The Dublin Food Pantry is now preparing for its annual Thanksgiving food collection drive. This year has been a challenge with the pantry continuing to provide drive-through services to 100-150 families per week. This Thanksgiving, the pantry hopes to provide Thanksgiving food boxes for 450-500 families during the month of November. Many churches throughout Dublin will be providing food items for the boxes. Once again, the Social Action Committee is spearheading this project with the support of the parishioners of St. Brigid. This year we offer three options for giving.
Option One: Provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner
Parishioners can donate the ingredients for an entire Thanksgiving meal (no cooking is necessary) for a family in need. Parishioners would provide everything from the list below in a sturdy box or bags to be dropped off at the Dublin Food Pantry (81 W. Bridge St., Dublin) on Wednesday November 3 between 6-8pm or Saturday November 6 between 1-3pm. Volunteers will unload the box from your vehicle and take it into the food pantry. All safety procedures will take place, including social distancing and face masks.
The following items are to be included in the Thanksgiving box: $25 gift card from a local grocery store, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of green beans, 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 2 regular boxes (or one large box) potatoes, 2 boxes of stuffing, 2 cans or packets of gravy (no glass jars please), 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread, 1 can of cranberry sauce.
We are not asking for perishable items (fruit, pies, rolls, reddi whip) as fruit, produce, bread and dessert will be provided to the families when they come to the pantry on the regular shopping days.
Option Two: Provide a gift card(s)
Parishioners can provide gift card(s) from local grocery stores (Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Meijer) in $25 denominations. These gift cards will be used at the discretion of the Dublin Food Pantry for families in need during the holiday season. The gift cards can be dropped off before and after Masses on October 23-24 in Hendricks Hall; or between 6-8pm on November 3 or 1-3pm on November 6 at the Dublin Food Pantry; or to the St. Brigid Parish office in an envelope marked “Thanksgiving Food Collection”. Please do not place gift cards in the parish mailbox.
Option Three: Provide boxed potatoes and gravy
Parishioners who prefer to donate on a smaller scale can provide boxed potatoes and boxed/canned 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 Masses on October 23-24, in Hendricks Hall in the designated boxes.
Sign up genius has been set up for parishioners to sign up for option one.
The link can be found at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4dacae2aa57-2021
Alternative drop off arrangements can be made by contacting Karen at the email or phone number below.
For assistance or questions, please contact Karen at email@example.com or text/call at 614-271-4086. This has truly been a challenging year and now more than ever, our neighbors in Dublin need help. Thank you for always meeting their needs. God bless you and keep you safe.
Romans 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.
In this time of uncertainty and challenge, the need to bring Christmas cheer and hope to others is more important than ever. The Giving Tree Project is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others and our community. If you are able, please join us in supporting those in need.
Due to the success of the program last year, we will again be using SignUpGenius for the Giving Tree Project, and will not be using paper ornaments. All gift requests will be listed on the SignUpGenius site https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094BABAF28A2F85-giving
where you will have the opportunity to choose a requested gift or make a monetary donation. Please click on the “sign up” tab next to the item you wish to donate. You will receive an email confirming your selection and reminding you of the due date. There will be a representative in the church Gathering Area the weekend of November 6 and 7 to answer questions about accessing Sign-up Genius.
Gift Drop-off – Donated gifts can be dropped off in Hendricks Hall on:
• Saturday, 12/4 from 4 – 6pm and
• Sunday, 12/5 from 8:30am – 2:00pm
If you have a conflict with the drop-off dates, please contact Deb Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 580-6622, to make other arrangements. There will not be a collection closet or area at St. Brigid to collect donations in advance of these dates or after these dates.
Monetary Donations – You will also have the opportunity to make monetary donations through the SignUpGenius site. Details are available on the site.
Please Note – All gifts / donations must be received by Sunday, 12/5.
We will be collecting gifts for the following organizations:
• Kentucky Mission: The Kentucky Mission is located in Booneville, KY, a rural area of high unemployment and low incomes. The Sisters of St. Francis minister to the needs of local residents and are requesting cash donations for emergency needs.
• Heinzerling Community: Located on the west side of Columbus, Heinzerling serves a community of non-ambulatory residents with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Gift donations include toys, games and personal care items.
• Stephen’s Community House: St. Stephen’s serves residents in the Greater Linden Community. Services include elderly and youth programs, childcare, and emergency needs, along with a food pantry. We are collecting monetary donations and Kroger gift cards for their food pantry.
• St. Brigid of Kildare Emergency Fund: St. Brigid Parish often receives requests to help families with financial needs such as rent assistance, medical care, car repairs, transportation, etc. Small grants of money help those who are facing a financial crisis.
• St. Lawrence Haven: Volunteers from parishes throughout the diocese make sandwiches and serve hot meals to about 250 people each day at St. Lawrence Haven, which is operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Toy donations are requested for the children supported by this organization.
• Gladden Community House: Gladden Community House is located in Franklinton and provides services to the community such as education and recreation programs, meals for low-income residents, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for individuals and families. Toy donations are requested for children served by their programs.
