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~ Welcome to St. Bridget of Kildare Parish, Parma Ohio ~




Click here to watch our Pastor, Fr. Rob Wisniewski & Deacon Jim Armstrong celebrate Mass for Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020


Click here to share in the celebration of Our Risen Lord, Easter Sunday, with Fr. Rob and Deacon Jim.   Easter blessings to you and your loved ones! 


Prayer Before Mass:  Heavenly Father, Your word is creative sustaining all that You have made. In the words of Holy Scripture, You speak life-giving words to us.  Lord Jesus, You gathered the disciples at table, giving us sacred bread and wine.  Through the Holy Eucharist, You nourish Your body, the Church.  Holy Spirit, You came to dwell within us, providing oneness though we are many.  In the gifts given to each, You complete what we begin in faith.  Amen.

An Act of Spiritual Communion, by St. Alphonsus Liguori:  My Jesus, I believe that You are present, in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to separated from You.  Amen.

The weekly Chaplet of Divine Mercy & recitation of the Rosary are cancelled through the month of August.  Please check back in July for updates to the schedule.     

Click here to watch a recording of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The church remains open for Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 9:00AM to 6:30PM.  Please maintain social distancing guidelines.  Please be assured that the church building is being cleaned and disinfected regularly, per diocesan guidelines.  

May 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

As you may have heard, the Bishops of Ohio have agreed to begin opening churches on Monday, May 25th.  This means St. Bridget of Kildare Parish will begin the public celebration of weekday Masses next week.  Morning Mass is celebrated at 8:30 AM Monday through Friday.  On Monday, May 25, however, Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM because it is Memorial Day. Public celebration of weekend Masses will begin as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.  We resume the normal weekend Mass schedule with the Saturday Vigil Masses at 4:00 and 5:30 PM and the Sunday Masses at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon.  
Click here for a examples of social distancing in the pews at Mass.  

The regular opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation will resume on Saturday, June 6, at 3:00 PM.  However, to minimize the risk of exposure, confessions will not be heard in the church confessionals.  Instead, confessions will be heard in  School Meeting Room #1.  Please enter the school building through the silver breezeway doors and, if the door to Meeting Room #1 is open, simply walk to the designated spot depending on your choice of face-face or remaining anonymous.  Six feet of space will be marked between the presider and the penitent.  If the door to Meeting Room # 1 is closed, that means another penitent is already seated.  Please remain outside the meeting room at the designated spot while waiting, maintaining six feet of space between other individuals in line.                          

Keep in mind that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.  While I would love to see everyone, I am encouraging our senior parishioners and those who are caring for a spouse or parent or another senior family member, and those with secondary health issues (regardless of age) or anyone who may be concerned about gathering at this time on our path to recovery, to exercise caution.  Vulnerable or at risk individuals should consider staying home.  Also, those who are not feeling well, or those who have a temperature of 100.4 °F or more are asked to stay home.  If staying home, please strive to keep the Lord’s Day holy and to continue to join in a spiritual communion while watching or listening to livestreamed or radio broadcast Masses.  
We will continue to record the weekly Sunday Mass and post it here on our parish website until such time as it is completely safe to return to public worship. 

Click here for a list of our guidelines and procedures to ensure the continued health and safety of all who will be attending Mass.
These will be in effect until further notice.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Our experience of gathering and celebrating the Mass will be different.  The guidelines we are following are based on the Diocesan plan for reopening.  I am sure adjustments will be made as we move forward.   

Just a few final notes:  We will be rescheduling the celebration of the Initiation Rites for the elect and candidates in the RCIA and RCIC as well as First Communion for our Second Graders as soon as we are able.  Confirmation has been rescheduled for January or early February, 2021. (We are waiting for a firm date from Bishop Amos.) The weekly Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume in September, following Labor Day, provided the environment is safe to meet.  Vacation Bible School, scheduled for the week of July 13, has been cancelled for this year.  The Senior Olympic Challenge, scheduled for July 15, has been cancelled for this year.  The weekly Tuesday gathering for Seniors is cancelled through the month of August.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry has cancelled their monthly meetings through August.  The Rosary Makers have cancelled their weekly Friday meetings through August.  The Holy Name Society’s June meeting is cancelled.  Any further changes or updates will be posted on the parish website, or you may call the Parish Office.  

