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Welcome Back to St Bridgets Parish Website PDF Print E-mail

We much regret the disappearance of our website over the past year after serious technical problems during an upgrade left us searching diligently for a solution without success.  It is with much relief that we can announce that a solution has now been found which has enabled us to begin the task of getting the website fully functional again.

We begin by bringing a favourite article “Father Stewart’s Thought for the Week” up to date with his latest Thought!

The updating of the website will still take a while, we don’t yet know how long, and we ask you to please bear with us while this important task is completed.

St. Bridget’s Parish Communications Group
29th June 2016

 
Father Stewart's Thought for the Week PDF Print E-mail

25th June 2016

 

Passing the Test

The medical students were beginning their third year. They were all enthusiastic, bright and confident they would not just become doctors but had great futures ahead of them: all their tutors assured them.
The head of department addressed them. He had heard great things about them and invited them to do a quiz to confirm it was true, that they were as good as everyone said. He would, however, set the bar high; to pass they had to answer each of the 20 questions correctly.

Heads down they breezed through the questions, until that is, the last one.
Question 20 – what’s the DEPARTMENT’S cleaner’s first name?
Well everyone knew what she looked like. She was tall with black hair, or was it brown? She was there everyday;  but her name?!!
How were they supposed to know that? It was surely a trick question, a joke!
Next day they got their results and yes, they all…….failed!! None of them knew the cleaner’s name!! The protests began and grew even louder until the professor hushed them.
“In your careers,” he said, you will come across many people. Never forget you cannot do your work without them, whether it’s another doctor, a nurse, a cook or the cleaner. Each one is important and without which, the hospital and therefore, you will be unable to work smoothly and well and so help and care for all those we serve; the patients. A simple “hello” or a smile goes a long way, to make us all feel valued.
This is not just true in such a community as a hospital, it’s true in all our lives. We all rely on one another. Some jobs may be regarded as more important, but without delivery drivers, those who work in supermarkets, fix roads, work at Mogden Sewerage works; we would not be able to live our daily lives. All are important, all should be treated with respect and valued.

Jesus insisted, “It will not be so among you; but anyone who wishes to be great among you, must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you, must be your slave.”
(Matthew 20;26-27)

 
600th Anniversary of the Foundation of Syon Abbey in Isleworth 1415-2015 PDF Print E-mail

"Syon Abbey 600": A Summer Celebration
This year marks the 600th Anniversary of the foundation of the Bridgettine monastery at Syon Abbey in 1415.  It is fitting we should commemorate this very special occasion for the Order which gives our church its name.
In celebration, an open air ecumenical service is to be held at the site of Syon Abbey behind Syon House on Sunday 19th July 2015 at 3pm.
It will be a collaboration between Syon House, St. Bridgets and All Saints, Isleworth and is to be led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  We are most grateful to the Duke of Northumberland for offering to host this occasion, in recognition of its undoubted historical importance.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all the churches of Isleworth and Brentford to come together in unity as they were in 1415.
The service will take the form of Evening Prayer of the Church with hymns plus music and liturgy both modern and of the period.  All will be welcome to come.

“The Catholic Community in Isleworth” available now
Stuart Bagnall's history of the Catholics in Isleworth has just been republished in an attractive, updated new edition in time for the Syon Abbey 600 celebration.  Price £5.00 at the Repository Gift Shop.  All profits go to parish funds

Commemoration Calendar

Also in celebration of this Foundation in 1415, we are pleased to advise that copies of our new calendar are now available from the Repository Gift Shop.   Price £7.00.  Orders can also be placed by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   This very attractive calendar includes a variety of photographs and some outstanding "Thoughts for the Week" from Father Stewart.                                                                                               Very few copies left............don't miss it!

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:56
 
Parish Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

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5th April 2015 (the next newsletter will be for 19th April)

 

Lead items:

Thank you

To all who have helped make the Holy Week and Easter Services so beautiful. Special Thanks to the musicians, cleaners, those who did the flowers, servers and those who helped in anyway. I will as usual during Easter Week, be away with HCPT from Monday 6th to Monday 13th April. I will of course remember you at all the Masses and in my prayers at the Grotto.Thank you as ever to Fr David who will be looking after you whilst I’m away.
Finally and very importantly on behalf of my family, Fr David and Marie in the office, may I wish you a very Happy Easter.

New Planned Giving Boxes
These are available now on the table in the porch. They are in alphabetical order and the same number as last year's. They commence 12th April.  If your box is not there please sign the missing boxes list or if you wish to join the planned giving scheme please put your details on the same sheet.
Thank you

Confirmation Classes
Next meeting for the candidates is Wednesday 15th April at 7.30pm in the hall.

First Holy Communion 2015

The next meeting in the church Wednesday 15th April at 6.25pm.

Children’s Liturgy

We are desperately short of Liturgists to help with the Children’s Liturgy at the 10.00am Mass. This has got to the point where it is realistically unsustainable. So we will continue as we are until Easter, but we only revive after the break if we have more help.

St Bridget’s Growing in Faith Campaign

To find out more, please contact your Mass representative from the Parish Leadership Team:

Pauline Cooper (6.00pm Mass) – 07752 413859;
Jo Rowthorn (8.00am Mass) – 07971 322240;
Therease Bright (10.00am Mass) – 07455 003597;
Christine Cattini (12.00pm Mass) – 07724 089174.
Copies of the Cardinal’s letter are available in the porch.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:15
 
Christmas Fayre 6 Dec 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Christmas Fayre

Thank you to all those who worked so hard for the Christmas Fayre. BIG THANKS to Gale. Thank you too for all your donations. The grand total of £3812.55 was the final net figure.

To view photographs of the occasion and discover if you were included click on http://is.gd/m2yFCT


 
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