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"C'ead Mile Failte"

(A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)

Our Irish roots are reflected in the above Gaelic blessing that St. Brigid of Kildare has used to welcome the thousands of parishioners who have joined our parish since its founding 35 years ago.

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in our Welcome Weekend! You all were shining examples, reflecting the spirit of hospitality St. Brigid of Kildare Parish has embraced since our humble beginnings in a horse barn. The weekend was a huge success with parishioners exploring the many ways to use their time and talents to become part of our family of faith.  

The more you invest yourself in parish life, the more you will get out of your involvement here. The best way to feel part of the parish family is to join one of our many ministries/committees. Please review the many opportunities available in our Guide to Parish Life that you received in the mail. Whether you are new to the parish or have been a long-term parishioner, there is something for everyone. Once you have explored the many opportunities to share your gifts, you can make a commitment of your time, talent, and treasure by filling out and returning the Volunteer Commitment Card and the Annual Offertory Commitment Card (or fill them out electronically at the links). Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

Bishop's Annual Appeal Goal Met: Thank You!

"I would personally like to thank all those who generously supported the 2023 Appeal. Being new to St. Brigid of Kildare, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the response from our parish. The people of St. Brigid of Kildare really stepped up to the challenge to achieve the goal of $314,000 -- St. Brigid's highest goal ever. The needs in our Diocese are great and by doing our part we have the ability to change the lives of our neighbors throughout the Diocese. I would like to recognize in particular the leadership of our co-chairs Rick and Holly Clemens. Thank you again and God Bless."

In Christ,

Father James Black

You can still make a pledge by going online to to make a secure pledge. 100% of your donation will be returned to St. Brigid of Kildare.

Cover Our Priests in Prayer

From Monday, October 9 to Thursday, October 12, many of the diocesan priests, including our own Father Lynch, will be on a retreat with ACTS XXIX and Fr. John Riccardo. We would like to cover this event in prayer so that the priests will be built up and supported in their life and ministry. 

Sign up to cover our priests with prayer by clicking here.

Eucharistic Minister Training

Training for Eucharistic Ministers will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM in the church.

*Eucharistic Ministers must be Confirmed.

If you have been interested in helping out, this is your chance!

The training should last about an hour and a half. 


Register at the link below or call the parish office at 614-761-3734.


Religious Education Kicks Off Family of Faith

Welcome back to all of our Religious Education families! We kicked off the year with an Open House on September 11th. It was so much fun seeing our current Religious Education families again as well as meeting so many new families while we enjoyed ice cream from Little Ladies Soft Serve and popsicles from the Rime Time popsicle cart. Father Jim Black and Deacons Steve Petrill and Frank Iannarino were also on hand to say hello. On the 18th we welcomed Mar Frommeyer and Chris Rockwell's band, Station 14, to lead us in Worship and Praise. We practiced meditative prayer with music, prayed for special intentions, and ended with a group performance by the kids of "Trading My Sorrows"! Small group lessons will begin September 25th, and we are looking forward to getting to know our students this year while learning and sharing about our Catholic faith.

New Campus Phone

If you have any campus facility needs during evening or weekend activities, meetings, or events, please call our new evening and weekend number:

(614) 980-8506

This will contact our campus supervisor to assist parishioners with any needs that may arise (e.g. restroom restocking, A/V needs, door entry, etc.). This is for all campus builings and activities, including the school, athletics, church, parish hall, and Brigid's Green.

Scam Email Impersonating Fr. Black, Clergy, Staff

Many staff members and some parishioners are beginning to receive scam emails from someone impersonating Father Black. These emails come from several made-up email accounts -- the "from" name may have Father Black's name, but the "from" email address has a variety of addresses. These emails usually ask for a favor, and if you engage with the sender he/she may ask you to purchase gift cards and send the pin or bar code to him/her. Please be assured that Father Black would never reach out about a favor like that, and please ignore and delete emails from this person. Any emails coming from St. Brigid of Kildare Parish staff will end in the email address, emails coming from St. Brigid of Kildare School staff will end in the email address, and emails coming from Diocese of Columbus staff will end in the email address.