The church remains open on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM through 6:30 PM for Eucharistic Adoration.  (Please park in the ADA lot and enter the doors of the church on the rectory side of the building.)  The Wednesday evening Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Recitation of the Rosary is temporarily suspended.  Please view the Chaplet and Benediction here on this page of the parish website.

Beginning May 23, the Parish Office Summer Hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  On Fridays, the office is open 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. 

Thank you for financially supporting our parish during the pandemic.  Your generosity has kept us afloat during this troubling time in history.  I will always remember your commitment and support.  Let us continue to pray for one another, especially for those who find themselves isolated because of the disease.  Let us also pray for all caregivers, nurses, doctors and hospital chaplains.  We pray for those who are struggling financially, the unemployed and those struggling with important business decisions.  We remember in prayer our national, state and local leaders who are guiding us through this pandemic, and all researchers working on vaccines and cures. 

Finally, I would like to ask everyone to pray for the St. Bridget Graduating Class of 2020 -- our Eighth Graders.  We will have a modified drive-thru graduation on Wednesday, May 27.  We wish them all the best as they celebrate this milestone and prepare for high school.  

If you need help with anything, please do not hesitate to call the Parish Office.

God Bless You,
Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski
Pastor

St. Bridget of Kildare Parish offers Online Giving. We provide this service so that you have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. It is safe, secure and convenient for you and for our parish staff.  Click here to sign up for Online Giving.

Online Giving offers many benefits: 
~You can set up your own contributions
~You can change your contributions at any time
~There is no need to write checks
~Contributions are scheduled; there is no need to make up missed contributions 

Please consider this option of giving, or continue to use the offertory envelopes you currently receive.  If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 440-886-4434.  The Parish Office remains open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 12:00 Noon and from 1:00-3:00PM.

 
In the midst of the current health crisis, your donations are especially appreciated.  Thank you for remembering St. Bridget of Kildare Parish.  

Please remember in prayer the sick and suffering, including Donna Vergilii and Johan Karnak, grandson of Dave & Marie Karnak.  

Parish Prayer Chain:  Are you in need of prayers or do you wish to develop a deeper prayer life?  The parish prayer chain always welcomes requests for prayers and is looking for new members to add to the chain.  There are no meetings, but members receive weekly requests to pray for people or personal causes.  Please call Alice Dempsey at 440-885-4177 with your prayer requests or to join the chain.  Prayer requests can also be put into the weekly collection basket.  All these requests are confidential.  "Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."  ~ Matthew 21:22



Please Pray for the recently deceased of St. Bridget of Kildare Parish

Diane Kaschak (3/20/20)
Ronald Wismer (3/22/20)
Margaret McCafferty (3/25/20)
Mary Murphy (4/2/20)
Beatrice Piskos (4/14/20)
Evelyn Matysiak (4/25/20)
Joseph Pavlik (5/2/20)
Eileen Sperry (5/3/20)
Margaret Sabo (5/4/20)
Harvey Lis (5/12/20)
Kathryn Puhalik (5/14/20)
Robert Anderle (5/24/20)
Richard Medlik (5/24/20)
James Gajowski (5/28/20)

May God bring us comfort in our grief and bring our loved ones to eternal life.

Liturgical Fund Update 
The Liturgical Fund is used to decorate and furnish the church throughout the liturgical seasons (i.e. flowers, plants, altar cloths, vestments, candles, fabrics and other decorations).  It is also used to purchase sacred vessels and other items needed for liturgy.  Giving to this fund is a beautiful way to express your love for our faithful departed by honoring them with a gift in their memory for use in our church.  You can also give in honor of a person or special occasion, or in thanksgiving for a blessing received.  Thank you to all who have recently contributed to the Liturgical Fund:

In Memory Of:                           Gift Of:                                   
Chester (Chet) Stasik                   Steve & Sandra Stasik 
Edward Gareau                           Jim & Gloria Smigel         

In Honor Of:                                 Gift Of:                                   

St. Bridget of Kildare Parish          Linda Quast
St. Bridget of Kildare Parish          Nancy Yates      

“Lord, I love the house where you dwell, the tenting place of your glory.”  ~Psalm 26:8

St. Bridget of Kildare parishioners have free access to the "Catholic Netflix," FORMED.org.  Spend this time in quarantine by learning more about our Catholic faith. There are many fascinating documentaries, movies, bible studies and much more available to watch.  For our parish code, send an email request to sbkpsr@gmail.com.

