Monday, November 20, 2017

Live Online Church Services at St. Brigid's, Newry

If you would like to attend a mass at Saint Brigid's Cathedral in Newry, Northern Ireland, but can't manage to get there, you can view via live weblink. Or you can peek in now and look at the font and the altar and see if anyone is in there cleaning the monstrance.

Church Services.

St. Brigid's Newry

Main Avenue Newry , BT35 6EY

Brigit's Bathtub (and other beer-related bits)

I love how much beer culture is becoming aware of our lady of the lake of ale. I  have written about beer (or ale) in this blog before. Check here for previous posts.

Amy Panetta clued me in to St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub, in Detroit, Michigan. According to the website Downtown Detroit Bars,

Bathtub Pub

If you look up the phrase "dive bar" in the dictionary, a photo of St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub with surely be in the margins of the page. That is in no way a bad thing, though. Located directly next to the famous American and Lafayette Coney Islands, a block from Campus Martius, and a large number of busy office buildings, the Bathtub Pub is in a prime location for late night, post-show or -game drinks and bar food, or for after-work cocktails. While the interior of the place isn't going to win any awards, it has a charming and refreshingly rustic, traditional design that will make you feel like you are in the set of a Cheers-esque sitcom. The drink prices are more than reasonable, and the menu, while modestly -sized, is some of the best greasy spoon food in town. Don't skip the Bathtub Pub next time you're walking by, you won't regret it.
St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub
129 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

There is nothing horribly Irish about the menu, but according to they serve (among unsurprising pub foods) these two features:

Potato Cheddar Ale Soup $3.00+ 
Brigid's Burger $8.00An 8 oz. burger topped with bacon, caramelized onions, swiss and cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

The first sounds about right, Brigit-wise; though she wouldn't have had access to potatoes in the fifth century, they are still pretty Irish, aren't they? Not sure about the ingredients of the burger, but hey.

In Minnesota there is another Brigidine pub, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA.



(218) 444-0567


317 Beltrami Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601

BRIGID'S CROSS IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT is named for the patron saint of agriculture, farmers & fishermen, St. Brigid of Kildare. Our mission is to bring a piece of the Emerald Isle to you with traditional & unique Irish fare, premium imported & regional beer, fine Irish whiskey & a remarkable staff. We encourage the whole family to come in for an Irish adventure ~ without the jet lag. Whether it be traditional games & activities for the wee ones (or the young at heart), a night out on the town or a special occasion...make Brigid's Cross a part of your celebration.

The Story of Brigid's Cross

Brigids Cross takes it's name from Ireland's most well-known female patron saint, St. Brigid of Kildare, and her woven-reed cross. Also known as Mary Of The Gael, St. Brigid is widely known as the patron saint of agriculture, specifically dairy. She was allegedly quite the multi-tasker - establishing the first co-ed monastery, a school for decorative ironwork, feeding the hungry and she is even said to have been able to turn milk into ale! St. Brigid's Cross is traditionally woven in the early spring from young river rushes. It is then hung over doorways to protect the family and is still given to newlyweds and young families even today.
St. Brigid's patron saint day is February 1st. On that day at the pub we pay homage to St. Brigid and honor her miracle of turning milk into beer by offering a free pint to each of our customers and friends between 5 and 6 PM. The pub keeps a fresh supply of woven crosses from the river Shannon year-round for you to hang over your doors as well as jewelry fashioned after the Brigid Cross.
What better patron saint could a neighborhood pub have but one associated with feeding the hungry, protecting the family, and turning milk into beer? Whatever your persuasion, we think you will find comfort in the food, a bit of respite, and maybe even a little religion in every pint!

BeerSmith offers this recipe for Saint Brigid's Bath Water (beer):

St. Brigid's Bath Water - v1.1 

All Grain Recipe

Submitted By: derrickp (Shared) 
Members can download and share recipes

Batch Size: 5.65 galStyle: Irish Red Ale ( 9D)
Boil Size: 6.38 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 14.8 SRMEquipment: Mythic Brewing
Bitterness: 23.0 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.055 (13.7° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Full Body
Est FG: 1.016 SG (4.1° P)Fermentation: My Aging Profile
ABV: 5.2%Taste Rating: 30.0

