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
Source: USCCB
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