PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR!
Saturday, March 10 is
at the Community of St. Bridget
Over the past three years, over 100 of you have worshipped with us. We hope that you and your guests will join us for this celebration!
4:30 pm. Meet and Greet
5:00 pm. Liturgy of the Eucharist, Sanctuary
6:00 pm. Potluck Feast, Pilgrim Hall
~ Main entree and beverages provided
~ Side dishes and desserts welcome!
6:30 pm. Group conversation about the Community, services and outreach
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Everyone knows the Mother who whines, "You never call, you never write." This is us inviting you to catch up. Some of you are regular, some are semi-regular, and some are rare (yet still appreciated!) members of the community. No matter if you came last week or you came once three years ago, we'd love to see you and catch up. Main dish and beverages are on us. If you'd like to bring a side or dessert to share, that would be lovely, but not required. We just would like to have you over!
This Saturday, February 10, the Community of St. Bridget will celebrate liturgy in memory of Fr. Mark DiNardo, the late pastor of St. Patrick Church on Bridge Ave. Father supported church reform. He was a friend and supporter of women priests. He said that women priests were "on the right side of history." We thank Fr. Mark for his support and will celebrate his life and legacy.
The Community of St. Bridget has supported a community meal at a Lakewood church for several years.That program has been closed. How can we call ourselves Christians if we're not helping other people? We looked and listened and our board has chosen a new outreach.
We will be working with Malachi House to support them in their ministry of caring for dying people with no resources. We will be telling you more about this important contribution soon!
Thank you for contributing your ideas to this important decision.
Community of St. Bridget Holiday Mass Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 23 at 5 pm (4th Sunday in Advent)
Monday, Dec. 25 at 10 am (Christmas Day)
[You are also welcome at the Brecksville UCC Christmas service on December 24 at 10 pm.]
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Australia Votes for Gay Marriage, Clearing Path to Legalization
By ADAM BAIDAWI and DAMIEN CAVE
MELBOURNE, Australia — A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples.
Of 12.7 million Australians who took part in the government survey, 61.6 percent voted yes and 38.4 percent voted no, officials announced on Wednesday morning. Participation was high, with 79.5 percent of voting-age Australians sending back their postal ballots. continue reading
In times of crisis, it can be difficult to know how best to help or where to give. It’s often the organizations and people embedded in the community that know where relief is needed most, and how best to deliver it. That’s why the Cleveland Foundation is launching an online giving platform – www.clevelandfoundation.org/puertorico – that will help Greater Clevelanders give to the Puerto Rico Community Foundation (Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico), an organization founded in 1985 to support the well-being of residents on the island.
Our community has strong ties to Puerto Rico. Of the Hispanic population in the Cleveland Metropolitan area, which the U.S. Census estimates at nearly 107,000, more than half trace their roots to Puerto Rico. In solidarity with our local Hispanic community, we encourage Greater Clevelanders to show their support for Puerto Rico by giving in this time of great need.
Between now and Nov. 30, Greater Clevelanders can visit www.clevelandfoundation.org/puertorico to give online. All donations will be transferred directly to the Puerto Rico Community Foundation and specifically designated for use on the ground for hurricane relief efforts in the hardest hit areas throughout Puerto Rico.
If you prefer to send a check by mail, mark on the memo line “Puerto Rico Relief” and mail to Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300, Cleveland, OH 44115.
On Sunday, October 1, our own Mary Eileen Collingwood was one of the ordaining bishops consecrating two new women bishops in California. Following the tradition of the early church, Jane Via and Suzanne Thiel were chosen by the people they will serve in the western region of the United States.
This coming Saturday, October 14, Claudia Adamson will be ordained a priest in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We rejoice with these good women and the people of God they will serve!
From the New York Times: Same-Sex Couples Wed in Germany as Marriage Law Takes Effect
by Melissa Eddy
BERLIN — Cheers rang out in the City Hall of Berlin’s Schöneberg district on Sunday as two men, who met 38 years ago, when the German capital was a divided city, became the country’s first same-sex couple to legally marry.
(RCWP) For Immediate Release
Roman Catholic Womenpriests Ordain Two Bishops in Local Synagogue
On Sunday October 1, 2017 at 10:30am, two women priests, Jane Via and Suzanne Thiel, will be ordained Bishops of the Western Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP). The ordination will take place in the sanctuary of Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, CA. Rabbi Paula Marcus will participate in the ceremony. Other representatives of other faiths will also be present. continue reading
From Huffington Post:
Hundreds Of Christian Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBTQ ‘Nashville Statement’
By Antonia Blumberg
A day after evangelical leaders released a manifesto railing against same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ community, hundreds of Christian leaders and thousands of other concerned citizens have come forward with strong messages of inclusion. continue reading
Also, here is the text of the full statement issued by Christians United. It’s well worth the read.
Want to help Texans suffering from hurricane Harvey, but not sure what to do? Here is one suggestion: the Houston Food Bank. Whether or not you are able to send money, let's remember them and the victims of Irma in our prayers. These are interesting--and terribly challenging--times.
(This is merely one suggestion. We have worked with the Cleveland Food Bank for our community meal in Lakewood and know that food banks are effective and efficient. If you would like another suggestion for victims of Harvey and Irma, please consider checking out Charity Navigator. They do a wonderful job of evaluating charities for efficiency and efficacy.)
From Huffington Post:
Muslims Opening Their Doors To Flood Victims: ‘We Feel And Suffer The Same’
“Moments like this is what I consider true inner-faith work.”
By Sebastian Murdock , Melissa Jeltsen
Shazia Ashraf watched from a boat as her mattress floated in six feet of water in her Houston home. Underneath the murky depths she could see her washer and dryer. Her fridge had somehow migrated to the living room.
This is the true face of Islam in the United States. Thank you to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Network, a social justice organization representing Catholic Nuns in the United States issues open letter to the US Senate opposed to currently proposed heath-care legislation:
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
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!
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