St Bridget Parish Retreat March 21-23rd – Special Speaker

St Bridget Parish Retreat March 21-23rd

   From SBCC Men’s Ministry Group: Father Leo will be here March 21-23. Here is a YouTube clip of him and information on the retreat.  It is an awesome way to really prepare for Easter, and include our families in it with us.
  Father Leo’s parish retreat at St Bridget is coming March 21-23, please mark your calendar, it will be amazing, here is a clip of him


 Parish Mission Presenter Bio:
Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is an internationally known conference speaker, popular TV and Radio personality, and the creator and host of the movement, “Grace Before Meals.” His unique background as a former martial arts championship title holder and choreographer for an award winning breakdancing group has provided him unique experiences and insights that he incorporates into a dynamic and universal spiritual message. This message has caught the attention and acclamation of diverse audiences, including PBS, ABC, CBS and also the Food Network, in which Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in a surprise cooking competition, “Throw Down with Bobby Flay.”

 What is a Parish Mission?   A parish mission is a parish wide event in which an invited speaker gives a series of talks on a theme over multiple evenings. The talks are intended to help us grow in our faith lives while being entertained, challenged, and engaged.

 What will each evening be like?  Each evening we will have one of the following liturgies/prayer experiences offered before the talk: Rosary, tations of the Cross, or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction. The last two of the nights of the Mission will have meals offered and Fr. Leo will offer two live cooking exhibitions during the course of the Mission. A full schedule of events is posted in the Gathering Space of the Church.

 Theme:   The St. Bridget parish mission will focus on “Finding God” through our relationship with our Blessed Mother, the Saints and in our own families and community. Events with Fr. Leo always leave his audiences feeling fed “body, mind, and soul.”

Men’s Ministry Shrine Lenten Pilgrimage – March 16th

 Brothers and Pilgrims,

 It’s just about time to make your reservation. We have 2 new features! 

 We have arranged for a private guided tour of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington. This is the seat of the Archdiocese and not only plays a role in our Nation’s history, but is a most beautiful Cathedral.  Trust me…you will be impressed. 

 Second, the Knights of Columbus have opened the Blessed John Paul II Shrine with Saturday hours.  Those of you who would like to visit the JPII Shrine will have that opportunity as well. 

 Moreover, since certain of our destinations have been designated as official pilgrimage sites during this Year of Faith, and our schedule includes the opportunity for the other requisites, you will be able to gain a plenary indulgence by fully participating in this year’s Pilgrimage.  Please spread the word.

 Here is the schedule:

 6:30 a.m. Depart St. Bridget’s

9:00 Tour St. Matthew’s Cathedral

10-11:00 Proceed to Shrine of the Immaculate Conception/private time for coffee, bookstore, etc.

 11:00  Options: Tour of Shrine (for those of you seeing the Shrine for the first time, the Tour is highly recommended–even if you’ve been numerous times, it’s still the type of tour where you learn something new every time); Confessions; private prayer; visit to adjacent John Paul II Shrine

 12:00  Holy Mass in the Crypt Church

 1:00  Stations of the Cross in the Crypt Church (also highly recommended) or additional time for private reflection/bookstore/gift shop, etc.

 2:00 Depart Shrine for lunch at appropriate Irish pub before return trip home.

 5:30-6:00  Arrive St. B parking lot (usually closer to 6, but in time for The Knight’s St Patrick’s Day Dinner)

 Contact to reserve your spot.  When replying, please indicate if you could drive your land yacht in support of the carpool effort.  Thanks.  Below are some links for further information.

 Mike Kozak

Little Sisters French Food Festival in April

This year the French Food Festival that benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013

AND boy, do they have a deal for you!   How would you like free, hands on, cooking lesson from a world renowned, Master Chef?

Chef Paul Elbling, who mentored such famous chefs as Emeril Lagasse, will be giving FREE 4-6 hour cooking lessons for 5-6 lucky people!  You will learn to prepare 4 of his signature dishes.  You will  prepare:

  • Boeuf  Bourguignon  (Savory beef burgundy with vegetables and rice)
  • Crêpe de Coquille St. Jacques (Creamed scallops, shrimp and crayfish served in a French crêpe)
  • Bouchée à la Reine (Veal, chicken, and mushrooms served in a puff pastry with creamed velouté sauce)
  • Normandie: Coulibiac de Saumon (Crusty filet of salmon coulibiac w/spinach, lobster sauce)

In addition to this fabulous event, you will help out the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Because of the popularity of this event, we will be extending the hours and need to prepare more food.  Chef Paul would like to prepare each dish on a separate day.  

 The dates are:

  • March 9th from 10am-4pm-Boeuf Bourguignon
  • March 16th from 10am-4pm-Bouchée à la Reine
  • April 9th or 11 (TBD) from 5:30pm-10pm-Crêpe de Coquille St. Jacques
  • April 18th from 5:30pm-10pm-Normandie: Coulibiac de Saumon

This FREE offer is limited time only so please let me know ASAP.

PS: We will need help on the day of the Festival serving these wonderful delicacies.  You can sign up for shifts at:   and sign up for Chef Paul's tent. Contact Gene.

Please forward the above website to anyone you know who may be interested in volunteering to help out for the festival.