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New Religious Ed Preschool Structure

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We’re happy to announce a new structure to our Religious Education Preschool for the 2017-18 school year. We will now have an open-enrollment structure, which means all preschool-aged (3-5) parishioners are welcome to drop in to any classes throughout the year as they are able. There will be no formal registration (parents will just sign in at the door at each class), and will be no cost to families to attend these classes.

Preschool classes will continue to be offered on Sundays from 9 – 10 a.m. in the St. Brigid Preschool classrooms (click here for the year’s schedule).

If you would like to learn more, please attend our open house in the preschool from 8:30 – 9 am, prior to the first class on Sunday, September 10. Children are then welcome to stay for the first class.

For questions or more information, please contact Tina White at twhite@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Gospel Reflection Aug 20 – Msgr. Hendricks

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Sunday, August 20

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 15: 21 – 28

 

Gospel:
At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.

Reflection:
What begins as a rejection turns into a healing of the daughter of the Canaanite woman. Why, because the mercy and compassion of Jesus in the gospel and in our lives, knows no limits.

The story this Sunday is meant for all of us who doubt that we are worthy of both forgiveness and faith. The gospel makes it clear that we are worth of both. We only must ask with an open heart and with the right intention.

When we open our hearts and minds to Jesus wonderful things happen. While the story of this woman who was a non-Jew, and traditionally an enemy of the Jews during the lifetime of Jesus has her wish granted, the people who heard this story originally would stand up and take notice. Jesus tells the “O woman great is your faith!” Can we do anything less than emulate this poor woman who was in danger of losing her daughter to the forces of evil?

The moral is always ask, never give up or give in, when you petition Lord for His mercy.

Monsignor Hendricks

Gospel Reflection Aug 13 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, August 13

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 14: 22 – 33

Gospel:
After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

Reflection:
Compared to our technologically precise measurement of time, both the ancient Romans and ancient Jews had a more “relative” time. The actual measurement of time lengthened and shortened due to the ebb and flow of the seasons. The day was divided into 12 equal portions, as was the night. These 24 divisions were “an hour,” even if they were 50 minutes or 70 minutes long due to the changes in seasonal daylight.

Within this system, Jews measured sunset to next sunset to constitute a single day, while the Romans gave us the standard of midnight to next midnight. The Romans further divided the night hours into four “watches” of 3hrs each, the amount of time the Roman army believed a guard could stay fully alert in darkness.

With this understanding of Roman and Jewish time, we can surmise that the disciples pushed out into the sea towards the final part of the Jewish day, before the sun had set. “When it was evening,” after sunset in the Jewish reckoning, Jesus has already made it up the mountain and started praying. “Meanwhile,” the text tells us, the disciples are miles from shore in their boat in a storm, getting tossed about. Both Jesus and his disciples are praying, but for very different reasons!

It is not until the “fourth watch of the night” that Jesus walks out to the disciples in the boat. The fourth and final watch of the night fell between 3-6am. Therefore, depending on the season, the disciples were easily on their boat for over 9 hrs being tossed about and threatened with drowning. Their lives certainly flashed before their eyes multiple times. And in the very midst of their terror, they see Jesus. He is in the last place they expected to see him: walking calmly across the waves of the storm threatening them.

The storms in our lives can seem equally endless. Many of us have kept the fourth watch, filled with anxiety or despair. But even in the darkest part of night, we must not give up hope in God’s love. We must keep watch even amid a twilight tempest, knowing that Jesus may soon appear in our lives in the most unlikely of places.

Father Matthew Morris

Gospel Reflection Aug 6 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Matthew 17: 1 – 9

 

Gospel:
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

 

Reflection:
Each year we hear the story of the Transfiguration twice – once on the Second Sunday of Lent and then we hear it again on August 6th. When this event took place, it was shortly after Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and it was about one week after Jesus told his disciples that He would suffer, be killed, and be raised to life.

The purpose for the transfiguration was so Jesus’ disciples could gain a greater understanding of who He was. Christ underwent a dramatic change in appearance on the mountain in order that the disciples could behold Him in His glory. This gave them the reassurance they needed after hearing the shocking news of His coming death.

The Transfiguration of the Lord is an extraordinary Feast of hope which can help us to live differently. We are invited, by reflecting on this significant event in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, to focus on the end of the Christian life. Just as the disciples lived their lives no longer for themselves but for Jesus, they began to undergo their own trials and walked the way to their own transfiguration. This is meant to become the path for all of us who bear His name.

