Milford is 30 miles west of Interstate 15 and has remained a hidden valley in Beaver County since 1880. The town has a small-town feel with 1,451 residents. Located on the corner in a residential neighborhood, Saint Bridget Catholic Church is very easy to locate. The tall white church has an “A” frame type roof, a tall steeple and is topped by a cross. Although there are stairs going up to the double wooden doors, there is a handicap ramp off to the right for easier access. Just to the left of the church is a grassy area with a tall wooden cross that bears a plaque which honors Father Valine, the builder of this church and many others. A lovely white statue of Mary is located in a corner green garden setting, just behind the cross.
Upon entering past the double doors is a small foyer with pamphlets, pictures and doors that lead into the nave of the church. The church is elegantly adorned in white flowers and linens because the First Holy Communion Celebration Mass was earlier today. There is one aisle that goes down the center with sets of pews on each side. Walls are covered with wood paneling up to the ceiling and the flooring is carpeted in taupe. Stations of the Cross and windows alternate on each side of the church. The ceiling is white with a high pitch and has recessed lighting at the altar that spotlights the crucifix.
The Pascal candle is just to the right of the altar table that is adorned in white linens and two smaller candles. The tabernacle and eternal flame are just behind the altar table and below the crucifix. There are banners on each side of the crucifix proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus in the Spanish language. Just to the right of the tabernacle in an alcove is a statue of Joseph and Mary is on the left side. A podium is to the left of the statue of Mary along with other statues and a picture of their patron Saint Bridget. Our Lady of Guadalupe's statue and picture are on the right side. Looking to the back of the church from the altar, the balcony, stairs that lead there, the front doors, confessionals and the baptismal front can be viewed.
Thank you to Father Hernando Diaz and the parishioners of Saint Bridget Catholic Church for your hospitality! I’m blessed that you showed your love and for your faithfulness in serving the Lord.