Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
October 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Nov 4
New Altar Server Training

Nov 8
Crucial Conversations Parent Workshop

Nov 10-11
Giving Tree Begins

Nov 14
Holiday Hop

Nov 29
Advent by Candlelight

Dec 1
First Reconciliation

Dec 2
Giving Tree Ends

Parking Lot Changes Coming Oct 26

Beginning October 26, 2018, our campus parking lot will have some new rules related to traffic flow and direction. 
  • The north entrance on Avery will become a one-way entrance only, except during school dismissal from 2:45 - 3 p.m. 
  • The south exit on Avery will be a one-way exit only, at all times. 
  • The main semicircle lane will be marked for one-way traffic only. 
  • Some handicap spots will be moved and new ones added
On Friday, October 26 new signage reflecting these changes will be put in place and arrows and lines will be painted. Please follow the new signage at all times. 

Below is a map of our campus parking lot to further illustrate these changes. If you have any questions please contact our parish office at (614) 761-3734.

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome John Denzel, Evening Hospitality and Safe Environment Supervisor
Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish is excited to welcome John Denzel as our evening hospitality and safe environment supervisor. John will prepare facilities for evening use and will address facility needs during activities. He will be a presence on our campus during the evenings starting a t 4 p.m., as well as when major events are taking place to ensure all safe environment policies are followed and that the campus is properly secured.

John spent 30 years as a chemical engineer with experience in consulting and technical sales. He also brings us skills he gained spending the last 25 years in supervision, and providing a safe environment for his family and son, Christopher, a 2008 graduate of Saint Brigid of Kildare School.  

John has been a parishioner at Saint Brigid of Kildare for 25 years. He is active in the Men's Spirituality Group and Music Ministry.  John says he "feels so blessed at this time to be actively involved with my parish and my Catholic faith. I am looking forward to getting to know more members of my St. Brigid family."

John can be reached anytime at or via cell at 614-315-6387.

Welcome Nick Devinney, Facilities Assistant
Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish is excited to welcome Nick Devinney as our parish facilities assistant. Nick will aid the facilities team in the maintenance, cleaning, and care of our church, school, Hendricks Hall, and Brigid's Green.

Nick comes to Saint Brigid of Kildare from Terminix, where he spent 11 years working on pest control for their clients, including work on the Saint Brigid of Kildare buildings.

Nick is looking forward to using new skill sets here, learning new things and working on a wide variety of projects.

Welcome Jennifer McManus, Financial Administrative Assistant
The Saint Brigid of Kildare Religious Education program is excited to welcome Jennifer McManus as the financial administrative assistant. Jennifer will be working on preparing and reconciling financial reports, maintaining financial records, processing tuition and registration data and assisting the director on special projects as needed.

Jennifer brings experience she gained working in the secular finance and retail industries, as well as working as a secretary for her parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church, in Endicott, New York before she moved to Ohio.

Jennifer has been a parishioner at Saint Brigid of Kildare since she moved here just over a year ago. She currently volunteers for the Religious Education Confirmation 7th and 8th grade program here.

Jennifer is looking forward to combining her finance and parish professional background, "I've always enjoyed working in finance, but love to be able to use my skills working for the Church. Everyone I have met has been so welcoming and helpful, I look forward to getting to know many more people at St. Brigid."

Jennifer lives with her husband, Matt, and their daughter, Aileen, who is in 7th grade and is in the Confirmation program here at St. Brigid.

Jennifer can be reached at or in the Religious Education office at (614) 761-1176.

Welcome Sherri Niekamp, Early Childhood Coordinator
The Saint Brigid of Kildare Religious Education program is excited to welcome Sherri Niekamp as the early childhood coordinator. Sherri will be serving as Vacation Bible School director, as well as working with the Children's Liturgy of the Word program and the Religious Education Preschool program.

Sherri brings us experience she gained working as a marketing specialist and studio coordinator for Game-U in Dublin. She has also served as a sixth grade catechist at St. Brigid for three years and an eighth grade catechist at her previous parish, St. Cecilia. At St. Cecilia, she was also a member of the youth ministry team and VBS committee.  

