Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 November 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Dec 3
Women's 1-day Retreat

Dec 4 - 6
Advent Parish Mission

Dec 9
Men's Inception Retreat

Dec 13
Taize Prayer - 7 PM

Dec 17
Christmas in Dublin

Jan 7-8
High School Winter Weekend

Feb 1
The Feast of Saint Brigid (9 am Mass)

Feb 4
First Communion Retreat

Feb 25
Confirmation Retreat

Join Our Advent Parish Mission Dec 4 - 6
"In the Tender Mercy of Our God"

Every moment of the Advent Parish Mission will be supported by scripture, story, sacred song and dynamic preaching as Sr. Ann and Fr. Jim invite all of St. Brigid of Kildare to trustingly bask "in the Tender Mercy of Our God."

Since the beginning of time God has been trying to convince humanity of Divine tenderness, compassion, and a mercy beyond imagination. Jesus Christ, heralded for centuries and born among us as one of us, embodied living proof of God's faithful forgiveness and unconditional love. In this grand 21st century church of ours, His Holiness Pope Francis epitomizes what God has been trying to teach the world for ages and ages.

We will be visited by preachers, Sr. Ann Willits, OP and Rev. Jim Marchionda, OP - Dominicans who wholeheartedly embrace this glorious gift of God and refreshing, joyful vision and witness of Pope Francis.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Tuesday, December 6, 2016
7:00 PM each evening in the church
The last evening will end with a prayer concert in the church followed by a social (to meet the preachers) in Hendricks Hall.
We will also have available books and CDs authored by the preachers.

St. Brigid Adult Christmas Choir

Have you thought about joining the choir but don't want to make the yearlong commitment?

We are in need of additional singers for Christmas, and this is a great opportunity to sing with the choir with minimal commitment time!

Join us for four Wednesday evening rehearsals beginning on November 30th from 7:30 - 9:00PM in the church, then join us for 10:00PM Mass  on Christmas Eve, when we present 45 minutes of music prior to Mass alongside a string quartet from the Columbus Symphony.

Contact Katherine Florian at if you are interested!

New Programs to Help Older Adults

Are you an older adult or a concerned family member of a senior?  Are you looking at ways to continue to live at home safely, or to downsize and declutter? Are you interested in learning about senior housing options? Do you need help to figure out complicated Medicare choices, need help with insurance forms, or need an advocate to accompany you to doctor appointments? Do you need help with transportation or shopping?  Syntero, Inc., formerly Dublin Counseling Center, is a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years.  Thanks to generous funding from the City of Dublin, Syntero's senior supportive services have now been expanded and are available to Saint Brigid of Kildare parishioners in Dublin. Through the Older Adults Program, Syntero's services can also link seniors with personal or mental health counseling for stress, anxiety or depression (office or home visits).  There is no charge for these services. 

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or a senior loved one, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

Year End Donations

St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is blessed to receive many gifts given at the end of the calendar year.  These gifts are vital to the operations of our parish and we are grateful for our parishioner's generosity. 
Donations mailed to the Parish Office must have a postmark of December 31, 2016.  The date on the check cannot be used as the date received.  The postmark will be used in order to comply with IRS instructions.
The request for donations to be debited through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) must be received in the Parish Office by December 21, 2016 in order to be processed on December 28, 2016.
As you are planning your Christmas season, please remember to get your year-end donations to St. Brigid of Kildare before the deadlines.  Thank you for your support of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.
If you have any questions please contact Jackie Mack in the parish office at 761-3734 or

New Programs to Help Caregivers of Older Adults

Do you care for an older adult and need help or guidance?

Understanding the needs of an older loved one and learning what alternatives are available is very confusing, time consuming and stressful. You may not know the best way to cope with your stress or find the assistance that you need.

St. Brigid is partnering with Syntero, Inc., (formerly Dublin Counseling Center) a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years, to help put you in touch with the resources you need. The services provided by Syntero are available at no charge and are designed to give you a helping hand and to assist you in becoming a more effective caregiver, including the need for your own self-care and stress management. They are a great resource for locating reliable information about community services and how to access them, as well as for understanding conditions affecting older adults such as Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and other health conditions. A specialist from Syntero is available to meet you at your home, their offices, or other community locations -- your choice. One-on-one meetings, family conferences, and phone conversations are available daytime, evenings and weekends.

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or caregiver you know, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

Taize Prayer: Dec 13
All are welcome to enjoy this quiet prayer service.
Do You Have the Time To Help an Older Adult Parishioner in Need?

