Note that during the Renovation of our Church building (From January, 2018 until March, 2018), services have been moved to other locations.
WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE DURING THE RENOVATION
Saturday evening Masses
5:00pm Chapel* -- English
7:00pm Chapel -- Spanish
7:00am Chapel -- English
8:30am Chapel -- Italian
9:15am Code Auditorium* -- English
10:00am Chapel -- English
10:45am Code Auditorium -- Spanish
11:30am Chapel -- English
12:15pm Code Auditorium -- Spanish
2:30pm Chapel -- Kreyol
6:00pm Chapel -- English
* Our Lady's Chapel and Code Auditorium are located in Saint Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School, 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury
DAILY MASS DURING RENOVATION
Monday through Friday
7:00am St. Anthony's Hall
9:00am St. Anthony's Hall
12:10pm St. Anthony's Hall
8:00am St. Anthony's Hall
* St. Anthony's Hall is located at 85 Post Ave, Westbury. Limited parking is available at the rear entrance. Additional parking is available in our Fifth Avenue lot. Please use the REAR ENTRANCE of St. Anthony's for all services.
Saturday 4:00pm - 4:45pm School Lobby (near the North Stairwell--English)
Monday through Friday (except on certain holidays and holy days)
12:45pm - 1:45pm St. Anthony's Hall
Please click pdf HERE (74 KB) for more detailed information, including Baptisms and Funerals during the renovation.
Strength, Warmth and Beauty: The Story of Saint Brigid's Church
From its dedication on July 4, 1916 to this present day, so many people have entered through the doors of Saint Brigid's parish and have been taken by the strength, the warmth and the beauty of this magnificent Church The architecture of our church building is Norman Romanesque of the 12th century (the only such Church on Long Island) which is characterized by massive pillars conveying stability and strength. The pillars themselves are masterpieces, and we hope that in the restoration work, we will be able to accent these pillars in such a way as to communicate their incredible unique beauty. That same decorative stonework can also be seen around the frames of the stained glass windows.
Of course, the warmth in the Church building is found in the wood -- the reredos (the wood panel in the center of the sanctuary) as well as the pews and floors and intricate work of our beautiful ceiling. The pews and the floors will be sanded and re-stained. We plan to replace the "temporary" pews that were recently placed in the south transept of the Church with sturdier pews that better match the rest of the pews. All the pews will have padded seats and the kneelers will be re-padded as well. As many of you know, the reredos that was placed in the sanctuary in the most recent renovation (1984) was meant to be more decorative; however, unexpected costs at that time (related to the work on the church steeple) depleted the funds that were available. We hope to add some decorative beauty to the reredos as was originally intentioned by Father Fred Schaefer. The reredos will then be the proper background to frame the existing tabernacle when it is moved to the sanctuary of the Church.
Our Church is also a place of beauty. Perhaps the most beautiful part of our building are the stained glass windows. Back in 1984 as well as in 2005, certain companies that do stained glass restoration had noticed that the glass in the windows, most particularly those in the sanctuary of the Church, were in danger of falling out. All of you are aware of the "buckling" of the stained glass windows in north nave of the Church that require repair.
Various companies were brought in to examine the windows. We chose a company that will actually remove all the windows, repair what is broken, fix what needs to be re-leaded, and fit each window into an aluminum frame with a well vented polycarbonate layer that will not only protect the windows for decades to come but also will allow the beauty of the windows to be better seen from the outside of the Church as well. Speaking of beauty, our stations of the cross are beautiful works of art that we also plan to restore.
The "side Altars" of Saint Brigid's parish
In the return of the tabernacle to the center of the Church sanctuary, the question naturally arises as to what will happen with the side altars or "apses" recessed within each of the transepts of the Church. In the south transept where the tabernacle presently exists, we plan to make that a shrine to the Blessed Mother, dominated by the statue of Our Lady of Westbury, and possibly accompanied by the devotional pictures of the Blessed Mother that have adorned the Church that were at one time near the statue of Our Lady of Westbury.
The Liturgical Office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has told us that we are not to have two large crucifixes in the Church. The main crucifix, the one that has been part of the Church since its opening, is presently positioned in the sanctuary above the wood reredos. That is where we intend to keep that crucifix. Many people have come to associate that crucifix with our Church. The other crucifix was in the north apse. In removing this second crucifix, the question arises, what can be placed there?
The idea came that there could be a statue of Jesus in that north apse. Back in 2003, Father Martin had commissioned a special statue for his church in Notre Dame. It is unique (truly one of a kind), carved of wood and painted in the same pastel colors of our Lady of Westbury. What Father Martin had designed in this statue was the concept of Jesus, surrounded by people of all races and cultures (similar to Mary with the children). As you can see in this picture, there are adults as well as children. What you may not be able to see in this picture is the fact that all the figures are touching each other -- the idea of interconnectedness of family -- the very heart and definition of Saint Brigid's church!
The statue is expensive (hand carved wood). Were someone to want to donate this statues in memory of a loved one, a $50,000 memorial (paid over time) would cover the cost of the statue.
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O Lord, we humbly ask you to bless the renovation of our beautiful Church of Saint Brigid’s. Guide and direct our efforts so that your welcoming presence may be experienced by all who enter our doors for many years to come.
We thank you for the generosity of the parishioners of our past who provided for the establishment of our parish and for those who, over the past 100 years, have worked hard to maintain its beauty and splendor. We thank you as well for those in this present time who have provided the resources for this renovation work we now undertake.
Bless the artists and the skilled men and women who will be working in our church. May the wonderful talents which You have given them be used well for the enhancement of our house of prayer.
We pray that our refurbished Church will be a place where all who come here may find peace in times of weariness, hope in times of darkness, refreshment in times of spiritual dryness and praise-filled worship around the table of your Son, Jesus.
May Saint Brigid of Kildare along with all the saints and angels intercede for us, strengthen us and protect us in our efforts. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Lord, Amen.
Omar Chirinos, one of our music ministers from the Spanish community, has recorded an album of original songs. The album is called Madre Del Amor Hermoso. If you would like to purchase this CD, they are on sale at the Parish Center for $10.
Below are videos of three songs on the album--please listen and consider purchasing this excellent CD! We thank Omar and his band for sharing their gifts and talents with our parish.
Omar Chirinos, uno de nuestros ministros de música de la comunidad española, ha grabado un álbum de canciones originales. El álbum se llama Madre Del Amor Hermoso. Si desea comprar este CD, están a la venta en el Parish Center por $10.
Debajo hay videos de tres canciones en el álbum: por favor escuchen y consideren comprar este excelente CD. Agradecemos a Omar y su banda por compartir sus dones y talentos con nuestra parroquia.
During the time of renovation of the Church, we will not be able to have Eucharistic adoration.
To read the latest from Fr. Tony on the Church Renovation, check out his most recent update on parish renovations resulting from our Capital Campaign, "For the Love of Mercy," CLICK HERE
In honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Father Martin and Father Tony would like to offer a special Adult Enrichment series on Monday nights. Click below to find out more and to register!
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