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Saturday 4:00 pm Sunday 7:30 am- 9:00 am 11:00 am Monday, Tuesday and Friday 5:30 pm Mass
Confession is held on Saturdays at 2:30 pm in the church

Parish Improvement Drive Update
Thank you to all who have made pledges and contributions to assist with improving our parish facilities in honor of our 150th Anniversary year. Your pledges of $434,012 significantly surpassed our goal of $400,000 and our latest figures show that we have received $392,181 or 90% of the total pledged. That is phenomenal! As you know we completed the project of repaving and adding new lighting to our parking lot this past fall. We anticipate the installation of the new Allen Organ in late May and we have promising (and much more reasonable) proposals for air-conditioning the church which we are presently pursuing. Once again, thank you for your commitment to St. Bridget Parish and going above and beyond your regular parish support!

PARISH OFFICE 80 Main St Manchester CT 06042 643-2403 fax 646-6936 Office hours 9am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. e-mail: web site: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE 74 Main St Manchester CT 06042 643-5454 fax 646-6936 e-mail: web site: SCHOOL OFFICE 74 Main St Manchester CT 06042 649-7731 fax 646-6936 e-mail web site School Development Office X 29

The Parish Office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 13th To all Parishioners we the staff at St. Bridget wish you all a most blessed and joyous Easter! Connecting Faith and Life
Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7

Parish Prayer Line: Prayer requests should be called in to June Todd 533-0328.

Parish Support
The totals represent 14 weeks. Week Budget Prior 173,224 04/05/09 18,588 Totals $191,812 Actual 158,554 19,282 $177,836

Thank you for your generosity!
We are short of our budgeted goal this year by ($13,976)

faith sharing question
Adult How does Jesus’ resurrection from the dead affect your faith? Child: How do the symbols of Easter (Easter eggs, bunnies, lambs) help you understand the meaning of Easter?

Attention Eucharistic Ministers,
Readers, and Altar Servers: The May/June liturgical schedules (Altar Servers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers) are now available for pickup in both the sacristy of the church and the hallway near the entrance to the auditorium. Schedules were already sent to those who receive them by email. If you successfully received your schedule by email, please do not also take a paper schedule as we are trying to save on printing costs! Thanks! 2009 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
Thank you to the parish families who have made a gift or pledge commitment to the 2009 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Please prayerfully consider supporting the many good works of the Archdiocese. Every gift will be gratefully received and sincerely appreciated. 1

Readings for the week of April 13, 2009
Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Next Sunday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15 Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18 Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35 Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48 Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14 Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15 Acts 4:32-35/1 Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31


Pastoral Staff
Father Stephen M. Sledesky is the pastor and parish
priest of St Bridget. An East Hartford native, ordained to the priesthood in 1993, he had served in Suffield and Torrington before coming to St. Bridget in 2003. Fr. Stephen's primary responsibility is caring for the pastoral and spiritual needs of parishioners in collaboration with the pastoral staff, through hospital visitation, marriage and baptismal preparation, funeral planning, and pastoral conversations. As the parish priest, he presides at Mass and the celebration of all the sacraments, planning for these with the assistance of the Liturgy Committee. Working with the School Principal, Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister, he offers spiritual guidance in the religious formation of the youth and faith formation opportunities for adults. With the insights and advice of the Pastoral Council, School Board, Finance Council and Building/Grounds Committee, he oversees the administration of the parish including personnel, finances, and the upkeep of the parish property, e-mail- (6432403x16)

John Ryan, Pastoral Associate and director of Social Ministries, has been

a St Bridget parishioner for over 30 years. Pastoral duties include baptism and marriage preparation, wake and burial services, calls to worship, some administrative duties and, principally, coordination of social outreach ministries. John has been involved with social ministries for 20+ years and has often attended conferences and workshops in the field. We have many opportunities for charity (food, clothing, shelter, money collections) and for advocacy (promote the common good by making changes in society). If you are interested in learning about these opportunities or if you have suggestions for St Bridget social ministries, contact John - after Mass,,. (643-2403x14)

Kathleen Sinnamon, Director of Religious Education. Kathy is a former

Fr. Terence Kristofak, C.P. is a Passionist priest from Holy
Family Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford. Formally trained in Theology and Pastoral Counseling. Fr. Terry served as retreat director at Holy Family, followed by eight years as Provincial for the Passionist Community. He returned to Holy Family in 2006 as a member of the Retreat team and as Rectory of the Monastery. His love for parish work has brought him to St. Bridget where he assists with parish Masses as well as in the parish school.

