Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
March 2019
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Tuesdays, Mar 12 - April 9
Soup Suppers & Stations of the Cross

Mar 23
Easter Bag Assembly (9:30 AM)

April 5

April 11
Taize Prayer

April 14
Vespers & Penance Service

Apr 18
Mass of the Lord's Supper (7:30 PM)

Apr 19
Celebration of the Lord's Passion (3 PM)
Stations of the Cross (7:30 PM)

Apr 20
Blessing of Easter Food (2 PM)
Easter Egg Hunt (2:30 PM)
Easter Vigil Mass & Reception (7:30 PM)

Apr 21
Easter Sunday

April 27
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Dispensation for March 29 from the Diocese of Columbus

Bishop Campbell has issued a decree granting all Catholics of the Diocese of Columbus a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 29, 2019, in honor of the very significant and historic occasion of the Installation of the Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan as 12 th  Bishop of Columbus.
Lenten Activities at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be offering many activities, prayer services, speakers and bible studies during Lent. 

Click the image to the right to view the full page flyer of all of our Lenten activities and Mass times.
Very Basic Overview of Islam

Today,  many people are eager to learn more about the Islamic religion.  For six (maybe seven weeks) we will explore some basic understandings of Islam and its connection to Judaism and Christianity.

Click here to learn more and to register.
Summer Book Series: Everybody Always (By Bob Goff)  
Thursdays, May 23-June 20 from 7-8:30 PM in Hendricks Hall  
In this five-week series, we explore what it truly means to love everybody the way Jesus loves them - without fear, insecurity, or restriction. This begins by loving people right where you are through serving and helping the neighbors God has placed into your world. Above all, it means not just agreeing with Jesus but  actually stepping  out and doing what Jesus said.  

Click here to learn more and to register.
Installation Mass & Vespers Service for Most Rev. Robert Brennan

The Installation Mass for Bishop Designate Robert Brennan as the twelfth Bishop of Columbus will take place on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral. There will also be an Evening Vespers Service with Bishop Designate Robert Brennan on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Due to space restrictions at the Cathedral, attendance at both Vespers and the Installation Mass is by invitation only. 

Parish lay participation at these historic celebrations is essential to Bishop Brennan and the Installation Committee, so our parish has selected Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Stephanie Hackett to attend the Vespers, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Maureen Zimmerman to attend the Installation Mass to represent Saint Brigid of Kildare at these services.

Corks for a Cause - Thank You!

THANK YOU for your support of our SPiCE program at Corks for a Cause!

We had another successful fundraiser for our parish SPiCE program, raising thousands of dollars for children in our parish and school with special learning needs.

This year, we introduced our next big goal for our SPiCE program -- launching a social emotional learning program to help children develop the skills needed to manage emotions, learn empathy, and build healthy relationships. Research shows that investment in social emotional learning in schools has led to gains in academics, improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and positive mental health outcomes. In just minutes at Saturday's event (despite the technological difficulties!), you helped us raise over $15,000 for this program! We are so grateful for such a supportive community that allows our SPiCE program to grow and adapt to the changing needs of our children.

If you were unable to attend or support our event this year, you can still contribute to our children by clicking the link below.

(scroll down to the Donate Now section)

Thank You to our speakers at the event, Chris & Jackie Walling, for sharing their heartfelt SPiCE story. 

Thank You Sponsors

VBS Registration Open! 

Get ready for a Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer! Join us as we travel the globe and learn why we pray, where we pray and how to make your prayer life take flight!

When: June 17-21, 2019, 9 am - noon
Where: St. Brigid of Kildare School
Who: Children 3 years old and potty trained by June 17, 2019 through those entering grade 6 (2019-20 school year)*
Cost: $40/per child (includes VBS T-Shirt, Music CD and all supplies used throughout the week)

Click here to register and learn more!

VBS is looking for adult and junior volunteers! Look for the volunteer registration forms at the link above.
Taize Prayer - April 11

Join the next parish Taize prayer on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

Take time to join together as a parish family in this beautiful service of music and reflection by candlelight.
Host a Sunday Social!

Are you looking for a quick and easy volunteer opportunity for your entire family? Consider hosting a Sunday Social! All of the food and beverages are provided. If you are eager and willing to help, please sign up below. There are only a few Sunday Socials left this year.

Crucial Conversations: Fighting Opiate Abuse
Tuesday, April 30 at St. Joan of Arc

6:15 p.m. Mass in Church
7-8:30 p.m. Presentation
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Social Hall
10700 Liberty Road S, Powell, OH 43065

Created and developed by Ohio emergency physician Dr. Ryan Squier, NIX Opiates is dedicated to fighting the opioid and heroin crisis. Dr. Squier will be our speaker for the evening talking candidly about the dangers of both prescription and street opioids and how easily and quickly a person can become addicted, as well as presenting ideas to keep our kids and community safe.

