Only $51,500 to Go to Hit our Goal!!!

"For the Love of Mercy" Campaign! We're getting even closer to our goal of $2 million!
See Fr. Tony's most recent updates on the Campaign here. 

Many thanks to all who are contributing to our Capital Campaign.  For more information or to make your pledge...

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Important VIRTUS Training Session for ALL Parish Volunteers and Employees

 

 

 

FOR:  ALL ST. BRIGID’S EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS.  

Another set of VIRTUS Training is coming to St. Brigid’s!
Over 1,200 Volunteers and Employees have attended VIRTUS training at St. Brigid’s sessions in the past.

WHAT IS VIRTUS? 

VIRTUS (Protecting God’s Children) is an informational and helpful workshop regarding the protection of the vulnerable, especially youth.  It teaches people to ask questions like these: What are things we ought to notice?  What ought we do if certain behaviors concern us?   

HOW WILL VIRTUS HELP?

VIRTUS will help any employee and volunteer recognize the warning signs of abuse, give the appropriate steps to respond to suspicious behavior, and help prevent abuse through education.  Many who have already attended tell how beneficial VIRTUS has been in their personal lives as well, regarding their children and grandchildren.

WHERE DO I GO?

St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School (in the Chapel)
101 Maple Avenue, Westbury 

WHEN? (Arrive at least 5 minutes early to “sign-in.”)

Monday Evening, May 15, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- OR -
Saturday Morning, May 20, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
- OR -
Saturday Morning, May 27, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

 RSVP:  PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED - CLICK HERE to find a VIRTUS session and to register.

 Everyone must register online.

Please do not arrive late and do plan to stay for the whole session in order to receive your certificate.  If you are an Employee or Volunteer that has already taken VIRTUS, you do not need to take it again.

 Not sure?  Call Rob C. at 334-0021 x336 to check the parish records.

See Our Holy Week Pictures in our Photo Gallery!

CLICK HERE to see pictures from our celebration of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, and the Easter Vigil.

Msgr. John to Offer Course on Trinity - Begins 4/20

When we think about the Trinity, we oftentimes see it as an “unsolvable mystery,” that is, as something that our minds must try to figure out. How do you have three distinct persons but only one God? If we were to look at the Trinity as an unsolvable mystery, then there is a kind of distance between us and God. The unapproachable, distant God seems so contradictory to the God whom I believe has revealed himself to us as Love.

In this course, we want to explore and reflect upon the Blessed Trinity as God’s invitation to participate in divine life, being open to God who is father, Son and Holy Spirit. How does this revelation impact and define us in our relationship with God and indeed with all of creation?

The series will take place on Thursday evenings, April 20, 27, May 4, 11 and 18 beginning at 7:30pm in the School Library (101 Maple Ave). So that we can accommodate comfortably those who are interested in this course, we ask you to sign up by filling out the attached form and bringing it to the Parish Center (75 Post Ave.) or dropping it off in the collection on Sunday.

To register, complete the form below.

 

Celebrate Earth Day and "Laudato Si"- 4/22

Pope Francis has reminded us in his hallmark Encyclical, "Laudato Si" that we are stewards of God's creation.

Check out this link to the Catholic Health Association's site for some great resources for this year's Earth Day.

Click here for a link to the Global Catholic Climate Change site for many other resources.

Also - Click here check out a short video that describes the Holy Father's encyclical, "Laudato Si."

And for the complete encyclical from the Holy Father, click here.

Msgr. John to offer "Living the Christian Life" Basic Course - Begins 4/24

Msgr. John Martin is offering a 10 hour course called, "Living the Christian Life."  It will take place on Mondays, April 24, May 1 May 8. May 15 and May 22

(Total of 5 sessions.  Attendance in at least 4 sessions is required for course credit toward the Basic Theology Certificate from the Diocese.)

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School Library 101 Maple Ave., Westbury
(Please use the library entrance facing St. Brigid Lane.)

Fee: Donations will be requested during sessions
(suggested donation is $25.00 for St. Brigid’s parishioners $40.00 non-parishioners.)

