January 29, 2020
We kicked off Catholic Schools Week Monday morning with a Worship & Praise service with Station 14.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

We have had a great beginning to Catholic Schools Week with Station14 and ten of our Watterson alumni leading us in Worship and Praise on Monday morning. On Tuesday we celebrated discipleship as we learned about the service work that is taking place at Hope Hollow! You will be learning more about Hope Hollow in a letter in this week’s Friday folder. Today and tonight we continue the celebration with student led conferences. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your children’s strengths and to set goals for next quarter. The students have also taken this opportunity to show their gratitude by writing thank you notes to their parents for the amazing gift of a Catholic education.  

It is important for our children to realize that having the opportunity to attend St. Brigid School is truly a gift from their parents to help ensure that they live a faith-filled life. Today I received in my inbox the following link to a blog from the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Please take an extra minute to read this reflection: The Gift of Catholic Education

To conclude our week there will be no school Mass on Thursday, but we will celebrate the February 1st Patronal Feast of St. Brigid on Friday. Please join us for 9:00 am Mass including our favorite Saint Brigid hymns and the Irish Blessing song.

Thank you for celebrating Catholic Schools Week and the Feast of Saint Brigid with us this week!

May St. Brigid continue to bless you and your family.

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.
2020 Catholic Schools Week: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
Below is our agenda of exciting events as we continue to celebrate this week's Catholic Schools Week.

Wednesday January 29: Living As Disciples Through the Sharing of Talents
  • Student Led Conferences - evening as scheduled

Thursday January 30: Living As Disciples Through the Sharing of Talents
  • Choose Your Own dress down day - 100th day of school -- see details and ideas here!
  • Favorite lunch: Calzone, salad, mandarin oranges, brownie 
  • Watterson Basketball game at 1:30 pm
  • Student Led Conferences - evening as scheduled

Friday January 31: Living As Disciples Through Worship
  • Feast of St. Brigid Mass at 9am  

Catholic Times' Catholic Schools Week Edition
In case you missed it, view this week's Catholic Schools Week edition of the Catholic Times.
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, [email protected] 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 
New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Kelly to Speak at St. Brigid!
Presale Tickets Available this Friday
We are excited to announce that, for the first time in ten years, author and speaker Matthew Kelly has created a new event titled Amazing Possibilities. And, our community will be one of the first to experience it! We are so excited to bring this life-changing event to St. Brigid on December 2!

Our community has an opportunity to purchase tickets for a few days before the general public. Tickets are available on DynamicCatholic.com/Columbus starting Friday, January 31. This event will be publicly announced on Tuesday, February 4th, and we expect an early sell out. Mark your calendar now and take advantage of this early access to tickets (Jan 31 - Feb 3)! Flyers will be going home in Friday Folders this week.

Incredible things happen when you collaborate with God. Come join us. Visit DynamicCatholic.com/Columbus for more information and to purchase tickets.

For more information, contact Andrea Komenda at [email protected] or
Kim VanHuffel at [email protected]
Submitting Box Tops is Easier Than Ever!
Submitting Box Tops is getting easier and easier. Please download the Box Tops App onto your phone and start scanning.....You only have to scan your receipts and Box Tops dollars are directly deposited into our school account. Watch the video to see how easy it is to scan your grocery receipts! 

Also, feel free to stop by the School Rewards table this week during Student-Led Conferences to see all the different ways to help our school earn extra money from our everyday shopping experiences.  
Student-Led Conference Sign Ups
Student-Led Conferences will take place on Wednesday, January 29 for Grades 3, 4, 7 and 8, and Thursday, January 30 for Grades K, 1, 2, 5, and 6.

If you have not yet signed up for a time slot, please use the links below to sign up.

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 [email protected] 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!
Alumni on 2nd Quarter 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.
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 [email protected] or Erin Heise at [email protected] with any questions.
5th Grade Parent Social
Join other 5th grade parents for a Home & Social sponsored parent social on Friday, January 31 at 7 PM at Napa Kitchen + Bar. See the invite link below to view more details and RSVP.
Uniform Exchange Feb 2
There will be a school uniform exchange on Sunday, February 2 from 9 AM – noon in the school cafeteria. This will be at the same time as the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast. Any family can attend the uniform exchange to pick up the uniforms they need at no cost. It’s simple –– just show up, look through the uniforms and leave with what you need. 

If dropping off gently used uniforms please mark each item with its appropriate size.
Food Donations Needed
EPIC middle school youth ministry will be collecting and sorting donations for the Family Mentor Foundation on Sunday, February 2 in Hendricks Hall before the 9 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM masses. 

Family Mentor Foundation is a nonprofit charity established to connect community resources and children who need them most. They seek to help meet the unmet needs of children in our community through a variety of programs and resources that will help them to reach their full potential. 

EPIC will be collecting the following food items on February 2 in Hendricks Hall: 

  • Individual raisin packs 
  • Meat sticks - anything shelf-stable and under 12”  
  • Cheese Dip ‘N’ Pretzel Sticks or Crackers  
  • Mac and cheese cups or Kraft Easy Mac sleeves 
  • Apple sauce cups  
  • Sunflower seed sleeves  
  • Granola bars  
  • Individual serving veggie cups
  • Individual serving fruit cups  
EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry Upcoming Events
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools. This February, EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry will be hosting a food drive (collecting specific food items before 9 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM Masses on Sunday, Feb. 2) to support the Family Mentor Foundation.

To read more about this event, and the list of items needed, click here.

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. 
BWHS Girls Basketball Feeder School Night