1 Saint Brigid I would like the people of heaven in my house....saint Brigid The Parish Family of Welcome! Bienvenidos Byenveni Benvenuto Failte Mabuhay s September 21, 2014 ~ Our parish church is open Monday thru Fridays from 6:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays from 8:30 am to 9 pm, Sundays from 6:30 am to 5 pm. Come visit for mass, for quiet prayer, for a break from the busy-ness of life to spend time with God. Feel free to inscribe your intentions on the Wall of Remembrance located by the Blessed Sacrament altar. FAX: s 75 Post Avenue v Westbury v NY v v ` ~ In any language, our goal is the same: To offer a genuine welcome to all who come, whether their visit lasts a few minutes or a lifetime. Our parish family invites you to participate in all our spiritual and social activities. We hope you'll join us in reaching out to those in need and being advocates for justice and channels of God's peace. Church Hours Parish Center Hours The Father Schaefer Parish Center is located across the street from the church and is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. You can call at any time to leave a voice mail for any of our staff, contact a priest in the event of an emergency, listen for mass schedules, or receive other important information by simply following the instructions on the automatic phone system. Our staff are always delighted to see you for any reason. Please feel free to contact them. We encourage you to visit our website at: Celebrate the Lord's Day with Eucharist: v Saturday Eve: 5 pm (English) 7 pm (Spanish) Sundays: 7 am (English) 8:30 am (Italian) 9:15 am (English/ Chapel) 10 am (Family Mass) 10:45 am (Spanish/Chapel) 11:30 am (English) 12:15 pm (Spanish Chapel) 2:30 pm (Kreyol) 6 pm (English/Chapel) Monday thru Friday: 7 am, 9 am & 12:10 pm Saturday: 9 am The 9 am mass on Saturday is offered for all who have requested the prayers of the community and are enrolled in the Novena of Our Lady of Westbury. Enrollment cards for the living and the deceased are available in the Parish Center. Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday thru Friday: after the 12:10 pm mass Saturday: 4-4:45 pm Other Opportunities for Prayer The Rosary is prayed after each of the weekday masses. Charismatic Prayer Meeting Tuesday: 8 pm Our Lady's Chapel (Spanish) 7:30 pm - Library (English) Second Saturday - Haitian Community - Church 8:30 to 11 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday: 12:30 4 pm Información en español al dorso.
2 life at Saint Brigid s We... Celebrate Baptism Baptism for infants is celebrated in English on the first three Sundays at 1 pm; in Spanish on the last Sunday of the Month at 1 pm; in Kreyol on the 3rd Saturday at 1 pm; and in Italian at the Sunday Italian Mass. Parents attend a preparation session on the first Monday of the month from 8 to 9:30 pm in the church. Please call the Parish Center ( ext 333) at least six weeks in advance. Coordinators of the preparation program are John & Edna Abdale and Deacon Frank and Maureen Pesce ( ). Adults and children who are old enough to understand are welcomed into the church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. There is a process that prepares people to be initiated into the church through these Easter sacraments. Parents with older children are invited to call Sister Ann Horn ( ). Adults are invited to speak with any of the priests about their journey toward baptism. Celebrate God s Forgiveness The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated after the 12:10 pm mass Monday thru- Friday and on Saturday from 4-4:45 pm. Please feel free to make an appointment with one of the priests at any other time. Feed Our Hungry Family Our Parish Outreach Food Pantry ( ext. 327) serves 600 families per month. Donations of nutritious foods are always welcomed at the Outreach Office. Please bring a food offering to mass each Sunday. Celebrate Marriage We love celebrating marriages and preparing people for this sacrament. Due to the many parishioners who seek to get married at St. Brigid's and the busy weekend mass & Baptism schedule, we regret that we cannot honor requests for weddings for non-parishioners. Please call the Parish Center ( ext 333) at least six months in advance to make arrangements for a meeting with a deacon or priest and for the Parish In-home Pre-Cana Program. The coordinators are Mary & Peter Kahl - ( ). Minister to the Sick & Homebound Our parish family participates compassionately in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. 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. Please call for the pastoral care of our sick and homebound parishioners. Communal celebrations of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick take place when noted in the bulletin. Individual reception of this sacrament prior to surgery or treatment can be arranged before or after any Mass with the priest. If you are hospitalized and want to see a chaplain and receive the sacraments during your stay, please indicate your religion and request upon admission. If you want the parish to pray for you while you are hospitalized or sick at home, please call the receptionist at the parish center. Please remember that federal law prohibits healthcare providers from disclosing any information regarding your health without your written permission. Minister to the Bereaved We reach out to those who have suffered the death of a loved one. Rosemary Fischer ( ) coordinates our Bereavement Ministry throughout the year. We also offer occasional Bereavement Workshops with Dr. Lou Sabatini. Call ext. 333 for details. St. Brigid s Attic Thrift Shop Our Thrift Shop ( ) accepts/sells good used clothing, furniture, household articles and bric-a-brac at affordable prices. Millie Lopez at ( ) coordinates the Thrift Shop at 178 Post Ave. We're open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.
