Sunday, March 31, 2013


Vatican City, 30 March 2013 (VIS) – 
The Pope's general prayer intention for April is: "That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful."

His mission intention is: "That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holy Week and Easter

The solemn Holy Thursday Chrism Mass celebrated in the Vatican Basilica opened the Paschal Triduum of Holy Week. During the course of the Mass, celebrated in all the churches and cathedrals throughout the world, priests renew the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience that they made at their ordination. Also, the oil used to anoint catechumens and the oil used to anoint the sick as well as the chrism oil—olive oil scented with balsam—used to anoint those being baptised, confirmed, or receiving Holy Orders is blessed.

The Easter Triduum, from the evening of Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, is the summit of the Liturgical Year .Celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

Schedule of  liturgical services during the Triduum at Sacred Heart Church:

Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm (adoration at the Repository until midnight)

Good Friday Liturgy: Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm

Blessing of the Easter Food: Saturday March30 at Noon
Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter: 8:30pm (with Baptism and Reception of Converts)

On Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Saint Bridget's will take place at 3pm

Sunday, March 24, 2013

World Youth Day

 "Go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19),  is the theme of  this year's World Youth Day which has been celebrated on Palm Sunday for the past 28 years.
In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis addressed the Youth, "I look forward joyfully to this coming July in Rio de Janeiro! I will see you in that great city in Brazil! Prepare well in your communities—prepare spiritually above all—so that our gathering in Rio may be a sign of faith for the whole world. Young persons, you must tell the world that it's good to follow Jesus, that it's good to go with Jesus. Jesus' message is good. It's good to go outside ourselves to the ends of the earth and of existence to bring Jesus! "

Pope Francis Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass

 More than 250 thousand people gathered this morning to attend Palm Sunday Mass, which Pope Francis celebrated in St. Peter's Square. For the thirteenth consecutive year, the olive trees and branches that adorned St. Peter's Square and were distributed to the faithful present were a gift from the Puglia region of Italy. The floral design that decorated the altar this year reflected the geography of the five continents: 60,000 olive branches were mixed with grasses and peach leaves, thyme, myrtle, ferns, strawberries, broom, lilies, wallflowers, and celery-leaved buttercups. The two centuries-old olive trees that were placed at the foot of the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul in the square will be planted in the Vatican Gardens after the Mass.
The celebration began at 9:15am with a procession of palm branches in which 620 persons—cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, children, and lay persons—participated. Some 2,000 palm branches were brought in from the Ligurian towns of San Remo and Bordighera in Northern Italy, as has been the tradition now for five centuries. The Pope entered the square while the choir and crowd sang the Hosanna. After reaching the foot of the square's obelisk, the Pope blessed the palms and olive branches of those in the square.
The procession then continued to the altar on the Sagrato of the Basilica. The Pope carried one of the three-metre long palm branches, which had been artistically braided so as to represent the Holy Trinity. Concelebrating with the Pope were: Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome; Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity; and, Archbishop Filippo Iannone, O. Carm., vice gerent of the diocese of Rome.
The choir sang the Kyrie while the Pope venerated and incensed the altar. The Liturgy of the Word included readings from Isaiah and St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians. After the Gospel reading of the Passion, proclaimed by three deacons, the Pope's homily focused on three central aspects: Joy, the Cross, and Youth. 
As part of the closing rites of the Mass, the Pope prayed the Angelus. Then, re-entering the Vatican walls, the Pope took a long route through the square, greeting those gathered and being especially attentive to the young and the sick.
(From 24 March 2013 VIS) 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Final Days of Lent

The final Friday evening Lenten Meal for 2013 will take place at Saint Bridget's Hobert Hall at 5pm on March 22nd. The Saint Bridget's Crafters will offer a variety of lovingly  hand-crafted items for purchase by those attending the Fish Fry. All proceeds to benefit Hobert Hall.

As usual, the lenten meal will be followed by Stations of the Cross at 7pm in the church. After the Stations, a priest will be available to hear confessions. Please note: Stations of the Cross at Saint Bridget's will take place at 3pm on the following Friday, Good Friday.