5 lbsMunich Malt (9.0 SRM)Grain1
5 lbsPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain2
12.00 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)Grain3
10.40 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)Grain4
10.40 ozCaramunich Malt (56.0 SRM)Grain5
0.32 ozBravo [14.5%] - Boil 60 minHops6
0.25 ozGalena [12.5%] - Boil 20 minHops7
0.25 ozWillamette [5.5%] - Boil 5 minHops8
1 pkgsIrish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1084)Yeast9
And Great Divide in Denver offered (but does not still offer) St. Bridget's Porter:
Serve in English pintShaker

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St. Bridget, a legendary Irish saint, created a sensation by turning her bathwater into beer. What better way to celebrate her worthy miracle than with our zymurgistic tribute to her feat, St. Bridget’s Porter. St. Bridget’s is a smooth, elegant, and chocolaty brown porter. Brimming with coffee and chocolate characteristics from dark barley malts, St. Bridget’s is carefully hopped to provide the perfect complement to its malty robustness.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Saint Brigit Episcopal Celtic Fest

While I was away ignoring my blogs, a one day Celtic Fest took place in Frederick, Colorado, put on as a fund-(and fun)raiser for their many projects by Saint Brigit Episcopal Church.

This may seem peripheral to our understanding of Brigit. It is just a church that is named for her, which tips its hat to her but is just a church like any other. That may be in some ways true, but not in all. The church truly does embrace Saint Brigit and her tales, and when I look at the various programs they are funding, I see a strong connection to the Saint Brigit who shared her community's wealth with the hungry and sick who came to her. As an older person whose income is low and who is facing losing my tiny rental home in the catastrophic housing crisis that Vancouver is facing, I am more poignantly aware than ever of the life and death importance of her generosity and of programs like the ones listed in the latter half of this post. So thank you to St Brigit Episcopal for continuing the work of Saint Brigit in a very real way. 

This sort of work may inspire us in our own endeavours, as we seek to live out the principles found in Brigit, goddess or saint, that are most important to each of us, however much more humble they may be if we are individuals whose efforts may not be supported by an entire faith community.

So let's allow St. Brigit Episcopal Church tell you in their own words what they did in September, and why:

St. Brigit's Celtic Festival

Welcome to the first annual Celtic Fest sponsored by St. Brigit Episcopal Church to support it's programs for the community in and around Frederick, Colorado.  Celtic Fest is designed as an event for the whole family, so come to not just watch, listen, and try Celtic beer, whiskey and food - but perhaps to try your step at dancing, your lungs on a bagpipe, or your skill at a Celtic sport!  Meanwhile, your children will be choosing from various craft or gardening activities or meeting St. Brigit and hearing her tales of old Ireland!  Activities range from listening to top-rate music to a Celtic Art Show and Competition and Kirkin of the Tartans.


Musicians!  “Open Sessions” will be available for everyone who wants to join in. First one is at 11:00 - other times will be posted at Celtic Fest.
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Introducing St. Brigit's Bathwater Beer with a Party, at 12:00!
Pints of beer ($5 per pint), will be poured for the first time to pay tribute to the Irish Patron Saint of Beer, St. Brigit!
Join us in being one of the first to enjoy this Irish Red, specially crafted by Oskar Blues for Celtic Fest.

Our Mission
Celtic Fest is designed to raise funds for the community programs of St. Brigit Episcopal Church in Frederick, CO.  Primary community projects include the following:

Brigit's Bounty Community Resources
Brigit's Bounty Community Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has a large community garden on the St. Brigit Property.  The mission of Brigit's Bounty is to provide education, training, and resources towards transforming the lives of individuals and strengthening the Carbon Valley community. Brigit's Bounty partners with Thunder Valley K-8 school and the I Have A Dream Program to educate children about gardening, nutrition and healthy food choices and also runs a low-cost garden camp.   All produce is donated to the Carbon Valley Community.

Brigit's Village is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that has as its mission: to establish a welcoming and reasonably-priced senior housing community in Colorado's Carbon Valley. Plans are in progress towards building 50 units of affordable senior housing adjacent to the St. Brigit property near the Brigit's Bounty Giving Garden.    

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I Have A Dream:  The mission of the I Have a Dream program is to motivate and empower children from low income communities to reach their educational and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment.  Upon graduation from high school each Dreamer is eligible to receive a four-year tuition assistance scholarship for college or vocational school.  St. Brigit partners with this program by financially supporting two Dreamers and providing Christmas gifts for multiple families.  In addition, Dreamers receive gardening education through Brigit's Bounty Giving Garden.  