special education teacher with a Master's Degree in Special Education and a Master's Degree in Religious Education. She has been a member of Saint Bridget for over 45 years. Kathy and her husband Eric have three adult children who received their spiritual formation here at Saint Bridget Kathy has been the Director of Religious Education here for 12years. As director she can answer questions about children's religious education classes, and how adults can receive the sacraments they may have missed. Kathy also coordinates our Adult Faith Formation Programs and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. More information on all these programs is available on the Religious Education website Phone 643-5454

Eileen Carroll and Steve DiMotta Our Youth Ministry Program, for our
high school students, has two youth ministers. In her position as Confirmation Coordinator, Eileen oversees classes, service projects and retreats for the high school students of our parish. The Confirmation program is a two year preparation process. Students are offered small group classes taught by several dedicated adults of our parish which help them learn about our faith. There are also opportunities to hear national speakers, musicians and groups from around the state. If you have any questions about the program,, you may contact the Youth Ministry, 643-2403; Steve DiMotta is our Youth Minster in charge of Youth Group. Steve has been involved in Youth Ministry for the past eight years, the past year and a half here at St. Bridget. He and his wife Jaime live in Rocky Hill. Youth Groups are offered monthly for any high school student. They encourage fellowship and engage teens in fun activities centered around our faith. Steve also works with the Youth Leadership Team and Peer Leadership Team. These teams foster the leadership talents of high school students as they facilitate and plan our youth retreats and youth

Rita Barry, Principal of Saint Bridget School, lives in Meriden. For many
years she has been actively/involved in Catholic education both as parent and as a former teacher. She taught in Catholic elementary schools in Philadelphia as well as in Connecticut. The experience of raising her own children and teaching in a variety of grades from Pre Kindergarten to Grade Eight helps her to understand the needs of the children and teachers. Rita is also the District Leader, for the Archdiocese and frequently serves as Accreditation Chairperson for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. As principal, she incorporates the mission of Saint Bridget Parish in the purpose and objectives of the school. She is fortunate to work with the pastoral staff, faculty, School Board and Home/School Association to accomplish the mission of the (649-7731X19)

Mary DeSesa is our Music Coordinator. Mary handles the administrative

Sr. Marilyn Canning, Pastoral Associate, lives in West Hartford and

commutes each day to her ministry at St. Bridget. Sister brings many years of experience in administration, parish ministry, education, and Haitian mission work. She holds degrees in pastoral counseling, education, and is certified as a spiritual director. In her ministry at St. Bridget, she shares general pastoral duties, with Father Stephen and John Ryan, i.e., wakes and burial services, visitation of the sick in homes and hospitals. In addition she coordinates baptismal preparation and Ministry to the Homebound. She is also serves as liaison to the Spiritual Life, Bereavement and Welcoming Committees (643-2403 x 13)

tasks of our music ministry. She is also director of the Contemporary Ensemble at the 11:00 Mass and the organist at the Vigil Mass. She is also the primary organist (and occasional cantor) for special liturgies and prayer services. Clara Dubaldo, former long-time Music Director at St. Bridget, is the organist and choir director at the 9:00 Mass and for funeral liturgies. The choir also sings at Midnight Mass, the Easter Triduum, and on special occasions. Jim Simonetti is the organist for the 7:30 Mass. Mary Walsh is responsible for the music at all parish weddings. Lisa Cyr is the primary cantor at the 7:30 Mass and Kat Yanez is the primary cantor at the vigil Mass. Sarah Blackwell, Kristi Gillespie, Ginny Fernez, Sarah Harrington, John Nelson, Steve Grover, and Andre Chabot also serve as cantors at various Masses. Both the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses include instrumentalists and singers and our Resurrection Choir sings at Funeral masses. St.Bridget is truly blessed to have so many dedicated musicians enhancing our liturgies. Email-mdesesa@saintbridget.comt 643-2408X28 2


Parish Staff
St Bridget Is filled by competent-dedicated people – working to further the mission of the Gospel through their positions here in the parish, serving parishioners, and working with pastoral staff.

