Leeds, Samuel I. McClure, Madisyn Mettenburg

    • Margaret M. Mulry, Christopher Phipps, Luke Pierson

    • Brian Rhodes, Olivia Scott, Anna Li Stauffer

    Sunday, February 27, 2005

    Third Sunday in Lent

    Next week we come to the mid-point of Lent for this year and examine the success of our Lenten resolutions. Our Friday Lenten suppers have been very successful. They have been relaxing times of fellowship while the donations given at each one support some very worthy cause.
    You have heard about the Bishop's Lenten Appeal, the diocesan wide effort to support the ongoing work of the Church of Arlington. This weekend you will hear a taped message from Bishop Loverde at all our masses. [Link to a video of the Bishop's message.]
    During this Year of the Eucharist, we have been emphasizing a commitment to the Adoration Chapel. It is a wonderful place to be in the presence of the Lord. Whether you consider it your personal "holy mountain" or "desert place" or life-giving-well", the Chapel not only places you in the presence of Christ because of his Real Presence in the Eucharist, it also connects us with all other Catholics wherever they are.
    I came across a reflection the other day that emphasizes the Eucharist as the point of connection among us. It describes the moment after receiving Holy Communion:
    ...Returning to my place,
    concious of the Gift within
    the sweetness of the Lord still in my mouth...
    Shuffling to my place,
    people squeezing by, settling down,
    a child cries,
    a couple share a whisper and a smile,
    the shuffling of feet and papers,
    the Word is made very flesh
    and dwells among us
    in hidden silence
    holding us all
    in hidden unity

    Another reflection for this Year of the Eucharist...
    In our Lord,
    Father Stan Krempa

    Sunday, February 20, 2005

    Second Sunday in Lent

    Bishop's Lenten Appeal This weekend begins our 2005 Bishop's Lenten Appeal. This is an opportunity for us to unite with all Catholics in our area to share our blessings and to show concern for one another. Your gift is important. Please assist the work of vocations, Catholic Charities, family life and all the other services implemented and initiated by our diocese. Please be as generous as God has been to you. Every gift is important to the success of this appeal.

    Baby Shower for ABBA Pregnancy Care Center of Winchester
    Hosted by the Saint Bridget's Women's Club

    Sunday March 20 at D.G. Cooley Elementary School Cafeteria 10:15 to 11AM.
    All the women of Saint Bridget's are invited. Meet old friends, make new friends and learn about the Women's Club and its programs.
    Please bring an unwrapped gift for ABBA.
    ABBA's WishList
    NEW: diapers (sizes 3&4), newborn sleepers and onesies, receiving blankets, wipes, caps/booties (newborn or small)
    NEWorNEAR NEW: newborn clothes, onsies or sleepers, caps/booties, maternity clothes,nursing bras (34-38 B&C), crib sheets, baby towels, washcloths
    Also: cribs that meet federal standards (slat spacing no more than 2 3/8 in)and car seats less than 5 years old that have not been involved in any accidents.

    Mark Your Calendar!
    Sunday, April 3rd is the Parish Breakfast
    Sponsored by the Men's and Women's Clubs of Saint Bridget's

    Sunday, February 13, 2005

    First Sunday in Lent

    Bishop's Lenten Appeal
    Every year Lent is the time when we have the Bishop's Lenten Appeal. The capital campaign we had two years ago was geared toward new construction and new features of the Diocese. The Bishop's Lenten Appeal is designed to assist ongoing operations: seminary education, and purchase of land for new parishes, Catholic Charities, Chancery offices such as the Tribunal, Spanish Apostolate and Youth Ministry. Please read the materials you will receive in the mail and listen to the presentations that will be given in church throughout the Lenten season.
    Our goal this year at Sacred Heart is $83,500. The goal at Saint Bridget's is $10,000. We will have a regular progress report for you as we are notified by the Chancery.
    In Our Lord,
    Father Stan Krempa

    To read the Bishop's letter concerning the Lenten Appeal, click this link.

    Thursday, February 10, 2005

    Pope John Paul II Recovers

    The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope John Paul II has recovered and will be returning to the papal apartment.

    Chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the 84-year-old pope has been cured from the breathing crisis which led to his urgent hospitalization.
    Dr. Navarro-Valls also said the pope's general health condition continues
    to improve. He said a series of medical tests on the pope, including a CAT scan, showed he was not suffering from any other medical problems.

