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.
Community of St. Bridget - Cleveland
Read most recent Homily - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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When we hear these readings, we wonder if anything has changed in all of human history. God created humanity and ever since humanity has spent its time being contrary. The Hebrew Scriptures are full of the Creator trying to set humans back on the right track: tossing Adam and Eve out of the garden, destroying the earth with a great flood, sending the Hebrew people from one end of the desert to the other and back again, all in an attempt to get their attention. None of it worked. So God sends Jesus. That should do it! But it doesn’t. Alas.
Holy Spirit Catholic Community - Toledo
Read most recent Homily - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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The parable in this week's gospel shows us two men at prayer,
We are very pleased to announce the creation of a Frequently Asked Questions page on our web-site.
You can always view Frequently Asked Questions by clicking the FAQ link in the main menu at the top of this screen.
The initial questions are a few that we commonly hear asked. If you have a question that we haven’t already answered, please CONTACT US.
Many thanks to the community leadership and members who have worked to make the creation of this page possible.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful [people] with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Photos from October 1st at CSB. Bishop Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger of Linz, Austria (who was ordained the same time as Dagmar) was visiting.
Left to right. Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger of Linz, Austria , Dagmar Celeste,
Ann P. Klonowski, Sue Guzik, Mary Eileen Collingwood
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward
Doubt is not the opposite of faith;
it is one element of faith.
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. On November 8th, 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.
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
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
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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