Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 September 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:


Sept 24
SPICE Family Fun Day & Pancake Breakfast

Sept 24-25
Ministry Weekend

Sept 27
Protecting God's Children at St. Brigid

Oct 6
RCIA Kick-Off

Oct 15-16
Pumpkin & Bake Sale

Oct 15
Liturgical Ministry Training

Oct 16
Altar Server Training

Oct 17
Let's Have a Snack and Talk About Funerals

Oct 23
Taize Prayer - 7 PM


Ministry Weekend is this weekend!

Please join us for St. Brigid of Kildare Ministry Weekend September 24-25 in Hendricks Hall. We'll be launching the new parish mobile app, and will have food and refreshments after all Masses, along with representatives from our 60+ ministries to talk with and learn about the countless opportunities to get involved at St. Brigid.

We'll also be officially welcoming Father Morris and Becky O'Connor during our tapestry kick off this weekend. Father Morris will be at all five Masses that weekend and will meet parishioners for Ministry Weekend in Hendricks Hall following all Masses.

Please join us to officially welcome both Father Morris and Becky, and to enjoy snacks and refreshments while learning about St. Brigid of Kildare's dozens of ministries.
New Parish Mobile App Launching This Weekend

At St. Brigid of Kildare this year we are again focused on expanding on our message of hospitality and making our parishioners and visitors feel at home in our parish through our music, our messaging and our welcoming. As a part of these efforts we are happy to announce the launch of our own mobile app. The app will allow for a new way to get our messaging out and to engage our parishioners in Catholic life every day.

Our new app will allow us to send you useful and important messages throughout the week regarding our parish life and events, and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events. It can send you a reminder to silence your phone 20 minutes before the Mass you select. Many more great features will be a help to all of us, such as, daily Mass readings, Catholic news, prayers and prayer reminders, Confession reminders, and our weekly bulletin.

So, be sure to download the app after Mass this weekend by visiıng myparishapp.com or searching for myparish on your phone's app store, and stay connected with us all week long.

There will be volunteers on hand at Ministry Weekend in Hendricks Hall to help with the app download, and there will be a scavenger hunt that will walk you through all the useful features of our app.
SPiCE Family Fun Day & Pancake Breakfast is Saturday

The SPiCE Family Fun Day and Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday! Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $35 per family or $10 per individual for an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast and games. 

We hope to see you Saturday at 10 a.m. at Brigid's Green!
Walking With Purpose

Are you stretched and would like a way to refuel and be refreshed while making authentic connections with others?

Would you like to have a better understanding of your faith and learn more about God?

If so, we invite you to join Walking With Purpose at St. Brigid of Kildare. Walking With Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussions that link our everyday challenges with the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. It will be offered on Wednesday evenings beginning September 28, from 7-8 PM in Immke Hall. The course is entitled: Opening Your Heart. This foundational, 22-week course is designed for women who are new to Walking With Purpose as well as those with more Bible study experience.

Join us as we examine the core questions that we wrestle with if we want to experience all that God has for us.
2016-17 Children's Choir and Youth Ensemble Registration Open

Children's Choir
The St. Brigid Children's Choir is open to all children of our parish from Grades 1 - 8.  The Children's Choir practices from 10:00 - 10:40 a.m. every Sunday in Msgr. Enke Hall, which is located in the school, and will sing at the 9:00 am Mass once a month.  The first practice will be Sunday, October 2nd in Msgr. Enke Hall.

Click here to register for Children's Choir

View the 2016-17 Children's Choir calendar. 


Youth Ensemble
The St. Brigid Youth Ensemble is open to all the youth of our parish from Grades 7 - 12.  The Youth Ensemble practices from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. most Sundays in the church and will sing at the 12:15 Mass once a month. Some practices and Masses may be at different times. The first practice will be Sunday September 25th in the church.

Click here to register for Youth Ensemble.
 
The Offertory Card: Why Do We Need It? 
Each September St. Brigid of Kildare Parish launches its Stewardship Program called "St. Brigid Tapestry-Many Strands, One Parish." The goal of this program is to encourage the involvement of all parishioners, on a number of levels, in the communal and spiritual life of the Parish.

Another aspect of the program encourages families to commit a portion of their treasure to the parish. The Offertory Commitment card lists the four options available for receiving donations: Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), Weekly envelopes; "Bill Me" pledge reminders or Additional ways to Give (stock, donor advised funds, or a one-time gift).

Returning the Offertory Commitment card is an effective way to communicate the decision you have made in regards to the best method of donating and to the financial commitment you are able to make to the parish for the year. As you have changes throughout the year, calling the parish to let us know about those updates will ensure we always have current records. For example, if you are signed up for EFT and your credit card number changes or has a new expiration date or if your offertory commitment needs to be modified, Jackie Mack can assist you via email, jmack@stbrigidofkildare.org or phone call, 614-761-3734, ext. 247.

