Common Threads
Pope Francis in his New Year’s Day address to thousands in St. Peter’s square said, "We are still living in uncertain and difficult times due to the pandemic." But Pope Francis championed embracing a positive attitude for all of us, "one that always sees, in the Church as well as in society, not the evil which divides us, but the good that unites us." 

I want to express my hope that all of you have a blessed and healthy new year. This Christmas Season we were burdened by the continuing challenges caused by COVID-19, but we were able to celebrate as a community. I have hope that we are going to see an end to many of these challenges if we can continue to focus on all the positive happenings here at St. Brigid of Kildare.  

I want to personally thank the thousands of parishioners that continued to show their support by donating to our giving trees and the Christmas collection that funds outreach in our community. We need to be strong and stay the course of prayer and looking out for each other. Continue to pray for St. Brigid of Kildare and know that I am praying for you. 

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Giving Tree Project - Thank You for a Great Success!
Thanks to the overwhelming support of our generous parishioners, every request on the Virtual Giving Tree SignUp Genius was fulfilled!        
Gifts to organizations include:
  • Gladden House: 129 gifts
  • St. Lawrence Haven: 75 gifts
  • Heinzerling Community: 280 gifts
  • St. Stephen's: 450 boxes of food and $1,000 in gift cards

In addition to the gifts, parishioners donated $20,597 distributed as follows:
• Kentucky Mission: $8,987
• Parish Emergency Fund: $7,420
• St. Stephen’s Community House: $4,190

From selecting gifts online to delivering gifts on collection weekend, parishioners made this project a huge success! 

A special thank you to Janice Speicher from the City of Dublin. Every year she collects and organizes gifts from Dublin City employees and contributes them to the Giving Tree project.

Also, this project doesn’t happen without the support of the office staff, Jake, the organization chairs, the volunteers who helped collect and sort gifts and the volunteers who delivered the gifts.

With appreciation from the Social Action Committee Giving Tree Project Chairs: Susan Corcoran, Deb Foley and Kathy Windau
Liturgical Ministry Training
Training for New Liturgical Ministers will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 8:30 A.M. in the Church

  • Eucharistic Ministers: (Must be 16 and Confirmed; If you would like to be a Eucharistic Minister to the sick and homebound, you must first be a Eucharistic Minister)
  • Lectors
  • Ushers
  • Greeters: Individuals or Families

Register online at link below, or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Come Share Your Talents During Mass; All Are Welcome!
Make It a Date! Feb 12
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, February 12, 2022
6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, Hendrick’s Hall

All married and engaged couples are invited 
to St. Brigid’s 22nd Make It a Date! event.

Your evening begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples.

Then Fr. Tim Lynch, St. Brigid’s parochial vicar, will share a reflection on marriage.

At the conclusion of the event, spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to talk about the evening and how it relates to their own relationships.

Registration is necessary

Please RSVP to Christine Drab at [email protected] or 614-256-9065 by Feb. 9

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Unveiled Marriage Retreat
Now offered in-person AND virtually via livestream! Discover how the great mystery of Christ’s love can restore passion, purpose and intimacy in your marriage. In Unveiled, a retreat led by the John Paul II Healing Center, you’ll engage topics grounded in Church teaching such as:

  • Discovering True Love
  • A Whole New Look at Your Wedding Day
  • Cultivating Intimacy and Unity in Your Marriage
  • Understanding Your Marital Conflict
  • Healing and Reconciliation in Your Marriage
  • Restoring Sexual Passion and Intimacy in Your Marriage

This retreat is open to singles discerning marriage, dating and engaged couples, and couples who have been married for many years! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is hosting this Unveiled retreat February 3-5, 2022. Learn more and register for this amazing experience at: Scholarships available. Email [email protected] for more information. This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Columbus Marriage & Family Life Office and St. Gabriel Radio.
Lenten Bible Study
Lent is an important season in the Church’s liturgical year — it is the time when we take stock of where we are in our faith to prepare for the death and resurrection of our Savior. 
Often, we lose sight of the point of this season because we get caught up in ourselves: how hard it is to fast, how we fail at fasting, and just waiting for the season to be over at Easter.

Because of this we often arrive at Easter with our lives no more changed than they were on Ash Wednesday.  

Change it up and make a plan for this upcoming Lent! 

Join your peers this Lent as we prepare for Jesus and experience true transformation in our lives in this powerful season by engaging in daily personal prayer, weekly bible study, and weekly mass.

Spend Lent following the Gospels for each upcoming Sunday so we can better prepare for Mass and grow closer to Jesus each day.  

High School bible study will meet on Wednesdays, March 9 – April 6 in the Massey Teen Room from 7:15-8:30 PM. 

*The HSYM Lenten bible study will be run by a team of HSYM’s dedicated adult volunteers while Laura Ginikos is on maternity leave.

