Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 March 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:


Mar 23
Kindway Matters (7 PM)

Mar 26
Vespers (5 PM)

Mar 28
Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross

Apr 7
Confirmation

Apr 29
Volunteer Dinner Dance

May 13
First Communion

May 31
8th Grade Graduation

June 19-23
Vacation Bible School


Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross start March 7

As part of our Operation Rice Bowl: Building a Culture of Encounter, and our 10,000 Hour Lenten Prayer Challenge, we are offering Soup Suppers at 6 PM and Stations of the Cross at 7 PM on Tuesdays during Lent.

The remaining Soup Suppers will be offered on March 28  and April 4 at 6:00 PM in the Immke Room of Hendricks Hall.  Various ministries will provide the soup.  We will also have a little information about a particular country helped by Catholic Relief Services. We will travel the world: Mexico, India, Ehtiopia, El Salvador, Zambia and Honolulu as we put a face on the people served through Operation Rice Bowl.   

EVERYONE IS INVITED -- it is a wonderful way to share in a simple Lenten meal and encounter others. Guests are welcome to bring their own soup, or enjoy some of the soup that will be provided.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS are offered immediately after the soup supper.  They begin at 7 PM in the Church.  From the earliest days of Christianity, pilgrims journeyed to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Christ's passion on the road to Calvary. More than 2,000 years later, Christians are still trying to grasp the saving gift of Jesus by meditating on or reenacting his crucifixion through what has come to be known as the Stations of the Cross. Also known as "Way of the Cross" or "Via Crucis" this private devotion has consisted of 14 stations, taken both from Scripture and tradition, since the 17th century when the Church officially approved the now common Lenten practice. You are invited to attend either the Soup Supper or the Stations of the Cross or both. - Katherine Florian and Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Our Parish Lenten Focus
You will have plenty of things to choose from to help you enter fully into this time of Lent.
There are three main pieces in this parish: 10,000 Hour Lenten Prayer Challenge, Operation Rice Bowl, and Lent Madness.

Lent has a long, long history. Glimpses of it are found as far back as 203 AD. We are familiar with the basic practices: PRAY, FAST, GIVE.

PRAYING:  
Prayer is always important. Lent serves as a reminder of that and churches all over the world offer additional times during Lent for the community to come together to pray. 

Log your prayer hours! We're trying to exceed our goal of 10,000 hours. Any time spent praying or in Mass counts. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to log your hours.

FASTING: The fast is intended to bring us closer to God and to remind us of the hunger for God. Fasting is an exercise in self-restraint. It's seen as a way to physically and spiritually detoxify our bodies and our spirit. During Lent we commit ourselves to refraining from eating meat on Fridays. Many people extend this to eating only simple meals throughout all of Lent.

ALMS GIVING: Alms is such a strange word. It means donation of food or money to the poor. The practice of giving alms is another invitation for everyone to share what they have with others.
Good Friday Worship Options

Good Friday is April 14 -- a time to be with Jesus. A day when we stop to remember that it was on this day that Jesus walked to his death. We are invited to participate in this most sacred day. Below are some worship opportunities this year on Good Friday.

GOOD FRIDAY WALK: Walking Stations of the Cross
Since 1996, hundreds of Catholics walk throughout downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Good Friday for the "Walking Stations of the Cross," an event co-sponsored by the Office for Social Concerns and the Office of Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry of Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The 3-mile walk starts at St. Joseph Cathedral at 8AM and stops at 14 sites to pray and reflect on various social issues of our day. Prayer and social justice reflections will be led by various parish ministries throughout the Diocese of Columbus. The Walk concludes about 11 AM.

CROSSWALK - Interfaith Silent procession with youth and others carrying the cross. Meet at Coffman High School, South Parking lot at noon on Good Friday, April 14th. There will be a short explanation and prayer and then we will begin the walk. We are guided by Dublin Police down Coffman, Post, to 161, and we end at our Dublin Community Church (about 1 ½ mile walk), where we gather for a short service of Word and music. The service concludes about 1:30 PM. Wheelchairs, strollers are welcome, but no bikes, skateboards, etc. If people are unable or don't want to walk, they can just meet us at Dublin Community Church for the service. Arrange with a partner so one can park at Coffman and the other at Dublin Community to facilitate rides.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at St. BRIGID OF KILDARE CHURCH --We begin at 3PM on April 14th with a shared reading of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Adoration of the Holy Cross and Reception of Holy Communion (consecrated on Holy Thursday). Stations of the Cross service takes place at 7 PM. It is a time for us to come together as a parish and recall this significant day in our faith tradition.

