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In order to respect the privacy of our volunteer parishioners who lead many of our groups and ministries, we do not list the contact names and phone numbers for the leaders of each ministry unless they are parish or school staff members who have an extension here.  If you would like more information about a specific ministry that does not have a lead contact person listed, please call the Parish Office at 440-886-4434.

Evangelization Commission
Do the work of an evangelist; carry out your ministry fully. ~ 2 Timothy: 5
This commission is the energy core for all ministries in the parish community. It unites and invites all people into a loving and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which then is nurtured by a loving and caring faith community. The commission enables everyone to reach out beyond the parish community.  For more information, call Betsy Knestrick (440) 886-1468, Ext. 17.

High School Youth Ministry
St. Bridget of Kildare Youth Group is composed of committed teens and supportive adults and is open to all high school students and friends. Our key word is commitment! The Youth Group’s mission is to strengthen the bond between faith and everyday life and to promote youth as a valued asset of our parish through education, worship, social service and recreational activities. Youth Group meetings occur on the first Sunday of every month. The date and times are published on the parish website and in the Sunday bulletin.  For more information, call Cindy Grogan (440) 886-1468, Ext. 13.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic or completing their initiation into the Catholic Church, please call the Pastor. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of welcoming new members to our Faith. It begins each September and continues through the Easter season. The initiation rites for children (First Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) are provided through the Parish School and the PSR program.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children is for children who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, or for children who have been baptized in the Catholic faith or another Christian denomination, but have not received their First Holy Communion and have not been enrolled in a Parish School of Religion (PSR) Program. Classes begin each fall.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Community Life Commission
Live in Harmony with one another.  ~Romans 12:16
St. Bridget Community Life Commission is committed to providing a welcoming, hospitable atmosphere throughout the parish. Our mission is to enhance the community life of the parish and strengthen the Body of Christ by promoting and encouraging Christian fellowship and good will within our community. Our goal is to assist parishioners in developing a better sense of belonging to the parish family by socializing and participating in the activities offered by the Elizabeth Ministry, Holy Name Society, Ladies Guild, Parish Newsletter, Senior Citizens Club, Welcoming Committee, Special Events Committee, and Athletic Association.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Elizabeth Ministry
Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, we celebrate the sacredness of all life!   Women of all ages visit and share their experiences from their childbearing years and the graces that God has given them. Children and men are welcome to some gatherings as well.  Current areas of our ministry’s focus are: an e-mail prayer chain, meal preparation for new parents, in-home prayer group, day-time play group, child care for parish and school events, pregnancy parties, miscarriage support, fertility/infertility support, and support for divorced/single moms.  For more information, call (440) 886-4434, Ext. 20.

Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a confraternity of the Catholic Church. Established in 1274, the society was formed particularly to counteract and repair the damages wrought by the Albigensian Heresy which denied the Divinity of Christ. Through the ages and through its entire development and growth, the Society fostered reverence for the Name and Person of Christ. Its primary purpose is to promote love, honor and respect for the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  St. Bridget of Kildare Holy Name Society celebrates Corporate Communion with the parish community on the second Sunday of each month at the 10:00AM Mass and observes the Holy Name Pledge. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month (dates and times are posted in the Sunday bulletin).

Ladies Guild
The Ladies Guild promotes the welfare of the parish. Members plan and participate in religious, educational, and social activities that promote fellowship and community. All women of the parish are invited to join the Guild. Meetings and projects are published in the Sunday bulletin.

Parish Newsletter - Heard on Hauserman
The parish newsletter features articles, pictures, announcements of upcoming events, and a featured recipe. Original newsworthy information is welcomed to be submitted from all members of the parish at large, as well as from committees, groups, and the parish staff. Heard on Hauserman is published on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December. Please watch the Sunday bulletin for information on when the next newsletter will be published.  For more information or to submit articles, please email

Senior Citizen Club
The Seniors Club is comprised of people age 55 and over. Members meet each Tuesday at 1:00PM in the School Meeting Room #2 in order to share information concerning both civil and health issues pertinent to senior citizens. The Parish Nurse attends each meeting and provides news on issues through word and printed literature. Members then socialize, play games and share friendship.

Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee was newly-formed in 2012 to plan and assist at social events outside of our normal annual parish activities.  A fall clambake and a Lenten fish fry are two of the events the committee is currently working on.  This committee may also be asked to plan and assist with other social gatherings on special occasions, as requested by the pastor.  New members are always welcome. 

Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee contacts new members of St. Bridget of Kildare Parish and welcomes them into our parish family, answering any questions they may have. This committee also plans many parish events, such as the annual Wine Tasting, the Annual Family Picnic, the New Parishioner Brunch and other activities. 