Click here to RSVP.
Family First Encourages Parents to Help Children Give Alms
Help your children understand almsgiving better by allowing them to select their own gently used books, toys, and board games to share with needy children.  Choose 40 items over Lent and drop them off on Tuesdays 9:30-11 am in Hendricks Hall during the Mom to Mom meeting (no meeting on Mar 26), or contact Cheryl  Hohlefelder  at  to make other arrangements. 

I tems will be donated to the St. Vincent Family Center which serves children ages 3-13.  For more information about items they accept visit

The final collection will occur on April 23.  

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
April 27, 2019

Join us for the Tom Daugherty Orchestra's 17-piece band and vocalists in a tribute to the "Big Band Era". 
Please join us for the parish's volunteer appreciation dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6 PM in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium.

All adult volunteers of the parish, school, and religious ed are welcome to this free appreciation event! 

RSVP: required by April 22 by emailing or calling the parish office at (614) 761-3734.
Important Message from the Saint Brigid Athletic Association!

The Athletic Board is pleased to announce a fundamental change in how our board is structured. All positions are now up for re-election each year. We encourage all parish members to apply regardless of children in the program and/or previous service on the board. All current board members wanting to continue service should apply as well.

This is your chance to get involved! If you have any interest in helping out with the athletic board, this is the time. You can see a list of current board positions on

If you would like more information about any of our board positions and/or to express interest, simply contact The time commitment depends on the position, but for most positions is far less than you might expect - and you get to be involved with all our sports programs and initiatives.

While all positions are available, in particular we are actively looking for a new Athletic Director as our current AD will be moving on at the end of this school year. Just contact us for more information!
Protecting God's Children
April 11

St. Brigid of Kildare will be offering a Protecting God's Children session on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 am in the Carr Nursery of Hendrick's Hall.

Registration is required at
March is  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Embrace. Welcome. Participate.

All persons with disabilities have gifts to contribute to the whole Church.

Click here to view a PDF created by the Diocese of Columbus on March DDA. This PDF includes a prayer for inclusion, reflection questions, resources and more information available through the Diocese of Columbus.

EPIC Middle School Youth Group
Thank you for a great year of middle school youth ministry! We are busy getting the 2019-2020 calendar together and are looking forward to sharing it later this spring. Registration for the 2019-2020 EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry will open later this spring as well. Anyone who will be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during 2019-2020 is invited to register.

EPIC co-coordinators: Laura Ginikos ( ) and Andrea Komenda ( )

High School Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry meets Thursdays during Lent from 7-8:30 PM in Enke Hall
Each week this Lent, we will gather for food and games followed by small group bible study as we prepare for Easter.

Gospel Road Diocesan Mission Trip (save the date)
July 14-18, 2019 | Pickerington, OH
Gospel Road is a five-day overnight mission focused work camp for high school youth from Catholic churches and schools throughout the Diocese of Columbus. Gospel Road 2019 will be hosted at Seton Parish in Pickerington, OH. Stay tuned for more information & registration.

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) | November 21-24, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biannual experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers. In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experiencechurch and be empowered for discipleship. 
More information & online registration can be found at 

Laura Ginikos | | 614-718-5832 | @brigid_youthmin

Full 2018-19 high school youth ministry calendar

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.
Young Adults are invited to participate with the entire parish in Soup and Stations on Tuesdays, March 12- April 9 from 6-8 PM throughout Lent.
Join us for an April Book Group gathering! We're meeting on Monday, April 15th @ 7 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall. We'll talk about the book, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic Worldby Max Lucado. Come having already read the book. Bring your book and a snack/beverage to share with the group. *Reading the book is not required for attending book club gatherings. Life gets crazy. Come anyway to share in fellowship & conversation.
Laura Ginikos | | 614-718-5832

High School Senior Celebration
Sunday, May 5 from 10:45 AM-1:00 PM

All high school seniors & family members, St. Brigid wants to celebrate YOU! St. Brigid's High School Senior Celebration will be held after the 10:45 AM Mass on May 5, 2019. Attend 10:45 AM Mass as a family, and then head over to Hendricks Hall for our celebration brunch in honor of the high school seniors in our St. Brigid community! Attire is business casual and RSVP is required, as we will be serving brunch and presenting gifts to our high school seniors. This celebration will end around 1:15 PM.

RSVP deadline: April 8, 2017
Trouble with RSVP? Email Laura Ginikos at
Celebrating the Sacraments
Baptism of Georgia Grace Verhoff
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:

Brody Michael Greenwell
Reagan Rose O'Connell
Gabriela Lucia Piedrahita
Emilia Rose Schussler
Vincent Richard Spagna
Samuel Keith Strope
Evan Andrew Strunk
Georgia Grace Verhoff  
Kiera Ann White

Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the last month:
  • Gwen Klamut & Andrew Retzinger

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.

Romano Conti
Shirley Nolan McCaffrey

Beverly van Blaricom
Amelia Winchester

Stephen Markos
Mervyn 'Merv' McGeown

Robert 'Corky' Norton
Olga Rozich

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