A Saint for Our Time . . . A Saint for Our Community

Celebrating the life and legacy of Archbishop Romero

On Sunday, October 14, Pope Francis will lead the ceremony for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. During his time as spiritual leader of the faithful in El Salvador in the late 1970's, Oscar Romero spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Later investigations into the murder revealed that extreme-right wing politician and death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson had given the order. Hence, Archbishop Romero is considered a true martyr for the faith and for his witness against the injustices against the poor and oppressed.

 
On the week of October 22, we would like to celebrate this great saint of our times. On Tuesday, October 23, we will have a viewing of the film Romero (starring Raul Julia) at Saint Anthony’s Hall at 7:30pm (popcorn provided!). On Thursday, October 25th, there will be special bi-lingual prayer service offered in the church at 8pm. On that evening, we join our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters of this community, many of whom come from El Salvador, to celebrate the life and legacy of this man and to ask for his prayerful intercession upon our community. As Bishop Barres has written in his own apostolic letter about Romero, “We take yet another opportunity to connect the Canonization, in a spirit of pastoral charity, promotion of human rights and global justice, to a call for comprehensive immigration reform for our nation that is built on the principles of the dignity of the human person, social justice, the sanctity of human life and the family, and a Good Samaritan love for the poor.”
 
May this blessed saint intercede for our community of Saint Brigid's.

Father Martin Conducts Adult Enrichment Series

Father Martin will conduct a three-session adult enrichment program entitled: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Jesus calls us to show mercy because mercy has been first shown to us. Thorough exploring and practicing the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy we can learn to experience the mystery of the presence of God who is Mercy.

This program will take place on Monday evenings, October 15, 22 and 29 from 7:30pm to 9pm in the school library. The sessions will be repeated on Tuesday mornings October 16, 23 and 30 from 9:30am to 11:00am in Saint Anthony’s Hall.

So that we can make available needed materials for the course, we ask you to register by calling the parish office at 516-334-0021 and leave your name and phone number with the receptionist.

A Night in Bethlehem - 12/1

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have been in Bethlehem when Jesus was born? Now is your chance! Come join us for “A Night in Bethlehem” on Sat Dec 1st from 10am to noon. You will be asked to sign the census and pay your taxes just like Mary and Joseph did. You will then go to the stable and meet Mary, Joseph and of course, baby Jesus! The rest of the morning will be spent at the various market place shops that Jesus and his family went to. There will be an activity at each shop for you and your family to participate in. Your morning will end in the Bakery shop where light refreshments will be served.

Since this is family event, at least one adult MUST stay AND participate for the children to attend. Cost is $25 per family (max of 3 children). We are asking for a food donation for our Social Ministry Office (Parish Outreach).

Register by Nov 17th to ensure your spot!

Please feel free to call Mary (516) 775-0858 if you have any questions. Registration forms can be found in the Parish Center. You may also click HERE to download and print a form.

Windows, Doors! Plus - Revised Mass Schedule 10/1 to 10/12

Monday, October 1st, the Church will again be closed until Friday October 12th in
order for Bovard Studios to return the remaining windows of the Church. 

The next project on the horizon will be the refurbishing of the front and side doors of the
Church and the replacement of the two rear doors of the Church (the ones that are
adjacent to the cemetery). The front and side doors have both structural integrity as well
as being the original doors of the Church - so we will do all that is necessary to restore
them completely. The rear doors were added to the Church afterwards and lack the same
durability as the other doors and consequently are unable to be salvaged. They will be
replaced with doors that are more durable and permanent.

Weekday Masses for Monday October 1st until Friday, October 12th (Monday through Saturday morning) will take place in Saint Anthony's Hall according to the schedule found below.

During this time when the Church will be closed for Masses, we will ask our neighboring parishes (Our Lady of Hope, Saint Ignatius and Holy Family) once again to accommodate us for any funerals. As for the weddings and other events that have been scheduled, they will still take place in the Church at this time.

So many projects have already been accomplished since we began the capital campaign some two years ago.

  • A new energy-efficient gas boiler was installed in the Church.
  • The bathroom in the Church was refurbished.
  • New structural supports for the interior of Saint Anthony's were put into place along with the incredibly beautiful "face-lift" of windows, walls, flooring and ceiling of Saint Anthony's Hall.
  • New offices were created on the second floor of Saint Anthony's Hall.
  • A new entrance way and a new reception area for parish business was established in the front of Saint Anthony's Hall.
  • The food pantry was moved to the renovated space of the Schaefer Center.
  • The interior of the Church was painted with the refurbishing of the pews and the creation of the side-altar shrines.
  • The sanctuary space was reconfigured with the tabernacle in the center.
  • And now, the stained glass windows are to be re-installed in the next month

What lies ahead? We still need to repair the main doors of the Church and possibly replace the rear doors. We are still looking to relocate the air-handlers of our Church air conditioning along with condensers that use the Freon that is in compliance with EPA standards. And yes -- the air conditioning in the school chapel will be the final piece. With everyone's help, we will get there!

MASS SCHEDULE RECAP:

Weekday Masses will take place in Saint Anthony's Hall: 
Monday morning October 1 through Saturday morning October 6
Monday morning October 8 through Saturday morning October 11

Weekend Masses of October 6 and 7 will take place in Our Lady's Chapel in the School (101 Maple Ave).

We go back to a regular Mass schedule on Saturday, October 13.

