Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 October 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Oct 21
Make it a Date

Oct 22
New Parishioner Welcome

Nov 3
SPiCE Parent Speaker Event

Nov 5
Altar Server training

Dec 1
Men's Retreat

Dec 10
School Open House

Jan 19
Women's Retreat

Ministry Weekend                            
Thanks for a great weekend, congrats to our contest winners!
We had a great turnout as we celebrated our parish's 30th anniversary at Ministry Weekend September 23 and 24 in Hendricks Hall. We were happy to be joined by hundreds of our founding families at the 5 PM Mass, and by hundreds more of our families at the rest of the Masses.
Guests enjoyed a raffle contest as they walked around the many ministry tables set up and learned more about our parish history. Congrats to Worship & Spiritual Life, who gave out the most fun fact raffle tickets!
And congrats to the following winners of our raffle prize contest:
Kevin Jones
Mandy Skinner
Sally Imes
Thomas Smithhisler
Ellie Hanson

And congratulations to Brendan McCarthy and Aisling Spyra!
Their pictures were chosen as the winner of the 30th Anniversary Coloring Contest held during Ministry Weekend. These pictures are framed and have become part of the new artwork in the Carr Nursery. 

Special THANK YOU to both Kate Drab and Carly Henry for designing the coloring pages for all children to enjoy!


30th Anniversary Video
During the celebration of our 30th anniversary at Ministry Weekend, we showed a video highlighting the history of our parish's last 30 years. Click the image to the right to view the video.
Parishioner Spotlight: The Rogner Family

I grew up in Toledo, was raised in a Catholic family, and attended Catholic grade school, along with my sisters. Unfortunately, my family stopped going to Mass when I was in high school.  Luckily, when I got to college, I met a group of friends who attended Mass in a classroom at 8 pm on Sunday night.  I don't know if it was the idea of going to church in jeans, or going at night, or the engaging manner of the priest, but it drew me back to the fold.

Fast forward to 1992 when I moved to Columbus.  I attended different churches in the area, but never established any loyalty to one particular church.  After getting married to Tim, and moving to Dublin in 1996, we felt it was time to join a church.  Tim had been raised in a small town in Michigan where nearly everyone (he and his family included) was Lutheran, and had attended a Lutheran grade school. He joined a Lutheran church in Dublin, which we attended a few times, but it never really clicked.  Once we attended Mass at St. Brigid, we knew that this was the church in which we wanted to raise our children.  We wanted our children to have a church to call home, and to play a meaningful role in their lives.

Carla is now 20, and Tony is 17.  They attended St. Brigid elementary school, and the strong base of faith, values, and discipleship that was stressed in school while growing up remains part of their lives today.  They grew up volunteering, whether it was through school or church opportunities, or the many community volunteer jobs we have done together throughout Dublin.  Now in college (Carla), and a senior in high school (Tony), they continue participating in service opportunities without thinking twice.  Tony remains involved with St. Brigid school, as he has been a coach for St. Brigid's track and field team for the last three years, and it is touching to see the younger children who he coaches call out to him when they see him at Mass on Sundays. 

We have made friends at St. Brigid that have become a family to us. Belonging to a parish for 20 years, we have watched our children grow up and have shared the highs and lows with each other.  Some friendships have developed simply by saying "you look familiar" when running into someone outside of church, and discovering how we know each other. Some have developed through our common ministries (Carla and Tony have been Altar Servers, and I am a Eucharistic Minister).   And like so many others, we sit in the same area every Sunday at 9 am Mass. With a simple hello, we have developed relationships with our "pew neighbors," and now look forward to seeing these friends every week. 

It is a running joke in our family that we are always one of the last ones to leave after Mass. To me, this is time to catch up with our friends, ask about their week, and share stories, favors, concerns, and prayers.    We all have one thing in common, this sense of community in belonging to this parish, and we are glad to call these friends our family, and to call St. Brigid our home.
SPiCE Family Fun Day & Pancake Breakfast - Thank You!

St. Brigid of Kildare hosted its annual SPiCE fundraiser and awareness event on Saturday, September 30 at Brigid's Green. We had a great day as children of all ages played games, made crafts, and enjoyed an unlimited pancake and sausage breakfast.

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

SPiCE Parent Speaker Event - Nov 3

Find the Balance: Empowering the Whole Child will take place  Friday, November 3 at 6 PM in Hendricks Hall. 

Presented by Saint Brigid of Kildare SPiCE, join us for an exploration of the emotional, physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual wellness of your child. Listen to two expert speakers, Dr. Ali Carine and Megan Bouscher, OTR/L, discuss practical ways to help you and your child feel empowered and successful in all aspects of your lives.

Friday, November 3, beginning at  6 PM with wine and cheese in Hendricks Hall

Please RSVP here.  Child sitting will be provided.
Prospective Families School Open House - Dec 10

Help us "Share The Good News" about Catholic education by inviting friends and neighbors to join the St. Brigid school community. We'll be holding our annual Open House on Sunday, December 10 from 1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visitors can take a parent and student guided tour to see first hand what makes St. Brigid so special.

