The Giving Tree Project FAQs
The Giving Tree is available in the church gathering area from Nov 10 - Dec 2.
The Giving Tree Project serves 7 agencies/organizations in Franklin County by providing approximately 1800 gifts during the holiday season. The project also requests financial donations for the St. Brigid Emergency Fund which helps our parishioners with needs such as rent payments, car repairs, medical care, and transportation. The Giving Tree Committee begins work on the project during the summer as it takes several months to coordinate and design the project. St. Brigid parishioners have been extremely generous with their support of the project!
Why do the trees appear so early?
It takes several weeks to collect and sort the gifts, to purchase any missing gifts not returned, and to deliver the gifts to the designated organizations. Some of the organizations have their Christmas celebrations in early December.
Why do we purchase some gifts such as bikes which are expensive?
We rely on the organizations we serve to determine the greatest needs for their clients. A bike may serve as transportation to work for a teenager who cannot afford a car. Some parishioners prefer to give larger gifts. In most cases, we ask agencies to list gifts for $50 or less.
Why do we collect money for some groups?
In some cases, gifts are truly a luxury. A meal for a family or transportation for medical treatments is a real need for some organizations such as the Kentucky Mission.
Why are gifts to be returned either in gift bags or unwrapped?
The Giving Tree Committee checks all returned gifts to make sure the recipient receives the item they requested. Food donations do not need to be in a gift bag.
What can I do to support this project?
Please purchase the NEW item(s) stated on your tag - this gift may be the only one received by the recipient during the holiday season. Please attach the ornament/gift tag to the gift, which is either to be unwrapped or in a gift bag (instructions are on the back of each ornament tag). All gifts need to be returned to Hendricks Hall (Immke Room) no later than NOON on Sunday, December 2nd. This deadline is very important because deliveries to the organizations begin the next day. By taking an ornament off of the Giving Tree, you are making a commitment to the person waiting for that gift. Someone will be looking forward to your generosity during this Christmas season.
The Redemption of Scrooge
Advent Bible Study
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a beautiful story for the Advent season because it is a tale in which past, present, and future all come together in one transformative night.
The Redemption of Scrooge, based on Charles Dickens'
A Christmas Carol, explores the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man trapped in his past. We see what we might learn from Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family through the lens of our Christian faith. Along with Ebenezer, we will explore the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. We will delve into our scriptures as we make this Advent Journey together.
Men's Cornerstone Retreat
The Men's Cornerstone Retreat has grown over the last 8 years. Cornerstone X is for Men of St. Brigid who feel called to ignite, grow or renew their spiritual faith. The Cornerstone Retreat, with the theme "Mission Possible-Take the Next Step" will start at 5pm on Friday, January 25th, and will end on Sunday, January 27th by 12 noon. The Retreat is being held at the St. Therese Retreat Center in Columbus, OH. The facility and food are incredible with every participant getting his own room. The Retreat is organized, planned and executed by the men of our parish. No matter where you are on your faith journey you will be comfortable and find the content and activities engaging. Come and develop a relationship with 50 other men in our parish through fellowship.
SPICE "Corks for a Cause" is beginning to plan its March 2, 2019 event. We need volunteers to serve on a committee to plan the event. It is always a wonderful event and a great way to meet people while raising money for a great cause.
Online registration and more info:
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Open House
Sunday, January 13, 3-5 PM
Our Open House for prospective families will be held
Sunday, January 13 from 3 - 5 p.m.
This is the perfect time to explore our two-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.
New family registration for the 2019-2020 school will be January 7, 2019 - January 20, 2019.
Help CREW with Sunday Socials
If you want first dibs on the breakfast treats, host a Sunday Social!
If you are looking for a family service opportunity, host a Sunday Social!
If you want to get involved at St. Brigid and meet new people along the way, host a Sunday Social!
Sound like fun?
All the little details are taken care of . . . we just need your helpful hands to set-up, serve and clean-up. Pick a Sunday that works for you, ready yourself, bring your family or coordinate with a group of friends and come be a part of the St. Brigid Parish community in a super easy way.
Additional details are provided in the sign-up link. If you are eager and willing to help, please sign up below.
I CAN HELP!