Jim Giangreco, became the Business Manager for St.
Bridget Parish and School in June, 2008 and is overseeing all parish and school finances. This includes working with the various ministries to provide a centralized accounting office for both the parish and the school. Jim is here at St. Bridget on Tuesday and Thursday. Jim serves as Administrative Assistant to the Director of School Finances at the Office of Catholic Schools at St. Thomas Seminary. Jim lives in Newington with his wife Kirsten and his daughter Gabrielle, Jim loves Starbucks! Barbara Reid is our school administrative assistant and has been with us for 3 years. She resides in Manchester and previously was an employee of the Town of Manchester for ten years. She and her husband Curt, who have been married for 31 years, have been members of St. Bridget’s for six years. She has a daughter who attends Sacred Heart University and a son who is a police officer. Email – x 18) Amy Spellman and Jennifer McClintock share the position of Coordinators of Religious Education and work in the office. Amy has been working here for 11 years and has been a parishioner for 22 years. Jennifer is our newest member of the Religious Education Office, having joined us this September. She lives in Manchester with her husband and three sons. Jennifer and her family have been parishioners for 5 years. Eliza Elmy and Maureen Hammick share the responsibilities in the parish office. Eliza lives in Manchester with her husband Brian and her daughters, Rachael & Alyssa. Eliza has been on staff for 1 year. .Maureen is a resident of South Windsor, a member of St. Bridget parish for over 9 years and has been on staff for 4 ½ years. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am to 4:30pm. Among the office responsibilities are the maintenance of sacramental records, issuance of sponsor forms and Mass cards, registration of new parishioners, scheduling meeting space for parish, school committees and the many ministries. The weekly parish bulletin is also produced through this office. Bulletin articles are due in the office by Tuesday 5pm. Bulletin articles may be faxed to 646-6936 or E-mail to Eliza at the parish. Email (643-2403 x10 3

Also working in these three offices are numerous parishioners – doing photo copying –mailings – and picking up the pieces that help maintain an efficient parish. John Lampson, Maintenance Supervisor, has been on staff at St. Bridget for 20 years. He is responsible for the weekly maintenance of grounds and buildings, orders supplies, works with Building and Grounds Committee on projects of improvement and repair of parish facilities and is responsible for supervising sub-contractors in providing services to building and grounds. (643-2403 x25) Joe Krukas here for 5 years, works part-time every day at keeping our buildings clean with special attention to the church. Joe has been a parishioner here for over 30 years Eric Kuligowski, Technology Advisor. On a part-time basis, Eric helps maintain the computers for the whole parish (including the school) – he has a core of competent volunteers to help respond to the technology needs and the updating of systems. Eric has been a member of St Bridget parish for 5 years (643-2403 x10)

Grounded in Faith

Religious Education Program
All children of the parish are welcome to participate in our Parish Religious Education Program. Parents are the first and most important factor in passing on a belief in God to their children. If you have a child who has never attended religious education class or who hasn't attended recently, please call the office at 6435454. We would love to welcome you and your child. Here is a brief overview of our program. Grades K-5 attend class on Tuesday afternoon from 3:45-5:00pm. Students meet for an hour and fifteen minutes every week. The curriculum includes praying, learning the stories of Jesus, caring for the less fortunate and becoming better disciples of Jesus. Grade 6-8 meet twice a month on Sunday evenings in small groups of 6-8 students with an adult volunteer. There are parent and student activities and the students study the Old Testament, the New Testament, Sacraments, Morality and Church History. Sessions include prayer, study and service. Family Study is a popular option with 75 families participating. It is open to families with students in grades 1-8. Parents and students use the same materials other students in the program use but they complete the lessons at home. The families gather once a month for a family activity. .


Sacramental Life at Saint Bridget
This sacrament, which initiates us into church membership, can be arranged for children by calling the parish office. Parents provide most of a child's religious education and faith formation. For this reason, staff members (Fr. Stephen, John Ryan or Sister Marilyn) visit your home to get to know you and to explain the process. This visit is followed by two classes led by parishioners. Following the classes a date for baptism may be set by calling the Parish Office. The best time to attend these classes is at least 2 or 3 months before the baby is born, we strongly urge you to call at that time. We welcome all parents seeking to have their children baptized. To sign up for Baptismal Preparation Classes or for more information please call 643-2403.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process at St Bridget.. Students who have received religious instruction in grades 1-8, either at St. Bridget School or in the parish Religious Education Program, are eligible to begin their preparation at the beginning of 9th grade but can wait until their junior year if they or their parents feel it is necessary Since preparation for Confirmation does not occur at any Catholic High School, students are prepared in their own parish. If you or your child is interested in being Confirmed-please contact Eileen Carroll at the Youth Ministry& Confirmation office at 643-2403 x 17.

