Wolfhound Wednesday
November 15, 2017

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Thurs, Nov 16
Early Release (1:30 PM)

Fri, Nov 17
Confirmation Retreat
(10:45 - 2:45 pm)

Sun. Nov 19
BWHS Open House

Mon, Nov 20
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Tues, Nov 21
Thanksgiving Mass (9 am)

Wed, Nov 22 - Fri, Nov 24
No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tues, Nov 28
Confirmation Talk # 2 
St. Brendan Church (7 pm)

Sat, Dec 2
First Reconciliation Grade 2 (10:00 am)
November 15, 2017

Dear Parents,

During these next couple of weeks as Thanksgiving approaches we often take time to reflect on our many blessings.  The holidays are always a wonderful opportunity to share our blessings with others and model this practice for our children.  We will have several opportunities in the next month to share blessings and to gather together as a prayer community to reflect and to give thanks.   

The school community will be participating in our annual fall food and product drive.  Please look in the Friday folder for detailed information regarding December 4th - 8th drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  

Please mark your calendars for December 6th at 6:30 pm to gather as a school and parish community for an evening of meditative prayer and music.  Our School Advisory Committee is sponsoring a family evening of prayer at the parish Taize prayer service.  This hour long prayer service is a beautiful way to prepare as a family for the great feast of Christmas. Msgr. Hendricks has a formal letter of invitation in the Friday folder.  

Next week is a short, but big week of events and celebrations.  On Monday grades 3 - 8 will be traveling to the theater to see the movie WONDER.  Upon return to school the students will enjoy popcorn and slushies as they discuss the movie with their CARE families.  A school sack lunch is available for purchase or students are welcome to bring a lunch as usual.  ( If you would like to learn more about a real-life family that has a child with a cranio-facial condition the TV show 20/20 is showing a special segment on Friday night at 10:00 pm) .   We are thankful for the donor and the many people who have worked hard to make this exciting day a reality.  On Monday our students in K - 2 are also having a special movie day in the gym and delicious movie treats!

We will gather together as a school family for Mass on Tuesday, November 21st at 9:00 am to praise the Lord and thank him for our many gifts as Thanksgiving Day approaches. Please plan to join us if your schedule allows.

Following Mass our students will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving Feast during our regularly scheduled lunch periods.  The tradition of 8th grade students serving the delicious turkey meal is enjoyed by both the 8th grade and the younger students.  

We will conclude the day by celebrating with our Fall athletes at a pep rally beginning at 1:45 pm in the gym. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!

With gratitude,

Kathleen O'Reilly

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Msgr. Joseph Hendricks Awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Joseph M. Hendricks, a 40 plus year priest from the Diocese of Columbus, has been awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to be honored on November 21, 2017 at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

The Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks was presented this prestigious award for his "above and beyond" service and commitment to forward nonprofit organizations in his hometown of Columbus, lending his business acumen, personal leadership, and unique ability to mobilize staggering numbers of volunteers to fundraise for meaningful projects that serve the poor and less fortunate.

Msgr. Hendricks is currently the pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio.  He has served the parish for the last 30 years in a variety of capacities.  Msgr. was instrumental in a $12 million campaign which transformed the campus and created one of the largest churches in the Diocese, seating over 1,500 parishioners.  Msgr. Hendricks is a strong proponent of Catholic education. It is his life's passion to make Catholic education available to all children and not just to those who can afford it. As a result of his steadfast commitment, Monsignor set out to ensure the future of St. Brigid of Kildare by launching a $50 million endowment campaign, one of the largest elementary endowment campaigns in the country. This campaign will be used to assist families with financial needs as well as to fully endow the elementary school.  According to Msgr. Hendricks, the driving force of the endowment campaign is to ensure that the word of God in the Catholic ethic continues to survive and be maintained. "The mission and the ministry of the church are at risk and are extremely important to be provided for this parish and for the church," Hendricks stated during an interview regarding the endowment campaign. 

Msgr. Hendricks has been responsible for spearheading ca mpaigns th at have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the Central Ohio Community, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ohio, Community Shelter Board, Mount Carmel St. Ann's, Goo dwill Industries of Columbus, Metropolitan YMCA, Ohio Dominican University, and United Way of Central Ohio.

The 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals National  Philanthropy Day   offers public recognition of highly regarded, duly-nominated and selected philanthropic individuals, organizations and corporate leaders in Central Ohio for their profound investments in our community.  With over 650 attendees, the NPD celebration is the largest event of its kind in the region.

Will you participate in this year's St. Brigid Gifts of Gratitude Program?

What is it?

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.
Why participate?
  • This is a convenient way for families to make sure that each teacher, aide, and staff member who touches your child's life is recognized for all they do at St. Brigid.
  • Instead of several small gifts from each student, each teacher and staff member will receive a monetary gift that they choose how to use--whether they want to splurge on themselves or help with their own family's expenses.
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; however, any given amount is graciously accepted!

How to participate:
  • PayPal:  Log onto www.paypal.com, choose "send money to friends and family", enter the email address sbkgiftsofgratitude@gmail.com along with the total amount of your contribution, and complete the transaction.
  • Check: Send to school with your child, payable to "St Brigid Home and School," in an envelope marked "Home and school Gifts of Gratitude".
Please send contribution by December 1
Questions?  Contact:
Annual Fund Contributions

Thank you to all of the families who have already sent in their yearly contribution to the Annual Fund.  We are well on our way to meeting our goal for the year.  Families with students in grades K-8 are asked to contribute $100 per student. Preschool families are asked to make a donation of their choice. The money collected is used to fund our Home & School enrichment programs.

