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Join Rachel Lustig, president of Catholic Social Services, at St. Brigid on September 17th

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Join Rachel Lustig, president of Catholic Social Services, at St. Brigid on September 17th

Rachel will speak at the Social Action Committee Meeting at 7:00 pm on September 17, 2018 in Hendricks Hall.  Rachel will discuss Best Practices in Parish Social Concerns Efforts and discuss ways that parishioners can become involved in St. Brigid and Diocesan social concerns programs.

All parishioners encouraged to attend.

Gospel Reflection Aug 26 – Msgr. Hendricks

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Sunday, August 26

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 60-69

Gospel:
Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending
to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life,
while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said,
“For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Reflection:
For the past five weeks we have been engaged with reading the sixth chapter of the gospel of John. This is his Eucharistic discourse and meditation on the Eucharist. Last week he told us that Jesus is the living bread come down from heaven and anyone who eats this bead will live forever, and further, that this bread is His flesh for the life of the world. This is an amazing gift. It continues to nourish and feed the souls of us and allows us to bond with Jesus Christ in all His glory.

Today we hear the end of chapter six. Jesus offers us Spirit and Life if we hold on to our faith in Him as the Holy One sent by the Father. The gospel is clear. Jesus does not want to hold anybody by force and we should see His miracles as a pathway to faith. As always, Jesus is here for us to offer salvation and peace. In the end the choice is ours to make. Choose Life!

Monsignor Hendricks

Welcome Fr. Louis V. Iasiello

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Please welcome Father Louis V. Iasiello, who will be celebrating weekend Masses with us throughout this year. 

Father Louis V. Iasiello, OFM, PhD (RADM, CHC, USN, Ret) is Director of Pastoral and Apostolic Formation and professor in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum where he has served since 2010. Retired from the US Navy, Father Iasiello had a successful career in military chaplaincy that spanned more than 20 years, culminating in his appointment in 2003 as Chief of Navy Chaplains. His military decorations include numerous personal medals, the USMC combat action ribbon and various unit and service citations and awards.

Father Iasiello retired from the military in 2006 and served as President of Washington Theological Union until 2008, when he was appointed to chair a federal task force by the Secretary of Defense.

A native of Staten Island, NY, Father Iasiello holds a PhD from Salve Regina University, as well as graduate degrees from Niagara University (Education), the Washington Theological Union (Divinity), Salve Regina College (International Relations), and the Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies).

Father Iasiello has taught and lectured at the United States Naval Academy, and at various war colleges here and overseas on ethics and the just war theory. At the Josephinum, he teaches courses in history, moral theology and pastoral theology. In addition, as Director of Pastoral and Apostolic Ministry he works with the transitional deacons and seminarians as they undertake various ministerial roles in the Columbus and surrounding dioceses.

Tuesday Morning Study & Reflection

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The focus for Tuesday Morning Study and Reflection will be Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This Letter speaks so much to the times we live in.  Studying the Letter to the Ephesians is an opportunity to do focused Bible Study with others.  You only need to bring your Bible, all other materials will be provided.

DATES:  September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. (If we need them — November 6 and 13.)
PLACE: Berry Room in Hendricks Hall.
TIME: We begin after 9:00 AM Mass and stop about 11:00 AM. 

Please join us, we have a great time and we learn so much from each other. No need to register, just come!!! –Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Gospel Reflection Aug 19 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, August 19

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 51 – 58

Gospel:
Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Reflection:
In today’s Gospel, we have a succinct passage of Sacred Scripture illustrating what Sacred Tradition has consistently taught and emphasized: the importance of receiving the Holy Eucharist for our lives of Christian discipleship and conversion.

To pick but one recent example of Church teaching, Vatican 2’s document on the Church, Lumen Gentium, states that “[Christ] is continually active in the world that He might lead men to the Church and through it join them to Himself; and that He might make them partakers of His glorious life by nourishing them with His own Body and Blood.”

We don’t HAVE to go to Mass, we GET to go to Mass. Our Savior has given us the unique privilege of receiving Himself in the bread-made-Body, the wine-made-Blood. By receiving the Holy Eucharist, we are nourished spiritually by Our Savior and kept close to Him; we remain in Him, we participate in a mysterious fashion in His glorious life.

If we don’t receive the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar worthily and consistently, we are only hurting ourselves, eschewing that life of grace that Christ wishes to give to us. Life ain’t going to be perfect because we receive Holy Communion; but it is for darn sure going to be better than trying to “go it alone” and live our lives separated from the Bread of Life: Jesus Christ.

Father Matthew Morris

Job Opening – Religious Education Financial Administrative Assistant

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Financial Administrative Assistant: Job Description

The St. Brigid of Kildare Religious Education department is hiring a Financial Administrative Assistant. The full job description is below.

 Work Requirements:
12 Months/ Non-Exempt
Approximately 20 hours/week

Reports To:
Director of Religious Education

Responsible Duties:

  1. SchoolSpeak System Administrator processing year end archive, classroom and catechist permissions and set up, and maintaining progress report templates
  2. Prepares and reconciles monthly and as needed financial reports for the Business Manager
  3. Processes and maintains all financial documents for the Department of Religious Education
  4. Paycor processor for all employees, catechists, SPICE aides and confessor stipends
  5. Manages and approves Catechists, SPICE aides, and Volunteer Sign-In Sheets
  6. Maintains family financial records
  7. Processes tuition payments
  8. Processes financial component of registration
  9. Processes and presents Tuition Assistance Applications
  10. Assist the Director of Religious Education in all other special projects and duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent hospitality and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication and public relations skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office, Outlook email, Sign-Up Genius, Google docs and Constant Contact
  • Effectively operate copier, scanner, postage machine and other office equipment
  • Ability to manage telephone systems
  • Ability to multitask
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive personal vehicle for program purpose
  • Ability to bend, lift, push or lift up to 40 lbs
  • Must pass FBI background check and fingerprinting process, and must be willing to take Diocesan required Protecting God’s Children workshop upon hire

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, and references to Andrea Komenda, Director of Religious Education, at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Men & The Nun – Fall 2018

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“When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box.” 

In this six-session reflection- study, John Ortberg explains how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important. 

Today is the day you choose … which game you want to win … which prize you want to collect … which priorities you want to set. It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car  you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer,those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box. Games can cast a powerful spell, but the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. 

So, what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters. Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities.  

The book, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg, is available to purchase on Amazon.

We will meet from 7 – 8:15 PM  in the Carr Room in Hendricks Hall on the following Thursdays: September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018.  Register on line by September 13.  We need at least 10 men.