Common Threads
APRIL 2022
"He has risen! He is not here."
Mark 16:6

Let us rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord and reflect on the hope and newness this celebration offers to us as a parish. May God's blessings be with you and your family in a special way during this Holy season.

What a pleasure to see our parish together for the celebration of Easter. I look forward to seeing everyone continue to return to St Brigid of Kildare as we work to renew our parish in the months to come. I know we will be a stronger parish because of the challenges we have faced. Thank you for everything you have done for our parish family.  

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Corks for a Cause This Weekend
This weekend is the 15th annual Corks for a Cause -- a silent auction and wine tasting for the SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) program. Thank you to the many donors, sponsors and attendees for your support of this program!

Online bidding is now open to all! Visit the auction website below to browse items, place bids, make a donation, or vote for a school grade-level party!

Bidding closes at 10 PM on Saturday, April 23.
Thank You Corks Sponsors
Thank you to our many generous sponsors of our Corks for a Cause event. Please thank them with your support of their business.
A Party for Monsignor Hendricks
Sunday, May 22 following 11 AM Mass

Join us to celebrate all that Monsignor Hendricks has accomplished! In his 75 years, he is celebrating 50 years of Ordination as well as 25 years at St. Brigid of Kildare. We are so grateful for the many years of service and dedication he has provided us, and the work he has accomplished to create our beautiful parish community.

We will be celebrating him at Brigid's Green following the 11 AM Mass on Sunday, May 22. Please RSVP at the link below.
Pope Francis Appoints Fr. Earl K. Fernandes 13th Bishop of Columbus
The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Earl K. Fernandes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the 13th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. He succeeds the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, who was installed as the 8th Bishop of Brooklyn November 30, 2021.

Father Fernandes will be ordained a bishop of the Catholic Church and installed as Bishop of Columbus Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Congrats 2022 RCIA Class!
Congratulations to our RCIA class of 2022! This year, we had a total of 19 people participate in RCIA and become Catholic, or complete their Sacraments of Initiation by being Confirmed in the Church.  
Congratulations to our three Catechumens, three Confirmandi, and 11 Candidates who received their Sacraments of Initiation.
Congratulations to all and welcome to St. Brigid. 

St. Brigid Receives LifeCare Alliance's Community Service Spirit Award
Congratulations to Jim Whitmer and Nancy Davis

LifeCare Alliance is thrilled to recognize St. Brigid of Kildare as their Community Service Spirit Award Winner. Each year they present this award to an individual or group to recognize their long-term commitment to the agency and the clients they serve.

St. Brigid has been delivering Meals-on-Wheels since April of 2017. St. Brigid volunteers deliver multiple different routes each week. Since 2017 (as far back as their scheduling database goes) the groups have delivered almost 2000 routes! Nancy Davis and Jim Whitmer both recruit and train new volunteers. They are very reliable and Meal-on-Wheels never has to worry about those meals getting to the clients on the days their groups are scheduled.

LifeCare Alliance celebrated and recognized St. Brigid’s commitment on April 19th at their Volunteer Recognition Event.

Thank you to Jim Whitmer and Nancy Davis who spearhead this volunteer opportunity, as well as all of our volunteer drivers!
Real Presence, Real Future: Feedback Needed
The Real Presence, Real Future initiative has created draft models which grouped some parishes together to foster collaboration. The Diocese of Columbus is asking all parishioners to review the videos that summarize these draft models for our planning area, Group 2 North, and then respond to their survey.

Step 1: Watch 35-Minute Video

  • The first 25 minutes of the video give an overview of the reasons for the need for this long-range plan for the Diocese of Columbus.
  • From minutes 25-35, they discuss the proposed draft options for consolidating parishes in our planning area
  • Minute 30 begins St. Brigid's proposed plan: collaborating with St. Joseph Church in Plain City, keeping separate churches but sharing clergy and staff.
Step 2: Give Feedback

  • After watching the video, complete the short parishioner feedback survey based on the draft models proposed in the video.
The survey will close on June 30.

Please take the time to give your honest feedback, as the more feedback received, the more effective and meaningful this initiative will be.

Thank you for your time on this matter!

To see the draft models for all parishes, and for more information on this initiative, visit the RPRF webpage here.
Children's Liturgy of the Word Returns
Children's Liturgy of the Word takes place September through May during the 9 am Mass. Children (non-communed children, preschool through grade 2), may join us in the Church basement to hear the Children's Liturgy of the Word from the Children's Lectionary as well as learn about the readings of the day. Children will be dismissed prior to the First Reading and return after the Homily, during the Presentation of the Gifts. 
School Advisory Committee Applications Now Open
Take an active part in making our already amazing school even better. Apply for a position (3-year term) on St. Brigid's School Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to provide the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and the principal of Saint Brigid of Kildare School with advice and to make recommendations regarding issues affecting the school.

The mission of the School Advisory Committee is to promote and support a distinctive religious learning environment that provides for the propagation of the Catholic faith and values, fosters academic excellence, and develops fully the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional capabilities unique to each student. SAC meets once a month during the school months on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Prior to applying, please consider if you can commit to this time commitment for a three-year period.

The deadline for applications is April 29, 2022 and they can be submitted via the link below.