3 St. Brigid Mary of the Gael was born in the mid-fifth century, is buried at Downpatrick beside St. Patrick and St. Colmcille. Brigid built the first Irish Convent beside a giant oak tree-this place became known as the Church of the Oak (Cill Dara) or Kildare as it is known today. Brigid was the daughter of a pagan chieftain-a stubborn unbeliever. Before his death, Brigid sat by him in prayer, and whiled away the time weaving the first St. Brigid s Cross from the rushes strewn about the floor. Her father, seeing the Cross asked her to explain its meaning and was so overwhelmed, became a Christian before his death. The St. Brigid s Cross, believed to protect the home and animals from evil and want, is placed in cottages on her feast day, February 1st, the day on which she died about 524 A.D. Care for our Sisters & Brothers St. Brigid's Parish puts into practice the words of Jesus: "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me" (Matthew 25:40). Joan Echausse is the Director of Parish Outreach ( ext 308). The Parish Outreach Office (ext. 327) is located in the lower level of the rectory (50 Post Ave). St. Brigid's Well (ext. 361) serves our sisters and brothers in the New Cassel area. Sister Liz Gill & Sister Julie Thompson coordinate the Ministry of Winter Grace and Kathy Battistini and Barbara Fleming coordinate Senior Connections. Yanira Chacon-Lopez (ext. 362) coordinates Casa Mary Johanna which provides immigration counseling and other support in the Hispanic Community, Educate Adults and Our Children Religious Education Program: We share the Good News with children, teens, their parents and other interested adults. We offer specific processes for children and teens preparing for the sacraments including Baptism for older children, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation at age appropriate levels and older. We provide liturgical religious formation for children in public school Pre-K through high school, as well as catechist training. Parent Programs will update parents about what their children are learning on an adult level, opportunities for service and various liturgical experiences. Log on to for curriculum info. Other adult religious education programs will be available for an interested adult in the parish. Our Religious Education Office is located in St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, 101 Maple Ave., Westbury, NY Phone: , ext Directors: Sr. Ann Horn. OP, Socorro Moreno, Meg Westfall. Vincent Buzzeo is the Coordinator of our Youth Program. Saint Brigid / Our Lady of Hope Regional School: Our Regional School offers an excellent education in the spirit of the Gospel for children from Nursery to 8th Grade. Students are prepared for the Sacraments of Penance, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Liturgies and Prayer Services are celebrated throughout the school year. Programs are offered for a wide range of student needs and interests. Academic Intervention Services are offered as well as Academies of Inquiry and School-wide Enrichment Clusters. Fine Arts offerings include Band, Drama Club, Chorus and Dance. Specials include Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer, and Library. Foreign language instruction in Spanish is offered to students in grades 4 through 8. To arrange a visit, please call the school office at Mr. Paul Clagnaz is the Principal. Fr. Anthony Stanganelli and Rev. Thomas V. Arnao are co-pastors. We encourage you to send your children to our Regional School. Visit our Website at Our American Community From the early Irish immigrants who founded this parish in 1850, to the arrival of people from Europe, Africa, Asia and Central and South America, each culture brings a heritage to share and particular ways to express our one faith in Jesus Christ. Some in St. Brigid s trace their roots here for several generations. Some have been here for a decade or two. Some have just arrived. A multi-cultural community is balanced when there is time and space for cultures to develop on their own, and time and space where we are all together as one -- working together, playing together and praying together. Black Catholic Community St. Brigid s has a vibrant Catholic community of members of African, Caribbean, and African American descent. This community continues to minister to our church and community. We encourage all who are interested to learn more about the rich heritage of our community and those who want to assist our parish needs, in addition to hosting cultural, spiritual, and community building events. Please join us at our monthly meetings in the parish center on the first Sunday of each month at 1 pm. You may also contact Bernice Campbell or Kenny Bain, Jr Comunita Italiana La comunità Italiana ha un suo Comitato che si dedica al servizio pastorale dei parrocchiani di lingua Italiana. Il Presidente in carica del Comitato Italiano è il Sig. Alfonso Sposito ( ). La messa domenicale in lingua Italiana è celebrata alle 8:30 in Santa Brigida. Comunidad Hispana La Comunidad Hispana de la Parroquia sirve a las necesidades de nuestros feligreses de habla hispana. La Santa Misa está celebrada en español los sábados a las 7 pm en la Iglesia de Post Ave y domingos a las 10:45 am y a las 12:15 pm en La Capilla de en la escuela de Maple Ave. El pastor asociado que atiende la comunidad hispana es Padre Javier Peñaranda. ( ) Kominote Ayisyèn Kominote Ayisyèn nan Pawas Sent Brijit la kontan mete l osèvis tout Ayisyen Ki pale Kreyol ak Fransè. Fr. Nesly Jean-Jacques ( ). Sr. Eve Bruno, f.d.m. ak Sr. Cecilia Ducheine, f.d.m. Kap dirije Kominote nou an. Filipino Community Our parish is blessed with a growing Filipino Community. There are special events planned for their spiritual growth. The contact persons are Dr. and Mrs. Achilles G. Rances ( ). 1
4 Breaking Open the Word Reflecting on next Sunday s Gospel before you come to Mass can bring so much more meaning to your experience of liturgy. Here s the gospel for next Sunday. How does this Gospel touch your life? September 28th - Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him." Gospel Reflection Questions Think of a time when you were given a second chance. Think of a time when you were asked to help someone but made an excuse not to. Think of a relationship you abused, but had a chance to renew the friendship and what did you do about it. Some Questions for Families & Children Think of a time when you refused to do something but then changed your mind. Think of a time when you were sorry and then tried to be more obedient and loving.think of a time when you were treated better than you deserved to be treated. 2 What is is that God asks of us? How do we respond? Do we talk the talk but not walk the walk? Some live questionable lives, but eventually turn to God. If we want to grow closer to God, we must admit that we re not there yet and that takes humility. However, if we follow Christ in humility, then we will grow closer to God. Today s Gospel is aboout personal responsibility and accountability. We should respond yes to God s call, and carry out what goes with that yes. Our actions and the way we live our lives demonstrate if we truly follow Christ and the message of the Gospel Scripture texts are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms 1991, 1986,1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington DC and used by permission of the copyright owner. All rights reserved.
