Good morning, Brothers.
Please find attached a letter from Monsignor Carr that outlines how St. Bridget Church and its clergy will be addressing the current tragic situation occurring within the Catholic Church. The letter and its contents will be shared with our parishioners and published in the church bulletin.
Over the last week, Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, condemned the perpetrators and called for reforms within the Church. In my opinion, it is a worthy read. As leaders within the St. Bridget parish, our Knights Council should be there for our fellow parishioners, listening and sharing thoughts and prayers.
As such, I encourage you to attend at least one of Monsignor’s planned meetings in the Church Hall (Sept 5th and 6th at 9am and 7pm) and/or the Mass of Atonement (Sept 22nd at 9am).
Bart Leahey, Grand Knight
St. Bridget Council 5476 | Knights of Columbus
I am embarrassed and ashamed about the abuse of children and youth within the Church. The one place where we should expect them to be safe was not safe for so many over the years. The abuse leaves scars that persist through a person’s life.
The past should haunt the Church because the leadership cared more about the Churches’ face than the vulnerable ones whom Jesus loves so much. What do we do now, can our broken hearts be healed, can we find the words for those who ask us about this scandal?
I want you to hold me accountable for my behavior as your pastor. I want you to hold accountable all the priests, deacons, pastoral staff and school staff who work here. Keep your eyes open, question. St. Bridget Parish and School must always be safe places for all.
This weekend and next I will speak about this during Masses. Also, please meet with me to share your feelings and thoughts and to pray together. I will meet you in the Church Hall on September 5 and 6 at 9am and 7pm.
We will hold a Holy Hour of Reparation after Daily Mass on Saturdays for the next three months beginning September 1st. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers of lamentation, quiet meditation and Benediction.
We will celebrate a Mass of Atonement here on September 22 at 9am.