Riders and walkers alike are looking forward to celebrating with us at Brady Faith Center’s fifth annual community event, and urban ride and walk which brings people together while raising awareness and support of our Brady Programs, including Pedal to Possibilities. After your event, join us for food, fellowship, music and games at our beautiful Brady Farm, located in the heart of the Southwest side of Syracuse.
Brady Faith Center is hosting our first Advent Retreat on Sunday, Dec. 17th at Spa 500 on W. Onondaga St. Faith-sharing, stories, yoga, meditation, Mass, and lunch will all be a part of this morning, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.
Many local churches offer mission trips to national and international locations, but at Brady we say “Don’t forget about our own backyard!” Syracuse has drawn national attention with its highest poverty ratings of blacks and Hispanics in the country, and extremely large number of high poverty neighborhoods. We at Brady witness the personal side of these numbers while walking alongside individuals and families affected by poverty every day.
One of the four main pillars of Brady Faith Center is a retreat ministry called Come and See, which offers relational and educational service experiences in Syracuse. When asked, past participants explain their Come and See experience as:
“One of the most enlightening weeks ever.” “An experience to learn that everybody has a story, to appreciate what I have, and to love first.” “A service project to change your heart.” “The nicest part was to just be present, to watch people and to just learn by listening.” “A life-changing experience that helped me grow in the community and in my faith.”
Brady’s Come and See Retreat Ministry offers customizable workshops and immersions. Workshops include presentations by Kevin Frank, our director, bus or van tours to multiple ministry sites, and meaningful hands on service. Immersions, varying in length from one day to one week, include organized service schedules, speakers, night programming, and housing and meal planning. Come and See also runs Summer Servants, an overnight mission trip in Syracuse for teens and youth groups, in July.
Come and See gained the attention of Boston College High School last year when its campus minister heard Kevin speak at a mission appeal in Baldwinsville. This past June a group of 10 high school boys and two adult leaders from the school joined us for a week, serving at the many sites at Brady– Pedals to Possibilities, Jail Ministry and the Urban Farm, and also around Syracuse at L’Arche and the Northside Learning Center. Kevin spoke with them each night about Jesus and social justice, and ended the week with a powerful foot-washing ceremony. This group will be returning each year to Syracuse with new students, to continue this mission work.
When Come and See hosts an overnight group, they are housed at DeWitt Community Church, where we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship for seven years. It is also in this space where we house our Summer Servants camp, which runs for two weeks each July, and this year welcomed 100 people- our biggest summer yet!
Summer Servants served at 26 locations around Syracuse, in addition to completing minor home repairs for many of our Brady families. Camp began with laughter, food, and games for about 45 teens and their leaders per week, and then led into relational service through teachings, prayer rituals and action. We were blessed with three college interns, Nicole Antonacci, Samantha Wagner and Nick Walker, who led camp with passion and a desire for all teens to be changed through an experience with Christ. The Congolese community at All Saints Parish hosted us for a cultural night with a Congolese dinner, powerful testimonies, and soul-touching singing and dancing. We ended the weeks with a large community dinner where our teens, families and people from our ministry sites ate together and shared testimonies of their experience and growth. At Summer Servants we challenge the teens to move out of their comfort zones, to learn stories, to serve while being served, and to know that Jesus Christ loves them unconditionally.
We at Brady would like to grow our Come and See Ministry. Our dream is to have our own retreat center in Syracuse, where we can house and host up to 50 people. A kitchen, rec area, sleeping rooms and showers are all necessary. Would you join us in prayer for this request? Would you connect us with any financial or real estate opportunities which would allow for this growth?
Please join us on Sunday, October 22nd for our 23rd annual Celebration Mass and “God Love Ya” Awards Breakfast.This year, mass will be celebrated at All Saints Church at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Awards Breakfast at 11:15 a.m. at Drumlins Country Club.
In honor of their dedication to the mission of Msgr. Charles Brady, we are proud to announce the 2017 “God Love Ya’” Award recipients are Carmelita Howard and The Brady Bread Baking Team.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year and is truly a day of celebration.Invitations have been mailed and we are eagerly awaiting your response.If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend this event please contact Trevor Williams at 315-472-9077.
We are at our best when we are together, so please join us on October 22nd
Register your space or table. We appreciate and depend on your donations! You can donate any amount for this event by sending a check payable to the Brady Faith Center or use our donation portal.
Rev. David T. Link is visiting Syracuse as the 2017 Hesburgh Lecture program, and will be speaking and partnering in events at Brady, Most Holy Rosary, LeMoyne College and All Saints Parish over the course of 2 days.
The Theme of this Community Engagement event is: From Success, through Service, to Significance: My life-changing journey along men and women who are homeless and incarcerated.
Thanks to the Notre Dame Club of Central New York, LeMoyne College and Brady Faith Center for sponsoring his trip to Syracuse!
8:30am Mass at Most Holy Rosary
7:00pm “From Success, through Service, to Significance” Talk at Grewen Auditorium at LeMoyne
8:30am All are invited to participate in Brady’s Pedals to Possibilities program
10:00am All are welcome to come or stay for a pancake breakfast at Brady
2:30pm A series of conversations with Fr. Link about “Serving the Least, the Last and the Lonely”: Panel discussion with questions and reflections
The Brady Farm has begun to harvest and is getting ready to sell at multiple locations for the 2017 season! The Market Stand and CSA will be open starting June 18th at the following times and locations:
• Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 3100 Midland Ave.
• Thursdays, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm, Regional Market
Consider subscribing to our CSA program, which directly supports the farm and lets you enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of our labor. Depending on your subscription you will receive a weekly box containing a certain number of vegetables at a low cost. CSA pick ups are available at the farm or at Salt City Coffee on W. Onondaga St.For more info please visit our exciting website: www. BradyFarm.org
Thanks to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and their generous award, low-income families can purchase a box of fresh, organically-grown produce for just $9/wk, and all of our CSA families can take cooking classes to learn how to use the season’s bounty. We’re still accepting subscriptions, sign up now through the website, or at the farm.
We welcome volunteers! We’re regularly at the farm Mondays – Fridays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am – Noon. We need help planting, shoveling compost and woodchips, weeding, harvesting, and washing and packing produce. Please call in advance. 315.420.4521
Stop by and say hi to Alice Gallagher who joined Jessi Lyons and Rasheim Rutledge on staff as the Farm Manager.
We hope to see you this summer at the farm, or at a market stand, in order to thank you for your support. Stop and introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you!
Please click here:Brady Newsletter Summer 2017 to read our summer newsletter. Highlights include a story on John Dykes, a consistent volunteer in Stone Soup Garden, descriptions and testimonies of our summer programs, and a message from Fr. John. You don’t want to miss out on Brady news!
Brady gratefully acknowledges the following churches and community partners for their role in supporting Brady Faith Center programming.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County
DeWitt Community Church
Most Holy Rosary
Onondaga Community College
Oxford St. Inn Homeless Shelter
Southwest Community Center
St. Ann’s (Manlius)
St. Charles Borromeo (Food Pantry)
St. John’s (Liverpool)
St. John the Baptist
St. Joseph the Worker
St. Joseph’s (Camillus)
St. Mary of the Assumption (Baldwinsville)
St. Michael & St. Peter Parish