Gospel Reflection Dec 3 – Sister Teresa

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Sunday, December 3

The First Sunday of Advent

Mark 13: 33-37


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”


The opening lines of today’s gospel passage reads: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be watchful! Be alert!” Instantly, I began singing one of my favorite Christmas Santa songs.

You better watch out.
You better not pout.
You better not cry,
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

He’s making a list
and checking it twice,
Going to find out
whose naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

He sees you when you’re sleeping.
He knows when you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been good or bad
So be good for GOODNESS sake.

Hey – I love this guy! If you sit with this song, you might hear echoes of Psalm 139, or the message of the prophets, maybe even a touch of John the Baptist.

Hey, I love this guy! If you sit with this particular song you might hears echoes of Psalm 139, or the message of the prophets, or maybe even a touch of John the Baptist.

When I was little I thought it was a warning . If I was good, I’d get presents . If I was bad, there would be presents. But that isn’t really what the song says. It urges us to be good for goodness sake. Now that puts a different spin upon the song, at least for me.

To be good … not for what I can get out of it.
To be good … not for what people will think about me.
To be good for one reason … To be good for GOODNESS sake.
To be good because that is how we were created.
To be good because that is what Jesus came to show us in the way he lived.
To be good for GOODNESS sake and who is GOODNESS if not the one we call God? We are urged to be good for GOD’S SAKE.

We begin Advent on December 3rd and Mark urges us to “be watchful; to be alert. You do not know when the time will come.”How often have we heard these words and receive them as vaguely threatening? That when we least expect it, God might call us home through death. Watch out! Be Alert! Don’t be caught unawares. Always be in the state of grace. Why? Is it because we fear eternal punishment? Are we afraid we might be put on the condemned list? Is that why we want to pay attention in life? I can’t live with that kind of threat, any more than I could live with thinking Santa was watching my every move waiting to catch me doing something wrong so he would end up putting me on the naughty list.

The song urged us to be good for Goodness sake and Mark’s words urge us to be watchful and alert because Jesus is coming to town. Jesus is always coming to town. If we are not paying attention, we miss the myriad of ways that God comes to us every single day. Maybe we will find him in a loved one, in a stranger, in ourselves, in prayer, in an unexpected blessing, in a quiet moment or even in a chaotic moment, even in a Christmas Santa song.

Advent reminds us that we wait for the Lord, and if we are not paying attention, we will miss him. How sad that would be!

Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

PS: Tell the truth -did you sing that Christmas Santa song or did you just read it?!

Women’s Club RED Out

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St. Brigid Women’s Club is pleased to present  a RED Out with dynamic, motivational speaker Tammy Smith.  Tammy will talk about being the light and having a heart this holiday season!

All women of the parish and school and their guests are invited to attend.  Wine and appetizers will be served.

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Please RSVP at

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.

Men’s Inception Retreat

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The Men of our Parish are invited to unplug for 24 hours and attend this year’s St. Brigid Men’s Inception Retreat.

This 4th Annual Inception Retreat starts on the evening of Friday Dec 1st and ends Saturday Dec 2nd at 6pm. On the retreat you will enjoy fellowship, activities, Sacraments, and great talks from other men of the Parish. Additionally, both Fr. Morris and Fr. Josh Wagner will be participating this year. No matter where you are in your faith journey you will not walk away disappointed and will be re-energized and renewed as you head into the Christmas season.

The retreat is held at the St Therese Retreat center near the airport which is a fantastic facility that provides individual rooms, an incredible Chapel, great meals and overall amazing environment.  Please contact Brett McCarthy at 614-602-7562 for more information.

Click here to view the registration form.

Advent by Candlelight – Nov 30

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Treat yourself to a night out to prepare your heart and mind for the Advent and Christmas seasons!

Imagine a candlelit room, beautifully decorated tables, light refreshments and wine shared with friends. Then
relax and enjoy an inspiring talk by special guest speaker, the very entertaining “Snoring Scholar” Sarah
Reinhard, a local Catholic convert, wife, mom, author, and blogger. You do not want to miss this faith-filled
evening of peace, fellowship, reflection, and humor!

Please save the date and see this flyer for more details and how to RSVP.

Happy 30th Anniversary to our parish

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From Humble Beginnings

On May 25, 1987, the Diocese of Columbus acquired 15 acres of land at 7179 Avery Road for $292,000. At that point, the land was used by the Dublin Stables as a horse boarding and riding facility. On the property was a farm house, large barn and stable.

The Diocese established new parish boundaries, and Bishop James A. Griffin sent a letter to each family in those boundaries “to inform (them) of the establishment of the the new Parish of Saint Brigid of Kildare and welcome (them) as a charter member.” The letter also announced Msgr. Paul Enke as the founding pastor.

Thirty years later after multiple renovations, new construction and expansions, our parish is home to over 3,200 families who worship, volunteer, and educate their children here. Thank you to each and every one of you who has made this parish the thriving home and community it has become.

View the video below to see an slideshow of our last 30 years.

Prince of Peace Church Offering Naloxone Training

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On Monday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m., the Parish Health Ministry at Price of Peace Lutheran church will host an event provided by Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Narcan). Narcan is frequently used to reverse the effects of opioids. Because we are all in the same community, Prince of Peace has invited us all to this program that will educate us to recognize signs and symptoms of an overdose and how to appropriately respond.

Please share this with friends, family, and co-workers — by participating and sharing the information, a life may be saved.

There is no need to RSVP or register for this program. 

Click here to view the event flyer.

Someone I Love is Aging…and so am I!

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Please join us for a panel discussion about key resources available for older adults and concerned family members. We’ll discuss resources such as Saint Brigid of Kildare’s new Older Adults Program, as well as resources available from Syntero, the Franklin County Office on Aging/Senior Options Program, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, SourcePoint, Washington Township, the City of Dublin and more.

Who should attend?
• Older Adults 60+ years old (or 50-59 years old with a disability)
• Caregivers of older adults looking for resources to help care for their loved ones

Wednesday, September 27
St. Brigid School Gymnasium
6:45 pm: Check in and refreshments
7—8:30 pm: Panel discussion and Q&A

How to register:
Call 614-889-5722 ext. 993 by September 25
For additional information, please call Stephanie Jursek, Syntero Older Adults Program, at 614-301-5645.