Welcome to St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School

Dear Families,

Happy Advent!  Ask the children and they will tell you that the season of Advent is the special time that we prepare for the birthday of Jesus.  There are many ways that we prepare for his birth.  

Advent Wreath

Gathering and praying around the Advent wreath is a traditional practice that takes place in Churches, homes, and in the classrooms of our school!  We gather in the Chapel each Monday of Advent to pray and light the candles on the Advent wreath.  The circle shape of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God.  The evergreens signify everlasting life.  Each of the four candles represents one of the Sundays of Advent.  The purple candles represent penance and preparation.  The pink candle, which is lit on the third Sunday of Advent, represents joy.  The third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice.”  This is the only day of the year when the priest wears pink vestments.  You will notice Advent candles on the doors of all the classrooms and offices in the school.       

Bambinelli Sunday at St. Brigid’s

The third Sunday of Advent, December 17th this year, is also known as Bambinelli Sunday.  You are invited to bring the baby Jesus figure from your home crèche scene to mass for a special blessing – a blessing to bring back to your homes and families.  This blessing will take place at the 9:15 am mass in the School Chapel (before Breakfast with Santa).

Preparing the Manger for Baby Jesus

In his Gospel, St. Luke tells us that after Jesus was born, Mary “wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.”  Another custom that we practice at school is known as the preparation of the manger – a practice of having children prepare soft bedding for the manger.  Each classroom has a bag of straw.  As children are recognized for acts of kindness or good deeds, straw is placed in the manger.  When Baby Jesus comes on Christmas Eve, He will find plenty of straw bedding to soften the hardness of the manger’s boards.

If you have any questions, please call the office or email

My prayers are with you for a peaceful Season of Advent. 

Yours truly,
Mr. Paul P. Clagnaz
Proud Principal


What's Happening

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arrowsChristmas Concert & Pageant (Grades 3 through 8)
Our Annual Christmas Concert & Pageant takes place on Thursday, December 14 beginning at 7:30 pm in Monsignor Code Auditorium. Children in grades 3 through 8 in Experienced Band, Chorus and Drama Club will perform. Students in grades 3 through 5 have been practicing songs for the Pageant and have been invited to dress as shepherds or angels. All are invited to attend.
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Nativity Cartoon
arrowsChristmas Pageant (Grades Pre-K through 2)
A New Tradition! This year our younger children will have their own Christmas Pageant! The Pageant begins at 10:00 am on Monday, December 18. A Nativity petting zoo will be set up in the front of Monsignor Code Auditorium for the children to enjoy as well.
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Op Gratitude Xmas
arrowsChristmas Service Project
Several classes are conducting a Christmas Service Project for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends Care Packages filled with entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, non-perishable snacks, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. Troops, First Responders, Veterans, Military Families, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers. Click on the link above to view their wish list.
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Bishop Barres
arrowsBishop's Christmas Letter
Please read the Christmas letter from our Bishop, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The letter is available in English and Spanish.
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NYS Catholic Conference
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The official voice of the Catholic Church in the Empire State. Join the Action Network to easily let our elected officials know about issues important to us in Catholic Education, Health Care, Family Life, Criminal Justice and Social Justice.
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Bambinelli Welborn
arrowsBambinelli Sunday
This year we will celebrate Bambinelli Sunday on Sunday, December 17. Bambinelli literally means “little baby boys.” You are invited to bring the baby Jesus figure from your home crèche scene to church for a special blessing – a blessing to bring back to your homes and families. This blessing will take place at the 9:15 am mass in the School Chapel (before Breakfast With Santa).
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Santa pancakes
arrowsBreakfast With Santa
Our annual Breakfast With Santa is scheduled for Sunday, December 17. We begin with mass at 9:15 am in the School Chapel. Breakfast is served in Msgr. Code Auditorium following the liturgy. For more information and to download a flyer to register, click on the title link. Attendance is limited to 400.
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arrowsShutterfly Promotion
Need Christmas cards, calendars or other photo gifts? Shutterfly will donate 13% of your purchase to our school. Email the Parents' Association to get your promo code fro $10 off $50 plus free shipping. Then go to the Shutterfly Store Front to place your order. Thank you!
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