March 4, 2020
Last week we held our February CARE meeting where students completed their service project for Hope Hollow.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

The season of Lent offers many opportunities for all of us to take time to reflect and use the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as a way to grow together as a family.  The Diocese of Columbus Office for Social Concerns has offered a one page document with ideas for families. Please take a moment to review this document and perhaps incorporate an idea or two into the Lenten journey for your family. 

As a school community we will spend extra time in prayer and reflection by attending the Stations of the Cross. You are invited to join us for the Stations of the Cross on the following dates:

  • March 9, 2:00 PM
  • March 20, 2:00 PM
  • March 31, 2:00 PM
  • March 8, 2:00 PM

As a parish community there are many Lenten activities being offered this year.  Please click here to learn the soup suppers, Taize prayer and penance service. 
Congratulations to sixth grade teacher Kerinan Jordan and husband Kyle on the birth of their daughter Avery Lynn on Tuesday, February 25. Baby Avery is happy and healthy and is 8lbs and 1 oz. 

Lenten Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly 

Ps. I look forward to seeing many of you Saturday night at the Corks for a Cause event. There are only a few tickets left -- see the article below for links.
Photo Newsletters: 7th and 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
CARE Meeting & Hope Hollow Service Project
Last Thursday, we held our February CARE meeting, that brought to its culmination a service initiative we had begun weeks ago. In January, students learned about Hope Hollow and the mission of this faith-based organization to provide "welcome, hospitality, and hope to cancer patients and their loved ones, who are financially in need, while coming to Columbus for cancer treatments." Then, in their classes, students decorated prayer cards for the clients of Hope Hollow and added personalized prayers for healing.

In February, we held a Hope Hollow food and product drive. Families were asked to send in food and hygiene items and gift cards for gas and groceries. We had an amazing turnout of donated items, and are so grateful to our families for participating! The last part of our initiative took place at Thursday's CARE meeting, during which students worked with their CARE families to combine their prayer cards, gift cards and snack and hygiene items to make treat bags for the Hope Hollow clients to enjoy after their treatments. Then on Friday, we held a Blessing of Food prayer service in the gym, during which Monsignor Hendricks blessed the bags and the gifts were then presented to the Miss Jane and Mr. Kevin, Hope Hollow founders.

We had a great amount of support for this school-wide service project, and the students enjoyed responding to the struggle that the clients of Hope Hollow face when it comes to paying for gasoline and food while giving them greater peace of mind throughout their treatments.
Margaret Peterson Haddix Author Visit
On February 25th, author Margaret Peterson Haddix visited grades 5-8 at St.Brigid. Ms. Haddix has written over 40 best-selling books for middle grade students!

The author met with all students in grades 5-8 throughout the day, and enjoyed lunch hosted by the Power of the Pen team.

About twenty years ago, Ms.Haddix spoke at a middle school in Gahanna, and signed a book for a student named Sara. Now Sara Hardin is a 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher at St. Brigid. Mrs. Hardin brought her original copy of AMONG THE HIDDEN to be signed again! 
Boy Scouts Receive Catholic Embled for Service
8th grade students Matthew Drab and Justin Smith (as well as Joe Gallo, parishioner, and freshman at Dublin Coffman) received the "Ad Altare Dei National Catholic Boy Scout emblem" at the 5:00 Mass this weekend. This means "at the altar of God" and requires approximately 9 months of work to earn. These boys completed an Anointing of the Sick service project by volunteering their time and talents at a local nursing home, attending two weekend retreats, and completing a parish service project at St. Brigid. This is the highest honor for a Catholic Boy Scout.
Corks for a Cause 2020: This Weekend!
Only a few tickets remain for St. Brigid of Kildare SPiCE’s Corks for a Cause: Silent Auction and Wine Tasting 2020! Get your tickets at the link below. This fun event takes place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

You don't need to attend the event to purchase a dress down ticket . $30 buys a ticket for each of your children! Limit to 1 ticket per family. Your children can take advantage of a dress down day of his/her choice. Tickets will be given to students the week following Corks for a Cause. Click the link above to purchase.
Items Now Live to View
Preview our silent auction items at the link below! More items will continue to be added this week, so keep checking back. If registered to attend or bid, you will receive a text message later this week when bidding opens.
Crucial Conversations: Active Threats
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).

