St. Bridget (or Brigid) of Kildare is one of the three major patron saints of Ireland along with Saint Patrick and Saint Columba. Saint Bridget’s faith and labors for the Lord are remembered among the Irish people through prayers, sacred places, blessings and customs. St. Bridget was an extraordinary woman of faith: strong in her mission, loyal to the Lord, faithful to the Church, generous to the poor and hospitable to missionaries. St. Bridget laid strong foundations for the Church in Ireland. Her feast day is February 1st, the first day of the Celtic Spring.

9:00 AM and 5:30 PM (Sunday Vigil)

9:00 AM

12 Noon

Monday & Tuesday 12:05 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Thursday & Friday 12:05 PM

Holy Days:
12:05 PM & 7:00 PM

Nationwide Mass Schedule:


4:00 to 5:00 PM

8:00 to 8:30 AM

For the Hospitalized and Homebound:

Notify the rectory at 540-277-2943 so that the hospitalized and homebound

parishioners may receive the pastoral care of the church.

On March 16th, Bishop Burbidge released this video suspending public Masses in the Arlington Diocese until further notice.

At St. Bridget of Ireland Church this impacts the following things:

– No Masses until the suspension is lifted

– The church will be open from 9 AM until 9 PM each day (limit 10 people in the church, please) for individual prayer

– Confessions will be held in the Sacristy Tuesday, 6:30-8 PM, Saturday 4-5 PM (Fr. Paul is available when the lamp is off)

– No RE class for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

– Stations of the Cross are cancelled for the rest of Lent

– All activities at the parish are cancelled throughout the suspension


Please see the Announcements Page for the Prayer that Bishop Burbidge has asked us all to pray daily.

Holy Week Masses Live-Streamed, to be Celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge



Father Paul’s Words of Wisdom

I know there are a lot of questions about the Mass schedule for Easter. Here is what we will be doing at St. Bridget Church:


I will record Mass on Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. and post it on Youtube. It should be up in the afternoon. The link is Due to the state law mandating no groups larger than 10, the church will be locked during the celebration of the Mass. It will reopen at noon and remain open until 9 p.m. Blessed palms will be available in the back of the church.


Holy Thursday – Mass will be live-streamed at 7 p.m. Due to state law mandating no groups larger than 10, the church will be locked during the celebration of the Mass. It will be open again at 8:30 p.m. for people to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m. Again, no more than 10 people may be in the church at a time, maintaining proper distancing.

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be live-streamed at 3 p.m. The church will be locked during that time to maintain proper group size. Have a crucifix with you at home for veneration of the cross.

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil will be celebrated/live-streamed at 8:30p.m.

Easter Sunday – Mass will be live-streamed at 10 a.m.


Again, the goal is to live stream those liturgies. If that is not possible, the liturgies will still take place. However, only those who are assisting with the Mass (organist/cantors/lectors) will be allowed in the church.

If you have difficulties accessing these liturgies, Bishop Burbidge will be live streaming Masses from the cathedral. The schedule is accessible through our parish website.


A Note of Thanks from Fr. Paul

I’m currently working on a reflection for Palm Sunday, which should be up on the website in the day or so. I just wanted to use this little side note to say thank you.

I wanted to say thank you to those who have dropped little notes letting me know that you are well and that you are praying for me. Know that you are all in my prayers as well. I was just reading something that reminded me of something I’ve said in many a homily: as Christians, we are never truly alone. If God has placed His Spirit in us, then we are always united with him. As members of Christ’s body, we are always united with each other, and with all the saints in heaven. Knowing people are thinking about you and praying for you is a reminder that we are not alone. It’s nice to know that it’s not just me and Doctor Who in the rectory.

Next, thank you for continuing to support the parish financially in these difficult times. I know that families have a lot on their plate right now – worries about jobs and finances – and I thank you for thinking of us. With your continued support, I will be able to do several things:

Maintenance – we are paving the road that leads up to the parish hall and the handicapped parking area in front of the hall. We are having work done on the roof to address leaks and the mold. We plan to install the new organ before Masses resume.

Loan – We are on target for paying off the loan on Hobert Hall and the rectory by June.

Assisting parishes and others – With the stay-at-home policy in place until June, some parishes will be struggling to make ends meet. I am planning to see if there is a way we can help. We are also continuing to support FISH each month. If you yourself are in need or know someone else in need, please let us know.

If you wish to make contributions to the church while things are shut down, you can mail them to us or drop them in the poor box. The slot is large enough to accommodate parish envelopes. This may be a good time to consider on-line giving with Faith Direct. I don’t like asking when there is so much going on, but your help will help me keep things up and running and provide help for those in need.

Speaking of FISH, we are also collecting items such as oatmeal packets, single serving cereal boxes, pork and beans, cans of pasta, fruit cups, apple sauces, Vienna sausages, crackers, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, deodorant and hand sanitizers. These can be dropped off in the back of the church (open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and will be picked up and taken to FISH.

Again, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I am truly grateful for them. And thank you for all you do.



Saint Bridget of Ireland Church recorded Mass


Father Paul M. Grankauskas


540-277-2945 (FAX)

Rectory Hours:
Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM

Religious Education:
John Sengewalt at


Office Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays, 9 AM - 4 PM
Saturdays by appointment
Sunday, after class until 1 PM

Office of Youth Ministry

Music Ministry:
Stacy Sefton at

Eucharistic Minister / Lectors:
Chet Lewandowski at


John Sengewalt at


Becky Jackson at


Men’s Club:
Meets the last Saturday
each month 8AM in Hobert Hall.
Coffee and Donuts on first
Sunday of each month.
George Darnell at

Women’s Group:
Meets the first Tuesday
of each month
Christi McMullen at

St. Bridget’s Email:

St Bridget of Ireland

St Bridget of Ireland
Catholic Church

1024 W. Main St.
Virginia 22611


St. Bridget of Ireland is in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington