Friday, May 31, 2013

JUNE CALENDAR

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

POPE'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JUNE

The Pope's general prayer intention for June is: “That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.”

His mission intention is: “That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.”
(from VIS May 29, 2013)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TWO YEAR OF FAITH EVENTS ANNOUNCED

 Two major events of the Year of Faith were announced in the Vatican today: a worldwide Eucharistic Adoration and the Day Celebrating the Evangelium Vitae.

The first of these events, the Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next Sunday, 2 June from 5:00pm-6:00pm local time. Its theme is: “One Lord, One Faith”, which was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it.  Archbishop Fisichella explained, “It will be an event occurring for the first time in the history of the Church.. The cathedrals of the world will be synchronized with Rome and will, for an hour, be in communion with the Pope in Eucharistic adoration. There has been an incredible response to this initiative, going beyond the cathedrals and involving episcopal conferences, parishes, lay associations, and religious congregations, especially cloistered ones.”

From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, dioceses will be synchronized with St. Peter’s and will pray for the intentions proposed by the Pope.First, “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.”

Pope Francis’ second intention is: “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labor. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence. Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.”

The Day Celebrating the second event, Evangelium Vitae, entitled “Believing May They Have Life”, will take place on June 15 and 16. 15 to 16 June. ”

from VIS Vatican City May 28

More information may follow

Monday, May 27, 2013

Holy Hour at Sacred Heart -- May 28

Bishop Loverde has requested each parish in the diocese to conduct a monthly Holy Hour to pray for the Lord's grace to protect religious liberty, marriage and all human life. The Holy hour for May will be conducted at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30pm.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

British Mum Attributes Brave Actions to her Catholic Faith

Ingrid Loyau-Kennet mother of two, who calmly confronted the murders of Drummer Lee Rigby in a London street Wednesday, attributed her courage to her Catholic faith.
As a practicing Catholic,  “I live my life as a Christian. I believe in thinking about others and loving thy neighbor. We all have a duty to look after each other. A whole group of people walking towards those guys would have found it easy to take those weapons out of their hands. But me, on my own, I couldn't.”

Mrs Loyau-Kennet was travelling on the Number 53 bus through Woolwich in south east London on Wednesday afternoon when she saw a man lying in the road. She immediately got out to help him.
She said: “I took his arm to feel his pulse. There was blood on the pavement where he had been dragged and blood was pouring out of him. Suddenly this excited black man came up to me and said: ‘Get away from the body; don’t touch it.’ I looked up and I could see red hands, a bloodied revolver, bloodied meat cleaver and a butcher’s knife. OK, I thought, this is bad.” After speaking to the first suspect, she asked the second suspect “if he wanted to sit down and give me what he had in his hands”.

Mrs Loyau-Kennet remained with the soldier,  Drummer Lee Rigby, despite an onlooker advising her to move away. She said: “I told her I wasn't leaving; as long as I don’t see professionals here, I’m staying. He knows me; he knows I’m calm. I’m not afraid whatsoever. I’ll stay until something happens.”


From the Catholic Hearald (UK)  More

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Mass at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

 "We give thanks for countless sacrifices and we pray for the families who still suffer the ravages of war. Those scars do not fade easily," said Archbishop Timothy M. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, at a May 19 memorial Mass honoring the nation's war dead and those "wounded warriors" injured in the line of duty. "Those afflicted in mind and body and those who love them still pay the price for defending our way of life," Archbishop Broglio said in his homily at the Mass, celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
From Catholic News Service:  Full Text

Sunday, May 19, 2013

OOPS! Saint Bridget's News Letter not on Catholic Web

I failed to upload the Saint Bridget News Letter by the Saturday Midnight Deadline, so the most recent version of the News Letter will not be available on-line at the Catholic Web this week. For those who did not receive a copy after Mass on Pentecost Sunday,
Here is a copy
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Saint Bridget's Annual Family Picnic

The Date:       2PM, Saturday, June 1st  
The Place:      Bob and Ellie Mackintosh's Farm on Rockdale Lane
Get together:  For an afternoon of conversation and fine  food
                     Fun, games and  farm animals for the little ones to enjoy
Bring a dish to share and a chair to sit on!
For those new to Saint Bridget's, here is a link to a Google Map of Rockdale Farm

Monday, May 13, 2013

Catholic Register Reports Strong Growth in Catholic Population of Rural Southeast


The National Catholic Register reports that new data show that some of the fastest growing dioceses in the country are deep in the U.S. South, and that the strong Southern sense of community, and dialogue with faithful Protestants, are helping power the Church’s growth in the Southeast.

 According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, the number of registered parishioners in the diocese of Atlanta tripled from 322,000 in 2002 to 1,000,000 in 2012. Charleston has seen a 50% increase in parishioners over the last decade, Charlotte grew by a third, as did Little Rock. The Diocese of Knoxville, established 25 years ago, is now the 25th fastest growing in the nation — and would rank near the top if those official figures counted as many as 60,000 unregistered Hispanic congregants, according to a diocesan official.

These dioceses stand in stark contrast to former Catholic strongholds like Boston and Philadelphia where parish consolidations, school closures, and dwindling priests are the norm. “Instead of us closing parishes and closing schools, we’re doing the opposite. We’re in total growth mode,” said Deacon Sean Smith, chancellor for the Diocese of Knoxville.When Knoxville was established as a diocese in 1988 it had 37 parishes. It currently has 51 parishes including four mission parishes. It has also expanded three parishes, built a new high school, and opened one middle-elementary school. Meanwhile, the number of parishioners has doubled.

Among the nation's top 25 high-growth dioceses, nearly half are in the U.S. Southwest, stretching from Fresno, California, , to Laredo, Texas, where  Hispanic immigration has fueled  growth. Hispanic immigration is also a factor in the southeast.  But there, it is more of a secondary contributor. In that region, local Catholics say they have found fertile ground for the renewal of the Church.

Dialogue with Protestants has produced a steady stream of Catholic converts, who  constitute one of the driving forces of growth in the region. Converts do more than just fill pews: they bring enthusiasm and passion for their faith with them into the Church.  Such energy is reflected in the breadth of ministries at the parish level,  Randy Hain, co-founder of The Integrated Catholic Life, an online magazine, notes, “Our Protestant brothers and sisters have done us a great favor. Talking about faith here in the South is like eating, breathing, and sleeping.... There's an openness about faith here which makes it easier to be open about your faith if you’re Catholic.” He  believes that if Catholics in other areas were as open about their faith as Southerners are, there would be a resurgence in the Church. “Let’s worry less about offending others,” Hain said. “Let’s worry more about practicing our faith.”

Another factor is  the greater sense of community associated with the predominantly rural character of the Southeast, as contrasted with the dense urbanization of many Northern states. “I think that is something that is missing from many parishes in the North,” says Lisa Wheeler,  founder of Carmel Communications, a Catholic marketing firm in the Atlanta area. She noted that some of her extended relatives in the Northeast have moved to Protestant churches due to a lack of hospitality in their local parishes.

The difference between rural and urban dioceses can be seen in the number of vocations. “I have seen a trend over the last ten years where the most rural dioceses are tending to generate more seminarians per capita than the major rural metropolitan dioceses,” said Father Thomas Baima, the vice rector at Mundelein Seminary in the Chicago area. He says higher-density cities have greater mobility, meaning young people don’t put down roots and make those long-lasting connections to parish communities out of which vocations arise.

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Friday, May 03, 2013