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

Please note all events have currently been cancelled or postponed. 

We will keep you updated as we have more information.

A Message from Monsignor Hendricks

Last week Monsignor Hendricks recorded a video and wrote a letter with an update on COVID-19 and how it has impacted our parish and our clergy and staff, as well as the challenges St. Brigid of Kildare faces as we work to slowly reopen.

Re-Opening Update:
At St. Brigid of Kildare, we have put in place our own task force planning committee composed of staff members and local medical advisors to prepare a plan for how a re-opening will work best here.  We are following recommendations from public health experts, local government, and the Diocese of Columbus to determine the best gradual reopening dates and policies specifically for St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, which has many unique challenges simply due to the size of our parish and church.

We will be updating parishioners in the coming weeks with our guidelines and policies for our gradual re-opening. Our parishioners' health and safety are at the forefront of these decisions, as we feel a strong responsibility to protect our community and especially those most vulnerable.

Please know that the Bishops of Ohio have suspended the obligation to attend Mass through September 13. We will continue to live stream all of our Masses, and we will rely on and strongly encourage many people to still use this option during this extended time of limited gatherings.

While we are all eager and anxious to get back to our church to worship and celebrate Mass as a community, we must implement this return extremely carefully and cautiously in order to protect our community. The success of this process and the gradual reopening will be dependent on the vigilant safeguards taken by all of our community members. We are hopeful for the day we can return to our lives prior to COVID-19, and we continue to pray for all those affected by this virus in innumerable ways. 
Mass Live Stream Schedule

We hope you have been enjoying our live streams of Mass. The videos are  available at  our  YouTube channel  and our  parish Facebook page.

Daily Masses:
Celebrated by Monsignor Hendricks, will be available each weekday at Noon.

Weekend Masses:
Celebrated by Fr. Morris and a deacon, will be live streamed at 5 PM on Saturdays and 9:30 AM on Sundays.

Please remember these are strictly live streams only,  no one will be permitted to enter the church.

You can also access these videos after they are recorded by scrolling on these pages to the most recent videos. 

To sign up to be notified when a livestream begins:
On YouTube, click the "Subscribe" button (you will be prompted to login)
On Facebook, click Like and Follow on the page to get notified via Facebook when we are live. The recorded daily Masses will also remain on these pages if you scroll down.
Here are visual instructions for how to be notified.

A Family's Guide to Watching Mass Remotely
Click here for a great visual guide with tips for watching Mass virtually with your family. 
Easter Mass Viewing Photos

We hope you enjoyed a virtual Easter Mass with your family!

Below are photos from our parishioners of families viewing the Easter Mass at home.

Paycheck Protection Program from the Small Business Association

We, and most parishes of the Columbus Diocese, were directed by the Bishop to apply for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan. We received $912,500 in loan proceeds on May 1. The funds can be used for employee compensation, employee benefits and utilities. Spending is on a cash basis and starts May 1 and ends Friday, June 26.

Based on our March projection and assuming no drastic changes, we will most likely spend $775,000 (85% of the proceeds). We will return the difference as per the directive from the Diocese.

This government funding is a blessing as it allows us to honor our commitments to parish and school staff and to continue our mission of spreading the Gospel to our Saint Brigid family and Dublin community. These funds will allow us to keep our employees whole and free up resources to prepare for an uncertain future. We know we will need to make changes to the school and church facilities to comply with newly-defined best practices. We also understand there are risks that threaten our way of life in terms of community and school involvement. We are grateful to our faithful and generous parish family and appreciative the sacrifices of our school and Religious Education families as we weather this storm together.
Psalms of Lament Bible Study

Tuesday Morning Group is Moving to Tuesday Afternoon!

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Sound familiar? You may recall these as words Jesus cried from the cross. In these days of coronavirus pandemic, you may have cried out the same thing. For many, it seems as if God has abandoned us in this crisis. You have may felt that God abandoned you when someone you loved died or someone you love took their own life. You, too, may have cried out, "My God, my God why have you abandoned me?"

We will meet via ZOOM starting Tuesday, May 19 and continuing on each consecutive Tuesday until June 23 from 1 PM to 2:15 PM. We will look at the lament psalms (study, pray and reflect). You need to have the ZOOM app and an e-mail account. You also need to register no later than May15th but the sooner the better. Once you have registered you will receive the information you need by May 18. - Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP

Click here to register for the Psalms of Lament Study.
Help for Parishioners in Need

"This is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic."

Pope Francis' statement in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" was delivered from an empty St. Peter's Basilica instead of to the usual crowd of tens of thousands. It was a message framed by his focus on this year's "Easter of solitude" - that it should be a contagion of hope.

