The seven sacraments are special and very vital ways we celebrate God’s presence among us. God’s love and grace breaks through to those who hear the Word and celebrate in signs and symbols. These signs and symbols point to the Sacred and remind us who we are and whose we are. The seven sacraments are essential to Catholic life and unite us with each other and with the God who creates, sustains, and nurtures us.
A sacrament is an outward sign of God's presence and action in our lives. The Sacrament of Baptism (which means "immersion") is the Church's ritual through which God's presence and action in the life of the child to be baptized is celebrated and deepened! In Baptism, the sign of the pouring of the water signifies the child's "immersion" in the life of Christ and the Church. Parents, Godparents, and the whole parish community pledge to take on specific tasks of living and exemplifying the Catholic Christian faith for the newly-baptized child.
Baptism for children (under the age of 7) is celebrated in English on the first three Sundays at 1pm; in Spanish on the last Sunday of the month at 1pm; in Kreyol on the 3rd Saturday at 1pm. Parents attend a preparation session on the first Monday of the month from 8pm to 9:30pm in the church. Please call the Parish Center at (516) 334-0021 to make arrangements to speak to one of our priests or deacons about your child’s upcoming baptism.
*Please be aware that the Church building will be closed from January through March, 2018, due to renovations. All Baptisms celebrated in English will take place in the Chapel on Sundays at 1pm (located at St. Brigid's School.)
We celebrate regularly this great sacrament of God's forgiveness and mercy at St. Brigid's. Anyone interested in making their First Confession should contact our Faith Formation Office at (516) 334-0021 x 352.
In all other cases, our priests are available to celebrate this wonderful Sacrament of Forgiveness with you according to the following schedule, and as needed.
Reconciliation Schedule during Renovation of the Church Building (January, 2018 to March, 2018)
Saturday: 4:45pm - 5:45pm (School Lobby by the North Stairwell--English)
Monday through Friday: 12:45pm - 1:45pm (St. Anthony's Hall)
(except on certain holidays and holy days)
Saturday: 4pm - 4:45pm (English)
6:15pm - 7pm (Spanish)
Monday through Friday following the 12:10pm Mass until 1:30pm
(except on certain holidays and holy days)
"Behold what you are, become what you receive" (St. Augustine). The Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our realities as Catholics. We are nourished by the Eucharist to live our lives as the Body of Christ in this faith community and in the world. Click here for our daily and weekend Masses (all year long and in the summer).
"I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health; I will love you and honor you all the days of my life."
A sacrament is an outward sign of God's loving presence and action in our lives. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the sign through which a man and a woman recognize, celebrate and deepen the love of God in their love for each other, and commit themselves to a permanent, exclusive, committed partnership of life and love with God at the center.
Preparing for Your Wedding If you are a Catholic who is a registered parishioner of St. Brigid, or if you are a Catholic who is living within the territorial boundaries of St. Brigid parish, you are encouraged to celebrate your wedding here! Church arrangements for weddings must be made at least 6 months ahead.We strongly advise making arrangements with the parish before signing contracts for reception plans. Please call the Parish Office at 516-334-0021 to meet with a priest or deacon. This initial meeting will cover all the necessary “paperwork” and will secure your wedding date on the Church calendar if everything is in order. The priest or deacon will also explain what is expected of you regarding Marriage Preparation. Remember: Do not set a date with reception venues until you have confirmed your church date and time.
*Please be aware that there will be no weddings celebrated at St. Brigid's Church from January through March, 2018, due to the church being closed for renovations.
God's call to ordained ministry is a call to a life of service to the Body of Christ, God's holy people. Prayer, an active faith life, and discernment are key components in deciphering whether God's call to ordained ministry is present. Men who believe that God might be calling them to ordained ministry should contact our pastor or one of the associates for information.
Fr. Joe Fitzgerald, Vocations Director www.longislandpriest.com
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14). Anyone who is not able to attend Mass because of frailty, chronic or temporary illness, or admission to hospice can have Holy Communion brought to them at home on a regular basis.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive this great sacrament of healing, please contact one of the priests. You may also call the parish office, (516) 334-0021, to make arrangements for a lay minister to bring Holy Communion.