Please contact Karen Steinbrunner ( with any questions.
Adult Faith Formation
April 26 and May 10
Did you ever wonder what happened to the people who were often lost in the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus? What happened to the soldier whose job it was to carry out the execution orders given by Pilate? What happened to Claudia, Pilate’s wife who warned him not to have anything to do with Jesus? What happened to the man who had his ear cut off by Peter or to Simon of Cyrene who was forced to help carry Jesus’ cross? Join us as we encounter the soldier, Claudia, Pilate, Malchus, Simon of Cyrene. Mary Magdalene and Salome. What happened to you since the Resurrection? April 26 and May 10. Each session lasts about 1 hour. You have three choices of time.
· TUESDAY MORNINGS (Barry Room) after 9 AM Mass
· TUESDAY AFTERNOON (women only) 1:00 PM in Carr Room 
Meeting ID: 837 5388 5299    Passcode: WONDERING
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
May 6
You are invited to spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist to feel his light and love on Friday, May 6th for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration following the 9:00AM Mass and concluding at 4:00PM with Benediction.

“The eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words: Come all who are sick, I will restore your health” - St. Bernadette (Feast Day: April 16)

Jesus invites each one of us to spend time in silence with him in Eucharistic Adoration to restore us. All are welcome, including families with children. If you wish to sign up for an hour, please use the QR code or email Shelly Cocumelli at
Altar Servers Needed - Training Coming
All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for Weekend and Holy Day Masses.
Is the Lord calling you to serve? Answer the Lord’s call by becoming an Altar Server! St. Brigid of Kildare is encouraging all those in the fifth grade and above to consider becoming an Altar Server. You will have only one training session to attend and one short manual to read and study. Do this and you are ready to be scheduled as an Altar Server. It is a rewarding service!
Once the number of Altar Servers is determined, we will be scheduling a couple of training sessions that will be about an hour to an hour and a half in length.
To register to become an Altar Server:
please reach out to Mr. Joe Feehan via his email address:
Thank you very much for your interest. We look forward to having you part of this most important team.
Make it a Date
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Hendrick’s Hall – St. Brigid of Kildare Parish 

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 23rd Make It a Date!

It will be a flashback Saturday as we reminisce about how we first met our spouses and our first impressions of each other. 

Parishioners Mark and Patsy Callahan will be our guides on this journey down memory lane. The Callahans have been married for 22 years and have 2 children.

Like always, we’ll have light appetizers and there will be a chance to catch up with old and new friends. 

At the conclusion of the event, couples leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to talk about the evening and how it relates to their own relationships.

Please RSVP to Christine Drab at or 614-256-9065 by April 28

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Women's Retreat 2023
Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the next St. Brigid Women's Retreat, scheduled for March 3-5, 2023, at the Maria Stein Retreat House. We hope you can join us! Details and registration will be available later this year. Please contact Melanie at with questions.
Special Collection: Donate to Families in Ukraine
Your help is needed in Ukraine where there are already more than 2.9 million people in need of assistance. There is great risk of additional suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety. CRS and our partners need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation intensifies.

CRS and Caritas partners on the ground are preparing across Ukraine and in bordering countries, ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more.

Years of conflict along the eastern border have already displaced 1.3 million people from their homes and claimed 14,000 lives. Throughout this time, Caritas Ukraine, with support from CRS, has been providing emergency relief and recovery.

The situation there is rapidly unfolding, and we could not do this work without your help. When you donate, you provide immediate assistance for your Ukrainian sisters and brothers affected by this crisis.

Your prayers and support will make so much difference. Please give a vital gift today!

There will be a special collection the weekend of March 20 for Ukraine.
Catholic Scholarship Opportunity
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
The St. Brigid of Kildare Knights of Columbus Scholarship was established to provide tuition assistance to high school seniors preparing to enter post-secondary school who are: Catholic, a St. Brigid of Kildare registered parishioner, are in need of financial assistance, and in good academic standing.
Vacation Bible School 2022
June 20-24, 2022

Vacation Bible School registration for summer 2022 is now closed.

Vacation Bible School will take place Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24 from 9 AM - 12 noon and is open to preschool (age 3) through grade 5.

VBS is still accepting registrations for junior volunteers. Click the page below to find out more.
High School Senior Celebrations 2022
Spring is here and graduation is approaching. This year, we will be celebrating our graduating high school seniors across the internet and in person! To help us prepare for celebrating your graduate and your family, please visit the linked form to RSVP to one or all of the festivities, including:

  • Parish Publications: We'd love to celebrate your senior with you and honor your graduate in publications like the parish bulletin, parish website, and the High School Youth Ministry Instagram.

  • Blessing at Mass: We will be having a blessing of Graduating Seniors at 11 AM mass on May 15, 2022. This will be followed by a complementary and casual breakfast after mass. RSVP is required.

  • Catholic in College: Parents and high school graduates are invited to attend our Catholic in College Panel Discussion Night on June 8, 2022 at 7:15 PM. RSVP is required.

Visit the link below and complete the form to RSVP to the festivities by May 2, 2022.

Contact with questions.
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children sessions via Zoom 4/21, 5/19, 6/16 at 6:00 pm via Holy Spirit Church. Registration is at All potential parent and athletic volunteers are encouranged to register before these sessions fill up. Limit is 50 participants per session. 

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, and submit a signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, and submit to a criminal background check.

Full details and forms can be found at or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at
Celebrating the Sacraments
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Keegan Henry McCarthy
  • Elizabeth Lois Hinkley
  • Luke Patten Rexer
  • Brady John Hohman
  • Elena Joyce McDermott
  • Michael Vincent Melillo

Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to
Deaths of Parishioners
The following parishioners' funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare since the last issue. Please remember them and their families in prayer.

  • Thomas J. Alvich
  • Ellen Whalen Frey
  • Joanne Marie Murphy

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