Monday, April 29, 2013

Bishop Loverde Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Vatican City, 29 April 2013 (VIS) – The Pope's general prayer intention for May is: "That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience."
His mission intention is: “That seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.”

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

British "Succession to the Crown" Bill Awaits Royal Assent

The Succession to the Crown bill passed its third reading in the British House of Lords, and, having passed through both Houses of Parliament, requires only Royal Assent before it becomes law.

The legislation will  end the rule of male primogeniture and permit female first-borns to have the right of succession over any young brothers. And, for the first time in more than 300 years, a British monarch would be allowed to marry a Catholic. The sections of the 1701 Act of Settlement that require the sovereign to be a member of the Church of England will remain in place.

During debate on the Bill in the House of Lords, the question arose whether a member of the royal family who marries a Catholic  would be obliged to bring up their children in the Catholic faith.

According to the Catholic News Service:
"Lord Wallace of Tankerness, speaking on behalf of the government, said he had been assured personally by Msgr. Marcus Stock, general secretary of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, that the canonical requirement of Catholics to raise their children in the faith was not always binding."
"I have the specific consent of Msgr. Stock to say that he was speaking on behalf of Archbishop (Vincent) Nichols (of Westminster) as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and can inform the House that the view taken by the Catholic Church in England and Wales is that, in the instance of mixed marriages, the approach of the Catholic Church is pastoral," he said.
"It will always look to provide guidance that supports and strengthens the unity and indissolubility of the marriage," Lord Wallace said.
"In this context the Catholic Church expects Catholic spouses to sincerely undertake to do all that they can to raise children in the Catholic Church," he continued. "Where it has not been possible for the child of a mixed marriage to be brought up as a Catholic, the Catholic parent does not fall subject to the censure of canon law."

Complete CNS article here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Youth Bash April 27th

Music, games, speakers and fun for all middle schoolers
at Bishop O'Connell High School from 3:30PM to 10:00PM.
Cost is $10.00. Reg deadline is April 21st.
See Tricia Russman or email


Saint Bridget's Men’s Club April breakfast meeting will, as usual,  be on the last Saturday of the month iat 9:00 A.M. in Hobert Hall. All men of St. Bridget’s (18 years and older) are encouraged to join the club. If you are unable to attend meetings, but wish to be included as a member of the Men’s Club, please contact Jim Kelly at (540) 955-4632 or

Saint Bridget's Annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 21 -------- Same Great Menu: Improved Venue!

The St. Bridget's Men’s Club will be holding its annual spring pancake breakfast
at Hobert Hall following the 9:00 o'clock mass. There is no charge for breakfast;
however, donations are graciously accepted.  This will be another opportunity for families to enjoy a good meal and good fellowship.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Update on Hobert Hall Kitchen Needs

Jim Willis reports:,
    Ok, we had a good meeting after Mass and came up with a few items to add to our list. First lets give a hardy thank you to Dolly and Bob Lyle for jumping right in on shorting the list, even before we discussed adding anything they have purchased and donated a brand new 4 slice toaster.
    After careful discussion and review of what is on hand in the kitchen, below is a list of what we still need for a fully functioning commercial kitchen. Please share with your significant other; they might have suggestions for items we missed.

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Pope Francis Celebrates Mass on Third Sunday of Easter

On the Third Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis presided over Mass at Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls on his first visit to that basilica as Bishop of Rome. The following is an excerpt from his homily in which he spoke of the duty  that we all have to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel...

" In God’s great plan, every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships. There are the saints of every day, the 'hidden' saints, a sort of 'middle class of holiness', as a French author said, that 'middle class of holiness' to which we can all belong.
But in different parts of the world, there are also those who suffer ... on account of the Gospel; there are those who give their lives in order to remain faithful to Christ ... Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life. I am thinking now of some advice that Saint Francis of Assisi gave his brothers: 'Preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words'. Preaching with your life, with your witness. Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility.”
(From VIS 15 April 2013 )

Sunday, April 14, 2013



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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Furnishing the Hobert Hall Kitchen

Jim Willis reports:
Some of the members of the Men’s Club (MC) and 1 or 2 of the Ladies Club members for liaison, are meeting over in the Hobert Hall kitchen after Mass. We hope to go over what is needed within the kitchen and what the ladies are already committed to in the hall. Any MC member that has anything to add is welcome and while we are at it, you can load up on treats from the CCD bake sale. 

Jim also notes that there is a recognized need for:

Toaster (4 slice)
Skillets 15.5” Commercial - 2
Skillets 8/10.5” Commercial - 2
Trash can, plastic – large, 1 at least
Crock pot – Large, 1 at least

New Improved Sacred Heart Picnic -- June 2

 In case you missed Sunday's Sacred Heart Bulletin
Susie Angle  is in charge of the annual Sacred Heart Picnic, and she has made some interesting improvements in the format. Susie says that this year volunteers staffing the picnic will  have as much fun as the attendees. And, according to Susie, "when you volunteer, you actually get to know the people sitting in the pews around you each Sunday."