5 Sunday Morning POST Needed repair of the Parking Lot Last winter was quite a costly winter for us with the added expense of snow removal after our major snowstorms as well as the increased cost of heating our buildings. The one lasting effect of this disasterous winter was the acceleration of damage done to the parking lot across the street from the Church. We are about to do that needed repair on the lot this Monday, September 22nd. Therefore, we will need to close the parking lot all of next week so that the repair can happen. Remilling and resurfacing the lot will cost the parish $38,000. The disbursement we received from the Millenium Fund may cover a portion of the cost of the lot (unfortunately, there are other capital improvements that are desperately needed for which this year s disbursement has already been allocated, namely a new heating system for the parish center, safety doors for the school, repair of sidewalks around the school building, etc.). Once again, I know that the generosity of our parishioners will help us meet these unexpected challenges that come our way. This parish has a fantastic history of people just coming forward and offering to assist us with these extraordinary costs. I know that I can trust in the divine Providence that works through the great people of Saint Brigid. God loves everybody - deal with it! Father Tony: God loves everybody deal with it! God wants every single person to know their inestimable worth and value. Deal with it. God has lifted up the lowly to high places. Deal with it. The parable of today s gospel is the story of the landowner who hires workers throughout the day and, at the end of the day, pays them all the same wages. Those who have worked hard the entire day are resentful because they are placed at the same pay scale as those who have worked for only an hour. I understand their resentment. I have felt diminished when others, whom I have judged to be less worthy, have been exalted. Memories surface in my heart when in high school I was involved in group projects; I did the lion-share of the work, and everyone in my group got the same grade. People whom I have judged to be far less talented, far less productive than I receive the accolades and the praises that I know, by right, belong to me! Yes, I know that God loves everybody but I want to be his favorite! And God s response to our feelings of having been passed over, feeling diminished in the process, is simple: deal with it! Over and over again, God is inviting me to deal with a vision of life that continues to cause me pain because I insist that my measures of fairness are supremely right. God has given me everything I need in life. Daily He pours out his love upon me. Yes, I have received the agreed-upon daily wage! But, my sin-twisted vision of life convinces me that somehow I have been cheated. And, until I deal with this twisted vision, I will be miserable. What is the origin of this twisted vision that I like to call meritocracy? I like to blame it all on original sin. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve (all humanity) are given everything that they need in life. The serpent comes and first convinces Eve that God really doesn t love them because he is withholding the really good fruit (the forbidden fruit) from them. The forbidden fruit is knowledge of good and evil -- the desired knowledge to determine who is fit and who is unfit, who is worthy and who is unworthy, who is deserving and who is undeserving. It is the desire to be Supreme Judge and Dispenser of Blessings. How God desires to heal that twisted vision in me. How God desires me to be free from the resentments that arise from my sin-infected judgments. How God so desires me to see that I am abundantly blessed, equally blessed with all of humanity. How God so wants me to rejoice when I can witness His mercy being extended to the worst sinner, the laziest slob, the incompetent dolt. How much God desires me to understand that I am never diminished when someone else is exalted. How much God desires me to know the meaning of true mercy. How God desires that I come to know Him!. 3
