Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
January 2020
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Jan 26-31
Catholic Schools Week

Jan 31
Men's Retreat

Jan 31
Matthew Kelly Tickets on Sale

Feb 1
Feast of Saint Brigid

Feb 1
First Communion Retreat

Feb 2
EPIC Food Drive

Feb 7
Father/Daughter Dance

Feb 8
Make it a Date!

Feb 9
Music Ministry Concert

Feb 22
Winter Jam

Feb 29
Blood Drive

Mar 7
Corks for a Cause

New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Kelly to Speak at St. Brigid!

We are excited to announce that, for the first time in ten years, author and speaker Matthew Kelly has created a new event titled Amazing Possibilities. And, our community will be one of the first to experience it! We are so excited to bring this life-changing event to St. Brigid on December 2!

Our community has an opportunity to purchase tickets for a few days before the general
public. Tickets are available on starting January 31. This event will
be publicly announced on Tuesday, February 4th, and we expect an early sell out. Mark your calendar now and take advantage of this early access to tickets (Jan 31 - Feb 3)! This is an event you do not want to miss!

Incredible things happen when you collaborate with God. Come join us. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

For more information, contact Andrea Komenda at or
Kim VanHuffel at
Music Ministry Concert Feb 9

Join the Music Ministry of
St. Brigid Parish for

"Let There Be Peace"
Music Ministry Concert
Sunday, February 9, 2020
St. Brigid of Kildare Church

Free concert featuring:
Children's Choir, Youth Ensemble,
Adult Choir, and Brigid's Gael.

Come experience the diversity of musical styles performed by the talented choirs and instrumentalists who minister to our parish every week!
Corks for a Cause 2020: SPiCE Silent Auction & Wine Tasting

Watch your mail for an invitation to the 2020 Corks for a Cause: Silent Auction and Wine Tasting to support St. Brigid of Kildare SPiCE.

Tickets will go on sale soon -- check your invitation for details to purchase. Purchase tickets early before the price increase and before they sell out!

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of any size of silent auction items (e.g. sporting event tickets, gift cards, etc.) and bottles of wine ($20 or higher retail value). If you can help, please contact Sarah Moore at or (614) 761-3734.
Spring Sports Registration is Open

Spring Sports Registration is open - you can register at - and click the 'Register Now' menu.
  • Wolfhound Track - 4th through 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 85.00, starts in early March, finished up in early May. Contact = Dan Workman at
  • Wolfhound Boys Baseball & Girls Softball - 4th through 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 160.00, starts in early March, runs thru 3rd week of May. Contact = Mike Matthews at
  • Pre-Season Free Pitcher/Catcher Clinics for Boys Baseball & Girls Softball (4th thru 8th grade). Will run Mid-February through early March. Free of charge, and will be held indoor at St. Brigid Gymnasium. Contact = Mike Matthews at
Giving Tree Thank You!

St. Brigid of Kildare, with the help of the City of Dublin, donated 140 gifts to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
Pictured is Jody Flynn and Mary Butts from St. Brigid who helped deliver the gifts up two flights of steps to the St. Vincent De Paul collection room.

Below is a thank you letter St. Brigid of Kildare received from St. Vincent de Paul:

Dear St. Brigid & City of Dublin,

Thank you so much for participating again this year with our Kris' Christmas Store.  With your help we were able to provide gifts to 400 children in need in the Columbus area.  We could never have done it without all of you!

Thank you again and see you in 10 months!!!
EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry Upcoming Events

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.

To read more about this event, and the list of items needed, click here.

Bosco Bash
The Bosco Bash Middle School Conference will take place Saturday, March 7 from 2-8 PM at Bishop Hartley High School.

To register, visit this link. Payments should be submitted to the parish office via cash or checks, checks made payable to St. Brigid of Kildare, memo: BOSCO

To see more details, click here.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
All girls and boys ages 9 to 14 (as of 1/1/120) are invited to participate in the St. Brigid local competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday, January 26th, at the St. Brigid grade school gymnasium.

For more information and registration forms, click here.
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 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  or to Stephan Dober at 440-334-7455 or  
Make it a Date! Feb 8

Valentine's Day Edition
Married and engaged couples are invited to the Valentine's Make It a Date! night out.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Hendrick's Hall at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

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

Thank You Art & Environment Crew!

A well deserved THANK YOU to the members of the Arts and Environment Committee for making St. Brigid of Kildare such a breathtaking place to worship during the Christmas Season. In just a few short hours, the Church is transformed from one liturgical season to another and it is due in large part to the many hands that come together to spread holiday cheer! 

The following list of people helped with Advent Take-Down, Nativity Set-Up, Christmas Set-up, Christmas Take Down and/or Nativity Take Down in the Church and in Hendricks Hall. We thank them for sharing their time and talent!

Lesley Beran
Ann Blake
Nick DeVinney
Joe Falk
Sally Falk
John Green
Jake Groce
Maureen Howard
Alayne Hritzak
SBK Knights of Columbus
Ken Leitch
Ken Lewis
Chris Murlin
Dave Poe
Cindy Previte 
John Previte
Dana Randall
Patricia Randolf
Georgie Sinkey
Pam Tolhorst
Mabel Woo
Cathy Zemanek
Paul Zemanek

To be added to the email list and notified of upcoming set-up days, please sign up here:  JOIN The A&E COMMITTEE. 

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
Lenten Soup Suppers & Stations of the Cross

MARCH 3    MARCH 10   MARCH 17     MARCH 24   MARCH 31
Lent -- that ancient season of reflection and preparation for Easter -- begins on February 27, 2020. Many things have been planned to invite you to go deeper into the spiritual riches that comes to us during this holy season, and we invite you to participate in them. 