Unfortunately, many priests and clergy in the diocese have been experiencing similar issues. Please always ensure if you receive an email from a clergy or staff member that seems inaccurate to check that it came from an organizational email account, and/or call the parish at (614) 761-3734 if you have any concerns.

Thank you for your understanding.

Men's Retreat January 26-28

Men’s Cornerstone Retreat!

January 26th – 28 th, 2024

WHO: All men of the parish are invited to attend the annual Men’s weekend Retreat.

WHERE: The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein. Meals will be provided, and all men will have private rooms with bath.

WHY: to renew your spirituality, build fellowship with other men of the parish, enjoy excellent speakers, group discussions, social gathering, music, Mass and more!

DETAILS: More info and registration can be found on parish website here.

CONTACT: Matt Niemec at [email protected] or 614-352-1131 with any questions!

High School Youth Ministry

The Rescue Project

The most urgent task in the Church is the compelling proclamation of the gospel, one that offers people a way of seeing reality, and of making sense of the world, history, and life, that is vastly different from the story our modern culture tells.

Together we can discover the story!

We invite you to join us for the Rescue Project, Wednesdays, September 13 - November 16 from 7-8:30 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Registered teens will have their own small group table(s) at these gatherings.

Register here

Religious Education Family of Faith Volunteer

Grow in faith and leadership as you volunteer to lead Family of Faith gatherings (and earn up to 60 hours of service volunteering with Family of Faith this year)! 

There are options to lead weekly, monthly, or by event. Email Jennifer McManus at [email protected] for more information or access the volunteer form to share how you can best support our community of faith as you earn service hours.

Volunteer Form 

Catholic Cafe

High school students gather for prayer in the chapel and fellowship in the church basement on select Wednesdays throughout the year. 

No sign up is required. Keep an eye on the bulletin and our instagram page for updates.

Join Us for Bible Study

We have two active Bible Study groups at St. Brigid. We have a group for women, and a separate group of men, that meet to study scripture and reach a deeper relationship with God, and form community. By better understanding scripture, they hope to apply the lessons learned to improve their lives and the lives they touch.


This group of women meets in the Carr Room, in Hendricks Hall, on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. They are currently watching the 3rd season of The Chosen until Christmas, and then will begin a new study. This group is open to new members and would love for you to join them! Contact Teresa Salmeron at [email protected] for more information.


This group of men meets in the Deacon’s Room (upstairs in the Church building) on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. They meet year round and are currently studying the Gospel of Luke, using the Little Rock Scripture Study. New members are welcome and there is no ongoing

commitment. Contact Wayne Booker at [email protected] for more information.

Thinking About Becoming Catholic?

Are you coming to church with your family and interested in learning more?

Are you interested in the Catholic Faith and searching for a parish community?

Do you think you might like to look into the Catholic way of Life?

You are invited to join us!

Becoming Catholic is a journey of faith. It includes prayer, study, reflection and discipleship; and is done in community with others on a similar journey.

RCIA Sessions begin on Tuesday, October 11, 7:00—8:30 p.m.

The Rescue Project

Now—November 15

The Rescue Project tells us that the most urgent task in the church is the compelling proclamation of the gospel, one that offers people a way of seeing reality, and of making sense of the world, history, and life, that is vastly different from the story our modern culture tells.

If you missed the first two sessions, you are still welcome to join us. Watch episodes one and two at home at

We invite you to join us for the Rescue Project! Together we can discover The Story.

There are four ways to participate this fall:

  •  Sisters in Christ - Join a community of women in prayer and study. Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45 PM, Deacon’s Room
  • Wednesday Evening Group - Join other parishioners in this study/small groups. Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM, Berry Room
  • Thursday Morning Group - Join other parishioners in this study/small groups. Thursdays, 10—11:30 AM, Berry Room
  • Individual Small Groups - Create your own small group in your home and receive study materials free of charge from the parish!

To register, click the button below.

For more information, contact Kim VanHuffel at [email protected]. 