6 Comunità Italiana Membri Del Comitato Presidente Alfonso Sposito Tel: (516) Vice Presidente Fund Raiser Frank Diglio Tel.: (516) Coordinatore Sacra Famiglia Michele Piscitelli Tel.: (516) Cari Italiani di Westbury, in ottobre ricominceranno le attivita' del Comitato Italiano per l'anno In questa pagina troverete l'elenco dei membri del Comitato Italiano dell'anno in corso. Per qualsiasi iniziativa o richiesta vi preghiamo di contattare il membro che coordinata l'attivita' che richiederete oppure qualsiasi membro del board. Vi ricordiamo che I membri del Comitato investono il loro tempo per realizzare attivita' per gli Italiani della parrocchia e delle area limitrofe. Per garantire sempre un ottimo lavoro e il successo, chiediamo il vostro aiuto nel partecipare attivamente alle attivita' che verranno proposte nell'anno Segretaria - Liturgia Messe Memoriali- Bollettino Daniela Valle Tel: (516) Tesoriere Giuseppina Pannella Tel.: (516) Coordinatrice Opere Caritatevoli Maria D urso Tel.: (516) Per chi volesse vedere le foto dei vari eventi organizzati dal Comitato Italiano puo' farlo attraverso questo sito : picasaweb.google.com/italiancommunityofst.brigids
7 Happening at St. Brigid September 21, 2014 Monday 11 am - Christmas Sign-Up - St. Anthony s Hall 6 pm - Padre Pio - Church 7:30 pm - Basic Course - Library 8 pm - Padre Pio Rosary - Church Tuesday 9:30 am - Legion of Mary - Parish Center 11 am - Christmas Sign-Up - St. Anthony s Hall 5:30 pm - Painting Class - Parish Center (Upper Room) 6 pm - CYO Girls Basketball Practice - Code Auditorium 7:30 pm - Leadership Meeting - Parish Center (UpperRroom) Wednesday 4 pm - Spanish Choir Practice (Omar) - Church 7 pm - Spanish Bible Class - St. Anthony s Hall 8 pm - Choir Rehearsal - Church Thursday 9:30 am - Padre Pio Knitting 11 am - Yanira Event - St. Anthony s Hall 6 pm - CYO Girls Basketball Practice - Code Auditorium 7 pm - Spanish Charismatic Meeting - Parish Center Friday 7 pm - Spanish Charismatic Group - St. Anthony s Hall Saturday 9:30 am- Catechist Training Wkshop- Chapel, Rm 140, Library 1 pm - Boda Grupal - Church 4 pm - Haitian Choir Practice - Library 4 pm - Spanish Choir Practice - Chapel 6:30 pm - Haitian Charismatic Group - Chapel St. Brigid CYO Basketball The Season is just around the corner. The Opportunity to Grow Starts Now! New Coaches and volunteers are the first priority New participants, Girls & Boys Grades 4-8 and Tyro and Seniors Divisions Practice Starts Mid September - October Now is the time to make your commitment for the season or Call Gerard Gordon Phone Please contact him ASAP Your Helpful Talents Are Needed 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 through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. There are volunteer opportunities available Tuesday through Saturday. At the Attic, we sell donated clothing, household items, bric-a-brac and many other items that help the less fortunate who live among us. The money generated by the Attic goes to fund the St. Brigid Outreach Program. 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 to learn more about how you can help. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. 5
8 Pray for the Sick Members of our Parish We join our prayer to our family members who suffer from illness... Dotti Angrisani Gilberto Aravena Baby Isabella Arias Baby Eva Love Vincent Jim Bellacicco Caroline Bessler William Bessler Bob Bianco Cassey Boyle Baby Jack Brady Teresn Bruzzesd Dr. Amalia Buendia Max Caffagnol Michael Caplice Ana Capunay Juana Cepeda Capt. Frank Cernuto Irene Cinotti Adella Conlin Brian Cosgrove Corrinne Davis Linda DeAngelis Theresa DePascale Funerals September 21, 2014 Dr. Patrick DeRosa Catherine Dillon Corrine Dunn Matilde Escamilla Michelle Fioretti Rosemary Fischer Kim Flay Linda Foxx Hermina Franco Jean C. François Dolores Gardack Cynthia Giordano Sister Jane Halligan Fr. Jim Hannon Diana Healy Cassidy Hogan Michelle Impasato Donald Jacaruso Steven Jacaruso Imelda Jaromahum Mark T. Jeacoma Keith Kaiser Marlene Kent Mary Echausse Krupa Michael Latty Dawn Levchenko Theodore Efim Levechenko Ed Lopez Jeffrey Hernandez Lopez Mynor Lopez Maldonado Rita Marra Angela Mattia Maggie McCartin Diana McDermott Brendan Melle Maria Mercado Thomas Miller Jeanette Moll Baby Gaby Mongillo Robert Munz Angelido Neluna Peter Niztch Mary Palmer Michael Posillico Susan Quinn John Raziano We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe... Edward Martin, Diana L. Peterson, Carmen Luciano, Joseph Shulz and Vito Giannandrea Edward Redmond Kathleen Roland Rosalba Rosario Patricia Ryan Mary Seeger Frances Sikorski George F. Smith Tim Smith Florence Spence Giuseppe Sposito Robert Stankes Patricia Stankes Gad Tawadros Peter Thompson, Sr. Kwame Toshambe Rhoda Touitou Marie Verzi Florence Jean Ward Karl Westhunser Baby Kylie Willis Donald Yarcel Joan Marie Young Due to space limitations, names placed on the sick list will remain for four weeks. Please call the parish office to remove or add a loved one....we commend our loved ones into the hands of the Lord... St. Brigid Parish Memorials Sunday & Daily Eucharist With the gift of flowers we lovingly remember... All who are in hospice care September 21 thru 27, 2014 With the gift of Bread & Wine we lovingly remember... Katherine Bivona from Carmella & Tim Lagnese & Sam Russo 6 With the gift of Candles we lovingly remember... All our priests, deacons and sisters