The Lord Jesus has shown us the way up the mountain. He has invited us into a new way of living in Him through living within the communion of the Church. As we reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus today, and in the days to come, let us enter more deeply into the mystery it reveals by living in the Transfiguration now. Let us ascend the mountain of the Lord and transform our lives by following Jesus in His glory!

Deacon Paul Zemanek

Parent Like a Champion Training – Aug 29

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The Diocese Recreation Association (DRA) has implemented Parent Like A Champion Today training for all of this year’s 4th , 5th, 6th and 7th grade sports parents which supports parents as the primary educators of their children, especially in their faith. This is accomplished by providing parents with a sports workshop which teaches them strategies to be champion sports parents in their attitude and behaviors and enables them to positively partner with their children’s coaches.

The diocese has established a “phasing in period” in an attempt to offer this class to all parents of diocesan sports. This year’s 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade parents (2017 -2018 academic year) will need to complete the training before their child can participate in DRA sports programs.

Key points:

* Only 1 parent per family needs to attend but both parents are welcome.

* This training only needs to be attended by parents once (not for each sport or each year).

* Head coaches who have completed Play Like a Champion do NOT need to also take Parent Like a Champion Today.

Questions? Please contact Scott Kasun, St. Brigid Athletic Director at skasun@forefrontweb.com, Mike Matthews, St. Brigid Assistant Athletic Director and Baseball/Softball Commissioner at wolfhoundbbsb@gmail.com or Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Click here to sign up.

Gospel Reflection July 30 – Deacon Don

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Sunday, July 30

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13: 44 – 52

 

Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

 

Reflection:
Each of us at least in part are hoarders. We might buy jewelry or gold and then place the items in a safe or a safety deposit box. We might collect rare antiques or family heirlooms as well. Much of what we value is valued because we view it as rare or scarce. Today’s Gospel describes that behavior through the examples of treasure and pearls. Why do we hide what we value or sell all that we have to buy it? Hoarding what is scarce to us is a natural human behavior. As we hoard various “treasures,” those treasures continue to rise in perceived value.

While this Gospel may be a human truism, it is also a very human warning to us. The kingdom of heaven is rare and its achievement for us should always be considered something worth selling all that we have to purchase it. And once purchased at a great price, we should hoard it. Seeking and achieving the kingdom of heaven should never be something we consider common or ever lacking in value. It should always be considered our pearl purchased at great price and cherished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deacon Don Poirier

Religious Ed Administrative Assistant Job Opening

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Saint Brigid of Kildare Religious Education is looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative support and clerical tasks. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing support to the Directors and catechists, assisting in daily office needs, and managing the Religious Education program’s general administrative activities. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using tools, like MS Office and office equipment. This is a full-time position.

Qualifications

  • Excellent hospitality and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication and public relations skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office, Outlook email, Sign-Up Genius, Google docs and Constant Contact
  • Proficient in classroom technology: smart tvs, projector and sound systems
  • Effectively operate copier, scanner, postage machine and other office equipment
  • Ability to manage telephone systems
  • Ability to multitask
  • Experience in faith formation or event planning preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive personal vehicle for program purpose
  • Ability to bend, lift, push or lift up to 40 lbs
  • Must pass FBI background check and fingerprinting process, and must be willing to take Diocesan required Protecting God’s Children workshop upon hire

Responsible Duties

  • Welcome guests to the Office of Religious Education
  • Answer phones with hospitality and efficiency
  • Prepare catechist requests for weekly classes
  • Provide classroom technology support to catechists
  • Order catechist and program supplies with attention to budget
  • Coordinate projects for volunteer office aides
  • Maintain all bulletin boards, catechist supply bins and catechist mailboxes
  • Assist in all sacramental preparation activities as directed
  • Keep Catechist Resource Center and work room clean and organized
  • Provide hospitality for Diocesan courses, meetings and events as needed
  • Assist Office Manager and Directors of Religious Education in all other special projects and duties as assigned

To apply please send resume to Tina White at twhite@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Gospel Reflection June 23 – Deacon Frank

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Sunday, July 23

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13: 24 – 30

 

Gospel:
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

 

Reflection:
If you have a garden, you know how pesky weeds can be. They seem to have a strength all their own, and if left among your plants, they have a tendency to take over and maybe even kill the plants you want. It seems logical to get rid them as quickly as possible. But that is not what Jesus recommends in the Gospel parable you will hear this Sunday when you come to Mass. Jesus suggests letting the weeds and wheat grow together until harvest time. Then God will decide what is to be burned and what is to be saved.

