Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
December 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Christmas Mass Times
Dec 24 - 4 PM, 6:30 PM, 10 PM

Dec 25 - 9 AM, 11 AM

Solemnity of Mary
Monday, December 31 - Vigil Mass at 5 pm
Tuesday, January 1 - 11 am

Sun, Jan 13
St. Brigid School Prospective Families Open House (3-5 PM)

Jan 25-26
High School Youth Ministry Winter Weekend

January 27 - Feb 2
Catholic Schools Week

Feb 1
The Feast of St. Brigid (9 am Mass)
Father/Daughter Dance

Feb 2
First Communion Retreat

Bereavement Committee at St. Brigid: A Hidden Gem
The Bereavement Committee at St. Brigid of Kildare is a large operation that pulls off an amazing feat to feed dozens of families who have funerals of loved ones celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare. 

Below is a letter of gratitude from Sister Teresa Tuite, describing the remarkable committee.

"For many years, individuals have left the funeral home or cemetery to have lunch together afterward. While the lunch offers an opportunity for those attending a funeral to eat, more importantly, it gives the opportunity to share memories and to spend time with friends and family. Unfortunately, funerals are one of the only times that some loved ones see each other, so the bereavement dinner or luncheon gives more time to be with one another during a difficult time. But one thing that individuals notice during bereavement luncheons is that people smile. They talk about the good times and they celebrate the life of their loved one who has passed on.

This happens at St. Brigid because of many people: first the parishioners of St. Brigid, through Msgr. Hendricks and Fr. Morris, offer this to the family. The 150+ people who receive a "Sign-Up Genius" notification of what is needed, and they respond by dropping off food in the morning (most of the time I never even see these most generous people). Then, under the calm and steady direction of Judy Murcer, a group of ever-faithful women arrive early and begin to set-up and prepare everything for the luncheon. Then a few more women and a couple of men arrive to clean-up. I could never thank these people enough. It all goes so seamlessly, and these wonderful people take all the responsibility off me and all the concern off the family."

If you would like to be on our call list for fruit, baked goods, salads, desserts and side dishes, please call the parish office. If you like to be part of set-up, preparation, or clean-up, we welcome your help in any way. Please call the church office or Sister Teresa for more information.

Let's Have a Little Something and Talk about Funeral Planning

It is not easy to walk through the maze of funeral planning. There are many options, many ways and many different laws to consider. There are 50 things that must be done (and probably many more). Tidd Funeral Home will sponsor a seminar to help you with all of that. Terry Thomas, a parishioner at St. Brigid of Kildare, and a licensed funeral director along with Dale Dunne, a pre-need specialist at Tidd will lead us through the intricacies of funeral planning and answer your questions.

Monday, January 14, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 PM in Hendricks Hall (Berry Room)

There is no charge, but please register on the parish website, so we have enough materials for everyone. -Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Register Here.
Men's Cornerstone Retreat

The Men's Cornerstone Retreat has grown over the last 8 years. Cornerstone X is for Men of St. Brigid who feel called to ignite, grow or renew their spiritual faith. The Cornerstone Retreat, with the theme "Mission Possible-Take the Next Step" will start at 5pm on Friday, January 25th, and will end on Sunday, January 27th by 12 noon. The Retreat is being held at the St. Therese Retreat Center in Columbus, OH. The facility and food are incredible with every participant getting his own room. The Retreat is organized, planned and executed by the men of our parish. No matter where you are on your faith journey you will be comfortable and find the content and activities engaging. Come and develop a relationship with 50 other men in our parish through fellowship. 

Space is limited so sign up early.  Please contact Jason Hazen at with questions.

CREW: Catholics Ready, Eager & Willing

CREW (which stands for Catholics Ready, Eager and Willing) is a new parish group! Throughout the year, there are many times that we could use your hands to help make a difference here at St. Brigid of Kildare.

Sign-up today to receive all the CREW requests via email, but only commit to those that appeal to you and fit in your schedule! You'll meet new people, feel connected to our parish family and be the first to know that we aren't too shy to ask for help!

Sign up today at

Volunteers Needed

SPICE "Corks for a Cause" is beginning to plan its March 2, 2019 event.  We need volunteers to serve on a committee to plan the event.  It is always a wonderful event and a great way to meet people while raising money for a great cause.