Preschool - 8th grade registration will be December 10, 2017 - January 17, 2018.

Advent by Candlelight
November 30

Treat yourself to a night out to prepare your heart and mind for the Advent and Christmas seasons!

Imagine a candlelit room, beautifully decorated tables, light refreshments and wine shared with friends. Then relax and enjoy an inspiring talk by special guest speaker, the very entertaining "Snoring Scholar" Sarah Reinhard, a local Catholic convert, wife, mom, author, and blogger. You do not want to miss this faith-filled evening of peace, fellowship, reflection, and humor!

Please save the date and see this flyer for more details and how to RSVP.
Altar Server Training is Nov 5
All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses.

Is the Lord calling upon you to serve? Answer the Lord's 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. You will have only one evening class to attend, one short section from the Liturgical Ministry Manual to read and study, and three mentoring sessions with an experienced Altar Server. Do this and you are ready to be scheduled as an Altar Server. It is a rewarding service!

Our next training session for Altar Servers is November 5, 2017, Sunday afternoon in the Church from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Please register by November 1st, so we can be prepared to welcome you.

To register, click here.

For more information please contact Todd Pepe or Steve Gyuro at
EPIC Middle School Youth Group
TAASC Service Day Rescheduled

Due to weather, EPIC has been rescheduled from last weekend to this Sunday, October 22. We will be working outside and winterizing the property at TAASC, a local nonprofit that provides opportunities for veterans, adults, and children with disabilities to participate in adventure sports activities. Please RSVP to Kim at if your child would like to attend.
Preschool  Story   Time  in the  School

This is the perfect opportunity to bring your little one to visit the Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool, meet some of the preschool teachers, and enjoy  story time and a craft. Parents can learn more about St. Brigid Preschool and registration for the next  schoolyear while children get their first taste of our Catholic  school! Come to one or all!
  •  Tuesday, October 24, 11 am-12 pm
  •  Tuesday, November 146:30-7:30 pm
  •  Thursday, November 16, 11 am-12 pm

QUESTIONS Contact Maureen DiDomenico at or  614-718-5825.

Make It a Date: Oct 21

Enjoy a night out to strengthen your marriage!

Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish Center
Registration Is Necessary

Please RSVP to Karen Huttsell at or 614-602-7724 by October 19th.

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid's 14th Make It A Date! Your evening begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples.

Click here to learn more.
The Dublin Food Pantry is now preparing for its annual  Harvest of Hope. 

This will provide about 350 families with all of the traditional fare necessary for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. This year parishioners can participate in one of two ways:

Option One: Provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner

The EPIC Middle School Youth Group invites parishioners to donate the ingredients for an entire Thanksgiving meal (no cooking is necessary) for a family in need. The food will be delivered directly to the homes of client families of the Food Pantry by EPIC students and parent drivers on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We have arranged with the Food Pantry to deliver about 1/3 of it's meals this year, allowing them to keep more food on their shelves though the winter months. Parishioners would provide everything from the following list in a sturdy box (approximate cost is $50), and should drop the box off at St. Brigid parking lot at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, where students will unload the box from your vehicle and reload it into a parent driver vehicle for immediate delivery. Alternative drop off arrangements can be made. The list includes: Turkey breast (6 lbs), Boxed potatoes, Canned gravy, Boxed stuffing, Canned corn, Canned green beans, Canned cranberries, Assorted fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), Pumpkin pie, Ready Whip and Rolls. If you choose this option, please contact Kim VanHuffel at or 614-593-5173.

Option Two: Provide boxed potatoes and gravy
If you would prefer to donate on a smaller scale, the St. Brigid Social Action Committee invites parishioners to donate boxed potatoes and gravy for inclusion in the remainder of the Thanksgiving meals provided to client families of the Food Pantry. Collection of the donations will be before and after all Masses on November 11 & 12. Please deliver the donated food to Hendricks Hall (Immke Room) and place the items in the designated boxes. We will also be collecting personal hygiene items for Gladden House.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Men's Inception Retreat

The Men of our Parish are invited to unplug for 24 hours and attend this year's St. Brigid Men's Inception Retreat.

This 4th Annual Inception Retreat starts on the evening of Friday Dec 1st and ends Saturday Dec 2nd at 6pm. On the retreat you will enjoy fellowship, activities, Sacraments, and great talks from other men of the Parish. Additionally, both Fr. Morris and Fr. Josh Wagner will be participating this year. No matter where you are in your faith journey you will not walk away disappointed and will be re-energized and renewed as you head into the Christmas season.

The retreat is held at the St Therese Retreat center near the airport which is a fantastic facility that provides individual rooms, an incredible Chapel, great meals and overall amazing environment.  Please contact Brett McCarthy at 614-602-7562 for more information.

Women's Retreat - Jan 19-21

Registration for the Women's Retreat opens at 9 am on Monday, November 6th. See below for more details.

Director of High School Youth Ministry
Laura Ginikos (Butsch)/ / 614-718-5832

YOU: Life, Love, & Theology of the Body Series, part 1
October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, & 9 from 7:30-9 PM in Enke Hall
This series of YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body (part 1) will present the basics of Theology of the Body, emphasizing creation, person-hood, our purpose, our call to love, the Christian definition of love, what healthy relationships can look like, and how to live a life of discipleship.

