Parish of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our parish includes two physical locations in Manchester, Connecticut.

Each "campus" includes several buildings and outdoor sites as described below.

When the two parishes were merged to form the Parish of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Blair decreed that the "names of the current Saint Bridget Church and Saint Bartholomew Church edifices shall remain unchanged."

Saint Bridget Church & School

80 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042

The "Main Street Campus" includes the Church, a School and the Administrative Center, which houses the parish offices.

Handicapped parking is available at the side/back entrance to the church, along with access to an elevator.  The elevator will take you directly to the sanctuary level.  There is also handicapped parking in front of the auditorium and entrance to the building is accessed by means of a ramp.

Hearing devices are available at Masses for the hearing impaired.  They can be found at each entrance.  There is also an interpreter at the 11:30 Mass to assist our deaf community in their complete and meaningful participation in the Mass.

Saint Bridget School

Adjacent to the church at 74 Main Street, our school provides a Catholic education for pre-K through Grade 8.  Please visit the school website for more information.

Saint Bartholomew Church

736 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040

The "Middle Turnpike Campus" includes the Church and an Education & Meeting Center (in the former school wing), as well as a Labyrinth (see below) and outdoor Stations of the Cross in a natural setting.  We invite you to enjoy them anytime.

The church has wheelchair access via the entrance at the end of the south wing as you enter the parking lot from Ludlow Road.  Space for wheelchair seating is available at the front of the church.  The Priest or Eucharistic Minister will offer Communion to anyone in the front pew who is unable to come forward.  Wheelchair access is available in the restroom at the north end of the hallway by the doors to the church.

Saint Bartholomew Labyrinth

Labyrinths can be traced back 3,500 years. Throughout history, pilgrims have traveled to holy sites to encounter the sacred and to renew their faith.  When the Crusades and the plague made pilgrimage to the Holy Land almost impossible, Labyrinths came into use as a pilgrimage-in-place.  Pilgrims could engage in the same kind of prayer journey without leaving their native land.

Walking the Labyrinth is straightforward.  The path to the center and the path out are one and the same.  The Labyrinth is not a maze or a puzzle.  It is simply a path.

Take some time to clear your mind, to relax before you walk.  Move at your own pace.  Be open to inner promptings to pause, to slow down, to pass others.  Do what feels natural.  Maintain silence throughout your walk, for your benefit and for the sake of others. 

As you enter the Labyrinth, you begin the first of three stages of your walk - Purgation.  This is a time for releasing, letting go of the details of your life, the cares and concerns that keep you distracted and stressed.

As you reach the center, you are open to the stage of Illumination.  Continue to do what feels natural.  Sit, kneel, stand, meditate, face several directions.  Read something you have brought with you on this journey.  Stay in the center for as long as you wish.  It is a place for clarity and insight.  Receive what is there for you.

As you prepare to leave the Labyrinth, take time for gratitude and for integrating this experience into your life.  This part of the walk is the path of Union, joining God, bringing back to the world a renewed vision or a refreshed spirit.  Each time you walk the Labyrinth, you may become more empowered to find and do the work God has given you.  Spend some time outside the Labyrinth in reflection and meditation before you leave.

With the challenges and concerns of our busy lives, the Labyrinth offers a way to journey in faith, to find stillness and rest.

You are invited to walk the Labyrinth alone or with a group, at the beginning or end of your day, on your lunch break, as the sun sets, by starlight and moonlight, in all seasons.

Click here to download a printable flyer with more information.

Saint Bartholomew

Stations of the Cross

Rev Tom Sievel instigated the creation of the outdoor Stations of the Cross located across from the church and dedicated them on September 24, 2006.  Each Station is represented by a wooden cross and plaque attached to a tree.  Follow the wood chip path, pray at the Stations, or sit in restful contemplation on one of the benches.

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