Click here to sign up to be on the committee email list to be notified of meeting dates and volunteer opportunities.

Please  contact  or 614-761-3734 for more information.

Donations Needed
Items for the silent auction, as well as individual bottles of wine are needed for this year's SPiCE Corks for a Cause Wine Tasting and Silent Auction.

To Donate Auction Items:
1.   Fill out online item donor form at
2.   Drop off items to parish office, Attn: Sarah Moore by February 22, 2019.

To Donate Wine:
Drop off bottles of wine (retail value $20 and up) to parish office, Attn: Sarah Moore, with donor's name taped to bottle.

For Sponsorship Opportunities:
Contact Sarah Moore at (614) 761-3734 or

Thank you for your contribution!

Host a Sunday Social!

If you want first dibs on the breakfast treats, host a Sunday Social!
If you are looking for a family service opportunity, host a Sunday Social!
If you want to get involved at St. Brigid and meet new people along the way, host a Sunday Social!

Sound like fun?
All the little details are taken care of . . . we just need your helpful hands to set-up, serve and clean-up. Pick a Sunday that works for you, ready yourself, bring your family or coordinate with a group of friends and come be a part of the St. Brigid Parish community in a super easy way.

Additional details are provided in the sign-up link. If you are eager and willing to help, please sign up below. 
Letters of Paul on Tuesday Mornings
Sr Teresa invites you to come to explore the Writings of Paul, who was most influential in the spread of Christianity in its earliest days.
We will examine the letters attributed to Paul in the New Testament and the Acts of the Apostles for further insights into Paul the man and Paul the missionary.
Please join us for Part 1 on Tuesday Mornings in the Berry Room after the 9:00 a.m. Mass until about 11:15 a.m.  We will begin on January 15, 2019 and continue to February 26, 2018.  A calendar will be ready for you on the first day. No need to register, just show up.
Give my greetings to all the holy ones at SBK.  The sisters and brothers who are with me send greetings for a wonderful and blessed New Year.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Women's Bible Study: Messy People

Our  Women's Bible Study is entitled Messy People - Life Lessons from Imperfect Bible Heroes by Jennifer Cowart.

Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, such as a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean or a child who needs a fire hose instead of a tub. But sometimes our messes are harder to see. These life messes often carry the labels of illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, death of a loved one, or job loss. These life-situation messes are often very painful.

During this series, we will dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were messy people, too. We meet Rahab, the prodigal son, Josiah, Mary, David and Daniel.  Through them we learn how God gives them and us power to work through the difficult moments of life.  The series includes scripture study, reflection and prayer in five daily lessons to use at home each week.  Shared reflection and a video presentation and prayer is part of the weekly group session.

January 9 - Introduction (books will be available)
January 16 and 23, February 6, 13, 20 and 27

Hendricks Hall -Immke Room             
7:00 - 8:30 PM
$20.00 (includes the book)

Saint Brigid of Kildare School Open House
Sunday, January 13, 3-5 PM

Our Open House for prospective families will be held  Sunday, January 13 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 2019-2020 school will be January 7, 2019 - January 20, 2019.

St. Brigid of Kildare Women's Club Upcoming Events

Unless noted otherwise all are Wednesday Nights at Hendrick's Hall starting at 7 PM.
  • December 12, 2018: Red Out and Cookie Exchange (no speaker but all women are welcome -bring your friends!)
  • January 16, 2019: Regular Women'sClub Meeting  - New Members Welcome!
  • February 20, 2019: Cinderella Project - Bring beautiful dresses to donate for Proms
  • March 13, 2019: St. Patrick's Party at Ronald McDonald House (Limited to signed up volunteers)
  • April 17, 2019: Regular Women's Club Meeting
May 15, 2019: End of  Club Year Celebration - Location TBD

Walk   through  the Liturgy with Bishop Barron

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and you'll be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.  This seven week Study Program is one way to immerse yourself fully into the beauty and mystery of the principal act of Catholic worship and faith.
Sessions will be held from 7:00 pm - 8:30 p.m. as well as 12:30 - 1:45 pm in the Immke Room on January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14 and 21.
Each session, after the introductory session, includes a video featuring Bishop Barron, questions for individual preparation at home and is followed by small group discussion and sharing. 
Please register online by January 3, 2019 so study guide books may be ordered.  The $30.00 fee includes the cost of the Study Guide.      

