FRAMINGHAM – Saint Bridget Church will not participate in the Archdiocese of Boston’s newest capital campaign called “Inspiring Hope.”
The Archdiocese of Boston is the fourth largest archdiocese in the United States and is the spiritual home for more than 1.8 million Catholics.
“Inspiring Hope” is a capital campaign to address the future expansion needs of the collaborative, as well as the needs of the Catholic Church in Eastern Massachusetts, according to the Archdiocese.
Monsignor Rev. Francis V. Strahan, who is Pastor of Saint Bridget Church, announced the decision yesterday to parishioners. The decision was made with parishioners input.
Over the summer, the Parish was asked to participate in a survey on whether they wanted to participate on the Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s latest capital campaign.
“After evaluating all of this information in consultation with the Parish Finance Council, and in light of the unsettling times in the Church today, both locally and nationally, the decision was made that we will not be participating in the program at this time,” wrote Rev. Strahan to parishioners yesterday.
“Because of the troubling issues happening in the Church today, I want to assure the parishioners of St. Bridget Parish that all is well in our parish. We remain committed to living by and spreading the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ for all parishioners and particularly in fulfilling our responsibilities as they relate to the education, safety and well-being of all the students at Saint Bridget School,” wrote the Monsignor.
“In this regard, keeping children safe while they are at school is essential to our mission and the most important responsibility of the entire faculty and staff. Every member of our staff takes this responsibility seriously and actively works to keep our children safe through compliance with rules, policies, and procedures that have been established by the Archdiocese of Boston and our own Crisis Management Team,” wrote Rev. Strahan.
“One of our primary areas of safety protocol concerns the adults who come in contact with our children every day. We have several safeguards in place to ensure that we employ only adults with the highest regard for appropriate and healthy interactions with children, including two forms of background checks, a mandated Code of Ministerial Behavior to which all faculty and staff are held responsible, and participation in a child protection workshop. With God’s grace and continued guidance, we will remain vigilant in all matters relating to the safety of our children,” wrote the Monsignor.
Rev. Strahan thanked the members of the Parish for participating in the survey.