9 Stt.. B Brriiggiidd//O Ouurr LLaaddyy ooff H Hooppee S Regional School 8 TH G RADE R ETREAT Mrs. Shannon and Mr. Clagnaz walked the eighth graders to their retreat at St. Brigid Rectory and Church campus on Post Avenue. cingus to his home - the rectory. Later he joined us n Father Jason o welcomed u n table was the rowdiest of them all). for lunch An(his Father Tony was the presider at the 12:10 parish mass that our group attended. The day was a combination of prayer, reflection, and fun! Coming Soon... Cross Country Meet Our second meet of the season takes place on Wednesday, September 24th at Belmont Lake State Park. Sports After-School Program Students in grades Pre-K thru 5 enjoy a variety of sports activities each week on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 pm. ANNUAL GOLF OUTING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD at the WHEATLEY HILLS GOLF CLUB Please join us for dinner as we honor ERNEST STRADA Class of 43 Former Mayor of Westbury $75 Dinner Ticket It was wonderful to greet our neighbors at the Post Avenue Street Fair. Many thanks to Lisa Kumbatovic and her terrific team of meeters and greeters. Now that we ve met at the Street Fair, walk down Maple Avenue and stop by for a visit. We would love to show you around! 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury NY (516) CONTACT TRICIA & VINCENT MASSINA BARBARA & SCOTT COOPER Mr. Paul P. Clagnaz, Principal 7
10 Kominote Ayisyén Haitian-American Apostolate 8 September 21,14. Dans la liturgie de ce 25 ĕme dimanche du temps ordinaire, Jésus nous propose une parole qui fait choc, qui nous bouscule, qui nous heurte, nous invite ă changer de regard. Le maitre de la vigne veut avoir besoin de toutes les bonnes volontés qui se présentent, même celles qui arrivent tard. Il nous appelle tous ă travailler ă sa vigne. Son souci ă Lui est de distribuer son amour ă tous pour que chacun, quelles que soient sa situation et son temps de travail, puisse vivre honnêtement. Vous savez, dit le Seigneur,, vos pensées ne sont pas mes pensées. Ce qui compte pour moi, c est l amour. Le Pĕre et le Fils donnent sans compter. Ils nous invitent ă vivre la justice de cette manière. Saint Paul nous laisse alors comme en testament cette consigne: Quant a vous mes frĕres, menez une vie digne de l Evangile du Christ. Car pour moi vivre, c est le Christ. Il est témoin que le Christ est sa vie, il est prêt ă mourir avec lui. En ce dimanche, nous sommes invités ă pratiquer la fidélité ă Dieu et aux autres, la pauvreté de Coeur, l humilité, la soif de justice, le regard sur les autres. Et finalement, vérifier si le Christ occupe la place centrale dans nos vies. Bon dimanche, bonne semaine. Chak dimach, nou genyen lames an kreyol apati 2:30 pm lames an franse chak denye dimanch nan mwa yo. Mè Ayisyenn yo ap fè reyinyon pou tout Timoum yo chak Samedi depi 3 zè aprè midi pou rive 6 zè. Sè Cecilia ap okipe tout Timoun ki gen laj 6zan pou rive 12zan. Sè Bruno ap okipe tout jen yo ki gen laj 12 zan pou rive 18 + zan. Nou ankourage tout paran yo, pou yo mennen tout timoun yo ak j` en yo nan bon jan fomasyon sa a ke pawas la ofri yo gras a konpetans, renmen, disponibilite ak bon volonte Mè nou yo. Pa bliye j`en yo se yo ki lespwa nou, lespwa legliz la, espwa sosyete a. N ap fè tout fanmyki nan kominote nou an konnen ke genyen baptem chak twazyem samedi nan mwa a apati lh nan aprè midi. Fok nou pa bliye sa: le n ap chwazi marenn ak parenn yo, fok yo se katolik, e fok yo konn vi-n leglis. Pou tout enfomasyon nou bezwen nan sans sa a rele, Sé cecilia nan nimero or Chak samedi apati 7 h nan aswe nougenyen lapriyè karimatik nan chapèl lekol St. Brigid La. Epi chak dezyem samedi lapriyè a ap fèt nan legliz la, avek exposisyon Sen Sakreman apati 8 h aswè. N ap tann nou tout. Si nou bezwen enfomasyon sou perlerinaj yo ak sou laprivè karismatik yo, nou ka rele Cari Estime nan Moun ki gen pwojè Marye, Reprann Lakominyon ki vle Konfime, se pou yo rele Se Bruno nan Pa blive ranpli Census la, Napjwenn ti liv sa a nan premye pati antre legliz la oubyen nan biwo a (Parish Center). konsa, lè nou fi-n bay tout enfomasyon nou dwe bay sou sa yo mande nou yo, se lè sa a yo rekokonet nou kom yon manb ki nan pawas la. Chak 1er Samedi du mois, randez-vous a, se Eastport à 2 h. pm.