Use the form below to register for the course:

 

Special Mass for Deceased Children - 4/29

Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 pm in the Church:

Fr. Tony invites you to a special liturgy to remember all our children who have passed away.  He says,

“Once again, I want to offer the opportunity for all families who have experienced the loss of a child to gather for a special remembrance Mass. This year, the Mass will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 1pm in Saint Brigid’s Church. Please pass the word on to other people whom you might want to invite to this special liturgy. 

Because we want to remember each child In a special way at this Mass of remembrance, we ask that you call the Parish Center (516-334-0021) and submit the name of the child whom you want to have remembered.

May the risen Christ bring peace and healing to all families in their time of loss.”

New Parish Center Hours--Effective May 1st

Effective May 1, 2017, the Parish Center (75 Post Avenue) will have new hours:

Monday through Thursday: 9:30am-9pm

Friday: 9:30am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-3pm Sunday: 9am-12pm 

NEW! Sponsor a Child for our Religious Ed Program!

Sharing the Light of Faith is a principle task of our church.  "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations..."
Why not sponsor one of our parish children whose family needs relief from the an additional financial stress for the fees associated with Faith Formation?

CLICK HERE for more information.

Bishop Barres Offers a Challenge

The following letter, printed in Newsday on Ash Wednesday, offers a challenge to all Catholics of the diocese. Are you in?

Lent 2017

Dear Friends,

Lent 2017 is a time for us to pray for dramatic missionary growth in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Part of that dramatic missionary growth is stimulated by our willingness to invite our inactive Catholic friends back to Mass.

I put it this way in my Installation Mass homily on January 31: I appeal on this day of my Installation as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to every inactive Catholic in the Diocese to come back to the power of the Word of God, the power of the Sacrament of Penance, and the power of the Catholic Mass.

I am so very sorry if you have been hurt or disappointed by the Church in any way and we stand here today to support you, to love you and to listen to you.

In turn, I am asking every active Catholic of every age in the Diocese of Rockville Centre between January 31st and Ash Wednesday (which is March 1, 2017) to invite one inactive Catholic friend or family to come with you to Mass and to gently, humbly, compassionately, non-judgmentally witness to the beauty of your intimacy with Christ and your love for the mission of the Catholic Church and how it has enriched and inspired your life.

The power of these gentle and compassionate invitations is enormous. They always plant a seed of grace. And now's the time to make these invitations. Let's all do it together and realize that it is the kindest thing any of us could do for anyone.

For those who have made those invitations since January 31st, thank you! For those of us who need an extension, let's give ourselves till Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 to make that compassionate invitation to our friends. And let's open ourselves to making these invitations more frequently and consistently.

When we die, we will all look lovingly into the merciful eyes of Jesus and review our life with him. The people whom we have helped to invite back to Mass and their Catholic faith will be standing around us with radiant smiles. And we want a big crowd!

We connect our Lenten 2017 prayer, fasting and almsgiving together to this intention and to our constant intention to pray for our brothers and sisters who are poor, hungry, suffering from war, violence or persecution in our world.

You and your families are all daily in my prayers and Masses. Thank you for your witness of "holiness and mission" to the world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

John O. Barres


Bishop of Rockville Centre

 

 

Wanted: Volunteers for ESL program

Come and be a volunteer teaching “Beginner's English” to a St. Brigid parishioner, eager to learn English as their second language.

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Centennial Renovation Campaign Update

February 1, 2017 

The village of Westbury has recently granted the needed variances to proceed with the project and will soon be issuing the necessary building permits. In the meantime, the building office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has given approval of the project and are assembling bid packages for construction companies to assess the project and to make their bid. 

Construction work on Saint Anthony’s may begin as soon as early March. During the course of the many listening sessions that took place in preparation for these projects, it was suggested that certain items in the Church be taken care of even before the major work in the Church is done in the winter of 2018.

Two such projects are the improvement of the lighting (using long lasting energy saving LED bulbs) as well as the as the reconstruction of the existing bathroom. The lighting project has pretty much been completed; the bathroom construction will take place next week. So, next weekend (if all goes well) take a look at the new bathroom and tell me what you think!

This weekend, I am making one final invitation for people to become engaged in the centennial campaign by making a three-year pledge. It is my hope that in this final push we may exceed our goal of $2,000,000 and therefore have the money that we will need in order to complete all of the projects that we have planned in this centennial renovation. God bless all of you for your generosity and love of Saint Brigid’s!

Click here for more information about the campaign and our projects.

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