Thursday, January 30, 2014

February Calendar

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Papal Cheer for Old Notre Dame

The American Catholic University Notre-Dame du Lac, known as Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A., and funded by Fr. Edward Sorin in 1842, of the Congregation of Santa Cruz. For this reason, this morning the Pope received the Managing Board of the institution, which from its founding, “has made an outstanding contribution to the Church in your country through its commitment to the religious education of the young and to serious scholarship inspired by confidence in the harmony of faith and reason in the pursuit of truth and virtue.
“The vision which guided Father Edward Sorin and the first religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross in establishing the University of Notre Dame du Lac remains, in the changed circumstances of the twenty-first century, central to the University’s distinctive identity and its service to the Church and American society. In my recent Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, I stressed the missionary dimension of Christian discipleship, which needs to be evident in the lives of individuals and in the workings of each of the Church’s institutions. This commitment to 'missionary discipleship' ought to be reflected in a special way in Catholic universities, which by their very nature are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life”.
For this reason, “essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defence of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors. It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness”.
(From  Vatican Information Service 30 January 2014) 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

February First --Feast Day of Saint Bridget of Ireland

The traditional feast day of Saint Bridget of Ireland is not celebrated in the United States. However, as we approach her feast day, a page  has been added to Saint Bridget's Chapel website to provide some information about our patron.
Here is a link to that page.

Calendar Help

Several people have had difficulty in accessing the  Hobert Hall Monthly Calendar of Events  maintained by Jodi Bonett and Saint Bridget's  Monthly Church Calendar maintained by the Women's club.

A link to each of these calendars is on the home page of the Saint Bridget website.

Use this link to reach the website.
Then use the link to the desired calendar which appears at the top of the right sidebar of  the home page.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Delightfully Bitter

As noted in the post of December 14, 2013, the first Trappist Monk Brewery outside Europe is opening in Massachusetts. A Flemish News site visited the brewery and provided a video tour

Monday, January 13, 2014


Following Sunday's Angelus prayer, Pope Francis announced that on 22 February, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a consistory will be held during which 19 new cardinals will be appointed. They will comprise 16 electors and 3 archbishops emeritus, from twelve different countries from all over the world, and “represent the deep ecclesiastical relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world”. The day after the consistory, the Holy Father will preside at a solemn con-celebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 he will hold a consistory with all the cardinals to reflect on the theme of the family.

- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State.
- Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops
- Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, emeritus of Regensburg, Germany, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
– Archbishop Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
– Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Great Britain.
– Archbishop Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua.
– Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, Canada.
– Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.
– Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta, O. Cist. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
– Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve, Italia.
– Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
– Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo jung of Seoul, Korea.
– Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B. of Santiago del Chile, Chile.
– Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
– Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I. of Cotabato, Philippines.
– Archbishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti.
The three archbishops emeritus are:
– Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, ex prelate of the Shrine of Loreto and ex personal secretary of Blessed John XXIII.
– Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, C.M.F. emeritus of Pamplona, Spain.
– Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix, emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia.
(Vatican City, 12 January 2014 VIS) – 


 In the Sistine Chapel, on the festivity of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided for the first time in his pontificate over the Holy Mass of Baptism. During the celebration, Pope Francis baptized 32 babies: 18 girls and 14 boys.  

During the ceremony he addressed the parents:
“These children are a link in a chain. You, as parents, have a son or a daughter to baptize, but some years from now they too will have a child to baptize, then a grandchild... And this is the chain of faith! What does this mean? I want to say only this: you are those who will transmit the faith, you are the transmitters. You have the duty of transmitting faith to these children. It is the most beautiful inheritance you can offer them: faith! Only this. Today, take this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of faith. Think of these, think always about how you can transmit faith to your children”.
During his homily Pope Francis joked about the noise and the crying of the babies. “Today the choir is singing, but the most beautiful choir is that of children, who make noise... Some will cry, perhaps because they are uncomfortable or because they are hungry: if they are hungry, mothers, go ahead and feed them, because they are the center of today's celebration”.
Vatican City, 12 January 2014 (VIS)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Pope Restricts Conferral of Honorary Title of Monsignor

In a move aimed at reforming the clergy and eliminating careerism in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has abolished the conferral of the Pontifical Honor of ‘Monsignor’ on "secular priests"  (priests in a diocese, who are not monks or members of religious institutes or orders) under the age of 65.

 This builds on the reform of ecclesiastical titles introduced by Paul VI in 1968, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.  Before Paul VI’s reform,  there were 14 grades of "monsignor",  he reduced them to the three ranks that exist today: Apostolic Protonotary, Honorary Prelate of His Holiness, Chaplain of His Holiness.   Henceforth, the only Pontifical Honor that will be conferred on "secular priests" will be that of "Chaplain to His Holiness" and this will be conferred only on worthy priests  over 65 years of age.

The decision does not come as a surprise. A humble man, Pope Francis has always been averse to ecclesiastical titles. When he was bishop and later cardinal in Argentina he  asked people to call him "Father",  instead of ‘My Lord’, "Your Grace" or "Your Eminence". He is convinced that the name "Father" best reflects  the mission that has been entrusted to a priest, bishop or cardinal.  Indeed, during his tenure as archbishop of Buenos Aires (1998-2013), he never requested the Holy See to confer the title of "monsignor" on any priest in the archdiocese.
The Vatican’s Secretariat of State has communicated the Pope's decision to Apostolic Nuncios around the world, asking them to inform all bishops in their respective countries. The communication stated  that the Pope’s decision does not change  the conferral of Pontifical Honors for Religious and Lay people,

From the Vatican Insider la Stampa ( Gerard O'Connell )
Full story Here

Monday, January 06, 2014


Sunday Mass seemed to be less crowded than usual, what with the weather and folks away for the Holidays.
There were several significant announcements after Mass. They are included for the information of those unable to attend Mass yesterday.

1. This year the Parish Office will automatically send Year-End Tax Letters to those who have contributed $250 or more during 2013. Please see the S.H. Bulletin for details.(The Bulletin is available on line at website)

2. The annual March for Lifewill be held in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 22. Once again, Sacred Heart parish, the POCW, and the Valley Council of the Knights of Columbus will co-sponsor buses for parishioners who want to attend this event. If you would like to sign up to ride the bus, please call the Parish Office. ( Links to more information about the event is on the S.B. website)

3. Saint Bridget's Women's Club will meet in Hobert Hall on Tuesday January 7th after the noon Mass.

4. The Annual Blanket Drive collection for the homeless will run during the month of  January. Collection basket and list of needed items is in the Narthex.

5. The Youth Ministry is taking pre-orders for the new Saint Bridget's coffee mugs which will be available on January 19th.The mugs feature a beautiful image of our church from a photo taken by Chet Lewandowski..

5. Father Krempa announced initiation of a new system of giving. More details to come

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Liturgical Calendar 2014


Can be found here