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Daily Mass, RCIA, Bishop’s Annual Appeal Updates

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Dear Parishioners,

In the attached video, Monsignor Hendricks has shared a few new updates with you. Please view the video and read the highlights below.

THANK YOU

  • Thank you to all who joined us this past weekend for mass in the church. We are thankful for your adherence to our guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
  • Special thanks to the ushers who helped ensure that everyone was welcomed and properly guided throughout the mass. 

DAILY MASS

  • Beginning July 6th, we will have daily mass in the main church on Mondays and Fridays at 9am. The same guidelines for attending mass at St. Brigid apply – please review the “Welcome Back” video if you have any questions.
  • We will continue to stream all daily masses via Facebook and YouTube. 
  • We will continue to hold private prayer hours in the church. Private Prayer Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am-9am.
  • If you are coming for private prayer and plan to stay for mass on Mondays or Fridays, please sit where you will sit for mass and do not move seats in between. If you do not plan to stay for Mass, please only sit in the center aisles and leave by 8:45am so that we can clean the seat you were sitting in before mass begins.

RCIA UPDATE

  • On July 9th at 6:30pm, St. Brigid of Kildare will welcome 3 Catechumens and 11 Candidates into the Roman Catholic Church. The mass will be celebrated with immediate family members only but will be live-streamed for all to view. Please continue to pray for these individuals.

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

  • We will be kicking off the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal next weekend. The theme of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is “Living the Joy of the Gospel,” which inspires us, as people of faith, to share joyfully the Good News of Christ to those who most need to feel His love as we continue His work on earth as faithful disciples.
  • Our parish’s participation in the BAA shows that we belong to the greater Church – not just our own parish, but in communion with our brothers and sisters in parishes across the Diocese of Columbus.
  • This year our parish share of the Appeal is $282,000. I know if we come together as a parish, we can achieve this goal.
  • We are encouraging you to consider supporting our parish goal by using the online by clicking here: columbuscatholicgiving.org  to make a secure pledge or gift. You will be receiving a mailing this week with more information regarding your support.

Please watch this video message from Msgr. Hendricks detailing this information.

Church Reopening Update

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Dear Parishioners,

We are looking forward to beginning public weekend Masses this weekend, June 27th and 28th. We will begin with two weekend Masses – Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:30am.

Remember that Bishop Brennan has granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass until September 15th, 2020 and we strongly encourage everyone who is not able to attend mass or not comfortable attending mass to watch the live stream mass. If you are sick, you must stay home.

Returning to Mass in this time of COVID-19 brings a new mass structure and participation guidelines. If you choose to come to mass, here are a few reminders:

Seating will be first-come, first-seated; no reservations will be taken. Each mass will be limited to 200 people.

You must wear a mask the entire time you are in the church. This is to protect both the clergy who are celebrating mass and those who will be sitting around you. Please do not take your mask off. This will ensure that we are able to worship in peace and safety.

You must maintain social distance in all areas of campus: the parking lot, entryways, the gathering area, the aisles of the sanctuary and in the pews.  Ushers will direct you to open pews. Sitting in the pews marked closed is prohibited.

You should wash your hands before leaving your house and make use of the hand sanitizing stations once inside the church. We encourage you to carry your own for use before the reception of Communion.

Mass will be very similar to the live stream you have been watching from home. The clergy will be the only people on the altar.

All mass parts will be recited. There will be no singing. The main way the virus is spread is through airborne particles. Studies show that the respiratory aerosols produced by singing or loud speaking may linger in the air for an hour or more, and travel farther than the six feet commonly prescribed for social distancing. It is not safe to sing.

The red worship books and paperback hymnals have been removed from the pews. You may view the readings on your phone. We recommend visiting the USCCB website.

We continue to encourage online giving via our website. Offertory Baskets will not be passed during mass. Instead, you may place your weekly gift in the basket in the gathering area upon arrival for mass.

There is to be no physical contact between households at the sign of peace.

Communion will be distributed at the conclusion of Mass. Please wear your mask to receive the host in your hand then step to the side, raise your mask and receive the Holy Eucharist. After receiving Communion, you are to immediately exit the church through the propped open exit door closest to you.

We will not be distributing paper bulletins. A link to view the bulletin online will continue to be sent out via email every Saturday at 2pm.

