Lent Madness 2017

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Lent Madness Brackets are Due Feb 13!

Lent 2017 begins on March 1st and the brackets for Lent Madness are due February 13.

The Lent Madness format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. These will be in the booklet entitled Saintly Scorecard, available now in the parish office while supplies last.

Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer online quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

Click below to view and print your bracket, or pick up a copy at the kiosk in the gathering space. Instructions are on page 2. Remember, brackets are due February 13

Christmas Masses & Confession Schedule

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Below is our Advent 2016 confession and Christmas Mass schedule.

Individual Confessions:

Saturday, December 17 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Church

Monday, December 19 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Church

Sunday Evening Prayer and Reconciliation Service:

Sunday, December 18, 5:00 p.m. in the Church, Visiting Diocesan Priests will serve as confessors.


Our Christmas Masses will be held:

Saturday, December 24: 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 10 p.m.

Sunday, December 25: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Congratulations to our Newly Ordained Deacons!

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deacon-paulPaul Zemanek

Paul Zemanek points to 2007 as a turning point for him. It was one of those times when life threw him a curveball. His job was eliminated and, with it, his planned career path.

“I was unemployed for 15 months,” said Deacon Zemanek, who is now Director of Corporate Accounts for Honeywell International. “During this time I was able to reassess what was more important in my life – doing something to reach my next promotion and career advancement or doing something more applicable with my faith.”

So the guy who is a natural mentor began looking for some guidance of his own. He attended a Cum Christo retreat and realized that some of the other men had a stronger knowledge of their various faiths. Deacon Zemanek went to his pastor at St. Brigid of Kildare, Msgr. Joseph Hendricks, for some book suggestions. Instead, Msgr. Hendricks suggested Zemanek sit in on Deacon Frank Iannarino’s RCIA classes. It wasn’t long before he became a sponsor and then had set-up responsibilities before meetings.

In 2010 he took over RCIA for Deacon Iannarino and continued to lead the program until his diaconal internship at St. Peter began last year.

“Talk about evangelization and having a captive audience!” Zemanek said. “RCIA is a very serious responsibility, to get people interested in becoming Catholic and get them catechized so they learn the faith. Now I’m helping Fr. Mark implement the St. Brigid RCIA program at St. Peter’s.”

Zemanek’s mentoring skills fit well with being a deacon.

“It’s a skill set God gave me that I’m able to sit down with people and work with them. I like people,” he said. “In my work I do a lot of mentoring from the sales position, to help other employees learn the basics and how to deal with customers. I’ve always enjoyed doing that type of thing.

“During the time I was unemployed I learned how to network and now I try to help others going through career transition. Some are more skilled at reaching out to others for help. It’s the ones who aren’t that really need the help. The other thing I learned was to pay it forward. A lot of people helped me and now I have been able to help some of them.”

Zemanek said he was probably working his way toward the diaconate without even realizing it, getting involved in several ministries when he and wife Cathy became parishioners at St. Brigid of Kidlare Parish in 2000, then attending daily Mass more often after 9/11. He and Cathy have been married for 38 years and have two sons, Chris and Kevin.  They are recently blessed with their first grandbaby.

“The unemployment obstacle was the avenue that -God put in my way. -You don’t know why at the time but when you look back you can see why. That was an event that had to happen or I wouldn’t have been in a position for Deacon Frank to ask me if I had ever considered being a deacon. Man plans, God laughs.”


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It was a hospital visit with a man on his deathbed that led Steve Petrill to consider the diaconate in a deeper way.

Petrill, who served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and homebound minister at his parish, St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, visited with the man a couple of times.

“The first time I visited him, he seemed to be doing well.  We had a nice visit and all was looking up,” said Petrill. “However, the second time I visited him, he had experienced some kind of traumatic medical event that morning and was at the end of his life, surrounded by his wife and children. It made me realize how ministry sometimes calls us into the very center of the most personal parts of other people’s lives.  It turned out that the gentleman who passed away was a deacon in another diocese, and although we never talked about the diaconate in our first visit, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit by that very fact. My experiences with him really helped me grow in my desire to serve Christ and His church in a deeper way.”

