St Brigid's Catholic Parish Gisborne
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St Brigid's
66 Aitken Street
Gisborne Vic 3437
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
(03) 5428 2591
Parish Secretary: Tammie Dalgleish Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 5pm

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout our Parish and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community.  We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to Elders past and present.

St. Brigid’s Parish Gisborne is committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.

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St.Brigid of Kildare - (ca. 457-550)

A SHORT ACCOUNT OF HER LIFE

St. Brigid of Kildare was known as “Mary of the Gael”. Her father, Dubthach, was a pagan nobleman of Leinster, and her mother, Brocessa, was a christian born of noble parentage. Much of what we know of Brigid is legend but she was revered with great esteem and admiration throughout Ireland. The first biography written about her was in the seventh century, long after any reliable historical information had been gathered. But at an early age Brigid decided to become a nun despite her father planning a suitable dynastic marriage.

Brigid established her first house for her nuns in the Liffey Valley; this became the most famous monastery in Ireland, and was known as Cell-Dara, “the church of the oak”. Brigid was the pioneer of  Irish feminine monasticism in that she was the innovator of community life for women. She rallied together both bondwomen and free in adequately protected communities up and down the land. Of  all her settlements, the greatest, the best known and the most enduring in fame was Kildare, a double monastery for monks and nuns under the joint rule of an abbot-bishop and an abbess. Brigid presided over the nuns while St.Conlaed was abbot of the monks. This tradition continued for centuries.

As a Christian evangelist, Brigid seems to have travelled extensively in her chariot, founding churches and monasteries throughout Ireland, obtaining freedom for captives, offering advice where it was wanted and probably where it wasn’t. She negotiated the release of hostages, healed lepers, assisted the poor, and was known for her miraculous powers. Richard Woods in his book “Spirituality of the Celtic Saints”, from which the above notes have been taken, relates how Brigid was consecrated by two bishops. “By accident, St.Mell mistakenly read over her the prayer for the consecration of a bishop. When St.MacCaille informed him of his error, Mel replied that it should stand, but that Brigid would be the only woman to hold the episcopal office in Ireland.” (P.66-67) The statue in our church at Gisborne has St.Brigid holding the bishop’s crozier in one hand and the symbol of the church in the other.

In the ninth century the relics of St.Brigid were removed to Downpatrick because of the threat of Viking raids. There they were interred in a tomb said to contain the bodies of St.Patrick and St.Columba. The tradition of making “St.Brigid’s Crosses” has been an annual custom among the Irish on the day before her feast , 1st.February, which corresponds with the pagan cult of Imbolc, one of the four great festivals of the old Celtic year.

[Of the four churches that have been part of the history of Gisborne Parish since 1868 three of them were named after the great Irish saints: St.Patrick, St.Columba and St.Brigid. The Celtic tradition still retains its influence to the present day.]

  ST BRIGID'S GISBORNE PARISH PRAYER

GOD OUR FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS WE ENJOY IN OUR PARISH FAMILY OF ST. BRIGID’S GISBORNE.

MANY HAVE LABOURED TO BUILD OUR PARISH. MAY WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND HAND IN HAND STAND TOGETHER.

MAY OUR PARISH BE FILLED WITH HOLINESS AND PRAYER, FAITH AND LOVE.

MAY ALL WHO COME HERE FIND A WELCOMING HOME, COMFORT IN THEIR NEEDS AND STRENGTH FOR THEIR JOURNEY.

ST. BRIGID, ST. PATRICK, ST. AMBROSE AND ST COLMCILLE WATCH OVER US ALWAYS WE PRAY, THAT WITH FAITH WE GROW AND LEARN.

WE MAKE OUR PRAYER IN JESUS NAME.

AMEN.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) provides valuable assistance to the Parish Priest, helping with the day-to-day workload and being able to react to the constant demands of a modern world where changing rules and legislation need quick responses. 

Following the recent nominations process, the following parishioners have been appointed to the Parish Pastoral Council.  No elections were required as the number of nominations did not exceed the vacant positions.

Kevin Petherbridge (Chairperson), Joe Farrugia (Secretary), Carolyn Peterson, Frank Murone, Janet Murray, Hayden Legro, Jayne O'Callaghan & Enzo Floreani.

If you have any questions regarding the Parish Pastoral Council, please contact Kevin Petherbridge on Mob: 0412 192 966.

 

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