This year take a different approach to MARCH MADNESS -- come to the Lenten Soup Suppers. They begin on March 3 at 6:00 PM in Hendricks Hall and will be on each of the Tuesdays of March. We gather for a simple supper of soup and bread. This simple meal combined with some information about people in other parts of our world will help remind us of the simplicity of life and the work of Catholic Relief Services. You only need to bring yourself, family and friends. The soup and the bread are provided by various Parish Ministries and groups. You are their guests. Keep in mind everyone in the parish is invited to come and share. Stations of the Cross follow the supper for those who wish to attend . The devotion called The Stations of the Cross is very ancient and existed in various forms. In 1731 Pope Clement XII permitted stations to be created in all churches and fixed the number at 14. Come and follow the path Jesus took towards Calvary. Watch the bulletin each week for a reminder. -Katherine Florian and Sister Teresa
Little Rock Scripture Study Lent 2020
The Little Rock Scripture Study will be undertaking a special seven-week Lenten study, The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus, beginning on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 

The Little Rock Scripture Study group welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining this Lenten study, please contact Teresa Salmeron at 614-929-4413 or email her at .

Visit and search Little Rock Scripture Study beginning January 31 for the link to register and purchase study materials. Orders received by midnight, February 16 will be included in the group study material order. After that date, participants can speak with Teresa regarding purchasing materials independently.

Please consider joining this study.  We'd love to have you!
Protecting God's Children - Volunteer Training Sessions

All adult volunteers working with children in our parish and school need to complete the Diocesan safe environment requirements which include attending a Protecting God's Children (PGC) training session, completing a fingerprinting background check and application. Full details can be found here.

PGC registration is at Sessions offered this winter in the Diocese of Columbus:

2/12, Wednesday at 6:00 pm - Holy Spirit
3/11, Wednesday at 6:00 pm - St. Agnes (Fingerprinting services will be available 5-6 pm)

Please contact Stacey Nerone at snerone@stbrigidofkildare with questions.
Altar Server Training is March 1
All students in the Fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses.

Is the Lord calling upon your son or daughter to serve? Have them answer that call by becoming an Altar Server! St. Brigid of Kildare is encouraging all those in fifth grade and above to consider becoming an Altar Server. Attend one short training session, study one short section from the Liturgical Ministry Manual, receive three mentoring sessions with an experienced Altar Server, and they will be ready to serve the Lord as an Altar Server. What a wonderful, rewarding service!

Our next training session for Altar Servers is March 1, 2020, Sunday afternoon in the Church from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm. Please register by February 24th, so we can be prepared to welcome you. To register online, please click here. For more information please contact Todd Pepe or Joe Feehan at

Sunday, March 1, 2020
St. Brigid of Kildare Church
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   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   with questions about going as a parish group with St. Brigid.  
Just Married? Join us!

All newly married couple (married 0-3 years) are invited to Hendricks Hall following the 5 PM Mass on Saturday, March 21 for drinks & appetizers. Meet others from our parish family who are in this new stage of life.

RSVP is requested by March 9: 

Laura Ginikos |

Food Donations Needed

EPIC middle school youth ministry will be collecting and sorting donations for the Family Mentor Foundation on Sunday, February 2 in Hendricks Hall before the 9 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM masses.

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.

EPIC will be collecting the following food items on February 2 in Hendricks Hall:
* 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
Join us Thursdays through February 13 for this series as Luke reveals how Jesus gave a us radical new gospel, taught sacrificial love, unconditional forgiveness, and serving and worshiping selflessly.
In addition to Thursday night youth group (or instead of, if your schedule keeps you from attending), you 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 Follow us on Instagram for daily posts as well!

The Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM at Bishop Hartley High School

DCYC is the official Catholic conference of the Diocese of Columbus for grades 9th-12th. The gathering includes keynote speakers and workshops geared towards high schoolers, as well as praise and worship, adoration, service, prayer, small group time, lunch, and Sunday Mass.

Registration is $30. To register, visit and click on the "online youth registration form" link.

PGC compliant adult volunteers are needed in order to bring students to this great event! Adult volunteers should register at and click on the "online adult registration form" link.

Laura Ginikos | Director of Youth Ministry | | 614-718-5832

Young Adult Ministry

Monday, January 27: Join us 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.

Monday, February 3: Volunteers are needed at the Welcome Warehouse from 7-8:30 PM to sort donations. Meet new people & help a good cause! Email Laura Ginikos by January 31 if you plan to volunteer.

Laura Ginikos | Director of Young Adult Ministry | | 614-718-5832

Authenticity Book by Parishioner 

"Authenticity": A Counter Cultural Perspective was just published in December by parishioner Anita Hessenauer. The book is a collection of spiritual poems which trace our interior journey to our Source; our Creator.

Anita is a Third Order Carmelite and her book has been endorsed by the Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute of North America.  

The book is available on Amazon here.
Celebrating the Sacraments
Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Baptism of Claire Adele McCurdy
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

Claire Elizabeth Bennett
Maxine Olivia Brown
Jamie Mae Caserta
Eleanor Marie Cybulski  
Lillian Virginia DeLucia
Walker James Flores
Levi Robert Gillespie
Jackson Richard Grimm
Anna Elizabeth Housholder
Henry Jamison Mattingly
Claire Adele McCurdy
Georgia Elizabeth Moore
Carter Joseph Paulauskas
Reid Marielle Yontz

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
Deaths of Parishioners

The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare in the past month. Please remember them and their families in prayer.

Kirk T. Koblens
Mary Madigan Frasier

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