November 13, 2019
 8th Grade boys at the Vocation Day Lunch at The Josephinum
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As you may have heard by now, our school community is grieving the death of one of our own. Alumni Brendan Foley died on Sunday after a four year battle with cancer.  Brendan was a freshman in college, and was a member of our Saint Brigid of Kildare eighth grade Class of 2015 and the Bishop Watterson Class of 2019.

The Reception of the Body and calling hours will be held in our church on Sunday, Nov 17 from 4-7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, Nov 18 at 10am followed by lunch. To honor Brendan and to support his parents, our eighth grade students and all middle school teachers will attend Brendan's funeral on Monday morning in our church.

Thank you, as always, for your support. It is at times like these when I am so grateful for our Saint Brigid of Kildare school community.

Autumn Blessings,
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.
Crucial Conversations: Tackling Anxiety is This Tuesday, Nov 19
Anxiety is skyrocketing. How can we help?

The numbers have been rising steadily; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%. The rate of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers has doubled over the past decade. What's causing this rise and how did we get here?
Gifts of Gratitude
Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Will my family be recognized for participating?
Yes — the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this program. You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking “G.O.G” inside your Christmas card.

How much do I give?
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child once a year, however any given amount is graciously accepted!
ColorCycle Recycling Program
Saint Brigid of Kildare School will be participating again in a recycling program called Crayola ColorCycle - an amazing program created to repurpose used markers instead of sending them to landfills!

Please bring your used markers and highlighters (they don't need to be Crayola brand) to the school for recycling in the designated tubs.

Last year, we collected and recycled 43 pounds of markers!
Alumni Inducted into St. Joseph of Arimathea Society
Bishop Watterson's St. Joseph of Arimathea Society held its induction during the All Saints' Day Mass.

The SJAS is a pallbearer society under the patronage of St. Joseph of Arimathea. The group, now in its eighth year, consists of 26 young men -- juniors and seniors - who have been trained and commissioned for this service of assisting at the burial of the departed.

Congrats to our Saint Brigid of Kildare School alumni who were recently inducted: Christopher Crane, Andrew Mershad, Max Ritchey, and Ian Simone.
St. Brigid of Kildare Blood Drive
St. Brigid School, Religious Education, and Parish are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on December 9, 2019. 

Many donors are needed at the busy holiday season! 

Make an appointment now to Give the Gift of Life. Details below!
Harvest of Hope Thanksgiving Food Collection Drive
The Dublin Food Pantry is now preparing for its annual
Harvest of Hope food collection drive. This will provide over 350 families with all of the traditional fare necessary for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Parishioners can participate in one of two ways:

  1. Provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner (find more details and sign up here)
  2. Provide boxed potatoes and gravy (no glass please) - drop in collection boxes before Masses on November 16-17.

For assistance or questions, please contact Karen at kaernes@aol.com or text/call at 614-271-4086.
Kindergarten Parents: Home & School Parent Social
Thursday, November 14 at 7 PM at Napa Kitchen + Bar

Please join kindergarten parents for a night out and a fun way to meet other parents and catch up.
St. Brigid Ski & Board Club
Is your child interested in joining St. Brigid Ski and Board? No experience needed!

Date:   Tuesdays January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4 and 11.  
Who:  Students in grades 4th - 8th 
Where: Mad River Mountain
Time:   3:30pm - 7:30pm (return to St. Brigid parking lot by 8:15pm)
Cost:   $145 per child ( pay online here)

Note : Online payment link has been updated at the link below.
Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 14

Online registration and more info:

Reservations must be reserved by December 1.

Volunteers Needed
The Women’s club is in need of a few women who are interested in volunteering for the Cookies with Santa event for the women’s group. Anyone who is interested can email Barb Velasco at barbjvelasco@aol.com.
Shopping for the Holidays? Consider St. Brigid Spirtwear -- Store Now Open!
The Home & School Spiritwear Store is open now through November 24! Use the link below to shop and place orders.

Orders will be delivered to St. Brigid for pick up. The pick up date will be December 15 at the Sunday Social.

New items added include longer cardigans, joggers, varsity sweater, sherpa coats and popsocket!

For questions contact Karen Steinbrunner (karen.steinbrunner@gmail.com).
"No" is a Complete Sentence
As parents, we'd do anything to make sure our children are happy and healthy, but many of us also go to great lengths to shield them from feeling hurt, uncomfortable or unsuccessful.

December 3, 9:30 - 11 am and 7-8:30 pm
Dublin Community Rec Center

Presented by PERC Dublin
Financial Peace University Livestream at St. Brigid
November 20
Have you been wondering what Financial Peace University is all about? Have you ever heard Dave Ramsey on the radio talking getting out of debt and living "like no one else"? Wanted to sign up for the 9-week course but just can't commit to that kind of time? Well, you are in luck!

Dave Ramsey and his team are presenting a one-time only event that covers the baby steps that have led thousands of people out of debt and into financial peace and wealth. This scriptural-based program will transform your thinking about money and empower you to live the way you want to live. It is for everyone, young and old!

Sign up on the Parish website to join us in Hendricks Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:30 pm. It is free and refreshments will be provided.