Church Door Project is Underway!

Permission has been granted by the diocese for us to begin the work on restoring the Church
doors. Over the next few weeks, temporary doors will be put into place while our beautiful doors
are being refinished.

Bishop Barres New Video and Letter on Abortion Expansion Act

February 11, 2019
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5)

At the very heart of our beliefs about who we are and why we exist, is a message of love. God creates us out of love. Out of love, He redeems us by the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus. He calls us to an eternal destiny with Him because He loves each sacred human life, created in His image.
That we are created in God’s image is reaffirmed in our nation’s Declaration of Independence, reminding us that we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The right to life is the foundation and starting point for every other God-given human right. When that right is attacked or denied, all other rights and liberties begin to crumble.


You are probably aware that on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court decision that declared an absolute constitutional right to abortion), Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law the “Reproductive Health Act”, which he himself called “the most aggressive” abortion law in the country. It was then “celebrated” by his lighting up One World Trade Center and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany.

It is our obligation as citizens and as Catholics, to be well informed and to make our voices heard in the public square when evil and injustice threaten the sacred gift of life at any stage.


On a human level, this gruesome law should be appalling to people of every faith, or no faith. The Reproductive Health Act allows for abortion on demand with no restrictions throughout all of pregnancy. This means that as a choice, an abortion could be performed on a full-term infant as the mother is going into labor.


This law might also open the door to taking away conscience protections from medical personnel, and could be used to force doctors, nurses and other medical staff to perform or to assist in abortions. Governor Cuomo claims that he is protecting women’s rights, when in fact, this law endangers the lives of women by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, and it removes any objective standard of care due to the patient.
The Act has also removed criminal penalties when an unborn child is deliberately targeted for death in a crime. Two and a half weeks after the bill became law, the Queens District Attorney said he could not prosecute a man for the stabbing death of his unborn child in the womb of his girlfriend, because of the passage of the Reproductive Health Act.


Unimaginably, the law also repeals protections for infants who are accidentally born alive during the course of a failed abortion. This amounts to infanticide, the killing either by direct means or by neglect of an infant who is alive outside the womb. The law is silent on reducing the pain and suffering of infants, especially those being aborted late term. 


Brothers and sisters, this law is an abomination that cries out to Heaven for justice. We cannot be silent in the face of such a blatant attack on the most vulnerable among us. I invite you to do several things:
1. Stay informed and educated regarding these issues and the battles ahead of us, such as assisted suicide and legalized surrogacy. Two outstanding resources available to you are:
- The New York State Catholic Conference on the web at https://www.nyscatholic.org.
- The Diocese of Rockville Centre Respect Life Office and web page: (516) 678-5800 Extension 381 or on the web at https://respectlife.drvc.org


2. Get involved. Both web pages listed above offer easy links to contacting your elected representatives. Let the Governor and our other elected officials know that this Act violates the dignity of the human person and that you do not support it.
Get involved in the efforts already underway at your parish, such as Respect Life Committees. In addition, our Diocesan Respect Life Office can direct you to ways that you can support and promote the sanctity of life locally, on Long Island.

3. Pray. Pray the Holy Rosary. Ask the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary, Protector of Mothers, Defender of Life and the Family, to strengthen us so that we may be compassionate, courageous witnesses to the truth. Ask also for the intercession of Saint Thomas More, patron of statesmen, politicians, lawyers and judges, who lost his life for refusing to renounce his conscience and give in to the tides of political power and privilege.
Pray for our elected officials and for all people and pray that our politicians come to understand their profound obligation to defend the most defenseless among us. Any Catholic who actively supports an attack on the sacredness of life, chooses to place him or herself in grave moral danger and outside of the Communion of the Church. We pray for their souls, for a spirit of repentance, for a return to the truth of the love of God. It is God’s love that formed each one of us in our Mother’s womb.


A civilization that not only will not protect, but actually celebrates an attack on its most vulnerable members is morally bankrupt and stands on the verge of collapse. We pray for the courage of the martyrs, that an awakened spirit of evangelization and voices raised together will move hearts and minds, and call us back to our God-given senses, to the God who made us, who loves us, and who offers us our eternal destiny in love.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!