Please note, that at any time and without notice, public masses could be halted again. This relies heavily on our ability to maintain public health and safety. Your cooperation with the above guidelines is greatly appreciated.

I am proud of your response to the challenges this pandemic has posed for our world, our state, our community, our St. Brigid of Kildare Parish and your family. I thank you for being prayerful, patient and encouraging in these challenging times. Please remain united in faith and continue to pray for those most affected by the pandemic and for the church and government leaders guiding us through these unprecedented times.

Msgr. Joseph Hendricks
Pastor

Please watch this video message from Msgr. Hendricks detailing this information.

Opportunities for Praying at Home: The Domestic Church

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PRAYING WITH LITTLE CHILDREN (Great for parents and Grandparents to do with young children).

This “Conversations with God” series engages little children in a prayerful conversational experience with a warm, familiar and loving God.  There are six videos in the series and each one runs approximately 7-8 minutes. Each will have little children sharing a message with you and your children. This is followed by quiet time and an invitation for parents to pray and share with your children.  July 6,13,20,27 and August 3, 10: 10:00-10:30 AM.

  • God, I Know Where to Find You
  • God, You Do Beautiful Things
  • God, I Wonder
  • God, Sometimes I Feel Sad
  • God, Sometimes I Feel Happy
  • God, This is What I Know About Jesus

This will be through ZOOM. Please be on time because we WILL BEGIN EXACTLY AT 10:00 and end no later than 10:30 AM.  Register in advance for this meeting at

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrduCvrjgjHtAX4Uw035nv60tQ1fC2cyEI or through the St. Brigid website.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRAYING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN (up to sixth grade)

In the “I Am with You Always” series, a child proclaims a short scripture verse.  This is followed by a reflection on how the scripture verse relates to children’s life experience.  The video (7-8 minutes) is supported with images and music and concludes with a brief period of quiet, peaceful prayer.  July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7.  Each session is independent so come to as many as you can.

  • Respect for All
  • Life in the Full
  • Precious to God
  • In God’s Hands
  • Our Generous God
  • God Who Journeys with Us
  • God’s Comfort and Protection
  • Finding God in the Stillness
  • God’s Endless Love
  • Trust in God

Please be on time because we WILL BEGIN EXACTLY at 6:00 PM and close no later than 6:30 PM.  This will be through ZOOM.  Great way of parents and grandparents to pray with young children) Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrce6przIvH9bvlSAOIiLgoL09Os4TKDS4  or through the St. Brigid website.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRAYING WITH ADULTS

This video series is a visual and audio presentation of “I Am with You Always”, written by Monica Brown.  The format consists of a brief scripture quotation, a short reflection supported by photographic images, followed by a guided meditation with periods of silence and music.  Each session independent of the other, so join in as your schedule allows. Please be on time because we WILL BEGIN EXACTLY at 7:00 PM and close no later than 7:30 PM.  Session dates are July 6, 13,20,27, and August 3,10,17,24,31 and Sept. 7. Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYof-isqDkrGNwMTdZRqNiegrX5ZDnDgZLE or through the St. Brigid website.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • God Who Journeys with Us
  • Rest in God
  • God’s Endless Love
  • Do Not Be Afraid
  • Steady My Spirit, O God
  • The Crushed Reed
  • If Only You Knew
  • Our Generous God
  • Trust in God
  • Love One Another

Once you register on the SBK website,  you will receive the ZOOM information you need. – Sister Teresa

 

Virtual Prayer Service: PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

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Virtual Prayer Service: PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

When: Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00pm

Where: in the privacy of your own home / prayer space

How: Virtual Zoom Call (details below)

Hosted By: Katherine Florian and Sister Teresa

Why: We continue to have many pandemics spreading across our country. The coronavirus pandemic, the pandemic of economic loss, the pandemic of racism, and the pandemic of violence. Faith communities across the country are opening their buildings trying to find new ways to come together for common prayer and worship; peaceful protesters struggle to find new ways for the conversation to deepen and continue; businesses are trying to find new footing; parents are trying to figure out next steps in the education and care for their children, living with all of this – we find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty. We long for breathing space; we long for a little bit of peace. Please join Katherine Florian and Sister Teresa in praying for peace in these uncertain times. On Wednesday Evening, June 17 at 7:00 PM we will turn as a faith community to remind each other that in these times of deep lament, God is in our midst. If you have a candle please plan to have it available as we will light the candle during the prayer. There will be quiet prayer, common prayer and music. This will last about 30-45 minutes.

