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

Apr 29
Volunteer Dinner Dance

May 7
High School Senior Mass & Celebration

May 13
First Communion

May 19
School May Crowning Mass

May 31
8th Grade Graduation

June 19-23
Vacation Bible School

Congrats RCIA Class of 2017

Congratulations to our RCIA class of 2017!  This year, we had a total of 22 people participate in RCIA and become Catholic, or complete their Sacraments of Initiation by being Confirmed in the Church.   
Seven of our participants were Catechumen who received all three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church at the Easter Vigil (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).  They are pictured in the front row from left to right:
Chuck Day, Josh Hammer, Valerie Gage, Crystal Davis, Stacie Williams, Jeff Witwer and Dean Grant. 
Nine of them were Candidates, meaning they had already been baptized within another Christian denomination and received the last two Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil (Confirmation and Eucharist).  They are pictured in the second row from left to right: Elizabeth Melnik, Felicia Glier, Megan Case, Jennifer Fernandez , Kathleen Handley, Jennifer Linn ; and in the third row: Dane Ford, John Lamb and Andy Lee. 
In addition, and not pictured here, we had six people who had been baptized and received first Eucharist in the Catholic Church, but were never Confirmed.  They joined us for RCIA prior to their Confirmations which were received by Bishop Campbell at the Cathedral.  They are:  Jason Knapp, Andrew Muresan, Jeff McNulty, John and Phillip Perez and Duy Trinh.
Congratulations to all and welcome to St. Brigid.  Best of luck to those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage!

Tuesday Mornings: Romero

This is the final Tuesday Morning series until September.  The focus will be on Archbishop Oscar Romero.  Archbishop Romero (on the way to being St. Oscar Romero), the pastor-defender of the poor and a great witness of the faith, will inspire and encourage us.  Over four Tuesdays we will look at this fascinating man as well as other martyrs of El Salvador.  We meet in the Berry Room of Hendricks Hall after the 9:00 AM Mass (about 9:45 AM).  May 2 and 9 (9:45 AM - 11:15AM) May 16 (9:45 AM -11:45 AM) (time change because we will watch the movie Romero) and May 23 (9:45 AM - 11:15AM).  

Contact Sister Teresa Tuite, OP at with questions or for more info.

GARRETT NERONE is the Guardian of the Golden Halo until 2018.
It's hard to believe our Lent Madness journey has reached its inevitable end. We kicked things off on "Ash Thursday" with 32 saints and other really good people. It came down to two people, who many considered to be "dark horses": Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter and Florence Nightingale. In the end, Florence Nightingale took the coveted Golden Halo.
Along with Garrett Nerone, we had five others who chose Florence Nightingale to win the Golden Halo: Karen Cremeans, Christian Hernandez, Matiana Medina, Sister Joye and Sister Teresa.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome, we've met some truly remarkable holy people along the way. Many learned about some folks they had never heard of; some renewed acquaintances with saints who have long offered inspiration. Of course, the entire notion of placing saints in a bracket is absurd - each "contestant" has already earned a crown of righteousness in addition to a "golden halo." But at the heart of Lent Madness is the abiding conviction that encountering those who have come before us in the faith enriches and enlivens our own walk with the risen Christ. 
In the process of this whimsical Lenten devotion we've all made some new online friends, encountered a community of believers who take their faith but not themselves too seriously, learned some things, were inspired by saintly witnesses, and hopefully had some fun along the way. We gave $300 dollars to Operation Rice Bowl and Garrett is giving his 25% to  Catholic Social Services Thank you to all who participated and hopefully more will join in next Lent.

Men Encountering Jesus
Join some men and the "nun" for Men Encountering Jesus.

Join Sister Teresa and some men of St. Brigid for another
opportunity of Encountering Jesus.  We will use
a DVD series called: Who Is This Man?

We will meet for five Tuesdays in May from 7-8:30PM:
May 2    The Man Who Won't Go Away-Immke Room
May 9     A Revolution of Humanity - Immke Room
May 16   The Power of Forgiveness - Immke Room
May 23    Why It's a Small World after All -Immke Room
May 30   Three Days that Changed the World -Immke Room

The class needs at least 10 men so registration is required by by April 28th.

To register, email: or call the Parish Office at  614-761-3734.
Protecting God's Children
May 17, 2017

Planning ahead for next year? Interested in volunteering at St. Brigid of Kildare? 

All adult volunteers must complete Protecting God's Children. A private session will be held on  5/17/2017 in Hendricks Hall at  6:00 pm for St. Brigid of Kildare employees and volunteers. 

To register for this training,  click here

For additional  information about safe environment requirements, including application and fingerprinting, click here

Questions regarding safe environment should be emailed to  Stacey Nerone at

New Push Button Access To Church

In an effort to throw open our doors in hospitality to all, we are delighted to announce we now have accessible entry for our parish family and visitors! Many thanks to the Alfonsi family who enthusiastically supported the idea and gave generously to cover the costs.

Push button access to the church can be found near the large glass doors facing the parking lot (west side of church). Push button access to the Pastoral Center is under the covered entrance facing the bell tower. Both buildings also have push button access to the restrooms. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have concerns about the location of the buttons or their functionality.
Click the image above to view our new preschool schedule
New Preschool Class Offerings for 2017-18

We're excited to let you know about some new class offerings in our preschool! In response to growing demand for longer class times and additional class offerings, we have restructured and expanded our class schedule for the 2017-18 school year. Also new this year, we are excited to offer "Wolfhound Adventures" -- optional learning activities parents can sign up for on an individual basis (this schedule and registration will be available in August). Another benefit of our new program is that restructuring our class schedule has allowed us to restructure our tuition schedule. 

