Bishops condemn separation, detention of children

WASHINGTON (CNS) — From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. Read more by clicking here: U.S. Bishops Condemn Separation, Detention of Children

It's Here!!! ..."Pave the Way to Glory!" Raffle for St. Brigid/OLOH School

Join in the fun!  A special raffle for Sports Enthusiasts that will help us "Pave the way to Glory" behind St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School...

 

Check out "FORMED" - An Exciting New Website for you to Enjoy!

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.

Fr. Tony Continues to Lead Us in "Lord, Teach us to Pray"...

Since this past September, Father Martin and Father Tony have teamed up to offer four courses in adult enrichment.

In honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Catholic Catechism of the Church, we have each taken one of the four sections of the catechism (Creed, Sacraments, Commandments and Prayer) and developed a three-week course to explore these main pillars of Catholic teaching and tradition.

Beginning Monday, June 11th and continuing on June 18th and 25th, Fr. Tony will offer this final three-week series on prayer entitled, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.”

Specifically we will look at the beautiful practice of “Lectio Divina” (Divine reading) -- a way to quiet the heart and soul and enter into the texts of scripture so that we can both listen to the word echo in our heart and respond to that voice that speaks to us in stillness.

Our sessions will take place in he school library on these three Mondays, beginning Monday, June 11th at 7:30pm.

Please call the parish center at 516-334-0021 to submit your name if you are interested in attending.

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.

Updated Videos on Catholic Social Teaching

We continue our sharing of good Catholic Social Teaching Videos here on our parish website by offering some new additions (as you scroll down, you will find our older videos as well).  We're building up this online exploration of Catholic Social Teaching - and will continue to do so.

Catholic Social Teaching has its roots in the Teachings of Jesus, the Scriptures, and the entire Tradition of the Church.  Since the 1800's, magisterial Catholic Social Teaching comes to us in encyclicals and other formal documents of the Church.  Some in our Church call Catholic Social Justice Teaching "the greatest secret" in our Church because it is not often taught as a body of teaching in formational courses.  Clearly, though, saying "Yes" to following Jesus challenges us all to live lives in relationship with God and others which demand charity and justice.  And Catholic Social Teaching provides a blueprint to that end for those who believe in Jesus.

 

St. Brigid's Parish works hard to effect the "two feet" of Catholic Social Teaching - charity and justice - in our outreach to those in need.  Catholic Social Justice Teaching drives our entire parish outreach effort.  Here are some videos that help explore various themes of and applications in Catholic Social Teaching.

 

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.

We Pray for Fr. Nesly and His Family

Sadly, Father Nesly received word on Sunday, June 10, that his mother, Odilia Lafôret Jean Jacques, had passed away in Fort Lauderdale.

Arrangements were made for the funeral for Father Nesly's mother to take place in the family's home town in Haiti this coming Thursday, June 21st.

Please keep Father Nesly, along with his father, sister and brothers, in your prayers.

Welcome Fr. Ferruccio!

Once again, we welcome back to Saint Brigid's Father Ferruccio Cagna who will be helping us through the rest of June into the month of July. Father Ferruccio comes to us from northern Italy, and, because of the frequency of pilgrimages that he has led in the Holy Land, he brings with him a wonderful understanding of the scriptures and the land of Jesus.

NEW Parish Center Office Hours

Please note our new Parish Center office hours effective Monday, June 3, 2018:

Monday and Friday: 9:30am to 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:30am to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm
Sunday: 9am to 12pm

What's happening to our stained glass windows!

During Easter Sunday, when so many people came to our Church, many marveled at the renovated beauty of the Church. Some however were greatly disturbed by the fact that some of the windows are missing.

"Are you replacing the windows with clear plexiglass?" asked some. Others said, "Are you getting new windows?" 

So, let's be clear.

The windows are the jewels of our Church. The need for repair of these windows came to us in 1985 during the time of the renovation of Father Fred Schaefer. There was no money at that time to do anything about the bad shape of the windows. In 2005, it was estimated that soon the windows would fall out of their frames unless something was done immediately.

It was the desire to restore these beautiful works of art that originally drove the campaign to renovate the Church in the first place. So next came the process of interviewing many vendors.

One vendor said that they could do the work at the cost of about one million dollars.

Another vendor said, "Let's just fix the windows that are in worst need and save the rest for another day."

Another vendor said, "I can work on the stained glass windows without removing them from the Church."

The vendor that was chosen, based on price and reliability, was Bovard Studios. They have had a long history of working on stained glass windows for many years, and restored many of our Churches on Long Island. Based in Iowa, this company is a leading artisan for stained glass repair and restoration.

So what is the process? Each window is removed. When possible, the existing plexiglass safety covering (installed sometime in the 60's), is left in place in order to afford the Church light and security. The upper windows, where there is no plexiglass safety covering, are replaced temporarily with plywood covering. Then the windows are shipped to Iowa where each window is disassembled, cleaned, re-leaded, and fitted back into a new custom-made aluminum frame with a separate channel for a clear protective glass covering. Then the whole unit is shipped back and re-installed in their new frames. The overall cost of the project is about a quarter of a million dollars.

The windows are being removed during the weeks of April 9th and April 16th. They will be returned to us in September! In the meantime, the Church will look a lot brighter -- but somewhat barren of its beauty. We pray that the work goes well and that our Church will shine even more beautifully come the fall!

A Work in Progress - That still needs a lot of (your) help!

Our Church is finally opened now after two-and-a-half months of work. As you can see, there is still a number of projects that still need to be done in the Church. Here is a quick timetable:

Statue of the Sacred Heart: This will be placed on the side altar with the new “book of intentions” by Easter Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday.

Pew Cushions: The new cushions covering all the pews will be put into place by the middle of April.

Wall Paintings: The paintings that have adorned the Church will be put into place over the next month.

Exterior Doors: The work on the front doors will be done sometime in the late summer or early fall, depending on the availability of funds.

Stained Glass Windows: In the middle of April, the remaining windows will be removed and
shipped to the stained-glass factory in Iowa. This tedious work of taking apart each window,
releading all the glass, placing the windows in new aluminum frames with new protective
plexiglass covering will happen over the course of the next four months. All the windows will
be retuned to the Church sometime in mid September.

Relocation of the air-handlers and upgrades to the air conditioning system. The overhaul of the air conditioning units (to allow them to be compliant with EPA regulations) as well as the relocation of the noisy air handlers will happen sometime in the fall of 2019, depending, again, on the availability of money.

While the amount of money that was pledged makes us confident that we will be able to
accomplish all of these tasks that yet need to be done in the Church, we are really dependent
upon people being faithful to their pledges. Since the time that our parish administration team
took over the process of reminding our donors about the pledges, there may well have been a
number of people who did not hear from us. Please, if you did make a pledge but have not
heard from us in the past six months, call the parish office and speak to Rob Cammarata so
that we can keep you in the billing cycle of pledge redemption.

Perhaps as you came in to the Church you were inspired to be part of the process of supporting
the renovation but did not have the opportunity to make a pledge. Again, I ask you to contact
Rob Cammarata at the parish office to make a pledge so that all of our intended projects can be
completed in a timely manner. You may contact Rob at 516-334-0021 ext. 336.

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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.