SOCIAL MINISTRIES

​These ministers consist of parishioners who are interested in being more involved in the up-building of our parish and local communities. If you are feeling called to find out more information or join one of these ministries, do not hesitate to send an email or call the Parish Office today!

 
 
 

Bedrolls for the Homeless

Join other parishioners in creating mats for the homeless in Waterbury out of plarn (plastic yarn). No special skills necessary, just a desire to help those in need. Mats are made from recycled plastic bags transformed into yarn. Mats are comfortable and provide an insulated moisture barrier between ground and body. They also repel insects (bedbugs and lice don't like plastic) and dry easily. Each mat keeps 500-700 plastic bags out of the landfill. 

Bingo

Come join us on Thursday evenings for a fun-filled evening of BINGO! The bingo games take place in St. Bridget School Dining Hall, and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin to be called at 7:00 p.m. There is a progressive jackpot and each week it grows by $125.00. If it is not awarded in 53 numbers called or less, it will accumulate to a progressive jackpot prize of $2,000.00 and will be awarded in any amount of numbers called. A weekly dinner special is available, as well as beverages and desserts. Coffee, water and popcorn are complimentary! Admission is just $10, with specials available for purchase at $1.00 per strip.

Cheshire Catholic Youth Ministry

Provides a space for social, service and spiritual fellowship for high school aged parishioners.  We generally meet twice a month on Sunday evenings. Events have included volleyball, movies, bowling, a cookout, preparing and serving dinner at St. Vincent de Paul and a holiday Parent’s Night Out event for the parish. We hope to run a March Madness basketball tournament and plan a service mission trip this year!   Membership is causal and youth are encouraged to drop in and participate anytime. 

Health Care Ministry

Once-a-month assist parishioners in monitoring their individual blood pressure to help maintain their health.

Ministry of Hope and Healing

This ministry provides support for those who have lost a loved one.  Initially the members make contact with the family to express sympathy and comfort and offer assistance.  The Father Frisbie Hall at Saint Thomas Becket Church can be reserved for a gathering after any funeral Mass. 

The parish also provides two nine week seminars (Fall and Spring) and a program during the difficult holiday season to help the grieving at this time.  Each year on November 2, All Souls Day, the parish holds a Memorial Mass and a reception for the families of those who have died during the year.

Ministry of Hospitality

This ministry helps make our parish a more welcoming community through serving as greeters & collectors at weekend Masses, by providing a parish monthly “Coffee And’ for fellowship opportunities, and by assisting with occasional parish receptions.  Many families and individuals are needed for service in this ministry on both a scheduled and “as needed” basis.  

Ministry of Praying Hands

A community of knitters and crocheters who meet once a month (first Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Father Frisbee Hall and the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Bridget Parish Hall to pray and create prayer shawls for those suffering in any way.  These shawls "...wrap, enfold, comfort, covet, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify." (Bristow, 1998).

The ministry has also expanded to provide new mothers with a shawl at the time of their baby's baptism, a baby coverlet for the newly baptized baby as well as providing handmade scarves for those in need at the Pregnancy Care Center, Carolyn's Place in Waterbury.  All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome to be a part of this ministry. Consider sharing your prayer time and creative talents with us.

Our Lady's Rosary Ministry

In this world with so much occurring, we offer prayer to Our Lord and Our Lady, for special intentions, for our country and our needs.  We welcome all new members.  This ministry consists of The Children's Rosary, prayed by the children, at 4:00 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in Saint Thomas Becket Church, and the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle which is prayed by adults on Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. in Saint Thomas Becket Church.  The Rosary is also prayed

Parish Visiting Program

The Parish Visitors provide a caring presence for our parish members who are homebound or in a nursing facility.  This not only connects them with our parish but lets them know that they are an important part of our parish family.  Parish Visitors have a training session and attend quarterly meetings where they receive input on topics that aid them in this ministry.  The meetings also enable them to meet and share with other Parish Visitors.   Not only are the persons they visit enriched but they are blessed in the friendship they make.

Parish Social Ministry

The Parish Social Ministry is a group of dedicated parishioners who desire to serve the Church and society and in particular to have concern for those most in need in our community.  Here is a brief overview of most of the projects your Social Ministry is currently involved in: 

Harvest Garden (St Thomas Becket grounds) - Produce to Cheshire Community Food Pantry.

Advent Giving Trees – gifts and gift cards are collected for Cheshire Community Food Pantry and local nursing home, St Vincent DePaul, Cheshire Dept. of Human Services, Carolyn’s Place.

Food Collections – Monthly at St Thomas Becket campus, ongoing at St Bridget of Sweden

Sunday Shelter Supper –provided once per month to St Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury

Shelter Sandwiches – weekly provision of 150 (made in home) sandwiches (Thursdays) delivered to local drop off point and taken to above shelter

Friends Feeding Friends – On site provision, preparation and serving of noon meals (2nd, 3rd & 5th Saturday of each month as they occur) at St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen on Baldwin St in Waterbury

Other “Drives & Collections” – A) Back to School Uniforms & Supplies, B) Clothing & Household items (October), C) Pajama Project, D) Coats & Hats/gloves/scarves, E) Prison Ministry needs

Prayer Line

The Prayer Line Ministry is available for all those in need of prayer and support.  We also welcome anyone interested in becoming part of the Prayer Ministry.   We know that life is hectic.  You want to volunteer, but are not sure how.   This ministry is something that you can do from your house, your office, or in the car.   All we ask is that you pray with us to lift up the specific intentions submitted.  Prayer requests and requests to join the ministry can be submitted online through our parish website or via email to StBridgetPrayerLine@gmail.com.

Pro-Life Ministry

Our Pro-Life ministry works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death.  We do this in these focus areas: 1) Support – assist causes or groups that work on pro-life issues; 2) Education – raise consciousness of the sacredness of human life and pro-life values; 3) Advocacy - promote laws that protect life; and, 4) Prayer – place pro-life concerns in relationship with God from Whom the gift of life comes.

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ARE YOU FEELING CALLED TO BEGIN SOMETHING NEW?

There are so many ministries here at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish. If you are not finding what you are looking for please be sure to explore our Liturgical ministries here and our organizations here.

If you see a gap in our community and are feeling called to fill that need, please get in touch with us so we can discern any new ministries for our parish!

ABOUT US

Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish is a Catholic community in the heart of Cheshire. Together we can discover your path to a deeper, more fulfilling spiritual life.

Saturday Vigil Masses:

4PM St. Bridget Church

5PM St. Thomas Becket Church

Sunday Masses:

7:30AM St. Bridget Church

9AM St. Bridget Church

10AM St. Thomas Becket Church

11AM St. Bridget Church

Confession: Saturday 3PM St. Bridget Church

ADDRESS

203-272-3531

 

Parish Office

175 Main Street

Cheshire, CT 06410

North Campus

St. Bridget Church

175 Main Street 

Cheshire, CT 06410

South Campus

St. Thomas Becket Church

435 North Brooksvale Road

Cheshire, CT 06410

 

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