U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
January 26, 2022
While learning about the Crusades, the seventh graders took a walk around the school led by Friar Mazon to learn about where the Crusaders were headed and what happened to the Crusaders after the Crusades concluded.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As we look forward to Catholic Schools Week next week, below is our outline of some of the fun activities we have planned! We are focusing on our school year theme "Writing Our Next Story: Pencils in the Hand of God" woven throughout all activities during the week. Please note there will be two dress-down days next week.

Monday, January 31  
  • Children begin service projects, including (based on grade/class):
  • Valentine cards for Meals on Wheels, Lifecare Alliance Cancer Clinic and Lifecare Alliance Diabetes Clinic
  • Pet care item collection for Meals on Wheels deliveries
  • Placemats for senior citizen dining center
  • Thank you cards for Meals on Wheels drivers
  • Decorated grocery bags for Columbus Cancer Clinic pantry

Tuesday, February 1
  • Feast of Saint Brigid - Mass at 9 AM
  • Teacher Appreciation Day and Luncheon
  • Saint Brigid mural puzzles 
  • Student favorite lunch #1 (rotini & meatballs)

Wednesday, February 2
  • 100th day of School
  • Dress Down Day with numbers on shirt (e.g. athletic jerseys or tshirts, homemade/decorated shirts, any shirt with any number on it!)
  • STEM Style Pencil Challenge
  • 100th day Minute to Win It Challenges
  • Student favorite lunch #2 (home-made pizza)

Thursday, February 3

Friday, February 4
  • Teacher Talent Show
  • Dress Down Day
  • Student favorite lunch #4 (mini corn dogs)

Today around 12:00 Noon you will be receiving an email announcing the arrival of your child's 2nd quarter Progress Report and Discipleship Rubric. Please use this PDF to view instructions for accessing these reports.  

Happy Catholic Schools Week,
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.
Uniform and Spirit Wear Exchange This Sunday, Jan 30
10am-12:30pm in Hendricks Hall
It’s a new year! Do your kids need to size up or get ready for spring weather? Or maybe they need a new spirit wear item for Catholic Schools Week?! If so, please sign up to attend this socially-distanced exchange held in Hendricks Hall. 

All school families are invited to drop off gently used uniforms to the school office through Friday, Jan 28. Items accepted include all logo and non-logo uniform items AND spirit wear/PE uniforms. Non-logo articles that are not claimed at the exchange will be donated to other local schools in need. A reminder that all items at the uniform exchange are FREE and you do not need to donate to attend! 

Parents, you can also sign up to volunteer, allowing you first pick of items.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com.
Security Hounds Tips: Active Threat Preparedness
Due to COVID, we have not been able to conduct in-person training for Active Threat Preparedness as we have done in past years.

With the recent reminder of events such as what happened earlier this month at the Beth Israel synagogue in Texas, we need to realize that religious institutions could be a target along with businesses.

Here are a few tips for preparedness at your place of work. Some workplaces do not allow for weapons, so I have used these recommendations for years when training businesses throughout the United States. These are items you generally can have at your workspace that will NOT get you in trouble:
  • Hammer. Place this in a drawer in your desk. It is useful for breaking exterior windows for escape and can be used as a defensive weapon.
  • Small Personal Fire Extinguisher (not foam). It can be used to distract the attacker by decreasing their sight, along with as an impact weapon.
  • Roll of Duct Tape. Can be used to secure doors, suspects, improvised rope to climb, and for wound management.

Please click on the video link below from the Dublin Police Department (please do not watch around young children) to see a brief video we utilized for training purposes for business, schools, places of worship.

Hopefully, we will be able to conduct in-person training soon. Please let me know if you would be interested in this and/or if you have any questions.

Bruce McKenna
614.718.5825 ext. 276

Please do not watch video below around young children.
Article: How to Help Your Child Deal with Uncertainty
How can we cope with the current situation, prepare ourselves and our children for future uncertainty, and care for their mental health?

Read the article below from Nationwide Children's On Our Sleeves program with several ideas to help your kids feel more comfortable when faced with uncertainty.

To reach out to one of our counselors at St. Brigid, contact Stacie Williams (ms.williams@stbrigid-school.org) or Maegan Flannery (mrs.flannery@stbrigid-school.org).
News from Our Parish Community
Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track & Field) Registration Open
SBAA is happy to open up the Spring Sport Registration for 2022.  Offerings for the spring are Baseball, Softball, and Track & Field.  All three are available to boys and girls in the 4th - 8th grades that are students of St. Brigid or parishioners of St. Brigid.

Registration will be open until Friday, Feb 25th, with the first practices to start shortly thereafter.  Please register soon to not miss out on any communication around practices and forming of teams. You can Register at the link below.

Baseball & Softball:
Season will be made up of 8-10 games with a season ending tournament planned for grade 5-8. Registration fees are $160 and include your jersey & St. Brigid hat. Practices will be at Brigid's Green along with about 1/2 of the games at St. Brigid and the rest at other Diocese schools.

Track & Field:
Season will consist of 4 meets + the Diocese championship starting with April 2 until May 14.  Practices will be held at Karrer Middle School or at St. Brigid/Avery Park as needed. Registration fees for track & field are $85.
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
You are invited to spend time and be comforted by Jesus in the Eucharist on Friday, February 4th for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration following the 9:00am Mass and concluding at 4:00pm with Benediction.

"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering." Pope Benedict XVI

View more information or sign up on our website below.
Family First Winter Programs
Mom to Mom
Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays 9:45-11 am in the Church basement. Facilitator Kim VanHuffel will be leading discussions based on Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis’ apostolic reflection on love in the family. Together, we will read and reflect on each chapter. Moms, you do not need to commit to coming weekly or to pre-reading to join us for great conversation! For questions contact Erin Heise erinjolene@hotmail.com or Anne Davis at davis.anne81@gmail.com.

