Monday, September 30, 2013

Hobert Hall Dedication

For more pictures of the Hobert Hall dedication on September 15. 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Columbus Day Dinner Saturday, October 19

    Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín. Publisher : Currier and Ives. (Library of Congress.) [Public domain], 
                                                                                                                            via Wikimedia Commons

The Francis Cabrini Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy will  hold  its Columbus Day dinner in Muldowney hall at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 19. Mystery Bag Auction and basket raffle will be held. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 children under 12. Proceeds to charity. Catering by Castiglia.  For tickets: contact Laura Frappolo 665-3034

October 6. Life Chain on Pleasant Valley Road

"Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the the face of Jesus Christ...who who even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world... be witnesses and speakers for the 'Culture of life' ...the Lord counts on you to spread the 'Gospel of Life'"

Father Krempa reminds us of these powerful words of Pope Francis as we approach October, Respect for Life Month. On October 6, the first Sunday of October, the Life Chain will take place on Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester from 2pm to 3pm. The Life Chain is a peaceful but powerful way of bearing witness to the sanctity of human life, especially the unborn.
                              Read Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Respect for Life Month Statement here

Pasta Dinner October Sixth!

                                                                                                                                Image courtesy Parade
Saint Bridget's Women's Club will be hosting a Pasta Dinner on Sunday, October 6th from 4pm to 7pm  in Hobert Hall. Cost will be $10 per  adult, $5 per child and $20 for the entire family. Join your friends for a fun evening of great food, and fellowship.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

U. S. Designates Sacred Heart Academy a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence"

Sacred Heart Academy has been designated a  "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence " of 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education. In State of Virginia, only ten schools, public and private, received the 2013 award, Sacred Heart Academy is one of two Catholic schools in  the Arlington Diocese to receive the coveted designation. 

The Academy was founded in 1957 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus. It is now staffed by a lay faculty, but remains rooted in the Catholic tradition. With high standards in academics, the arts, and sports, it offers a rich environment in which each child can excel and explore his or her unique potential. Faculty, staff, parents and volunteers alike collaborate to create a safe, dynamic learning environment. Investments in state-of-the-art tools (science and computer labs, media and arts centers, iPads and digital devices), and an ongoing teacher training program help it ensure an excellent educational environment.. Extra-curricular activities including robotics, chess, band, violin lessons and sports supplement school academics. An active Parent Teacher  Organization holds two major fund raisers each year to provide updated books, materials and technology needs. A true sense of family is the backbone of the Sacred Heart Academy experience where commitment to the next generation today, assures a brighter tomorrow for all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Upbeat Financial Report: Father Krempa to Address "Becoming a Parish" on the SB Website

The Sacred Heart Bulletin of September 22  enclosed a copy of  the Saint Bridget Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. It showed a significant year over year  increase in the ordinary collection.

In his comments on the Saint Bridget  Financial Report, Father Krempa stated:

   "We had a very successful dedication of Hobert Hall with Bishop Loverde last Sunday. Now, we begin the process of amortizing the half million dollar debt we owe on the hall. With the pledges that are outstanding and the increase in income, we should be able to reduce the debt substantially in about four years (instead of ten) and then look toward the construction of a rectory.
   Hobert hall has already triggered an increase in parish activities along with our Sunday Religious Education program in the classrooms downstairs. As our debt is paid and we build a rectory, we can then look forward to becoming a parish. I will address this process in more detail at the Saint Bridget's website"

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hobert Hall Dedication and the Arlington Catholic Herald's Coverage

September 15th was a  very special day for the Faith Community of  Saint Bridget Chapel in the Field. Bishop Loverde celebrated Mass in the church, and then  dedicated Chet Hobert Parish Hall, blessing the Hall and all its CCD classrooms. The occasion marked another step in Saint Bridget's  journey toward becoming the first parish in Clarke County and was welcomed joyfully by the entire Faith Community.

