Common Threads
It is during the celebration of Thanksgiving we reflect on the many blessings in our lives. I have been very blessed this year to celebrate three milestones in my life with my St. Brigid parish family -- my 75th birthday, the 50th anniversary of my ordination, and 25 years at our parish. I received hundreds of prayers and well wishes. I am so grateful for all my experiences here and the lifelong friendships I have made. It has been a privilege to be a part of your lives.

One of our blessings at St. Brigid of Kildare is our elementary school and the gift of Catholic education that we have to offer our parish children. But Catholic education is a sacrifice. Our tuition is $6,750 per student. During the last few weeks, we have been sharing the news of a new program through the State of Ohio that will offer a tax credit for donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations. This will allow St. Brigid of Kildare to provide scholarships to attend our school to students with financial need. 

In 2021, The Diocese of Columbus chartered the Diocesan Education Corp, an entity approved by the State's Attorney General's office to become a "Scholarship Granting Organization" (SGO) for non-public schools. This SGO operates under the name of the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund (Emmaus) and is prepared to accept donations. There is not a limit to how much you can give, but donors will receive a dollar-for-dollar Ohio state tax credit up to $750, or $1,500 for married couples filing jointly. This is not a tax deduction in the traditional sense, it is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that allows you to earmark your Ohio income taxes for Catholic education scholarships.  

If you choose to donate to Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund by December 31, 2022, you will be able to take a tax credit on your 2022 state taxes. If you designate St. Brigid of Kildare School, 100% of your donation will be available to St. Brigid to be used to give scholarships to students with financial need. Your donation would go a long way in keeping Catholic education affordable for our families, especially those most in need. You may still use your donation as a deduction on your federal income tax return. 

Below is more information and links to donate. If you can take advantage of this program, it would make a significant impact on the children in our parish. Thank you again for all your support and have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks
Advent & Christmas 2022 at St. Brigid of Kildare
Below are the many ways St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be celebrating the Advent season. Click the link on the bottom for dates, details, and more information on each of these activities.

  • Sunday Evening Prayer & Reconcilation Service
  • Vespers Evening Prayer
  • Taize Prayer
  • Voices of Advent
  • Advent Pause for Prayer
  • Mom to Mom Advent Series
  • Sisters in Christ Advent Series
  • Virtual Family Rosary
  • HSYM Advent Half-Night Lock In
  • HSYM Advent at Home
  • St. Brigid of Kildare School Lessons & Carols
  • Religious Education "A Night in Bethlehem"
  • Giving Tree
  • Project Magi
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
Help Us Wish Katherine Florian Well: Nov 20
Join us in saying farewell to Katherine Florian, Music Director, on November 20th immediately following the 9 AM Mass in Hendricks Hall.

We wish her the best and will pray for her as she begins her new journey to Chicago in December.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Over 350 Families Fed
Food pantries continue to see a drastic increase in the number of families approaching them for assistance. Nearly 2,500 individuals are being served by the Dublin Food Pantry monthly, which is a significant increase from last year. 

We asked for help and once again, the parishioners of St. Brigid have met the challenge and shown their compassion and generosity for their fellow citizens in Dublin. During the recent Thanksgiving food collection, St. Brigid contributed meals to feed 350 families and over $8,000 in gift cards for families facing unexpected hardships. 

In addition to the parishioners, the Social Action Committee would like to thank Monsignor Hendricks for his continued support; Kim VanHuffel for contacting donors and setting up the signup genius again; and the Knights of Columbus, their spouses, Deacon Paul and other volunteers for help with the drive-thru collections this year. 
Christmas Cookie Exchange
December 14th at 7PM | Hendricks Hall 

Come for the Christmas cookies; stay for the community!

Join us at 7 pm on December 14th for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. 

All parishioners are invited to participate in this cookie exchange. Please RSVP by clicking the button below to register for the event. Registration for the event ends on Friday, December 9th. 

A few Cookie Exchange Rules:
  • All participants should bring (3) dozen of their favorite cookies in exchange for (3) dozen cookies. 
  • All cookies should be packaged in quantities of 6. 
  • All cookies must be homemade (or purchased from a bakery; not a grocery store). 
  • You can drop the cookies off anytime on December 14th or you can bring the cookies with you. We will display all cookies prior to the exchange. 
  • You are encouraged (but not required) to bring copies of your recipe with you to share. 

We will have light hor d'oeuvres and holiday drinks for you to enjoy as you mingle. 

Christmas attire is encouraged. 

