Friday, June 28, 2013


The Pope's general prayer intention for July is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.”
His mission intention is: “That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.”
(from VIS 28 June 2013)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree, dated 1 May and signed by the prefect of that dicastery, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, which provides that, after the Blessed Virgin Mary, the name of her husband St. Joseph also be read in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. St. Joseph’s name is already included in Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon.

On the same day that the Vatican announced that the name of St. Joseph will now be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used at Mass, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) confirmed that “the revised prayers are approved to be used immediately.”
The USCCB also published the revised wording of Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV in Latin, English, and Spanish; 

In English, the formulas are:

In Eucharistic Prayer II:
that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles ...

In Eucharistic Prayer III:
with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs ...

In Eucharistic Prayer IV:
with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
and with your Apostles ...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Saint Bridget's Pastoral Council and Finance Comittee Membership

Father Krempa has announced that Jodi Bonett, Mike Hobert, Mike Malucci and Stacey Sefton will serve as members of Saint Bridget's Pastoral Council for a two year term.
Ellen Pesto, Carl Hales and Michael Ware are members of the Finance Comittee for a similiar term.
Regular meetings of the groups will commence in July and expansion of membership of the groups could be considered thereafter.

Bake Sale on June 16th to benefit MacArthur Family

The Bake Sale following Mass next Sunday, is  for the benefit of the MacArthur Family.
Adam MacArthur, a parishioner at St. Bridget’s, has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
We ask everyone to support this bake sale  by baking, buying, and/or just donating.

Baked goods should be brought to Hobert Hall before Mass on Sunday, June 16th.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Knights of Columbus Schedules Capitol Hill Prayer Vigil

On the evening of June 22, the Knights of Columbus will hold a prayer vigil at the U.S. Capitol Building as part of the second Fortnight for Freedom which runs from June 21 to July 4. .The vigil will include readings, recitation of the rosary and Night Prayer sung by the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. The vigil highlights recent threats to religious freedom and concerns over immigration and humanitarian services.
“Of all of our unalienable rights, the founders of our country chose to put religious liberty first in our Bill of Rights,” Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus said in a statement June 11. “As we gather, we will pray that those God-given rights be respected and protected by our government.”

The prayer vigil will be held on the feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, martyrs who died in defense of religious liberty and freedom of conscience under Henry VIII of England. The vigil will begin following a 7 p.m. Mass held at St. Joseph's parish on Capitol Hill.
(From EWTN News)   Read more

Monday, June 10, 2013

Welcome to Parochial Vicar Bartlett ---- Congratulations to Past Parochial Vicar Zuberbueler

Reverend Matthew H. Zuberbueler  who has served as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Bridget's Churches, and more recently as Parochial Administrator of the Church of Saint Louis in Alexandria has been  appointed as Pastor of the Church of Saint Louis in Alexandria effective effective on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

REVEREND BRENDAN BARTLETT was ordained by Bishop Loverde this June and appointed as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart and Saint Bridget's

Father Bartlett

Pope Francis Speaks About Religious Freedom

On the occasion of the official state visit of the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, the Pope observed that 2013 marks the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, a symbol for many of the first affirmation of the principle of religious freedom. 
The Pope then noted that In today's world, religious freedom is more often asserted than accomplished. And  outrages inflicted on this primary right are a source of serious concern.

“Against every attack, the unanimous reaction of the world's countries must be seen reaffirming the inviolable dignity of the human person. It is the duty of all to defend religious freedom and to promote it for all. In sharing the protection of this moral good is also found a guarantee of the growth and development of the entire community.”  He mentioned the “profound and persistent” world crisis with its “economic and social problems, which weigh especially upon the weakest part of society”. 
And he noted some particularly troubling phenomena such as “the weakening of family and social ties, the decreasing population, the prevalence of mentalities favoring profit over work, and the insufficient attention paid to younger generations and their formation”.
(from: VIS 8 June 2013 )
Full text of VIS item here

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The New Evangelization - Most Popular Washington Post Local News Article

The front page of today's Washington Post headlines a lengthy article by Michelle Boorstein entitled "A Catholic Campaign:' The new evangelization'

Ms Boorstein notes:
 “the new evangelization, is a term first used by Pope John Paul II and made more specific by Pope Benedict XVI, who declared October 2012 through November 2013 a year for Catholics to re-educate themselves and plunge more deeply into church teachings and practices .....Pope Francis used his weekly public address a few weeks ago to explain the campaign, saying Catholicism “does not grow by means of proselytizing” but 'by attraction, by witnessing, by preaching.......
The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Canadian priest who works with the Vatican’s press office, had a list of what the effort is not...'It’s not a public relations campaign to bolster the troops. It’s not a whitewash. It’s not proselytizing nor some media strategy. It is a new way of telling the old story to people of today. It’s a bridge, an outreach; it’s a new lens, a new perspective,' Rosica said."

