U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
December 8, 2021
On Monday, Saint Nicholas Day, children enjoyed a surprise visit from Saint Nicholas on horseback!
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This week has been busy! Not only have we been celebrating the 2nd week of Advent, but we also had a visit from Saint Nicholas on his horse to celebrate his December 6th feast day, and today we attended Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Additionally, our grade 5 - 8 choir filled the air with Christmas music with their beautiful performance in our candlelit church on Monday evening. We are also excited to announce that we have reached our goals for our toy collections - see the details below!  So many wonderful opportunities to pray, celebrate, serve and enjoy this beautiful and holy time of year.  

Just a quick reminder that on Friday we will be hosting our “Twas the Night Before Christmas” event. Our students and staff are invited to wear school-appropriate pajamas to school on December 10th for a Christmas movie and popcorn treat provided by our Annual Fund donations. Also on this day, our wonderful cafeteria staff has designed for us to enjoy a special creatively green lunch inspired by Dr. Seuss’s book and movie The Grinch. 

New student registration is now open and available on our new school website. Please consider inviting neighbors, co-workers or extended family members to give the gift of Catholic education to their children for the coming school year. Current student re-enrollment will begin January 7th and will be a streamlined process through the FACTS family portal. More information will be available in the new year.  

Advent Blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly  
Photo Newsletters: 5th & 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Staff Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Winners
Last week our Home & School sponsored a fun and festive staff Ugly Christmas Sweater contest! Our children and staff enjoyed seeing all the fun and spirited attire. Congrats to our winners:

  • Most Festive and Fun - Mrs. Wolfe
  • Most Likely to be made by Grandma - Mrs. Veeder
  • Most interactive sweater - Ms. Bensonhaver
  • Most Beautifully Tacky - Miss Katona
  • Grand Prize/ Ugliest of the Ugly - Mrs. DeSocio
Gratitude Wall for Teachers & Staff
Home & School is working on a school Gratitude Wall during the month of December. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our feelings of gratitude and our many blessings with our teachers and the school staff that work so hard and care so much.  

Grab a notecard or a Post-It note and share with the staff why you feel blessed to be part of our school community. Or share why you are grateful to a particular staff member or a team of people at our school. We will display these notes for all to see in the cafeteria. It is a wonderful way to start out the season of Advent - by sharing feelings of blessings and gratitude. Please take a moment to let our teachers and staff know how much they mean to us and how truly special they are.

Simply jot down what you would like to share on the Post-It note or a notecard and send it in to the school. You or your child can drop them off with Sandy Peecook in the school office during the month of December. It can be as simple as a thank you. This project is for parents, grandparents, students, or anyone that would like to express their gratitude for our amazing school and school staff. 

“Feeling Gratitude And Not Expressing It Is Like Wrapping A Present And Not Giving It.” - William Arthur Ward  

See the photo for examples that have already been submitted!
Christmas Concert
Monday night we held a beautiful Christmas Concert with our 5th - 8th grade students in the church. Thank you to all who attended and participated, and to Ms. Bensonhaver our music teacher for organizing!
Spiritwear Orders Have Arrived!
PREMIER/MORGANHEIMER Spiritwear orders are ready to be picked at their Powell location 473 Village Park Drive (Wed-Fri:12-6pm or by appt). If you selected shipping or pick-up, you should have been notified last week via email that your order was ready.

RAH-RAH Spiritwear orders will be shipped out starting tomorrow. If you selected pick-up, orders will be available at:

Home of Lesley Beran
6905 MacNeil Drive, Dublin
*Orders will be labeled and in a bin on the side porch.

Thank you for supporting St. Brigid Spiritwear.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Car Rider Pick Up Change Beginning January 18
AM car rider drop off will start five minutes later, at 7:40, on any day when the actual temperature or wind chill is 15 degrees or colder.

Please remember that no child should ever exit a car until our morning crew comes outside. Thanks for your help and care for our teachers.

We will switch the order of afternoon car rider dismissal when we reach the halfway point in the school year. Starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022, we will dismiss the L-Z car riders at 2:50 and the A-K car riders will be dismissed at 3:05.
Help Earn Rewards for St. Brigid this Christmas Season!
Remember St. Brigid of Kildare School when you do your holiday shopping on Amazon this year! With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% to the charity of your choice.  

1.     To set St. Brigid of Kildare School as your preferred charity, visit smile.amazon.com and search for St. Brigid of Kildare.  
2.     Save smile.amazon.com to your desktop favorites OR add a shortcut to your phone’s home screen. 
3.     Remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop on Amazon! 
Prospective Families School Open House
Sunday, January 9 from 3-5 PM

This is the perfect time for interested friends, family or neighbors to explore our three-time Blue Ribbon School. Prospective families can 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.

Spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in applying to Saint Brigid of Kildare School for the 2022-2023 school year! And remember, families who refer families can receive tuition credits. Learn more about this program here.
Advent Toy Collections Update
All Goals Were Met!
Thank you Saint Brigid Families! As of today, we have met our goal of 333 toys for this week's toy drive to benefit Basement Blessings in Lewis Center, AND we have already met our goal of 60 items for next week's toy drive to benefit the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in Columbus!  It was so beautiful to see all of our families come together to support all three toy drives, and we are in the process of distributing over 1,038 new and look-like-new toys to these three organizations! May the Holy Trinity bless each and every one of you so abundantly during this Advent season - and always!