Sherri has been a parishioner at Saint Brigid of Kildare since 2010. During her time as a parishioner, she has served our parish coordinating the children's playgroup, participating in Family First, and helping on the VBS team the last four years.
Sherri is looking forward to working with youth and directing VBS as part of her new role, "I never had VBS growing up and was first exposed to it while volunteering at St. Cecilia.  I immediately fell in love with it and volunteered before I had children. I am so excited to direct VBS here as part of my new role.  I feel like any time we can plant the seeds of faith in the youth and associate positive memories with the Catholic Faith, we are helping to continue and grow the future Church."

Sherri and her husband of 15 years, Curt, have three children who attend Dublin City Schools and the St. Brigid Religious Education Program -- Clare (7th grade), Lindsay (5th grade), Cici (2nd grade), and William (age 2).

Sherri can be reached at or in the Religious Education office at (614) 761-1176.

Wolfhound Adventures for Preschool-Age Students

Registration is now open for the November-December Wolfhound Adventures!

Please note the change in time -- all classes on this schedule will now be from 1:30 - 2:30 PM.

Wolfhound Adventures are fun classes open to any preschool-aged child (3-5 years old). You do not have to be enrolled at St. Brigid Preschool to attend.  Parents are welcome to drop children off or stay for the activity.

*PLEASE NOTE: Children must be toilet-trained in order to attend without a parent, guardian, or sitter. If the child is not toilet-trained someone must accompany them.

COST :  All classes are $12

TIME :  All classes are from 1:30 - 2:30 PM

QUESTIONS:  For more information, please contact Cheryl Hohlefelder, Wolfhound Adventures coordinator, at  or (614) 718-5825.
Ministry Weekend - Thank You!
Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls. -Pope Francis
We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers that made St. Brigid of Kildare's Ministry Weekend a huge success. We had a new set up that focused on different talents/gifts.   Our committee members helped parishioners identify their gifts. This led them to follow their passions and find what committees and ministries they can join that will help them serve our parish community.  We are so grateful for all the parishioners that choose to give so generously of their talents! 

To get involved, please return a volunteer commitment card or use the "Guide to Parish Life" to contact the committees you are interested in being involved. We would not be the vibrant parish we are today without you.

SPiCE Family Fun Day - Thank You!

St. Brigid of Kildare hosted its annual SPiCE fundraiser and awareness event on Sunday, October 7 at Brigid's Green. 

We had a great day as children of all ages played games, made crafts, and enjoyed a variety of specialty donuts from The Donut Experiment. 

We would like to thank all the families that attended and donated to the SPiCE Family Fun Day. A special thank you to the parent volunteers who made the day run well.

S PiCE Committee Opportunities

Saint Brigid of Kildare SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) is looking for members to be on its grant writing committee and communication committee (helping plan and implement a parent support group, special events, awareness, and outreach to other parishes).

Meetings for the 2018-19 year will take place on 11/5, 1/14, 3/11, and 5/6 from 6-7pm in Immke Room of Hendricks Hall, and are open to all. 

If you are interested in joining a SPiCE committee, please contact Jill Carfagna at    

Altar Server Training Nov 4
All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become an Altar Server

Is the Lord calling upon your son or daughter to serve? Have them answer that call by becoming an Altar Server! St. Brigid of Kildare is encouraging all those in fifth the grade and above to consider becoming an Altar Server. Attend one short training session, study one short section from the Liturgical Ministry Manual, receive three mentoring sessions with an experienced Altar Server, and they will be ready to serve the Lord as an Altar Server. What a wonderful, rewarding service!

Our next training session for Altar Servers is November 4, 2018, Sunday afternoon in the Church from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

Register online here by October 28th.

