March 3, 2021
Sixth grade students created amusement park maps in Social Studies.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

During morning prayers and announcements this week I asked our K - 8 students to fill out a survey answering the following question:  

“As a school community, how do you think we should commemorate the one-year anniversary when our school closed due to the COVID pandemic?”     

Over 200 students responded with thoughtful, creative answers. Many of our students asked for a prayer service, a whole school rosary, wellness day, party to celebrate, time capsule, photo wall, PJ day, dress down day, etc.

Based on student responses we are going to have a week of “Remembrance and Hope” which will include many of their thoughts and ideas. I will share the schedule with you next week after we have time to fully develop the whole week. In the meantime, please mark your calendars that school will be closed for a WELLNESS DAY ON MONDAY MARCH 15th.
 I would like to invite you to join our K-8 students virtually once again in Eucharistic Adoration on Friday (March 5th). Our students are scheduled by pod to be praying continually throughout the day from 9:30 - 2:45 pm. Bishop Brennan has asked all parishes and schools to participate in a special program this Lent: 40 Days of Adoration - Real Presence, Real Future. Please take 7 minutes to listen to Bishop Brennan’s introductory video for the Real Presence, Real Future (RPRF) campaign. 

Lenten blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 5th and 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Wellness Day Added Monday, March 15
Please note we have added a Wellness Day to the calendar for Monday, March 15.

There will be no school or remote learning this day. Please take the time to rest and relax and reflect on the challenges and triumphs we have all undergone over the last calendar year.
Home & School Meeting Rescheduled
Home & School will be combining the originally scheduled March and April meetings with a new meeting date of Wednesday, March 24 at 10 AM.

Kindly mark your calendars and Zoom link to follow closer to the date.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support Home and School!
Schoolbelles Sales
Schoolbelles is having a 20% off everything sale with free shipping beginning March 14.

They are also continuing their tuition giveaway promotion, which you can find more details on here.
8th-12th Grade Students: Face Forward $500 Service Award
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.

Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph: Prayer 2 - Courage
With the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph" that began on December 8, 2020 and ends on December 8, 2021.

St. Joseph's feast day is on March 19. Our school will be attending virtual school Mass that day, and will also be receiving St. Joseph Holy cards.

For a short reflection and prayer video, click the link below.

We will be featuring one short prayer to St. Joseph each week during Lent.
School Tuition Assistance Deadline is March 15
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2021-22 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2021. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:

  • You must be registered for the 2021-22 school year by March 15, 2021.
  • You must submit your Grant and Aid application and all required financial documents by March 15, 2021. 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.  
Family First: March Service Opportunity
Just as St. Joseph is our spiritual father, so too our priests have taken on this role in their vocation as our spiritual fathers. In celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th, we hope to give Monsignor Hendricks, Fr. Morris, Deacon Frank, Deacon Don and Deacon Paul a word of encouragement and thanks for all that they do for the parishioners of St Brigid, as well as our school and community.

In support and encouragement for our dear priests and deacons, we invite you to participate in making cards for our clergy to let them know our appreciation and that our prayers are with them. We would love you to make a card for each priest and deacon, please put the cards in individually addressed envelopes so we can deliver them to the right clergy member! We encourage you to include a spiritual bouquet such as praying a rosary or a decade of the rosary for them and their intentions. Be creative and let them know you are praying for them!

  • Please deliver the cards to the front porches of Anna Blouir (5776 Sandymount Dr, Dublin 43016) or Anne Flock (10300 Summersweet Way, Plain City 43064) by March 17th. We plan to deliver them in time for the Feast day of St. Joseph! Any questions please email anne.flock@gmail.com or ablouir@gmail.com. Thank you! 
St. Brigid Athletic Association: Spring Season
St. Brigid Athletic Association currently has 3 offerings available for the Spring Season and are currently open for registration.  Please try to register in the next few weeks, as practices will start soon for track, and we are trying to align on numbers for baseball and softball.

Track & Field
  • 4th - 8th Grade boys & girls that are St. Brigid students or parishioners
  • Practices start early March (weather permitting), meets early April until Mid-May
  • Cost $85
  • Registration: https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541566
  • With high numbers, we are always looking for assistant coaches, so if interested, or if you have any questions, please contact Commissioner Workman track@gowolfhounds.com
  • Register soon, a parent Zoom call will be sent out to all those registered here in the next week or so to help navigate how the spring track season will be organized.

Boys Baseball & Girls Softball
  • 4th - 8th Grade boys & girls that are St. Brigid students or parishioners.
  • Practices start early April, games late April to late May.  
  • Cost $90
  • Registration: https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541566
  • If you have any questions, please contact Commissioner Matthews baseball@gowolfhounds.com

Note: Registration is open to all St. Brigid students, Religious Education students and children of registered St. Brigid families.
Planning to Travel?
As we have learned more about the transmission of Coronavirus, the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have both recently updated their travel guidelines. This seems to be a good time to share the updates that we will be following for travel going forward:

All travel guidance is subject to change as the pandemic progresses. Consult these ODH and CDC websites for current requirements if travel is anticipated.

  • Please continue to notify Peggy Iannarino, RN, School Nurse of your travel plans or if any concerns arise regarding COVID-19.
Corks for a Cause is Going Virtual!
We are excited to announce Corks for a Cause, our primary fundraiser for the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare, will be returning this year in a new weeklong virtual format!

Our website and silent auction bidding will open on Sunday, April 18 and close Saturday, April 24.

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. golf packages, gift cards, vacation homes, items and experiences that are COVID-safe), and bottles of wine valued at $20 and higher for our wine grab! To donate or get more information, contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.
Reservations Close March 22 for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Reservations will be required to attend all Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday Masses and services. To accommodate as many as possible, we will also be livestreaming some of these Masses in Hendricks Hall and in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. These locations also require reservations.

Mass reservations will close on March 22. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the “Lent 2021” link in the top black bar. You will be able to select the location (church, Hendricks Hall or gymnasium) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.

All Masses will be livestreamed at youtube.com/stbrigidofkildarechurch. Please consider this option for celebrating the Holy Week and Easter safely at home.

For Mass times and details, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org/Lent.