Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for October

The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for October is:
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated

His intention for evangelization is: 
That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting.
30 September 2015 (VIS) 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope Francis Returns to Vatican after Inspiring Visit to America

Following Holy Mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Pope traveled by car to the airport in Philadelphia where he embarked on his return flight to Rome. He was welcomed at the airport by five hundred people, mostly members of the Organizing Committee and volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, as well as  vice president  Biden.

The Pope thanked all those who had prepared for his stay in the archdioceses of Washington, New York and Philadelphia. “It was particularly moving for me to canonize St. Junipero Serra, who reminds us all of our call to be missionary disciples, and I was also very moved to stand with my brothers and sisters of other religions at Ground Zero, that place which speaks so powerfully of the mystery of evil. Yet we know with certainty that evil never has the last word, and that, in God’s merciful plan, love and peace triumph over all”.

"I thank the Lord that I was able to witness the faith of God’s people in this country, as manifested in our moments of prayer together and evidenced in so many works of charity. Jesus says in the Scriptures: 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me'. Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to Him. So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life. In all of this, you recognize that Jesus is in your midst and that your care for one another is care for Jesus Himself."

“Dear friends, I embrace all of you in the Lord and I entrust you to the maternal care of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. I will pray for you and your families, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. May God bless you all. God bless America!” concluded Francis.

At 8 p.m.  (2 a.m., 28 September in Rome), the aircraft carrying the Holy Father departed for Rome, where it landed Monday morning at 9.58 a.m. On the way back to the Vatican he paused at the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray before the image of the Salus Populi Romani and to thank the Virgin for the fruits of this apostolic trip.

(from VIS)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

October Calendar

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Pope Francis Homily on 25th Sunday in Ordinary tTme

The Pope's homily dealt with the Gospel passage in which Jesus asks of His disciples: “What were you discussing along the way?” to which they did not answer because on the way they had been arguing about who was the most important, and were ashamed.

 “Let us not forget the Good News we have heard today: the importance of a people, a nation, and the importance of individuals, which is always based on how they seek to serve their vulnerable brothers and sisters.”.

Full text of Francis' homily here

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pope Francis asks for prayers for his trip to Cuba and the United States

After Wednesday's catechesis, the Holy Father noted that he will commence his apostolic trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday.. The main reason for the trip is the Eighth World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Philadelphia, but Francis will also visit the central headquarters of the United Nations to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the founding of that institution.

“Until then, I greet with affection the Cuban and American faithful who, guided by their pastors, are preparing themselves spiritually. I ask all to accompany me with prayer, invoking the light and the strength of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Mary Most Holy, patroness of Cuba as Our Lady of Charity del Cobre, and patroness of the United States as the Immaculate Conception”.
(16 September 2015 VIS)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Pope's Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, 1 September 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, regarding the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, in which he reaffirms his hope that the jubilee indulgence will lead every person to a “genuine experience of God's mercy” and explains that it can also be obtained by incarcerated persons. In addition, he grants to all priests, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the faculty to absolve from sin those who have resorted to abortion, repenting and asking forgiveness with a sincere heart, and establishes that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach the priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins. The following is the full text of the letter:

Link to full text of the letter here

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for September

The Holy Father's Universal Prayer Intention for September is:

 “That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people”.

His intention for evangelisation is

That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim”.
(Vatican City, 1 September 2015 VIS) :

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Welcome to our new Parishioners who joined Saint Bridget's in August

                 New Parishioners in August

                                    Miss Mary R Serock 

             Mr. Shawn Edmonds, Mrs. Tumiyem Edmonds 
                             and daughter Molly (Rose)

        Mr. James Zimmerman and Mrs.Kirby Zimmerman

Mrs.Fiona McGeough and children Faolan, Hannah and Raea