Prayer & Hospitality

Join The Sisters for Daily Mass and Come Adore The Lord Every Tuesday!

 As we pray for the new chapel to be built, we are able to live in this unique time where we get to experience the Lord at Mass and in adoration in a very intimate setting. It is truly a gift!! 
Join the Sisters M,T, R, and F at 7 am for Holy Mass at their convent.
Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays is from 9am-5pm at the convent, and we are looking for people to fill hours within the day so the Lord is never alone. If you are interested in filling one of these hours please reach out to Sarah via email or text/call! My information is below:  
Cell: 740-418-0517
I am looking forward to adding new faces to our Tuesdays! 

The Sister’s goal is to bring unity of the church, making Jesus known by showing human warmth toward all.

At the core of their work is the virtue of hospitality: welcoming and serving others. All around the world the order has established guest/retreat houses to welcome the traveler. While these houses offer a wonderful place to sleep and a delicious meal, they offer something special that typical hotels cannot provide. The spiritual component present at these houses allows the guest to experience a sort of “retreat” away from the trials of life’s circumstances. Think of it as room and board with a spiritual benefit (bonus)! The environment, which has a chapel on-site, provides an overwhelming sense of peace and serenity for those visiting.

Many have asked ‘why are we building another Chapel?’  Let us explain.

What is the difference between a Church and a Chapel? 
To be basic and direct, when we usually think of a church it is a parish church, the place a parish family uses for public prayers and celebration of the sacraments.
A chapel is a small church used primarily for private prayer.
If the sisters are next door to a parish church then why would they need to build a chapel?
This is a good basic question! The parish church for Holy Family isn’t a chapel or even an oratory, it’s a parish church which means it has all of the Masses, Confessions, Baptisms, Weddings, Adoration, public devotions and private devotions of the parish family and so much more. A parish church is a busy place where there is a lot taking place any given day and there are a lot of people coming and going.
The Sisters’ convent will have a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved and even Adored! The Holy Mass will be offered! And then the rest of the time it will be intentionally a quiet place where people may come to pray and find the rest and healing that only Jesus can offer and give. The sisters’ chapel won’t be just another church, it won’t be even a parish church, it will be a small intimate space where people who are worn out, tired, broken, run down and lonely can find a healing silence and a powerful presence.
Something special to note….if a parish church seems more like a chapel because of its inactivity then it isn’t needed as a parish church. But a chapel where there is plenty of prayer will ultimately guide the soul back to the parish church for all of the sacraments and devotions offered there.
Can someone get baptized at the sisters chapel?
No, such an important sacrament as baptism should only normally occur in a parish church.
Can someone get married at the sisters’ chapel?
As the sisters’ chapel will be beautiful it will probably be highly sought after as a sacred setting for Holy Matrimony. The focus of the chapel will be Adoration and silent prayer so as to cultivate an environment of healing and restoration, of retreat and respite therefore weddings will not be hosted in the convent chapel.
So how will the chapel be used exactly?
The chapel will be the heart and center of the Convent of St Birgitta! As such it will be the place where the sisters will sing the psalms of the Old Testament throughout the day, pray the Holy Rosary, Adore the Lord in the Holy Eucharist and gathering to celebrate the Holy Mass.
What is the Adoration which will take place each day in the chapel?
Adoration is a kind of prayer where someone approached Jesus Christ and Adores Him as Lord and God. Most often times, adoration occurs with Exposition where the Holy Eucharist is exposed on the altar so we the faithful can see with our eyes the Holy Eucharist.
May I come to adore the Lord?
Yes! The faithful are very welcome to come away from the world and adore the Lord!
We already adore the Lord now though it takes place in a makeshift temporary chapel in the residence portion of the convent. There is limited seating.
Bridgettine Sisters