Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
December 2019
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Christmas Mass Times Tuesday, December 24-Vigil of Christmas 4 PM, 6:30 PM, 10 PM (music prelude at 9:15 PM) Wednesday, December 25-Christmas Day 9 AM, 11 AM

Jan 2
High School Youth Ministry Family Event at PINS

Jan 4-5
Project Magi Collection

Jan 11
That Man Is You! Winter/Spring Session Begins

Jan 12
St. Brigid of Kildare School Open House

Jan 26-31
Catholic Schools Week

Jan 31
Men's Retreat

Letter to a Suffering Church: Reflection by Monsignor Hendricks

We are grateful as a parish to have had the opportunity to read together Bishop Robert Barron's  Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. I hope that you have found it informative and helpful, not only the history of the sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic  Church, but the long history of how the  Church has dealt with this issue over the centuries.

With transparency and creditability, the  Church today in the United States tries to deal in the most compassionate way, with victims and those who have also suffered having a loved one or a friend having undergone sexual abuse by a clergy person.

In addition to the compassion and healing the  Church offers those who have suffered from the crime of sexual abuse, the  Church also has strengthened her internal controls about how we become more knowledgeable and put safeguards in place for children and vulnerable individuals.

I hope that the " Letter" is a firm declaration of the  Church's ability to continue to be vigilant with regard to sexual misconduct by clergy persons.

My own reflection having read the " Letter" is one of gratitude for Bishop Barron's clear and informative exposition of the crisis of sexual misconduct in the United States as well as a sign of hope for the future of the  Church in the United States.

With every best wish, I am, 
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Pastor

Parish Buildings Closure - Dec 23
 
All parish buildings will be closed all day on Monday, December 23 due to electrical work being done. Mass and all programming that day will be cancelled as well. Thank you for your understanding.
Parish Advent Activities
 
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be offering many activities, services, and bible studies during Advent.

Click the image to the right to view the full page flyer of all of our Advent activities and Mass times.
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Prospective Families Open House
Sunday, January 12, 3-5 PM

Our  Open  House for prospective families will be held Sunday, January 12 from 3 - 5 p.m. 

This is the perfect time to explore our two-time Blue Ribbon School. Tour our school and see first-hand how Saint Brigid of Kildare School provides a quality Catholic education in a warm environment. There will be representatives from Saint Brigid of Kildare School's many programs available to answer questions.


New family registration for the 2020-2021 school will be January 6, 2019 - January 19, 2020.
That  Man  Is  You
Second Session Beginning in January - Join Now
 
That  Man  is  You ! i s 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 a 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.
 
That Man is You!   will  resume  at  St. Brigid of Kildare, Saturday,  January 11, 2020  and will be held in Hendricks Hall  with coffee, light breakfast and socializing at 6:30 and the program from 7-8:00 a.m. Keep in mind you did not need to attend the fall session to join in now.
 

To All of The Men of St. Brigid

You are invited to join us for the 11th annual St. Brigid of Kildare Men's Retreat. The theme this year is Brotherhood...Stronger Together. The retreat is being held at St. Therese's Retreat Center. The retreat runs from Friday January 31, 2020 at 6 PM and ends mid-day Sunday February 2. Take some time to invest in your personal and spiritual growth. Activities will include talks by clergy and men of our parish along with time for personal reflection and fellowship with other men of the parish. This retreat is for all men regardless of where you are in your faith journey. Each man has his own room, and meals and snacks are provided.

Registration for the retreat will open online on Monday, December 2 at 9AM. Go to stbrigidofkildare.org and search Men's retreat. Last year's retreat filled up quickly, so don't wait to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to: Matt Niemiec at 614-352-1131 or  0803msn@gmail.com  or to Stephan Dober at 440-334-7455 or doberste8@gmail.com.  
Corks for a Cause 2020: Volunteer Sign Up

The annual SPiCE Corks for a Cause silent auction and wine tasting will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Committee meetings will begin in late November or early December. There are a variety of ways to help, including e vent chair / co-chairs, a uction (oversee the procurement of auction items), r ecruit sponsorship, d ecor & ambiance, d essert bar, s pecial attractions, and week of preping and decorating the space. 

You don't have to commit to any tasks right now -- if you're interested in just learning more about the opportunities available to help click here to sign up to be on the email list.
 
Columbus Catholic Women's Conference
Give Yourself the Gift of Time with Jesus and Your Sisters in Christ!

Give yourself the gift of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Come to pray, learn and rest with your sisters in Christ from around the diocese. Register now for early bird pricing at the link below. Don't miss this day of amazing grace!

Women's Bible Study: Living the Word of God

Why is it so hard to accept that God is passionately in love with each of us?  Often, we have little trouble saying and believing "God loves us"  but to look in the mirror and say - "God loves me" is often very difficult.  As part of our Women's Bible Study we are going to take that most awesome gift of God's love and reflect and share how God's love lives in and through us.  It is reinforcing that it is not enough to study or sing about God's word we must with great and bold deliberateness- live the Word we profess.  We are using a book by Maria Goff: Love Lives Here to be a springboard for our sharing in small groups.  A supplementary book will be Love Does by Bob Goff.  We meet in Berry Room of Hendricks Hall 7:00- 8:15 PM.  January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020. February 5, 12,17, 2020.  Registration is required. 

Once you register on our parish website, you will receive a letter regarding the books.   Registration are due, at the latest, by January 3 but the earlier the better .  Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP
Journey to Jerusalem

Join us as we Journey to Jerusalem . We will visit with John the Baptist, Simon Peter. We will be in the Temple when Jesus upset the tables of the money counters. We will hear from Nicodemus, sing Hosanna to our King, and hear our heart break as Peter denies Jesus. It is a journey that changed salvation history.

