Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
November 2019
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Nov 21
Advent by Candlelight

Dec 3
Advent Series Begins

Dec 7
First Reconciliation for 2nd Graders

Dec 8
Giving Tree Gift Return

Dec 9
Blood Drive

Dec 12
St. Brigid School Lessons & Carols

Dec 14
Cookies with Santa

Dec 15
Rel Ed Early Childhood Program

Dec 16
Rel Ed Nativity Program

Dec 16
Reconciliation Service

Dec 17
Advent Taize Prayer

Monsignor Hendricks Receives Borromean Medal for Distinguished Achievement

On Friday, November 1, St. Charles Preparatory School commemorated the Feast of All Saints with a special emphasis on their patron, St. Charles Borromeo. As part of the liturgy, the school bestowed two of its most significant honors: The Borromean Medal for Distinguished Achievement was awarded to Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks (a 1970 St. Charles Borromeo College graduate) and The Principal's Award for Leadership and Service to St. Charles was presented to Sandra and Jerry Ulibarri.

Mass was held in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons with Bishop Robert Brennan serving as the main celebrant. He was assisted by Deacon Don Poirier, Deacon Marion Smithberger '72, Msgr. Bill Dunn '57, Msgr. Paul Enke '64 (St. Edwards Parish), Fr. Matt Hoover (Immaculate Conception Parish) and Msgr. Hendricks (St. Brigid of Kildare Parish). A light lunch reception catered by Bosc + Brie followed.

Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks received the prestigious award for his 47 years of service to the Diocese of Columbus. During that time Monsignor served as Spiritual Director at the Pontifical College Josephinum and Director of Spiritual Formation there. In addition, he was founding director of the Permanent Deacon School for the Diocese of Columbus. Monsignor Hendricks also served the Diocese of Columbus as Assistant to the Bishop, Vicar General, Vicar for Administration, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Bishop. He has served St. Brigid of Kildare Parish for the last thirty-two years as an associate priest and pastor. Monsignor Hendricks serves the community on the boards of several local charitable organizations.

We are grateful for Monsignor's service to our community, and proud of his recognition and honor for his many achievements.
Parish Advent Activities
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be offering many activities, services, and bible studies during Advent.

Click the image to the right to view the full page flyer of all of our Advent activities and Mass times.
Advent Series

Advent is such a beautiful season, but often we get very busy and our lives a bit hectic. I invite you to pause for an hour and come to uncover the beauty of the Waiting Season and give your heart some room to get ready.

During this two session Advent preparation we will sit by the Advent Wreath and hear from Isaiah. We will sit by the manger and listen to Mary and Joseph, a shepherd and one of the magi. We will look at the scripture to see what they continue to say to us in our day and in our time. Bring your Bible at 7:00-8:00 PM in the Berry Room on Tuesdays Dec. 3 and 10 and on Dec. 17 we will be free to go to pray at the Taize Service. No registration required.  

-Sister Teresa
Advent Taize Prayer - December 17
Join us for an Advent  Taize  prayer on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

Take time to join together as a parish family in this beautiful service of music and reflection by candlelight.
Older Adult Program - Upcoming Events

Caregivers need care too. Forever Dublin is offering the following free workshop for all caregivers:

Caregiver Resource Fair
Dublin Community Center
Nov 22 10am - noon
RSVP 614-410-4579

Forever Dublin is offering a Basic Estate Planning session with experts from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. An attorney will help you complete a living will and power of attorney. You will leave with final, notarized documents. Consider who you trust to make end-of-life decisions for you and bring their addresses and your legal identification.

Basic Estate Planning
Dublin Library
Dec. 6 11:00am - 12:30pm
Reservation required by 12/4
614-889-5722 ex.810

To get started with the Older Adults Program or ask questions about the services we provide contact parishioners Pete or Susan Corcoran at or 614-832-2762 (Susan) or 614-832-8905 (Pete).
Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 14

Online registration and more info:
Session 1 (9-11:30 am)
Session 2 (12:30 - 2:30 pm)

Reservations must be reserved by December 1.

Volunteers Needed
The Women's club is in need of a few women who are interested in volunteering for the Cookies with Santa event for the women's group. Anyone who is interested can email Barb Velasco at
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Prospective Families Open House
Sunday, January 12, 3-5 PM

Our  Open  House for prospective families will be held Sunday, January 12 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 2020-2021 school will be January 6, 2019 - January 19, 2020.
Family First - Mom 2 Mom Advent Series

Join Mom to Mom for a special "Blessed is She" Advent Series Tuesday December 3rd, 10th and 17th. These sessions will be held in the Church basement 9:30 to 11 am each week. Led by a facilitator, the group will watch a themed video and reflect on and discuss the content. Childcare is available in Carr Nursery for children. Please sign up on the childcare Sign-up Genius if you plan to bring your children
The Giving Tree Project FAQs 
The Giving Tree is available in the church gathering area this weekend.

General Information
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.

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 8th. This deadline is very important because deliveries to the organizations begin on Dec. 8th. 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.

To All of The Men of St. Brigid

You are invited to join us for the 11th annual St. Brigid of Kildare Men's Retreat. . The theme this year is Brotherhood...Stronger TogetherThe retreat is being held at St. Therese's Retreat Center. The retreat runs from Friday January 31, 2020 at 6 PM and ends mid-day Sunday February 2. Take some time to invest in your personal and spiritual growth. 