Cardinal O'Mally appointed to Papal Advisory Group

Vatican City,  Full text of a communique issued today by the Secretariat of State:

“The Holy Father Francis, taking up a suggestion that emerged during the General Congregations preceding the Conclave, has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus'.
The group consists of:
Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State;
Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Chile;
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India;
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany;
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo;
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley O.F.M., archbishop of Boston, USA;
Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia;
Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the role of coordinator; and
Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, in the role of secretary.
The group's first meeting has been scheduled for 1-3 October 2013. His Holiness is, however, currently in contact with the aforementioned cardinals.”
(From: VIS 13 April 2013  )

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Registration Form

The Sacred Heart Church Registration Form now provides a space to indicate registration at  Sacred Heart of Jesus  or Saint Bridget's  Chapel. The official form is printed on heavy stock and will be available in the Narthex.

Friday, April 05, 2013


Vatican City,  This morning the Holy Father received in audience Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A communique released by that dicastery reads that, during the course of the audience, various issues pertaining to the Congregation were discussed. In particular, the Holy Father recommended that the Congregation, continuing along the lines set by Benedict XVI, act decisively with regard to cases of sexual abuse, first of all by 
promoting measures for the protection of minors, as well as in 
offering assistance to those who have suffered abuse, 
carrying out due proceedings against the guilty, and in the 
commitment of bishops' conferences to formulate and implement the necessary directives in this area that is so important for the Church's witness and credibility. 

The Holy Father assured that victims of abuse are present in a particular way in his prayers for those who are suffering.
(From VIS 5 April 2013)

Thursday, April 04, 2013

April Calendar

The April Calendar
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Pope Francis General Audience for April 4th

The Resurrection, the heart of the Christian message, and the two ways it is announced—profession of faith and narration—were the themes with which Pope Francis returned to the catechesis for the Year of Faith in Wednesday's  general audience.
A lengthy extract follows:

Francis spoke first of professions of faith.. Examples can be found in the Letter to the Corinthians or the Letter to the Romans in which St. Paul writes: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9). From the Church's first steps, her faith in the Mystery of Jesus' Death and Resurrection has been steadfast and clear.”

The Pope  emphasized the witness that takes the form of a story, recalling above all that, in these types of testimonials, women are the first witnesses. They are the ones who, at dawn, go to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body and find the first sign: the empty tomb. They then encounter the divine messenger who tells them: Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified One, is not here. He is risen.
“The women,” he attested, “are compelled by love and know how to welcome this announcement with faith. They believe and immediately they share [the announcement]. They don't keep it for themselves but convey it. They can't contain the joy of knowing that Jesus is alive, the hope that fills their hearts. This should also happen in our lives. We should feel the joy of being Christians! We believe in the Risen One who has conquered evil and death! We must have the courage to 'go out' to bring this joy and this light to all the areas of our lives. Christ's Resurrection is our greatest certainty. It is our most precious treasure! How can we not share this treasure, this certainty, with others? It is not just for us: it is to be proclaimed; to be given to others; to be shared with others. This is precisely our witness.”
Francis noted another element of the profession of faith in the New Testament: that only men are recorded as witnesses of the Resurrection, the Apostles but no women. “This is because,” he explained, “according to Jewish law of the time, women and children couldn't give reliable, credible witness. In the Gospels, however, women have a primary, fundamental role. We can see here an argument in favor of the historical actuality of the Resurrection. If it had been made up, in the context of the time, it would not have been connected to the testimonials of women. The evangelists instead simply narrate what had happened: the women were the first witnesses. This says that God's choices are not made in accordance with human criteria. The first witnesses of Jesus' birth are the shepherds, simple and humble people. The first witnesses of the Resurrection are women. This is beautiful. And this is a bit the mission of women, of mothers and women: witnessing to their children and their grandchildren that Jesus is alive. He is the Living One. He is the Risen One. Mothers and women, go forward with this witness! For God, what counts is our hearts.”
“This also leads us to reflect on how women, in the Church and in the journey of faith, have had and still today have a unique role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and conveying his face, because seeing with faith always takes love's gaze, which is simple and profound. It is more difficult for the Apostles and disciples to believe: not for the women. Peter runs to the tomb, but stops before the empty tomb. Thomas has to touch the wounds on Jesus' body with his own hands. Even in our faith journeys it is important to know and to feel that God loves us; not to be afraid to love him: faith is professed with the mouth and with the heart, with words and with love.”
(From 3 April 2013 VIS)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Easter Celebrated Across the Globe

Sunday's Online issue of USA TODAY carries an interesting collection of photos of the celebration of Easter throughout the world.
Click the image of Pope Francis delivering his Easter Homily to start the slide show. Move through the slides by clicking the right-arrow (">"). After clicking by the first three or four secular images, you will find Catholics and other Christians celebrating Holy Week and Easter in countries where Christians are a tiny (often oppressed) minority. (Use the right arrow to move by the advertisements and odd secular images interspersed throughout the slide show0