Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bull of Indiction for the Jubilee of Mercy: 11 April in St. Peter's Basilica

 Following the first announcement of the next extraordinary Holy Year by Pope Francis on 13 March, the Holy Father will proceed with the official indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull of Indiction on Saturday 11 April, at 5.30 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The rite of publication will involve the reading of various passages of the Bull before the Holy Door of the Vatican Basilica. Pope Francis will subsequently preside at the celebration of First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday, thus underlining in a particular way the fundamental theme of the extraordinary Holy Year: God’s Mercy.

The term bull (from the Latin bulla = bubble or, more generally, a rounded object) originally indicated the metal capsule used to protect the wax seal attached with a cord to a document of particular importance, to attest to its authenticity and, as a consequence, its authority. Over time, the term began to be used first to indicate the seal, then the document itself, so that nowadays it is used for all papal documents of special importance that bear, or at least traditionally would have borne, the Pontiff’s seal.

The bull for the indiction of a jubilee, for instance in the case of an extraordinary Holy Year, aside from indicating its time, with the opening and closing dates and the main ways in which it will be implemented, constitutes the fundamental document for recognising the spirit in which it is announced, and the intentions and the outcomes hoped for by the Pontiff, who invokes it for the Church.

In the case of the last two extraordinary Holy Years, 1933 and 1983, the Bull of Indiction was published on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. For the next extraordinary Holy Year, the choice of the occasion on which the publication of the Bull will take place clearly demonstrates the Holy Father’s particular attention to the theme of Mercy.
(from Vatican Information Service, Vatican City, 31 March 2015)

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April

The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for April is: “That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church”.
(from Vatican City, 31 March 2015 (Vatican Information Service)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday Celebration and Angelus at the Vatican

The following video of today's Celebration of Palm Sunday has been published with an English language commentary on the the Vatican's YouTube page.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Arlington Catholic Herald Shows 5 Ways to Fold a palm Branch

Just in time for Palm Sunday, the Arlington Catholic Herald has posted the following video on YouTube. It does not include instructions for making a St. Bridget's Cross. Perhaps one of our origami savvy parishioners could help with that omission

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Bridget's Mass Calendar for March -- Corrected Version

Please click the image for a more readable version

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Friday, March 06, 2015

Friday March 6 St. Bridget's Schedule of Activities

Since Clarke County schools are closed today because of the weather and road conditions, there will be
 No Noon Mass at St. Bridget's

However, there will be Stations of the Cross and Confessions this evening at the usual times..
The Menu for the Lenten Meal will be