For more information please contact Todd Pepe at
Advent by Candlelight
Hope * Love * Joy * Peace

Please join fellow women of the parish for a night out to prepare our hearts and minds for the Advent and Christmas seasons! Leading us in this reflection is local international speaker, award winning author, and St. Gabriel radio host of "Answering the Call"

Elizabeth Ficocelli
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Doors Open at 6:30
Monsignor Hendricks Hall

Ms. Ficocelli will present: Six Ways to Keep the Advent Season Holy. "Elizabeth provides six tips on how to prevent the Advent season from being "consumed by consumerism" and keep it a time of special holiness and fruitfulness."

Please register by November 12, 2018 by clicking the following link: Advent by Candlelight Registration or visit to register. Inquiries welcome at
Crucial Conversations: Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, November 8 from 7-8:30 p.m.

How can you help your child manage their emotions so they cope well with disappointment and in stressful situations?

Erin Tebben, early childhood mental health consultant at Nationwide Children's Hospital will share strategies that will allow your children to recognize positive and negative emotions - and deal with them in a healthy way.  The evening will begin with prayer and reflection led by Sister Teresa Tuite, OP.  This presentation is geared for parents of children in sixth grade and under.

The seminar will cover:
  • Recognizing, understanding and accepting feelings
  • Expressing feelings safely
  • Developing a positive outlook
  • Building coping skills
  • Dealing with negative feelings and tough situations
  • Managing stressful life events
The seminar is an informal presentation with time for reflection, discussion and questions.  It will give you an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies, and some great ideas to take home and try out with your family right away.

Click here to RSVP.

Angst Screening in Dublin
Angst is an IndieFlix Original, documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.

The goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Angst screens in schools, communities and theaters around the world. The film and corresponding materials provide tools, resources and above all, hope.

Screening Dates:
October 23, 6:30-8 pm, Dublin Scioto

October 24, 6:30-8 pm, Dublin Jerome

October 25, 6:30-8 pm, Dublin Coffman
Upcoming Special Needs Informational Meetings

Special Needs Planning Meeting
October 25, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Waivers, STABLE and Trusts! Oh My!
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Click here for more information on both meetings.
Save the date for the Annual  Women 's  Retreat
This year's  Women's  Retreat, themed "His Grace is Enough" will be held January 18-20, 2019.

Author and speaker Pam Heil will encourage us to live authentic love based on grace.  The cost of the  retreat will be $145 which includes food and lodging at the St. Therese  Retreat Center in Columbus. Registration will open on November 5. 

For answers to additional frequently asked questions, please see our webpage:  

Make It a Date!
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Hendrick's Hall at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

All married and engaged couples are invited
to St. Brigid's 16th Make It A Date! event.

Your evening begins with light appetizers and
a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples.

Then join John and Becky Gannon as they offer a reflection on marriage. The Gannons are parishioners and active in St. Brigid's Pre Cana program. Married for 33 years, with three children and a granddaughter, they plan to discuss family of origin, communication and the importance of prayer in marriage.

Spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice
around 7:15 to privately discuss the evening's topic together.

Registration Is Necessary
Please RSVP to Karen Hutsell
or 614-602-7724 by Nov. 13.

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Parish Clean Up Day - Thank You!

Last Sunday, 26 adult volunteers and 144 EPIC and High School Youth Ministry students spent the afternoon cleaning up the parish grounds for the parish clean up day. Below are some photos from the afternoon.

Thanks to our volunteers and students for all their time and work spent making our parish beautiful!  Your hard work, heart-filled service, & commitment to caring for our parish home 
 is a blessing to our community.

Mass of Inclusion for People with Special Needs

Mass of Inclusion for People with Special Needs  will be Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at St. Catharine Church,  Columbus.  In partnership with SPICE (Special People in Catholic Education), this Mass will celebrate the unique gifts of those with physical and mental disabilities, as well as their caretakers.  American Sign Language interpretation, elevator and wheelchair accessibility, low gluten hosts will be available.   
Thanksgiving Meal Donation Sign Ups

This fall, please consider donating a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need. All you have to do is find a sturdy box, fill the box with the requested meal items and drive your meal box to the St. Brigid parking lot on November 18th. 

Use the sign-up sheet below to commit to providing a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need! 

Thank you for your generosity! 