Reviewing the information printed on the card also assists the parish in keeping family records current. Have you moved? Have you canceled your "land line"? Have you changed your email address? Complete and current data is important for a parish to operate effectively.
Dr. Sax Presentation and Handout

Thanks to the over 350 St. Brigid community parents who attended the Dr. Sax presentation on September 15. 
We have great hope that our children will benefit greatly - the stronger our parents and community become, the greater hope for our children.

HANDOUT
Dr. Sax shared a handout with notes from his presentation that is available for our community. You can find that handout at this link.

VIDEO
Thank you to Jim Anderson for recording the entire presentation. If you missed it or want a refresher on something he said, you can find it at this link.

BOOKS FOR SALE
If you'd like to purchase The Collapse of Parenting at a discounted rate, books will be for sale at the SPiCE table.
DeMaria Field Dedicated August 14
On Sunday, August 14, the Saint Brigid Athletic Association officially christened the football field DeMaria Field at Brigid's Green. The dedication was done to thank Jess DeMaria and the entire DeMaria family for the countless hours they have spent supporting the Wolfhound football program.

A special thanks goes out to the Eramo family for their generous donation of the granite boulder.
Left to Right: Vinny Demaria (former player and coach), Janey DeMaria (Saint Brigid alum), AnthonyDeMaria (former player), Jess DeMaria (coach for over 15 years), Kelley DeMaria (former SBAA board member). Not pictured: Mike DeMaria (current coach)

Parishioners Gather to Help Parishioners







Bob and Stephanie Montag would like to thank the nearly 30 parishioners who pitched in on a Sunday after Mass to clear all the branches and debris from their yard. This was a true example of  loving hospitality and Christian fellowship. 

"I feel so blessed to know such wonderful people from our church. To think so many people could come to our aid on such short notice and remove all that debris in 2 hours," said Bob. 

The Montags would like to send their "prayers, gratitude, and love" to those volunteers and their families who so graciously donated their time to help the couple.
Protecting God's Children - Sept 27

Protecting God's Children (PGC) will be offered at Saint Brigid of Kildare on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. Registration is available at www.virtus.org. PGC awareness sessions are required by all adult volunteers over the age of 18 when volunteering with children and youth in our parish and school ministries. Additionally, a volunteer application and fingerprinting must be completed prior to the first day of volunteering. A detailed description of all safe environment requirements can be found on the parish website: http://www.stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/

Please contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator, with any questions:snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Young Children's Weekend Worship Options













St. Brigid of Kildare is excited to announce new offerings for our youngest parishioners. Don't miss an opportunity to educate your young children on the wonder of God's creation!

Religious Education Preschool: Children ages 3 - PreK
At Saint Brigid of Kildare we support and empower parents as the primary teachers of our Catholic faith. Sunday Preschool classes invite three and four year old children to fall in love with God through the wonder of His creation. Faith formation lessons include story, craft, drama, music and integrated technology. Our program is Diocesan curriculum-based, presenting God as loving creator of the universe who made all things good, especially people! Children will learn to see God in themselves, each other and in the natural world around them.

Classes are held Sunday mornings from 9 -10am (during Mass) in the Educational Center. Classes begin September 18.

View the 2016-17 Preschool Calendar.

To register, find the Preschool Registration Forms on the religious ed website here.


Other Weekend Worship Options: Ages 0-5
To learn about more weekend worship options for young children, view the flyer here.
EPIC: Many Thanks and Next Meeting

Thank you to all of the volunteers and students who helped with last week's EPIC meeting! We made 240 gift bags to honor Dublin's first responders and our priests and religious on Patriot's Day. A special thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating 200 bundtlets for this cause!

Our next meeting will be on October 9. We will begin with 12:15 p.m. Mass, as usual, followed by pizza, games and service. We will go to the Ohio Wildlife Center to help them with some outdoor cleanup and mulch, as well as get a tour of the Center and educate the kids on how they can volunteer there individually. Parents can pick up from Hendrick's Hall at 4:15 p.m.

2016/2017 Upcoming Meetings:
November 20 Thanksgiving Meals Deliveries
December 17 Christmas in Dublin
January 8 On-site Service
February 12 Visit Retirement Homes
March 5 Dublin Food Pantry
High School Youth Ministry

High School Youth Ministry has many  ways to be involved in your faith, spend time with friends, and serve. Check out what's going on this fall in St. Brigid Youth Ministry!

Visit http://www.stbrigidofkildare.org/high-school-youth-group/ to view the calendar & register for youth ministry.
 