© 2017 St. Brigit's Celtic Fest

See their website to learn about their other important programs, including:

Free Health Fair
Help Portrait: Free Family Portraits
Carbon Valley HELP Center

Friday, August 04, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Brigit Poems by Mael Brigde at The MotherHouse of the Goddess

I am happy to say that The MotherHouse of the Goddess, the school which hosts my Brigit courses, has published two of my poems on its blog. You can follow this link to read “Brigit – Keeper of Cattle”, and the following to see “At Your Healing Well”.

Thank you, Kim, for your appreciation and support of my work and devotion to Brigit.

(For those interested in the courses, the introductory course is called Discovering Brigit, and the month-long activation course is Stepping Into Brigit. If you enroll in the first (for $15 US), you will have an opportunity to continue to the second course at the end, and will be rebated most of that money in the enrollment process.)


From their website:

About the MotherHouse of the Goddess

The MotherHouse of the Goddess is a Gathering Place for seekers of sacred living, particularly modern women. We share resources on Goddess and Women’s Spirituality and mindful living, provide online courses, and promote and organize events online and offline. The MotherHouse is the hub for blog posts and information for those who are seeking everyday sacred living, mindfulness, empowerment, and community for Goddess Spirituality and the Divine Feminine. Seasonal articles, living mythology, tools and practices, and transformational stories are all a part of our exchange.
Wise Women, Wild Women, Priestesses, Shamans, Teachers, and Guides are all involved and more joining as our offerings and content increases. Make sure you pop over and meet our contributors! We also welcome submissions – click here for more info on how to write for MotherHouse.
The Mission of the MotherHouse of the Goddess is:
  • To provide a safe and nurturing space online for modern women to gather, share, study, and connect.
  • To empower Women to seek and connect with the Goddess within and without and live authentic lives of power.
  • To incorporate the practices and qualities of the EveryDay Sacred and Mindfulness into our daily lives.
  • To make Goddess in all of Her forms accessible by providing well-researched information on Goddess Spirituality, Goddess Myths, correspondences and ritual practices, as well as ways to connect in modern day.
  • To give opportunities for Women and those interested in Goddess Spirituality to connect with Teachers and explore the Divine Feminine in all aspects of their lives.
  • To inspire Women to create their own rituals, prayers and poems for Goddess and their sacred experiences.
  • To laugh, sing, dance, share stories, validate each other, blossom, and reach for the stars all in Her name.
  • To plant the Seeds of Goddess throughout the world.
**While many of our offerings are directed to women, all are welcome.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TSLC: St. Brigid's Story (Video)

I am of two minds about this video. Maybe three. It is clearly a rather slick advertisement for a chain of seniors' communities, but I suppose many other things I have posted have been advertisements of a sort--for a statue line, or books, and so on. Even a dairy at one time. Like the dairy, I have never visited these seniors homes and have no idea if they are great or awful. But nevertheless I like the video. I like the photography and I like the message of caring. So here she is.

From their website:

Trinity Senior Living Communities is a leading advocate of the holistic, individual-first brand of senior care. We provide resident-centered care for more than 35,000 seniors a year at communities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio and Maryland. We also provide consulting and management services to other faith-based, senior living organizations.
Our Sanctuary™ communities are small, consistent neighborhoods of residents and care partners who work, grow and share life experiences together. As part of the Sanctuary™ model of care, we help residents live their best lives now — with fulfillment, purpose and meaning in every day.
We honor the sacredness of every resident and the holiness of our work through uncompromising standards and services. We encourage fellowship and independence while serving seniors and their families with dignity and respect. Our residents are valued and empowered to make decisions that affect their lives. Our care partners and associates live out their calling: caring for our senior residents and guests.
Based in Livonia, Mich., Trinity Senior Living Communities is a member of Trinity Health.
(Trinity Health PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LAD Saint Bridget Spinner

A sweet gag from Facebook:

NEW! From Ladfleg products. The perfect gadget to keep the childer quiet at the Clonard Novena.

Well done, LAD! And thanks, Amy Lynn, for drawing this to my attention.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

“Bríg Brethach, ‘Bríg of the Judgements’” by Katharine Simms

A presentation often quoted when the subject of Brig Brethach comes up is “Bríg Brethach, ‘Bríg of the Judgements’” by Katharine Simmsthe “doyenne of studies of Gaelic Irish society in the later Middle Ages” (1).

This paper can be downloaded here.

(1) Four Courts Press.

Image: La Justice’, Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (1860-1943). Public domain.