Many seniors in our parish are in need of transportation services, home visits, or other help. If you have any time at all and feel the call to help a parishioner in need, please contact us.  We will partner you with Syntero to be trained to help.  They accommodate all schedules and will set up either a short or long term match with a parishioner in need. Volunteer opportunities are based on your schedule and flexibility -- any amount of time you're able to give is enough! Our focus at St. Brigid is hospitality, which means welcoming and helping each other.  Please help us to further this goal, keeping in mind what Jesus taught us:  " Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40.  Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering to help St. Brigid seniors in need, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

Download Our New Parish Mobile App

St. Brigid of Kildare has launched our own parish mobile app to encourage Catholic life every day. The app has many exciting features to keep you in the loop.

To download the app, search for the "myParish" app in your app store, then select St. Brigid of Kildare as your parish.

For more information and instructions, click here.

Been awhile since you've been to Confession? Use the Confession guide in the myParish app for a refresher.

Religious Ed Preschool

Pictured below are our Religious Education preschool  3s learning that God made the world and it is so good! God gave me helpers and I can help too! 

Christmas Giving Trees

The trees are now up in the Gathering Area.  Your gifts will support:  St. Vincent Family Center, Heinzerling Foundation, Holy Family Soup Kitchen, Kentucky Mission, St. Stephen's Community Center, St. Lawrence Haven, Gladden Community House, and the St. Brigid of Kildare Emergency Fund.  You can help brighten someone's Christmas by taking an ornament and purchasing the gift item requested.  Please remember that by taking an ornament, you have made a commitment to someone who may otherwise not receive a gift.
Return the gift/s to Hendricks Hall no later than NOON on Sunday, December 4th and please attach the paper ornament to the gift.   Any gift returned after this date may not be delivered.  Thank you for your generosity!
Contact Lisa Redd at 286-5561 or with any questions.

VBS 2017 Planning Begins

Mark your calendars! 

Vacation Bible School will take place June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017. 

Volunteer Committees are forming now and we need your help! To get involved, please contact VBS Director, Amie Lopez at  

Men's Inception Retreat - Dec 9

From parishioner Sean White:
I am humbled to be the MC at this year's St. Brigid Men's Inception Retreat on Dec 9th held at St. Therese Retreat Center.  There is room for 50 men at this 1 day retreat, that personally changed my faith life in 2010, after about 10 yrs of taking up space in a pew.  More on that at the retreat!
We'll have dinner, hear a lay witness talk from 2 of our parishioners, have some talks with our clergy, fellowship, and a few other parts ending with 5pm Mass on Saturday, home in time for parties and back with the family.
You'll have your own room and meals, coffee, snacks are provided.  The theme of this retreat is "becoming a better version of yourself". 
I'd like to invite you to attend. From my experience, it's a great way to end your year and prepare for the next.  Nothing but good things come out of this 24 hrs.  It's a short, impactful time to awaken, renew, or grow your faith. 
Click here for the registration form.

Bring a friend!  Hope to see you there!  Sean White, Parishioner

Women's Retreat Registration Full

The annual St. Brigid of Kildare Women's Retreat registration has filled up! If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Jody White at 

EPIC: Middle School Youth Group News

EPIC Thanksgiving Meals
Our EPIC middle school youth group will deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need this weekend, after they attend 12:15 p.m. Mass.  If you volunteered to donate a Thanksgiving meal, thank you!!  It should be dropped off in front of the school at 2:30 p.m.  We will have students there to unload the meal from your vehicle and load it into a delivery vehicle.  An update will be published next month with the total number of meals we donated and delivered.  Together, we will help many families in need, and are set to deliver more meals than ever before!

EPIC Christmas in Dublin
Our next event will be December 17, when we will host children from Run the Race Club here at St. Brigid for Christmas in Dublin.  Choices will be 1) to help set up from 9 a.m. to noon; or 2) to be a big buddy, together with a St. Brigid high school teen, to a Racer during the event.

