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.