Common Threads
JUNE 2021
Welcome Back!

What an uplifting view from the altar, for the first time in more than a year to see a full church with so many familiar faces. My heart is full witnessing our parish family back together in our home, and the joy of hearing music and singing from the congregation. Yes, it has been a challenging year.  But I think during this time we all took time to reflect and ask some meaningful questions about what is really important in our lives. The answers have hopefully led you to your family, faith, and the St. Brigid of Kildare community. 

Our job is just beginning. If we all continue to focus on welcoming our brothers and sisters back to our parish, I know there will be a renewal in our church. Our parish will be better and stronger after the pandemic than ever before. I want to see our church alive and well. I know you have been hungering to return to worship and parish life. It is finally here. As we work to safely open our parish community, please continue to have patience. 

I am sad to see Fr. Morris move on, but I am so proud of and grateful for the work he has done here at St. Brigid of Kildare. I know he will bring his many talents to St. Catharine Parish. We were so blessed to have had him here for the last five years. I am very fortunate that the Diocese has sent us such a gifted replacement with Fr. Tim Lynch. He will bring a new perspective and enthusiasm to our parish as we work to bring our people back to the parish. Please join me in welcoming him next month. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Have a wonderful summer.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Welcome Fr. Tim Lynch!
Fr. Morris & Fr. Lynch Reception June 20
We welcome Father Tim Lynch, who has been appointed by Bishop Brennan as Parochial Vicar at St. Brigid of Kildare effective July 6, 2021. Fr. Lynch was ordained a priest in the Year of Mercy on May 28th, 2016. He is a graduate of The Josephinum, and has served at St. Michael in Worthington, the Chillicothe Consortium, St. Peter, St. Colman of Cloyne, St. Mary Queen of the Missions and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. 

"I am more than blessed and look forward to the opportunity to support Msgr. Hendricks and to serve all of you at St. Brigid. Please be assured of my prayers and I am so thankful for all of yours."

"A few areas of interest in my life are God, my family, the Buckeyes, and Golf! I try to keep it in that order for my own good! I am the oldest of four. I have 5 nieces and nephews and enjoy spending time and visiting them when I can as they live in Chicago and Detroit. I look forward to living out our Catholic faith and getting to know you all as well. May God Bless you. St. Brigid…Pray for us!" says Fr. Lynch.
Mark your calendar! Please join us on Sunday, June 20 as we say farewell and thank you to Father Morris and hello and welcome to Father Lynch!

The reception will be held after the 9 AM Mass and before the 11 AM Mass in Hendricks Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Anniversaries Honored for School, Ms. O'Reilly & Mrs. Lombardo
Saint Brigid of Kildare School celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2020-2021 school year. They celebrated the anniversary year by living their school year theme “With God We Can!” which they felt was proven true during the year of working with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The school's principal, Ms. Kathy O'Reilly, celebrated her 20th anniversary as principal of the school. Ms. O'Reilly was surprised on her birthday, Tuesday, May 11 with a parade and celebration from the entire school. She was invited to come out to the front of the school where she was surprised with a golf cart decorated in a large "20" sign and balloons and decorations in her favorite color, purple. She was then driven over to the playground parking lot, where students were gathered with their classroom pods, lined up, and excitedly cheering for her.

The school's vice principal, Mrs. Cindy Lombardo, celebrated her 25th anniversary of working for the school. In her time at the school, she has served as vice principal, fourth-grade teacher and eighth-grade teacher. She currently also teaches eighth-grade religion, which she has taught to all 23 eighth-grade classes! Mrs. Lombardo was honored for her many years of dedication and service by Monsignor Hendricks and Ms. O'Reilly on the last day of school, Friday, June 4, during the school's closing Leadership Mass. The Mass was the first time the entire school year that the student body was gathered together, in person. It was a beautiful service and recognition ceremony.

We thank Ms. O'Reilly and Mrs. Lombardo for their many years of tireless and dedicated service to our parish Catholic school and children! As the school celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are grateful for the leadership that has helped form a warm and welcoming school that provides faith formation and academic excellence to our parish families.
Mass Intentions for October-December 2021
We will be taking Mass intention requests electronically through forms on the website for Masses in October, November and December 2021. The Mass Intentions form will go live on Monday, July 12 at 10 a.m. on our website at We will only be taking requests for October, November and December 2021 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.
*Because of COVID-19, 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.
Livestream Schedule Change
Please note that beginning July 3, 2021 our livestream schedule will change slightly. The livestream of Masses will continue to be available on our YouTube page (at and Facebook page.