March's Topic:
Active Threats: Safety in Community and Public Settings:
An overview of how to be prepared and respond to active threats whether in a closed community or public setting. Will focus on the latest research in tactics for responding to active threats. Will include discussion and Q&A time.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 7:45 AM
  • Thursday, March 19, 9:45 AM (following Mass)
  • Tuesday, March 31, 12 noon
  • Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM
VBS Registration is Open!
It’s a Cath-Olympic summer! Come join us June 15-19 as we train to be Champions for Christ!

More information and online registration is at stbrigidofkildare.org/vbs
Spiritwear Shop Opening Next Week
The Spiritwear store will be open next week from 3/5 - 3/23 .

There will be the same items that were in the store last time with a couple of new additions for spring.

Shipping options will include direct to your home (2-3 days) or pick up at Premier store in Powell. Items will be ready to ship or pick up the week of April 13th.

Stay tuned for the link to shop next week!
Yearbook Ordering
There will be an envelope for purchasing a yearbook going home in this week's Friday folder. The price is $19.00 and the deadline is March 20th.
School Tuition Assistance Deadline is March 15
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2020-21 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2020. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:

  • You must be registered for the 2020-21 school year by March 15, 2020.
  • You must submit your Grant and Aid application and all required financial documents by March 15, 2020. Grant and Aid applications must be complete to be considered for a tuition assistance grant.
  • You must pay the online $35 application fee.
  • You need only submit one application per family.
  • Saint Brigid does not offer tuition assistance for non-Catholic families but you may be eligible for Diocesan assistance.
  • There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.  
All Grade School Boys & Father Invited: St. Charles’ Annual Father-Son Mass & Breakfast on March 14th
Dear Grade School Fathers and Sons: Please join us for the 12th Annual St. Charles Father-Son Mass & Breakfast on Saturday, March 14th. We will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. followed by a buffet breakfast, both in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons. Our guest presenter, Adam Dufault, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will speak on “The Importance and Value of a Catholic Education.” The breakfast is free, but you are asked to RSVP by Thursday, March 12th, to the school's alumni and communications director, Louis J. Fabro ’83, at lfabro@scprep.org. The event is also open to St. Charles alumni, fathers or alumni and current students and their dads. We look forward to seeing you on the 14th  
Eucharistic Adoration at BWHS - Mar 15
Bosco Bash (Middle School)
Bosco Bash is the Middle School Conference happening on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Bishop Hartley High School. Bosco Bash is the Diocese of Columbus’ Middle School Youth Rally, for grades 6th-8th. The gathering includes high energy activities geared towards middle schoolers, as well as praise and worship, a keynote speaker, skits, service, prayer, small group time, dinner and Sunday Mass.

Registration is $30. To register, visit this link and click on the “online youth registration form” link.

PGC compliant adult volunteers are needed in order to bring students to this great event! Adult volunteers should register at https://columbuscatholic.org/bosco-bash and click on the “online adult registration form” link.
Face Forward Service Award Scholarship
The Office of Vocations and Face Forward are offering two $500 Service Awards! Two students in the Columbus Diocese in grades 8-12 will be awarded $500 each for their outstanding service activities within their community and parish. 

If you have any questions, please email info.faceforward@gmail.com
Spring Sports Registration Continues
You can register at www.gowolfhounds.com - and click the 'Register Now' menu.  

  • Wolfhound Track – 4th thru 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 85.00, starts in early March, finished up in early May. Contact = Dan Workman at track@gowolfhounds.com.
  • Wolfhound Boys Baseball & Girls Softball – 4th thru 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 160.00, starts in early March, runs thru 3rd week of May. Contact = Mike Matthews at baseball@gowolfhounds.com
  • Pre-Season Free Pitcher/Catcher Clinics for Boys Baseball & Girls Softball (4th thru 8th grade).  Will run Mid-February through early March.  Free of charge, and will be held indoor at St. Brigid Gymnasium. Contact = Mike Matthews at baseball@gowolfhounds.com  

Please note - the Registration Site that we use has a new registration form and they have also added a Service Fee of $3.00 to every order - so group all of your family registrations and order them all at 1 time to save on the service fee.  And don't forget, for Track, Baseball, and Softball - you must also register at www.dioceseregister.com for your diocese parent consent forms (1 for every participant each season, each sport).