Athletic Association
The Athletic Association works in conjunction with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) to offer a competitive sports program to the children of the parish. The Athletics Program is for students in grades 4-8 and offers the following sports: volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, baseball and softball. Adults are encouraged to participate by serving as members of the Athletic Board or by coaching the various teams. It is the goal of Athletics to teach children the importance of team work, fair play, and discipline while at the same time offering a real world forum for children to practice Christian values at practices and during games. 

Worship/Spiritual Development Commission
While we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the Word  ~ Acts 6:4
The Worship/Spiritual Development Commission is charged with evaluating the overall liturgical experience, recommending areas of ministry development and providing the liturgical education of its members, ministers, and the worshiping community. For more information, call Lauren Kelly (440) 886-1468, Ext. 19. 

Adult Servers
Members of this ministry are adults who serve at the altar and assist the priest at funerals and other occasions when the youth servers are not available. Those who served during their youth are invited to join the Adult Servers at St. Bridget of Kildare, however, no experience is required and training is available. 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest with the distribution of the Eucharist at all scheduled Masses. Some Eucharistic Ministers also bring Communion to our homebound parishioners.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place each Sunday of the month from September through May during the 10:00 Mass. The purpose of The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is to provide children in preschool through fifth grade with a focused environment where they are likely to become conscious and active listeners. The children and prayer leader will be dismissed from Mass after the Opening Prayer to a classroom and will return to the main assembly for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The celebration of the Liturgy of the Word with children is a liturgical experience which opens young people to hear and respond to God’s Word. 

Readers proclaim the word of God to the parish community with meaning and understanding. The Workbook for Readers is provided to all Readers by St. Bridget of Kildare Parish in order to assist in gaining a full understating of the readings and the Gospel in preparation of the weekend Masses.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Music Ministry
"Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance.”  ~ Excerpt from Music in Catholic Worship (1983)
Music is an important and integral part of liturgy. It serves to enhance the gospel message and supports the singing of the congregation. At St. Bridget of Kildare Parish, we have several different groups that assist the congregation and help to enhance the liturgies in order to praise God. The groups that make up the Music Ministries are:

The Resurrection Choir, which enables families at the funeral services to say goodbye to their loved ones in a beautiful manner. They meet twice a month for rehearsals from September through April, and also combine with the other music groups throughout the year (i.e., All Souls, Christmas concert) to enhance the liturgies and work together as a collaborative group. 

The Hand Bell Choir, which typically plays once a month at the 10:00AM Mass. The hand bell choir is a relatively newer ministry thanks to the generosity of St. Bridget of Kildare parishioners, who offered the financial support necessary for the Music Ministry to start our hand bell choir. They meet for rehearsals from September through the end of May each week on Thursday evenings and collaborate with the other music ministries throughout the year.

The Traditional Choir, which sings at the 10:00AM Sunday Masses from September through the middle of June. This group is dedicated to enhancing Sunday worship as well as assisting special liturgies throughout the year. They meet on Wednesday evenings from September through May and generously give of their time every week, (sometimes several times during the week i.e., Holy Week, Christmas Season, Anointing Mass).

The Contemporary Choir is made up of a cantor, guitars and piano. They assist the Sunday Noon Mass from September through May.

Musicians and Instrumentalists are another vital resource to the parish liturgy. There is a cantor program for those individuals with strong vocal and leadership skills (must audition and train with the Director of Music), in which they help to lead the congregation in participation of the songs and acclamations. Our Instrumentalists are currently made up of Flute, Trumpet, Piano, Hand Bells and Guitar and play at various times throughout the year.  For more information, see Lauren Kelly after Mass or call (440) 886-1468, Ext. 19. 

The Children’s Choir is a group of young, energetic students in grades 4-8 who sing at school Masses once per month on Sundays at 10:00AM Mass.  For more information, please call Judy Hudak at (440) 886-1468. 

Ushers assist with many functions of our weekend Masses. They select people to present the gifts during Mass, reserve pews, greet people, answer general questions, direct and seat people, collect offertory and special collections during Mass, and assist in emergency situations. This ministry is dedicated to ensuring that the Mass runs smoothly. 

Avila Society
The Avila Society is open to all adults who have the hope of witnessing an increase in religious vocations and for the perseverance of already embraced vocations. The group meets after the 8:30AM Mass each Thursday in the church to offer the Rosary and prayer, with reflection, for those who are possible candidates to the religious life. The service usually lasts 20-25 minutes. Your only prerequisite is to see the love of God enter as many as possible to the future of a religious vocation. There are no fees or obligations for membership.

