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The St. Bridget Church community is mourning the loss of its leader this week.
Pastor Fr. Bob Ricciardi died Sunday after having battled cancer. A wake for Ricciardi will be held tonight at St. Bridget Church and placed outside the church will be numerous luminaries donated by the group that sponsor's Cheshire's yearly Lights of Hope event. The luminaries were donated for the somber occasion.
Ricciardi, to known to many simply as Father Bob, will lie in state today, Nov. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Bridget's Church, 175 Main St., with a Parish Mass at 6 p.m.
The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, the Archbishop of Hartford, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. in St. Bridget's. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.