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.
Readers within traveling distance of South Bend may be interested in...
Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Catholic Women Ordained? How? Who? Why?
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST
First Unitarian Church
801 E. Washington Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617
Bishop Joan Houk, and newly ordained Susan Vaickauski and Kathy Rolenc, will talk about their experience of being Roman Catholic Womenpriests in a Church that does not ordain women. History of the RCWP movement with standards and credentials for ordination and personal stories will be shared.
For information contact Joan at 724-612-3842 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Call To Action-Michiana, a progressive Catholic organization working for justice and equality in the Church.
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
~Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
During the election we were constrained by our tax status from making partisan statements.
But as a new government is forming, let us not forget the mandate of the Gospel.
The Community of St Bridget stands with:
Latinas & Latinos
We support equality and inclusion.
We build bridges - not walls.
We defend the environment.
aggression targeted at women
dictators and autocrats
hate, fear and division.
We will stand
and speak out in defense of our values,
remembering these words of Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Holy Spirit Catholic Community - Toledo
Read most recent Homily - 1st Sunday in Advent
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Our penitential rite at the beginning of today's Mass
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Community of St. Bridget - Cleveland
Read most recent Homily - 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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“Today you will be with me in paradise!” TODAY you will be with me in paradise. Not tomorrow. Not after spending time in purgatory. Not after someone has lit enough candles for you, or had enough masses said for you, or whatever other invisible hurdles there might be—today. The one who made this invitation is the ruler of our universe, not any of those misogynistic, racist, rich white boys who scramble for power. Christ!
The worst way to evangelize is to ask someone that “if they died tonight do they know they would go to heaven.” The reason is because it’s not the gospel. It has nothing to with the gospel or the kingdom. Jesus and the disciples never once said “Repent so you can go to heaven when you die” or anything of the sort. Rather, it was “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was this-world focused. ~ Jacob Wright
[At the end of the world] It will be too late then to choose your side.
. . . That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.
~C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity
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.
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.
Even when you are weak in your faith,
I will remain fatihful to you. (2 Timothy 2:13)
Our dead are never dead to us,
until we have forgotten them.
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.
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.
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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