At St. Brigid of Kildare, now more than ever, we strive to continue to fulfill our Christian mission of extending grace and service to those in need. This is a time of crisis and we know it is a unique situation for everyone. We want to be a source of hope and comfort for our parish family - if you or someone you know is struggling spiritually or financially at this time, please reach out to us.
St. Brigid is blessed to have many devoted parishioners who have stepped up and donated funds to help their fellow parishioners in need. Our 55+ Club has designated over $1,500 to help someone in need during this time, and our Knights of Columbus have committed $2,000 to assist our parishioners. Our Sister, Deacons and Priests have been reaching out to those that need a reassuring call or consolation. We have been working with local agencies and volunteers to connect individuals with services. Please reach out. This is not a time for pride or embarrassment. We have the resources and want to help during this crisis.

If you or someone you know is in need, please fill out our Contact Form on our website and someone from the parish will be in touch.

We are praying for you all during this difficult time, as well as the world leaders and all those serving their community to help fight this pandemic.

Receiving the Eucharist During a Pandemic

By Brian Vetter, C.S.C.

Brian Vetter, a St. Brigid of Kildare parishioner since 2009 and St. Charles alumnus, is a seminarian in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is currently at the University of Notre Dame studying for a Master of Divinity degree.

As I have been spending these days of quarantine in Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame, I have found myself unsettled by the fact that because I am in a seminary, I am still able to attend daily mass, something 99% of Catholics cannot do right now. I have often asked myself, "Why me? Why should I be one of the lucky few who still gets to carry on and receive the physical presence of Jesus every single day?" In asking this question, I have come to realize a simple and crucial truth: this is not about me.

Sunshine Committee Can Help Those Who Are Sick, Need Meals, or Errands Run

The Sunshine Committee is a group that provides homemade meals to parishioners in need of a little extra help during a transitional time of life. Whether it is because there is an illness in the family, vulnerability during the COVID-19 crisis, or the joyous occasion of a new baby, we will bring home cooked meals to you! We also have people who would happily cook a meal, run an errand, or pick up something extra for someone needing it when shopping at the store for those who can not leave their home during quarantine. If you think a friend or loved one is in need, please reach out to us with their information. We are happy to see how we can help make things a little easier. Questions? Please contact Alli Close Myers at 614-264-9999 or We are also accepting new chefs! Contact Alli for details.
Offertory Donation Update

St. Brigid of Kildare has been blessed to have benefitted from the generosity of thousands of parishioners through this quarantine.  We have been able to keep our parish running and have been able to help your fellow parishioners that have been in need during this crisis.  Thank you to all those that have supported our parish.  

We however have seen a dramatic loss to our offertory by hundreds of thousands of dollars.  We need your help to continue our mission of serving the parishioners of St. Brigid of Kildare.  Please consider utilizing our Electronic Fund Transfer system or making your gift virtually by using one of the options below.  We are praying for you and are looking forward to the time when we are back in our beautiful church celebrating as a parish family once again.

Offertory Donation Options:
  1. Online one-time donation: Just click here to complete the form.
  2. Sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer: You can do this by completing this Offertory Commitment Form and mailing it to PO Box 3130, Dublin, OH 43016. We will continue to check mail once a week.
  3. Mail in a check to our PO Box 3130 Dublin, Ohio 43016.  
If you have any questions about your offertory contributions at this time, please contact Jackie Mack via email at .

We will continue to pray for you and your family's health and safety during this time, and please continue to pray for us. 
Latest Updates from the SBAA
  • The SBAA Board held its annual board member election on May 12, and is looking for a Football Commissioner & SBAA Secretary.
  • Please check out the latest updates from SBAA with regards to spring sports status, fall sports registrations, and our summer programs. 
You can find out details and stay up to date by visiting 
That Man is You! and Knights of Columbus Update

Men of St Brigid of Kildare Parish,

During these challenging times, many men of our parish have found strength in meeting virtually. It is a way to invest in our relationship with God and with other men of the parish when other options are so few.

Over 60 men have been meeting via Zoom these past weeks to complete our Year 1 of "That Man is You!" program. "My personal experience has been that the time spent together has been a wonderfully enriching experience - talking with other Catholic men and how to become better husbands, fathers, and leaders at home and work."

The Knights of Columbus has developed a 12 part video series called "Into the Breach". It begins on Saturday, May 2nd from 7am-8am, we already have over 50 men of the parish signed to watch and discuss each video in small groups. View the 2 minute trailer to learn more here.

Monsignor Hendricks has encouraged both programs "That Man is You!" and "Into the Breach" for all men of the parish.