Art & Environment Committee
The purpose of Art & Environment in the Church’s worship space is to enhance and give dignity to the word, sacrament and ritual of sacred liturgy. This type of art helps to immerse the community into the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Jesus. It creates an environment that helps the faithful more fully experience the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, Easter and Ordinary Time.  For more information, call Steven Malec (440) 886-4434, Ext. 17.

Altar Servers
It is an honor for parents to extend to their child(ren) the opportunity to become an Altar Server. Our bishops have called us to be a people who practice stewardship. How we use our time, talent and treasure for God is not just a question for adults. In the Epistle of James it states, “If you say to your brother or sister, ‘keep warm and well fed’ but do nothing to meet their needs your faith is worthless.” Service must be one of the qualities of a Christian life. It is never too early to begin teaching children the blessedness of giving.  Altar Servers assist the priest during the Mass. Training for new altar servers occurs each fall during school hours. The Pastor will then officially commission the new altar servers during one of the weekend Masses following the training. Servers receive a special certificate and are acknowledged by the parish community during commissioning.  For more information, call Char Milligan (440) 886-4434, Ext. 10.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is chanted every Wednesday at 6:30PM in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Rosary is recited at 7:00PM on Wednesdays following the Chaplet and concludes with Benediction at 7:35PM. This special evening of devotion invites us to trust in the mercy of God and celebrates the glorious mysteries of God’s salvific plan.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday morning after the 8:30AM Mass in the Rectory Counting Room to pray the rosary and reflect on the Blessed Mother. 

Miraculous Medal Novena
The Miraculous Medal Novena is celebrated every Monday at 8:25AM, before the 8:30AM Mass. This novena is a longstanding tradition at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish. Through it we are invited to join our praise and devotion with that of Mary and the whole Communion of Saints.

Prayer Chain
Members of the prayer chain receive requests from individuals to pray for people and for personal causes that they ask for. Prayers are said on a personal basis and details are kept confidential. 

Prayer Requests for the Sunday Bulletin
We will gladly take the names of prayer intentions for publication in the bulletin. Please call or email the Parish Office with the name of the person in need of special prayer, and the name will be placed in the Sunday bulletin.  For more information, call Char Milligan at (440) 886-4434, Ext. 10, or send an email to

Rosary Makers & Rosary Repair
The Rosary Makers meet in the Rectory Meeting Room after the 8:30AM Mass each Friday. Members make cord rosaries for the missions. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. If you have a rosary in need of repair, please place it into an envelope along with your name and phone number and place it in the Rosary Repair Basket in the church Gathering Area. Someone will contact you when it is ready for pick up. 

Men’s Spiritual Group
The Men’s Spiritual Group is for ordinary men seeking a closer relationship with God who desire a greater understanding of our Catholic faith and values. If you would enjoy a forum for discussing and sharing life’s victories and challenges and learning how to best live as Catholic men in our community, please join the Men’s Spiritual Group every Wednesday at 8:00PM in the Rectory Meeting Room. 

Sacristans and Baptismal Sacristans
A sacristan is a volunteer parishioner who is charged with the care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents. Sacristans assist the Pastor in preparing for daily and weekend Masses. Baptismal sacristans prepare the church for the Sacrament of Baptism on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Baptismal Garment Ministry
Clothing the children presented for baptism in the gown of Christ, I design and fashion elegant bibs and sashes used to dress the children for their baptism. “Clothed yourself in Christ. See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.” (Rite of Baptism #99)

Outreach Commission
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.  ~Matthew 7:12
The Outreach Commission is comprised of parishioners guided by the Catholic faith who pursue the following goals: Identify the social concerns of our parish, community and world society, work in concert with existing organizations to impact social concerns, educate our parish and community on today’s social concerns and injustices, and take action on social issues to bring about social justice.

Bereavement Ministry
The Ministry of Consolation is composed of committed and compassionate parishioners who feel especially called to pray for our beloved faithfully departed and to comfort those who mourn. Our hope is that all who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death will also experience the healing comfort of God. We try to accomplish this through our care and ministry to the bereaved:  Vigil visit, Follow-up pastoral care of the bereaved, “Hope Offered” support group, Bereavement support programs throughout the year.  For information, call Steven Malec (440) 886-4434, Ext. 17

Hospital and Nursing Home Visitation Program
We visit the area hospitals where our parishioners are admitted. Please notify the Parish Office if you will be hospitalized. Because of privacy laws, hospitals generally do not contact individual churches about admitted members. An individual’s health condition is confidential and no name is published on the parish’s prayer list without the expressed permission of the individual. We also appreciate notification about extended stays at nursing facilities. We bring Communion to the infirmed and shut-ins and encourage participation in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434.

