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September 27, 2020 - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ:

This Sunday at 2PM please join me and the Knights of Columbus for the historic

visit of the Silver Rose to Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish. We will gather in Saint Bridget Church for a prayer service which includes the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Act of Consecration. The Silver Rose is a program through which the Knights of Columbus share the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote respect for life by participating in this meaningful pilgrimage. Every stop, at every parish, is an opportunity for Knights, parishioners, and community members to gather in prayer with the Holy Rosary and to pray for a greater respect for human life, for the spiritual renewal of our nation, and for the advancement of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America. All the members of our parish family are strongly encouraged to join us THIS coming Sunday, September 27th, from 2-3PM in Saint Bridget Church for a Prayer Service as we mark this historic visit of the Silver Rose to our parish family. Sign-up on our website under tab Sign Up for Events.

Annual Family Commitment 2020…THANK YOU! As of Tuesday, September 22nd, we have received pledges in the amount of $95,265.00 from 310 of our families representing participation from only 10.0% of our families.

Thank you to those families who have made a commitment to our parish family. As we continue to seek to address major capital projects and ensure our facilities are kept up-to-date we need the help of every family! This year I am personally asking every family to support the 2020 Annual Family Commitment. Your generosity to this year’s collection will help us to address the deterioration of the pews here in Saint Bridget Church (once the pandemic is over), and address some much-needed parking lot repairs and hopefully address some repairs to the West Wall at Saint Thomas Becket Church. These are projects, once again, that simply could not be addressed within the ordinary budget of our parish. Please be as generous as you are able.

Your gift, no matter its size, makes a difference, and 100% of all funds collected will be used here in Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish. We need your help! If you have not given yet please prayerfully consider doing so. Thank you for what you do to make Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish such a phenomenal and vibrant family of faith.

THE ST. BRIDGET SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!! Thank you to everyone who assisted in any way! I was blown away by the response from our community! Once again I find myself filled with joy as the Pastor of this great parish. I am so thankful to everyone who gives of their time, talent, and treasure to make our parish family such an active and vibrant community and for the many ways you show your support for our parish school.

God gave us such a beautiful day to enjoy! The tournament was a huge success

thanks to the many organizations, companies, and individuals who supported it. I express Special Gratitude to Caroline Ramirez-Blier, Ken Blier, and Tom Burkhard who were the co-chairs of this year’s tournament. They worked very hard soliciting support and organizing a great day. I also express profound gratitude to the many committee members and all those who volunteered at the tournament. It was great to see so many school parents and parishioners coming to help out for the day. We could not have done it without each of you!

COVID-19 may have changed things up a little but it didn’t stop our Cheshire Community from coming together in support of St. Bridget School.

The support of so many in our greater community is quite humbling. We are most grateful to our major sponsor, as well, The Legionaries of Christ Novitiate and College of Humanities! We are humbled by the dedication, generosity, and support the Legionaries of Christ offer to our school and parish. Their support makes a huge difference. Thank you!

We are grateful to The Parish Family of Saint Bridget of Sweden, who was our Dinner Sponsor; to Canning Liturgical Arts, our Lunch Sponsor; to The Horton Group, LLC, our Beverage Station Sponsor; to Ion Bank, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, Pace Motor Lines, and Webster Bank, our Cart Sponsors; to F.F. Hitchcock, Inc., and Rowland Technologies, Inc., our Gift Sponsors; to All Pointe HomeCare LLC, and AJ Waste Systems, our Cocktail Hour Sponsors; to Blasius Chevrolet & Cadillac, our Hole-in-One Sponsor; to Alderson-Ford Funeral Homes Inc., Blacks Road Self Storage LLC, Eastern Fuel Corporation, Ricci Construction Group Inc., ServPro of Milford-Orange-Stratford, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish in North Haven, and Starion Energy Inc. who were our Putting Green Sponsors!!!

Thank you to the Tee and Green Combo Sponsors, in addition to myself, which were Wallingford-Yalesville Funeral Home, Steamatic Restoration & Cleaning, and American Leak Detection. Thanks also to our Tee or Green Sponsors including the Blier Family, the Cherrone Family, Cheshire Men’s Softball, Cipriani Construction, The Flood Law Firm LLC, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Joan and Kevin Gibbons, GC Electric, E. Haberli Electric LLC, Lucibello’s Italian Pastry Shop, the Manning Family, the McCormack Insurance Company, the CT State Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Mitchell Family, STM@Yale, St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Litchfield, S&R Property Maintenance LLC, Viron Rondo Osteria, and Votto Vines Importing. We also thank our Friends & Family Donors including Sally Bowman Real Estate, RW Hine Ace Hardware, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ginnetti, Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, Knights of Columbus Santa Fe 2978, Mark Izzo, Francis Mitchell, Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish Women’s Society, the Tine Family, as well as all who donated items to our raffle and those who took our ads in our Ad Book, thank you all so very much!

It takes a village and the village of Cheshire has, once again, responded with great generosity. This support of our school makes such a difference in our ability to provide a safe, nurturing, and academically stimulating environment in which we attend to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students while they come to know Jesus Christ and His great love for them. Thank you all!

WITH THE 1st of OCTOBER, this Thursday, ALSO BEGINS RESPECT LIFE MONTH. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has chosen as their theme this year for this respect life month, Live the Gospel of Life. More information can always be found at the website

Some highlights of this coming Respect Life Month include:

1. This year Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish will host the Annual Pro-Life Mass for the Archdiocese on Sunday, October 18th at 2PM, with Archbishop Blair.

2. The 40 Days for Life program is running through November 1st praying for and fasting for an end to abortion.

3. October 10th at the Bartlem Park Gazebo will be the Public Square Rosary across from the Cheshire High School from 12Noon to 1PM.

4. Please join us before the Eucharistic Lord on Fridays from 1PM-2PM during our Eucharistic Adoration to join us in praying that He may move the hearts of all to a greater respect for life as we seek to build a culture of life.

This Respect Life Month let each of us call to mind the need to promote a Culture of Life in our families, in our parish, and in the wider community, and let us ask God’s blessings on us as we strive to treat each and every person we meet as the masterpiece that he or she was created to be in His love. May we do all in our power to recognize the truth of His words, and be people who promote a culture of life.

As always, 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.

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