• Susan Corcoran regarding SignUpGenius: email@example.com or (614) 832-2762
• Deb Foley with all other questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 580-6622
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Sunday, October 17
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 35-40
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?”
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
They said to him, “We can.”
Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Our apostles clearly lack understanding of what Our Lord is asking them. Understandably, when the other ten disciples heard about this exchange, they were angry because they felt left out from assuming the high places on the right and the left apparently offered to James and John. Jealousy happens even among the disciples and clouds their ability to listen and focus on Jesus’ message. Once again, Jesus makes it clear that we are to serve — not be served. This message is repeated throughout the Gospels. We are to assume the lowest place, not the highest.
While we think we cannot be effective by acting from the lowest place, we should consider the great impact and power that Mother Teresa was able to accomplish from her low position. Mother Teresa remains a wonderful example of a missionary bringing the Gospel message of service to the very poorest. This petite Albanian woman working with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta could bring the joy of the Gospel message to those around her, but her work impacted others from way beyond her immediate reach. Like James and John and the other disciples, like Mother Teresa and many others, we are all called to be missionaries. We can do this from the comfort of our own homes and communities. While it may not seem special to us, not spectacular enough to be worthy of our efforts, our family, friends, and neighbors are all in need of this kind of quiet and simple Gospel message of joy. To be good missionaries we have to hear Jesus’ words about where real greatness lies. It is a message that is not always easy to hear in a society like ours. We should be prepared to be distrusted, and even met with rejection.
Our Real Presence Real Future initiative in the diocese asks each of us to become Missionary Disciples. While we may not know what this means or how to proceed with such a broadly designed initiative, we can begin by sharing our witness to the Gospels through our own example of how we have internalized the Gospel message of hope by sharing that hope with others. This does not suggest standing on a corner and preaching the Gospels to others, but it does require that we share and witness that hope to others in our routine daily interactions — with caring, understanding, and sincere optimism for the good of others.
Deacon Don Poirier
Men and the Nun is back!
We will meet on the Tuesdays of November in Carr Room from 7:00 until about 8:15 PM (masks required). Our book will be The Whole Language by Greg Boyle, SJ. Available through most vendors and it is on kindle.
Over the past thirty years, Gregory Boyle, SJ has transformed thousands of lives through his work as the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang-intervention program in the world. We will be using Fr. Boyle’s new book, The Whole Language, The Power of Extravagant Tenderness. In a community struggling to overcome systemic poverty and violence, The Whole Language shows how those at Homeboy Industries fight despair and remain generous, hopeful, and tender. Fr. Boyle’s moving stories challenge our ideas about God and about people, providing a window into a world filled with fellowship, compassion, and fewer barriers. Bursting with encouragement, humor, and hope, The Whole Language invites us to treat others—and ourselves—with acceptance and tenderness.
To have a good discussion we need at least 8 men. Please register here. Registration closes on October 28th.
The Knights of Columbus and the Respect Life Committee part of the Social Action Committee of St. Brigid of Kildare are jointly sponsoring a virtual diaper collection from through November 6, 2021 to benefit Pregnancy Decision Health Care and Women’s Care Center, both of Columbus. By following the link for either or both Pregnancy Decision Health Center or Women’s Care Center and making a purchase from their respective lists, you will be contributing to their life saving efforts.
- To support Women’s Care Center and view their list, please use this link https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/wcc-november-2021-columbus/2P3AL88X4VM2Q
- To support Pregnancy Decision Health Care and view their list, please use this linkCOMING SOON
If you have questions please contact Program Chairman, Nick Little: Little.email@example.com
Sunday, October 10
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 17-30
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”
He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”
Many of us may be aware of – or know – that there are verses of scripture used to “greet” us on a coffee cup, bumper sticker, or wall poster. Sometimes these verses keep us going and lift our spirits. However, there is a pretty good chance that we never see the verses of this weekend’s gospel used that way. No one ever buys a cup with verse 21 on it: “Jesus looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’” Even with the promise of treasure in heaven, we don’t find this passage inspiring. We want to hurry past it, to get to the coffee cup verses. We don’t want to read this story, and when we do read it, we want to find a way to wiggle out of it.
Jesus calls the rich young man in today’s gospel – and us – to invest in the kingdom of God. The more we give, the more sacrifices we make, and the more involved we become – then the more joy we will experience when we enter the kingdom of God. Not that God will love anyone more, but that the experience of joy will well up in the one who has made the biggest investment. When we volunteer, when we work among the poor, when we put in “sweat equity” and give sacrificially, we reflect God’s love for us.
Maybe Jesus tells us that we also build treasure in heaven. Investing time to work among those who suffer may break our hearts for now. We may see and experience things that grieve us. That sets us up for the joy when we see those who suffer find healing and love in the Resurrection.
We can’t give everything away. We couldn’t live like that. However, we can take risks; we can invest in God’s ministry among the poor and hurting. We can build treasure in heaven.
-Deacon Frank Iannarino