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February 18, 2013

Erie Catholic Diocese Bishop Persico visits local church


MEADVILLE — Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Meadville traces its roots to the spring of 1862, according to the church’s website. It began then when a group of English-speaking Catholics, mostly Irish extraction, decided to separate from the primarily German-speaking congregation of St. Agatha parish, then the only Roman Catholic Church in the Meadville area. The request was granted, and on May 18, 1862, a building known as “Divinity Hall” was rented for the fledgling congregation.

On Oct. 8, 1875, land at the corner of Arch and Liberty streets was purchased by the congregation from Alfred and Catherine Huidekouper for the sum of $1400, with the construction beginning in the spring of 1878. After three years under construction the new church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1881.


The seven Catholic sacraments are: baptism, confirmation, Holy Eucharist, reconciliation, marriage, holy orders, and anointing the sick.

Baptism is a demonstration to the church and God of a dedication to the faith.

Confirmation is the adult or mature choice to dedicate oneself to the faith.

Eucharist is the Holy Communion, or imbibing the flesh (bread) and blood (juice or wine), of Jesus Christ.

Reconciliation is about repentance including the three elements of conversion, confession, and celebration.

Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is the public ceremony displaying the commitment of two people completely giving themselves to each other.

Holy orders is a priest being ordained and vowing to bring the sacraments to other parishioners.

Anointing of the sick is used for physical and psychological illnesses.


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