Common Threads
MARCH 2022
In a month when many celebrate their Irish Heritage, we look to our own patron Irish Saint, Brigid. St. Brigid of Kildare devoted her life to God. She served the poor and displaced. Today our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine suffer horribly, especially the innocent. Please join me in this traditional prayer to St. Brigid of Kildare for peace.  

St. Brigid of Kildare you were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. 

As we continue our Lenten journey, please join our parish in preparing for the Easter Season and take advantage of our many programs in the parish that will help you and your family ready yourselves for the gift of Jesus' Resurrection. 

See the article below for information on our parish's many Lenten activities.

Please remember Ukraine in your prayers and your donations. Click here to support families affected in Ukraine through Catholic Relief Services.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Parish Lenten Activities
Vespers & Penance Service
Vespers and Parish Penance Service will be held Sunday, April 10 at 5:00 pm in the Church. Visiting diocesan priests will serve as confessors. 

Individual confessions will be heard Monday, April 11, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Church.

Vespers will be held on Sundays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10 at 5 PM in the Church.

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross begin at 7 PM in the Church on the following Tuesdays:
March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Taize
Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 PM in the Church
Spend a quiet hour together as a family with prayer, reflection and music. 

Collection Drives
Operation Rice Bowl: Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls promote human dignity and foster solidarity with the poor around the world. Return Rice Bowl donations to the containers in the Gathering Area of the Church on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Check our parish Lenten webpage for additional Lenten opportunities.
Easter Triduum Mass Times
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 PM
Adoration in the Chapel following Mass concluding with Night Prayer at 9:30 PM

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Friday, April 15, 3:00 PM in the Church

Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 15, 7:30 PM in the Church

Blessing of Easter Food
Saturday, April 16, 12:00 PM in the Chapel

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 PM at Brigid’s Green

Easter Vigil Mass & Reception
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 17, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Easter Egg Hunt (Knights of Columbus)
The 22nd Annual St. Brigid’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 1:00 pm on Brigid’s Green (located at 7210 Avery Road, directly across the street from the church on Avery Road). The hunt will begin following the Blessing of Easter Food, which is scheduled at 12 pm in the church. 

Please note: the event will start promptly at 1:00 pm, plan to arrive a little early to park and make your way to the field.

All children ages 8 years and younger are invited. The children will be grouped in 3 age groups; ages 3 & under, ages 4-6, and ages 7-8. Each age group will have its own egg hunt area, and one grand prize will be provided for each age group.

Advanced registration or signup is not required. In the event of inclement weather, please check our website www.stbrigidkofc.org for a message as to whether or not the event will be held. If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Matt Blouir at Mattblouir@gmail.com .
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 lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org if you have any questions.
Corks for a Cause: Tickets Now on Sale
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.

Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. tickets, vacation homes, gift cards, etc.) as well as any bottles of wine valued at $20 or higher for our Wine Grab! If you can donate, please contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.

We also have several sponsorship opportunities that families or businesses can take part in:

Tickets
Tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, visit corks22.givesmart.com.
Adult Faith Formation Lenten Opportunities
with Sister Teresa
Open Our Hearts
Lent is a time to take stock of where we are on our spiritual journey. It is a moment to check our spiritual bearings and take any action that will keep us moving in the right direction.

Take time this Lent to engage with scripture and reflect on different aspects of your spiritual life with Open Our Hearts. Look at how you live out your faith at home, in your parish, and in the world. Connect at a deeper level with the Sunday gospels and take time every day to reflect and pray. 
  • TUESDAY MORNINGS after 9 AM MASS beginning March 8, 2022 through April 14, 2022 in the Berry Room of Hendricks Hall.
  • · TUESDAY AFTERNOONS (Women’s Little Rock Scripture Group) at 1:00 beginning March 8, 2022 through April 14, 2022 in the Carr Room of Hendricks Hall

Each weekly small-group session includes scripture, prayer and reflections along with concrete ways to live out that faith. The book also provides a meditation and reflection question for each weekday of Lent. Please register by emailing Sister Teresa (ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org) no later than February 28 so she knows how many books to order (approximately $10 per book).

Journey to Jerusalem
Jesus begins his public ministry after his baptism by John the Baptist. Jesus will go to the desert for forty days (a number always referring to a period of preparation for what is to come). In each of the synoptic gospels, but especially the Gospel of Luke, Jesus has now set His face to go to Jerusalem. This will be His final journey, and in that city, He will meet opposition, betrayal, trial, death and, ultimately, resurrection. Chapters 10-19 in Luke are full of statements about “going,” “following,” and being “along the road."
 
