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.
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Q: For sixteen years, since first grade through college, I received a Catholic education. I probably have a minor in theology. During that time, I never heard of women priests. Never. Always men. What proof do you have that there were women who served as priests? Are there any books I can read? Primary sources? Did women priests really exist? Kathleen A. Brown
(Question and answer from the Newsletter: LEADING, published by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)
Kathleen A. Brown, a cradle Catholic,is constantly searching for the truth in her religion and the joy of Jesus.
A: If your mind and heart are open to different truths and ideas, congratulations. The Church has a way of considering itself the final word, while discreetly passing over and neglecting sections of history.
The parable of the sower and the seed
On Saturday, JULY 15, we will NOT be celebrating mass at Brecksville UCC. Mary Eileen will be with the annual gathering of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) in Cleveland, and Ann will be with the assembly of Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) in Madison, Wisconsin. We'll be back July 22! Hope to see you then!
No matter what your political leanings, if you have concerns about how the vulnerable are being treated in the current political climate (especially regarding health care), you may want to reach out to your Senators:
Rob Portman, 216.522.7095 or 202.224.3353
Sherrod Brown, 216.522.7272 or 202.224.2315
If you want a little pastoral support, you may want to check out a recent (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time) homily on the topic. You have an opportunity to speak for the voiceless.
I have never been happy with this gospel. It feels as if Jesus is telling me to turn my back on the people who love me and whom I love. Boo. There are other verses in the gospel that tell people to leave the plow in the field, the dead unburied, and one’s parents, without a word. But it’s not that cut and dried. Let’s go back through the readings.
From Huffington Post: German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
LGBTQ rights get a big win in Europe’s most populous country.
By Nick Robins-Early
From the New York Times: Parliament in Germany Approves Same-Sex Marriage
By ALISON SMALE and DAVID SHIMER
Concerned about fear of and hate and violence toward members of faith traditions different from your own? "Be the change" you want to see in the world! Meet your Muslim neighbors and other members of the interfaith community. Join us as we learn about, share, and celebrate the rich diversity of our different cultural and faith traditions with tea and treats!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
7 to 9 PM (registration at 6:30)
St. Malachi Parish Hall
2459 Washington Avenue (W. 25 & Detroit)
RSVP by July 10 to Stephanie: firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 29, 2002, seven women offered themselves for ordination as Roman Catholic priests. One of those was an American, Dagmar Celeste, a member of the Community of St. Bridget. These courageous women are the mothers of a growing movement in the Church that celebrates all of God's creation by acknowledging that women and men are equally beloved by God. We offer our gratitude to the Danube Seven and are honored to take on their mission for a renewed ministry in a renewed Catholic Church!
Q: Can you do weddings? Funerals? Anointing? First communion and confirmation?
A: Yes. We are ordained in the Roman Catholic tradition and have presided at weddings, funerals, baptized people, and anointed the sick and the dying. We are also able and willing to preside at first communions and confirmations.
Crowds gather outside the White House, which was lit in rainbow colors
to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage,
on June 26, 2015. (Jonathan Capehart/The Washington Post)
June 26, 2015. America at its greatest By Jonathan Capehart
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
joyfully invites you to the
Priestly Ordination of
Diaconate Ordination of:
Ordaining Bishop: Bridget Mary Meehan
July 8, 2017 2:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Religion is often viewed as a force that sows divisions between people. But the world’s most prominent religious leaders have come together to present a different vision of how faith can work in the world.
From Time Magazine
Catholics Should Accept and Love All LGBTQ People
James Martin SJ
Jun 14, 2017
James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America and author of the new book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity
Last year, a gunman stormed into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a place frequented by many in the gay community, and killed 49 people. It was the largest mass murder in US history. In response, many religious leaders expressed sympathy for the people of Orlando, as well as for the LGBTQ community.
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Saturday 5:00 PM
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Our sister community in Toledo, Ohio is Holy Spirit Catholic Community.
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