Wolfhound Wednesday
December 6, 2017

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Dec 6
Interims Published
Home and School Meeting
(12 pm Hendricks Hall)
Taize Prayer (6:30 pm)

Thur, Dec 7
CARE Meeting #2 (9:30 am)

Fri, Dec 8
Holy Day Mass (9:00 am)

Sun, Dec 10
Open Registration Begins
Open House (1:00 pm)

Wed, Dec 13
ALICE Training
 (7:00 pm Hendricks Hall)

Thur, Dec 14
4th Grade Bring a Disciple to Mass (9:00 am)
Lessons and Carols (7:00 pm)

Wed, Dec 20
Advent Prayer Service (12:45)
Early Release (1:30 pm)

December 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our 21 year tradition of St. Nicholas appearing on horseback began our day!  The legend of Saint Nicholas is a beautiful way to help teach our students the importance of generosity and selfless giving.  After the students gathered at the classroom windows to watch St. Nick ride by on his horse,  the students were surprised to find candy canes in their shoes which had been placed with hope in the hallway!

Please plan to join us tonight for the Taize prayer service at 6:30 pm in the church.  This is a special opportunity to spend some quiet time in prayer as a family.  

On Thursday we will have our 2nd CARE family meeting for the year.  The students will continue their work on making the St. Brigid version of the Trinity Dome that is in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The "real" Trinity Dome will be dedicated during the 12:00 Noon Mass on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Basilica.  This Mass will be broadcast live on the EWTN.  

Please keep in mind that there is not a school Mass on Thursday this week.  We will be attending 9:00 am Mass on Friday for the feast day.  

Our prospective families Open House is this Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Please invite neighbors, co-workers or extended families to attend to learn more about the spiritual and academic opportunities that our school has to offer.         

Advent Blessings,

Kathy O'Reilly
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Photo Newsletters: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to. 


Taize Prayer This Evening

We invite you to Taize Prayer on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This prayer for our parish community will have specific emphasis on families within our Religious Education and School community.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to join with your children for this one hour prayer service with lighting, candles and a welcoming and meditative environment.

There is no preparation required, just bring your children and spend a restful and prayerful hour in the presence of the Lord with the parish community.
Prospective Families School Open House - Dec 10

Help us "Share The Good News" about Catholic education by inviting friends and neighbors to join the St. Brigid school community. We'll be holding our annual Open House on Sunday, December 10 from 1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visitors can take a parent and student guided tour to see first hand what makes St. Brigid so special. 

Preschool - 8th grade registration will be December 10, 2017 - January 17, 2018.

The Twentieth Annual Fall Food and Product Drive

Saint Brigid of Kildare School is sponsoring our annual fall food and personal care drive from December 4-8th. All items collected will be used to stock the shelves of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Please help us to live as disciples who Choose Kind and serve our needy members of our community. 

  • Preschool Hearts and Halos - plastic bottles of mustard
  • Preschool Angels, Saints, and Disciples - plastic bottles of ketchup
  • Preschool Holy Heroes - bars of soap
  • Kindergarten - toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Grade 1 - dried beans and dried rice
  • Grade 2 - boxes of cereal
  • Grade 3 - canned tuna
  • Grade 4 - canned pasta (like Spaghettio's)
  • Grade 5 - granola bars
  • Grade 6 - boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Grade 7 - plastic jars of mayonnaise
  • Grade 8 - shelf stable milk (powdered milk or boxes, non-refrigerated) 
P.E.R.C. Presents Empowering Your Child 

The latest event from Parents Encouraging Responsible Children (PERC) is about empowering children. For more information, see the image below. Note the different locations for the AM and PM sessions.  


Will you participate in this year's St. Brigid Gifts of Gratitude Program?



What is it?

Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.
 
Why participate?
  • This is a convenient way for families to make sure that each teacher, aide, and staff member who touches your child's life is recognized for all they do at St. Brigid.
  • Instead of several small gifts from each student, each teacher and staff member will receive a monetary gift that they choose how to use--whether they want to splurge on themselves or help with their own family's expenses.
 
Will my family be recognized for participating?

Yes -- the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this program.  You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking "G.O.G" inside your Christmas card.

 
How much do I give?

The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child; however, any given amount is graciously accepted!

 
How to participate:
  • PayPal:  Log onto www.paypal.com, choose "send money to friends and family", enter the email address sbkgiftsofgratitude@gmail.com along with the total amount of your contribution, and complete the transaction.
  • Check: Send to school with your child, payable to "St Brigid Home and School," in an envelope marked "Home and school Gifts of Gratitude".
 
Please send contribution by December 10
 
Questions?  Contact:
School Sponsored Blood Drive



Cookies with Santa Volunteers Needed
Saturday, December 9

We are in need of student and adult volunteers for this Saturday's Cookies with Santa event.

To help and volunteer: Click Here
Active Shooter Response (ALICE) Training
Wednesday, December 13

In light of the recent tragedies at the churches in Texas and Tennessee,  Officer Bruce McKenna from the Dublin Police Department has been asked to offer Active Shooter Response (ALiCE) training at St Brigid on December 13th in Hendricks Hall from 7 - 8 pm.  This is a condensed, one-hour  informational presentation.  Your participation in this training will help to ensure a safer environment for all our parishioners including the youth in our athletic programs.  School parents are also invited to attend this training. This is the condensed version of the same training that is used by the school staff to train the children for school safety drills.  