The livestream schedule will be Monday-Friday daily 9 AM Masses, Saturday 5 PM Mass, and Sunday 9 AM Mass. (There will no longer be an 11 AM livestream).
New Plaque and Celtic Cross Thanks to Jim McLaughlin
A special thanks to Jim McLaughlin, father of Parishioner, Megan Spark, for designing and crafting the "Cead Mile Failte" plaque that hangs above the gathering table in the gathering area of the church. "Cead Mile Failte" means "Welcome" and we hope you feel a warm welcome every time you visit St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church. 

Jim also crafted and donated a beautiful Celtic cross. The center of this cross features a lamb and the knotted details of the entire cross are simply stunning. This cross was blessed by Deacon Paul. It is hanging in the church basement and will be enjoyed by all who gather for RCIA classes, committee meetings, group gatherings, and choir rehearsals. 

We thank Jim for sharing his time and talent with us!
Bishop's Annual Appeal Update: 85% of Goal Reached
In April we kicked off the Bishop’s 2021 Annual Appeal with our co-chair Rick Clemens’ video message. The theme of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, “Living the Joy of the Gospel,” inspires us, as people of faith, to share joyfully the Good News of Christ to those who most need to feel His love as we continue His work on earth as faithful disciples.

Our parish has been asked to raise $296,000. We currently have pledges totaling $250,906 through week six of the 2021 campaign; this is 85% of our goal. Thank you to all the parishioners who have already supported the BAA!

Our parish can accomplish this if, after prayerful consideration, everyone gives what they can. 

Bishop Robert J. Brennan has been a strong leader for our Diocese. Let us show Bishop Brennan that St. Brigid of Kildare is behind him and the Diocese of Columbus.

Please use the link to make a secure pledge or gift. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Adult Faith Formation Upcoming Opportunities
with Sister Teresa Tuite, OP
Pause for Prayer
During these past few months, we have become very familiar with the phrase “mute yourself.” Well, every Monday night that is exactly what we do, we “mute ourselves” so that we can hear the voice of God. Take a fifteen to twenty-minute pause for prayer. Join with others to pray, and to be silent together. Our prayer is mixed with silence, song, and comfort during these uncertain times. Monday evenings beginning at 7:00 PM  NO REGISTRATION NEEDED. JOIN US ANY MONDAY – This is an ongoing meeting so join when your schedule permits. 

Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 825 3385 6351
Passcode: PAUSE

Women in the Gospel of Mark
This is Year B in the liturgical year and the primary Gospel has been the Gospel according to Mark. As you go through the Gospel you meet many fascinating women, most of whom are unnamed. Even though they are nameless, they have something to tell us and reveal to us regarding discipleship. 

Join us on Tuesday, June 8, 22, 29 and July 6, from 11 until noon via ZOOM. We will use the booklet, Holy Women, Full of Grace by Joan Mitchell, CSJ and Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ. Available from Good Ground Press for $8.00. Please register in advance.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Summer Salt for the Soul
We offer many things during the year to enhance, strengthen and expand our understanding of faith. These are usually done as a series of five to six weeks or more. Many people cannot commit themselves to a series. So, over the summer there will be two morning offerings and two evening offerings.  These are repeat sessions. These will be on ZOOM. NO REGISTRATION IS NEEDED.  Please write down the ID and Passcode.

Many people are familiar with lectio divina (sacred reading) but not as familiar with visio-divina (sacred viewing). During the Summer Salt Session, we will learn what visio-divina means and how to practice it. Then we will practice using a famous painting of the Prodigal Son and at the second session an icon of John resting on the chest of Jesus. Remember the evening sessions are a repeat of the morning sessions.

