At St. Brigid, we have several ministries that reach out to our local and wider communities.
By providing assistance, goodwill and hospitality, the needs of many are met when parishioners come together, with Christ, to serve others.
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
A sports program for youth ages 4-14 that emphasizes friendly competition through good sportsmanship and Catholic values. Led by adult volunteers, the program uses sports as a venue to teach young people about the deeper issues of life. Adult volunteers serve as positive role models and mentors within an athletic setting. Sports include: baseball, basketball, soccer, t-ball, volleyball and track. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. For more information regarding the St. Brigid program, visit it the CYO page under the Parish Life tab; or, for registration dates and fees, please contact Eddie Ramirez at 210-837-6491.
During Mass times, a nursery adjoins the worship area, and is available for families with children birth through age four (4). This gives parents the opportunity to spend quality time with God and community, while providing a space for their young children to be in a safe and friendly environment. A closed circuit television allows parents to view the Mass in progress.
Coffee Fellowship on Sundays
A ministry that promotes parish community, goodwill, and hospitality as an expression of our motto – “There are no strangers here, only friends we have not met.” This ministry is provided after the 8:00 am and the 10:30 am Sunday Masses in the Narthex of the church. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact our Coordinator of Social Services, at 210-696-0896, ext. 205.
Habitat for Humanity
Eliminating substandard housing one family at a time and replacing it with a modest, decent, affordable dwelling in partnership with Habitat for Humanity is the mission reflected in this ministry. Many dedicated “hands”, from food prep and serving to construction crews, are needed during this relatively short period of time to achieve this vision.
Volunteer sign-ups for the Build take place after all Masses on the weekends in late summer with the home build usually beginning in September.
Meals on Wheels
This ministry is focused on enabling the aging population to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. To achieve this, St. Brigid Parish works together with Christian Senior Services to provide a hot meal once a day for those who need this assistance in our area. Christian Senior Services prepares the meals and delivers them to St. Brigid site at around 10:00 am, Monday through Friday. Volunteer teams deliver these meals to the homes of the clients whose names are provided by Christian Senior Services. The time involved to perform this ministry is about two hours and scheduling is done on a monthly basis, based on the volunteers’ availability. Scheduling is done by Christian Senior Services; please call 210-735-5115, ext. 305, to volunteer for this ministry.
Outreach Fund Committee
This ministry, based on Jesus’ teaching of helping those in need, “reaches out” to provide that assistance. A committee comprised of parishioners and parish staff is responsible for oversight of the parish outreach fund. They meet monthly to consider requests for financial assistance from parishioners as well as local non-profit social service organization.
St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP)
This is an international Catholic organization of lay persons founded by Frederic Ozanam, under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance. Our volunteers are here at various hours during the week to assist with food, clothing, and financial assistance in emergency situations. There is a monthly food drive on the first full weekend of the month to supply the pantry. Special activities include the Thanksgiving food drive, Christmas gifts for the children through the Advent Sharing Tree Drive, an Annual Baby Shower Drive that helps young unwed mothers choosing Life for their unborn child(ren), and a Summer school supply drive to assist and encourage enthusiasm for the new school year. The St. Brigid SVDP Conference meets on the first Monday of each month.
In July, St. Brigid held our annual School Supply Drive. Through the generosity of our parishioners, this drive helped out 71 children and two elementary schools. Thank you, St. Brigid, for supporting this wonderful effort of providing the children in our community with the school supplies needed to start school prepared.
Regarding usage of the St. Vincent de Paul Facilities, including Refrigerators and/or Storage Room, all persons or ministries must contact Connie Lopez at 210-696-0896, ext. 214. Thank you.