The article chronicles the burgeoning of the new evangelization in the district of Columbia with several accompanying photos. To read the article and the comments on Saturday's most popular Local News article go to the Post's website

Thursday, June 06, 2013


For the first time in 95 years, the Russian faithful of Saint Petersburg were allowed to celebrate the  feast of Corpus Christi by taking the blessed Host on a three kilometer journey between the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Catherine of Alexandria. Members of religious orders, fraternities and numerous children celebrated the  feast of Corpus Christi by taking the blessed Host on an historic three kilometer procession through the streets of Saint Petersburg escorted  by police.

The last Corpus Christi procession had taken place 1918. Since then, all public religious festivals and rituals had been forbidden, ending a centuries long tradition common to both the Eastern and the Western Churches. The faithful were only allowed to hold processions within their churches, but, until this year, were strictly prevented from taking them to the streets.

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(From: ROME REPORTS TV News Agency)

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

USCCB Anounces Dates for Peter’s Pence Collection in United States Dioceses

The  theme of the 2013 Peter's  Pence Collection is “Be a Pilgrim of Charity” and emphasizes the role of Catholics in allowing Christ’s love to reach others.
During his Urbi et Orbi message on Easter, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to   become agents of Gods  mercy and " channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”
 Contributing to the Peter’s Pence Collection affords Catholics an opportunity to support the Pontiff in his charitable works throughout the world. The worldwide Peter's Pence Collection  supports victims of war, oppression, religious persecution, natural disasters and other human promotion projects around the world. It also assists seminaries and institutes of Christian formation in developing countries.

On June 4th the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that Peter’s Pence Collection will be held in most dioceses of the United States on the weekend of June 29-30th. More information about  found here on  the USCCB  website.

Monday, June 03, 2013


Thanks to the camera work of Michael Hobert, pictures from Saint Bridget's Annual Picnic are available on  the SB website. To see the slide show Click Here


On 3 June 1963, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, popularly referred to as 'the Good Pope', died after a five-year long pontificate that left its mark on the Church with historic reforms.

His might have seemed destined to be a transitional pontificate, but the Good Pope John, elected after three days in conclave, “knew how to rejuvenate the Church and resume dialogue with the modern world in loving trust,” according to the words of John Paul II, who declared him a Blessed in September of 2000.

Although John XXIII was not able to see much of the fruit of the changes he had proposed, they profoundly transformed the Catholic Church of the time. He was a Pope who fought for peace in the world, as his 1963 encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (Peace on Earth) demonstrated. He revolutionized the Church by convening the Second Vatican Council to modernize and develop the institution of the Church and reformed the Mass, which came to be celebrated ordinarily in the modern languages rather than in Latin.

The five years of his pontificate did not pass unnoticed and, even a half century later, it continues to “throw open the doors and windows of the Church to let in the fresh air” -- a phrase recalled frequently during the recent election of Cardinal Bergoglio, whom the international press described as “the new Roncalli”.

Early this evening, in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis  received 2,000 pilgrims from the Good Pope's native province: Bergamo, Italy to commemorate Blessed John XXIII, who earned the appreciation and love of the faithful thanks to his generous, caring, and simple nature.
(from VIS 3 June 2013 )

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Pope's Daily Homilies

The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended.
“We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi said May 30. He explained that while the full text of Pope Francis’ public events is made available, the daily homilies are only summarized because of “the character of the situation, and the spontaneity and familiarity of the Pope’s remarks.”
Pope Francis, he added, wants to retain the familiar atmosphere that characterizes the daily Mass, which is typically attended by a small number of the faithful. “For that reason,” Fr. Lombardi said, the Pope has specifically requested that the live video and audio not be broadcast. Another contributing factor to the decision is the fact that the pontiff is not a native Italian speaker, the press director said.
The demand from the public for the full version of the Pope’s daily homilies in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House has been high. So, in order to respect both the circumstances and the requests from the public, the Vatican decided to have its news outlets attend and summarize the essentials of the homily.
After “careful consideration,” Fr. Lombardi said in his May 30 statement, “it seems the best way to make the richness of the Pope’s homilies accessible to a wide audience, without altering the nature of his remarks, is to publish a detailed summary, rich in direct quotations that reflect the genuine flavor of the Pope’s expressions.”
“L’Osservatore Romano undertakes this responsibility every day. Vatican Radio, on account of the nature of the medium, offers a shorter synthesis, including some of the original sound, while CTV offers a video clip corresponding to one of the audio inserts published by Vatican Radio,” he explained.

(from   CNA/EWTN News May 30, 2013 )