These chapters record more than just Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Certainly, “the road” (v. 57) refers to the road Jesus walked on, but it is also a metaphor for Christian discipleship. That’s why, as He walks along the road, Jesus is continually teaching about discipleship. He was preparing them and us to take up the mission.  Indeed, followers of Jesus were initially called followers of “the Way” (Acts 9:2). The Journey to Jerusalem is also our journey. We will meet many on the road (including ourselves) as we follow Jesus as his disciples. 
Thursday Afternoons: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at 2:00 PM via ZOOM 
(Meeting ID: 818 0305 9675   Passcode: LENT22)  

We Remember
When someone we love dies we gather as family and friends and have a wake, calling hours or visitation. It is a time when family and friends gather to offer support to each other, to tell stories and share memories about the person who has died. I feel certain that the disciples gathered the night Jesus died to do the very same things that we now do more than 2000 years later. Join me and others, via ZOOM, to hear the words poke from the cross, recall the stories and memories of his time on earth and relate them to our own lives. 
Tuesday evenings: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 at 7:00 PM via ZOOM
(Meeting ID: 838 3728 3814  Passcode: JESUS)
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
April 1
You are invited to spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist to feel his light and love on Friday, April 1st for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration following the 9:00AM Mass and concluding at 4:00PM with Benediction.

“The eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words: Come all who are sick, I will restore your health” - St. Bernadette (Feast Day: April 16)

Jesus invites each one of us to spend time in silence with him in Eucharistic Adoration to restore us. All are welcome, including families with children. If you wish to sign up for an hour, please use the QR code or email Shelly Cocumelli at rocks1dad@aol.com.
Special Collection: Donate to Families in Ukraine
Your help is needed in Ukraine where there are already more than 2.9 million people in need of assistance. There is great risk of additional suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety. CRS and our partners need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation intensifies.

CRS and Caritas partners on the ground are preparing across Ukraine and in bordering countries, ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more.

Years of conflict along the eastern border have already displaced 1.3 million people from their homes and claimed 14,000 lives. Throughout this time, Caritas Ukraine, with support from CRS, has been providing emergency relief and recovery.

The situation there is rapidly unfolding, and we could not do this work without your help. When you donate, you provide immediate assistance for your Ukrainian sisters and brothers affected by this crisis.

Your prayers and support will make so much difference. Please give a vital gift today!

There will be a special collection the weekend of March 20 for Ukraine.
Catholic Scholarship Opportunity
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
The St. Brigid of Kildare Knights of Columbus Scholarship was established to provide tuition assistance to high school seniors preparing to enter post-secondary school who are: Catholic, a St. Brigid of Kildare registered parishioner, are in need of financial assistance, and in good academic standing.
Father/Daughter Dance - March 25
The annual St. Brigid Knights of Columbus Father/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, March 25th in Hendricks Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Registration will open at 1:00 pm on February 27th. For more information or details on how to register, please see the event website: Saintbrigidfatherdaughterdance2022.eventbrite.com

Cost is $25/person and includes dinner, snacks, crafts, entertainment, and more. Space is limited, so please register early. Email family@stbrigidkofc.org if you have any questions.
Vacation Bible School 2022
June 20-24, 2022

Save the date for VBS, scheduled for June 20-24, 2022. More details will be released as they are set.

If you missed the initial planning meeting but are still interested in helping out with VBS, please contact Andrea Komenda at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Family First Lenten Programs
Mom to Mom
This Lent, Mom to Mom will be listening to the Abiding Together Podcast/Lenten study of This Present Paradise by Claire Dwyer. 

This study will challenge you with spiritual inspiration and practical wisdom, revealing how to live in union with God right now, during everyday life.

March 1st - S09 E08: This Present Paradise Part 1 (Ch.1-5)
March 8th - S09 E09: This Present Paradise Part 2 (Ch. 6-12)
March 15th - No Meeting Spring Break
March 22nd - S09 E10: This Present Paradise Part 3 (Ch. 13-19)
March 29th - S09 E11: This Present Paradise Part 4 (Ch. 20-26)
April 5th - S09 E12: This Present Paradise Part 5 (Ch. 27-33)
April 12th - S09 E13: This Present Paradise Part 6 (Ch. 34-38)

Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays in the Church Basement from 9:45am to 11:15 am. You do not need to listen/read ahead to participate, join when you can. Childcare available! Childcare sign up here!  

You can find links to the podcast, reading plan and where to buy the book here.

Please feel free to contact Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com or Anne Davis davis.anne81@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sisters in Christ
This Lent, Sisters in Christ will watch and discuss the video series “No Greater Love, A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion,” by Edward Sri. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God's immeasurable and unconditional love as you draw closer to Jesus.

March 2nd- No meeting- Ash Wednesday
March 9th - The Prayer of the Agony. 
March 16th - Are you the Christ?
March 23rd- Are you the Christ? (repeats spring break)
March 30th - The Trial before Pilate. 
April 6th - The Death of the Messiah.
April 13th - The Seven Last Words. 

Sisters in Christ meets on Wednesdays in the Deacon’s Room from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm. You do not need to prepare to participate, join when you can!  

