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Parish Lenten Speaker Series

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Catholic Social Teaching has always been present in our faith tradition, deeply rooted in scripture and called for by Jesus. High School Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Adult Ministry are offering a Lenten Series that will touch upon some of the issues facing our world today. Join us in Hendricks Hall from 7-8:30 PM on the following Thursdays during Lent:

February 22: Modern Day Slavery
March 1: Poverty and Homelessness
March 8: Care of the Elderly
March 15: Hunger (spiritual & physical)
March 22: Catholic Social Teaching

Each workshop will include a guest speaker presentation and an activity that will offer an experiential piece. These evenings are open to the community. Children in 8th grade or younger must have a parent/ guardian attend the evening with them.

*Your RSVP to any evening you plan to attend is appreciated. RSVP is required for the March 15 evening on Physical & Spiritual Hunger

Coordinated by Laura Ginikos & Sr. Teresa Tuite.

Questions? Laura Ginikos at (614) 718-5832 or lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org

Gospel Reflection Jan 7 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, January 8

The Epiphany of the Lord

Matthew 2: 1 – 12

Gospel:
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Reflection:
Today’s story about the three Magi, following “the star” of the King of the Jews is a very familiar one for all of us. No other Gospel account other than Matthew has this narrative of the Magi visiting Jesus. His narrative underscores that Jesus is the promised Messiah and that this truth was a real threat to the reigning king.

The Epiphany marks the first appearance of Jesus to the Gentiles. It signals that God loves Gentiles as well as Jews and that God’s plan for salvation includes Gentiles too.
Herod, in our story represents the response of the unbeliever to the news of the coming of the Messiah. He is more concerned that the presence of Jesus will interfere with his power, with his position, and with his lifestyle. Our world today is filled with individuals much like Herod who want to know, but are not actually looking for the One who will save people from their sins.

Then there are the Wise Men, the focus of today’s story. They came to Jerusalem by following the light – the Star of Bethlehem that had been above their heads and guiding them to the Messiah. The Magi were some of the first people to worship Jesus as Lord. They prostrated themselves in homage and acceptance of the Messiah.

We can probably see ourselves in each of these individuals in this story. There are times when we perhaps keep ourselves wrapped up in the pleasures and power of sin, not just blinded by darkness but actively seeking it out in order to deny the truth of the Lord and the wages of sin. We in essence become like Herod in denying the wise things of our faith and we plot to maintain our material comforts, rather than open ourselves up to the Lord. But there are those times of grace when we are able to break through from the weight of the world and all of its distractions to see salvation through Jesus, and our redemption from sin. We truly can see the light, rather than hide from it. When we open up our hearts to the Lord, He can put us on the path that leads us not to destruction, but to salvation, away from becoming the Herods of this world and into faith in life everlasting.

Deacon Paul Zemanek

Upcoming Women’s Club Events

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St. Brigid Women’s Club Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 7 PM @ Hendricks Hall
The women’s club will be partnering with the American Heart Association to review heart healthy habits and New year’s Resolutions.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 7 PM @ Hendricks Hall
Topic for the night is Dress for Success.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – evening @ Ronald McDonald House 711 Livingston Ave, Columbus 43205
St. Patrick’s Day Party for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House.

Questions or for Membership Information, Please reach out to Lorene at 614-284-8622

Gospel Reflection Dec 31 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, December 31

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Luke 2:22-40

Gospel:

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
They took him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
—and you yourself a sword will pierce—
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

Reflection:

What a bewildering experience this first trip to the Temple was for the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph! First a holy man runs up and exalts over their son. He is so overjoyed to see their newborn son that he exclaims that he is so content, he is ready to die now!

A prophet snatching your newborn up in a prayer of thanksgiving would be enough excitement for one day for any parent. But hard on the heels of the prophet comes a prophetess. This octogenarian anchoress who, we are told, “never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer,” begins to prophesize as well about the child!

But then, this Gospel reading concludes in a fitting way for the Feast of the Holy Family. After all this hubbub, all this extraordinary attention by holy people, Joseph and Mary are finally left alone. And left alone, they do exactly what they came to do: fulfill the Law and consecrate their son to God. Then, left untroubled by any more prophets or prophetesses, they return home to Nazareth.

In Nazareth, they are just Joseph and Mary. In the house at Nazareth, they are back to chores and diapers, carpentry and homemaking. And it was precisely in this environment that the Gospel tells us that Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.”

The Son of God did not “grow up” as some prodigy in the inner Temple sanctum, carefully trained in Judaism by Levitical priests and educated by the best private tutors. No, it was precisely amid that most extraordinary of ordinary things– a happy, loving family — that Jesus grew in his humanity.

This Feast day reminds us that “the family” is important; so important, that even the Lord chose to live in a family! Our own families, nuclear and extended, may be a long, long way from being described as “holy.” Even words like “happy” or “loving” might feel like an exercise in wishful thinking. But let us never underestimate or understate the importance of “the family” for the world. At the expense of being simplistic, if the family is good enough for Jesus, imagine how good and necessary it is for us!