Adult Confirmation
Many adults have never been confirmed and would like to do so. Here at Saint Bridget we have a program for adults that prepares them to be confirmed. It is a process of learning designed for adults and meets once a week. Topics covered include; how to read the Bible, the Mass, how to pray and much more. Led by a team of parishioners it is a wonderful experience of learning about our faith and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.If you are interested or want more information, please call the Religious Education Office at 643-5454.

Adult Baptism:
Adults and children 7 years and over who wish to be baptized are urged to call Kathy Sinnamon at 643-5454. Baptism is not only for infants but for all who seek to be a member of the Church and who seek to grow in love and knowledge of the Lord.

Reconciliation & Eucharist
Reconciliation (Confession) is the sacrament in which we celebrate God's forgiveness and love for us. All are invited to celebrate this sacrament on Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, (our Reconciliation room in located at the front left side of the church near the Baptismal font) or by appointment with Fr. Stephen at (643-2403 x 16) .

The celebration of this sacrament is arranged by calling the parish office at least 6 months prior to the desired dates Couples then meet with Fr. Stephen or John Ryan for an initial conversation, before a date is set. Our marriage preparation program relies on the participation of "sponsor couples" - married couples in the parish trained to assist couples preparing for marriage. Because of scheduling constraints, couples wishing to be married should call the office prior to making arrangements for their reception.

The celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) is held on Saturdays at 4:OOPM in the Church and on Sundays at 7:30 and 9:00 AM in the Church and at 11:00 AM in the auditorium. All are invited to receive the Body and the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. If for any reason you are not receiving communion or do not feel welcome at the table of the Lord, please feel free to contact any staff member about how to begin or resume receiving this important sacrament. We believe that God desires that all be nourished by this gift of Jesus' own life. We invite any adults and children over seven who would like to receive their First Communion to contact our Religious Education office. There are many ways to prepare to receive this sacrament.

Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Sick is held during a Mass, twice a year- for individual reception of this sacrament please call the parish office (643-2403), to schedule an appointment

First Communion and First Confession
Students usually receive these two sacraments in second grade, but we welcome older children and special needs children to receive also. To begin the preparation process children must be baptized and enrolled in some form of religious education class or Saint Bridget School for a least one year. Preparation for these sacraments is done by the parents at home. The teachers in Saint Bridget School and the Religious Education program reinforce the lessons learned at home. If you would like more information please call the Religious Education office 4

We try to visit Manchester Memorial Hospital twice each week. Please make a special point of telling the admissions person that you are a St. Bridget's parishioner. If you or family members are patients at other, area hospitals please call the parish office to alert us that you are there. Eucharistic Ministers, Visitation Committee members and pastoral staff will visit any homebound, parishioners as requested, call Sister Marilyn - 643-2403 xl3.


Saint Bridget School
St Bridget School provides an education for its children enabling them to grow spiritually, academically and socially in a faith-based environment. The school consists of approximately 220 children from Pre-school to Grade 8. We welcome families to join our community. Call the office at 6497731 ext 18 for info or to arrange for a tour. Registration for the 2009-2010 school year will open the end of January.

May 8, 2009 Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT
1 p.m. Shotgun Start Sample of Featured Events for the day will include: $50,000 Shootout for 4 lucky winners! “Guaranteed winner” Putting Contest with a 5-Day Carnival Cruise for 2

Pre School
Our Pre-School program welcomes 3 and 4 year old children. This hands-on program is taught in a nurturing, loving atmosphere. Classes are for half or full day. Call Pre-School Director, Laura DePalma at 649-7731x27 for more information

After Care
St Bridget School provides an after school program for their students. The program runs from school dismissal to 5:30pm. The Director, Cassandra Reynolds oversees the many diverse activities and homework stations for children from kindergarten to 8th grade. She can be reached at 646-6324 x56

Four “Hole-in-One” Prize Packages”
    “$10,000 cash” “Dog Fighting in a fighter Jet” “Helicopter tour & dinner in New York City” “Taylor made R7 Superquad Driver”

Home-School Association
Home – School Association organizes events to raise funds for St. Bridget School and develops a spirit of community between the school and parents. Their events are announced in the bulletin and they would appreciate your support to keep our wonderful school working. If you wish to work on a project with the association, contact Lisa Alexander c/o the school office 649-7731 x18