Lent Madness: The Saintly Sixteen

The Saintly Sixteen begins today!

March 23: Stephen vs Henry Budd

March 24: Florence vs Delany

March 27: Odo vs Mechtild

March 28: Moses the Black vs Nonnatus

March 29: Augustine of Canterbury vs Scholastica

March 30: Joseph Schereschewsky vs Luther

March 31: Jagerstatter vs ?

April 3: Amelia Bloomer vs. Crosby or Handel

Go to lentmadness.org to participate by casting your vote!!!
Corks for a Cause - Thank You!
Thank you to all who attended, bid and support our 10th annual SPiCE Corks for a Cause silent auction and wine tasting. We had our most successful event yet! Stay tuned for a final total of funds raised for our SPiCE program.

Event Photos
To view photos from the event, view the Dropbox album here.


SPICE Video & Presentation
If you missed the event or the video, below are links to the SPICE video made by our 8th grade students Garrett Nerone and Drew Curtin, as well as the presentation by event speakers Tom & Annlea Rumfola.


Thank You Sponsors
A special thank you to our many sponsors that made this event possible...


All Volunteers:
Save the date for an appreciation dinner event on April 29. RSVPs are filling up quickly -- RSVP now to ensure you have a spot.

Baking the Bread of Life

In February, some of the Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound and other guests came together for a prayer workshop: Bread of Life.

The group spoke about Communion and its importance to us as a faith community.  Sister Maureen Flanagan came and took us all through the process of making bread.  Sister connected the idea of bread making to community.  As the dough rested, Sandy Meyer, Activities Coordinator from Glenwood Alzheimer Special Care Unit, offered some ideas and suggestions when taking communion to those who have memory loss illnesses.  There was time for prayer, sharing and learning.  In the end we all shared the bread that had been made that morning.  Bread hot out of the oven --delicious!! Thanks also to Judy and Gary Murcer who provided the group with a light breakfast upon arrival.
This Evening! Kindway Matters, Celebrating Freedom Event

March 23, 2017 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall

St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation  invite you to an evening of compelling testimonies full of inspiration and hope from those whose  lives have been impacted by incarceration. This event, facilitated by Christine Money, will also offer a unique shopping experience by making Kindware available. Kindware is a variety of handcrafted gifts made by incarcerated women and men to support their incarcerated brothers and sisters as they transition to freedom. The Kindware items are beautiful and will make great gifts, while supporting a Christian, justice oriented ministry. The messages you will hear will move your heart and may encourage you to explore social justice further.
 
Please contact Laura Butsch or Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP with your questions at 614-761-3734 or by email.
Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP:  ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org

Religious Ed Preschool Plants Garden

Our Religious Education preschool recently got to experience planting their own radishes to show love for God in his garden. Thanks to "Papa Jack" for helping the preschools learn during this fun activity! 


Lent & Easter Brought to Your Phone
In observance of the holy seasons of Lent and Easter, there will be a special background set on the myParish mobile app. These backgrounds will temporarily replace your app's current background during these two seasons.  There is also a button for special Lenten reflections.

New Calendar Feature on App
Also recently updated is the calendar feature in the myParish app. After tapping the calendar icon, take a look at all the parish calendars to view (hit the drop down arrow next to "Featured Events" to switch between calendars). There you can access all parish events, Mass times and intentions and meetings in one place.

Be sure to pull up the myParish app to view these new special features.

Vacation Bible School Registration Ends March 31
Vacation Bible School is June 19-23, 2017.

All children entering Preschool - 4th Grade in the 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend. 

Interested families should  click here to register.  

Adult Volunteers  should  click here  to register to volunteer.

Junior Volunteers (students entering 7th Grade - High School in the 2017 - 2018 School Year) should click here to register to volunteer. 