 

 

 

 

Support a Child in Our Religious Ed Program

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.

Bethany Prayer Day for the Women of our Parish

We invite all the women of our parish to "save the date" - Saturday November 3rd from 9am to 5pm. The Saint Brigid’s Women’s Bethany Group will be hosting the 2nd annual Bethany retreat that day at St. Brigid’s Our Lady of Hope
School. Last year at our first Bethany Retreat Day, the women who attended experienced the heartfelt need to make time in
our “Martha world” for some “Mary time.” This year our theme is discovering why Mary and Joseph said YES to the plan of God. What is God calling us to say "yes" to at this moment in our journey?

 

Have You Joined "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.

Statement on the Pennsylvania Report

You may be aware from media coverage this past week of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests that Bishop Barres was referenced in the report stemming from his time as the Bishop of Allentown.  The report accuses Bishop Barres of not dealing decisively with accusations against priests, one priest in particular. To be absolutely clear, what the report presents regarding Bishop Barres is inaccurate and misleading on key facts.  During his time as the Bishop of Allentown, Bishop Barres was, in fact, as vigilant as he is now about identifying and removing abusive priests and protecting God’s children. We urge everyone to take home and read the full statement regarding the inaccuracies in the report. The statement is also available on the diocesan website at www.drvc.org.

 

The abuse of any human being – particularly of children – is a terrible sin and a crime.  It should not happen anywhere and it most particularly should not happen in the Catholic Church.  The fact that it did is disgraceful and the Bishop is committed to removing any abusers and keeping out future ones.  And we continue to pray and work toward healing for survivors of abuse.  The Pennsylvania report looks back at 70 years.  It is important to note the progress that has been made since 2002.  It is also important to be accurate when reporting on or speaking about the record of Church leaders who have confronted these terrible issues. Clearly, the Church’s vigilance in this area can never cease, and, in fact must always be expanded.

 

Pope Francis on Pennsylvania: A call for prayer and fasting

Pope Francis, in his recent letter responding to the terrible situation of clerical abuse and coverup (see the full letter of Pope Francis), calls upon all of the members of the Body of Christ to enter into "prayer in fasting" as a sign that we stand in solidarity with abused victims. He calls for a "fasting that can make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary."

Fasting is a bodily prayer where we enter into the suffering of Christ (as he suffers in the little ones) so that no victim may ever feel alone, unheard, uncared for. Father Tony is dedicating this Wednesday, August 28th as a personal day of prayer and fasting - and he invites you to join with him in this prayer. We  pray not only for the victims, but we pray that those who have felt betrayed by their Church or her leadership may find healing. We pray especially for those who, in understandable disgust, have walked away from the Church, and tragically have walked away from the table of the Lord who so wants to offer all of us healing and strength.

Read the Pope's letter to the People of God

The NEW Schaefer Outreach Center

What began as a convent for Saint Brigid's school almost 85 years ago is now transformed into our Outreach Center. Over five years ago, Father Ralph had a dream of bringing all the outreach services (Saint Brigid's Well, Casa Mary Johanna and our Food Pantry) into a single building. For various reasons, the original site of the outreach center was not able to be materialized. Soon after Father Tony arrived, we had various parish-wide listening sessions (among our various language groups) and we had decided to bring all of the outreach services into the Schaefer Center.

In some respects, the decision was already being made for us; the leases of the buildings where both the Well and Casa Mary Johanna were operating were no longer able to be extended. Those services moved into the Schaefer Center, sharing spaces with the administrative and clergy offices in the parish. Soon a plan was developed to renovate the second floor of Saint Anthony's Hall, move the clergy and administration out of the Schaefer Center, and make room so that the food pantry could enter into a newly renovated space in the Schaefer Center. And so, here we are, five years in the planning, and finally Father Ralph's dream has now come to pass.
 
Since January of this past year, we have been fixing walls and painting and carpeting the Schaefer Outreach Center. We have constructed safe and hygienic food storage areas, as well as created new office spaces for the volunteers and director of the food pantry. Joan Echausse and Ximena Aravena take on new offices on the first floor and Yanira Chacon, Barbara Powell and Lupé Ramirez expand their needed space on the second floor. In addition, a new space was created for baby items that can be given to expectant mothers.
 
The work of creating the Schaefer Outreach Center also entailed some structural work to keep the building safe and dry -- new leaders and gutters as well as a new drainage system and upgraded electrical wiring was put into place. A new walkway was created so as to allow food deliveries to be able to be brought more easily to the rear entrance of the Center. Finally, the remaining food and freezers are being moved into the center and all the work is on the verge of being completed.
 
But the work does not end there. Parish Outreach faces new challenges in the wake of growing fears among some members of the immigrant community that we serve. As TPS (temporary protected status) protections soon end for members of the Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants, there is an understandable reluctance among some members of these communities to register for assistance when registration leaves a record that later could expose them to deportation when TPS ceases to exist. Something as simple as following the gospel directive to feed the hungry now becomes so complicated during these times that are so challenging for immigrant populations. In other words, it is not enough to simply have a nice building where services can be provided for those in need. We need to find new and creative ways to seek out and reach those people who may be reluctant to come to us for assistance. Our Parish Outreach will grow -- but only as the result of a combined prayer and determination of all of our parishioners to carry out that which Jesus has called us to do for the least of his brothers and sisters.

St. Brigid "Attic" Thrift Shop is looking for you!

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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Just for Laughs

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