February 27 (only Thursday), March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1. We gather from 7:00- 8:15PM. Hendricks Hall. Each session stands alone so it is not necessary to make the entire series. -Sister Teresa
Pope Francis 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood

Pray for our Holy Father as his the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood was on Friday, December
13. We thank him for his many years of faithful service to the Church and for his witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father of mercy,
we come before you with gratitude
for the fifty years of priesthood of Pope Francis,
whom you have made Peter's successor.
Support him with the Spirit's gifts,
so that he can continue to preach the Gospel with priestly zeal
and lead the Church with wisdom and strength and courage.
May his example of long and faithful service
be an inspiration to your priests and to all your faithful.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Winter Jam 2020 is February 22, 2020   
 
Winter Jam is an evening of live concerts by the top artists in Christian music, plus worship and ministry, to encourage believers and share the good news. 

Winter Jam is a family friendly event. All ages are welcome to attend. Visit  https://2020.jamtour.com/   for the concert line up (4 hours of music & worship!) and for answers to FAQs.  
 
Doors open at 5 PM & concert starts at 6 PM.  Tickets are $15 / person  at the door.  
 
Email  lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org   with questions about going as a parish group with St. Brigid.  
Crucial Conversations presents: The Culture of Safety

During the winter and spring of 2020, Bruce McKenna, campus safety and security, will be leading small group discussions on various topics related to community, family, and personal safety.

The small group meetings will be 30-minute presentations, followed by Q&A and discussion. You are welcome to stay for as long as you are able. Coffee will be provided, snacks and food are welcome. Meetings will be held in the church loft (Deacon's Room).

January Meeting - How We're Keeping Your Kids Safe:
Learn about the safety principles and changes made here at St. Brigid, tactics for maintaining a safe and alert campus, and skills that can be applied to any workplace or public environment.

Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 AM
Thursday, January 16, 9:45 AM
Wednesday, January 22, 12 noon
Wednesday, January 22, 7 PM

February Meeting:
Social Media, Cyber Bullying and Predator Grooming

March Meeting:
Active Threats - Safety in Community and Public Settings

Additional details about the February and March meetings will be released in January.

EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools. 

This February, EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry will be hosting a food drive (collecting specific food items before 9 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM Masses on Sunday, Feb. 2) to support the Family Mentor Foundation.  

Family Mentor Foundation is a nonprofit charity established to connect community resources and children who need them most. They seek to help meet the unmet needs of children in our community through a variety of programs and resources that will help them to reach their full potential.  

As we prepare to enter the liturgical season of Lent and share in the parish-wide initiative of Catholic Relief Service's Rice Bowl opportunity, we are aware of the local and global hunger. In our awareness, EPIC is getting a jump start by partnering with the Family Mentor Foundation to impact local hunger. After our service-learning food drive, EPIC students will be encouraged to participate in the CRS Rice Bowl throughout Lent to continue to give back through prayer and alms giving to support local and global needs. 

Sign up will open in January for EPIC students and PGC compliant adult volunteers to sign up for a time slot to volunteer for the food drive on February 2. 

All EPIC students and their families are invited to attend 12:15 PM Mass on Sunday, February 2 followed by a light lunch in Hendricks Hall. 

Foods EPIC will be collecting at the food drive: 
  • Individual raisin packs 
  • Meat sticks - anything shelf-stable and under 12"  
  • Cheese Dip 'N' Pretzel Sticks or Crackers  
  • Mac and cheese cups or Kraft Easy Mac sleeves 
  • Apple sauce cups  
  • Sunflower seed sleeves  
  • Granola bars  
  • Individual serving veggie cups  
  • Individual serving fruit cups 
High School Youth Ministry

Gospel of Luke Series - Thursdays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 from 7-8:30 PM in Enke Hall  
The book of Luke gives a careful account of the events that happened during the life of Jesus. Luke tells of Jesus' encounter with people who were very much like us as they struggled to determine what their purpose was. They were deeply concerned about their families, their communities, & their nation. Jesus shows up offering love and compassion to both Jew and Gentile. Join us for this series as Luke reveals how Jesus taught sacrificial love, unconditional forgiveness, and serving and worshiping selflessly.  
 
In addition to Thursday night youth group (or in place of, if your schedule keeps you from attending), y ou are invited to participate in daily reading of the Gospel of Luke!  Sign up to receive a daily reading update each morning by texting @lukestudy to 81010 or by visiting remind.com/join/lukestudy.  These texts will include the day's reading as well as a brief question or two of reflection for you to consider. If you sign up,  you will start receiving daily reading texts on Friday, January 17.  
 
Laura  Ginikos  | Director of Youth Ministry |  lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org  | 614-718-5832  
Young Adult Ministry

Pins Mechanical Company: Mark your calendar and come hang out at Pins Mechanical Company at 7 PM on Thursday, January 2. 
 
Join us on Monday, January 27 at 7 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall for conversation about Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren.  
 
Laura Ginikos | Director of Young Adult Ministry | lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org | 614-718-5832  
Celebrating the Sacraments
Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
 
Baptism of Lillian DeLucia
Baptisms
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

April Bott
Lillian Virginia DeLucia   
Isaiah William Kanzigg
Roselyn Elyse Knapp       
Grant Michael Oberlin
Emma Jade Rossi
Quinn Harper Sherman  
Nicholas Grayson Smith
Madeleine Elizabeth Sweaney
Tessa Ann Tober
Taylor Rae Wachalec


Weddings
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the last month:
  • No weddings during the season of Advent
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.
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