From the desk of Father Jeffrey V. Romans
Dear Friends in Christ:
MERGER UPDATES…as we continue in this period of transition I am edified by the generosity of time and talent of those involved in the merging of the ministries into one. I am thankful to the various members of the former committees, organizations, and groups who are working with the Merger Transition Team and I am looking forward to our meeting this week when the progress of these meetings will be discussed. This is a very involved process and one that requires patience, generosity, and understanding as we work together to form one family of faith. Many of the comments of those involved so far have been that they are excited about future possibilities and the opportunity for more people to get involved to serve the parish and the wider community.
As I mentioned the number one thing you can do during this time of waiting is to pray. Pray for the success of those involved in our merger process. Pray for the pastoral and parish staff who are working so hard each day to serve the needs of our parishioners. Pray to our patroness, Saint Bridget of Sweden, that we may be united as one family of faith. I am confident that your prayers are working and that we will be a strong family of faith. Thank you for your continued prayers.
A New School Year is upon us! Each year around this time I like to ask our young people if they are ready to get back to school and this year, more than in the past, the response is yes! Our youth are excited to return to their normal routines and quite frankly so I am! I look forward to the new experiences a new school year brings for our students both in our parish school and in our religious education program. Different teachers, new classmates, new textbooks, and all sorts of new experiences await our young people. The start of the new school year is a time of anticipation.
In a special way we, as a pastoral staff, are very excited to welcome the students back to our school and our religious education program. I cannot wait to see the children in their classrooms for school and religious education being educated about our faith and growing not only in their understanding of the faith but also in their relationship with the Lord!
We are still in need of parishioners willing to serve the parish family as Catechists. If you are interested, please consider this my personal invitation to you. Come help us teach our young people. Come share your faith with a future generation of disciples of the Lord. If you are able and willing, please contact Donna Yatcko in our religious education office at 203-272-6504. Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity to serve our parish family.
So much of our life as a parish family and our school family is scheduled according to the School Year Calendar. Many programs and events start up at this time of year and that brings with it a level of excitement as well. I know that we as a Pastoral Staff have been working very hard preparing for our Fall programs, and there will be many! I hope you will consider joining us for the many educational, spiritual, and social activities and events we are planning. A full list will be provided in the near future.
Remember you can always check-out upcoming events on our Parish Calendar…The Parish Calendar can be found on our website and on the myParish app. It will list each and every activity taking place at Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish and Saint Bridget School. It is our hope that this calendar will be a tool to assist you in finding ways to get more involved in the life of our parish as together we grow in our knowledge and love of God.
One of the programs that begins in a new school year is the R.C.I.A. or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The R.C.I.A., or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which adults, who are not Catholic or even not baptized, come to learn about the Catholic faith with a desire to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
It is more than simply a course of instruction. The R.C.I.A. is an immersion into a Christ-centered way of living. This is accomplished through a process concerned with the total formation of a person into a believing, praying, and serving Catholic Christian. We do this through Scripture Study and group discussions forming the members of the R.C.I.A. to be active and faithful members of the Roman Catholic community of believers.
Who can join the R.C.I.A.? Any unbaptized adult who now wishes to learn more about the Catholic faith with the possibility of becoming Catholic; or those baptized Christians, from other denominations, who desire to learn more about the possibility of coming into full communion with the Catholic Church; and those Catholics who were baptized, but have never received their First Holy Communion and have not been confirmed. It should be noted that a person who enters the R.C.I.A. makes no obligation to formally join the Catholic Church at this time. Is Christ calling you to learn more about the Catholic faith, if so please call us!
A personal invitation…I am so thrilled that we currently have 2 people interested in joining the Catholic Church here at Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish. I personally invite anyone who is not Catholic but is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith to contact Donna Yatcko in our Religious Education Office at 203-272-6504 or email email@example.com.
If you know a family member or friend who might be interested. reach out to them and personally invite them to consider joining the R.C.I.A.
Final thoughts on a new school year…it is indeed a time for new beginnings as together we grow in our faith! Possibilities lie on the horizon as we are brought into contact with various people and open ourselves to new and diverse experiences. It is my hope for all of us that, whatever our role, the next several weeks will revitalize our hearts and spirits as we grow as a family of faith. As we begin this new school year in hope, in prayer, and in friendship, we ask God’s blessings upon us as we seek to grow in our faith.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!…The First Annual Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish Family Picnic will be held on September 17, 2017, beginning with an outdoor Mass at 11 a.m. on the field behind Saint Bridget School. Thank you to our co-chairs Tracey and Vito Catalanotto, Rebecca and Barry Berkowitz, and Patty and Larry Richard who are working non-stop in preparation for this event. I am so grateful to the many who have stepped up to chair one of the sub-committees and to the countless people who have offered to help on the day of the event.
SIGN-UP SHEETS TO VOLUNTEER ARE AT THE DOORS OF THE CHURCH AGAIN THIS WEEKEND. Please fill one out and offer to help at this important parish family event.
ABOVE ALL remember to pray and ask God’s blessings upon our family of faith as we build His kingdom here. Please know that I am praying for you, and I ask for your prayers for me, that together through the intercession of Saint Bridget of Sweden, our Patroness, and united in the Eucharist, we will reflect the presence of Jesus to the world.