Monday, March 26, 2012

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION


 Today, March 26, is the Feast of the Annunciation. We celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary's "yes" to God which brought our Savior into the world and secured our salvation.Call upon Mary for her help in saying "yes" to God's will in your life.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pope Begins Journey of Hope

Benedict XVI today began his twenty-third apostolic trip abroad, which is taking him to Mexico and Cuba.

 Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J.characterized the voyage to the heart of the Americas  as a journey of hope. "Hope for Mexicans, a people with immense resources and potential, but currently afflicted by serious problems which weigh on their present and future, first among them the problem of violence".

 Fr. Lombardi also spoke of "hope for Cubans, who feel they are on the threshold of what is potentially a new epoch, in which John Paul II's words on the reciprocal openness of Cuba and the world may be realised in a climate of development, freedom and reconciliation".

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Holy Week and Easter at Saint Bridget's and Sacred Heart


Please note the following services at Saint Bridget's
 Sacred Heart
Confessions
Easter Masses




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Importamce of Lenten Confession

Before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, the Pope talked about the  importance of sacramental Confession during this liturgical season of Lent -- "a time in which to pay greater attention to the voice of God".

"Sometimes", the Pope said, "man loves the shadows more than the light, because he clings to his sin. But it is only by opening himself to the light, by sincerely confessing his sins to God, that he can find true peace and true joy. It is, then, important to make regular use of the Sacrament of Penance, especially during Lent, in order to receive the Lord's forgiveness and intensify our journey of conversion".

The Holy Father also asked the faithful for their prayers for his forthcoming apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba, which is due to begin on Friday.                           VISnews120320   18 March 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH HAS A NEW DOMAIN

 The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has opened a new domain  within the official website of the Holy See. There is a general list of all the texts organised chronologically, and three subgroups of these texts, divided into doctrinal, disciplinary and sacramental documents.
These texts are important for all members of the faithful and in particular for those who are engaged in theological and pastoral work.
A communique by the congregation explains how "wider distribution of the teaching of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is necessary in today's world. The documents of the congregation which have been published since the time of Vatican Council II ... deal with significant questions for the life and mission of the Church and give important doctrinal responses to the challenges of our times. .."

The old domain address of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith remains active within the official website of the Holy See.           Vatican City, 16 March 2012 (VIS) -

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Pope's Prayer Intention for March

 Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for March is: "That the whole world may recognise the contribution of women to the development of society".

His mission intention is: "That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to those who suffer discrimination, persecution or death for the name of Christ, particularly in Asia".
1 March 2012 (VIS)

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Parish is the Place We Learn to Live Our Faith


 On Sunday morning Benedict XVI, as Bishop of Rome, visited the Roman parish of "San Giovanni Battista de La Salle al Torrino", an area in the south of the city inhabited by many young families.

Benedict XVI turned his attention to Sunday's Gospel passage on the Transfiguration. "Jesus took the three disciples [Peter, James and John] with Him to help them understand that the path to glory, the path of dazzling love which vanquishes darkness, involves the total gift of self, …Like the three Apostles in the Gospel, we too need to climb the mountain of the transfiguration and receive the light of God, so that His Face can illuminate our faces. It is in individual and community prayer that we encounter the Lord…You yourselves must become missionaries of Christ to your brothers and sisters wherever they live, work, study or pass their free time. ... Faith must be lived together, and the parish is the place in which we learn to live our faith as part of the 'us' of the Church".
Vatican City,  4 March 2012 (VIS)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Mr. Edward L. Christianson

The funeral mass for Permanent Deacon Christianson will take place at Sacred Heart Church on the morning of Tuesday, March 6. On that day, there will  be no noon Mass at Saint Bridget's. The Woman's Club luncheon meeting scheduled for that day will take place at 12:30PM at the Camino Real Restaurant.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Lenten Project 2012



For their 2012  Lenten Project, the St. Bridget’s Women’s Club has chosen AbbaCare a Christian, non-profit organization providing free and confidential support and counseling for area women facing unplanned pregnancies. Founded in 1988, AbbaCare is completely funded through donation and gifts from individuals, churches, and businesses. Above all, AbbaCare staff seeks to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ in word and deed.If you would like to donate a gift to this worthy cause, you may do so by bringing it to the designated collection point in the narthex on any Sunday during lent ending with Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012. Please do not wrap the gifts.

Items Needed --New
 Infant car seats (Priority need)
Disposable Diapers (Newborn – size 5)
Baby Wipes
 Baby Bottles
 Powdered Infant formula
 Baby Toiletries (lotions, oils, soaps, etc.)
 Baby Blankets, Towels, Washcloths
New Teething toys or rattles
 Sleepers, Onesies or Outfit (Newborn to 6 months) to be used in layette
 Infant sweaters, jackets, clothing (Newborn – 2T)
Good Quality Maternity Clothes
 New Maternity Nursing Bras

New or Gently-Used
Cribs
 High Chairs
 Bassinets
 Swings
 Bouncer seats
 Exer-saucers, etc

Friday, March 02, 2012

Friday Lenten Reminder

Today is the First Friday of March and the second Friday of Lent. The Rosary will be recited after the Noon Mass at Saint Bridget's . At 7 pm there will be stations of the cross led by the Youth Group.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Interfaith Leaders Urge Greater Involvement in Resolving Arab -Israeli Conflict

Today, leaders of major Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations issued a statement on Arab-Israeli Peace. It urged the Administration, Congress and candidates for national office to:
   Address warnings to both sides to prevent violence, and undertake diplomatic efforts, in coordination with the Quartet, to help maintain a durable, effective ceasefire;  and end all attacks on civilians immediately.
   Continue to support Palestinian state-building and economic development capacity, including immediately lifting the Congressional hold on humanitarian aid;
   Support Palestinian efforts to form a government capable of representing the West Bank and Gaza on the essential conditions that it agree to halt violence, respect all existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Israel;
   Urge Israel to halt all settlement expansion, including in East Jerusalem; and
   Urge a resumption of negotiations for a two-state peace agreement, based on U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, and drawing on elements from the Arab Peace Initiative (2002), the unofficial Israeli Peace Initiative (2011), and the Geneva Accord (2003) which might lead to an agreement acceptable to both sides.

The 29 signers of the interfaith statement included Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington; and Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore.

The full statement can be found on the USCCB website.