    The Vatican did not provide any details about the pope's schedule after his return from the hospital. The Vatican spokesman said the pope would take a look at his schedule and then decide with his doctors. (From Voice of America News)

    Tuesday, February 08, 2005

    Sunday, February 06, 2005

    Ash Wednesday, Wednesday February 9th

    For times of Mass and a review of the laws of fast and abstinence see Lenten Note posted on Jan 30, 2005

    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    A Thought from the Pastor
    This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we begin our annual Lenten preparation for Easter. Usually, people decide to "give something up" for Lent. This is a good and measurable way of showing our spiritual commitment to this ancient and holy season. Lent is also a time for strengthening and refreshing our faith.
    As I mentioned a few weeks ago, whatever else we may choose to do during Lent, consider spending an hour a week in our Adoration Chapel during the Lenten season. It is a place away from distractions, filled with silence and centered on the Lord. Designate a particular hour during the week when you will be there and keep that discipline faithfully.
    Lent is a time for all of us to make resolutions that will enable us to be stronger followers of Christ. We will choose a variety of things to do depending on the needs of our spiritual life. But one practice we can all embrace is time with the Lord in the Adoration Chapel.
    In our Lord
    Father Stan Krempa

    USCCB Distributes 2005 Source Book

    The United State’s Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has distributed to media the 2005 Source Book, a media research tool produced annually by the USCCB media relations staff.

    The 2005 Source Book notes that in the United States there are:
    67,259,769 Catholics (23% of the U.S. population)
    44,212 Priests
    4,330 Seminarians
    14,693 Permanent deacons
    71,486 Religious sisters
    5,504 Religious brothers.

    The 2005 Source Book also notes that according to latest available annual statistics, there were:
    985,141 Infant Baptisms
    76,829 Adult Baptisms
    75,429 Persons received into Full Communion
    through conversion from another Christian Church
    3,319,454 Students educated in Catholic schools and colleges
    83,898,575 Patients treated in Catholic hospitals
    4,251,107 Patients treated in other Catholic healthcare institutions
    7,134,551 Individuals in need of help who were assisted by Catholic Charities.
    Information from the 2005 Source Book can also be located on the Web at www.usccb.org.
    Source: USCCB
    © USCCB. All rights reserved

    Sunday, January 30, 2005

    Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Inclement Weather
    The snow/ice storm during the night of Jan29-30, prevented many people from attending Mass on January 30. Since those who were unable to attend Mass, did not receive a Sacred Heart Bulletin or the Saint Bridget's News Letter, this Online Bulletin is longer than usual.

    Up Coming events at Saint Bridget's

    Tuesday, February 1: Monthly Women's Club Meeting at Cindy's in Boyce after the 12:05 Mass. Several proposed projects for the year are on the agenda for discussion.

    Thursday, February 3 is Saint Blaise day. The traditional blessing of throats will take place at the 12:05 Mass at Saint Bridget's.

    Friday, February 4: Innagural meeting of the Rosary/Altar Society after the 12:05 Mass. In the future, the Society will meet on the First Friday of every month for a recitation of the rosary.

    Sunday, February 6: The Men's Club will provide coffee and donuts after Mass.

    Wednesday, February 9: Ash Wednesday: See Lenten Note.

    Sunday, February 13 is Scout Sunday at Saint Bridget's. All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are asked to attend Mass in uniform.

    Sunday, February 13 is FISH Sunday. Please bring donations of non-perishable foods and paper products to Saint Bridget's at the 9 am Mass.

    Wednesday, February 16th is a day of diocesan recollection for priests of the diocese. Father Krempa and Father Kelly are required to attend and will not be available to celebrate the weekday Mass at Saint Bridget's. A Communion service will be held at Saint Bridget's in place of the usual 12: 05 pm Mass.

    From the Pastor's Corner January 30, 2005

    Now and then, we will not be able to have a daily Mass at St. Bridget's when a diocesan event requires Father Kelly and myself to be there. We will then have a Communion service instead. We will try to announce these times in advance and give notice to those who requested the Mass on that day be said for a specific intention.
    In Our Lord,
    Father Stan Krempa

    Lenten Note

    Wednesday February 9th is Ash Wednesday. Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday.

    At Saint Bridget's: Ashes will be distributed after the 12:05 pm Mass.
    Sacred Heart Mass Schedule: 7:00 am, 8:30 am, Noon, 7:00 pm. Ashes will be distributed after all Masses.

    Fasting and Abstinence. Everyone over the age of 14 years is bound to observe the law of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on all Fridays within the season of Lent, Passiontide and Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, everyone over the age of 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year is also bound to observe the law of fast. On these two days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only days of both fast and abstinence.

    Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during the Lenten season there will be Stations of the Cross at 7:30 pm in Sacred Heart Church. Confessions will follow.