June 23 and June 30 11:00 AM -noon  Meeting ID: 870 9394 9939   Passcode: 571167
July 6 and July 13 from 7:00 -8:00 PM Meeting ID: 856 0254 5299     Passcode: 402089
Bulletin Advertising
Ed Clark representing Diocesan (our Bulletin Publisher) is currently renewing present advertisements and seeking new ones. If interested in any information regarding the different ad sizes and costs, please call the parish office, or you may contact Ed directly at 614-738-1472 or . We feel this is an excellent service and that the sponsors get good coverage with their ads. Only a one-third down payment is required to reserve an ad. THANKS TO YOU and DIOCESAN, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to the parish.
Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project
We were all smiles on Saturday, June 12 as St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry partnered with Habitat for Humanity MidOhio’s Playhouse Project to sponsor the builds of two playhouse projects, pray and create for two sweet girls, and get a little messy! Our parish teens maintained incredible work ethic as they brought their playhouse designs to life. Their work was so impressive, and the girls who received the playhouses were delighted! Thank you to everyone who helped make this service event possible. 
Drop In Bible Study
High School Youth Ministry is offering drop-in bible study every Thursday from 11 AM-12 PM!⁠ All high schoolers are invited to join us for a casual bible in the Massey Teen Room of Hendricks Hall.⁠ 
Bring a bible or borrow one of our bibles. Friends are welcome. See you soon! 
All high school students must have a completed emergency medical form to participate.
Dublin Community Giving Garden
Family First and St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry have teamed up this summer to care for creation and our neighbors as we water, weed, and harvest the Dublin Community Giving Garden beds. The produce harvested from the Giving Garden is donated to the Dublin food pantry to nourish our community. ⁠⁠ 
Join us every Tuesday, June 8 – August 10 from 10-11:30 AM.⁠⁠ Sign up before you come here!

All high school students must have a completed emergency medical form to participate. 
Dine for Habitat
On SaturdayAugust 21 at 5:00 pm, the Northside Partnership will be hosting an elegant dinner in a private dining area of the Hollywood Casino. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the next Habitat house build. St. Brigid is a member of the Northside Partnership, which is composed of 18 churches from the Dublin, Powell, Worthington, Clintonville and Beechwald areas. 
The dinner will feature a menu prepared by one of the best chefs in central Ohio. There will also be excellent wines for those who enjoy them. Tickets are $250 per couple. Sponsorships are also available for $250. If you do not own a business, sponsorships are also a great opportunity to honor a person (such as a grandchild) or to remember a person who has passed away. We also welcome donations of any size. To be a sponsor and bring a friend to dine is $400. Our sponsors and diners will receive an etched crystal wine glass. 
Please send your check made out to Habitat for Humanity to James Whitmer, 7200 Concord Bend Drive, Powell, OH 43065. If you prefer to use credit or debit card, please visit to purchase your tickets or sponsorship.
*Please note: Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Parishioner Written Book Available
Parishioner Anita Hessenaur's second collection of poems “We All Belong” just came out through Wipf and Stock publishers. 

The collection is a celebration of the worth and value of every life, which the poet offers as a bouquet to our Creator, who holds all of creation without exception in the divine embrace. The poems in this collection are but a minute reflection of the infinite love of the Maker for humanity. The grace-filled parachute of our Maker extends an unconditional welcome to all in this created world.

The book is available on Amazon.
Protecting God's Children (PGC) Zoom Session
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via ZOOM on June 30 and July 28.  

Please visit for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First-Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, chose Columbus, OH (Diocese) and create a Virtus account. These Zoom PGC sessions are listed under Holy Spirit. 

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, 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
Celebrating the Sacraments
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Makiyah Jean-Marguerite Kanzigg
  • Henry Charles Best
  • Benjamin William Kish
  • Amos Franklin Megown
  • Makenna Marie Suman
  • Jordan Thomas Horstman
  • Anthony Joseph Mangia
  • Andrew Yutaka Okamoto
  • Grant Lee Plogsted
  • Masion Scot Schouweiler
  • Charlotte Emily Unger
  • Grant Plogsted
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Thomas Javens and Laura Binkley
  • Brent Whitehead and Abby Baker
  • Nickolas Strominger and Amanda Knaus

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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.

  • Carol M. Wisler
  • Myrna Bibbo
  • Kelly Ann Schafer

7179 Avery Road,
Dublin, OH 43017