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That Man Is You!

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That Man is You! Is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.

That Man is You! will begin at St. Brigid of Kildare in early September 2019. Registration will officially begin in summer 2019.

If you are willing to commit to this program, or just interested in learning more about it, please fill out our sign up form below.

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Gospel Reflection Jan 13 – Deacon Don

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Sunday, January 13

The Baptism of the Lord

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Gospel:
The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

Reflection:
With the Baptism of Jesus, the Christmas season ends. During this brief season, we celebrate three revelations:
Christmas – God comes to us in human form to experience all we experience except sin.
Epiphany – God comes to bring a message of universal salvation as described by the arrival of the Magi from the East.
Baptism of Jesus – God is seen as specially present in Jesus and working in him and through him.
So, why did Jesus, who is sinless, need to be Baptized? While the Scripture writers each describe the passage essentially the same way, it is a not story you would use to market an all-powerful and sinless god. Quite the opposite – this god is weak and would not be impressive to those hearing his word. However, this is precisely what takes place in the Baptism of Our Lord! With this event, Jesus reveals much as to how he intends to operate with us in his public life. He slips into the water with other sinners to humble himself with other sinners while remaining sinless – a profound expression of His solidarity with us. This is sharp contrast to John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament prophets, who preaches that the Lord will come upon us with his winnowing fan to separate the wheat from the chaff. But God comes down and stands with us sinners. If this is so, then our Baptism is our response that we will stand with Him.

Today is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own baptism. It is not simply a one and done event that happened long ago, when God and the world asked nothing from us. It is a new beginning and a lifelong journey. It is our response to God, who chose us to participate and be galvanized to the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are forever bonded to the Body of Christ. Our baptism is a live and on-going organic event. It involves our active participation in the life of the Church and not just passive membership. Each one of us is called to be a living witness to the Gospel. Our baptism is an uninterrupted call to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Today is a great day to re-affirm our readiness to carry on His work. For if we do not carry on His work in response to our baptism, much of His work will simply remain unfinished. What we do and how we respond to this call does indeed – make a difference.

Deacon Don Poirier

Make it a Date! Feb 9

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Make It a Date! 

A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Hendrick’s Hall at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

 

All married and engaged couples are invited
to St. Brigid’s 17th Make It A Date! event.

 

Your evening begins with light appetizers and
a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples. 

 

Then join Ken Heigel and Robin Davis as share their a reflection on marriage. They shared their story of blending a family in the Loyola Press book, Recipe for Joy. Now, they’ll talk about their experiences of maintaining individuality in a 15-year marriage, including step-parenting, grown children, career changes and a bedrock of love and respect.

 

Spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice
around 7:15 to privately discuss the evening’s topic together.

Registration Is Necessary

 Please RSVP to Karen Hutsell

at  karen.huttsell@siemens.com

or 614-602-7724 by Feb. 7.  

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation

 

Gospel Reflection Dec 30 – Sr. Teresa

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Gospel Reflection
December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Luke 2: 41 – 52

Gospel:
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.

Reflection:
Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. We often think of the holy family in an idealized way. We think they had no problems, no worries, no concerns no disagreements among them. NOT!! We forget the basics of what we know. When she was nine months pregnant, Mary, with Joseph, had to travel to Bethlehem, a 90-mile trip on donkey or walking. Once there they could find no place to stay. This forced Mary and Joseph to bring Jesus into this world in a shepherd’s cave and lay him in an animal’s feeding trough. Before Jesus was two, Mary and Joseph had to become migrants. They had to get out of the country and migrate (probably with many others) to Egypt. They had to escape Herod’s slaughter of the children.

I am not a parent, but I taught children for many years. I know the terror of losing one of them. I know the relief and the frustration of finding one of the strays. You want to joyfully embrace them while at the same time scolding them for getting lost or not doing as they were told. I know the heartbreak of losing a child (for me a student) through terminal illness or suicide. That pain is so deep and so lasting that it forever puts a slight cloud over every joy. There are many in our parish who know this pain and anguish.