Sincerely in Christ,

 

Most Reverend John O. Barres
Bishop of Rockville Centre

Liturgical Minister Morning of Prayer - 3/9

We invite all our Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, choir members and ushers to keep open the morning of Saturday, March 9th, for a special Lenten morning of Prayer led by Bishop Henning.

A new Spiritual Blog - "Fishers of Men"

The newly formed blog, “Fishers of Men” is meant not only for men, but for all who desire to know God more intimately.  The men involved with this blog have dedicated themselves to daily prayer, discernment & the writing of weekly reflections that will tie directly into the upcoming week’s Sunday Gospel.  The goals of this blog include; but are not limited to:

  • offering the men of our parish an opportunity to connect with other men who want to move closer to Christ,
  • developing relationships with others who share this desire know God more intimately,
  • and to promote active prayer, discernment of scripture and discipleship via the Holy Spirit. 

There are five men involved with this endeavor.  They have decided to use pen or pseudo names when they post their reflections.  The reason for this was to add an element of mystery & excitement to the blog.  After all, is not our God both of these things, mystery & excitement? Their pen names are as follows: Bernard of Clairvaux, The Older Brother, Theophilus, Anonymous & The Pilgrim.  In reading this, you are being invited to follow these men on the journeys each of us share.  Their simple request is that you try following the blog and to consider it as another tool to build your spiritual house.  

As Jesus offered an invitation to his first "Fishers of Men," when he simply said, "Come and see!" 

Click here to be brought to the blog!

Why Not Sponsor a Parish Teen for the National Catholic Youth Conference?

In a distinctly Catholic setting,
the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants
to encounter Christ, experience church,
and be empowered for discipleship.

The National Catholic Youth Conference, frequently referred to as NCYC, is a three-day event for Roman Catholic youth held in the U.S. every two years. The next NCYC is scheduled for November 21-23 in Indianapolis.

The Conference is organized by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). During the conference, there is music, prayer, workshops, liturgy, and opportunities to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are also concerts, dances, and a comedy club at NCYC. An area, known as the "thematic park", is set up with interactive educational and recreational activities, as well as traditional exhibits and vendor booths.

Teenagers from Youth@SaintBrigid, our parish Youth Ministry, have attended in 2015 and 2017. Participants have come back sharing how the conference was life-changing and faith-igniting.

Dear Friends,
        As we begin planning for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference, we ask you to consider sponsoring our Youth@SaintBrigid attendance. Registration is $245.00 per teen. Please pray about this opportunity to help build the young church.

God Bless You!

Vince Buzzeo, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Brigid Church

 

Use the donation button below to make your secured donation to help support this great opportunity for our youth!  


 

(To the extent provided by law, your donation for this purpose may be tax deductible.  Please consult your tax advisor)

NYS Bishops Statement on Passage of Child Victims Act

As you perhaps have read in the news, New York State lawmakers have passed The Child Victims Act, a legislation that not only extends the statute of limitations for victims to bring charges against those who sexually abused them as a minor, but also gives a one-year window of opportunity for all survivors, no matter how old, to bring decade old cases before the civil court. The bishops of New York State have issued a letter, welcoming the passage of the Child Victims Act in the sincere hope that the avenues of either litigation or compensation might help bring healing to those abused no matter where or in what institution this crime was committed. We, as a church, are committed to pray for the healing of all victims and for the continued accountability of any system, public or private, where abusers were protected or sheltered from the consequences of their crime. We are also committed to mandate participation in awareness programs that can assist parents, children, educators and ministers to become aware of signs of potential abuse situations - Fr. Tony

 

January 28, 2019

We pray that the passage of the Child Victims Act brings some measure of healing to all survivors by offering them a path of recourse and reconciliation. The legislation now recognizes that child sexual abuse is an evil not just limited to one institution, but a tragic societal ill that must be addressed in every place where it exists. 

Sadly, we in the Church know all too well the devastating toll of abuse on survivors, their families, and the extended community. Every Catholic diocese in New York has taken important steps to support survivors of child sexual abuse, including the implementation of reconciliation and compensation programs. We are proud that these pioneering programs have not only helped well more than a thousand survivors of clergy abuse in New York, but have also become a model for how to help survivors in other states and in other institutions.