Click here to register. 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
April 27, 2019

Save the date for the parish's volunteer appreciation dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6 PM in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium.

Join us for the Tom Daugherty Orchestra's 17-piece band and vocalists in a tribute to the "Big Band Era". 

All adult volunteers of the parish, school, and religious ed are welcome to this free appreciation event! 
EPIC Middle School Youth Group

EPIC Youth Ministry Living the Faith Speaker
Sunday, January 13 from 12:15 PM Mass - 3:30 PM
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools. EPIC meets in January for Mass, pizza, fellowship and interactive guest speakers!
Relational Service: How to bring Christ to others by our actions and interactions
Join us in January for an EPIC event where our guest speakers will lead us in team challenges and break down what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ to the world through our actions and interactions with everyone we meet.
  • EPIC participants will sit together near the baptismal font at 12:15 PM Mass on Sunday, January 13 (wear your t-shirt!).
  • Immediately after mass, gather in Hendricks Hall for prayer and pizza followed by an afternoon of games, challenges, and conversation.
  • PGC compliant adult volunteers are needed during the event. No driving necessary. (Please sign up in the RSVP link).
  • Pick-up is at 3:30 PM from Hendricks Hall.
Upcoming EPIC events:
February 10 - Retirement Homes (12:15-4:00 PM)
March 9 - BOSO Bash *Saturday, off-site

For more information, contact Laura Ginikos at or Andrea Komenda at

High School Youth Ministry
Lord, teach us to pray is a 9th-12th grade formation year focused on encountering Jesus in prayer. Our fall formation series, Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, will explore what happens at Mass & why we do what we do. In this series, we will dispel myths about the mass and engage curiosities, gaining perspective to participate in the mass more fully. Later in the year, we will dive into scripture and grow in confidence and ability to read and apply scripture to daily life. We will also explore the why, when, what, where, & who of prayer, including exposure to various ways to pray with scripture, art, music, movement, Saints, and more.
Jesus is present among us every day in many ways. Have you heard Him? Have you seen Him? Have you encountered Him? Respond to these questions with us this year. Come encounter Christ together.
Photo courtesy of Mandy Flanagan
Mark your calendars & come when you can:

Winter Retreat 
Winter retreat is January 26-27, 2019 & will be hosted by St. Brigid and the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Camp Christian (10299 Maple Dell Rd, Marysville, OH 43040). This retreat is part of our year focused on "Lord, Teach Us To Pray." Through this high school retreat, stretch and grow in your relationship with God through experiential activities, combined with reflection and faith sharing, to help you recognize God's presence in your everyday life. Whether through music, a movie clip, a game, or a new method of prayer, you will leave this retreat equipped with practical skills and tools for your spiritual journey.
When? January 26-27, 2019 (overnight or day-only options are available). All high school teens are invited.
Registration deadline: January 13, 2019
Prayer Formation Series  7-8:30 PM on Thursdays, January 10-February 28
Beginning in January, we will explore the why, when, what, where, & who of prayer, including exposure to various ways to pray with scripture, art, music, movement, Saints, and more. Jesus is present among us every day in many ways. Have you heard Him? Have you seen Him? Have you encountered Him? Respond to these questions with us this winter. Come encounter Christ together.

Young Adult Fellowship & Faith Formation 2018-19
Young Adult Ministry is geared towards adults in their 20's and 30's, single and married, wishing to explore and deepen their Catholic faith. Our goal is to help each other grow closer to God and the community as the body of Christ. Join us and be challenged and encouraged as you meet new people, ask questions, hear new perspectives, and encounter Christ. Email Laura Ginikos with any questions and to be added to our email list. More fellowship & formation events through St. Brigid will be posted in January.

Celebrating the Sacraments
Wedding of Kristen Iannarino and Tyler Hohman this summer

Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the past month:

Luke Adson Culvahouse
Max David Diaz
Hudson James England
Gabrielle Anna Hoffman
Eleanor Grace Matola
Joseph Anthony Mustillo
Everett Lee Powell
Alexandra James Van Winkle
Natalie Elaine Woker
Luka Yelich

Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the last month:
  • Elaine Tonon & Tony D'Cesare
  • Angel Lennon & Andrew Baker

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 over the summer. Please remember them and their families in prayer.

John "Jack" Gibbons

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