Did you know?

The Annual Fund is used to support several fall activities including the Harvest Parties and Barn Bash. Without your support of the Annual Fund, memories made from these great events would not be possible.

Please contact Molly Seago ( mseago@columbus.rr.com ) or Candie Williams (candie@thewilliamsemail.com)   with any questions.

School Sponsored Blood Drive

At this season of thanks and giving, please consider donating the "Gift of Life".

What: St. Brigid Blood Drive
When: Monday, December 11th 1:30-7:30 P.M. 
Where:  Hendricks Hall

Reserve your spot by visiting  www.redcrossblood.org  (sponsor code: saintbrigid) or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For questions, contact Peggy Iannarino 614-718-5825, ext. 239

Box Tops for Education Contest

Cut out and collect those Box Tops! Home and School Association will start a school wide contest beginning December 1st. More details to follow.

Make sure to save the expiration date and the acronym. 

Please contact Kerry Sullivan jacquefarms@aol.com or Beth Mooney brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com with any school rewards program questions. 
Ski Club Help Needed

Ski Club is offered to fourth through sixth grade students at St. Brigid school and parish.  We ski at Mad River Mountain each Tuesday for a total of six weeks.  

We are in desperate need of parent volunteers.  Even better we are looking for some parents with younger kids to take over!  

Please let us know if you are interested in helping.  You can send an email to Bill or Stacie. 

Stacie Williams 

Bill Bennison

For more information about ski club and how to sign up: Click Here
For equipment purchase or rental: Click Here

Garden Club

The Garden Club members were busy this fall as they harvested crops from our current garden beds, prepared those beds for winter, and readied new flowerbeds near the preschool.  The members were able to take home fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from the gardens to share with their families.  The Garden Club is an ALSO club which is new this year.  The ALSO clubs are offered to our students free of charge thanks to the Annual Fund.  Please consider supporting the Annual Fund if you have not yet done so this year.

Watterson Signing Day

Five Bishop Watterson seniors committed to playing college sports. Three of them were graduates of St. Brigid. 

Congratulations to:

Cole Andrews 
Baseball, Miami University

Nate Meyer 
Baseball, University of Cincinnati

Cecilia Moore 
Swimming, Ball State University

For the full article: Click Here

Bishop Watterson Open House

Bishop Watterson will have an open house on Sunday, November 19th from 1:00-3:30. For more information, see the attached flyer.

To view and print the flyer, click here. 

Musical Audition Information

Musical auditions  for Peter Pan Jr. will start up here soon. For more information about the audition dates, casting, stage crew, and general information about the musical, please see the attached flyer.

Middle School Semester Exam Schedule

Please note that no exams can be given before the assigned date. 
Spirit Wear Store

Just in time for Christmas, the St. Brigid Spirit Wear store is open!

Show your spirit at school events and sporting events with St. Brigid Spirit Wear.

The store will be open from  Friday, November 3rd through Friday, November 17th.

Orders will be ready before Christmas!

Check out our new items just added.

Visit   http://2horseapparel.com/wolfhounds to place your order.

Please contact us with questions.

Theresa Vivona

Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 9

The annual Cookies with Santa, hosted by St. Brigid Women's Club, will take place Saturday, December 9 in the St. Brigid school cafeteria and Enke Hall.

Tickets are $8 per child and includes:
  • Photo with Santa and Mrs. ClausCookie to decorate
  • Gift from Santa
  • Fun crafts
  • Refreshments for all
  • Space is limited, so register early! Reservations must be received by December 1 -- no walk-ins.

To view and print the registration form, click here.

Harvest of Hope and EPIC

The Dublin Food Pantry is now preparing for its annual Harvest of Hope. This will provide about 350 families with all of the traditional fare necessary for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. 

This year parishioners can participate in one of two ways:

Option One: Provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner
The EPIC Middle School Youth Group invites parishioners to donate the ingredients for an entire Thanksgiving meal (no cooking is necessary) for a family in need. The food will be delivered directly to the homes of client families of the Food Pantry by EPIC students and parent drivers on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We have arranged with the Food Pantry to deliver about 1/3 of it's meals this year, allowing them to keep more food on their shelves though the winter months. Parishioners would provide everything from the following list in a sturdy box (approximate cost is $50), and should drop the box off at St. Brigid parking lot at  2:30 p.m. on  Sunday, November 19, where students will unload the box from your vehicle and reload it into a parent driver vehicle for immediate delivery. Alternative drop off arrangements can be made. The list includes: Turkey breast (6 lbs), Boxed potatoes, Canned gravy, Boxed stuffing, Canned corn, Canned green beans, Canned cranberries, Assorted fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), Pumpkin pie, Ready Whip and Rolls. If you choose this option, please contact Kim VanHuffel at  kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org or  614-593-5173

Option Two: Provide boxed potatoes and gravy 
If you would prefer to donate on a smaller scale, the St. Brigid Social Action Committee invites parishioners to donate boxed potatoes and gravy for inclusion in the remainder of the Thanksgiving meals provided to client families of the Food Pantry. Collection of the donations will be before and after all Masses on  November 11 & 12. Please deliver the donated food to Hendricks Hall (Immke Room) and place the items in the designated boxes. We will also be collecting personal hygiene items for Gladden House. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

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