Sisters in Christ
Sisters in Christ will view and discuss, Ascension Presents- Father Mike Schmitz.” Open to all St. Brigid women, Sisters in Christ is a new faith sharing group focused on women’s spirituality. Please join us to share and gain wisdom from other women like you. No commitment necessary, drop in when you can join! 
When: Wednesday January 12th - February 9th 
Time: 1:15 to 2:30 pm
Location: Deacon’s Room in St. Brigid of Kildare Church
Any questions contact Cheryl Hohlefelder at hohleinone@gmail.com or Mandy Skinner at amandaskinner2@gmail.com

Play Group
St. Brigid’s Play Group is a community of parents and children (of varying ages) eager to make friends and build community. Playgroup meets on Wednesdays 9:30 or 10 am at various indoor/outdoor locations around town. For Play Group meet up locations see the bulletin or check out the Family First webpage. For any questions email nortonsarae@gmail.com.
*For more information about Family First see our website
Youth Free Throw Competion, Knights of Columbus
All girls and boys ages 9 to 14 (as of 1/1/2022) are invited to participate in the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday, February 6th, at the St. Brigid grade school gymnasium.

Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. All participants must be registered and checked in by 3:15 to participate in the contest, unless prior arrangements are made.

All contestants will be recognized for their participation in the event. The prize this year for each of the 12 group champions will be a regulation Knights of Columbus basketball, a winner's certificate and the right to move on to the district and potentially state competition.

Please note participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. The entry form includes the parental consent sign off. The proof of age may be presented on the night of the competition. Parents are required to stay for the duration of the event, which should be completed by about 4:30.

To register please complete both of the following:
  1.  Pre-register online here
  2. In addition, download and complete the official registration form, and bring it with you to the competition

For additional information contact Michael Flock at 614-757-6764 or michael.flock@gmail.com.
Make It A Date! February 12
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, February 12, 2022
6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, Hendrick’s Hall

All married and engaged couples are invited 
to St. Brigid’s 22nd Make It a Date! event.

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

Then Fr. Tim Lynch, St. Brigid’s parochial vicar, will share a reflection on marriage.

At the conclusion of the event, spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to talk about the evening and how it relates to their own relationships.

Registration is necessary

Please RSVP to Christine Drab at cadrab@gmail.com or 614-256-9065 by Feb. 9

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Protecting God's Children Sessions
The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children sessions via Zoom 2/10, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16 at 6:00 pm via Holy Spirit Church. Registration is at www.virtus.org. All potential parent and athletic volunteers are encouranged to register before these sessions fill up. Limit is 50 participants per session. 

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, and submit a signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, and submit to a criminal background check.

Full details and forms can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org
Unveiled: Discovering the Great Mystery in Your Marriage
Now offered in-person AND virtually via livestream! Discover how the great mystery of Christ’s love can restore passion, purpose and intimacy in your marriage. In Unveiled, a retreat led by the John Paul II Healing Center, you’ll engage topics grounded in Church teaching such as:

  • Discovering True Love
  • A Whole New Look at Your Wedding Day
  • Cultivating Intimacy and Unity in Your Marriage
  • Understanding Your Marital Conflict
  • Healing and Reconciliation in Your Marriage
  • Restoring Sexual Passion and Intimacy in Your Marriage

This retreat is open to singles discerning marriage, dating and engaged couples, and couples who have been married for many years! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is hosting this Unveiled retreat February 3-5, 2022. Learn more and register for this amazing experience at: www.jpiihealingcenter.org  Scholarships available. Email UnveiledNewarkOH@gmail.com for more information. This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Columbus Marriage & Family Life Office and St. Gabriel Radio.
News from Our Catholic High Schools
Alumni on High School Honor Roll
Congratulations to our many alumni at Bishop Watterson and St. Charles High Schools who are on the honor roll for the 2nd quarter.

BWHS Applications for Class of 2026
BWHS is now accepting applications for the class of 2026, 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 mcampbell@cdeducation.org or by calling (614) 268-8671 ext. 284.
St. Charles Upcoming Events
St. Charles Holding 8th Grade Scholarship Exam January 29th at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
St. Charles Preparatory School will hold its annual Academic Scholarship Exam for current 8th grade boys on Saturday, January 29, 2022, with opportunities to sit for the exam at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. The annual scholarship test is an opportunity for 8th grade students to earn significant four-year and one-year academic scholarship towards their St. Charles tuition.
St. Charles Charism Award Essay Scholarship Program (New)
Students will have an opportunity to write essays related to their leadership experiences and service to their community. They will also be asked to describe how they've exemplified the values of the school and our patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo. Essay writing sessions will be held on the evenings of February 15, 16, and 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the school’s Walter Student Commons. At least one student from each parish community will earn an award for participating in the essay writing competition.
To register and learn more about these scholarship opportunities, we invite you to visit the St. Charles website at stcharlesprep.org  and clicking on the Homepage’s "Admissions" menu tab.

St. Charles Hosting Annual Spaghetti Dinner February 6th
2022 St. Charles will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, February 6th, in the school’s Walter Student Commons. Dinner, being prepared by the Susi Family and their Berwick Manor staff, will be served from 1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. In addition, the SC Concert & Jazz Band will perform from 2:15-3:15 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy a bountiful meal of spaghetti with meatball, salad, rolls, ice cream, and a beverage. $12.00 for Adults; $9.00 for Senior Citizens; $6.00 for Children 4-12; and a $45 Family rate (dine-in, up to 6 immediate family members). Carry out orders will be available. We look forward to seeing you there!
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

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