If you have a child interested in joining EPIC, don't worry, it is never too late!  EPIC is for all 7th and 8th graders of the parish.  Simply go to the parish website at, and select "Youth" and "Middle School Youth Group" from the drop down menu.  Then fill out the online registration form at the bottom of the page under "links."  There is no fee to participate.  If you have questions, contact Kim VanHuffel at
Interfaith/Ecumenical Thanks and Giving Service
Sponsored by SAIL  (Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders)

November 20, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Consider attending this service as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is an opportunity to learn about what "giving thanks to God" means in other faith traditions .
Dublin Community Church - United Church of Christ
81 West Bridge Street   Dublin, OH 43017

Please bring non-perishable food items for the Dublin Food Pantry .
We frequently contribute to Dublin Food Pantry but many have never been there.  Take an opportunity to do that.  Tours of the pantry will be offered at 6:30 p.m., prior to the service.  All are welcome! 

Contact Sister Teresa with questions (

Making a Space for God ...  
Day of Peaceful Prayer for Women

There are many opportunities for prayer at St. Brigid Parish.  This year we have expanded the retreat offerings.  We will still have the Men's Weekend Retreats and the Women's Weekend Retreat for those who find a weekend the best format for them.  Many people cannot attend an entire weekend and we want to offer alternatives throughout the year.  One alternative is an Advent Day of Prayer for Women .  We are entering what is often the busiest time of year for many people.  At the same time, the Church asks us to enter into the beautiful season of Advent and to prepare once again to welcome the Word Made Flesh into our midst.  In this busy season of Advent, we invite you to take time to STOP! LOOK! LISTEN to God's love revealed in Jesus Christ and our desire to respond to that love.  The day will include morning prayer, presentations, silence, time for conversation and closing prayer.  Our guides for the day are Mary Reichley and Sr. Louis Mary Passeri, OP.  Mary and Sr. Louis Mary have done many retreats and days of prayer across Ohio. They both are spiritual directors and the day promises to be an opportunity to find that deep place of peace as we prepare for the Word Made Flesh.

December 3, 2016    
St. Therese Retreat Center 5277 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213
9:30 AM -  3:00 PM Day of Prayer.  
Cost $25.00 includes beverages, breakfast treat, lunch and conference fee.
Registration is required no later than November 28, 2016

Questions? Email Sr. Teresa at
Coming Lent 2017: LENT MADNESS

You are, no doubt, familiar with MARCH MADNESS.  Lent, 2017 begins on March 1st so we are going to have LENT MADNESS.  Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck.  In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, e format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. These will be in the booklet entitled Saintly Scorecard.  Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer on line quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.  November 3, 2017 is All BRACKETS DAY.  Watch the bulletin and parish app for more information!

St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry

Weekly Formation:
Bible Study, 7:30-8:30 PM
1st, 2nd, & 4th Tuesdays, Massey Teen Room

Disciple Night, 7:30 - 9 PM
Thursdays in Enke Hall (park/drop off near school gym)

Monthly Service:
Urban Ministry, 7:30-9 PM
1st Wednesday of the month, meet in Massey Teen Room

Run the Race, 7:30-8:30 PM
3rd Tuesday of the month, meet in Massey Teen Room

Christmas in Dublin, December 17, 2016,  1-6 PM (includes  5 PM Mass)
Volunteer registration deadline:  Dec 2, Registration will open  Nov 7
Donation Needs          Volunteer Needs           HS Buddy Sign-up
High School Winter Family Outing: Mad River Tubing, December 29, 2016, 5-9 PM
$12/person (pay upon arrival), Sign up deadline: December 19  Sign up here

Winter Weekend, January 7-8, 2017
$25/ Student, Registration deadline: Dec 19, 2016  Register here
January 7-8, 2017, 8 AM Saturday-2 PM Sunday. A retreat of friends, music, prayer, and fun! Meals and transportation are included. The cost is $25.
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2016
Visit  to view the calendar & access sign-up links.
Director of High School Youth Ministry:
Laura Butsch/ / 614-718-5832

Young Adult Ministry
St. Brigid's Young Adult group will meet the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall for group discussion of the book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job by Kerry Weber.

Reading the book is not necessary to participate in group discussion; however, it is an entertaining, easy, and encouraging book to read. You can find the book online at Loyola Press' website or through other online shopping for $15 or less.
Plan to read the following chapters of Mercy in the City (approx. 20 pages per month) prior to our monthly gatherings:

* Chapters 13-16 for Dec. 20, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 17-21 for Jan. 17, 7:30-9 PM
* Chapters 22-25 for Feb. 21, 7:30-9 PM

Young Adult Ministry contact: Laura Butsch/ / 614-718-5832

Deaths of Parishioners
The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare in the last month.  Please remember them and their families in prayer.
  • Paula Campagni
  • Richard O'Connor

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