To join the program, please sign up at  so you can get the Zoom invites each week. Please join us!
Incoming 9th-12th Grade Young Women: Summer Book Group

Summer Book Group is open to all young women who are incoming 9th-12th graders. This summer we will be reading Go Bravely by Emily Wilson Hussem. Visit to learn about Emily Wilson Hussem and her book, Go Bravely.

Teen leader, Ava M., will facilitate fellowship and book discussion on Thursday evenings at 7 PM, June 4-July 9. All gatherings will be via Zoom until we resume in-person gatherings on the parish campus.

To join...
  1. Buy the book (on Amazon or anywhere books are sold)
  2. Email Laura Ginikos at saying you plan to participate in the book group. All book group communication will take place through GroupMe, so Laura will reply to you with a GroupMe invitation.
  3. When you receive the GroupMe invitation, join the GroupMe and your registration will be complete!
Men and Two Nuns

Many people today are asking the "meaning making" questions. We all want our lives to have meaning. We ask how does faith inform and shape our daily lives? How does our daily life enhance and strengthen our faith? How can our life feel less fragmented and
compartmentalized? These are the spiritual questions of life. They are the wisdom-seeking invitations stirring within the depths of our soul. These are the hungers that theological reflection can help feed. But what is Theological Reflection? How do we do it? Why do we do it? And what difference does it make?

Join Sr. Teresa and Sr. Joye along with no more than ten men to study, learn, practice and share theological reflection. Five Mondays of June (1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) at 7:00 PM via ZOOM. 

Register Here no later than May 26th. After ten registrations names will go on a waiting list. - Sister Teresa
Parishioners Parade Dublin Retirement Village

A few weeks ago, some of our St. Brigid of Kildare parishioners paraded around Dublin Retirement Village in their cars, flashing lights and tooting horns so residents know they are not forgotten.   

We have received many letters of appreciation from the residents of DRV. Thank you to our parishioners for organizing this heartwarming event!
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  • All nine video lessons
  • Financial Tools and Downloads
  • An Active online community
  • Ask a Coach feature
More info can be found at 
Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser
For the past 12 years, Habitat for Humanity has been hosting an annual golf outing as a fundraiser. Starting this year, they are moving indoors. 

On Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 the Northside Partnership will be hosting a dinner in a private dining area of The Hollywood Casino. The money from this fund raiser will go to our next Habitat house build. The northside partnership is composed of 18 churches from the Dublin, Powell, Worthington, Clintonville, and Beechwald areas and includes St. Brigid of Kildare.

Attendees will enjoy amazing wine and a delicious dinner prepared by one of the best chefs in central Ohio. Tickets for this event are $500 per couple. We are also looking for sponsors ($250). In addition to showcasing businesses, sponsorships are also a great place to honor a someone, such as a parent or a grandchild, or to remember a person who has passed away. We will also welcome donations of any size. Sponsorships will appear on the reverse side of the menu. Sponsors will receive a special customized version of the menu suitable for displaying.

Please send your check made out to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio. to James Whitmer 7200 Concord Bend Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065. Or, purchase tickets or sponsorships online at: 

* Please note, all participants must be 21 to attend.
Increase in Email Scams in Diocese and at St. Brigid of Kildare

We recently received a warning from the Diocese that scam emails have dramatically increased. Currently there is one going around that looks like it came from Msgr. Hendricks (targeting staff members) and is asking for them to change their direct deposit info.

In addition, most of what is being seen is about the coronavirus or COVID-19. Cyber predators prey on situations where people can't fully prepare. They might want to show you the latest map of infections in your area or tell you about how to get tested. They are written in a way to play on your fears and scare you into acting right now! Don't fall for any of these.

The best plan of action against these emails if you get one is to delete it. Never respond and never click on any link or attachment in the email, if there are any. Be safe and think before you click.

In addition, this is a good time to tighten up passwords. Don't use the same one for all accounts and don't write it down somewhere easily found. Change your passwords frequently. If a hacker can gain access to your email, they can hack into a variety of accounts by using the forgot password link. It sends an email to the email they have hacked so now they are into another account.

There are also various social media scams going around in attempt to get you to share personal information that is often used as passwords or security question answers (e.g. your high school mascot, pet's name, street name, etc.) Please think twice before sharing any of this information.

Think twice before you click!
Family Support Resources from Syntero

In the latest short educational video from Syntero, S upporting Your Child While Staying at Home: Helpful Tips is from  Syntero School-Based Clinicians Amanda Niedermeyer, M.S. Ed, LPCC-S, and Shantel Jackson, LPCC. They provide tips to help parents support their children's overall health and wellness while staying at home. Please share with anyone who may find this information helpful.

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.

  • J Carpenter, husband of Diane
  • Michael Crego, husband of Teresa

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