Crucial Conversations Parenting Workshop

Crucial Conversations, a parenting speaker series for St. Brigid of Kildare Parish and School parents of school-aged children, is back with a series of events for the 2023-24 school year. These parenting workshops will focus on student wellness and safety—physically, emotionally, and online.


Environment Safety—September 27, 6:30 PM, Enke Hall

St. Brigid of Kildare Campus Safety and Security Director Bruce McKenna will talk with parents about our school building’s new enhanced safety plan using funds from our safety grant.

Emotional Safety—November 7, 6:30 PM, School Gymnasium

Professional Clinical Counselor Laura Lewis will share ideas and strategies about emotional

wellness, touching on anxiety, depression and the role of mental health. She brings practical ideas and strategies to integrate mental and emotional wellness into your family.

Social Media Safety—January (TBD), School Gymnasium

Nationally recognized internet safety speaker Jesse Weinberger will share guidance, data, and

resources for keeping children and families safer online. She will share life changing information on the connection between social media and mental health. Learn more about Jesse at her website

RSVP for 9/27 Session

That Man Is You!

THAT MAN IS YOU! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society. At St. Brigid of Kildare, we are currently in year 5 of this program (for the 2023-24 year).

That Man is You! began Saturday, September 9, 2023 in Hendricks Hall. Doors Open at 6:30 AM for light breakfast and fellowship. Program starts promptly at 7:00 AM. All men are welcome.

Learn More

College Care Packages

Moms, Dads, siblings, and grandparents are invited to join us on Sunday, October 8 in Hendricks Hall to assemble care packages for your college students and young adult children serving in the military!

Plan to wear a shirt from your child's school or branch of service and bring some care package goodies to share (see the sign-up link).

St. Brigid will provide a variety of care package box sizes, prayer cards, and stationary. Families will be responsible for mailing their box(es).

To help us prepare, please sign up to bring a few items for care package assembly. Feel free to bring items not listed here. These are simply suggestions. There is no limit to how many can participate, but this sign-up will close on Monday, October 2.

Sign Up

Congrats Brian Vetter, Deacon Ordination

Brian Vetter took his Perpetual Profession of Vows at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame on August 26 and then was ordained a Deacon at the Moreau Seminary Chapel, Notre Dame on August 27. The expectation is that Brian will be ordained a Priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2024.

Pictured is Brian receiving the Laying on of Hands from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend.

Congrats to Brian!

Sensory Garden at St. Brigid of Kildare School

Thanks to generous donations from Oakland Nursery, John & Sheila Reiner, and our SPiCE Corks for a Cause fundraising, the Sensory Garden is nearly complete.

This garden consists of an outdoor student space, dining and conversation area, teacher relaxation and sitting area, Mary garden, Japanese-inspired space, sensory garden, and general, unifying landscape.

To learn about the many details and thoughtful planning that went into this garden by John & Sheila Reiner, click the link below.

Read Article

Children's Liturgy of the Word - Volunteers Needed

Children's Liturgy of the Word takes place during the 9 am Mass. Children (non-communed children, preschool through grade 2), may join us in the Church basement to hear the Children's Liturgy of the Word from the Children's Lectionary as well as learn about the readings of the day. Children will be dismissed prior to the First Reading and return after the Homily, during the Presentation of the Gifts. 

We require two Shepherds and two volunteers to provide this opportunity for our families. The First Shepherd is the leader of the readings and lesson for the day and the Second Shepherd assists the First. Volunteers help the Shepherds with miscellaneous tasks, but do not teach the lessons. All volunteers (Shepherds and general volunteers) are required to be compliant volunteers in accordance of Safe Environment Policies. Those who sign up will have follow-up communications with the Safe Environment Coordinator as well as the Director of Religious Education.


If you have questions regarding this ministry, please contact the Religious Education Office at 614-761-1176.