Reach out to Laura Ginikos at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Corks for a Cause: April 23
Save the date for this year's Corks for a Cause! The annual silent auction and wine tasting that benefits our parish and school's SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) program will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall. We are excited to hold the event in-person again, but will continue to offer online bidding for guests who do not attend in-person.

More details and volunteer opportunities will be available soon. If you have silent auction items or bottles of wine you can donate, please contact Sarah Moore at [email protected].

We can't wait to see you in April!
Adult Faith Formation Opportunities
Adult Faith Formation: Upcoming Events
Things to watch for in the upcoming months:
  • Lenten Soup Suppers (Lent begins on March 2, 2022)
  • Lenten Journey
  • Women in the Gospel of Luke
  • White Privilege Let’s Talk
  • Men and the Nun and other offerings will be presented. Some are for men, some for women and some for everyone. Watch the bulletin for details.
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
February 4
Set your calendar and plan to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and spend time in adoration each first Friday of the month. Jesus longs to pour out his grace and blessings upon everyone if we would be open to receiving Him.

St Brigid First Friday Eucharistic Adoration begins after the 9:00 am Mass and concludes at 4:00 pm with Benediction. 

You are welcome to stop in for adoration any time on the First Friday of the month between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. To sign up for a spot, click the link below.

For questions about how you can receive monthly updates on adoration times and a sign up genius link please email Shelly Cocumelli at [email protected].
Jordan Conference: 22-23 Schedule
Prior to scheduling the Baptism, all first-time parents are required to attend a Jordan Conference instructional session. We encourage you to attend a Jordan Conference before the birth of your child, as both parents must attend. Childcare will not be provided during the conference. The sessions are held at 6:30pm quarterly on the first Wednesday of February, May, August, and November and take about two and ½ hours to complete. In this session, parents will learn about the Catholic Theology of Baptism, the Catholic Baptism Rite and ways to increase involvement in parish life. Parents can complete the Jordan Conference Registration Form and then email it to the parish office at [email protected] or by calling at 614-761-3734.

May 4, 2022
August 3, 2022
November 2, 2022
February 1, 2023
May 3, 2023
August 2, 2023
November 8, 2023
Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike Schmitz is a 5-week series addressing common curiosities among the faithful.

All 8th-12th graders and adults of the parish are invited. Teens and adults will sit separately; perspectives will be shared after table conversation. 

This is a great opportunity to consider a pastoral explanation regarding common questions of our faith, to chat with your peers about such topics, and to hear perspectives from those older and younger than you.

We will meet on the following Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15 PM in Hendricks Hall:
January 12: 4 Essentials for Catholics
January 19: What Does God Want Me To Do?
January 26: Tips for Praying
February 2: Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
February 9: Mastering Love +Relationships

RSVP is requested.
Reach out to Laura Ginikos at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Family First Winter Programs
Mom to Mom
Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays 9:45-11 am in the Church basement. Facilitator Kim VanHuffel will be leading discussions based on Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis’ apostolic reflection on love in the family. Together, we will read and reflect on each chapter. Moms, you do not need to commit to coming weekly or to pre-reading to join us for great conversation! For questions contact Erin Heise [email protected] or Anne Davis at [email protected].

Sisters in Christ
Sisters in Christ will view and discuss, Ascension Presents- Father Mike Schmitz.” Open to all St. Brigid women, Sisters in Christ is a new faith sharing group focused on women’s spirituality. Please join us to share and gain wisdom from other women like you. No commitment necessary, drop in when you can join! 
When: Wednesday January 12th - February 9th 
Time: 1:15 to 2:30 pm
Location: Deacon’s Room in St. Brigid of Kildare Church
Any questions contact Cheryl Hohlefelder at [email protected] or Mandy Skinner at [email protected]

Make It a Date!
February 12 -- see information above

Play Group
St. Brigid’s Play Group is a community of parents and children (of varying ages) eager to make friends and build community. Playgroup meets on Wednesdays 9:30 or 10 am at various indoor/outdoor locations around town. For Play Group meet up locations see the bulletin or check out the Family First webpage. For any questions email [email protected].
*For more information about Family First see our website
Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track & Field) Registration Open
SBAA is happy to open up the Spring Sport Registration for 2022.  Offerings for the spring are Baseball, Softball, and Track & Field.  All three are available to boys and girls in the 4th - 8th grades that are students of St. Brigid or parishioners of St. Brigid.

Registration will be open until Friday, Feb 25th, with the first practices to start shortly thereafter.  Please register soon to not miss out on any communication around practices and forming of teams. You can Register at the link below.

Baseball & Softball:
Season will be made up of 8-10 games with a season ending tournament planned for grade 5-8. Registration fees are $160 and include your jersey & St. Brigid hat. Practices will be at Brigid's Green along with about 1/2 of the games at St. Brigid and the rest at other Diocese schools.

Track & Field:
Season will consist of 4 meets + the Diocese championship starting with April 2 until May 14.  Practices will be held at Karrer Middle School or at St. Brigid/Avery Park as needed. Registration fees for track & field are $85.
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children sessions via Zoom 2/10, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16 at 6:00 pm via Holy Spirit Church. Registration is at All potential parent and athletic volunteers are encouranged to register before these sessions fill up. Limit is 50 participants per session. 

Potential volunteers with 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 or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at [email protected]
52 Sundays
52 Sundays is a dynamic guide (Created by the Archdiocese of Detroit) to help families reclaim the Lord's Day with prayer, activities, food, and more! It offers simple and insightful ways to spend time together each Sunday learning more about the Catholic faith and having fun!

It explores Sunday's readings, a saint, a conversation, a weekly recipe, a family activity, and a family prayer for each week.
Mass Intentions for April - June 2022
We will be taking Mass intention requests electronically through forms on the website for Masses in April, May and June, 2022. The Mass Intentions form went live on Monday, January 17 at 10 a.m. on our website at We will only be taking requests for April, May and June, 2022 at this time. 
In order to fairly accommodate all Mass Intentions requested, we ask that you request no more than two (2) Mass intentions per family per quarter and only one Mass intention per month.
*As mass attendance increases in the wake of the pandemic, mass times may change. You are only requesting a date for Mass intentions. There is no option to select a time for a Mass. If the date you request is not available, the Mass will be assigned on the closest available date. If you enter a day of the week, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Youth Free Throw Competition, Knights of Columbus
All girls and boys ages 9 to 14 (as of 1/1/2022) are invited to participate in the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday, February 6th, at the St. Brigid grade school gymnasium.

Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. All participants must be registered and checked in by 3:15 to participate in the contest, unless prior arrangements are made.

All contestants will be recognized for their participation in the event. The prize this year for each of the 12 group champions will be a regulation Knights of Columbus basketball, a winner's certificate and the right to move on to the district and potentially state competition.

Please note participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. The entry form includes the parental consent sign off. The proof of age may be presented on the night of the competition. Parents are required to stay for the duration of the event, which should be completed by about 4:30.

To register please complete both of the following:
  1.  Pre-register online here
  2. In addition, download and complete the official registration form, and bring it with you to the competition

For additional information contact Michael Flock at 614-757-6764 or [email protected].
Catholic Foundation Scholarship for Students
The Robert E. and Rhoda M. Wilson Scholarship is available through The Catholic Foundation on January 31. This is a four year scholarship totaling $12,000 ($3,000 per year)

Requirements for the Robert E. and Rhoda M. Wilson Scholarship are as follows:

  • Any Catholic in good standing pursuing a post-secondary degree who currently resides in Delaware County (for a minimum of 48 months). These facts must be confirmed by a letter of recommendation from your Pastor.

The Catholic Foundation’s Applications for the Robert E. and Rhoda M. Wilson Scholarship will open on January 31 and close February 28. The link to apply for the Wilson Scholarship is:

Since 2007, The Catholic Foundation has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships empowering over 200 young people to continue their academic and vocational studies. For more information and to apply, please visit If you have any questions about our scholarship process please feel free to contact Dan Kurth, VP of Grants, at 614-443-8893 or [email protected].
Men's Retreat 2022
Men’s Cornerstone Retreat: Would you invest two days to awaken, renew and grow your spirituality?

Our day-day lives are chaotic. In fact, a recent study on families and quality time found that 60 percent of parents describe their daily lives as “hectic.”

Work commitments, family priorities, dealing with the pandemic, never-ending to-do lists. It’s easy for us to be distracted from God and what’s important in our lives.
Are you the husband, father, and man of faith you need to be? What would you give to get away from the daily stressors to just relax, connect in fellowship with other men of faith, and deepen your relationship with God?

What would you give to awaken, renew and grow your spirituality?

You’re invited to break away and join other men of Saint Brigid of Kildare for fellowship at the annual Cornerstone Men’s Retreat. Together, we’ll awaken, renew and grow our spirituality through engaging speakers, group discussions, music, mass and more. 

WHERE: Maria Stein Spiritual Center, 2365 St Johns Rd., Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
WHEN: 7 p.m., January 28 – Noon, January 30, 2022

Learn more and register at the link below.
Celebrating the Sacraments
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Ranjeet Voruganti
  • Caleb John Byorth
  • Linda K. Gordon
  • Damien Alexander Gasbarro
  • Nadia Elizabeth Leggette
  • Henry James Falk
  • Eleanor May Fussner
  • Madison Jean Krimmel

Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to [email protected].
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.

  • Peter T. Gildea
  • Lavone Morgan
7179 Avery Road,
Dublin, OH 43017