Common Threads
AUGUST 2022
The “Real Presence, Real Future” initiative has the Columbus Diocese focusing our Catholic family on the importance of Evangelization as a mission of our Church. Evangelization is going out and proclaiming the Good News by our words and actions.

To evangelize effectively, we must journey with people. As Pope Francis has said, “we don’t walk in front of them, we walk beside them.” This is a key to any truly successful evangelization. This is what disciples do.

Stewardship is based on discipleship, and discipleship is based on people truly believing in God’s ownership of the gifts and blessings of their lives. Those involved with stewardship understand that its most important goal is deepening our relationship with Jesus so that we can live more faithfully as his disciples in the world. In other words, the ultimate goal of stewardship formation is evangelization. 
 
We also must understand that evangelization is central to the mission of all we do as a Church. Through evangelization, we come to know, and to share, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Evangelization, simply stated, is encountering Jesus, embracing his call to discipleship, and sharing that call with others.
 
Disciples who practice stewardship as a way of life recognize God as the source of all they have, are, and will be. Good stewards recognize the most precious gift given by our gracious and generous God is the gift of faith, and they recognize that this gift must be shared with others in our faith community and the larger world.
 
The Tapestry Program that we will launch in the next few weeks is St. Brigid of Kildare’s way to reach out to our parishioners to ask them to take on the important mission of becoming disciples and share their time, talent and treasure. Our church has been tested the last few years. We need you and your families to become engaged and join us in parish life by joining us at Mass and finding a way for you to share your time and talents. So many of our ministries and committees need
you. We will be having a Ministry Fair on September 17 and 18 after the Masses so you can personally explore opportunities for you to become a disciple and share the Good News with others.
 
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Welcome to Our New Parish Staff
Welcome Deacon Steve Petrill
Deacon Steve Petrill will be joining Saint Brigid of Kildare as a deacon beginning September 1, 2022. Deacon Steve was ordained to the diaconate in 2016, and has been assigned to St. Joan of Arc in Powell as a deacon since his ordination. At St. Joan of Arc he was involved in all aspects of diaconal ministry, including serving at Mass, witnessing marriages, presiding at Baptism and funeral services, taking Communion to the sick and homebound, and supporting works of charity. He was also involved in RCIA, prison ministry, and marriage ministry. Dcn. Steve also served as Missionary Discipleship Director and collaborated with many women’s and men’s groups at St. Joan of Arc.  

Deacon Steve and his family (including his wife Dawn and their three children aged 22, 19 and 16) were parishioners of St. Brigid of Kildare from 2006 until his ordination in 2016. During his time serving at St. Joan of Arc, Deacon Steve’s family remained connected to St. Brigid, with his children receiving sacraments here and attending Mass at both parishes. He and his family reside in Dublin. He looks forward to his new assignment at St. Brigid and his family returning as parishioners. 

Deacon Steve first heard the call to the diaconate after two family members experienced major health crises. He acknowledges the time as a difficult struggle, one that slowed him down in his life and career enough to see that God was leading him down a different path than the one he was on. This drew him into greater service of the Church and to the diaconate. He is looking forward to serving the parish that helped raise his children, nurture his marriage, and form him into a deacon. 

Deacon Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from Case Western Reserve. He has worked as a college professor since 1995, and has worked at Ohio State University since 2006, where he specializes in intellectual and developmental disabilities. In May 2022 he completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has been a member of the board of trustees at The Pontifical College Josephinum since 2019.

Deacon Steve wants to thank Monsignor Hendricks and everyone at St. Brigid for welcoming him back. He also extends his gratitude to Father Black and everyone at St. Joan of Arc for their friendship, prayers, and support for him and his family. 

Deacon Steve Petrill can be reached at spetrill@stbrigidofkildare.org. 
Welcome to John Denzel, Safe Environment Manager
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is excited to welcome John Denzel as the Safe Environment Manager beginning June 6. John has been a part of our parish and school for the last two decades, working in numerous volunteer roles with his son and other children of our parish. He recognizes the importance of putting our children first and providing nurturing and safe environments for children to learn and grow. He has previously worked as a technical sales manager for Solenis, a global specialty chemical company. 

At St. Brigid of Kildare, John has been active in the music ministry, Knights of Columbus, Men’s Cornerstone Group, and as an after school latchkey teacher for our school children. 

John is looking forward to meeting and interacting with all the active groups and people who make our parish so successful. He began his new role June 6, and can be reached at jdenzel@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Welcome to Kim VanHuffel, Pastoral Associate
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is excited to welcome Kim VanHuffel as our Pastoral Associate, who began in July. Kim oversees the RCIA and bereavement programs in our parish. 

Kim recently worked as the Adult Faith Formation Director at St. Joan of Arc and also taught 5th and 6th grade religion at St. Brigid of Kildare School. Kim has served as the RCIA Director at both St. Brigid of Kildare and St. Joan of Arc. She is excited to also oversee the bereavement ministry, as she feels called to work in the ministry after recently losing her mother and mother-in-law. She understands what a crucial time it is for those who have lost a loved one and hopes to be a support to them during the difficult time surrounding the funeral and burial. She will also oversee the homebound ministry and looks forward to working with so many wonderful volunteers who bring Jesus to people where they are. 

As a longtime parishioner at St. Brigid of Kildare, Kim has also served as a catechist in Religious Education, served on the Education Committee, served on the Crucial Conversations committee, and began the EPIC middle school youth group and the Older Adult Ministry. She also currently facilitates the Mom to Mom group. 

Kim is most looking forward to helping those people on their journey to becoming Catholic and comforting the family members of the deceased, all the while rejoining a great staff and working with very caring volunteers. “The staff and volunteers at St. Brigid, led by Monsignor Hendricks, are second to none in caring for people in need and meeting them where they are at, and I’m honored to be part of that,” Kim says. 

Kim can be reached at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org.
New Parishioner Welcome Committee
The New Parishioner Welcome Committee’s main purpose is to be the smiling greeter to our new parishioners. How do we do this? Our committee strives to make St. Brigid of Kildare Parish personal. Greeting new folks with a phone call and a personal mailed letter, having an information/registration table after several Masses each month, and offering food and fellowship receptions several times a year are ways that we have reached out to our new families and helped them to see ways they can become involved and part of our parish family.

The Committee Co-Chairs, Carmen and Mary Murico and Pat Halsey, all became part of this group because we have experienced the difference that St. Brigid Parish has made to our families. This may have been through having our kids in the parish school, in the Religious Education program, or being part of one of the many volunteer opportunities tailored to our interests and talents. Each of our lives has been enriched and made better by being involved and giving back to our parish family. For Carmen and Mary who have three adult daughters who attended St. Brigid School, the benefits have been far reaching—long time friendships, community connections that are strong to this day, and being part of the bright future of our parish.

After the challenges we faced during Covid, it is vital that we return to personally inviting new people and families to be part of all we have to offer at St. Brigid of Kildare. While we gained many new families over the last two years through the parish office and website, our committee can assist by helping to make our large parish feel “smaller” with a personal welcoming. We have learned that all over, people are hungry for spirituality, community, and hospitality, and a place they can truly feel at home and where they can be part of making a difference.

We would like to invite you to join us in giving every new family or individual that sense of belonging and coming home. We can assist new families in becoming an essential part of our faith community. You do not need to be an expert on St. Brigid Parish to serve on this committee. Our annual Guide to Parish Life and website are helpful resources that have the answer to most anything a new person may want to know. The time commitment can be very minimal---an hour or two every other month is about all it takes to join us! 

If you are interested in being part of the New Parishioner Welcome Committee, or for further questions, please contact Mary Murico at mary.murico@gmail.com or call or text 614-946-3378. You can also use the Volunteer Card you will be receiving with your Tapestry mailing in a few weeks to indicate your interest. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to meet many of you soon. 
Save the Date: Ministry Fair Sept 17-18
Religious Education Registration Open Through September 1
Religious Education is currently taking registrations for the 2022-23 school year until September 1.

Learn more about the exciting new Family Faith Formation program at the Religious Ed webpage below.

Religious Education & Faith inFormation—Be in the Know!
  • Faith inFormation Newsletter-sign up!: Go to stbrigdofkildare.org/reled and click on “Sign Up Now” under Religious Ed Newsletter. Watch your inbox Mondays at 4pm!
  • When are we open? We’re open Mon.-Thurs., 9am-3pm, Fri. 9am-Noon (summer hours). Located on the north side of the Elementary School, Door E.
  • Need answers? Call us at 614-761-1176. You can reach Director Andrea Komenda at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.
  • We love to welcome new families! Feel free to visit our website at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/reled to check out our program and information about registration 
Family First Fall Events
Family First has many fall activities planned! Learn more about the fall sessions and events they have planned, as well as childcare sign ups at the link below:

  • Mom to Mom
  • Sister in Christ
  • Family Rosary
  • Family Service Activity - Snack Bags for Ronald McDonald House
Music Ministry: Join Us
The Music Ministry groups at St. Brigid are ready to begin another year! We invite you to consider joining one of our groups! We welcome all ages and skill levels who wish to share their musical talents with the parish, as we help add to the prayer of our weekend Masses. We are also excited to announce that will be presenting a Music Ministry Concert in February featuring all our groups listed below!

Adult Choir 
  • Sings primarily traditional music
  • Rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm in the church choir loft, from September through May
  • Leads the music at the 9:00 Mass three Sundays a month, as well as Holy Days and special occasions including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Confirmation.
  • First rehearsal is Wednesday, September 7th

Brigid’s Gael
  • Sings/plays primarily contemporary music
  • Rehearses Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm in the church choir loft
  • Leads the music at the 11:00am Mass three Sundays a month 
  • Join us for rehearsal as we start our fall season on Tuesday, Sept. 6th

Children’s Choir
  • Open to Grades 1-8
  • Rehearses Sundays from 10:00-10:45am September through May in Enke Hall
  • Sings at the 9:00am Mass one Sunday a month, as well as on Christmas Eve
  • First rehearsal is Sunday, September 25th 

Youth Ensemble 
  • Open to 6th-12 graders who love to sing or play an instrument *instrumentalists must have studied for 3 years
  • Rehearses Sundays from 12-1pm (note time change from last year) in the church choir loft 
  • Sings at the 5:00 Mass one Saturday a month
  • First rehearsal is Sunday, September 25th 

To find out more about any of the above groups, contact Katherine Florian, Director of Music: kflorian@stbrigidofkildare.org 614-761-3734 ext. 248
Electronic Donations
During Covid St. Brigid of Kildare was able to continue to be financially stable because of the consistent donations from our parishioners that use our Electronic Funds Transfer. Please consider joining the over 1,100 families that use this safe and easy method. Please fill out the Tapestry Offertory Card you will receive in the next few weeks or go to stbrigidofkildare.org/volunteer.
50th Anniversary Blessing
Congratulations to Jan and Joe Cannelongo who recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary! Deacon Paul performed an Anniversary Blessing for them earlier this month.
Have You Thought About Becoming Catholic?
Do you think you might like to look into the Catholic way of Life?

Do you know someone interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith?

You are invited to join us!

Our first meeting will be an orientation on October 11. All classes are held on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church basement. The calendar for this coming year is on our website at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/rcia. For more information contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org or complete the form on the website below.
Becoming Catholic: My Journey Through RCIA by Brian Hirsch

During the summer of 2018, a persistent thought rattled through my head. “Why are you
rejecting what I’m telling you when you know nothing at all about it?” I thought about this
statement many times over the next several weeks and realized I had made that very comment
to my son. At this point I can’t even recall what we were talking about, but that phrase stayed
with me.

I have been married to a cradle catholic for almost 30 years. Our marriage was co-validated by
the Church, and we agreed before we got married that our children would be raised Catholic.
Despite this, my wife and I rarely discussed religion, mostly because I refused to do so. She did
tell me from time to time that my absence of faith concerned her, and I knew that she prayed
for me daily.

At some point it dawned on me that the reason that phrase kept going through my mind was
because I was rejecting faith without knowing anything about it. I mentioned this to my wife
and she referred me to an article from the weekly church bulletin describing RCIA. At first I was
extremely reluctant and would not even consider the possibility of exploring organized religion.
No one was going to sell me anything! I decided to meet with the Adult Faith Formation
Director, Kim VanHuffel, who informed me that RCIA was designed for people to inquire about
Catholicism. I could go through the program, stop at any time, or even complete it and not
convert. She further assured me that the outcome of this process would totally be my decision
and I would not be pressured in any way. I decided to attend a few sessions to learn more
about it. I also decided not to tell anyone except my wife who would ultimately become my
sponsor.

During the first meeting we were asked to talk about why we were there. It seemed everyone
could point to a concrete reason such as an upcoming wedding or a desire to return to the
Church. Then I got up and mentioned the phrase that kept gnawing at me and the concept of
rejecting things out of ignorance. I expected this to be met with skepticism, but instead it
seemed to be understood. As time went on, I found myself looking forward to each session. I
started to talk about RCIA with friends and co-workers and received tremendous support. I also
began to realize that something had been missing from my life. I felt at home.

I became Catholic during the Easter vigil. The Church has provided me with a new found sense
of community, and a feeling of being part of something much larger than myself. Through good
times and bad, it is comforting to know that Christ watches over us. Some have said that I was
called to the Church, perhaps by the Holy Spirit. I didn’t believe this at first, but I do believe it
now.
Upcoming Bible Studies
Women's Bible Study
Have you ever thought that being a good follower of Jesus you had to follow a set of rules and measure up? That by doing these two things you would then be worthy to follow Jesus? Even the believers in the early church struggled to find a balance between observation and acceptance of God’s gift of grace. For our fall Women’s Bible Study and Sharing, we will take a close look at Paul’s Letter to the Galatians as well as the material found in the book that we will be using. The book is Breakthrough: A Study of Galatians by Barb Roose. The book is available on Kindle and paperback through Amazon and other booksellers. We will meet on Wednesday Evenings starting on September 21st until November 9th at 7:00 PM in the Berry Room of Hendrick’s Hall. Please register by September 1st, so that I know how to set up the small groups. Email Sr. Teresa at ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org to register or for additional information.