Please feel free to contact Cheryl Hohlefelder hohleinone@gmail.com or Mandy Skinner amandaskinner2@gmail.com if you have any questions. 
SBAA Annual Board Member Elections
The St. Brigid Athletic Association's board members are an annual re-elected position. 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 https://www.gowolfhounds.com/board
If you would like more information about any of our board positions and/or to express interest, simply contact info@gowolfhounds.com by April 10th. 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 the following positions where existing board members are rolling off:
  • Athletic Director
  • Volleyball Commissioner

Board Elections will occur during the SBAA meeting on April 12th
Celebrating High School Seniors
Spring is here and graduation is approaching. This year, we will be celebrating our graduating high school seniors across the internet and in person! 

An RSVP form for the following celebrations will be published in April.

How are we celebrating graduating seniors? 
Please share with us your high school senior's name, photo, high school, and fall 2022 plans so we can celebrate them with you! St. Brigid of Kildare Church will honor your graduate through publications in the parish bulletin (print and online), parish website, and the High School Youth Ministry Instagram throughout the first week and weekend of June. 
We will be having a blessing of Graduating Seniors at 11 AM mass on May 15, 2022.

Attend the 11 AM mass on May 15, 2022 as a family and join us for a complementary and casual celebration after mass. Food and gifts for graduates are included. RSVP is required. 

Parents and high school graduates are invited to attend our Catholic in College Night on June 8, 2022 at 7:15 PM. 

What will happen at this hour-long gathering?
Current college students from colleges like Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, and the University of Cincinnati will be present to share about finding balance, owning our faith, and continuing to grow as an intentional disciple during college. These college students will also respond to questions parents or high school graduates have about the transition to college and more! Gifts for high school graduates will be provided, so RSVP will be required. 

Again, an RSVP form for the following celebrations will be published in April.

Reach out to Laura Ginikos at lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org if you have any questions.
Reconciliation Monday
As part of the diocesan-wide initiative Reconciliation Monday, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be hosting Reconciliation from 7-8 PM on Monday, April 11.
Synod Meeting March 19
Like many of the words that we use in our Catholic tradition, Synod is an ancient Greek word meaning assembling to determine the path forward. A Synod is a process that gathers Christ’s disciples so that their voices can be heard. It is the Church’s belief that each and everyone’s voice is that of Christ, and when two or three of Christ’s Faithful are gathered, he is present and alive in their midst. The history of the Church also shows us that the model of Synodality was a critical tool at times of crisis and challenge. The model of a Synod allows the presence of Christ to be given voice at this moment in our history.

Responding to Pope Francis’ call for all to participate in his Synod on Synodality, our Deanery will conduct a synodal listening session at the social hall of St. Joan of Arc Church, 10700 Liberty Rd., Powell, on Saturday, March 19, 1-3 p.m. This session will provide an opportunity to share our thoughts and feelings but more importantly to discern how the Holy Spirit is guiding us in our journey together. Please join us for this important event by registering at this link: https://columbuscatholic.org/synod/meetings. If you find another date and location that works better with your schedule, you are welcome sign up for that one.
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children sessions via Zoom 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16 at 6:00 pm via Holy Spirit Church. Registration is at www.virtus.org. 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 https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org
Mass Intentions for July - Sept
Opens April 4 at 10 AM on parish website (under Our News)
We will be taking Mass intention requests electronically through forms on the website for Masses in July, August and September, 2022. We will only be taking requests for July, August and September, 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.
Catholic Men's Luncheon Club
FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022
Father Stash Dailey returns and presents the second of his four-part series “RE-BUILDING A CHRISTIAN CULTURE.” Please join us Friday, April 1 at St. Patrick Church in downtown Columbus for lunch followed by Fr. Dailey’s talk entitled, “Sacred Scripture: A Word Spoken, Rest Received and Lived.” Part one of the series, “St. Joseph: Model of Penance and Discipline,” is available on the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club’s website www.catholicmensministry.com/.

The entire series is sponsored by Nos Lumine & Attollo (https://noslumine.com/), AM 820 St. Gabriel Radio (https://stgabrielradio.com/), Egan-Ryan Funeral Service (https://www.egan-ryan.com/), and Bottoms Up Diaper Drive (https://www.bottomsup.life/).  Holy Mass (optional) begins at 11:45 am followed by lunch at 12:10 pm and Fr. Dailey’s talk. Free parking is available in the Columbus State Grant Avenue parking lot (25-S) across the street from St. Patrick. No reservations are necessary. $12 covers the lunch and meeting. Bring a friend!

For information on Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club, visit www.catholicmensministry.com/cmlc. Our next luncheon is May 6, 2022 when Fr. Dailey will return and present part three of his series “Our Lady as Mother and Queen: Living the Life of the Church.”
Celebrating the Sacraments
 
Baptisms
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Hadley Sloane Prochaska
  • Margaret Sutter Bruns
  • Ava Marie Hohenberger
  • Caroline Parker Knisley
  • Chase Cameron Knisley
  • Grant Hudson Nungesser
  • Zachary James Skully
  • Gabrielle Rose Truini
  • Ari Michael Yetzer
  • Isabelle Louise Bruns
  • Keegan Henry McCarthy
  • Jacob Daniel Strunk

Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.
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.

  • Pauline Lerch
  • Thomas Alvich
  • Ellen Frey
 
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