When I read this story of Jesus staying in the Temple, I could feel the tension in me heighten. I think Mary and Joseph experienced the enormity of anguish and bone chilling panic of parents when a child is missing. Mary and Joseph started the journey home full of happiness. They had just celebrated the holy days in Jerusalem. Jesus, being twelve years old, would have been allowed to travel to with Joseph and the men. However, because he was right at the edge of 12, he could also have traveled with Mary and the women. Most likely everyone stopped for the night, after a long day’s journey. That is when they discovered Jesus was missing. Panic and fear must have filled their hearts. They had lost Jesus. The day long journey back to Jerusalem must have been excruciating for them. Upon finding Jesus in the Temple, he did not seem to be concerned for their upset and said something quite confusing; “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?” What a difficult response to receive! What a challenge of faith! “How can we be good parents?” is a question often asked by parents. Joseph and Mary, no doubt asked the same question. “How can we be good parents for Jesus?”

It is not easy being parents, and yet, it is one of the most important things we are asked to do. Parents want to teach their children to be good people, to be respectful of others, to be kind to others, to help those in need, to teach them to pray and help them to know the importance of God in their lives. Parents want to teach and guide their children through each stage of their lives. As they move toward independence and interdependence, they want them to realize their gifts and potential. Mary and Joseph had the same desires for Jesus. Jesus had been entrusted to their care, just as your children have been entrusted to your care. The gospel today tells us that Jesus returned with them to Nazareth and, “he grew in wisdom, age and favor (grace).” We know next to nothing about these hidden years of Jesus. When we hear of him again Jesus will be a man. Joseph will have died leaving Mary a single mother. Jesus would have learned a craft and cared for and supported his mother.

The Feast of the Holy Family is an invitation to ask Mary, Joseph and Jesus to be with our family. It is a time for parents to ask Joseph and Mary to be with you and guide you, and do your best to keep your children safe and hopeful. Today is an invitation to all of us to pray for parents and families everywhere; pray for single parents; and pray for those who are caring for elderly parents. They cannot do it alone. We, as a parish community, have been entrusted to care for and love the children. The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” is right. It took the village of Nazareth and it takes the village we call St. Brigid of Kildare.

REFLECTION FOR PARENTS
Family will be important to your children, if family is important to you.

Prayer will be important to your children, if prayer is important to you.

Quiet time will be important to your children, if quiet time is important to you.

Peace will be important to your children, if peace is important to you.

Forgiveness and reconciliation will be important to your children,
if forgiveness and reconciliation are important to you.

Religion will be important to your children, if religion is important to you.

Service will be important to your children, if service is important to you.

God will be important to your children, if God is important to you.

That which is important to us we find time for — that is the bottom line. Be honest with yourself as parents and take time to articulate what is important to you as a husband and wife, as parents and as a family. Don’t just list the “should be important” things, be very, very honest and truthful and list the things that really are important. Then decide if life is the way you want it to be. If not, why not and what will you do alone and together to change what needs to be changed, to strengthen what needs to be strengthened, to rejoice in what needs to be celebrated?

Thank you, parents, for loving and caring for your children.

Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Gospel Reflection Dec 23 – Msgr. Hendricks

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December 23, 2018

Sunday, December 23

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1: 39-45

Gospel:
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

Reflection:
Luke today paints a scene of two women meeting, both carrying precious gifts. Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary carrying John the Baptist and Mary a visitor to the home of Elizabeth carrying the most precious gift of all Jesus, the Son of God.

When Mary enters the home of Elizabeth, she greets her, and the baby in her womb, jumps for joy as he now recognizes his savior.

Elizabeth cries out that this woman is Blessed among all her race as she brings to mankind forever the Savior of the world.

Elizabeth calls Mary full of Grace, Gratia Plena. The grace given to her by God himself, she prepares a worthy home for her son and later will stand by him as he hangs from the cross.

Mary is given a great compliment at the end of the gospel story today. She is called blessed because she believed. She took a great step for the world when she said yes to the angel and so set the stage for our salvation in the birth of her son.

Today, as Christmas draws near, listen to the voice of Elizabeth speak for us all, as she learns that the mother of her Lord and ours has finally come to us.

Monsignor Hendricks

Women’s Bible Study – Messy People

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Our Women’s Bible Study is entitled Messy People – Life Lessons from Imperfect Bible Heroes by Jennifer Cowart.

Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, such as a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean or a child who needs a fire hose instead of a tub. But sometimes our messes are harder to see. These life messes often carry the labels of illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, death of a loved one, or job loss. These life-situation messes are often very painful.

During this series, we will dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were messy people, too. We meet Rahab, the prodigal son, Josiah, Mary, David and Daniel.  Through them we learn how God gives them and us power to work through the difficult moments of life.  The series includes scripture study, reflection and prayer in five daily lessons to use at home each week.  Shared reflection and a video presentation and prayer is part of the weekly group session.

DATES

January 9 – Introduction (books will be available)

January 16 and 23, February 6, 13, 20 and 27

PLACE AND TIME                                   COST

Hendricks Hall -Immke Room             $20.00 (includes the book)

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Click here to register.

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron

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Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and you’ll be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.  This seven week Study Program is one way to immerse yourself fully into the beauty and mystery of the principal act of Catholic worship and faith.
Sessions will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 p.m. as well as 12:30 -1:45 pm in the Immke Room on January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14 and 21.
Each session, after the introductory session, includes a video featuring Bishop Barron, questions for individual preparation at home and is followed by small group discussion and sharing.
Please register online by January 3, 2019 so study guide books may be ordered.  The $30.00 fee includes the cost of the Study Guide.

Click here to register. 

Gospel Reflection Dec 16 – Fr. Morris

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December 16, 2018

Sunday, December 16

Third Sunday of Advent

Luke 3: 10 – 18

Gospel:
The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them,
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages.”

Now the people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor
and to gather the wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Exhorting them in many other ways,
he preached good news to the people.

Reflection:
St John the Baptist is the Forerunner of Christ, the prophet tasked with preparing the way for the Lord and His public ministry. We can see that clearly in the Baptist’s responses today to the repeated question “What should we do?” from three disparate groups. The prophet’s directives are simple and common-sense advice to “be a good person.” If you have extra food or clothing above your needs, you should share it. If you are a tax collector, collect only what is truly owed. If you are a soldier, don’t mistreat civilians for personal gain.

Compare these “conservative” admonitions of the Baptist in the 3rd chapter of Luke to the “radical” admonitions that Jesus gives in the 6th chapter, the Beatitudes. We see the difference between the Forerunner and the Messiah, the preliminary teachings from a prophet and the radical teachings of the Son of God.

I could probably follow St John’s rules if I tried hard; but I don’t have it in me to follow the Lord’s admonitions. I know I can’t live the Beatitudes, exude that level of righteousness, by my own efforts. Talk about setting someone up for failure! Who can be a good person using the measure laid out by Jesus?

But thanks be to God, for He recognizes that to live the Gospel precepts on our own power is impossible. Thanks be to God, who gives us His grace, the supernatural help we need to live out the Beatitudes. Thanks be to God, for the baby Messiah in the crib at that first Christmas proves that God is for us, not against us!

Father Matthew Morris

Gospel Reflection Dec 9 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, December 9

Second Sunday of Advent

Luke 3: 1 – 6

Gospel:
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Reflection:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” These words of Isaiah foretold the message and the mission of John the Baptist. This call to prepare the way for the Lord was urgent then and is still just as urgent today. God came in the Person of His Son when the Word became flesh. This is what we celebrate at Christmas.

During these weeks of Advent, it is important that we hear the voice of John the Baptist and respond to his appeal for conversion. Likewise, we are invited to open our hearts to receive the Son of God. Unfortunately, we can easily lose the focus of our faith during these weeks before Christmas and fall into the materialistic mindset of our culture. There are many crooked paths that we can be tempted to walk. We can get off track in our Christian lives, falling into sin, walking along roads that deviate from our faith.

This Advent, let us make straight the path of the Lord in our hearts by examining our lives, clearing the way for the Lord to act in us with His grace. It is important to look at our lives and to see where our choices and actions have not been in harmony with the Gospel. The Sacrament of Penance is a great way for us to heed the call of John the Baptist to repentance and conversion. It is also a time of joy as we prepare for the celebration of Our Savior’s birth.

This week we will also celebrate two beautiful feasts of Mary: The Immaculate Conception on December 8th and Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. Mary awaited and prepared silently and prayerfully for the birth of her Son. May she intercede for us, that we will be ready to receive anew, in our hearts and our whole lives, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Deacon Paul Zemanek