There was palpable excitement running throughout St. Bridget of Kildare School in Parma on Nov. 28 as Bishop Nelson Perez accepted an invitation to celebrate Mass and tour the school. Dozens of choir members welcomed the bishop as Mass began by singing a rousing version of “All the Ends of the Earth” as the opening hymn. The students were joined in worship by parents, teachers and members of the St. Bridget of Kildare Parish community.
As he began his homily, Bishop Perez asked students questions about what made St. Bridget School so special. After replies of “the teachers” and “the pastor,” the bishop told the students that what distinguished St. Bridget’s as a Catholic school from other schools was the sacrifice of their parents to send them there and their opportunity to learn about God. Then he explained the Scripture readings of the day, closing by reminding the students “how blessed we are to be in a Catholic school to celebrate the presence of God in our midst.”
At the close of the Mass, Bishop Perez thanked all for attending and recognized the choir for its inspiring singing, which included a moving rendition of “You Are my All in All” as the Communion reflection hymn.
After Mass, Father Rob Wisniewski, St. Bridget’s pastor, Heather Hawk-Frank, the school principal, and several students led Bishop Perez on a tour of the school. Lunch followed.
The day’s events were recorded by video producer Dale Omori for use in an upcoming cable television commercial to be seen during Catholic Schools Week. The video will highlight the St. Bridget of Kildare School experience.