Crucial Conversations: Raising Resilient Children Recap
Thanks to all who came out to last week's Crucial Conversations: Raising Resilient Children, and to our speakers Sr. Teresa Tuite and Erin Tebben.
What we learned: Emotionally resilient children are less likely to resort to unhelpful ways of coping. They're caring and socially skilled, empathetic and sensitive, and able to manage their feelings.
Here are some takeaway tips on how to raise emotionally resilient children (under past event resources):
Messy People - Life Lessons from Imperfect Bible Heroes
Our next Women's Bible Study is entitled Messy People- Life Lessons from Imperfect Bible Heroes by Jennifer Cowart.
Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, such as a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean or a child who needs a firehose instead of a tub. But sometimes our messes are harder to see. These life messes often carry the labels of illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, death of a loved one, or job loss. These life-situation messes are often very painful.
During this series, we will dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were messy people, too. We meet Rahab, the prodigal son, Josiah, Mary, David and Daniel. Through them we learn how God gives them and us power to work through the difficult moments of life. The series includes scripture study, reflection and prayer in five daily lessons to use at home each week. Shared reflection and a video presentation and prayer is part of the weekly group session.
Click here to register.
- Hendricks' Hall in Immke Room 7- 8:30 PM.
- Cost $20 - includes book and supplies.
- January 9 (introduction) 16 and 23;
- February 6, 13, 20, and 27.
- Register online no later than January 2, 2019 space is limited to 64.
the Liturgy with Bishop Barron
Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and you'll be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. This seven week Study Program is one way to immerse yourself fully into the beauty and mystery of the principal act of Catholic worship and faith.
Sessions will be held from 7:00 pm - 8:30 p.m. in the Immke Room on January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14 and 21.
Each session, after the introductory session, includes a video featuring Bishop Barron, questions for individual preparation at home and is followed by small group discussion and sharing.
Please register online
by January 3, 2019 so study guide books may be ordered. The $30.00 fee includes the cost of the Study Guide.
Click here to register.
Diocesan Football Survey
The Diocese of Columbus is looking for any and all feedback for the sport of football! The recent trends in the sport of football are mandating the diocese look at opportunities to improve and change its current offering. If you are a parent, a coach, a grandparent, a teacher, anybody with an interest or opinion on the sport of football, the DIOCESE wants to hear from you!
Just go here:
EPIC Middle School Youth Group
EPIC Youth Ministry Adopt a Family Event
Sunday, December 9, 2018
from 12:15 PM Mass - 4:00 PM
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools. EPIC meets this month for Mass, pizza, fellowship and the Adopt A Family event!
Each year, St. Vincent Family Center serves thousands of children & families living in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods of central Ohio. Each holiday season, many of these families are unable to provide their little ones with gifts & memories that can make this time of year a little extra special.
EPIC will be joining in St. Vincent Family Center's holiday mission by "adopting families" through buying gifts for them, inviting those families to experience the anticipation & hope of this Advent season while ensuring a special Christmas morning.
On December 9, EPIC will hear from guest speaker, Debra Huff of the St. Vincent Family Center about St. Vincent Family Center, who is served through Adopt A Family, & how lives are transformed through this form of service. Following the message, EPIC students will wrap gifts, label gift tags, & make Christmas cards for families.
- RSVP is required by Nov. 29, 2018
- By no later than Nov. 30, each EPIC student will be assigned one gift to purchase (typically $20 or less).
- Before Mass on Dec. 9, EPIC students will bring their UNWRAPPED gift (post-it marked with the EPIC student's first and last name) to Hendricks Hall. (Feel free to drop it off to the Massey Teen Room before Dec. 9, if you wish.)
- EPIC will sit together near the baptismal font at 12:15 PM Mass on Sunday, Dec. 9 (wear your t-shirt!). After mass, gather in Hendricks Hall for prayer and pizza followed by our speaker and service activity.
- Pick-up is at 4:00 PM from Hendricks Hall.