*Parents of participating teens are invited to separate, all-parent discussions of the YOU: Life, Love, & Theology of the Body content on October 12, 19, 26, November 2, & 9 in the Massey Teen Room of Hendricks Hall from 7:40-8:50 PM.

Mass & Cookie Collection
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
While you are on campus for All Saints Day, consider bringing a donation of chocolate chip cookies in the Massey Teen Room in Hendricks Hall before or after 7 PM mass. These cookies, made with your servant hands and prayerful hearts, and packaged as 1-dozen per 1-gallon ziplocked bag, will be shared with the men at the Kairos men's retreat Nov. 2-5, 2017.

Sent to Serve
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Teen registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 1
We will be reaching out to visit our neighbors & serve our parish community on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 from 12:15-5 PM. Join us for 12:15 PM mass, lunch, and a day of service and fellowship as we serve our neighbors! We need your help! More info & teen sign-up:

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7-8:30 PM
Berry Room of Hendricks Hall
Bring a dish to share, and join us for this year's Friendsgiving gathering! We will also be collecting socks of all sizes to support the giving tree and Holy Family's needs. Please consider bringing donations. *Parents and siblings of high school teens are welcome.

Advent Series
November 30, December 7, 14, & 2 from 7:30-9 PM in Enke Hall
This Advent will spend time preparing our hearts for the joy of Christmas as we explore unconditional joy and how we can truly experience the joy of the liturgical season and of a Christian life, even in times of great stress or sadness. Christian joy, like Christian love, is more than a feeling. Christian joy is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. It is a life that lives the honest prayer, "Father, Thy will be done."

Stay Connected
See the parish bulletin, our parish website, and sign up for the weekly youth ministry email for up to date information. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @brigid_youthmin

Basketball Registrations

Only 2 more weeks left to register for boys and girls diocesan basketball!

As a reminder, here are the WINTER BASKETBALL programs that SBAA has open registrations on:

Basketball - Diocesan
Registrations will close on this offering on Sunday, Oct. 29
When: Practices start in November, Season lasts thru February
Who: 4th thru 8th Grade Boys & Girls
How much: $ 160
Boys Contact: Bill Baumel at
Girls Contact: Jerry Geswein at

Basketball - L'il Hounds Skills Clinics
When: January & February, Sunday evenings, 1 hour
Who: 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys & Girls
Where: St. Brigid Gymnasium
Registrations closing on January 1, 2018.
How much: $ 75, includes a program t-shirt and a basketball for each player
Contact: Jerry Geswein at

Basketball - CYO
When: Practices start in November, Season lasts in to February
Who: High School Boys & Girls
How much: NO registration fee, there will be some fees when teams are formed


Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Ministry, for young adults in their 20's and 30's, will meet throughout the year for faith formation, service opportunities, and social gatherings. Check the website, bulletin, or our Facebook group (St. Brigid of Kildare Young Adult Ministry) for upcoming gatherings.

Mass & Cookie Collection
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
While you are on campus for All Saints Day, consider bringing a donation of chocolate chip cookies in the Massey Teen Room in Hendricks Hall before or after 7 PM mass. These cookies, made with your servant hands and prayerful hearts, and packaged as 1-dozen per 1-gallon ziplocked bag, will be shared with the men at the Kairos men's retreat Nov. 2-5, 2017.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7-8:30 PM
Berry Room of Hendricks Hall
Bring a dish to share, and join us for this year's Youth and Young Adult Friendsgiving gathering! *We will also be collecting personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, washcloths, towels) to support the giving tree and Holy Family's needs. Please consider bringing donations.

Taizé Prayer & Young Adult Social
Tuesday, Dec. 12
7 PM in the Main Church
Join St. Brigid parish for Taizé Prayer on Tuesday, December 12. Taizé is a candlelit, meditative service that includes songs, prayer, silence, and reflection. Enjoyed by all, Taizé gives you a chance to slow down for about an hour, reflect and pray in a beautiful environment. Following Taizé, Young Adults are invited to meet up at RAM Restaurant & Brewery (6632 Longshore Street, Dublin, OH).

Small-Town Leadership Series
Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, & 23, 2018
7-8:30 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall
"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community." - Dorothy Day. Series leader Natalie Siston is a St. Brigid of Kildare parishioner and a Certified Professional Coach, speaker and blogger. Natalie helps bring the feeling of small town to those who desiring to make meaningful connections. If you are curious how you show up in various aspects of your life and your ability to lead people, including yourself, to take positive, productive, and sustainable action, join us! In this 3-week series, Natalie will guide young adult ministry through assessments and activities focused on values and goals. Get to know Natalie Siston & Small-Town Leadership at  

Connect with Young Adult Ministry:
Laura Ginikos (Butsch)/ / 614-718-5832

Deaths of Parishioners

The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare in the last month.  Ple ase remember them and their families in prayer.
  • Jodelle Lorenz
  • Dr. Rolando Gellegani
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