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 under the Diocese of Columbus at


The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children (PGC) sessions: 

  • 10/01/2023 St Joseph (Plain City) 12:00pm
  • 10/26/2023 Our Lady of Lourdes (Marysville) 6:00pm


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 

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 since our last issue:

  • Eli James Edussuriya
  • Ellie Marie Emery
  • Elizabeth Rose Fairchild
  • Alyssa Carol Heinrichs
  • Evelyn Rose Ozga
  • Luciano Dominic Patrick Taylor
  • Vicente Sebastian Pablo Cartujano
  • Valerie Christine Davis
  • Callan Grae Dubinsky
  • Samuel David Hehman
  • Christopher James Joseph
  • Jack Michael Joseph
  • Elisabeth Sue Joseph
  • McKinley Marjorie Lamonde
  • Carter Joseph Molyet
  • Mia June Custer


Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Ian Mills and Morgan Hawn
  • Nick Healey and Elizabeth Hart
  • Mark Weekley and Megan Warnecke

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.

  • Maria Jeric
  • Albert Hayek
  • Thomas O’Reilly
  • Helen Frances Thornton
  • Laura Quinn
  • Mary Baxter

News from & around the Diocese of Columbus

The Saint Teresa Recognition Award

Do you know of a faithful, thoughtful woman who freely serves others? The St. Teresa Recognition of Charity, Compassion, and Service is returning! This program will recognize and honor those lay women within the Diocese of Columbus who have, in their everyday lives, striven to exemplify the work of Christ.

You can nominate her for the Saint Tereasa Recognition Award (formerly the Catholic Woman of the Year). Nominations may be done online or by mail; all nominations are due by September 30th. She would be honored at the Recognition Ceremony Luncheon with Bishop Fernandes on Sunday, November 5th 1-3:30pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Life Center, 3730 Broadway; Grove City, OH. Registration for family and friends is due by October 20th. Ladies who are nominated receive complimentary registration. Registration is $28 and includes a catered lunch. The space is limited, and registration will be done on a first come first served basis.

Individuals can nominate a lay woman who they feel exemplifies the spirit of St. Teresa by visiting

The Award Recognition event will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Grove City on November 5 from 1pm to 3:30pm. Tickets and table reservations can be made by visiting If you have questions, contact Annette Roth at [email protected] or call (740)701-0610.

Women's Care Center Mass 

Do YOU want to do something locally to make an impact for the moms and babies of our community?

Come pray the Mass with His Excellency, Earl K. Fernandes, Bishop of Columbus and the Women’s Care Center!


Please join us after Mass for Exposition, a Rosary, and Benediction followed by pizza-to-go!


500 S. Gould Rd | Columbus OH, 43209

Buckeye Catholic Homecoming Weekend

O-H!....As football season kicks off, Buckeye Catholic invites you to our 1st Annual Homecoming Weekend. Come for a weekend of events for all alumni, family, and friends of Buckeye Catholic and OSU. Relive old memories and make new ones. All events are free of charge - more details in QR code. Learn more and RSVP by September 29 here.

Sacred Heart Congress

Do you yearn for the peace, protection, and joy of a Christ-centered home? The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the answer. The Congress is for those searching and wanting to go deeper with the Heart of Christ and His 12 promises. Come whether you have enthroned the Sacred Heart in your home or want to discover what Jesus promises for those who expose and honor His Sacred Heart. This 12th Annual gathering has become the largest Sacred Heart event in the nation. This half-day event provides a wealth of spiritual renewal deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition. The purpose of the Congress is to gather in unity and prayer to grow closer to the loving and perfect Heart of Jesus. After Holy Mass, coffee and donuts will be provided.

What: 12th Annual Sacred Heart Congress
Where: St Paul, the Apostle Catholic Church
When: November 4, 2023, from 8:30 am to Noon
Details: Doors open at 7:45 am, and the Rosary starts at 8:00 am.
Theme:“Reviving the Family through the Sacred Heart and the Holy Eucharist.” 

54-Day Rosary Novena

Beginning Friday, September 15th, Catholics across the state of Ohio will be joining in prayer for the protection of human life and dignity and the defeat of the dangerous constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot this November. A 54-Day Rosary Novena will be prayed from September 15th through Election Day, November 7th. Visit for more information.

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