Important Respect Life Update

The Governor and legislative leaders have promised to pass a dangerous proposal called the "Reproductive Health Act" early in the 2019 legislative session (perhaps to coincide with the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade on January 22). The rationale behind this bill is to protect "reproductive rights" of women in the event that Roe v. Wade was ever overturned by the Supreme Court and made a state issue.

New York State legislators want to ensure that the provisions of Roe v. Wade would then be protected by local state law. However, the "Reproductive Health Act" goes far beyond the provisions of Roe v. Wade. It would eliminate New York's current restrictions on late-term abortion, empower non-doctors to perform abortions, remove protections against unwanted or coerced abortions, and even legalize infanticide of live born infants.

We invite you to urge your lawmakers to stand strong against late-term abortion expansion. Simply go to the following website that is sponsored by the New York State Catholic Conference:
www.nyscatholic.org

25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations - 2/17

Were You Married in 1969 or 1994? St. Brigid parish will be celebrating 50th and 25th anniversaries on Sunday, February 17th at 1:00 pm Mass in the Church. There will be a reception in the St. Anthony Hall following the Mass. Please contact Maria at the Parish Center - 516-334-0021 x333

Update from Fr. Tony on Renovations...

During the month of December, I had taken the opportunity to provide you with a snapshot concerning the moneys that have been raised in our Centennial Renovation Campaign, the projects that have been completed and the projects that
are yet to be addressed. Later this month, once permission has been granted to us by the Office of the Vicar General, we will engage Egan Restoration Company to address the doors of the Church.

The doors facing Post Avenue, the one side door that faces the cemetery, and the two side doors that open out to “Saint Brigid’s Greens” (the shrine and gazebo areas of our property) will be removed and restored to their original beauty. The refinishing of the doors are done off-site because of the process of stripping the doors and applying several layers of marine varnish to protect them. The hinges and other hardware will also be refinished.

These wooden doors are original to the 1916 Church, and therefore much care is taken to restore them to their original beauty. The two rear doors of the Church (the handicapped accessible door and the door adjacent to the Church bathroom) will be replaced at a later date by a longer-lasting vinyl composite door. Since these doors are not original to the building, I had decided to find a replacement door that would be more durable in the long run. This work will happen at a later time.

Why Not Sponsor a Parish Teen for the National Catholic Youth Conference?

In a distinctly Catholic setting,
the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants
to encounter Christ, experience church,
and be empowered for discipleship.

The National Catholic Youth Conference, frequently referred to as NCYC, is a three-day event for Roman Catholic youth held in the U.S. every two years. The next NCYC is scheduled for November 21-23 in Indianapolis.

The Conference is organized by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). During the conference, there is music, prayer, workshops, liturgy, and opportunities to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are also concerts, dances, and a comedy club at NCYC. An area, known as the "thematic park", is set up with interactive educational and recreational activities, as well as traditional exhibits and vendor booths.

Teenagers from Youth@SaintBrigid, our parish Youth Ministry, have attended in 2015 and 2017. Participants have come back sharing how the conference was life-changing and faith-igniting.

Dear Friends,
        As we begin planning for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference, we ask you to consider sponsoring our Youth@SaintBrigid attendance. Registration is $245.00 per teen. Please pray about this opportunity to help build the young church.

God Bless You!

Vince Buzzeo, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Brigid Church

 

Use the donation button below to make your secured donation to help support this great opportunity for our youth!  


 

(To the extent provided by law, your donation for this purpose may be tax deductible.  Please consult your tax advisor)

Help Support a Child in our Religious Education Program-Scholarship Opportunity

Do you want to help make a difference in the life of a child? If you said "yes," consider making a donation to our parish's Religious Education Scholarship Fund.

To learn more about this fund, please click HERE.

Capital Campaign Update

It has been over two-and-a-half years ago that we began "For the Love of Mercy" campaign - a campaign that aimed to raise two million dollars in order to accomplish some very needed projects on our Church. As the money from the campaign came in, we were able to tend to the renovation of the Church bathroom, the installation of a new heating system in the Church, the construction of new offices on the second floor of Saint Anthony's Hall, the renovation of the first floor of Saint Anthony's with a new reception area, the refurbishing of the Schaefer Outreach Center to now house the food pantry as well as the "Well" and the Casa Mary Johanna services of the parish, the painting of the Church, restored pews and sanctuary and side altar reconfiguration of the Church, and finally the removal and restoration of our fifty-nine stained glass windows! Wow! None of this could have happened without the generosity of you, our parishioners.

Some people have paid their pledges - and we are so grateful. Others may have anywhere from a half-a-year to a full year to complete their promised pledges. So, while we are coming down to the home stretch, it would be good to get a snapshot of where we are (regarding the campaign) and what still needs to be done:

May God who has begin this good work for us bring it to fulfilment 

What is this thing called, "FORMED"?...

Welcome to “Formed” - a Catholic website giving you the best in Catholic teaching and inspiration Imagine that you would have a resource in your home to access inspirational videos, instructive audios, downloadable books and articles, and even movies that would present good Catholic teaching.

Imagine that from your computer, tablet or smartphone you would be able to access in one place inspirational speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn or even Bishop Fulton Sheen. Imagine a place where you could search out answers to your own particular questions about the faith. This resource is entitled FORMED.

As a member of Saint Brigid’s parish you are given FREE ACCESS to this website -- joining is simple.

1. On your web browser of your computer, tablet or smartphone type in the following address: https://saintbrigid.formed.org

2. Go to the tab “Register” and type in your name, email address and a special password that you will remember.

3. You will see a ton of resources at your fingertips.

Once you register, Fr. Tony will be able to send you links to some really great stuff that can help you in your own faith-formation journey, videos that can help you prepare for next week’s liturgies, resources for kids and teens and so much more. Spread the word to others -- registration is free and through our parish subscription you have access to so many great Catholic resources.

Have some spare time to offer? Consider St. Brigid's Attic...

Can you spare a couple of hours each week? If your answer is yes...

...then St. Brigid’s Attic Thrift Shop would love to have you join our dedicated, fun loving volunteers to help make a difference for the less fortunate. The Attic is open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

There are volunteer opportunities available Tuesday through Saturday. When you volunteer, you help make a difference in our community.

Working together, we can help those who shop in our store and contribute to the support of Parish Outreach. Please call Millie at 516-455-3556 to learn more about how you can help. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Click on the QR codes below, or click on the logos on the top right of this web page.

"Secret" Clicks on this Website...

From any page on this site, click the St. Brigid Cross in the upper left hand corner - or the name of the Parish on the top of any page - and, voila, you'll return to our home page!

Just for Laughs

From time to time, we'll be changing the cartoon that appears down below on our web home page.  Scroll down to check out the most recent one.