Activities will include talks by clergy and men of our parish along with time for personal reflection and fellowship with other men of the parish. This retreat is for all men regardless of where you are in your faith journey. Each man will get his own room, and meals and snacks are provided. 

Registration for the retreat will open online on Monday December 2 at 9AM. Go to and search Men's retreat. Last year's retreat filled up quickly, so don't wait to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Matt Niemiec at 614-352-1131 or or to Stephan Dober at
Corks for a Cause 2020: Volunteer Sign Up

The annual SPiCE Corks for a Cause silent auction and wine tasting will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Committee meetings will begin in late November or early December. There are a variety of ways to help, including e vent chair / co-chairs, a uction (oversee the procurement of auction items), r ecruit sponsorship, d ecor & ambiance, d essert bar, s pecial attractions, and week of preping and decorating the space. 

You don't have to commit to any tasks right now -- if you're interested in just learning more about the opportunities available to help click here to sign up to be on the email list.
St. Brigid of Kildare Blood Drive
St. Brigid School, Religious Education, and Parish are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on December 9, 2019. 

Many donors are needed at the busy holiday season! 

Make an appointment now to Give the Gift of Life. 

Click here for details!
Winter Jam 2020 is February 22, 2020   
Winter Jam is an evening of live concerts by the top artists in Christian music, plus worship and ministry, to encourage believers and share the good news. Doors open at 5 PM & concert starts at 6 PM.  Tickets are $15 at the door. Winter Jam is a family friendly event. All ages are welcome to attend. Visit for the concert line up (4 hours of music & worship!) and for answers to FAQs. Email with questions about going as a parish group with St. Brigid. 
Parish Tech Team: Help Needed

We are looking for a few sound engineers or those with a working knowledge of digital sound systems who are willing to help. We need a liaison to work with the installers so speakers are precisely targeted at every seat in the sanctuary. We also need help establishing a base level for the choir loft mixer so that we can get the rich, blended sound we desire.

Finally, we would like to add a few volunteers to a tech team to help monitor sound and lighting at Masses and special events.

If you can help, please contact Becky O'Connor, our Business Manager at 614-761-3734 or

Thank you!
High School Youth Ministry

All high schoolers are invited to simple suppers on Thursdays in December.  Over dinner, we will have conversation about how we are preparing our hearts this Advent. Each gathering will take place from 7-8:30 PM.  
  • Dec. 5 (Enke Hall in school): Join us for a reflection on hospitality and the grace offered by an unexpected guest.  
  • Dec. 12 (Immke room in Hendricks Hall): Join us in anticipating the unexpected guest and keeping our spiritual "inns" open to the guests who come to our door  
  • Dec. 19 (Enke Hall in school): Join us as Bruce McKenna presents how we can prepare and respond to the unexpected or uninvited guest compassionately and with special attention to personal safety  

Laura Ginikos | Director of Youth Ministry | | 614-718-5832
Young Adult Ministry

Monday, December 2:  Volunteers are needed at the Welcome Warehouse   from 7-8:30 PM to transport donations from the Storage Warehouse to the free store in Dublin (approx. a 2-mile drive). Email Laura  Ginikos  by Dec. 1 if you can help.  

S aturday, December 7:   Join  Young Catholic Professionals on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 PM for a FREE four-hour advent retreat culminating in 5:00 Mass. The retreat will feature adoration and confession with six different priests. Dynamic priest, Father Kevin Kavanagh from Our Lady of Lourdes in Marysville, will walk through the Mass to unlock the deeper meanings of our weekly celebration. Mark  VanHuffel  of St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, will end our retreat with a talk on the Nativity Scene unlike anything you have heard.  This Advent Day Retreat will take place at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church (807 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna, OH 43230)  

Tuesday, December 17:  Join the St. Brigid parish family for Advent  Taize  prayer  ( a  beautiful service of music and reflection by candlelight) on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. After  Taize , St. Brigid young adults are invited to meet up at the Pint House ( 6632 Longshore St, Dublin, OH 43017 ) in the Bridge Park District.  
Laura Ginikos | Director of Young Adult Ministry |  | 614-718-5832  
Celebrating the Sacraments
Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Baptism of Ruby Kay Yetzer (wearing her Great-Great-Grandmother's 131 year old baptismal gown!)
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

Carmen Extrella Alvarado
Matthew Nathan Billington
Anthony Charles Blouir
Bryn Regina Bowdle
Alice Ting Bownas
Gianna Marie Brigano
Kendall Grace Brodman
Kal Maverick Damron
Lola Maria Delgado
Mack Xavier Erickson
Burke Dean Harrison
Cameron John Melnik
Brielle Victoria Milnor
Joelle Hannah Ondrey
Jaia Salvi Patel
Pria Donnelly Patel         
Clara Elaine Pedroza
Eugenia Kathryn Potuzko
Benjamin Costa Pulcherio
Josephine Lynn Seiple
Andrew James Stitzel
Emma Marie Stitzel
Nora Lynn Tobin
John Thomas Wachalec
Mary Noelle Wanless

Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the last month:
  • Devin Campion & Steve Stein
  • Danielle Walsh & Wesley Boettcher
  • Amy Cook & Jon Andryc
  • Andrea Schepel & Andrew Smithheisler
  • Emily Murico & Kody Law
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to
Deaths of Parishioners

The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare over the summer. Please remember them and their families in prayer.

Brendan Foley III
Lasinda Lee Greenwood

Craig M. Poeppelman
Paul Ward

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