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.

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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.

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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*

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* See for example
APOSTOLIC LETTER
MANE NOBISCUM DOMINE
OF THE HOLY FATHER
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY
AND FAITHFUL

FOR THE YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST
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 DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS
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.
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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.