For questions, contact Amie Lopez, parish life coordinator, at [email protected].
Cookies with Santa
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 | 3-4:30 PM or 5:30 - 7 PM

Kick off Christmas Break with elf games, pictures with Santa, letters to the North Pole, cookies and more!

Santa will be available for photos. A professional photographer will be on site to take photos with Santa. A gallery link will be emailed to all attendees allowing parents to print the photo through the website or download and share digitally / print elsewhere.

Each child will receive two cookies to frost and decorate. Take home bags will be available. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each session is limited to 100 children. 

$12 per child. Pre-registration is required.

Registration will open on December 1, 2022 via the parish website Please search "Cookies with Santa"

For additional questions or to volunteer: please contact Amie Lopez at [email protected]
Congratulations Deacon Steve Petrill
Congratulations to Deacon Steve Petrill, who has been appointed by Bishop Fernandes as Associate Director of the Office of Diaconate of the Diocese of Columbus, beginning December 1, 2022. In this new role, Deacon Steve will assist the Director of the Diaconate, focusing on the formation of deacon inquirers and deacon candidates.

Deacon Steve looks forward to beginning this new role while continuing his assigned diaconal service at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.
Taize Prayer - Dec 1
Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 PM in the Church

Taize is a simple, meditative form of worship, calling us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us. Calm your heart and mind with this beautiful combination of song, silence and contemplation. We suggest you be prepared to light a candle during the service.
Advent Adult Faith Formation
Voices of Advent
There are so many voices surrounding this beautiful season of advent, some we hear but many others remain silent. This Advent we will bring the voices forward so we can take time to listen to them to see what messages they might speak to our heart and the heart of the world. Some of our visitors will be Isaiah, Mary’s mother, the Innkeeper and more. We will take time for prayer, scripture, music and quiet to open the ears of heart so we might listen in a new way.
Two opportunities:
In Person: Email Sr. Teresa at [email protected] to register.
Tuesdays: November 29, December 6, 13 and 20 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall (Berry Room)
Wednesdays: November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 7PM  
If you have questions email Sr. Teresa at [email protected]
Meeting ID 84880599165 Passcode VOICES

Advent Pause for Prayer
Mondays from 7:00-7:20 PM
Take a moment, in the hecticness of the season, to pause and pray.
ZOOM Meeting ID: 825 3385 6351 passcode: PAUSE
Family First Advent Activities
Mom to Mom will be watching and discussing the Formed “Advent” series beginning Nov 22 and end the season with a Gift Wrapping Swap. Join us on Tuesdays 9:45-11 am in the Church Basement with free childcare in Carr Nursery.
November 22 “Prepare the Way”
November 29 “Trust in God”
December 6  “Watch and Pray”
December 13 “The Gift”
December 20 Gift Wrap Swap (Let’s help each other wrap gifts!) 

Sisters in Christ
This group will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays Nov 30, Dec 7 and Dec 14 at 1:15 in the Deacon’s Room to discuss the video series, Rejoice! Advent Meditations with the Holy Family. No advance preparation is required as videos will be viewed together during the meeting. If you’d like to further enhance your Advent preparation, you may also purchase the accompanying journal to do daily meditations, but it is optional.  
Virtual Family Rosary
Family First and Knights of Columbus will co-sponsor a Virtual Family Rosary on Dec 11 at 7 PM over Zoom. Log on at 6:50 to list intentions and say hello! Zoom info here:
Meeting ID: 813 3939 8625
Passcode: pray

Giving Tree 2022
Romans 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.
In this time of uncertainty and challenge, the need to bring Christmas cheer and hope to others is more important than ever. The Giving Tree Project is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others and our community. If you are able, please join us in supporting those in need.

There are still opportunities to donate to our Giving Tree. For more information, click the link below.
Join Us for Sandwich Saturday Nov 19
Want in on one of St. Brigid's best kept secrets?
Sandwich Saturday, November 19, 2022

At Sandwich Saturday, 1,000 bologna sandwiches are made to support various food pantries in downtown Columbus. This is a great way to start off your weekend with an act of service and it only takes 30 minutes! It is perfect for all ages (including those in need of service hours) and no registration is needed. The sandwich making starts promptly at 9:00 AM in the school cafeteria so come a little early to get settled. We also accept donations of individually packaged snacks. Sandwich Saturday is a project of the Social Action Committee.
Corks for a Cause - Planning Meeting Dec 7
We are excited to hold our 16th annual Corks for a Cause Silent Auction and Wine Tasting for SPiCE on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

We are going to kick-off the planning with a meeting on Wednesday, December 7th 12:00 noon in Hendricks Hall (children are welcome if babysitting is a challenge). Lunch will be served. If you'd like to learn more about the event, how you can help, or share your ideas please join us for the first meeting!