Ministry of Care and Compassion
The Ministry of Care and Compassion seeks to provide personal visitation, conversation and friendship to parishioners who are ill and confined to a home or nursing home. Home visitors will be prayerfully present to parishioners, offering an example of personal faith, support, comfort and a compassionate listening ear, attentive to their needs and concerns.  For more information, call Mary Pat Sloan, Parish Nurse at (440) 886-1468, Ext. 20.

Ministry of Praise and Mercy
Everyone needs a purpose in life and have a sense of belonging.  The Ministry of Praise and Mercy is comprised of the sick, handicapped, homebound and elderly, offering a way for them to become active partners with Christ.  There are no meetings, membership dues, or evaluations for the members of this ministry.  Members receive a monthly letter and are asked to consider giving a little of their time to pray for the special needs of the Church and offer their joys and sufferings to God for the Church as a whole.  This will help them grow in their spiritual worth with God and the Church, and give them a sense of belonging to the Body of Christ in an active way. 

Parish Nurse Program
The Parish Nurse Program is designed to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of parishioners through a holistic approach. As a member of the parish staff, the Parish Nurse brings healthcare and related services to the Church family, using a variety of programs and activities. The role of the Parish Nurse is to be a health counselor and resource, an educator and support facilitator, and an interpreter of the relationship between faith and health. The primary objective of the Parish Nurse is to help parishioners take responsibility for their own health and help them understand the many causes of illness.  For information, call Mary Pat Sloan, Parish Nurse at (440) 886-1468, Ext. 20.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Can you knit or crochet? The Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to everyone in our parish. We use our hands and prayerful hearts as we create these shawls to provide comfort, healing, strength and friendship for the recipient. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30PM in the School Meeting Room #1. This is a ministry that can be done individually or as a group. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this beautiful symbol of caring.

Pro-Life Committee
The goal of the Pro-Life ministry is to defend and support the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. The committee’s mission is to help all pregnant women in need of assistance.

Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry is an outreach ministry with a mission to provide compassionate care and services to those in need within the parish community. Members administer to the needs and concerns of the less fortunate living within our parish boundaries. The Ministry derives its funding with a collection the first full weekend each month. It is only through the very generous support of our wonderful parishioners that we are able to financially support our commitment to help those who have little. Good Samaritan Ministry members strive to make it known that what they do comes in the name of Jesus, never from themselves alone, as we are only his servants. The Ministry provides food, clothing, shelter (through rental assistance), medical prescriptions, utilities, transportation, furniture, and other assistance to those in need. The Ministry also works with the Ozanam Food Pantry by providing on a regular basis volunteer workers to distribute food and clothing. We also provide monetary support to other various food pantries within our local area. All the good works and deeds of the Ministry are done in the name of Christ our Savior.  For more information, call the Parish Office (440) 886-4434, Ext. 12.

Wellness Ministry
The Wellness Ministry works closely with the Parish Nurse. Members of this group assist with numerous health-related activities such as blood pressure screenings, the annual Healing Mass, the Parish Picnic, and educational programs. Parishioner with or without a medical background are welcome to join.

Education Commission
The wise among the people shall give understanding to the many. Daniel 11:33
The Education Commission seeks to foster and promote collaboration between the parish community, the day school, the PSR program and other various parish organizations with the goal of advancing an understanding of Catholic teaching. The Education Commission provides programs, opportunities and resources for all members of the parish to continue to grow in our Catholic faith. The commission is made up of representatives from the day school, the PSR program, RCIA, Couple to Couple Marriage Ministry and others concerned with the education of parishioners at all levels. Working together and drawing from the experiences of its members, the commission will seek to ensure the continuation of solid faith formation for all generations at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish. The commission meets regularly to identify religious education needs of the parish and plan programs to address these needs. Programs are planned for adults as well as families. Consult the Sunday bulletin and the parish newsletter, Heard on Hauserman, for information concerning scheduled events.

Day School, Grades K-8
St. Bridget of Kildare School exists as a community to provide a safe learning environment and experiences that promote Christian values, dignity and respect for all involved, and the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, social and aesthetic growth of each student. We recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children. We at St. Bridget School seek to assist parents as partners in this educational endeavor. Following the example of our patroness saint, Saint Bridget, we commit ourselves to teaching students the same faith and Catholic values.  For more information, call the School Office (440) 886-1468.