For more information regarding services at Saint Bridget's and Sacred Heart during Holy Week and Easter, please refer to the Saint Bridget's website

Saturday, March 16, 2013


   Vatican City, – Pope Francis has expressed the desire that the Heads and members of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, as well as their Secretaries, and also the President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, continue, provisionally, in their respective positions.The Holy Father wishes to reserve time for reflection, prayer, and dialogue before any final appointment or confirmation.
(from  16 March 2013 VIS)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis: on the virtues Old Age

In his address to the Cardinals assembled in the Vatican today, Pope Francis said

“Courage, dear brothers! Probably half of us are in our old age. Old age, they say, is the seat of wisdom. The old ones have the wisdom that they have earned from walking through life. Like old Simeon and Anna at the temple whose wisdom allowed them to recognize Jesus. Let us give with wisdom to the youth: like good wine that improves with age, let us give the youth the wisdom of our lives.

(Vatican City, 15 March 2013 VIS)

March Calendar Updated

This version includes April days up to the first  NewsLetter for that month
Click to enlarge image

Monday, March 11, 2013

Picture Yourself at Lenten Friday Evening Meal

A slide show of  the Friday Evening Lenten Meals at Saint Bridget's Chester A. Hobert Hall is is now available on the Gallery page of the Saint Bridget website. Check it out here.
Additional photos of the Youth Group's very successful pasta  meal held last Friday will be added when parental permission to show photos of participating youths is received.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Vacante Stamps and Envelopes

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:05 pm .- The Vatican is  selling special stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope.

“They are very important stamps because they are issued only when the Pope is not in his place,” said Mauro Olivieri, the head of the Vatican Post Office.

In a March 7 interview with CNA, Olivieri explained why the post office has already sold over 150,000 sets of Sede Vacante stamps.

“The value is very high for stamp collectors and it’s not just an economical value, but they’re more valuable because it symbolizes a very particular period for the Catholic Church,” he said.The article carried an image of the stamps


Conclave Begins March 12

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2013 / 09:55 am .- After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next Pope on Tuesday, March 12.

“The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013,” Father Federico Lombardi said at 5:36 p.m. Rome time.

The cardinals will celebrate a pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning and “in the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave,” he confirmed

The New York Times online has more in depth coverage (complete with theories and speculation)

Die Welt, a German Language Daily, also has coverage that even Non-German readers may find interesting. Half way down the left side of the page is an insert of KONKLAVE TWEETS with Tweets mostly in English and Spanish by the Cardinals participating in the Conclave. Some of whom are participating in the "adopt a cardinal" thing

Sunday, March 03, 2013

A very Special Donut Sunday at Saint Bridget's

March 3rd, the first first Sunday of the month, was Donut Sunday. It was also the first time Hobert Hall was available for that after-Mass get-together sponsored by the Men's Club.  Parishioners of all ages lingered longer, chatted more and generally enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the new Hall. Once again, encomiums to Jim Kelly and the members of the Men's Club who made the event so successful.
A short Picasa Slide show can be found here. (To view the images at full size,, click Picasa's "slide show" Button)

Friday, March 01, 2013


Vatican City,  Today, the first day of the Sede Vacante, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, has begun to summon the cardinals to the first of the General Congregations, as provided for by the Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis”.It  will take place on Monday, 4 March, at 9:30am in the Synod of Bishops Hall. A second General Congregation is scheduled for 5:00pm.

Following are portions of the text of the letter to each cardinal.

“As prescribed in the Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis” of 22 February 1996 at No. 19, ... I have the duty to officially communicate to Your Eminence the news of the vacancy of the Apostolic See."

“On communicating this to you I fulfil my duty of summoning Your Eminence to the first of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals, to be held on Monday, 4 March, at 9:30am in the Synod of Bishops Room in the Paul VI Hall.”

“The General Congregations will then continue normally until the complete number of Cardinal electors is gathered and the College of Cardinals decides the date for those Cardinal electors to enter into Conclave on the basis of what the recent Motu Proprio of 22 February established regarding modifications in the norms relating to the election of the Roman Pontiff.”

“On my part, I am pleased to take this opportunity to send you my fraternal greetings.”

from   (VIS March 1, 2013)