High School Youth Ministry

Weekly Formation:
Tuesdays
  • March 28 - Soup Suppers (6 PM) & Stations of the Cross (7 PM)
  • April 4 - Soup Suppers (6 PM) & Stations of the Cross (7 PM)
  • April 5 - Urban Ministry (5:30-9 PM)
  • April 18 - Run the Race Ministry (4-7 PM)
  • May 3 - Urban Ministry (5:30-9 PM)

Thursdays
  • March 30 - No Disciple Night (Spring Break)
  • April 2 - 7:30-9 PM, Disciple Night in Enke Hall (park/ drop-off & pick-up near the school gym)
  • April 13 - 7:30 PM, Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Church (No Disciple Night)
  • April 20 - 7:30-9 PM, Disciple Night in Enke Hall (park/ drop-off & pick-up near the school gym)
  • April 27 - 7:30-9 PM, Disciple Night in Hendricks Hall
  • May 4 - 7:30-9 PM, Disciple Night in Hendricks Hall
 
Teen & Family Opportunities:
  • Walking the Stations of the Cross, April 14, 2017 from 8-11 AM - Starting at the St. Joseph's Cathedral (212 East Broad Street), the Walking Stations of the Cross is an annual 3-mile Good Friday walk, stopping at 14 sites around downtown to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion and reflect on various social issues. To drive with St. Brigid Youth ministry, RSVP to Laura by Friday, March 31
  • Interfaith Dublin Crosswalk, April 14, 2017 from 12 PM (noon)-1:30 PM - Can't make the Diocesan walk at 8 AM? Meet at Dublin Coffman High School, South parking lot. Walk in silent procession led by youth & others carrying a cross made by Jerome Methodist Church. The walk is guided by Dublin Police & ends at Dublin Community Church's chapel for a short service of scripture & music. *Wheelchairs, strollers are welcome, but no bikes, skateboards, etc.
 
Save the Date!
The St. Brigid High School Senior Celebration will be held after the 10:45 AM Mass in Hendricks Hall on May 7, 2017. RSVP is required, as we will be serving brunch and presenting gifts to our high school seniors. Please complete the form below to ensure we have an accurate count & accurate information. RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/sWeTCVSsSbWhzTiE3

 
Director of High School Youth Ministry:
Laura Butsch/
lbutsch@stbrigidofkildare.org / 614-718-5832

Young Adult Ministry

March 28
6 PM Soup Supper in Hendricks Hall
7 PM Stations of the Cross in the Church
 
April 4
6 PM Soup Supper in Hendricks Hall
7 PM Stations of the Cross in the Church
 
April 8-9, 2017
Diocese of Columbus Young Adult Retreat
Theme: WHAT'S NEXT? FINDING ANSWERS WITH FAITH
http://education.colsdioc.org/YouthYoungAdult/YoungAdultMinistry/Retreats.aspx
 
May 9
7:30-9 PM Discussion in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall
Topic: Made to Work
From Fr. Mike Schmitz's series: Everybody's Working, but is everybody working for the right things?
 
May 16
7:30-9 PM Discussion in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall
Topic: Called to Work
From Fr. Mike Schmitz's series: Everybody's Working, but is everybody working for the right things?
 
May 23
7:30-9 PM Discussion in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall
Topic: Now what, but who
From Fr. Mike Schmitz's series: Everybody's Working, but is everybody working for the right things?
 
May 30
7:30-9 PM Discussion in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall
Topic: Not What, but how
From Fr. Mike Schmitz's series: Everybody's Working, but is everybody working for the right things?
 
 
Young Adult Ministry contact:
Laura Butsch/
lbutsch@stbrigidofkildare.org / 614-718-5832

EPIC at Dublin Food Pantry
EPIC Middle School Youth Group

Our EPIC Middle School Youth Group has come to an end for this school year. Thanks so much to our more than 200 kids who were part of this community at St. Brigid and for your fabulous service to those in need - combined, you served more than 1,500 hours this year alone - you fed the hungry (delivered 120 Thanksgiving meals and brought 2,000 lbs of food to the Dublin Food Pantry), visited the elderly, clothed (with blankets and scarves) the homeless and worked on the environment at the Ohio Wildlife Center. Thanks to all of our 80 parent volunteers as well! Your dedication to our children and the community is amazing - you put in another 300 hours of service with our kids!
EPIC at Dublin Food Pantry

Service hour forms are due this month to the School or Religious Education departments. Parents are required to fill out ONE form listing all EPIC events in which your child participated this year. Other events should be listed on a separate form.

Sign ups for next year's EPIC community (7th and 8th graders in the fall) will begin in late spring. Seventh grade families will need to register again at that time. Sixth grade families, watch for a flier to come home in May.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuff@alumni.nd.edu.

Death of Parishioners

The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare in the last month.  Please remember them and their families in prayer.

  • David Adolph
  • Patricia Barry
  • Barbara Dorian
  • Susanne Krouse
  • Elaine Schreibus


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