Extended Care Program
The Extended Day Program is a supportive service providing before and after school childcare for working families of St. Bridget of Kildare School students in pre-school through 8th grade. Morning care (6:45-7:45AM) and after care (2:45-6:00PM) are available daily and follow the school calendar. The program provides a snack and a range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities daily.  For more information, call Michelle Morabito, Director (440) 886-1468, Ext. 18. 

PTU (Parent-Teacher Unit)
The purpose of this organization is to bring a closer relationship between the parents, teachers and administrators of the school, that they may cooperatively promote the spiritual, moral and educational welfare of the children of St. Bridget of Kildare School. The PTU will engage in activities to enhance the spiritual and educational focus of the home and school. All parents are encouraged to become active members, sharing their time and talent. For more information, contact the PTU at

Parish School of Religion
The PSR program is the parish’s initiative to assist parents in their primary role of educating their children and raising them in the Catholic faith. PSR provides religious education for students in grades one through eight who attend public schools. Religious education and faith formation is offered by a staff of volunteer catechists, who have been trained and certified for their ministry by the Diocese of Cleveland. Students enrolled in the second and eighth grades will be prepared to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (2nd) and Confirmation (8th), in conjunction with the students from St. Bridget of Kildare day school. PSR classes for grades one through eight are held on Monday evenings in the school from 6:45 until 8:00PM.  For more information, call Betsy Knestrick (440) 886-1468, Ext. 17.

Pre-School Program
The primary purpose of the St. Bridget Preschool Program is to provide a transition from home to a school atmosphere. While recognizing that family relationships provide the young child with the best model for developing attitudes, values and appropriate behavior, the St. Bridget Preschool Program offers the preschool aged child an opportunity for interaction with other children and adults in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern. The Preschool Program promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth of the young child in a creative learning environment through age appropriate development experiences and play activities.  For more information, call the School Office (440) 886-1468. 

Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week celebrations have become a tradition since its beginning in 1974. It is a time that we honor the mission that Catholic Schools do for young people, the Church and the community. We remember all those who are involved in Catholic education. The various themes assigned over the years have pointed to the outstanding characteristics of education in the Catholic School system. Catholic Schools Week gives us the opportunity for students to proclaim spiritual growth and flourish together.  For more information, contact the PTU at

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a scripture-themed program where children grades K-5 uncover the treasures of God’s truth as they learn his commandments and understand that Jesus is the power by which we live and learn.  For more information, call Cindy Grogan (440) 886-1468, Ext.13.

Scripture Study
Members of this ministry meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30AM in the Rectory. With the aid of a book on sacred scriptures that each member has, we discuss the readings and gospel for the upcoming weekend and holy days. Members feel that they get much more meaning and fulfillment when they attend Mass after these discussions. 

Couple to Couple Marriage Ministry
The Couple to Couple Marriage Ministry assists the pastor in preparing engaged couples for marriage. Couple Ministers share their faith, training and the experience of their own marriage with the engaged couples entrusted in their care. Couple ministers are trained by the diocese and commissioned by their parish to engage in this ministry. They are committed to the couples they serve by preserving confidentiality, by being good listeners and guides, and by encouraging engaged couples to further their spiritual and emotional growth. 

Parish Finance Council
Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. ~  Matthew 22:21
The Parish Finance Council is charged with advising the Pastor on many of the temporal matters involved in the operation of the Parish. The Council is a group of parishioners, appointed by the Pastor, who have business, accounting, legal, finance, human resources or other relevant experience. The Finance Council reviews the annual budget, certifies the annual diocesan financial report, and provides advice and support to the Pastor.  For more information, call he pastor, Fr. Robert Wisniewski (440) 886-4434.

Bingo Crew Members
Our weekly charitable gaming program is an essential fundraiser for our school. All school families regularly volunteer, but additional volunteers are always needed and welcome to make this fundraiser successful and keeping Catholic education affordable to many families.  For more information, call Steven Malec (440) 886-4434, Ext. 17. 

Parish Building and Grounds Committee
This committee is a group of men and women who have specific background, knowledge and expertise in commercial property plant maintenance. The group meets periodically on an as needed basis to review the entire parish and school plant conditions of our buildings and property.  For more information, call Steven Malec (440) 886-4434, Ext. 17.

Offertory Counters
A group of men and women who work on teams to open, sort and prepare for deposit the church offertory collections. This group is highly regulated by Diocesan guidelines, procedures and audits due to the very nature of this ministry. Members of the counting teams are appointed by the Pastor after approval by the Parish Finance Council.  For more information, call Steven Malec (440) 886-4434, Ext. 17.