Mystery of the Incarnation
In this video course – An Astonishing Secret: Glimpses of Incarnation, we offer precious and life-changing insights about Creation, Incarnation, and our own divine hearts. We take a fresh look at all we treasure and hold dear. As theology, new scientific discoveries and spirituality dialog amazing things happen. Radical new light is today being shed on that moment of divine love 2000 years ago – the Incarnation – when God was revealed at the center of humanity in the person of Jesus. And, long before that, on a much earlier astonishing moment when God first became incarnate in Creation itself. In ten episodes we try to glimpse the dynamic meaning of those two moments of the revelation of God, and to reveal their implications for us – personally and universally. A deeper understanding of this central heart of Christianity may transform our self-understanding and our understanding of our planet Earth. This is the revolutionary change in Catholic consciousness that is beginning to transform Christianity from within. This is the ‘magnanimous’ horizon painted by Pope Francis – the re-framing of the story of Christ within our daily experiences, and within the wondrous story of our evolving universe. We will use the words of Pope Francis, especially from Laudato Si and a book and videos written by Daniel O’Leary: An Astonishing Secret: The Love Story of Creation and the Wonder of You. (Book is available from Amazon).

Tuesday Mornings, September 13—November 15, (after 9 AM Mass) until 11:15 AM in the Berry Room or for women only from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM in the Carr Room. In order to have enough materials you do need to register by September 2nd. (Register: ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org)   --Sister Teresa

That Man Is You! Year 4
THAT MAN IS YOU! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.

At St. Brigid of Kildare, we are currently in year 4 of this program (for the 2022-23 year).

We begin this year on Saturday, September 10. To learn more or to register, visit the link below.
High School Small Group Registration Open for Fall
Calling all 9th-12th grade students:
  • Are you wondering how our Catholic Faith fits with the bigger discussions happening in our culture right now? 
  • Are you wondering where you fit in? 
  • Do you want to have productive discussions and think more deeply about the tough topics of our time? 

We are excited to share that High School Youth Ministry small groups will focus on Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation this year! This engaging small group study and guest speaker series introduces sound Catholic teaching on creation, life, race, poverty, and the family. 

High school youth ministry small groups will begin on September 14 and will meet in Hendricks Hall from 7:15-8:30 PM. Visit https://stbrigidofkildare.org/sign-ups/ to register.
Make It A Date! Aug 27
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, August 27, 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 cadrab@gmail.com or 614-256-9065 by August 24.

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
Coming in September:  PGC sessions at St Brigid, dates and times TBA. Check virtus.org

The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children (PGC) sessions. Registration is at www.virtus.org. All potential parent and athletic volunteers are encouraged to register before the sessions fill up. 

There are several to choose from including: 
·    8/22 Our Lady of Victory 6:00 pm
·    8/28 St. Joseph Plain City 11:30 am
·    9/11 St. Joseph Plain City 12 noon
·    9/17 St. Brendan 9:00 am 

 Potential volunteers with our 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 https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact John Denzel, Safe Environment Manager at jdenzel@stbrigidofkildare.org
Celebrating the Sacraments
 
Baptisms
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:
  • Donald Lowell Bowdle
  • Shannon Lee Bowdle
  • Hudson John Cogan
  • Dominic John Perez
  • Cody Lee Roberts
  • Callum Matthew Burton
  • Rafaela Arrua Cesar
  • Siena Blake Calzaretta
  • Wesley Charles DeCaprio
  • Mae Theodora Genovese
  • Madison Colleen Rohan
  • Liliana Louise Vaccari
  • Sophia Marie Baxter
  • Lydia Cook
  • Dominic David Gianelle
  • Mary Grace Miles
  • Peter Wayne Simmons
  • Audriana Rose Terrano
  • Hattie Rose Comer
  • Clara McGuire Newman
  • William Dennis Schwinnen
  • Rose Lynn Williamson

Weddings

  • Cole Cassels and Alexandria Brush
  • Mason Hughes and Kelsey Vandia
  • Victor Nguyen and Amber Holbrook
  • Brennon Davis and Lindsay Belli
  • Thomas Foley and Madison Linville
 
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.
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.

  • Ronald J. Seiffert
  • Charles E. Huff
  • Ruth E. Bulgozdy
  • Bernadine “Bernie” Zwick
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