11 Outreach Dear Family of Saint Brigid, For more than 31+ million Americans, every day becomes a struggle to find food for their family. Millions of Americans are either out-of-work, receiving unemployment or in fear of losing their jobs, their homes and their stability. There are also millions of Americans who are classified by governmental statistics as America s poor, who continually find themselves left behind on what statisticians call the road to prosperity. The statistics, cold as they are, become even more frightening when we learn that one in five children live at or below the poverty level. It is a well-known fact that children who are denied an adequate diet are at greater risk of not realizing their potential as God intends each child to reach. We, at Parish Outreach, believe, there should always be enough food on our Food Pantry shelves to serve those who are in need. We are grateful to the parishioners who continually bring food to the weekend masses, to our anonymous parishioners who leave food at our Food Pantry door, to the Knights of Columbus who beg for us at supermarkets and to Long Island Cares and Island Harvest who supplement our needs with grants and donations... But... Our Food Pantry shelves are alarmingly empty! In light of this and our growing needs, we appeal to our greater Saint Brigid Family to help us serve God s poor -- by bringing one or two items to the weekend masses from our Needs List so that we may feed God s poor, as Jesus calls us to do! Needs List Cereal Peanut Butter/Jelly Spaghetti Sauce Corn, Green Peas and Beans Canned Meats and Tuna Beans/Rice God bless you for your loving and compassionate sharing of your blessings. Joan P.S. Thank you to those who answered our call for food! We continue to have a great need and appeal to our greater St. Brigid Family to help us fill our Food Pantry shelves. 9
12 Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving The Padre Pio Prayer Group of Westbury Invites You To Join Us Monday, September 22, 2014 St. Brigid Church, 50 Post Avenue, Westbury, New York For An Evening Of PRAYER, PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING 6:30 pm - Living Rosary Piazzetta di Padre Pio 7:00 pm - Candlelight Procession Streets of Breezy Hill 8:30 pm - Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Church Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass. Join us for all or part of the evening! Please bring an item for the residents of the Padre Pio Shelter (Items needed: men s sweaters, shirts, socks and undershirts in size medium and large, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair brushes, shampoo, bath soap or other toiletries) For directions to St. Brigid Church, please call: For further detail call: Se vuoi partecipare al Rosario vivente recitando un Padre Nostro o un Ave Maria la sera del 22 settembre, chiama per essere messi sulla lista. Grazie. 10 If you would like to participate in the Living Rosary the evening of September 22nd, please call to be placed on the list. Thank you.
13 Around St. Brigid Married Couples! Would you attend a seminar to enhance your job or to increase your salary? Why not give your marriage the same attention? Enhance your good marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend! Weekends are scheduled throughout the Metro New York area. The next weekend on Long Island is scheduled for November 7-9 at the Montfort Spiritual Center 26 South Saxon Ave Bay Shore, NY. For more information about the weekends or to apply, call or visit our web site at Third Annual Kellenberg Food & Wine Expo. (Sept 27th) Kellenberg Memorial High School invites you to attend an evening of delicious food and wine tasting, featuring culinary treats provided by some of Long Island's most popular eateries, as well as fine wines, liquors and beers. The evening will include raffle prizes and other events. When: Saturday September 27th, 6:00-9:00PM. Where: Kellenberg Memorial High School 1400 Glenn Curtiss Boulevard in Uniondale. Cost: Admission is $25 per person in advance or $35 at the door. For more information or to register please visit our website Kellenberg.org/expo or call Denise Miles at ext 245. Bus Trip to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA Hosted by St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Hicksville, NY. When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Cost: $42 per person, which includes the driver s tip Give back: $30 slot play and $5 food voucher Time: Bus leaves at 9am sharp. Please arrive at 8:30 am. Return approx. 8:30pm Place: We will meet at Cantiague Park, West John Street, Hicksville, near the miniature golf. Reservations: call Barbara at (516) **The first to pay is the first on the bus, etc.** Looking for Families with Special Needs Children If you have or know of a family with a special needs child, please call and ask for Nadia. You can also leave a message at St. Brigid Parish Center at Fall Bereavement Support Group and Training for Caregivers St. Brigid will be holding a ten-week support group for the newly bereaved starting on September 29th. It will meet on Mondays from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm in room 140 of St. Brigid School. The group is designed to assist the newly bereaved in coping with their grief and in learning to live in a world without the deceased. It will be facilitated by Dr. Luciano Sabatini, a professional bereavement counselor who has been facilitating support groups at St. Brigid s for over 25 years. Interested individuals should call and request a registration form from the receptionist. For questions about the group, contact Dr. Sabatini. For caregivers/counselors who are looking for training in working with the newly bereaved and in facilitating support groups, there will be a seven week training program ($60 fee) on Tuesdays starting October 7th from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm, at St. Bernard s parish in Levittown. Those who are interested should Dr. Sabatini at or call History of Inisfada A House Called Long Island is on sale at St. Aidan Parish, 505 Willis Ave., Williston Park, NY The cost is $20 cash or check. Send $25 if you wish it to be sent by mail to the attention of Fr. Damian Halligan, SJ. (Checks should be made out to NY Province of the Society of Jesus). 11