Upcoming EPIC events:
December 9 - Adopt a Family (12:15-4:00PM)
January 13 - Living the Faith Speaker (12:15-3:30 PM)
February 10 - Retirement Homes (12:15-4:00PM)
March 9 - BOSO Bash *Saturday, off-site
High School Youth Ministry
Lord, teach us to pray
is a 9th-12th grade formation year
focused on encountering Jesus in prayer. Our fall formation series, Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, will explore what happens at Mass & why we do what we do. In this series, we will dispel myths about the mass and engage curiosities, gaining perspective to participate in the mass more fully. Later in the year, we will dive into scripture and grow in confidence and ability to read and apply scripture to daily life. We will also explore the why, when, what, where, & who of prayer, including exposure to various ways to pray with scripture, art, music, movement, Saints, and more.
Jesus is present among us every day in many ways. Have you heard Him? Have you seen Him? Have you encountered Him? Respond to these questions with us this year. Come encounter Christ together.
Mark your calendars & come when you can:
||Photo courtesy of Mandy Flanagan
Winter Retreat Registration Is Open!
Winter retreat is January 26-27, 2019 & will be hosted by St. Brigid and the
Jesuit Spiritual Center
at Camp Christian (10299 Maple Dell Rd, Marysville, OH 43040).
Stretch and grow in your relationship with God through experiential activities, combined with reflection and faith sharing, to help you recognize God's presence in your everyday life. Whether through music, a movie clip, a game, or a new method of prayer, you will leave this retreat equipped with practical skills and tools for your spiritual journey.
Euchre with Independent Living @ DRV
|1st Monday of each month, 7-8 PM (Oct. - April)
| Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13, 7-8:30 PM
Prepare your hearts for Christmas with us this Advent in a 3-week bible study to read, reflect on, and apply scripture to our lives. This series will concentrate on the Sunday lectionary readings. During Advent, we focus on preparing for the coming of Christ. Dive into scripture with us this Advent and invite Christ into your heart to transform the way you hear, see, and live.
Come when you can. No rsvp needed.
Wild Lights @ Columbus Zoo
| Thursday, Dec. 20, 7-8:30 PM
This is a ministry event open to the whole family. Present or not, parents are responsible for the transportation, safety, and decisions of their children and those in their party under the age of 18 attending this off-site event. The cost is the price of zoo entry & parking - pay upon arrival. RSVP here:
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. Our goal is to help each other grow closer to God and the community as the body of Christ. Join us and be challenged and encouraged as you meet new people, ask questions, hear new perspectives, and encounter Christ. Email Laura Ginikos with any questions and to be added to our email list. See you soon!
Advent Bible Study
| Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13, 7-8:30 PM in the Massey Room
Journey through Advent together this year by preparing for the upcoming Sunday's readings. Using Opening the Word resources and a Lectio Divina approach, we will read Sunday's readings, watch a brief video for further context, and meditate on the readings through group discussion and personal reflection. You will leave on December 13 with resources for preparing for the fourth Sunday independently. There is no cost associated with this series.
The Truth about True Love
| Monday, December 3 @ Seventh Son Brewery from 7-9 PM
Tired of the dating culture? Regardless of your relationship status, you're invited to grab a drink at Seventh Son Brewery from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on Monday, December 3rd, to learn how to build a strong foundation for marriage. Presented by the Diocese of Columbus' Office of Marriage and Family Life, this event will feature a witness talk from a couple, and then a Q&A panel with the couple, a priest, and a mental health professional.
Columbus Zoo Wild Lights
| Thursday, Dec. 20, 7-8:30 PM
The entire Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland covered in millions of holiday lights! Friends & family members are welcome. The cost is the price of zoo entry & parking - pay upon arrival. Planning to come? Email Laura Ginikos.
Beyond our parish doors:
Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Celebrating the Sacraments
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the past month:
Lawrence Guido Cappetto
Helen Elizabeth Comer
Lilliana Lynn Cooper
Luke Douglas Fussner
Noah Ivan Fussner
Camila Patricia Gustina
Emma Sue Hall
Victor Jennings Hartke
Wilson Binh Ho
Griffin Lewis Maurer
Charles James Nester
Lucas Scott Nevers
Holly Jean Pedroza
Robert Anthony Pedroza
Jack Louis Stacy
Jacob Russell Stinehart
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish this summer:
- Lyndsay Eddingfield & Eric Davis
- Erin Donnelley & Eric Fish
- Lindsay Sheridan & Eric Casto
- Babbette Rosselot & Jason Potuzko
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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