Welcome to the Community of St. Bridget!
We are a lay led, inclusive, Roman Catholic eucharistic community seeking truth and justice. We support Catholic women who have been called to the priesthood by God and their communities. In the Cleveland area we have four priests and a deacon. In 2014, two of these women, Ann Klonowski and Mary Eileen Collingwood, organized a worshiping community known as the Community of St. Bridget: an inclusive Catholic community. Housed in the Brecksville United Church of Christ, the community celebrates weekly masses.
“Inclusive” is important to the Community of St. Bridget. We like James Joyce’s famous sentiment: “Catholic means: here comes everybody.” When we say that all are welcome, we mean that all are welcome! No matter your marital status, sex or sexual orientation or identity, your age, race, national origin or religion, we would love to have you come worship with us!
In addition to regular liturgies, our priests are also available to preside at home masses, weddings, funerals, and provide the sacrament of the sick. Please contact them to make arrangements.
The Community of St. Bridget: an inclusive Catholic community
worshiping at the Brecksville United Church of Christ
Please join in our joy and come celebrate with us!
Inspired by the words of Pope Francis,
we are a community that builds bridges, NOT walls.
On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks human caused global warming. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.
A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.
Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.
We must get our response to global warming right. The consequences if we don’t are enormous…
We know, however, that rapid warming of the planet increases the risk of crossing climatic points of no return, possibly setting in motion large-scale ocean circulation changes, the loss of major ice sheets, and species extinctions. The climatic consequences of exceeding such thresholds are not confined to the next one or two electoral cycles. They have lifetimes of many thousands of years.
Please read the full text of the letter. In November, please vote for politicians who recognize the urgent need for action to mitigate the consequences of human caused global warming. We must drastically reduce our use of oil, coal and gas. No other issue is more important.
The poor have to labor in the face of the majestic equality of the law,
which forbids the rich as well as the poor
to sleep under bridges,
to beg in the streets,
and to steal bread.
Last Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Cincinnati, Claudia Adamson (center) was ordained a deacon
by Bishop Joan Houk (left). Also pictured: Rev Elsie McGrath, Program Coordinator.
Love is blind. Obedience shouldn't be.
When the Vatican reprimands U.S. nuns, citing their "radical feminism," three fearless nuns risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: social justice.
A woman — and also a Roman Catholic priest
by Will Chabun
Regina Leader Post, Saskatchewan Canada
Published on: September 16, 2016
Jane Kryzanowski remembers the day she got The Call.
Holy Spirit Catholic Community - Toledo
Read most recent Homily - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Take a look at the bold type in the Gospel in your bulletin.
When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves—they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true. ~Cheryl Hughes
Community of St. Bridget - Cleveland
Read most recent Homily - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Many years ago (36, to be exact!), Al and I were visiting friends. Their three boys were wild and wooly, very active, all up in each other’s business all the time. Two especially would really get into it. They were seven and nine and hell bent on killing each other. Finally, in exasperation, their mother took them to the laundry room, yelling at them, “Don’t come out until one of you is dead!” and slammed the door. A few minutes later, one little head peeked out to ask for release, but Ellen asked, “Is Patrick dead?” “No,” came the timid reply. “Then get back in there.” More time elapsed. Finally a different little head peeked out, but before he could say a word, their mother asked, “Is Charlie dead?” “No,” replied the lad. “Then get back in there.” They boys probably were in there for most of an hour. Finally their mother took mercy. She opened the door to find two quiet, contrite boys sitting talking. “You still want to kill him?” she asked the one. “No.” “Do you still want to kill him?” “Uh-uh.” “Then come out here and act like brothers instead of a couple of maniacs.” And that was the end of that. (We were grateful because we were there to babysit those kids that weekend and we were glad to see them properly mollified!)
Check out Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation -- you can find the link in the side bar to the right of this page... Thanks to Al for suggesting that we add this feature to our web-site!
Things that matter most should never be at the mercy
of things that matter least.
Here’s a picture from the August 6th Ordination of Kathy Rolenc in Oaklawn Illinois:
Back row: Revs. Mary Grace Crowley-Koch (Chicago), Lillian Lewis (Three Oaks, MI), Mary Keldermans (Springfield, IL), Marty Meyer-Gad (Mankato, MN), Ann Klonowski (Cleveland, OH), Paula Hoeffer (Cincinnati, OH), Susan Vaickauski (ordained 6-11-16, Chicago).
Front row: Revs. Elsie McGrath (St. Louis, MO), Kathy Rolenc (ordained 8-6-16, Chicago), Bishop Joan Houk (South Bend, IN), candidate Catie Shinn (St. Louis, MO).
What you do speaks so loudly
that I cannot hear what you say.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
From: The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader
Port Townsend, WA
Ordination of a renegade priest: 'I am ready’
By: Ross Anderson Contributing Writer Aug 10, 2016
As a devout Catholic schoolgirl in the 1950s, Judy Dahl was certain that she had been called to become a priest.
Samuel Johnson called it the vanity of human wishes, and Buddhists talk about the endless cycle of desire. Social psychologists say we get trapped on a hedonic treadmill. What they all mean is that we wish, plan and work for things that we think will make us happy, but when we finally get them, we aren't nearly as happy as we thought we'd be. ~Alison Gopnik
Questions from an Ewe discusses “Irregularity” in an essay dated July 14th:
Last week Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput said remarried divorced Catholics shouldn’t receive Communion unless they abstain from sex…likewise for same sex couples. Furthermore, he said those same people shouldn’t be allowed to serve on parish councils, instruct the faithful, serve as lectors or dispense Communion. (I think they can still operate heavy machinery and definitely can contribute financially.) He feels such people are in “irregular” relationships that offer “a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community.” ‘
Hospitality is the first step towards dismantling the barriers of the world.
Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.
~ Joan Chittister, OSB
Published June 29, 2016
Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest
By Sora O'Doherty
CALIFORNIA: Joanna Truelson took a big step in her spirituality when the Orinda resident was ordained a Roman Catholic womanpriest at a ceremony at the Orinda Community Church June 25.
Community of St. Bridget
Saturday 5:00 PM
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All are warmly welcomed
Our sister community in Toledo, Ohio is Holy Spirit Catholic Community.
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