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



Click here to celebrate Mass with us at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 9, 2020

Click here to share in the celebration of Our Risen Lord, Easter Sunday, with Fr. Rob and Deacon Jim.

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.  

COVID-19 Social Distancing Reminders:  All who visit the church, rectory and school are required to have a mask on in order to enter the building.  A mask will be provided if you do not have one.  Click here for a list of our guidelines and procedures to ensure the continued health and safety of all who will be attending Mass. 

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

St. Bridget of Kildare Elementary School and PSR Updates:

St. Bridget of Kildare Elementary School has open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year for kindergarten through 8th grade!  We also offer both full-day and morning-only preschool options for both 3 and 4 year old children.  Space is very limited so please call the school to check availability.  Families may choose between a fully online learning model or in-school learning with small class sizes and expanded disinfection and distancing protocols to keep our students safe and healthy. Families may opt to switch from online learning to in-school learning or vice versa at the end of each academic quarter depending on the needs of each family. Students who will be learning in the classroom will have full access to all of our core subjects as well as special subjects such as Art, Technology, Spanish and Music. Students learning from home will also be able to participate in online extracurricular activities like Student Council and 3D Modeling. No matter which option each family chooses, St. Bridget of Kildare Elementary School has dedicated faculty and staff who will work with each child to help them grow into faith-filled, lifelong learners!  For more information, call the school at 440-886-1468 or email Tracey Bresnahan at tbresnahan@stbridget-parma.com

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.  

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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