RSVP is required to Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator at  snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org

For more information including preparedness tips and links to additional resources, please visit:  http://dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-police/active-shooter-situations/
Support the Annual Fund

Did you know?

The Annual Fund supports St. Brigid of Kildare School's annual musical. Each year students in 6-8 grade can experience the life-changing opportunity to perform in a musical production. Over 65 children are involved in all aspects of the show. There are three performances and over 1,200 people attend. Last year was "Seusical" the musical and this year will be "Peter Pan Jr". Please consider supporting the Annual Fund and the many great opportunities it provides for our students.

Please contact Molly Seago (   mseago@columbus.rr.com   ) or Candie Williams (candie@ thewilliamsemail.com)       with any questions.

 



Box Tops for Education Contest 

Cut out and collect those Box Tops! Home and School Association will start a school wide contest beginning now through February 16th. Send Box Tops into school to help St. Brigid earn cash through the Box Tops for Education program. 

Goal: 3,500 Box Tops to be collected.

Prize: Dress Down Day will be awarded in March!

Make sure to save the expiration date and the acronym. 

For more information: Click Here

For a Complete list of Participating Products: Click Here

Please contact Kerry Sullivan jacquefarms@aol.com or Beth Mooney brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com with any school rewards program questions. 
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Ski Club Help Needed

Ski Club is offered to fourth through eighth grade students at St. Brigid school and parish.  We ski at Mad River Mountain each Tuesday for a total of six weeks.  

We are in desperate need of parent volunteers.  Even better we are looking for some parents with younger kids to take over!  

Please let us know if you are interested in helping.  You can send an email to Bill or Stacie. 

Stacie Williams 
614-718-5825

Bill Bennison
614-558-8696

For more information about ski club and how to sign up: Click Here
For equipment purchase or rental: Click Here
EPIC Upcoming Events

January Meeting:

Our next EPIC youth group will be January 21, when we will host the Downs Syndrome Association of Central Ohio's (DSACO) school-aged social group. Our EPIC kids will be the hosts and big buddies of the kids with Downs Syndrome, and will lead each of the fun stations that they will visit, including games, an obstacle course, a dance station, and a sensory station. They will also serve snack to the kids and their parents.
If you know of someone grades k-6 with Downs Syndrome, please invite them to our event and let Kim VanHuffel know, so she will have an idea how many kids to plan for. The more the merrier! It should be a fun day for the kids and will be a great introduction to DSACO for them and their parents as well.

As always, we will begin with 12:15 p.m. Mass by the baptismal font and then come to Hendrick's Hall for pizza prior to our guests arriving. Pickup will be at 4:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Kim.

EPIC Registration:

If you have a child interested in joining EPIC, don't worry, it is never too late to join! EPIC is for all 7th and 8th graders of the parish. Simply go to the parish website at stbrigidofkildare.org, and select "Youth" and "Middle School Youth Group" from the drop down menu. Then fill out the online registration form at the bottom of the page under "links." There is no fee to participate. If you have questions, contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Msgr. Hendricks Awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser


Joseph M. Hendricks, a priest for more than 40 years from the Diocese of Columbus, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals on November 21, 2017 at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

The Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks was presented this prestigious award for his "above and beyond" service and commitment to forward nonprofit organizations in his hometown of Columbus, lending his business acumen, personal leadership, and unique ability to mobilize staggering numbers of volunteers to fundraise for meaningful projects that serve the poor and less fortunate.

Msgr. Hendricks is currently the pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio. He has served the parish for the last 30 years in a variety of capacities. Msgr. was instrumental in a $12 million campaign which transformed the campus and created one of the largest churches in the Diocese, seating over 1,500 parishioners. Msgr. Hendricks is a strong proponent of Catholic education. It is his life's passion to make Catholic education available to all children and not just to those who can afford it. As a result of his steadfast commitment, Monsignor set out to ensure the future of St. Brigid of Kildare by launching a $50 million endowment campaign, one of the largest elementary endowment campaigns in the country. This campaign will be used to assist families with financial needs as well as to fully endow the elementary school. According to Msgr. Hendricks, the driving force of the endowment campaign is to ensure that the word of God in the Catholic ethic continues to survive and be maintained. "The mission and the ministry of the church are in at risk and are extremely important to be provided for this parish and for the church," Hendricks stated during an interview regarding the endowment campaign.

Msgr. Hendricks has been responsible for spearheading campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the Central Ohio Community, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ohio, Community Shelter Board, Mount Carmel St. Ann's, Goodwill Industries of Columbus, Metropolitan YMCA, Ohio Dominican University, and United Way of Central Ohio.

The 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day offers public recognition of highly regarded, duly-nominated and selected philanthropic individuals, organizations and corporate leaders in Central Ohio for their profound investments in our community. With over 650 attendees, the NPD celebration is the largest event of its kind in the region.

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