RSVP to Sarah Moore at [email protected].
Congratulations Eagle Scout
Congratulations to Joe Gallo, a St. Brigid parishioner and senior at Dublin Coffman High School who received his Eagle Scout recognition this month at St. Brigid with his parents, Mary and Joe.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement in Boy Scouting. For Joe’s service project, he designed and led a team to build an oversized Little Library which sits outside the main entrance of Depp Elementary School. The Depp students, together with their librarian, spent part of the school year choosing the initial books to be included in the lending library. Congratulations on achieving this high honor, Joe!
Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund: New Ohio Tax Credit
This weekend at Mass, we spoke about a new state program that allows donors to receive a tax credit on their Ohio tax return up to $750 ($1,500 if married and filing jointly).

In 2021 the State of Ohio created a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Program. This program allows Ohio taxpayers to donate to a K-12 SGO for that school to use for scholarships for tuition based on financial need. The donor then receives a dollar-for-dollar non-refundable tax credit on their Ohio state tax return up to $750 ($1,500 if married and filing jointly). This is in addition to a federal tax deduction you are always able to take.

The Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund (under the Diocesan Education Corporation) is certified as an SGO by the Ohio Attorney General. This fund solely benefits students in the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools.

Parishioners, family, and friends of St. Brigid of Kildare can donate and directly designate St. Brigid of Kildare School as the recipient of their donation. If you choose not to designate a school, the money will be used in a general fund for financial aid for diocesan students based on need.
All donations will be managed through the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund.

100% of those funds will be available to our school the following tax year to be used for scholarships for our students.

To donate online, click the Donate link below (type St. Brigid of Kildare School in the text box if you would like your donation to go to St. Brigid School).
St. Brigid Financial FAQs
Below are some Financial FAQs with answers from the St Brigid Finance Team. We occasionally get questions from parishioners and answer them in the parish bulletin. We decided to broaden our audience and include for the first time in the Common Threads. We hope you find this information interesting!

FAQ: I heard there is a Christmas Giving Project at St Brigid. How did it start and how do you select the recipients? 
When Covid-19 hit in early 2020, generous parishioners donated thousands of dollars to help fellow parishioners through the pandemic. We were able to respond to every request for need and still had much left over. By Christmastime, we honored the desire of these generous givers and established the Christmas Giving Project.  

Monsignor Hendricks asked his staff to submit names of families or individuals who might be suffering hardship or struggling financially. We came up with a list of 20 recipients and sent $1000 to each, with the message that they “feel the love of your parish family and that it renews your faith and hope in this troubled time”. The responses we received were so appreciative, we opted to continue the program the next year. We occasionally get gifts from parishioners asking their donation be used where it is most needed. Most times, we opt to put it in this fund. If you need help through the holidays or know of a family or individual in need, please reach out to one of our clergy members. We do our best to send these generous gifts to fellow parishioners who could use a hand and hope. 

Feel free to send any financial questions to Becky O'Connor, our Business Manager, at [email protected]. If you are wondering about something, there is a good chance someone else is too!  
Prospective Families School Open House
Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 3-5 PM
This is the perfect time to explore our three-time Blue Ribbon School. Tour our school and see first-hand how Saint Brigid of Kildare School provides a quality Catholic education in a warm environment. There will be representatives from Saint Brigid of Kildare School’s many programs available to answer questions, and the ability to schedule a guided tour.

PGC Session Nov 19
Saturday, Nov 19 9am Hendricks Hall, Walk-ins Welcome
Requirements to Volunteer with our Children
If you are 18 years or older and interested in volunteering with youth activities at SBK, attending PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN is required before you can volunteer. Register at  
All volunteers with our children and youth must complete PGC, a St. Brigid volunteer application, submit the signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, and complete a criminal background check prior to volunteering.
Full details and forms can be found at or contact John Denzel, Safe Environment Manager at [email protected]
Women's Retreat - Into A Garden of Virtue
Women of the Parish are invited to attend the annual St. Brigid of Kildare Women’s Retreat. This year's retreat starts at 5PM, Friday, March 3rd and runs until midday Sunday, March 3, 2023. The retreat will be held at The Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. Meals will be provided and all women will have a private room with bath. The total cost is $200. Registration will be available on the parish website on January 9, 2023 at 9AM. If you have questions, please contact Jackie Pervan at [email protected] or visit our website:
RCIA Rite of Acceptance: Nov 27 at 9 AM Mass
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process by which adults are initiated into the Catholic Church. 
Participants in the RCIA come to sessions on Tuesday nights here at St. Brigid of Kildare Church from October through Easter (with some breaks). Some are unbaptized and others are already Baptized in another Christian denomination.
RCIA Rite of Acceptance
On November 27 at the 9 a.m. Mass, many inquirers from the RCIA will be participating in the Rite of Acceptance. This is a great opportunity to see those who are making a commitment to become Catholic and to pray for them! 