Petrill is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research at Ohio State. He earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

In his studies and work he looks at links between biology, psychology, the environment and sociology/culture.

“The Church has reinforced the spiritual aspects as well; in particular how spirituality fits into the relations between the biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of who we are,” he said. “Many of our joys and struggles are how we relate these things to one another and it has helped me see the Incarnation of Jesus in a fuller way.”

Petrill and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 21 years and they have three children: Nate, 16; Anthony, 13; and Emily, 10.

He says that for as much has he has learned through his studies, he has also learned from his parish ministry.

“Any given day is someone’s best day and someone else’s worst day, for all kinds of different reasons with all points in between,” Petrill said. “One has to be very flexible and attentive in order to truly serve the needs of others, in those multiple moments that are occurring simultaneously.”

Choosing the diaconate was something that evolved out of a difficult period in his own life about 10 years ago, a time when many people close to him were very sick and others passed away. Considering the many people who reached out to him and his family had an impact on Petrill.

“I had to surrender to God and learn to trust Him more deeply,” he said. “By the grace of God, these experiences gelled the contemplations of my earlier adult life and led me to actively move down the path I’m currently on.”


Do You Have Time to Help an Older Parishioner in Need?

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caregiverDo You Have the Time To Help an Older Adult Parishioner in Need?

Many seniors in our parish are in need of transportation services, home visits, or other help. If you have any time at all and feel the call to help a parishioner in need, please contact us. We will partner you with Syntero to be trained to help. They accommodate all schedules and will set up either a short or long term match with a parishioner in need. Volunteer opportunities are based on your schedule and flexibility — any amount of time you’re able to give is enough! Our focus at St. Brigid is hospitality, which means welcoming and helping each other. Please help us to further this goal, keeping in mind what Jesus taught us: “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40. Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering to help St. Brigid seniors in need, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

New Programs to Help Older Adults & Caregivers

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seniorsNew Programs to Help Older Adults

Are you an older adult or a concerned family member of a senior? Are you looking at ways to continue to live at home safely, or to downsize and declutter? Are you interested in learning about senior housing options? Do you need help to figure out complicated Medicare choices, need help with insurance forms, or need an advocate to accompany you to doctor appointments? Do you need help with transportation or shopping? Syntero, Inc., formerly Dublin Counseling Center, is a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years. Thanks to generous funding from the City of Dublin, Syntero’s senior supportive services have now been expanded and are available to Saint Brigid of Kildare parishioners in Dublin. Through the Older Adults Program, Syntero’s services can also link seniors with personal or mental health counseling for stress, anxiety or depression (office or home visits). There is no charge for these services.

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or a senior loved one, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

To learn more about Syntero, visit their webpage at


caregiver-2New Programs to Help Caregivers of Older Adults

Do you care for an older adult and need help or guidance?

Understanding the needs of an older loved one and learning what alternatives are available is very confusing, time consuming and stressful. You may not know the best way to cope with your stress or find the assistance that you need.

St. Brigid is partnering with Syntero, Inc., (formerly Dublin Counseling Center) a local non-profit agency that has been serving Dublin residents for 40 years, to help put you in touch with the resources you need. The services provided by Syntero are available at no charge and are designed to give you a helping hand and to assist you in becoming a more effective caregiver, including the need for your own self-care and stress management. They are a great resource for locating reliable information about community services and how to access them, as well as for understanding conditions affecting older adults such as Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and other health conditions. A specialist from Syntero is available to meet you at your home, their offices, or other community locations — your choice. One-on-one meetings, family conferences, and phone conversations are available daytime, evenings and weekends.

If you are interested in learning more about the services available for yourself or caregiver you know, please contact Kim VanHuffel at

To learn more about Syntero, visit their webpage at