Challenging times for our Church

As perhaps you may have already read in either in the newspaper or on the diocesan website, last February, the Child Victim’s Act was signed into law, a law that will suspend any statute of limitations associated with alleged sexual abuse of a minor. This law will allow lawsuits to be brought against individuals as well as public and private institutions, regardless of how many years or even decades ago the abuse may have taken place. This law goes into effect this Wednesday, August 14. 

The diocese has created a special website http://www.drvcchildvictimsact.com/ that contains a video message from Bishop Barres as well as a page that will answer frequently asked questions regarding the nature of the lawsuits, how the diocese is planning to handle these issues both legally as well as financially, as well as a history concerning the strides that have been made over these past 17 years in addressing the issue of clergy sexual abuse here in our diocese. 

We urge you to become as  informed as possible regarding this critical time in our Church’s  history. As members of the body of Christ, we are always spiritually connected to those who have been harmed in any way by this crisis. We also have an obligation to share facts, when appropriate, to those who might be either misinformed or confused. .Most importantly, we pray that the light of the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us in the future. 

Once again, we invite you to become familiar with this website and the information it contains. 
http://www.drvcchildvictimsact.com/

"For the Love of Mercy" Capital Campaign - THANK YOU!

 

Nearly 800 Parish Families, between their initial pledges and matching gifts, pledged more than 2 Million Dollars
"For the Love of Mercy" Capital Campaign!

Or - just click here.

Attention: Parishioners Who Use Faith Direct !

Please read the important document below from Father Tony about our need to transition to a new vendor for our electronic giving program.

It talks about why we are transitioning to GivePlus+ and it explains the steps necessary to make that change.

Thank you!

Click Here: A Letter to All Parishioners Who Use FaithDirect at St. Brigid's From Father Tony

 

What if I don't use FaithDirect?  NOT A PROBLEM!

St. Brigid's Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online in a NEW way with GivePlus+ 

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet.  Simply Create a Profile and follow the onscreen instructions after you click on the GivePlus+ graphic below:

And even More to Come!
Soon, we'll introduce the GivePlus+ mobile app for those who want the convenience of using GivePlus+ on their smartphones...
And, also, 
GivePlus+ "Text to Give" ... More on those things in the next few months.

 

A New Schedule for Confessions (The Sacrament of Reconciliation)

From Father Tony: For quite some time, Saint Brigid’s has offered the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation six times a week - Monday through Friday after the 12:10pm Mass and Saturdays at 4pm. As I have had the opportunity of mentioning before, in light of the fact that we have lost an associate priest in the transfer of Father Rony and will not be receiving a replacement, some adjustments will need to be made to the schedule for confessions.

Beginning Monday, August 5, we will offer the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after the 12:10pm Mass and on Saturday afternoon at 4pm. Of course, the sacrament is also made available upon request by making an appointment with one of the priests.

Because many of the people who avail themselves of the sacrament during the week come here from outside the parish, we will need to repeat this announcement often so that as many people as possible will be informed of this change. I thank you for your understanding.

What's the "School of Missionary Disciples"?

Is DRVC (Diocese of Rockville Centre) School of Missionary Disciples for you? It might be if you desire...
  • To expand and deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith and
  • Holy Scripture.
  • To deepen your understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and discover how they connect to your life and the world today.
  • To grasp the true meaning of living the Gospel in daily life.
Then DRVC School of Missionary Disciples is for you!

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Sign the Petition to Repeal the Abortion Law

Express your firm opposition to New York's new abortion law by the signing the petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Urge him and the legislature to repeal the radical new law in its entirety. Read More

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Registration - Now Taking Place

 

Registration is now open for the upcoming Faith Formation Year, beginning September 30, 2019 to Week of April 20, 2020.

You can register by coming to the Faith Formation Center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm. If this is not convenient, please call us for an appointment. 334- 0021 extension 350. We are closed Thursday, July 4 and the month of August.

You can also register by mail. Send a registration form and check made payable to St. Brigid Faith Formation, to:
St. Brigid Faith Formation Center
101 Maple Ave.
Westbury, N.Y. 11590

If you did need a registration form, please call us and we will send you one for each child that you want to register. If this is the first time that you are registering, please include a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate.

We have classes for children in grades 1 though 8. If your child is 8 years old or older and needs to be baptized, let us know. To receive First Communion, the preparation is two years, beginning any- time First Grade or older. Preparation for Confirmation is two years, beginning in 7th Grade and older.

Adults (18 years or older) can inquire about becoming a Catholic, or a Catholic Adult had call us about preparing for First Communion and/or Confirmation. Call: 334-0021 ext. 350.

A New Position - Vicar for Parish Outreach Services

She was passionate in her love for the poor, she was never afraid to speak up or offer a challenging response if she felt something was wrong, she was ever present to her staff and volunteers, she was determined to overcome any obstacle in her way. She is irreplaceable – our beloved Joan Echausse. All that having been said, I come to this moment of needing to make a decision about the leadership that will empower the excellent work of Parish Outreach to move forward.

“Outreach” describes so much of the work that is done throughout so many ministries in our    parish. Even beyond the excellent work that is done by the food pantry, Saint Brigid’s Well, and Casa Mary Johanna, there is the ministry to the homebound, the ministry to seniors in our parish, the ministry to the grieving who have lost a loved one and the ministry that is done at Saint Brigid’s Attic. Wherever there is loneliness, brokenness, pain and need, we at Saint Brigid’s have done the best we can to offer our loving and supportive presence. “Outreach” embraces all of this work – and can embrace so much more.

