August 7, 2020 - we want your input regarding outdoor Mass
As you know, in mid-June we were able to resume public celebrations of Mass and other sacraments in our church. All of us involved felt it was going quite smoothly, with adequate measures in place for the sake of public health to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. So it was with great disappointment that we received the news of Governor Newsom's executive order in mid-July that indoor public worship had to be suspended once again. I was told there were no reports of coronavirus infection in any Catholic parishes in California, but outbreaks in other churches where appropriate measures were not implemented (social distancing, wearing masks) triggered the Governor’s action.
Governor Newsom’s order in mid-July did allow for the possibility of outdoor worship. We as a parish staff wrestled with the pros and cons of whether to offer an outdoor Mass at Saint Brigid. We decided not to do so. Several concerns impacted our decision. At that time, Pacific Beach had been identified as a hotspot for new coronavirus cases. We wondered about the wisdom in that moment of bringing people together. It was easier for us inside the church to maintain social distancing with people seated in every other pew and only 3 people, outside of a family group, in a given pew. We felt it would be more difficult for people to maintain social distancing in an outdoor setting. We recognized that our parking lot is rather small. We also recognized, in contrast to every other parish I can think of, that our parish is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We were concerned about the impact an outdoor Mass would have on our neighbors. Considering all of these aspects, we decided not to offer an outdoor Mass but continue with a livestreamed Sunday Mass accessible on our parish website.
A number of people, out of a desire to have the opportunity for an outdoor Mass and having experienced one at another parish, have asked us to reconsider our decision. As our staff continues to reflect on whether or not to offer an outdoor Mass, we also would like to hear from you. So we welcome your thoughts, which you can send by email to [email protected].
May the Spirit of Wisdom continue to be at work in our hearts and guide us in accord with our Lord’s will. Blessings, Father Steve Callahan
July 16, 2020 - Outdoor Masses
At this time St. B's is unable to hold outdoor Masses. Read the Bishop's letter regarding outdoor Masses and see below for a couple of nearby outdoor Mass options:
- All Hallows (La Jolla) - Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 8 and 10 am; MTWF daily at 8 am and Thursday communion service at 8 am
- Mary, Star of the Sea (La Jolla) - Saturdays at 5 and 6:30 pm (Spanish) and Sundays at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 am; M-F at 8 am and Saturday at 9 am
- St. Catherine Laboure (Clairemont) - Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 8 and 9:30, and 11 am and 1 pm (Spanish); M-F at 8 am
- The Immaculata (USD campus) - Saturdays at 4:30 pm and Sundays at 7:30, 9 and 11 am
- St. Charles Borromeo (Point Loma) - Sundays at 9 am
- Our Lady of Refuge (Crown Point) - Saturdays at 5 and 7 pm (Spanish) and Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 am
July 13, 2020 - Starting Wednesday, July 15 indoor Masses will be suspended
Though our doors will close again, our hearts remain open. Due to the Governor's directive Masses will be suspended starting Wednesday, July 15 until further notice. Visit our Mass at Home page for ideas and resource. Or watch our Mass via livestream (includes live link and past recordings) which will take place at 4:30 pm on Saturdays and follow along with the words to the music.
June 1, 2020 - Racial Prejudice
Read this heartfelt statement from our Bishop Robert McElroy regarding recent racial prejudice events currently taking place across the country titled "Finding Grace within our Republic of Suffering" and also watch his recent homily from Mass with the Catholic African American community. Join the Pacific Beach Interfaith Coalition for a prayer vigil on Sunday, June 7 at 7 pm at Kate Sessions Park.
May 29, 2020 - Masses at Saint Brigid Parish will resume Monday, June 8.
The heart of our Catholic identity is the Eucharist. With that in mind, the first step on our pathway forward is to welcome the community back to Mass, while following the necessary social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Please note, however, our Bishop will continue to dispense all Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future. Highlights of our reopening plan include:
- Our Mass schedule will stay the same.
- Holy Communion will be distributed in the form of consecrated bread alone, and only in the hand.
- Parishioners will be expected to wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot distance from other people.
- Come early, people will be seated on a first come, first serve basis.
- Ways to serve:
- Not ready to return quite yet? Consider watching our 9 am Sunday Mass via livestream beginning Sunday, June 14.
