Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 December 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Dec 17
Christmas in Dublin

Jan 7-8
High School Winter Weekend

Jan 18
Crucial Conversations
(7 pm)

Jan 29
School Open House
(12 - 2:30 pm)

Feb 1
The Feast of Saint Brigid (9 am Mass)

Feb 4
First Communion Retreat

Feb 25
Confirmation Retreat

Christmas Masses & Confession Schedule

Below is our Advent 2016 confession and Christmas Mass schedule.

Individual Confessions:
Saturday, December 17 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Church
Monday, December 19 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Church
Sunday Evening Prayer and Reconciliation Service:
Sunday, December 18, 5:00 p.m. in the Church, Visiting Diocesan Priests will serve as confessors.
Our Christmas Masses will be held:
Saturday, December 24: 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 25: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Congrats Deacons!

Congratulations to our two newly ordained Deacons, Deacon Paul Zemanek and Deacon Steve Petrill! 

Thanks for Attending the Parish Mission

As this great Jubilee Year of Mercy drew to a close, while in truth lasting for all of eternity, we were visited by preachers, Sr. Ann Willits, OP and Rev. Jim Marchionda, OP - Dominicans who wholeheartedly embrace this glorious gift of God and refreshing, joyful vision and witness of Pope Francis. Every moment of the Advent Parish Mission was supported by scripture, story, sacred song and dynamic preaching and singing.  

Many have asked where they could purchase Music and Preaching by Fr. Jim and Preaching by Sr. Ann.  The following are some sources.
  • Rev. James Marchionda can be found at Amazon and also World Library Publications.  
  • Sr. Ann Willits material can be found at Now You Know Media.
Below is a note from Sr. Ann reflecting on her experience at St. Brigid of Kildare: 

"Just back a few days ago from Dublin. St. Brigid of Kildare could not have been more wonderful.  I so loved the people of the parish, the pastor, and staying at the Dominican Motherhouse in Columbus felt like home for me.  It was one of the best preaching moments I have had and Jimmy, found it to be wonderful too."

May the blessing of the Parish Mission continue to grow in us as a parish.

New Programs to Help Older Adults

Are you an older adult or a concerned family member of a senior?  Are you looking at ways to continue to live at home safely, or to downsize and declutter? Are you interested in learning about senior housing options? Do you need help to figure out complicated Medicare choices, need help with insurance forms, or need an advocate to accompany you to doctor appointments? Do you need help with transportation or shopping?  Syntero, Inc., formerly Dublin Counseling Center, is a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years.  Thanks to generous funding from the City of Dublin, Syntero's senior supportive services have now been expanded and are available to Saint Brigid of Kildare parishioners in Dublin. Through the Older Adults Program, Syntero's services can also link seniors with personal or mental health counseling for stress, anxiety or depression (office or home visits).  There is no charge for these services. 

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or a senior loved one, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

Year End Donations

St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is blessed to receive many gifts given at the end of the calendar year.  These gifts are vital to the operations of our parish and we are grateful for our parishioner's generosity. 
Donations mailed to the Parish Office must have a postmark of December 31, 2016.  The date on the check cannot be used as the date received.  The postmark will be used in order to comply with IRS instructions.
The request for donations to be debited through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) must be received in the Parish Office by December 21, 2016 in order to be processed on December 28, 2016.
As you are planning your Christmas season, please remember to get your year-end donations to St. Brigid of Kildare before the deadlines.  Thank you for your support of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.
If you have any questions please contact Jackie Mack in the parish office at 761-3734 or

New Programs to Help Caregivers of Older Adults

Do you care for an older adult and need help or guidance?

Understanding the needs of an older loved one and learning what alternatives are available is very confusing, time consuming and stressful. You may not know the best way to cope with your stress or find the assistance that you need.