What is the Rite of Acceptance?  
During this Rite, adults who have not been baptized, and those who have been baptized in another Christian faith, declare their intention to join the Catholic Church, and, the Church in turn accepts them as part of the community. Those who have not been baptized become Catechumens and the those already baptized become Candidates. 

Then What?
The new Catechumens and Candidates will continue to meet on Tuesday nights until Easter to learn more about the beliefs of the Catholic Church and to deepen their faith in God and strengthen their relationship with Him. You may see them being called forward before the Liturgy of the Eucharist during Mass and being dismissed with a catechist to learn more about the Word of God. This will happen each Sunday until the day when they will share with us at the Lord’s table. Please keep them in your prayers.  
Men's Retreat: Awaken, Renew, Grow Your Spirituality
Men of the Parish are invited to attend the annual St. Brigid of Kildare Men’s Retreat. This year’s retreat starts at 7 p.m., Friday evening, January 27 and runs until Noon, Sunday, January 29, 2023.

The retreat will again be held at The Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. Meals will be provided, and all men will have private rooms with bath. The Center is in a beautiful location adjacent to the Shrine of the Holy Relics for those who are interested in visiting.

The busyness of life is hectic. This an opportunity to awaken, renew and grow your spirituality, and improve yourself as a man of faith, husband and father through fellowship, excellent speakers, group discussions, music, Mass and more.

Early bird fee is $175 until December 15, $190.00 after. Registration is open on the parish website, or view the QR code here.

Carpooling is available for those who are interested. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Niemiec at [email protected] or 614-352-1131.
High School Youth Ministry & 8th Grade - Advent Half-Night Lock-In
Advent Half-Night Lock-In
Saturday, December 10 from 5-10 PM

St. Brigid high school youth ministry is hosting this year's Advent Half-Night Lock-In on Saturday, December 10. This event is open to all current 8th-12th grade students!

Join us for:
  • 5 PM Mass
  • Dinner
  • Games and Free Time
  • Interactive Advent Reflection Experiences
  • Tastes of Bethlehem
  • Cards of encouragement for Mommies Matter
  • Wrapping and labeling diapers & crib sheets for Mommies Matter
  • Gifts and smells of Bethlehem
  • Praise + Worship
Registration is $20/ person and we are asking each student to bring a small package of newborn/ size 1 diapers OR fitted crib/ pack 'n play sheets to benefit Mommies Matter.

HSYM Advent at Home
Messages of Light for Advent and Christmas 2022
Three minutes is all it takes to change your day for the better this coming Advent.
The rich yet uncomplicated daily reflections in Messages of Light for Advent and Christmas 2022 will guide you from the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany. With practical, everyday wisdom, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran will help you focus on the season of light in the darkest days of winter. You will be invited to accept Christ’s light in your own life by embracing the truth and peace he offers, sharing his light with others, and preparing yourself to celebrate the great feast of Christmas.
Each day you’ll read a verse or two of scripture, a short reflection, and a simple prayer prompt that will help you draw closer to God. While each devotion can be completed in about three minutes, you’ll reap the comfort and inspiration they bring throughout the day.
Buy it here or bring $2.00 to HSYM's guest speaker event in Hendricks Hall on 11/16 to purchase a copy from St. Brigid HSYM (limited number available through St. Brigid HSYM).
Celebrating the Sacraments
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Ramona Joy Dorian
  • Theodore Richard Dorian
  • Elliott Paul Parker
  • Graham Michael Gallagher
  • Callam Quinn Ringle
  • Jaxon Thomas Trainer
  • Henry Connolly Culvahouse
  • Everett Steven Grimes
  • Reece Kyle Law
  • John Henry Okamoto
  • Charlotte Jean Orr
  • Liam Mitchell Pendergast
  • James Roland Phelan
  • Bailey Mae Rossi

  • Mark Kilanowski and Chandel Charles
  • Steven Marchionda and Sara Santisi
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to [email protected].
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.

  • Robert “Bob” Buehler
  • Kathleen “Kathy” Lekowski
7179 Avery Road,
Dublin, OH 43017