February 5, 2020
As part of Catholic Schools Week, our eighth graders had a great time playing in the annual game against Watterson.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support of our Catholic Schools Week events. It was wonderful to have so many people join us for our Mass for the Feast of St. Brigid and the 8th grade vs. Watterson basketball game, and it was great fun having a CYO dress down day! Make sure to open the Catholic Schools Week photo album below to see photos from these events.  All of these great traditions make our community a special place for families to grow in faith and build strong lifelong relationships.  

I would like to invite you to consider attending one of our Crucial Conversations small groups during the month of February. This month the topics are social media, cyber bullying and predator grooming. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these hot topics, ask questions and participate in a small group discussion with Mr. Bruce McKenna, campus safety and security. There are more details in the story below.  

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 7th, 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
2020 Catholic Schools Week: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
We had a great week last week celebrating Catholic Schools Week!
Diocese Tuition Assistance Deadline is March 15
Applications for Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance for the 2020-21 school year must be submitted and verified by March 15, 2020. To be considered for the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Program:

  • You must be registered in one of the Diocesan schools by March 15, 2020.
  • The Diocese will only accept ONLINE APPLICATIONS (https://online.factsmgt.com/aid), the application must be submitted and verified by March 15, 2020 and supporting documentation must be postmarked by March 15, 2020. (Please file early in case additional documentation is requested by FACTS.)
  • Payment of the $35.00 application fee must accompany the application.
  • Only one application per family is required.
  • Please note there is no tuition assistance available for preschool.
Annie Jr. Musical Props to Lend or Donate
We are in need of props for the St. Brigid Spring Musical Annie Jr.! If you are willing to lend us a prop that you own or purchase... or if you are simply willing to donate something... we would greatly appreciate it! Please review the needed items below. There is a link to provide a sample of the needed prop; however, we can use items that are similar. Please cut and paste the link to a separate browser to view.

Click on the button to sign up and make sure to leave your name and email. Please contact Julie Tobias, tobias.julieann@gmail.com for questions. Thank you! Also... we are always grateful for a donation of time and talent, too! (PCG certified please!)
Crucial Conversations: Social Media, Cyber Bullying and Predator Grooming
Bruce McKenna, campus safety and security, will be leading small 30-minute group discussions on various topics related to community, family, and personal safety. You are welcome to stay for as long as you are able. Drinks and food are welcome. Meetings will be held in the church loft (Deacon’s Room).

February’s Topic:
Social Media, Cyber Bullying and Predator Grooming:
An overview and update on the current landscape of social media, what is cyber bullying, and how predators can use social media and technology to groom victims. Will include discussion and Q&A time.
  • Tuesday, February 11, 7:45 AM 
  • Thursday, February 13, 9:45 AM 
  • Wednesday, February 19, 12 noon 
  • Wednesday, February 19, 7 PM 
Alumni Activities
Kairos Retreat
Deacon Frank joined 65 Bishop Watterson students for Mass during a Kairos Retreat last week. Kairos is a three and a half day retreat which invites students to a deeper sense of self and to a deeper relationship with others and with God. Some juniors are included for the winter and spring retreats so they can prepare to lead a Kairos retreat during their senior year.

Alumni pictured left to right, front row: Sally Walling, Margo Lawson, Julia Walling, Abbie Giesler, Margaret Bauer, Layne Geswein, Ava Karam; back row: Henry Owens, Ellie Hanson, Megan Mullahey, Abbey Zetzer, Deacon Frank, Patrick Sellers, Michael Reis, Max Ritchey, Jacques-Charles Geoffrion, Evan Siegel
BWHS Lacrosse Team
The Bishop Watterson Lacrosse Team has been attending Mass together at various feeder schools. They are trying to live out their faith on and off the field!

Alumni pictured left to right: Brady White, Kevin Hinsman, Ben Wilson, Max Baumgartner, Jack Henry, Max Ritchey, Alex Stevenson, Dominic Dean
Corks for a Cause 2020: SPiCE Silent Auction & Wine Tasting
Step into the Roaring 20’s with St. Brigid of Kildare SPiCE’s Corks for a Cause: Silent Auction and Wine Tasting 2020! Tickets are now on sale for the fun event, which takes place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Corks for a Cause is a fun night that not only brings awareness to our SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) program, but is the main fundraiser that provides the money to allow the program to help hundreds of children in our elementary school and religious education program.

The night includes unlimited wine and craft beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, mobile bidding on our over 100 silent auction items, and the fun Wine Grab!

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of any size of silent auction items (e.g. sporting event tickets, gift cards, etc.) and bottles of wine ($20 or higher retail value). If you can help, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.
Music Ministry Concert Feb 9
Join the Music Ministry of St. Brigid Parish for

"Let There Be Peace"
Music Ministry Concert
Sunday, February 9, 2020
St. Brigid of Kildare Church

Free concert featuring:
Children's Choir, Youth Ensemble,
Adult Choir, and Brigid's Gael.

Come experience the diversity of musical styles performed by the talented choirs and instrumentalists who minister to our parish every week!
SoulCore with Lori Crock
Please join Mom to Mom February 11th at 9:30 until 11 am for another session of Soulcore: praying the rosary with movement. The group will meet in the Church basement. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water and a yoga mat. Kindly RSVP here if you plan to attend.

If you’re bringing your children please sign up for childcare on the Sign Up Genius on the Family First website: www.stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst. Please contact Gretchen O’Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com or Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com with any questions.
Volunteer Training: PGC Session Feb 19
There will be a PGC session on Wednesday, February 19th at 9:00 am in the Carr Room of Hendricks Hall.

All adults volunteering with children in our parish and school need to complete the Diocesan safe environment requirements which include Protecting God's Children (PGC) training, completing a fingerprinting background check and application.

Full details can be found at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment. PGC registration is at www.virtus.org. Please contact Stacey Nerone at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org with any questions. 
EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry Upcoming Events
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools.

Bosco Bash
The Bosco Bash Middle School Conference will take place Saturday, March 7 from 2-8 PM at Bishop Hartley High School.

To register, visit this link. Payments should be submitted to the parish office via cash or checks, checks made payable to St. Brigid of Kildare, memo: BOSCO

Make it a Date! Feb 8
Valentine’s Day Edition
Married and engaged couples are invited to the Valentine’s Make It a Date! night out. 
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Hendrick’s Hall at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish
Your evening begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize
with other St. Brigid couples. 
Columbus Catholic Women's Conference
Give Yourself the Gift of Time with Jesus and Your Sisters in Christ!

Give yourself the gift of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Come to pray, learn and rest with your sisters in Christ from around the diocese. Register now for early bird pricing at the link below. Don't miss this day of amazing grace!