High School Youth Ministry contact: Laura Butsch/ lbutsch@stbrigidofkildare.org / 614-718-5832

Young Adult Ministry

St. Brigid's Young Adult group will meet the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall for group discussion of the book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job by Kerry Weber.

Reading the book is not necessary to participate in group discussion; however, it is an entertaining, easy, and encouraging book to read. You can find the book online at Loyola Press' website or through other online shopping for $15 or less.

Plan to read the following chapters of Mercy in the City (approx. 20 pages per month) prior to our monthly gatherings:
* Chapters 1-4 for Sept. 20, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 5-8 for Oct. 18, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 9-12 for Nov. 15, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 13-16 for Dec. 20, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 17-21 for Jan. 17, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 22-25 for Feb. 21, 7:30-9 PM

Reboot! Live: November 17, 2016
St. Peter will be hosting national speaker Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic, for Reboot! Live. This gathering is a fun, inspiring, and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life - prayer & spirituality, school, work, dating, marriage, parenting, health, and more! This is a multi-generational event for ages 12 and older. St. Peter's invites you to bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers - Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://reallifecatholic.com/reboot-live-participants/

Young Adult Ministry contact: Laura Butsch/ lbutsch@stbrigidofkildare.org / 614-718-5832

Does Someone Call You "Mom"?

Consider joining one of the best-kept secrets at St. Brigid of Kildare parish! Family First's Mom to Mom is a vibrant, women's faith sharing group, comprised of moms who range from "rookie" to "highly experienced" in their parenting journey. Join us for prayer, faith sharing, and conversation. Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m in Hendricks Hall. We began September 20th with fellowship with light refreshments and introductions of our facilitators, Kathy Kelly and Kim VanHuffel. Our books for this session are Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford and Walking With Purpose by Lisa Breninkmeyer. Little ones always welcome. For more information, please contact Cheryl Hohlefelder at hohleinone@gmail.com or Gretchen O'Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com.

Character Counts -- Cub Scout Fall Membership Drive

St. Brigid's Cub Scout Pack 117 is looking for boys from 1st through 5th grades who wish to have a lot of fun and parents of the same boys who wish to help their sons build strong values and leadership skills.

If you are interested in joining a program whose single purpose is to develop character in our youth, contact Jeff Leach at 614-761-2826 or jkl_clf_jdl@sbcglobal.net.
Pumpkin & Bake Sale - Volunteers Needed

The annual Pumpkin and Bake sale is Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16. Women's Club is looking for volunteers to help with the event and baking goods.

To learn more about the areas of help needed and to sign up, view the flyer here. The links included are clickable and will take you to the sign up pages.
Knights of Columbus Award Scholarship

The St. Brigid of Kildare Knights of Columbus council awarded our latest scholarship recipient, Lewis M. Nerone, on August 8, 2016 at our monthly membership meeting.  Please join us in congratulating Lewis M. Nerone on this achievement.
 
Lewis has served the St. Brigid's parish community in many ways over the years, but recently he played an integral part in the 2015 STEM Lab renovation for the school as well as being an Altar Server.  In addition to his activities in the parish, Lewis is an Eagle Scout and has assisted with a variety of charities including: the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Adaptive Adventure Sport Coalition, and Run the Race.
 
Lewis has graduated from St. Charles Preparatory School and is attending The Ohio State University.  He is planning to major in Mechanical Engineering.  Lewis was chosen from a particularly strong collection of applicants and St. Brigid's Knights of Columbus congratulate him on this honor.

Altar Servers Needed

All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become altar servers for the weekend and Holy Day Masses.

We are currently in need of many more altar servers to fulfill the needs we have at St. Brigid of Kildare. To become an altar server, students only have to attend one evening class, read one short section from the Liturgical Ministry Manual, and attend three mentoring sessions with an experienced altar server. Do this and you are ready to be scheduled as an altar server. It is a rewarding experience!

Our next training session for altar servers is October 16, 2016, Sunday afternoon in the church from 3:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Todd Pepe or Steve Gyuro at stbrigidaltarservers@stbrigidofkildare.org. Please register by October 9 so we can be prepared to welcome you. Registration forms are also available in the church kitchen. Return completed forms to the church office, the church kitchen, or email to stbrigidaltarservers@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Liturgical Ministry Training
Ministry service in your parish includes Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Greeters, and Altar Servers (see above). These are not "volunteer" positions, but rather commitments to serve. Your response to this calling is a blessing and we look forward to your joining us in service through these ministries!

The training for all of the ministries will be held in the church on October 15 from 8:30 am - noon. Registrations forms are available in the church kitchen. Please contact Vicky Humphrey with questions at vhumphre@columbus.rr.com.

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