St Brigid serving community for over 100 years
St. Brigid is overseen by the Josephite Fathers and Brothers, a Catholic order whose primary work is ministering to African American communities. Officially called Saint Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (S.S.J.), there were formed in 1871 to meet the needs of newly freed people after the Civil War and continue to operate in communities throughout the United States.
In 1920, St. Brigid was established and celebrated its first Mass in a small rented house on West 51st Street. Three years later, a combination church and school was erected and followed soon by the construction of the present rectory. The church edifice was built in 1953 and a school in 1960.
We the Faith Community of St. Brigid Catholic Church, declare our mission: to know and imitate Jesus. We proclaim the reign of God in this community by preaching and teaching the Good News, and celebrating our Roman Catholic worship. We witness the faith by demonstrating service and compassion for those in need. As a Community, we welcome, honor and respect all people with the special emphasis on the culture and heritage of the African American and Hispanic Catholics.
Develop a strong Youth Ministry Planning Group with Adult Adviser and Young Adult Planning Group. (Youth Liturgy Committee and Utilize Notes from 21-55 Membership Needs)
Evangelization of Membership ages 21-55. (Encourage effective preaching to reach this age group) Evangelization and Social Justice Committees. (Re-establish Children’s Church at Sunday Mass)
Stewardship (Improve Parish commitment to Stewardship and Development) Stewardship and Ways & Means Committees (Commitment to Tithing and Youth Scholarships) Endowments.
Strengthen families by providing RCIA/Adult Faith Formation Form, RCIA Team and Hire a Director of Religious Education (coordinate Youth and Adult Faith Formation with Bilingual Sensitivity)
Internal Communication (Improve Parish Communication), Website Communications Committee for Public Relations to improve Parish publications.
Reconciliation and Healing (To advance the Lord’s Will by encouraging healing through Prayer and Union) Workshops on Reconciliation and Healing for Ministries and Parish Healing, Mass/Service to Celebrate Reconciliation and Healing.