- Reopening Resources:
May 4, 2020 - Diocesan Update
In compliance with the Governor's Executive Order asking all Californians to "shelter in place," all parishes and school campuses of the diocese of San Diego and Imperial Counties will remain closed until further notice. For more details on restrictions and cancellations until the COVID-19 emgency is over, click here. Although we can't celebrate Mass as a community look at our Mass at Home page for ideas and resources or watch a Livestream or taped Mass on the Diocesan website.
April 3, 2020 - Pope Francis delivers a 5-minute Holy Week message of hope
April 2, 2020 - Join the Chrism Mass via livestream today at 4 pm
What is the Chrism Mass? The Chrism Mass happens once a year and it is a Mass where the Bishop blesses the three oils we use to administer sacraments throughout the year - oil of the sick, oil of catechumens and sacred chrism. This year, although our Diocesan Chrism Mass will NOT be open to the public this year, please join Bishop Robert McElroy via video-streamed from the Immaculata on today beginning at 4 pm. In addition, we encourage you to visit the diocesan website for daily Masses in English and Spanish including Holy Week services.
April 1, 2020 - Emergency Food Distribution Network
GOOD NEWS! Starting April 6- April 8, 100 food packages will be distributed through a combination of home delivery (primarily for seniors and those who cannot drive) and by touchless, drive thru food distribution in the Saint Brigid parking lot; drive thru date TBD. Very important: All recipients must register for a package online here. Please note: Registration does not guarantee food availability; successful registrants will receive a phone call to confirm. Check back here for further updates this week. *Please volunteer if you are under 65 and healthy - Register here with Catholic Charities to receive more information.
March 30, 2020 - No Penance Service tonight
Although our Penance Service is cancelled tonight, Pope Francis encourages us if we can't go to confession to take our sorrows directly to God. Read more here. Fast from worry... feast on divine order, for other ways to fast and feast, click here.
March 26, 2020 update - Emergency Food Assistance
Saturday, March 28- San Diego Food Bank is hosting touchless, drive thru food distribution at Qualcomm, from 9am until food is gone. Click here for details. As of March 23, all parish food distributions are suspended until further notice, under COVID-19 restrictions.
March 20, 2020 - Update
We are here for you and want to stay connected with you! Due to Governor Newsom's order and our hope to contribute to the health and wellness
of our community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, our church and parish offices are unable to remain open. For support, information, and faith resources, please explore our website, email or call us at 858.483.3030.
March 16, 2020 - Update
Regarding the Coronavirus: the church is open, we're reaching out to our seniors, and keeping all of you in our prayers. Here are the adoration, confession, office, and open church hours. Come to find a bit of rest and peace that only comes from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
March 13, 2020 Update
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Here is a letter from Bishop McElroy which will be read at all Masses this Saturday evening and Sunday.
Starting Monday, March 16, there will be no public weekday or weekend Masses at Saint Brigid Parish until further notice. Bishop McElroy has dispensed all Catholics from the Sunday Mass obligation during the coming weeks. I am dispensing all of you from the obligation to go to Mass this weekend as well.
- Effective immediately, all children's and youth (high school) faith formation programs are suspended, including the faith formation sessions (GIFT) that were scheduled for this Sunday afternoon, March 15.
- The young adult gathering on Wednesday evenings is suspended until further notice.
- Each adult Connection to Christ (C2C) small group can decide for themselves whether or not to continue to meet.
- The diocese will video stream Sunday Mass celebrated by priests and bishops of our diocese in English, Spanish and Vietnamese every week. You can access these celebrations on the diocesan website beginning this Sunday, March 15.
- We will come up with a list of times when the church will be open for people who wish to come and pray.
I invite all of you to join me in prayer, especially those most significantly impacted and suffering from Coronavirus. Here is a prayer from Pope Francis for us to pray.
Sincerely yours in Christ, Father Steve Callahan
March 3, 2020 Update
Stay Connected - other ways to stay in the loop!
- Lenten Resources - While our ability to journey together during Lent this year is limited, click here for resources and encouragement.
- E-Newsletter - The parish-wide weekly E-newsletter connects all our parishioners, near and far. We get messages from friends who have left San Diego, but maintain connection with our community through the e-newsletter. This weekly email highlights upcoming events, gives a preview to the upcoming Sunday’s “The Way”, and has special e-news exclusive content! Sign up here.
- @SaintBrigidSD - Social Media is a fun, light-hearted way to stay connected and add a little extra holiness to your feed. Why not fill your time scrolling with a positive message, ministry highlights, Holy Day information, and parish event updates? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook (Parish or Young Adults) @SaintBrigidSD or check out Catholic resources on our Pinterest page.