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15 September 12, 2014 Dear Parishioners, I am writing with exciting news about an exciting new project. As you know, there are always many programs and activities going on at St. Brigid. We are a parish on the move. So many parishioners are involved in the life of our parish community. As more and more become involved, there s so much more we want to do. It s time to start preparing for our immediate future. That involves ways to maintain well what we already have. I mean, too, moving toward responsibly expanding our programs and services that our parish offers for you. We truly want to be the resource center for your life of faith. To do that, we must increase very substantially our financial resources. To make that happen, I am initiating a comprehensive Parish Increased Giving Campaign process. It will start immediately, peak before Thanksgiving and point toward new giving patterns for the New Year. The Campaign has the following major aims: Increase offertory income through financial commitments to the parish Substantially increase the number of parishioners involved in financial giving Increase the number of parishioners who make identifiable contributions Encourage parish-wide electronic contributions A consultant has designed and will manage the process. We are paying a reasonable flat fee rather than the usually higher commercial fundraising rates. Teams of parishioners will carry out the Campaign. You will soon receive more details about our Increased Giving Campaign process. When you do, please jump on board to build a good and solid future for our wonderful parish. May God bless you and this great new effort! Fr. Tony Stanganelli Pastor 13
16 Investing In Our Future What do you value & love about being a member St. Brigid s? From a recent Parish Staff Meeting: * The people and especially the diversity of St. Brigid s rainbow! * St. Brigid s is my home my church there is a real sense of welcome from everyone it s my home away from home. * I love celebrating Mass in my own language. * St. Brigid s is part of our family and a real part of my life. * The rich history and tradition. * People talk to each other before Mass begins. We are excited to see each other. From a recent meeting of the Increased Giving Campaign Leadership Team: * Sense of community, very spiritual, openness on all committees. * Welcoming, it is like home, you are comfortable - think of family. * We found a home, a community, something special. * Friendliness, I wanted to be a part of something, so I joined committees. * If St. Brigid s was not here, I am not sure I would be here. * People care & know when you are missing. * Everyone is welcome. * We are connected, we reach out. * When I came here I spoke no English yet I was welcomed. * Everything we do seems so natural and normal. St. Brigid s has become a regular part of my life. * There is a very open atmosphere in the parish. 14
17 Senior Connections Connect with St. Brigid Senior Connections What we are about: Senior Connections is a gathering of homebound, frail and physically challenged seniors at St, Anthony s Hall, two Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 am to 2 pm, under the loving coordination of Kathy Battistini and Barbara Fleming. The program will offer gatherings during the month of October through December 2014 and all through 2015! We at Senior Connections: Socialize while enjoying breakfast and lunch being served. Make and decorate assorted crafts. Educate ourselves through guest lectures. Support each other emotionally and spiritually. Go on seasonal outings. Activities: Mild chair exercise; Bingo and other game playing, etc. Volunteers: Our volunteers are young seniors ministering to our elder seniors. With tender love, care and concern, our volunteers socialize with our elder seniors showing them great dignity and respect, while enjoying each other s company. Transportation: St. Brigid s Senior Connection bus provides transportation to and from St. Anthony s Hall, but transportation is limited. Private transportation may be needed in some situations. Come, Dear Seniors! We d love you to join us! Contact Coordinators: Kathy Battistini Barbara Fleming Joan Echausse ext. 308 (Parish Outreach Director) Beatitudes for Friends of the Homebound Blessed are they with a cheery smile Who stop to chat for a little while. Blessed are they who never say You ve told me that story twice today. Blessed are they who know the ways To bring back memories of yesterdays. Blessed are they who make it known That I m loved, respected and not alone. Blessed are they who know when I m at a loss To find the strength to carry the Cross Blessed are they who ease the days On my journey Home in loving ways 15