The Diocese of Cleveland set up a page with prayer and spiritual resource suggestions to use during this time. The page includes info about video Mass streams, spiritual resources, Catholic media, social media and more. We will continue to update the page as this health crisis continues.  Click here for more information.      

Click below for the Diocese of Cleveland Website

 

Welcome from our Pastor:  Our warmest welcome to St. Bridget of Kildare Parish, a Roman Catholic church and elementary school. Our parish of over 1,500 families is located in Parma, Ohio and is named after our patroness, Bridget of Kildare, from Ireland. We are dedicated to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, prayer and worship, sacramental life, sharing the Gospel, education, and supporting each other and our community through our more than 40 vibrant ministries and parish groups. I hope the information about St. Bridget of Kildare Parish contained in this website will be helpful to you.  We encourage you to visit our church and experience the welcoming community that has had a presence in the Parma community for almost 70 years. 

With prayers and blessings,
Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski, Jr.
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A PASTORAL REFLECTION ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
By Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski, Jr.
Pastor

During this current world health crisis and national health emergency, some people have asked, “What is God telling the world?”   Some believe the covid- 19 pandemic is God’s wake up call to a world that has gone astray.  When someone asks me what I think God is saying to the world, I reply that an even more important question is, “What is God saying to YOU.”  “What is God saying to ME?”  

For some people maybe it is a call to get their life in order and back on the right track with God.  Maybe some people have grown apart from God and believe they can live quite well independent of God.  Maybe some people will look once again at their own mortality and re-evaluate their present priorities.  Wasn’t that the invitation of Ash Wednesday?  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust to shall return.”   What, really, is our life all about?  What is YOUR life all about?  And, are we happy with what our life has come to be all about?

For some people the current crisis has been a call to be of service to others.  I have been inspired by so many people who instantly asked how they can help.  Shortly after being informed that the Catholic Bishops in Ohio were dispensing with the obligation to attend Mass, a parishioner called and offered to help any senior who may need assistance with grocery shopping.  Parishioners have continued to bring food for the Lenten food drive despite cancelled Masses.  A Lutheran, whose wife I brought into the Catholic Church on her deathbed several years ago, wrote a sizeable check to our Good Samaritan Ministry knowing there would be people in extra need.  Thinking of these people reminds me of Luke’s gospel, where Jesus says, “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival…”  (Luke 12:35ff.) 

Finally, I know many people who are really saddened by the absence of daily Mass, the Sunday Liturgy and the prospect of no Holy Week services and no Easter Mass this year.  We have become attached to the sacramentally present Lord and cling to Him, much like Mary Magdalene, who clung to His feet after the Resurrection.  Maybe this time of absence is a call to deepen our appreciation for His presence.  Doesn’t absence make the heart grow fonder? 

My brothers and sisters, perhaps too, this trial (which we will all have to endure for sure) will provide a grace that will unify us again, and not just unify our country, but unify our world as well.  Over and above the blaming and throwing out of news reporters from certain countries, the bans on travel, the quarantines and hoarding, the test kits and test results, the social distancing and sold out hand sanitizers, the closed restaurants, closed bars, closed schools and ever new lows at the stock market’s daily close, we are realizing how interconnected we all are.  In only a matter of a few months everything worldwide has fallen apart, taken down by a tiny virus the naked eye cannot see.  A new level of cooperation is forming, even if only out of necessity, as researchers study the virus, work to find a vaccine and nations learn from one another about how to contain the spread of infection. 

One thing our faith tells us is that God is always at work.  Yes, the cross is always there too, but so is resurrection and new life.  Maybe, just maybe, Easter will be later than April 12, and outside of an hour at Mass.  In fact, maybe it will occur beyond our places of worship and even spread beyond the whole Church.  Maybe, just maybe, Easter will, in some mysterious way, once again touch the whole world this year.  

What is God saying … to YOU?  _____________________________

Contact Us!

Parish Office
(The office remains open Monday thru Friday from 9AM to Noon and from 1-3PM)
Phone:  440-886-4434
Fax:  440-886-4431
Email: stbridget5620@yahoo.com
 
School Office 
Phone:  440-886-1468
Fax:  440-886-5121
Email: sch_stbridget@dioceseofcleveland.org

PSR & Catechetical Office 
Phone:  440-886-1468, x17
Email:  sbkpsr@gmail.com

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