St. Bridget Spirituality Center
A Center for Arts & Spirituality in the Catholic Contemplative Tradition
A place to gather
Discover and enjoy all that this beautiful space has to offer! Our primary purpose is to foster a “culture of encounter.” All programs offer opportunities to encounter the Risen Christ while exploring the treasures of the Catholic tradition and sacramental way of life.
Art & Spirituality Programs
TEDD Talks at St. Bridget
Twice a year, guest scholars engage our community in Theology – Education – Dialogue – Discernment (TEDD) Talks. The 2017-2018 season will explore the relationship between the Visual Arts and Faith.
Full-day and half-day retreat programs incorporating aspects of art and spirituality are offered on a monthly basis. Programs feature artists-in-residence and others with expertise as retreat leaders. The full-day format gives participants more in-depth opportunities for prayer, reflection, and exploring creativity.
Twice per year St. Bridget Parish hosts an Artist-in-Residence. Artists come from around the country to share their artistic gifts and Catholic spirituality. They engage parishioners in expressing their faith through creating art. The residency culminates in a community art show featuring the works of both parishioners and the artist.
Bridget’s Prayer Garden
The grounds feature a self-guided Garden Prayer Walk that follow the themes of the five prayer stones placed at the original St. Bridget’s Garden in Kildare, Ireland. The stones, which were designed by the children and catechists of St. Bridget Parish, communicate the great themes of Bridget’s spirituality, inspiring visitors to promote her charisms (spiritual gifts) for the betterment of today’s world.
Caring for Creation
Justice Vegetable Garden
Saint Bridget was known for giving the best to those in need; thus, we work to provide fresh vegetables for the local St. Vincent de Paul chapter to deliver to our neighbors in need. We also engage in Garden Education classes to encourage all to grow in gratitude for the land by growing what we eat.
Lovingly re-established by members of St. Bridget Parish, the Rose Garden is growing the grace and beauty of the grounds. The garden-tenders participate in monthly meetings with the Rose Society of Arizona.
Laudato Si’ Reflections
Explore the groundbreaking encyclical by Pope Francis known as Laudato Si’ - On Care for Our Common Home. Learn for yourself why the pope teaches “that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself.”
The core of the Catholic religion and the core of this Christian community is the celebration of the Sacraments. The St. Bridget Spirituality Center is a place of welcome, exploration, and encounter with Christ for individuals taking a deeper look into the Catholic faith and the sacramental way of life.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) for Adults & Teens
A great way to meet and have fellowship with others in our church family in an open and welcoming environment. Separate groups for adults and teens give spiritual seekers of all ages an opportunity to ask those perplexing and difficult questions they may have about the Catholic Church.
Baptism Renewal Class / Infant Baptism Class
A unique opportunity to discover ~or rediscover~ the true meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism. Learn how the symbols of water and light, and anointing with holy oil, reveal the promises God made to you on the day of your Baptism. Open to anyone interested in rediscovering the gift of their Baptism and parents and godparents of infants preparing for Baptism.
Foster your contemplative life at St. Bridget by joining the silence of Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer is held year-round at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in the St. Bridget Chapel. Drop-ins are always welcome to join this parish-sponsored time of prayer.
Centering Prayer is also hosted on Wednesday mornings in the Spirituality Center by Contemplative Outreach during the winter/spring season.
The Mini-Silent Retreat is a series of days spread over an 18-week commitment. Contemplative silence is observed with four 30 minutes prayer sits, teaching on contemplative life, walks, silent meal-time, and Lectio Divina. Participants must attend an Introductory Day to Centering Prayer, follow-up sessions, and have had at least one year of Centering Prayer practice.
Parish Spiritual Life Ministry
St. Bridget’s Spiritual Life Ministry offers opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth, with a special focus on the holy seasons of Advent and Lent.
St. Bridget Bible Study
Individuals and groups grow their relationship with God by training their ears to hear the Word of God and receive that Word deeply in their hearts. Groups meet during the Fall and Spring on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 9am.
Advent & Lent Silent Saturdays
Enter the special seasons in a prayerful way. These silent mornings include centering prayer, spirituality lectures, and prayer walks. The combination of prayer and teaching offers a wonderful process for deepening the call of the Gospels and the spirituality of each season.
Welcoming the Light
Gather around the fire light on the plaza at 5:45pm each Wednesday of Advent to focus on a marginalized human need within our community. We hope through our Advent prayer to shed light where there are shadows, thus enlivening compassion to meet these needs.
Advent Book Study
A private Advent reading plan augmented with small group discussions and faith sharing. Meditations are suggested from Advent and Christmas - Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen.
Soup & Spirit: The Icons of St. Bridget
Church continues its second season at 5:30pm each Friday of Lent in Bridget’s Garden. Each week, after a soup dinner, a presenter shares stories and prayers that bring to life the Saints and Holy Ones represented in the icons of the church.
Via Crucis: The Way of the Cross
A mini-pilgrimage commemorating the final hours of Jesus’ life. Parishioners gather on the plaza at 5pm each Friday of Lent for song, prayer, and reflection before enjoying a meal at Soup & Spirit or the Knights of Columbus’ Famous Fish Fry.
Spiritual Direction is an ancient Catholic practice encouraged by Saint Bridget herself. She was known to say, “Everyone needs an Anam Cara [soul-friend]!” She encouraged the practice of finding a mentor who is trained in companioning souls to bring forth one’s spiritual growth and fullest potential. Trained Spiritual Directors meet with individuals or form small groups in the prayerful environment of the Spirituality Center.
The Spirituality Center hosts a wonderful library of books, CD’s, and DVD’s on Catholic spirituality and prayer. Resources are available for check-out or may be enjoyed on the premises.
St. Bridget Spirituality Center
2846 E Lockwood St + Mesa, Arizona 85251
(480) 924-9111 + stbridget.org/spirituality