St. Brigid is partnering with Syntero, Inc., (formerly Dublin Counseling Center) a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years, to help put you in touch with the resources you need. The services provided by Syntero are available at no charge and are designed to give you a helping hand and to assist you in becoming a more effective caregiver, including the need for your own self-care and stress management. They are a great resource for locating reliable information about community services and how to access them, as well as for understanding conditions affecting older adults such as Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and other health conditions. A specialist from Syntero is available to meet you at your home, their offices, or other community locations -- your choice. One-on-one meetings, family conferences, and phone conversations are available daytime, evenings and weekends.

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or caregiver you know, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

Cub Scouts Donate to Toys for Tots
On Friday, December 9, the boys of St. Brigid Cub Scout Pack 117 donated over 200 toys to the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The Sergeant who accepted the gifts was quite pleased with the shear volume of the donations. He presented all of the advancement awards to the boys and spent quite a bit of time answering all of the questions that the boys had. The questions ranged from "How did you become a Marine?" to "Where did you get that cool uniform?" to "What does a Marine do?" 

It was a lot of fun for the boys and parents alike!
Bosco Bash 2017

Bosco Bash is a youth gathering for middle school Catholic teens (grades 6-8). 

This year's event will be held Saturday, February 11 from 2:30 - 9 pm at St. Tim's Church. 

For more information and to register, visit

Presenting Crucial Conversations - Jan 18

RSVP and take the parent survey at

Prospective Families School Open House - Jan 29

Help us "Share The Good News" about Catholic education by inviting friends and neighbors to join the St. Brigid  school community. We'll be holding our annual  Open  House on  Sunday, January 29 from 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Visitors can take a parent and student guided tour to see first hand what makes St. Brigid so special.

Special information sessions will include preschool at 12:30 p.m.and kindergarten at 1:15 p.m.

Calling the Men of St. Brigid!

All men are invited to attend St. Brigid of Kildare Men's Retreat. The "Cornerstone Retreat" (Jan 27 - 29, 2017) will start at 6 PM on Friday, January 27 and will end on Sunday, Jan 29 by 12 noon. This year's theme is "Strength in Turbulent Times." 

The Retreat is being held at the St. Therese Retreat Center in Columbus, OH. The facility is incredible with every participant getting his own room and all meals provided. 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. 

Registration forms can be found at this link.

For more information, please contact Jason Hazen at 614-623-9324 or

VBS 2017 Planning Begins

Mark your calendars! 

Vacation Bible School will take place June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017. 

Volunteer Committees are forming now and we need your help! To get involved, please contact VBS Director, Amie Lopez at  

Catholic Men's & Women's Conferences

If you want something you never had,
 you have to do something you've never done! 

Please save the date to attend the upcoming 
Columbus Catholic Women's and Men's Conference.

The Women's Conference is February 18, 2017 from 8 to 4  and the  Men's Conference is February 25, 2017  from 8 to 3.

At the Ohio Expo Center, Cardinal Hall

An EPIC Thank You!

Thank you so much to all of the parishioners who donated Thanksgiving meals for families in need!  We had  a great day of service and Thanksgiving - 130 of our middle schoolers ended up delivering 122 meals directly to the homes of those in need.  This also took 29 drivers - thanks so much for dedicating your time to this event!  It was a humbling and moving experience for the kids to come face to face with those we were helping.  Our kids surely were more thankful for the blessings in their own lives this Thanksgiving and truly enjoyed helping others.  
Our next event will be this Saturday when we will join with the high school youth group to host children from Run the Race Club here at St. Brigid for Christmas in Dublin. 

Looking ahead to January, we will meet on January 8 to make blankets for kids entering foster care and scarves for the homeless.  Will will begin with 12:15 p.m. Mass by the Baptismal font and then move to Hendrick's Hall for pizza, service, games and discussion.  Please bring $5 to cover the cost of materials for the blankets/scarves and a sharp pair of scissors labeled with your name.  

Coming Lent 2017: LENT MADNESS

You are, no doubt, familiar with MARCH MADNESS.  Lent, 2017 begins on March 1st so we are going to have LENT MADNESS.  Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck.  In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, e format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. These will be in the booklet entitled Saintly Scorecard.  Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer on line quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.  November 3, 2017 is All BRACKETS DAY.  Watch the bulletin and parish app for more information!

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