For everyone who does not golf we have a buffet style dinner only option $40.00 per person. The band “Stealing Jupiter” will perform from 8:30 to 11:30pm

School Development Office
The Development Director oversees this important component of the school. The Development program hosts the very popular Golf Tournament, The office also works on publicity, The Annual Fund Drive, Starry Nights, newsletters, school reunions,, recruitment and retention. An endowment Fund has been established for the future advancement of the school. Development Office, Carol Cunliffe, at 649-7731 ext. 29,

Shades of Ireland
Hosted by Father Stephen Sledesky August 11 – 20, 2009 Highlights… Dublin ● Kilkenny ● Waterford Crystal ● Blarney Castle ● Jaunting Car Ride ● Killarney ● Farm Visit ● Limerick ● Cliffs of Moher ● Galway Castle stay Per Person Rate: Double $2,944; Single $3,494; Triple $2,914 Included in Price: Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharge of $195, Hotel Transfers, Round Trip Air from Logan Intl Airport For more Information Call 860 649-7731 ext.29

St. Bridget School News
If you have ever considered a Catholic education for your child, please come and see what we are all about. We offer classes from Pre-K to grade 8, with a full day kindergarten and aftercare program. There is financial aid available, so before you decide you can not afford our school come and talk with us. Registration will be on going.


Spiritual Opportunities
Holy Family
Music and Prayer for the Easter Season
April 25, 7:30 pm, reception following Featuring choir, chamber choir, instrumentalists, hand bell choir Offering: $30.00

HELP - In the coming weeks we hope to address
economic topics to help us all get through these times. If you, or someone you know, has some skill that could be offered to other parishioners and neighbors – like jobsearching, job-matching, resume-writing, interview skills, bargain-shopping, budget-setting, simple living, etc. – please contact John Ryan.

On April 21st
Couples Evening Retreat
May 6, 6 pm -9 pm

Love the One You’re With: Acceptance and Spiritual Connection
Brandon and Susan Nappi Offering: $30.00 includes dinner (singles welcome)

(that’s a Tuesday) Tom Ulrich from Catholic Relief Services will be presenting at St Timothy’s in West Hartford (7pm). His topic is especially pertinent for us: “Comprehensive Parish Social Ministry.” Fliers, with registration forms, are in the justice centers. You will note that he is presenting the following evening (same topic, same time) at Sacred Heart in Southbury, Fr Joe’s “new” parish. Contact John Ryan for carpooling arrangements; let’s fill a van for each presentation.

Mercy Center @ Madison
For day retreats you may call: (203) 245-0401 Or log on to their website –

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Everyone is welcome at an
evening presentation of immigrant rights. A panel of immigration experts will present. They are Kara Hart from Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Mary O'Brien from United Action CT, and Deacon Thomas Breen from the Office of Urban Affairs, Archdiocese of Hartford. Date is Thursday, April 16, at 7 pm in the cafeteria. Spanish translation available. Refreshments to follow. Free admission. Questions to Diane at 649-9827.

New Parishioners to be Welcomed
We invite new members of the parish to join us on April 26th after the 11:00 am Mass to meet the staff and to acquaint you with the opportunities provided by St. Bridget Parish. A short tour of the grounds will be given so that you will have a sense of where everything is located. Following the tour, you are invited to join the Welcoming Committee for coffee and a time to have any questions answered. If you can join us, please call the office at 6432403 Ext. 10.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT: State Rep. Ryan Barry will be
available for questions and discussion on topics of interest to all constituents in Manchester. Come with questions or ideas or personal experiences which will enable him to be a better representative in Hartford. Join the roundtable in the cafeteria on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 pm. The legislative year will be over in early June, and

Save the Date
There will be a Senior Tea on May 2nd from 2pm to 4pm. More information will be available in future bulletins. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. - Jn 20:8-9

there are many issues to discuss. A HERO FOR HAITI - Dr. Jerry Lowney, DDS, Messenger
for the Poor of Haiti and founder of the Haitian Health Foundation will be speaking at Assumption Church on Sunday, April 19th at 2 pm. Please come and listen to the inspiring story of how the love and devotion of our own neighbors here in Connecticut overcome horrendous odds and change the lives of countless of the poorest people of Haiti. The work is far from finished. Listen to the ways in which you can be a part of this great work.





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