Today there are more challenges that face our community than ever before. Our immigrant population, most especially those whose temporary protected status may be ending, live in confusion and fear. The real possibilities of family members being separated from one another is an ever growing threat. Then there are the challenges of funding our programs. All non-profits report that charitable contributions are down and even the Catholic church on Long Island faces massive challenges in the continued wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal. We need to pull together more than ever before.

I have created a new position in our parish staff - “vicar for outreach services.” The work of the vicar is to assist our outreach coordinators (Ximena Aravena, Lupé Ramirez, Barbara Powell and Yanira Chacon) in the development of a strategic vision and concrete goals that can meet the challenges we are facing these days. The vicar will also help form a board of volunteers who can assist in the process of planning and evaluation of all the programs and ministries that fall under the expanded umbrella of “outreach” as I have described above (outreach to the homebound, the work of Saint Brigid’s Attic, senior connections, ministry of consolation, etc.).

The vicar will draw upon the resources of Catholic Charities, CARECEN, the Town of North Hempstead and other community neighborhood programs of outreach so that all our efforts may be more effectively coordinated. The vicar will also be engaged in the work of grant writing and coordination with the philanthropic work of the newly founded Catholic Community Foundation. And, as we look toward the future, there are initiatives that will need to be made in networking with our neighboring parishes.

To this end, I have appointed Deacon Darrell Buono to take up the work of being Vicar for Outreach Services. He officially begins his work at the end of August, but even in these intervening months will be immersed in learning about the successes of what has been done in this parish and the challenges that lie ahead. Deacon Darrell is excited to take up this responsibility and is eager to listen, to learn, to collaborate and to help us to move forward in awork that truly defines the very essence of our parish community here at Saint Brigid’s.

There's still time to Sponsor a Teen for this year's National 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)

An Important Message from Father Tony

         A number of weeks ago, I had the occasion to write a rather lengthy two-page article in the bulletin comparing the present day Church with the parish of twenty-five years ago. As I had mentioned in that article, the significant decline in the number of newly ordained priests over years as well as the large number of priests who are now eligible for retirement has brought about a reduction in the number of priests who are available to serve as associate pastors in a parish. Over the years, almost all of the parishes in our diocese have had to respond to this downsizing trend in creative ways so that the spiritual needs of the people of God could still be reasonably met. And so, here we are at Saint Brigid’s, needing to respond to those same challenges at this present time in our history.

     At the end of June, Father Rony Fabien will be taking on his new assignment as pastor of Saint Martha’s Church in Uniondale. We will not be in a position to receive an associate pastor to replace him. We will, however, be able to offer hospitality to Father Eric Kasongo, a priest-chaplain for Stony Brook University Hospital who is also pursuing studies in a Masters Program at Saint John’s University. Between these two responsibilities, Father Eric will be able to find the time to help us with weekend Masses here at the parish. Father Eric will be taking up residence here at the end of this month.

     As I look ahead into the fall and winter months of 2019-2020, adjustments will need to be made to the weekday schedule of services offered here in the parish. Beginning September, the sacrament of reconciliation will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday immediately following the 12:10pm Mass (eliminating the confession-time that is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays). In addition, because of the number of funerals we celebrate here at the parish, we will no longer be able to offer a weekday Mass at 9:00am. Since our neighboring parishes do offer a 9am Mass (notably Our Lady of Hope and Holy Family), I am hoping that this change in our own Mass schedule will not place an undue burden on those who would attend Mass at that time. This change in the weekday Mass schedule will take place beginning in January of 2020. I will speak more about these changes as the time approaches when they will become effective.

     I am very grateful for the presence of Father Romulo and Father Nesly, each of whom serve so well the needs of the Hispanic and Haitian communities respectively. I am equally grateful for the assistance of Father Martin who, over these past five years, has so generously been present to the needs of the English speaking members of our parish family. Along with the help of our deacons, Jim, Manuel, Frank and Darrell, who assist so well in meeting the sacramental needs of our parish, I have been truly blessed! But most importantly, I feel blessed by the outpouring of the generous gift of time and talent offered by the members of our pastoral team along with the many volunteers of this parish. In the midst of all that changes in our Church, the resources offered by the members of this faith community will allow us to grow and thrive in the years to come.

     I truly want you to know that I feel a genuine sense of peace regarding the future of our parish community. I know that the spiritual needs of our parish will be met, and I am excited about the possibilities of a deepening engagement of those involved in lay ministries so that the mission of our parish will be able to meet the challenges that lie ahead. As we approach the great celebration of Pentecost, let us pray together for the outpouring of God’s Spirit that will empower us all to accomplish the work of God here in Westbury.

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For those interested - Here is a link to the article Father Tony mentions above.   A Look Towards the Past...A Look Into the Future - by Father Tony

Check this out if you Shop on Amazon

Did you know that St. Brigid's is a registered charity with Amazon Smile who will receive a donation from Amazon when you make online purchases through smile.amazon.com ?

Over 100 families at St. Brigid's have done this very thing!  And, to date, the parish has benefited to the tune of over $950.00 in cash from Amazon!

How do you register St. Brigid's with your Amazon account?  Click Here to obtain the link to Amazon Smile to set yourself up to have St. Brigid's registered as your charity of choice.

And to the 102 families who have already done so.... THANK YOU!  

A 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!

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.

Follow St. Brigid on Twitter and Facebook

Click on the QR codes below, or click on the logos on the top right of this web page.

"Secret" Clicks on this Website...

From any page on this site, click the St. Brigid Cross in the upper left hand corner - or the name of the Parish on the top of any page - and, voila, you'll return to our home page!

Just for Laughs

From time to time, we'll be changing the cartoon that appears on our web home page.