Baptisms ~ By appointment (after Parent Baptismal program has been completed.) Call the parish office for dates.
Weddings ~ Consult one of our parish priests as soon as plans are begun, but no later than six months prior to the wedding date. Dates ARE NOT FINALIZED until couple meets all canonical and civil requirements for marriage in the Church.
Lectors ~ A lector’s primary duty, after due preparation and while continuing to grow in knowledge and love the of the scriptures, is to proclaim the Word of the Lord during the celebration of Mass. All lectors should be parish members who attend Mass regularly and receive the Sacraments. Those wishing to become a lector should call the parish office at 336-4459.
Choir ~ is comprised of contemporary and traditional music. Practices are variable; contact Chris McGinnity at 333-2879. The choir sings at the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass. They also participate in all special religious celebrations.
Ushers ~ serve the community by welcoming and seating people and collecting the offering.
Greeters & Bearers of Gifts ~ Families, couples, and individuals may sign up to welcome people at the various Masses, and act as giftbearers for Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion/ Eucharistic Ministers ~ are specially trained and commissioned to distribute Holy Communion. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should be members of our parish attending Mass regularly and receiving the Sacraments. The Eucharistic Ministers are expected to have a firm faith and profound reverence for the Eucharist which they administer. Eucharistic Ministers also have the opportunity to distribute Holy Communion to shut-ins and people in the nursing homes and the Meadville Medical Center hospitals on Liberty and Grove Streets.
Altar Servers ~ The youth of the parish comprise our staff of altar servers. Boys and girls from the fourth grade and up may participate in this program. Duties include assisting during Mass and making sure that the altar is ready and set for Mass. Servers are needed for all Masses, weddings, and funerals. Those wishing to serve should call the parish.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS: Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. The Ministerial Staff and Pastoral Council recognize and support the serious obligation which parents have to take as part of the religious development of their children. Therefore, to enable parents to undertake this responsibility, the parish offers on-going sacramental programs that include the opportunities for education in preparing the children for their participation in the sacrament. For more info go to: contact@StBrigidChurch.org
Baptismal Program ~ takes a close look at the Sacrament as the first of the Sacraments of Initiation, which includes Eucharist and Confirmation. The program is presented for the following reasons:
1. To help prepare parents to take an active role in the Baptism of their child. 2. To aid them in understanding their role in the child's Christian formation. 3. To review their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism, the Church as a Christian Community, and of Faith as a deep personal relationship with God. 4. To bring about an awareness on the part of the Godparents and the Christian Community, of their role in developing the faith-life style of the newly baptized.
All parents of children to be baptized at Saint Brigid are expected to attend the formation programs before their child is baptized. Godparents are encouraged to attend when possible. It is suggested that the programs be attended before the birth of the child, but may also be attended after the birth.
A one-time Baptismal preparation class is held every other month at some local parish. During the class, the Sacrament and the Rite of Baptism are presented and explained by the catechists. A short video further explains the Sacrament of Baptism. The video is followed by time for discussion of ways we can nurture our children’s faith. Parents should call the church office to register prior to the class.
Baptisms are celebrated at Mass or may be scheduled at other times, if there is a good reason; however, Sunday is preferred because of its connection with Easter.
First Reconciliation ~ Our parish follows the diocesan policies for sacrament preparation. Children are prepared for the sacrament during second grade. This involves two parent meetings, a retreat day, catechesis at home, along with classroom instruction using the regular text and a supplemental text. First Reconciliation will be held during a Lenten Family/Communal Reconciliation Service. One year of religious education is mandatory prior to the year in which one receives this sacrament.
First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) ~ Saint Brigid Parish follows the diocesan policies for sacrament preparation. Students are prepared for First Holy Communion in the third grade. The preparation involves two parent meetings, a retreat day, catechesis at home, along with classroom instruction using the regular text and a supplemental text. First Holy Communion is celebrated during Mass the first weekend of May. One year of religious education is mandatory prior to the year in which one receives the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
Confirmation ~ In accordance with the Erie Diocesan Guidelines for Confirmation, the sacrament will be administered to only those who have been properly instructed. The Confirmation Program is a two-year journey beginning in tenth grade. Any Candidate who freely wishes to be Confirmed will participate in regular catechetical sessions, retreats, service works, traditional forms of worship, and fulfill their Sunday obligation. For more info, contact 333-2274 x1 or email@example.com.
Marriage ~ Saint Brigid follows the Common Marriage Policy of the Diocese of Erie in marriage preparation. Couples should contact the pastor at least six months prior to the proposed wedding, meet with the priest at least three times prior to the wedding, and complete some pre-marriage program such as Pre-Cana or Engagement Encounter. The date is not finalized until all canonical and civil requirements for marriage have been met. Brochures on marriage at Saint Brigid are available at the parish office. For more information on marriage, please call the parish (814) 336-4459.
Children's Liturgy of the Word ~ After the Opening Prayer of the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, children ages 4 thru 12 are dismissed to celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word in the chapel. They listen to readings from the Children's Lectionary, sing, pray, and do activities related to the readings. Children return to Mass after the Prayer of the Faithful. Sessions are not held during June, July, and August.
Babysitting/Childcare ~ Available Sunday mornings during the 9:30 AM Mass. The program is under adult supervision. Cribs, a playpen, walkers, toys and a changing table are provided. Babysitting is also available during other parish programs/services as announced in the bulletin.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) ~ is the process used at St. Brigid by adults desiring Baptism or full-Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Interested people should contact the pastor or deacon.
Tri-Parish Mission ~ Saint Brigid provides an opportunity for spiritual renewal for the parish at large through its parish mission. Guest priests provide daily talks, celebrate Mass, visit the homebound and provide opportunities for individual meetings and reconciliation. In the past we have done Isaiah 43, Isaiah Revisited and Isaiah Remembered. The parish has also been involved in Christ Renews His Parish and the Renew processes. This is now a Tri-Parish endeavor rotating each year.
Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) ~ The Retrouvaille Program is provided under the auspices of the Diocese of Erie and is for those couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriages. The program is for marriages in trouble or those who are contemplating separation or divorce and want to give their marriage another chance to survive and even thrive! For more information, contact the Family Ministries Office of the Diocese of Erie at (814) 825-3333.
Small Christian Communities ~ In the Fall of 1997, Saint Brigid Church inaugurated small Christian faith sharing communities. These are small groups of individuals who gather on a regular basis for prayer, sharing and faith support. It is designed to provide active support for people in their faith lives and to ultimately build up the parish community. For more information, please contact the parish office at (814) 336-4459.