Jesus makes it clear that the world is not an innocent place. There will always be evil at work in it and that will frustrate the growth of the kingdom. And even for those who say they follow Jesus there will be a mixture of good and bad. Christians and non-Christians alike can be scandalized but not surprised that sin can exist in the Church. Sometimes immediate action needs to be taken to root out a poisonous cancer; there is no room for compromising with scandal. But there are other occasions when God’s forbearance must be recognized and in a sense we are called to imitate it. Sometimes it may be wiser to wait and not judge too quickly. Jesus teaches us to have a deep faith that God is in control, and that God can bring good out of the most unpromising situations.

As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, let us praise God’s gracious patience toward that slowly maturing, mix-bag garden, that, after all, includes us.

Deacon Frank Iannarino

Gospel Reflection July 16 – Sr. Teresa

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Sunday, July 16

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13: 1 – 23

Gospel:
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

 

Reflection:
STANDING …. SOWER … SEED …. GROUND

Just a little scripture study tip – whenever Jesus sits down, Listen Up! He is going to teach us something. I find it interesting that the people stood along the shore. They are standing on the (shore) edge of the sea … standing on the edge of life. They are, in our way of speaking, “on-the-fence.” Disciples always sat at the Teacher’s feet when the Master was teaching but this group is standing. How often do we stand on the edge, trying to decide if we are going to jump fully into life? Sometimes, we stand on the edge, trying to decide if we are going to give ourselves over completely to what Jesus is offering us.

Jesus tells them a parable. Often when we hear a story that we know, we can do three things: 1) We could say, “I know this parable”. Then, since we already know it, we close our minds and hearts to new possibilities. 2) We might say, “I have heard this before” and we let our mind start thinking of other things. 3) or We can sit down and Listen up! and let Jesus teach us something today.

Two other things caught my imagination in this Gospel passage from Matthew besides the people standing on the shore. The sower and the ground. Usually, we think that the rocky ground represents this type of people, the path another type, the thorns another and so on. More often than not, we place ourselves in the good soil. That’s all true, but let’s take a different twist. Stand and look at the parable from a different vantage point. In a scripture passage we are everything and everyone. I wonder if we look inside our own heart we might find each type of ground mentioned. Might we find some rocky place, thorny patches, some really good places?

There are places in our heart that are like the path. We hear God’s Word but never let it have great influence on our lives. We never let it disturb our “regular” life. We never let it challenge us. If I am honest, I think that in my heart there are places where the soil is very rocky and not very deep. The hardness of heart that often develops when we get hurt. In the rocky places pieces of the teachings of Jesus, especially the ones I find most difficult, that have not penetrated my heart deeply so that good and strong roots could develop. There are parts of my heart that may be the thorny patch, where my own sinfulness, whatever that might be, tries to choke the life out of God’s Word. Then there is a part of my heart where God’s Word has found rich soil within me. I have embraced God’s Word and have tried to let it shape and influence my life. I believe that each type of the soil Jesus mentioned are found in me and you as individuals and in us as a parish.

The final piece that attracted me was the Sower and the seed. We might even call this sower, “The Extravagant Sower” who seems to be throwing seeds around with great abandon. Why throw seeds down where there is little chance for good growth? It seems a rather sloppy, wasteful and extravagant way of sowing. That’s our way of thinking, but God isn’t like that. God is always extravagant and throws out his Word in great abundance to let it fall where it might fall. Each one of us is called to be this character, and the seed, too. We are called to be extravagant with God’s Word (seeds). To speak it, to live it, to love it and to spread it with great abandon. We never know where the Word of God that we speak will fall. We never know what one little word might have a life-changing effect on someone (or at least make their day). We never know what our witness will be for another person. Really, our knowing what happens isn’t all that important. What is important is that we imitate the Extravagant Sower and when we go about our everyday lives, we choose to go out to sow the words of God, to sow the words of mercy, forgiveness, love, challenge, commitment, courage, kindness with the reckless abandon of The Sower in today’s gospel and let the Word of God fall where it may. It is time for us to stop standing on the edge and begin to sit down and learn what Jesus is teaching us. Don’t be afraid to take chances and remember it is not all about us. It is about letting God use us instruments to take sactter the seeds of God’s message.

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Teresa Tuite, OP