Women's Club Holiday Hop
The St. Brigid of Kildare Women's Club is pleases to announce the  Holiday Hop Shopping Extravaganza:

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Hendricks Hall

All are invited to shop and kick-off the holiday season.  Please bring family and friends.  Wine and light refreshments available.

For questions, please contact:
Beth Nye 614-401-7788
Laurie Wertenberger 614-746-1600

Before We Were Yours at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's
Before We Were Yours  best-selling novelist Lisa Wingate --- is coming to Columbus on Thursday, November 1st for a great evening that will benefit the OB Clinic at Mount Carmel St. Ann's.
This special OB Clinic serves at-risk women who lack access to prenatal medical services. Without essential prenatal care, these moms are at a high risk to have babies that are born too early and too small. Prenatal care is so important when you realize that infant mortality currently claims the lives of three babies a week in Franklin County. That needs to change!

Please come out and do your part to support the Mount Carmel St. Ann's OB Clinic that can help these moms and babies.
While your ticket benefits this essential OB Clinic, you'll enjoy a night out complete with a selection of hearty hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and wine. Plus you'll take home a copy of Wingate's novel (which you can get signed - great gift to give!), and a swag bag filled with goodies from local businesses. 

Tickets are available online until October 22 at
Basketball  Registration Open

Registration is now open for Wolfhound Hoops! To register today or learn more, visit  

Here are the offerings for the upcoming season:
  • Diocesan Basketball - grades 4 through 8, boys and girls
  • Lil Hounds Basketball - grades 2 & 3, boys and girls
  • CYO basketball - for high school parishioners, leagues for boys and girls teams. 
EPIC Middle School Youth Group

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 a guest speaker!

EPIC Youth Ministry Living the Faith Speaker
Sunday, November 11 from 12:15 PM Mass - 3:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Rachel Muha, founder of the Run the Race Center
It was Rachel Muha's faith that got her through a personal tragedy, which spurred her to open The Run the Race Center. Rachel will join our parish community on November 11 to share about her faith journey and encourage our parish youth on their own journey of faith as well.
  • EPIC participants will sit together near the baptismal font at 12:15 PM Mass on Sunday, Nov. 11 (wear your t-shirt!).
  • Immediately after Mass, gather in Hendricks Hall for prayer and pizza followed by a powerful message from Rachel Muha.
  • Pick-up is at 3:30 PM from Hendricks Hall.
  • PGC compliant adult volunteers are needed during the event (sign up in the RSVP link).
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
For more information, contact Laura Ginikos at or Andrea Komenda at

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:
Halloween Spooktacular @ DRV | Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Euchre with Independent Living @ DRV |1st Monday of each month, 7-8 PM (Oct. - April)
Email to rsvp for euchre.
Winter retreat registration opens on Nov. 11 |Winter retreat is January 26-27, 2019
Friendsgiving Potluck & Game Night | Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-8:30 PM
       Rsvp here. 
Advent Series | Thursdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 7-8:30 PM
       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.

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!
Fall Gatherings

Friendsgiving Potluck & Game Night | Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-8:30 PM
Advent Bible Study | Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13, 7-8:30 PM
Columbus Zoo Wild Lights | Thursday, Dec. 20, 7-8:30 PM
Beyond our parish doors:
Baptism of Gemma Marie Uhlir
Celebrating the Sacraments

Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the past month:

Lucas Gregory Brun
Baptism of Aidyn Czekalski Church
Aidyn Czekalski Church
Vivian Marlowe Feilen
Beckham Eric Gabel
Riley Michael Hollern
Harper Quinn Hyland
Elliott Thinh Joshii
Amelia Grace Kennedy
Kate Isabel Madsen
Brogan Patrick McTighe
Frederick James Raver
Isaac Bryan Schlater
Ellington Rose Starr
Gemma Marie Uhlir
Finley Grace Veeder

Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish this summer:
  • Elizabeth Seitz & Peter Coratola
  • Amanda Davis & Maxwell Harness

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.

James D. O'Connor
Jean Newlon

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