Father Morris

Gospel Reflection Nov 5 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, November 5

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 23: 1 – 12

Gospel:
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Reflection:
You have probably heard the old adage: Do as I say, not as I do. Perhaps you have lived it from time-to-time, be it as a parent instructing a child, as a manager to an employee, as a coach to an athlete, or maybe as a Christian to an unbeliever. One of the worst things I think a person can be referred to or labeled is a hypocrite.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus addressed the crowds and His disciples by saying that the scribes and the Pharisees “preach BUT they do not practice.” Jesus took hypocrisy very seriously and He charged them with religious hypocrisy.

Likewise, we need to ask ourselves, are we a Christian, a follower of Christ and have a personal relationship with Him, or are we a Christian by name only? Do we live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, or are we like the Pharisees whose ‘works were performed to be seen,’ and ‘loved places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues?’

The faith of Jesus that was manifest – not in serving Himself, or looking after His own self-preservation or happiness – but the faith of Jesus that was manifest on the cross, just a few days after Jesus said these words in Matthew 23. He didn’t just criticize the faith of the scribes and Pharisees with words; He showed them, and us, what real love, humility and service looks like.

Let us strive then, not to be hypocrites of our faith, but instead be people who “practice” what we preach. The faith of Jesus is about finding ways to serve, and searching for ways to be a servant – to live as a servant. Let us follow the teachings of Jesus, for ‘whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.’

Deacon Paul Zemanek

Gospel Reflection Oct 29 – Deacon Don

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Sunday, October 29

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 22: 34 – 40

Gospel:
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Reflection:
One of the principles that our country was built on was the “Rule of Law.” Many countries today proudly follow those same idealistic principles. Today, our country has more than one million laws when counting all federal, state, and local laws that govern us. Why all the laws? The laws are to give us a sense of protection. Sadly, as noble as most of those laws are, it might take another million laws to truly make us feel safe and secure.

An overwhelming number of the current laws do serve the common good and form a better society. Unfortunately, an increasing number of new laws do not serve society. If we simply lived by the virtues of the Gospel today, we would not have need for most of the current laws. Society would behave in a manner serving the intent and spirit of the common good. Society continues toward secularism. As a result, society diminishes the need for God and the Gospels as a source of guidance for governing. We find more and more of our current laws are founded on current populism and feelings rather than on principles. We are led by what is popular or expedient rather than what is consistent with loving God and our neighbor.

It seems that the current trend in creating laws in this way will not secure a future safe and secure society. Regardless of the number or types of laws we consider, as long as we are not guided by our Gospel today, we will continue to form laws upon laws without progress toward a better society. Until we do return to principles guided by the Gospels, we will continue to churn through the motions of layers of law writing. These laws will be based on some prior failure of society and further try to conform a society around where it wants to go rather than where God wants us to go.

Perhaps we should become more active and vocal regarding laws that are not inspired by today’s Gospel. Our prayerful and informed vote is one way to do that.

Deacon Don Poirier

Women’s Club Holiday Hop

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Shop and enjoy refreshments as you help build a brighter future for families in need. This pre-holiday shopping experience features 32 vendors, including local boutiques, artists and pop-up shops. Bring your family and friends to this fun night of shopping; it’s open to the public!

 

WHEN:    Wednesday, November 15, 2017  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Hendrick’s Hall

RSVP here

Upcoming Events

December 6th: Women’s Club “Red Out” & Motivational speaker @ St. Brigid

December 9th: Cookies with Santa @ St. Brigid

January 17th: Dinner and Fun at a Local Venue @ the new Riverfront Development project.

February 21st: Dress For Success Benefit @ St. Brigid

March 7th: Charity Event TBD

April 18th: Shopping for a Cause Boutique Hop in Historic Dublin

May 16th: Cosmos on the Rooftop @ VASO, AC Marriott Hotel Dublin’s Bridge Park

St. Brigid Women’s club mission is to be an inclusive women’s group that strives to share the light of God and to be the light in our community.  For information on membership, please contact Jenetta at 614-989-3182.

Gospel Reflection Oct 22 – Deacon Frank

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Sunday, October 22

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 22: 15 – 21

Gospel:
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion,
for you do not regard a person’s status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
“Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax.”
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”
They replied, “Caesar’s.”
At that he said to them,
“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”

Reflection:
There were some scientists and biologists who thought they had found the secret to life. They decided to tell God that he was no longer needed. They said they could create life also. God said, “well, I created life from a handful of dirt.” They said we could too. Then they picked up a handful of dirt and started to show God what they could do. God said to them, “…wait just a minute, before you get started, create your own dirt.”

Just as the modern day “know it all” scientists and biologists try to out -smart God, so we see this type of attitude in thisweekend’s gospel. The enemies of Jesus thought they really had Jesus in trouble this time. As you will hear in the gospel, the “know it all” Pharisees and Herodians will try to out-smart Jesus by asking him if they should pay taxes. Jesus’ answer to their question is well known, “…repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” Jesus avoids getting caught in their trap.

When we hear Jesus tell the Pharisees (as well as all of us), he shows us that God does not come knocking on our doors when we do not give him what we owe him like the tax collector. However, nothing is more important than our relationship with God. Some day we will leave behind all the things that we think are so important, and the only thing we will have left is the love for God and for others that we have demonstrated in our daily lives.

We may get in trouble with the law if we do not give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but we have the most to lose if we do not give back to God the things that are God’s. Our eternal happiness!

Deacon Frank Iannarino