Now, we hope that this same type of survivor-centered approach, that puts the emphasis on healing, is available to all survivors, regardless of when the abuse occurred, or who their abuser was—whether it was a priest, a coach, a teacher, a doctor, or, as is all too common, a family member. We have long called for strengthening the Child Victims Act and will continue to advocate for the elimination of the criminal statute of limitations, compensations programs for those who prefer it to litigation, and mandatory safe environment training for anyone who works with children, as we have implemented in the eight dioceses throughout New York State. 

We thank the brave survivors who have told their stories of abuse in every sector of society. Their witness has moved us all. We renew our commitment to combatting the monstrous crime of childhood sexual abuse and helping all survivors find recourse and reconciliation as they heal. 

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn

Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo

Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg

Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester

Most Rev. John O. Barres
Bishop of Rockville Centre

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

And the Auxiliary and Retired Bishops of NYS

Fr. Tony's Take on the Catholic Ministries Appeal (Plus a Video!)

In recent days, Pope Francis has said that, in light of the sex abuse scandals in the Church and in the cases where the hierarchical Church either ignored or covered up the abuses, the Church has lost its credibility. That has to be one of the saddest statements that has come forth from the Vatican - yet, all of us in the trenches believe that the Pope's assessment concerning our lack of credibility is true.

So, here we have an institution that is the largest non-government agency that provides social services, health-care and education here on Long Island, and we cannot fulfill our mission in these times because of severe lack of funding. Perhaps the understandable anger in people's hearts have brought many to punish the Church by withholding the money that it needs for mission. But who really is being punished in the end?

I am grateful for all the donors of our parish who, in the past, have responded to the appeal and have made sacrifices to support the educational, formational and social-service programs run by the diocese. However, each year, we come embarrassingly below our parish goal. A goal is set for each parish that is based on its offertory collection. By that standard, each parish is asked to give their fair share in order to support the programs which benefit tens of thousands of people on Long Island.

We have not given our fair share in many years.This year, our goal is the same as last year $139,100. Last year, we only reached about 37% of goal. I would like to think that people's donations to our own parish capital campaign has impacted our low numbers in contributing to the appeal; however, the most successful year in our response to the appeal during my time was in 2014 when we reached 51% of goal. We are always in the bottom 20% of the parishes on Long Island in our response to the appeal. Again, that is not paying our fair share in support of these services given to us and so many throughout Long Island.

I do believe in the work of the appeal, and I support it each year with my own contribution. I ask you to pray and to follow what the Lord might direct you to do in helping to promote programs that share the Christian message - whether through our hospital chaplaincy programs, our immigration programs in Catholic Charities, affordable senior housing, seminarian formation, training of deacons, ongoing formation through the School of Missionary Disciples, diocesan marriage preparation programs, prison chaplaincies, high school and college chaplains, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs -- the list is enormous. Every dollar is used as direct aid to these programs and to those who are being serviced in this extraordinary way.

Please click here to make your donation today! 

NY State Bishops' Statement on Abortion Expansion

Capital Campaign Update

It has been over two-and-a-half years ago that we began "For the Love of Mercy" campaign - a campaign that aimed to raise two million dollars in order to accomplish some very needed projects on our Church. As the money from the campaign came in, we were able to tend to the renovation of the Church bathroom, the installation of a new heating system in the Church, the construction of new offices on the second floor of Saint Anthony's Hall, the renovation of the first floor of Saint Anthony's with a new reception area, the refurbishing of the Schaefer Outreach Center to now house the food pantry as well as the "Well" and the Casa Mary Johanna services of the parish, the painting of the Church, restored pews and sanctuary and side altar reconfiguration of the Church, and finally the removal and restoration of our fifty-nine stained glass windows! Wow! None of this could have happened without the generosity of you, our parishioners.

Some people have paid their pledges - and we are so grateful. Others may have anywhere from a half-a-year to a full year to complete their promised pledges. So, while we are coming down to the home stretch, it would be good to get a snapshot of where we are (regarding the campaign) and what still needs to be done:

May God who has begin this good work for us bring it to fulfilment 

What is this thing called, "FORMED"?...

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.

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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.

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