    Sunday, January 23, 2005

    From "January Notes" by Father Krempa

    January is a busy month in any parish. It is the month of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The bus for the March will leave Sacred Heart on Monday after the 8:30AM Mass, about 9:15. If you are unable to go to the March, consider stopping in the church during the day to say the rosary for an end to abortion, the recovery of respect for all human life and for God's blessing on those who take part in the March.


    We collected a stunning $27,745 for the Tsunami relief collection here at Sacred Heart. At Berryville, we collected $3,975. We will forward the money to the Diocese to be transmitted to Catholic Relief Services.


    Lent is just a few weeks away and this might be a good time to start planning what we will do for Lent to strengthen our spiritual life. Consider coming to the Adoration Chapel to do that reading, meditation, reflection and deeper prayer you have always been wanting to do. This "Year of the Eucharist" is a good moment to read or reread some of the Holy Father's profound reflections on the mysteries of the Eucharist and its place in our life that he has written over the years. All of them are available on the Internet*


    * See for example

    OCTOBER 2004–OCTOBER 2005

    Support Our Troops

    Please consider attending Mass at Saint Bridget's on January 24 at 12:05pm for our men and women in uniform.

    Sunday, January 16, 2005

    From the Bulletin of January 16, 2005

    The election campaign was vigorously fought as we participated in a strong debate about the future policy directions of our country. Inaugration Day is a time to come together as a people. As we reaffirm our faith in the democratic process and the ideals we hold to be important, this is a time to hold up our President, Vice-president and Congress in prayer.
    Many important issues in domestic and foreign policy face our leaders. Whatever our political affiliation might be, it is important that we pray for our administration because it will make choices that affect us all. We can pray that God's grace and wisdom will guide our President and the Congress.
    May the Lord bless President Bush, VicePresident Cheney and the new Congress with wisdom, health and grace.
    In Our Lord,
    Father Stan Krempa

    Sunday, January 09, 2005

    Tsunami Disaster: Bishop Loverde's letter

    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

    As you know, the tsunami in South Asia has left thousands upon thousands dead and uprooted millions from their homes. The death toll is expected to rise. There is a severe shortage of healthy water, food and medical supplies and service. As followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot fail to express our solidarity with those who have suffered such terrible losses.

    Our solidarity is manifested above all in prayer. I would ask you to continue to include the victims of this terrible disaster in your daily prayer.

    Our solidarity is also manifested in practical acts of charity. Given the severity of the situation, I ask for your cooperation in contributing to a special second collection next weekend, January 15 and 16, 2005, at all the Masses. For those who wish to contribute by check, please make the check payable to your parish and mark the check Tsunami Emergency. In turn, the diocese will forward all the collected funds to The Catholic Relief Services,(CRS) in Baltimore to assist that reputable Catholic organization in addressing this severe crisis situation.

    Yes, during this holy Christmas season, we have seen the Infant Savior lying in a manger, with arms outstretched to receive the love in our hearts. He is now even more visibly present in each victim of the disaster in South Asia. Let us reach out to Him by offering them the support of our prayers and assistance.

    United with you in the outreach of love, I remain,

    Faithfully in Christ,
    Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
    Bishop of Arlington

    Sunday, January 02, 2005

    Giving Tree Update

    The Giving Tree for Christmas 2004 was an overwhelming success. Together, we succeeded in contributing to a happier Christmas for 27 families. Thanks to all who participated.

    Special Collection to aid Tsunami Victims

    A second collection will be held at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 16th to aid the millions of people suffering from the the earthquake and tsunami that devastated countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

    Next Fish Sunday is January 9

    The second Sunday of the month is Fish Sunday (January 9th). Please bring non-perishable food items (especially peanut butter and jelly/jam) and paper products to the bins that will be provided in the narthex. Toiletries, laundry soap and even postage stamps are greatly appreciated.

    January Meeting of the Women's Club

    The Women's Club meeting wil be held on Tuesday, January 4, at Cindy's Restaurant after the 12:05 Mass

    Thought for A New Year

    The month of January is named after the old Roman god, Janus. Janus was the god of beginnings. He was often portrayed with two faces, one (usually bearded) looking backward and the other (usually clean shaven) looking forward. There was a temple to him in Rome on a hill named after him, the Janiculum hill. He was also the god of gateways. The latin word for door, janua, coincides with his name.
    All of which is a kind of historical preface to the fact that a new year is a doorway for all of us. We look backward on how God's grace has touched our life over the past year and we know that God's grace will be with us in whatever the future holds.
    May you have a grace-filled new year.

    In our Lord,
    Father Stan Krempa

    Mass Schedule at Saint Bridget's Chapel

    Weekdays: Monday - Friday 12:05 p.m.

    Sunday: 9:00 a.m.