PS - Our next drive will be our Lenten food drive. We will share the details for this drive in the new year.
Christ Child Book Drive Thank You
From Christ Child Society:

A huge thank you to all of your students and staff for supporting the Christ Child Society of Columbus in our book drive for the children in need in our communities. One of the best indicators of academic success is getting children’s books into homes and then reading them to our kids. Yet, 61 percent of low-income families have no children’s books. Your donation of close to 2,000 books will certainly make a difference and have a positive impact on the children. Your generous donation is beyond anything we could have hoped for and a blessing for the children in need. We are overwhelmed with joy and so grateful for your help in this effort to improve childhood literacy and get books into the hands & homes of the children in need.  

With Blessings & Gratitude-
Lisa Davies
2nd VP 
Christ Child Society of Columbus
Gifts of Gratitude: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Gift
Make your life easier by checking one thing off your Christmas gift list! Donate to Gifts of Gratitude! Home & School has provided you with a convenient way to show your appreciation to the teachers and staff at St. Brigid during Christmas and at the end of the year. 

What is it?
Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Why participate?
This is a convenient way for families to make sure that each teacher, aide, and staff member who touches your child's life is recognized for all they do at St. Brigid.
Instead of several small gifts from each student, each teacher and staff member will receive a monetary gift that they choose how to use--whether they want to splurge on themselves or help with their own family's expenses.
Will my family be recognized for participating?
Yes -- the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this
program. You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking "G.O.G" inside your Christmas card to them.
How mu​ch do I give?
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child once a year, however any given amount is graciously accepted and appreciated!

Can't remember if y​ou already contributed?
No worries -- just contact Sherri Johnson at [email protected] and she will let you know!

You can find the link for Gifts of Gratitude at the button below. Choose your donation amount and that's it. It's that easy! It's such a simple way to show appreciation to your child/children's teachers and the staff at St Brigid of Kildare.  
News from Our Parish Community
Knights of Columbus Rosary
The St. Brigid Knights of Columbus would like to invite all families of the parish to join us for a virtual Rosary on Sunday, December 12th from 7:00 to 7:30 PM. This event will provide an opportunity to celebrate the Advent season as a community from the comfort of your home. Don’t worry if you are new to or unfamiliar with the Rosary, all prayers will be shared electronically for convenience and ease of following along. No registration is required.
Please use the link below and credentials to sign in:

Meeting ID: 826 3750 6466
Passcode: rosary

If you and your family would like to lead a decade of the Rosary, please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B44A8A929AB9-advent2

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].
Christmas Mass Reservations Required (Closes Monday, Dec 13)
Reservations will be required to attend a Mass on Christmas Eve (4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 9:00 PM) and Christmas Day (9:00 AM, 11:00 AM). The church will be seated to full capacity, with the exception of the section by the Baptismal Font reserved for social distancing. Masks are strongly recommended.

Mass reservations are live on our website and some Masses still have openings. Reservations will close on Monday, December 13 at 12 noon. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the link in the top bar. You will be able to select your seating option (regular seating or socially distanced seating) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.

Livestreamed Masses will be available to view at youtube.com/stbrigidofkildarechurch. These are able to be watched live or played back later at the link above.
Christmas Cookie Exchange
Wednesday, December 15th at 7 PM | Hendricks Hall 

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 15th for a Christmas Cookie Exchange! All parishioners are invited to participate in this cookie exchange. 

Please RSVP below to register for the event. Registration for the event ends on Friday, December 10th. 

A few rules for our Cookie Exchange:
  • All participants should bring (3) dozen of their favorite cookies in exchange for (3) dozen cookies. 
  • All cookies should be packaged in quantities of 6. This means you will bring (6) packs of cookies with (6) cookies in each pack.
  • All cookies must be homemade (or purchased from a bakery; not a grocery store). 
  • You can deliver the cookies to Hendricks Hall Kitchen anytime on Wednesday, December 15th or you can bring the cookies with you. We will display all cookies prior to the exchange. 
  • You are encouraged (but not required) to bring copies of your recipe with you to share. 

We will have light hor d'oeuvres and holiday drinks for you to enjoy as you mingle. Christmas attire is encouraged and masks are recommended.

For questions or to volunteer, contact Amie Lopez, parish life coordinator, at [email protected].
Blood Drive December 13
With the holiday season approaching, the need for blood donation is critical! The Covid-19 pandemic has reduced donations. There is no manufactured equivalent to human blood; it must be donated to the Red Cross and then allocated to hospitals based on levels of need. If you can spare an hour of your time on Monday, December 13, please consider donating in Hendricks Hall from 1:30 - 7:00 pm. The link to schedule an appointment is: RedCrossBlood.org using sponsor code: saintbrigid. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS to register.

Thank you in advance for considering a donation. It is a perfect Christmas gift!
News from Our Catholic High Schools
BWHS Applications for Class of 2026
BWHS is now accepting applications for the class of 2026. If you apply by December 1 your application fee will be $100. After December 1 the fee will be $150. They are accepting applications through January 31, 2022.
The following are links to information you might find useful:

Please feel free to contact Director of Admissions, Mary Kate Harris, with any questions. She can be reached at [email protected] or by calling (614) 268-8671 ext. 284.
St. Charles Upcoming Events
Below are upcoming events at St. Charles:

  • Tuesday, December 7 “Future Cardinal Night” – Basketball vs. New Albany HS, 6:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 29 Academic Scholarship Test for 8th graders, 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at [email protected].

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.