Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012


Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for January 2013 is: "That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him".

His mission intention is: "That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance".
(VIS 28 December 2012 )

Monday, December 17, 2012

Your Family Advent Calendar

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Has Presented this 

Family Calendar 

to Enrich Your Advent Season Preparations




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wanted: a few Good Men ( and Women)

As indicated below,  several additional Masses are scheduled for Christmas. Additional ushers will be needed for these extra Masses. If you can help, see Jim Willis to volunteer or phone him at 955 7001

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Two Useful Calendars

The Calendars Section at the top of the sidebar of  Saint Bridget's website, contains links to two useful monthly calendars.

The first is the Events Calendar of the Arlington Diocese which features a calendar of activities throughout the diocese. Clicking the date for an entry displays a  pop-up with more detailed information about the event.

The Liturgical Calendar of the USCCB also has a pop-up for each day of the calendar which presents the Reading , the Responsorial Psalm , and the Gospel  for that day.

American Women Religious and Vatican II

The Catholic News Service reports on the December 11th forum  Call & Response: How American Catholic Sisters shaped the Church since Vatican II  which was co-sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.
"It is sisters, as much as anyone, who have shaped the face of the church in the world today," said James P. McCartin, director of the Fordham Center.
"The story of U.S. religious women and a reforming Catholic Church has unfolded amid enormous changes, cultural shake-ups and under contested new developments," said Christine Firer Hinze, co-director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, the event's co-sponsor. Hinze said American women religious have "literally lived their lives on the front lines of issues and debates" in the church and society.
A link to the complete CNS article.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Vile Attack

Fox News,com  reports that a New Jersey-based  atheist group has sponsored a sign in Times Square depicting Santa Claus above an image of Jesus Christ, urging passersby to "Keep the Merry!" and "Dump the Myth!". The huge sign is the latest in vile holiday-themed  attack billboards put up by the group. Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue said , "When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists. But they can't seem to say, 'We simply disagree with you.' They have to insult us."

Read the full story here

New Sacred Heart Website

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church has a new parish website! It illuminates the activities and the people of Saint Bridget’s mother church with a variety of images and slide shows.
 It also contains a series of links to other websites that can help deepen your understanding of our Catholic faith.
We encourage you to accept Father Krempa's invitation to visit the upgraded Sacred Heart website.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Pope's First Tweet - A Blessing

Vatican City--- "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart".
This was Benedict XVI's first tweet, published after the blessing that concluded today's general audience. The Pope used a tablet to send his first tweet, which was transmitted in eight languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic), and displayed on a screen installed in the Paul VI Hall.
Throughout the day the Pope will respond to three questions - submitted from three different continents - selected from those sent during recent days.
The Holy Father already has over one million followers on Twitter. 
(From VIS 12 December 2012)

Saint Bridget's December Calendar

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Friday, December 07, 2012

A Saint for Our Time

In his column for the December 7th issue of the Catholic Pulse, Christopher White reflects on the life of Dorothy Day

Days after the U.S. bishops agreed to proceed with her cause for sainthood, The New York Times ran an article with the following headline: “In Hero of the Catholic Left, a Conservative Cardinal Sees a Saint.” While the Times and other commentators may attempt to politicize the life and work of Dorothy Day, their doing so runs contrary to her life’s witness — for it was her faith, not her politics, that prompted Day to champion the causes she did. Her faith required a consistent life ethic — opposition to abortion, care for the poor, concern for the elderly, compassion for the dying — that defied political categories and was only made possible by the message of the Gospel, in which she anchored all of her life’s efforts.
As the Church continues to reflect on ways in which we can live out the New Evangelization, particularly in this Year of Faith, the witness of Dorothy Day seems most fitting. Day’s faith was actively and publicly lived out on the streets of New York, but it was one that was fostered by a great personal devotion to the saints, Eucharistic adoration, deep prayer, and a spirit of humility.

Mr. White's entire essay may be found here

Thursday, December 06, 2012

More on @Pontifex from Catholic News Service

The Catholic News Service reports
"Starting Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the pope will send messages in eight languages, including Arabic, from eight different Twitter accounts. @Pontifex is the English feed while the other language accounts use an extension of the main handle. For example, the Spanish feed is @Pontifex_es.

The handle "Pontifex" was chosen because it means "pope and bridge builder," said Greg Burke, media adviser for the Vatican's Secretariat of State. The name suggests "reaching out" and bringing unity not just of Catholics "but all men and women of good will," he said.

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the communications council, said the pontifex name also "refers to the office more than the person," that is, it highlights the leader of the church and the Catholic faithful.

A more practical consideration was that numerous permutations of the name Pope Benedict XVI were already taken by other people not affiliated with the pope, whereas the handle "Pontifex" was available."

The full article by Carol Glatz of CNS can be found here.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

How to Speak of God in 140 Characters

  Benedict XVI is now  on Twitter.

“The initiative”,  Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said, “comes from the Pope's desire to utilize all opportunities for communication which technology offers and are characteristic in the world today”.

The official press conference on the opening of the personal twitter account by Benedict XVI and the use of the new media in the Vatican was Monday at 11:30 am Central European Time (5:30 am EST)

Figures show over 500 million people now have Twitter accounts and at least a quarter of them are using it as their main means of daily communication. The Pope is no stranger to the 140 character “tweet” format. In June 2011, he launched the Vatican information portal, with the words: “Dear friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.

If you were unable to view the early morning conference. Here are the essentials:

Pope Benedict XVI will  launch  his new Twitter account at his weekly general audience next week and you can watch it happening live around midday, Rome time, on Wednesday December 12th.  Before December 12th, persons with a twitter account can send questions to the Pope on issues of faith, some of which he’ll try and answer with his first tweets during his general audience that day. The account goes live in eight languages to start with and the official name or handle for English language users is simply @pontifex (with #askpontifex if you want to send in a question of faith).

For a fuller account try this Vatican News Page