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

Click here to watch Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020

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.

A PASTORAL REFLECTION ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
By Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski, Jr.
Pastor, St. Bridget of Kildare Parish, Parma, Ohio 

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?  

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.      

Coronavirus Update ~ March 16, 2020:
A MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF OHIO

Re: Catholic Bishops of Ohio Suspend All Publicly Celebrated Masses/Liturgies


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.  The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

This decision is not taken lightly and, as your bishops, causes us great sadness.  However, after consultation with the governor and health officials we are convinced that this is the most prudent and necessary action.

Science has proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of contagion.  This poses a serious dangert to those especially most vulnerable.

As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord.  The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  In this moment, we are experiencing in a unigue way the passion of our Lord as this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the Sunday Eucharist.  In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful to turn to the Church's treasury of prayer.  Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, stations of the cross, etc.  We also urge you to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised or livestreamed Mass and make a spiritual communion.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all health care workers, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation.  Relying on the motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our suffering to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope.
  
The following Parish Activities will STILL Proceed as Scheduled:
Wednedays - All Day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 
Lenten Food Collection for the Needy (Please leave donated food items outside ADA Church doors under the carport adjacent to the handicap parking lot.)  

The following Parish Activities have been CANCELLED through April 12th:
Mondays - PSR Classes, RCIA and RCIC
Tuesdays - Senior's Meetings
Wednesdays - 6:30 PM The Chaplet of Divine Mercy; 7:00 PM recitation of the Rosary
Fridays - 3:00 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 7:00 PM Stations of the Cross   

April 5 - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt 
April 6 - Cluster Communal Penance Service 


The following Parish Activities have been POSTPONED for future Re-Scheduling:  
March 19 - Lenten Book Discussion, "Rediscover the Saints"
March 22 - Faith Formation Session: "Now and at the Hour of our Death - The Last Things"

April 1 - Seniors Museum of Divine Statues Bus Trip 
April 15 through 17 - Ladies Guild Sponsored Rummage Sale
May 2 - First Holy Communion  

To help you to stay connected to St. Bridget of Kildare Parish during this time of the national COVID-19 health crisis, please continue to visit our website for latest updates and current weekly Sunday bulletins which can be viewed under the Green Bulletin Tab at the top of this Home Page.

St. Bridget of Kildare Parish offers Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application. We are providing this service so that you have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. This service is safe and secure. And it is convenient for you and for our church staff.  Sign up for Online Giving by clicking the "Donate Tab" at the top of the page. Thank you for your generous support of St. Bridget of Kildare Parish! 

 

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 over 67 years. 

With prayers and blessings,
Rev. Robert W. Wisniewski, Jr.

Weekly Mass Schedule
Monday thru Friday:
8:30AM

Saturday Vigils:
4:00PM, 5:30PM

Sunday Masses:
8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM

Confession Schedule
Saturdays: 3:00-3:30PM

All Day Adoration, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays
The church is open for Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays, beginning after the 8:30AM Mass.  If there is a morning funeral scheduled, then the church will open after 11:00AM for Adoration.  Adoration concludes with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 6:30PM, and Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00PM, ending with Benediction
 

Contact Us:

Parish Office Phone

440-886-4434
Parish Office Fax
440-886-4431
Parish Office Email stbridget5620@yahoo.com
 
 School Office Phone
440-886-1468
School Office Fax
440-886-5121
School Office Email
sch_stbridget@dioceseofcleveland.org



Diocese of Cleveland Website