The first mass in the old church building was celebrated on Christmas Day in 1859. After many years of struggling with trying to establish a solid foundation for the church within the community, St. Bridget parishioners welcomed their first resident pastor in 1871.
However, it was in the 1930s that St. Bridget Church began to flourish. Growth was rapid and plans were soon put into place to expand the facilities. Preceded by the parish center in 1957, the present church building was dedicated in 1958, followed by the original school wing in 1964. This building was home to a junior high school for many years and then was closed and reopened in 1994 as St. Bridget Catholic Elementary School to educate children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. To accommodate the rapid growth of the school, a new school wing was added in 1998 and the offices and library were expanded in 2006.
St. Bridget opens its doors to many groups and participates in many community events as our parish family seeks to be a vibrant presence of the Catholic faith in the community. The local Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc., began in the 1930’s as the food pantry of Saint Bridget Parish. The parish remains committed to supporting the important work of the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc., through weekly collection of non-perishable food items as well as financial support throughout the year. Neighbors helping neighbors is an important way we live out the Gospel call to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Since the beginning, under the leadership of many dedicated priests and religious, the parishioners have made significant contributions to the Cheshire community and beyond.