St. Bride's Church
621 N. Sparrow Road; Chesapeake, VA 23325  
  (757) 420 - 7033
November 10, 2021

WORSHIP INFORMATION
Fr. Jesse Lassiter, Celebrant

Mass this week:
11:00 am Sunday, High Mass

9:00 am Wednesday, Low Mass

Bible Study
 7 PM Wednesdays
at St. Peter's in the Library.
Enter through the door by the office.
We will be studying the readings for Sunday.

Mass Availability

Are you not ready to worship at St. Bride's on Sunday, but are missing Mass?
The Wednesday Morning Mass is a great time to come. There are only a handful of
people in the congregation so there is plenty of space.
The service is quiet, contemplative and is said rather than sung.

Fr. Jesse is available to bring Mass to your home if you are unable to get out.
Please call him or the office to set up a time.



Stewardship 2021

Here am I, Lord.
This phrase is one that most of us learned in Sunday School. It features strongly in the story of the boy Samuel. It was also the response of Abraham in Genesis 22:11 and of Moses In Exodus 3:4. In Isaiah 6:8 it is amended with an action. HERE I AM, SEND ME.

We know that the corporal acts of mercy are:

*feed the hungry
*give drink to the thirsty
*clothe the naked
*shelter the homeless
*visit the sick
*visit the imprisoned
*bury the dead

As you consider your response to all the gifts God has given you - literally every thing "you" have achieved is a gift from God - consider what you are doing with those gifts. Are you using your energy to nurture others? Are you using your wealth to support Christian action? Are you using your brain to solve problems? Are you using your skill to build? If you are no longer able to get out and DO things are you turning your chair time into prayer time? Do you pray daily for St. Bride's? Do you pray for people by name? Do you pray that our older members will have a happy and pain free day? Do you pray for Fr. Jesse? Do you pray for unknown needs? Do you pray for growth? We can all do something.

Hymn #429 starts "I'll praise my maker while I've breath." That should be our minimum.
Prayer and Praise and Worship. After that, our next response should be "Here am I, send me."

WELCOME
The Vestry has committed to getting back to a point where St. Bride's is a place of worship and comfort, not only to our own parishioners but also to those who attend elsewhere on Sundays. To that end we have been sending notifications to the Diocesan Newsletter publicizing The Rosary on Thursday nights and some Holy Days which are not celebrated at all churches.

Please be here to welcome any visitors.
Holy Days 2021

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE COVERAGE
AT BOTH ST. BRIDE'S AND ST. PETER'S WE HAVE
SCHEDULED SOME JOINTLY HELD SERVICES.
PLEASE ATTEND THE SERVICE WHICH MOST SUITS
YOUR NEEDS AND SCHEDULE.

November

THANKSGIVING EVE
Wednesday, November 24
Low Mass
9AM
St. Bride's

Joint Service at St. Peter's
Eucharist 7:30 PM
No services on Thanksgiving Day at either Church.

St. Andrew 
Tuesday, November 30
Transfer to Wednesday, December 1
9 AM
St Bride's


December

St. Thomas
Tuesday, December 21 
Transfer to Wednesday
9 AM
St Bride's

Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24
   Joint Mass with St. Peter's at St. Bride’s
4:30 PM
with Music and Incense

Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24
Joint Mass with St. Peter's at St. Peter's
 Vigil Mass
10:30 PM 

Christmas Day
Saturday, December 25 
Joint Mass with St. Peter's at St Bride's
10:30 AM
Mass with Carols

1st Christmas
Sunday, December 26
Regularly scheduled services at each church

St. John
Monday, December 27
(Will not be celebrated this year)

Holy Innocents
Tuesday, December 28
Transfer to Wednesday, December 29
9 AM
St Bride's

The Feast of the Holy Name
Friday, December 31 
Joint Service with St. Peter's at St. Peter's
(Vigil Mass)
11 PM

January

The Epiphany
Thursday, January 6
High Mass
7 PM
St Bride's 

1st Epiphany
Sunday, January 9
Regular hours at each church
St Peter's will be celebrating The Epiphany
St Bride's will be celebrating The First Sunday of Epiphany
THE ROSARY GROUP AND THE CHOIR
Rosary 7:00 pm
Choir practice 7:30 pm
Except Thanksgiving!
GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scout Troops 580 and 656 have begun meeting at St. Bride's.
Troop 580 will meet every other Tuesday from 6:45 to 7:45pm. Troop 656 will meet Sundays from 2 to 4pm. Door handles and surfaces will be sanitized after their meetings. Tables will be left up to air out. Our recommendation as many children will not have been vaccinated is that Parishioners avoid working in the Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoon.
We are happy to have these young people back at St. Bride's!
MARK YOU CALENDARS
Mark your calendars for the Parish Annual Meeting.
It will be held on Sunday, December 5 following the 11AM Mass.
At this time, although the Diocese is not imposing any diocesan wide mandates, the Diocese strongly encourages indoor masking during public worship.
AT THIS TIME MASKING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AT ST. BRIDE'S
  1. Please mask if you are un-vaccinated
  2. Please mask if you are un-able to be vaccinated
  3. If for any reason you are uncomfortable un-masked, please mask.
  4. Please do not mask if you have a medical reason not to.

Remember that a person's reason for masking or un-masking IS NOT OUR BUSINESS. We ask that you refrain from discussion of vaccination or masking in keeping with our long standing policy of avoiding political discussions at St. Bride's.

Please sit where you like, but do be aware of people's need for space.
Social distance as much as possible.

While it is helpful if you bring bulletins or trash out to the bins,
missals, prayer books and hymnals may remain in the pews.

HOW TO PASS THE PEACE AT THIS TIME
As we have a number of people for whom close contact is still not a good idea,
we will continue to pass the Peace with a solemn bow.

The Passing of the Peace should be managed reverently and with no talking other than the authorized responses in the missal. If someone offers to physically Pass the Peace it is fine to fold your hands and bow instead of shaking hands.
Please do what is safe for your situation.

We know that some people are not yet able to participate in church in person.
The absent members of the congregation will be remembered in prayer.
Happy November Birthdays!
November 2 - Corrine Tsou
November 8 - Betsy Staley
November 13 - Lauren Anderson
November 21 - Pat Spoettle
OFFICE HOURS – PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING
Geralyn office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am - 1pm.
Geralyn will be out of the office Monday November 15.
Mary Lovell's office hours: Wednesday 9-11.
Please call Mary Lovell at 757-237-2503, if you need anything! 

Fr. Jesse's regularly scheduled days off are Tuesday and Saturday.
Appointments available.
In case of emergency call Fr. Jesse at 1-386-566-1967