18 The Pastoral Staff The lay people, religious sisters, deacons and priests on our staff are committed to serving the people of our community. We are happy to hear from you. To contact the staff who work out of the Parish Center, call (516) at the extensions listed below. Many staff members have addresses. Feel free to contact them through . Sister Bruno FDM ext. 357 Haitian Apostolate Sister Cecilia FDM Haitian Apostolate Joan Echausse Director of Parish Outreach ext.308 Outreach Yanira Chacon-Lopez ext. 362 Immigration Ministry Casa Mary Johanna Susan Porteus Director of Music ext Paul Clagnaz School Principal Sister Ann Horn OP ext. 353 Director of Religious Education Socorro Moreno ext. 355 Director of Religious Education Meg Westfall ext. 354 Director of Religious Education Religious Education Office ext Robert Cammarata ext. 336 Pastoral Development Coordinator/ Business Manager DEACONS w Deacon Mike Metzdorff Deacon Jim Morris Deacon Frank Pesce Deacon Manuel J. Ramos ASSOCIATE PASTORS w Father Jason Grisafi Father Javier Peñaranda Fr. Nesly Jean-Jacques SMM PASTOR w Father Anthony Stanganelli LAY TRUSTEES Marie-Therese Mathieu Alex Nunez 16 Vince Buzzeo ext. 356 Coordinator of Youth Ministry Maria Pineiro ext. 333 Office Manager Special phone line for reporting allegations of sexual abuse by church personnel and volunteers: (516) RECEPTIONISTS w ext.300 Carla Escobar Kris Marasca Grace Puglisi Laura Sanchez Sylvia Almonte
19 Parish Ministries Coordinators Altar Servers Bereavement Rosemary Fischer Bingo - Discontinued until further notice Choir (Adult English) ext.311 Susan Porteus Choir (Youth & Young Adult) ext 311 Laura Naughton Choir (Italian) ext. 311 Susan Porteus Choir (Spanish 11:45) Guillermo Roman Choir (Spanish Sat 7 pm) Omar Chirinos Choir (Haitian) Yolette Solnave CYO Sports Gerard Gordon John Miller Decorating Team Lorraine Sherman Eucharistic Ministers Anna Moruzzi Family Mass Committee Barbara & Scott Cooper Folk Group Jeff Weber FOCCUS Inventory: Kathy & Ken Spencer ( ) Finance Council ext. 336 Marie Firenze Garden Club Sheila Leonard Senior Connections Kathy Battistini & Barbara Fleming Lectors Katie Sheehan Junior Lectors Shari Raduazzo ( ) Legion of Mary Grace Bivona The Supporting Staff School Sister Marie Patrick McDermott ssnd Religious Education Office ext. 352 Barbara Budion and Rosemary Moreno Business Office Assistants Christine Tomitz - ext. 301 Carol Beck - ext. 351 School Office: Terri Ruggiero Ministry of Consolation Walter Wilczek Ministry of Winter Grace Sister Liz Gill & Sister Julie Thompson Nocturnal Adoration Pastoral Council Father Anthony Stanganelli Prayer Group Pre-Cana Program: Mary & Peter Kahl Thinking of Becoming a Catholic? Sr. Ann Horn, OP Respect Life Michael Posillico Rock Band Elissa Hanson Rock Mass Denise Pratesi & Chuck Cutolo Rosary Altar Society Ronnie Cornell Scouts (Boy Scouts/Cub scouts) Jay Bush Neil Sheehan - Girl Scouts Harriet Gibaldi Spiritual Direction Deacon Jim Morris & Maggie McCartin Ushers Charles Givens ST. BRIGID OUR LADY OF HOPE SCHOOL Parent Association - (516) Mary Katz - School Board Carol Grajeda - Pastoral Formation Institute Parish Representatives: Anne Palmeri Carleen Barten Plant Superintendent or Bob Martella Weekend Sacristan Stephan Bazin Kevin Sarmiento Alex Cipollone Church Custodian Roberto Fernandez Aurelia Reyes Parish Outreach Assistant Directors: Ximena Aravena - ext. 327 Barbara Powell - ext. 361 Lupe Ramirez - ext
20 Friends, Neighbors & Other Ministries... Our Lady of Hope Parish Pastor Rev. Thomas V. Arnao, J.C.D. St. Andrew's Church Deacon Nicholas Daddona & Fr. Jack Custer Diocese of Rockville Centre Alcoholics Anonymous Ancient Order of Hibernians Mary Hickey Bereavement Support in Our Diocese Visit our helpful website: Kathleen Logan, Bereavement Coordinator ext. 236 Birthright S. Tyson Ave., Floral Park, NY Emergency Hot Line Prison Families Anonymous Kent Evans Maria SS Dell'Assunta Society Mary Ann DiGuiseppi Durazzano Society Antonio Iadevaia - President Knights of Columbus (516) Thomas Callan, Grand Knight Marriage Encounter Maureen & Rick Tufano Retrouvaille (Marriage Support) John & Linda Pisano OSIA Sons of Italy Rae Lanzilotta Project Rachel (Post Abortion Counseling) St. Anthony Society Phyllis Caggiano Veterans of Foreign War Louis Corte 18 Cursillio/Ultreya Carleen Barten Please Pray For... Westbury Senior Citizens Maureen Droge We remember in our prayers the following men and women who are serving in the military overseas. Sgt. Jason Howland, National Guard Army Rigoberto Castro, USMC Sgt. Victor Raynoso, USMC Lt. Col. Charles J. Tulaney, USMC Capt. Steven Piacente, USMC Thomas Ruse, LCpl, USMC Sgt. Craig Clark, US Army James Eugene, US Marine Adam C. Belding, SPC US Army in Korea Alvin Jordan Andrew Lyons Jim Arbelaez, US Marine Neil Falls Percifull, US Army Richard Bush, US Army Mike Tarsa, LTC US Marine Steven Federlien, Navy Reservist James E. Geiselman, US Army in Afghanistan Christopher Ponsot Major James McLean US Army Sargeant John Patrick Riffle Chao Li, US Army Johanna Romero, US Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Schultz, US Army Kenneth Furst, USMC 2nd Lt. Kurth McDermott, USMC Sgt. Madzsima Nerestant, USMC Lawrence Marquez, US. Army Master Sgt. Jill Agront Staff Sgt. Edwin Philip Julean USMC in Afghanistan Lucky Isaac Jacques, USP US Army in Iraq Staff Sgt. Rodney Agustin, USMC Corp. Jerry Kubis, US Marine Capt. Joseph Conrad Reyes in Afghanistan Lt. Cody McDonald in Afghanistan Sgt. Robert Thomas Ludwig, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Schenck, US Army in Afghanistan Christopher Counts, U.S. Marine in Afghanistan Major Matthew Kessler, US Marine Jarrett Corbin, US Navy in Japan Vladimir Julin, US Navy Petty Officer If you know of someone serving overseas and would like to place them on the prayer list, please call the Parish Center at
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Handouts for Mary, Mother of Jesus Session 1. Opening Prayer 2. The Perfect Life 3. Fruit of the Womb 4. Mary in Luke 5. Mary in Mark and Luke 6. Gift or Curse? 7. Mary s Gifts 8. My Gifts 9. Visitation