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




Click here to watch our Pastor, Fr. Robert Wisniewski & Deacon Jim Armstrong celebrate Mass for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 12, 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.  

June 17, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

I hope the upcoming summer months will provide many opportunities for you to enjoy a little rest and relaxation.  I thought I would take a moment to write and give you a parish update as we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We re-opened the church on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) and approximately 70 people joined us.  Weekend Masses resumed on May 30/31.  Between the five Masses that weekend, 306 people attended.  The following weekend, over 400 attended.  These numbers reflect a little more than a quarter of our average attendance before the pandemic struck. We have a number of safety measures in effect to protect everyone’s health.  The doors open 20 minutes before each Mass.  Everyone is asked to enter through the front entrance.  The doors are propped open so no one will have to touch the door handles.  We ask everyone to please wear a mask.  We do provide a mask if needed.  There is only instrumental music during Mass and the handshake of peace is omitted.  At the conclusion of Mass we exit through the side doors of the church only and not through the narthex.  We ask everyone to avoid the center isle when exiting.  The church is sanitized after each Mass by the parish staff. 

I hope we can all return to Mass sometime soon.  As I stated in my previous letter, Catholics are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass until it is completely safe for everyone to be in attendance.  Persons in the “at-risk” category should still consider staying home.  We will continue to record and post the weekly Sunday Mass on our parish website, stbridgetparma.com.  If you do not have internet access, the Diocese of Cleveland broadcasts a Mass every Sunday on Fox 8 WJW at 6:00 AM.  Those with Cox Cable can view the Mass at 11:30 AM Sunday on channel 45.  Please strive to keep the Lord’s Day holy and join in a spiritual communion while watching the Mass on the internet or the television. 

The following are a number of parish updates: 
Our Second Graders will celebrate First Communion over a serious of three Sundays at the 12:00 Noon Mass.  Families of First Communicants were invited to register for either July 19, 26 or August 2.  Up to seven families per Mass will be scheduled.  Confirmation has been rescheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021, at 7:00 PM.  Both this past year’s Eighth Graders and next year’s Eighth Graders will be confirmed as well as one adult.  We will be scheduling a Mass shortly to bring our Candidates and Catechumens, the elect, into the Church through the Initiation Rites. 

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.  

For the safety of both the visitor and the visited, we have temporarily suspended the distribution of Holy Communion to the homebound by our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  Many family members of our homebound have asked that we refrain from visiting out of concern for the spread of the virus.   If a homebound parishioner should become critical and require the Anointing of the Sick, please call me at the rectory.

At the present time, most hospitals and nursing homes are limiting or not permitting outside visitors.  This has curtailed my ability to visit and bring Holy Communion.  However, I have formed a list of parishioners who have requested special prayers and my ministry has become a phone ministry.  Again, if someone you know would appreciate prayers for healing, please call me and I will remember their intention. If the individual has a direct line, please also leave their phone number.

We continue to evaluate the opening of Bingo on Saturday evenings.  The safety of our players and volunteers is a major decision factor.  Also, requirements for social distancing may limit the maximum number of players we are permitted to host, thus rendering this school fundraiser a loss.  We need at least 200 players to make a profit commensurate with the work involved to operate the game. 

These are the updates we have to report so far.  There will be more in the weeks ahead as we anticipate the resumption of some of our activities and ministries in the Fall.  I will continue to keep everyone informed.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to call me.  I would also like to thank you, once again,  for your continued financial support of the parish.  The commitment of our parishioners has been overwhelming.     

In the meantime, you remain in my prayers.  It sure was an uplifting experience to see everyone who came back to Mass.  We have been through a lot, and for some, these times have been even more challenging than I can probably imagine.  We are also praying for peace during this period of unrest around our country.  These times invite self-reflection and the opportunity to find ways to be instruments of peace, justice and healing.  Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and leaven in the dough.  If we keep praying, the Lord will show us what to do. 

God Bless You,
Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski, Jr.
Pastor
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COVID-19 Social Distancing Reminders:

Click here for a examples of social distancing in the pews at Mass. 

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 are in effect until further notice.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  The guidelines we are following are based on the Diocesan plan for reopening.  

 

Parish Catechetical Office News

PSR Registration for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:  All students in grades 1-8 who attend public schools are invited to participate in religious education and faith formation at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish.  PSR classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:45 to 11:45AM beginning September 13, 2020 thru mid-May, 2021. 
Click here for the PSR Registration Form.  Families who new to the parish and are interested in enrolling their children in our program are asked to please contact Dana Steimle at 440-886-1468, Ext. 17 or sbkpsr@gmail.com.   

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program (RCIA) is for people who wish to inquire about the Catholic Faith and are interested in joining the Catholic Church, or for those who are already baptized but have not yet celebrated the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation and are seeking to complete their initiation into the Catholic Faith.  The RCIA program begins in September and ends shortly after Easter.  Sessions are held each Monday evening at 7:00PM in School Meeting Room #1.  

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) program is for children the age of 7 and older who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, or for those who have been baptized Catholic or another Christian denomination, but have not celebrated First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation and have not been enrolled in a Parish School of Religion (PSR).  Children and teenagers in the RCIC program will attend classes that are geared towards their age group and participate in the Sacraments of Initiation with the adults in the RCIA program at the Easter Vigil.  Classes begin in September. 


For more information on RCIA or RCIC, please contact Dana Steimle in the Parish Catechetical Office at 440-886-1468, x17 or sbkpsr@gmail.com.    

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.

 
Thank you for financially supporting our parish during the pandemic.  Your generosity has kept us afloat during this troubling time in history.  Your commitment and support will always be remembered.  

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

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.

 

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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