The frugal coverage of the event by the Arlington Catholic Herald was received less joyfully. In its 16 word coverage of the event, the Herald  misspelled "Hobert Hall".

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pope Appeals to Doctors to Disseminate the Culture of Life

Today, Pope Francis met  with members of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic Gynecologists. Noting that life is not always protected as the primary value and the primordial right of every human being, he said, "The ultimate aim of medicine remains the defense and promotion of life”.
 Francis appealed to the group to “bear witness to and disseminate this 'culture of life' … remind all, through actions and words, that in all its phases and at any age, life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science! There is no human life more sacred than another, just as there exists no human life qualitatively more meaningful than another”.
(from VIS 13092)

 The Vatican Information Website entries for Friday September 19th offer a link to the entire VIS article as well as a link to a VIS coverage of the Pope's recent interview with Jesuit Magazines.
Here is a link to the Friday VIS entries

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Papal Interview Attracts World Press Coverage; Francis speaks to Us as our Brother

                                                                                                                                                                                         The Guardian UK

In its Breaking News Alert, The New York Times states, " In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings"

The interview with Pope Francis was conducted in Italian in Rome by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal over the course of three meetings  in Rome during August. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica and several  major Jesuit journals around the world whose editorial teams prepared questions and sent them to Father Spadaro, who then consolidated and organized them.  After the Italian text was officially approved, the Jesuit journal America commissioned a team of five independent experts to translate it into English. That version  appears in the Sept. 19 edition of America and may be found here.

Also read "The Story behind the Story" by Matt Malone, S.J.which may be found here.
Father Malone's piece  concludes:
I leave it to you to judge the pope’s remarks in these pages, but I’d like to suggest one way of reading the interview. Other popes have given interviews, of course, and while they have been insightful and often spirited, they have also been didactic and formal. I suspect that this interview, along with the pope’s extended remarks on the return trip from Rio de Janeiro last July, represent a new genre of papal communication, one that is fraternal rather than paternal. A spirit of generosity, humility and, dare I say, deep affection is evident in these pages. To put it another way, there is no hint here of the monarchical, preconciliar papacy. Pope Francis speaks to us as our brother; his we actually means “we,” not “I.” 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bishop Loverder Dedicates Chet Hobert Hall

Bishop Loverde concelebrated Mass today with Father Krempa at Saint Bridget Chapel in the Field. Following Mass, the Bishop blessed our new Hall and its CCD Classrooms.and, with members of our Faith Community, enjoyed a delicious brunch prepared by the Women's Club.

Here is a collage of some candid photos taken at the celebration. A slideshow of higher quality photos will appear on the Saint Bridget website in a week or so.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Francis Speaks about Saturday's Vigil of Prayer and Fasting

At the conclusion of the Angelus on Sunday, the Holy Father said: “I would like to thank everyone who, in various ways, joined in the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting yesterday evening. I thank the many people who united the offering of their sufferings. I express my gratitude to the civil authorities, as well as to the members of other Christian communities and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who have undertaken, on this occasion, periods of prayer, fasting and reflection”..
“But the task remains: we move forward with prayer and works of peace. I invite you to continue to pray so that the violence and devastation in Syria may cease immediately and that a renewed effort be undertaken to achieve a just solution to this fratricidal conflict. Let us pray also for other countries in the Middle East, in particular for Lebanon, that it may find its hoped-for stability and continue to be a model of peaceful co-existence; for Iraq, that sectarian violence may give way to reconciliation; and that the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians may proceed with determination and courage. Finally, let us pray for Egypt, that all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, may commit themselves to build up together a society dedicated to the good of the whole population.
“The search for peace is long and demands patience and perseverance! Let us keep praying for this!”

(from 8 September 2013  VIS)

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Pope Francis Intentions for Septem\ber

The  general intention of the Holy father is
 "that people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters."

His mission intention is:
 "that Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love."
(VIS  9/04)