If you have younger children at home considering preschool, or friends or family considering preschool, take a look at our new offerings. If you would like more information or would like to set up a tour, contact preschool director Maureen DiDomenico at or  (614) 718-5825.

Religious Ed Registration
May 1st - July 1st

Online registration for Religious Education will be  May 1- July 1 for the 2017-2018 school year. The link to registration can be found at the parish website beginning  May 1, 2017. Additional information coming soon!

Please contact the Office of Religious Education at  (614)761-1176 with questions.

Fall Sports Registrations Open

SBAA has opened up registrations for fall sports 2017. The offerings are listed below.

As a reminder, these offerings, as with all St. Brigid sports, are open to registered parishioners of St. Brigid, students in the St. Brigid Religious Education program, and students of the St. Brigid School.

To register your player today, for any of the below offerings, go here: 

Diocesan Sports for Fall:
  • Football - 4th thru 8th Grade Boys, fee = $ 150, contact = Tim Long, Football Commissioner, at
  • Volleyball - 4th thru 8th Grade Boys & Girls, fee = $ 150, contact = Mark Spagnuolo, Volleyball Commissioner, at
Club Sports for Fall:
  • Golf - 6th thru 8th Grade Boys & Girls, Registration fee = $ 0 (this is a pay per event offering), contact = Jon Yarbrough, Golf coordinator / coach, at
  • Girls Tennis - 6th thru 8th Grade Girls, Registration fee = $ 75, contact = Kelly Spyra, Tennis coordinator / coach, at


Individual sport questions should go to the contacts listed above for each sport.
Registration issues and / or general SBAA questions? Contact Mike Matthews at
Vacation Bible School Registration
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

Spring Formation & Service Opportunities
May 3
Urban Ministry (5:30-9 PM)
April 27
7:30-9 PM, Disciple Night in Hendricks Hall
Join us for a night planned by our High School Senior Ministry Leaders that is focused on loving God and serving others! As part of our evening, we will be compiling military care packages for those men and women actively serving in the military. Please consider donating some of the following items:
  • Chocolate/ candy, gum, snack foods (trail mix, nuts, chips, etc.)
  • Powdered drink mix (lemonade, powerade, etc.)
  • Ground coffee
  • Meal enhancers (Ramen Noodles, salt, flavor packets, etc.)
  • Quick protein (energy bars, sardines, beef jerky, etc.)
  • Reading material (paperback books, magazines, etc.), Word games, puzzles, cards, Sudoku
  • Lip balm, pain-relieving cream, lens cleaning cloths, baby wipes,
  • AA Batteries
May 4
7:30-9 PM,
End of Year Ministry Celebration in  Hendricks Hall
Sports, games, music, a silly string battle, and making your own donut creations! Hear about summer ministry, and celebrate this year in ministry. Bring a friend!
Summer Service
Volunteer for St. Brigid of Kildare Vacation Bible School, June 19-23, 2017 9:00 AM-noon
Visit the VBS webpage to see how you can use your gifts to help St. Brigid of Kildare VBS!

Register for the Gospel Road Diocesan Mission Trip, July 9-13, 2017 (Sunday-Thursday)
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2017 (forms & payments to Laura Butsch in the parish office)

Called to Serve: This summer come & surround yourself with new friends, amazing fun, great prayer, & service that changes communities. We will sleep at Sts. Peter and Paul Retreat Center & serve in the Eastern portions of the Diocese of Columbus. This mission trip is $150 per person.

Please contact Laura Butsch or visit the Gospel Road webpage for information & registration. Checks should be made payable to St. Brigid of Kildare Church
Summer Community
Summer Scripture
Thursdays from 6:15-7 PM at Brigid's Green
June 8, 15, 22, & 29/ July 6, 20, & 27
Bring your bible & a friend!
Summer Social
Thursdays from7-8 PM at Brigid's Green
June 8, 15, 22, & 29/ July 6, 20, & 27
Come hang out with friends, play sports, and chat!
Play Ultimate with us from 8-8:30 PM on June 15 & June 22 (after the Summer Socials) at Brigid's Green to prepare for the Diocesan Ultimate Frisbee Tournament!
Diocesan Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
June 24, 2017 from 5:30-10 PM at the Church of the Resurrection
Our Team Color is Green
Play Ultimate with us from 8-8:30 PM on June 15 & June 22 (after the Summer Socials) at Brigid's Green to prepare for the Diocesan Ultimate Frisbee Tournament! Sign-up is coming soon. Cost is $2/ person. Parents are invited to come cheer on our teens!
Young Women's Theology of the Body Summer Series (Class of 2017)
Wednesdays from 9:30-11 AM in the Massey Room
May 31; June 7, 14, 21, & 28; July 5, 19, & 26; Aug. 2 & 9
Theology of the Body for a New Generation will be offered for young women of the class of 2017. Sign-up is required by May 8, 2017 . Visit the link in weekly newsletters or email Laura Butsch to sign up.

Director of High School Youth Ministry:
Laura Butsch/ / 614-718-5832

Young Adult Ministry

Spring Series
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/ / 614-718-5832

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