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Password: BRIGID

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Update on St. Brigid of Kildare Church’s Reopening

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We are excited to announce that St. Brigid of Kildare Church will begin public weekend masses on Saturday, June 27th at 5pm and Sunday, June 28th at 9:30am with a limited number of attendees. The live-streaming of our weekend masses will continue for those not comfortable or not able to come to church. Please watch this video message from Monsignor Hendricks detailing these plans.

As part of our commitment to staying connected to our parishioners, Katherine Florian and Sister Teresa will be holding a virtual prayer service entitled “Prayer for Peace in Uncertain Time” on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00pm.  More information can be found at this link.

 

What to Expect When We Gather for Public Worship

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Dear Parishioners,

We expect that we will begin public weekday/weekend Masses in mid-June with a limited number of attendees. This date is contingent on the arrival of permanent pieces of technology, so that we can have public Mass while still continuing live-streaming for those not comfortable or not able to come to church.

Please watch the video entitled “Welcome Back! What to Expect When We Gather for Public Worship” detailing these plans.

Video Summary:

  • We will continue to livestream the weekend mass.
  • Our mass schedule will be Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:30am.
  • You will enter the church using specific doors. The video details the entrance doors and procedures.
  • We will be seating every third pew.
  • The mass will be very similar in length and style to what you have been watching during our livestream masses.
  • Keep your face mask on for the duration of the liturgy. 
  • Communion will be offered after the final blessing. The video details how to receive Holy Communion.
  • You will exit the church immediately following communion using specific doors. The video details the exit doors and procedures.
  • To view the map of our church detailing the seating and flow chart click here.

Church Reopening Updates & Survey Results

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Click here to watch Monsignor Hendrick’s video message about this announcement.

Thank you to the over 800 families who took our survey last week. Below we are sharing the results of the survey. In addition, your many comments are all being considered and are greatly helpful as we work to plan the safest policies for reopening.

Today we have a few announcements in regards to reopening plans. Please also watch the video above from Monsignor Hendricks detailing these plans. Below is a summary:

The church will open for private prayer beginning Monday, June 1. The church will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-9 AM. If you come to church for private prayer, please follow these guidelines:

  • If you are considered “high risk” by the CDC, due to age or medical condition, please refrain from coming to the church.
  • Please enter using the double doors on the west side of the church, or the glass doors on the southwest or southeast side. These doors will be propped open.
  • There will be hand sanitizer pumps on the walls inside each of the entrances. Please make use of these as you enter the church.
  • Please bring your own mask or cloth face covering and wear them the entire time you are in the church. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.
  • Private prayer will take place in the main church only. The chapel and cry room are not available due to social distancing and spacing requirements.
  • There will be greeters in the gathering area who can assist in answering any questions you may have, as well as direct you to available pews.
  • Pews will be visibly marked to indicate where individuals can sit, ensuring a social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • As we move forward, we hope to extend the period of private prayer; at the current time, we ask you to respect the one-hour time frame.
  • The church will be professionally cleaned and sanitized after each private prayer session.

The parish office will open with limited staff on June 1 as well. Office hours will be Monday-Thursdays 9 AM – 2 PM and Fridays 9 AM – Noon. As our parish office staff has been able to continue checking mail, voicemails and emails daily during the quarantine, having limited staff in the office will allow us to serve you in our more traditional way.

We have created thorough guidelines and policies regarding celebrating funerals, weddings, and baptisms at St. Brigid of Kildare. Please click here to read those policies if this may impact you.

We expect that we will begin public weekday/weekend Masses in mid-June with a limited number of attendees. This date is contingent on the arrival of permanent pieces of technology, which include cables and cameras, so that we can have public Mass while still continuing live-streaming for those not comfortable or not able to come to church. We are working on preparing a video about what to expect when returning to church for Mass, including the many restrictions and precautions we will be taking.

Please remember that attending public prayer or any public gathering in this time will always involve risk to one’s self, as well as to others that you may come in contact with. Although we cannot guarantee a completely safe environment at St. Brigid, we have put these guidelines in place to mitigate risk as much as we are able.

The following rules apply to any person planning to enter any of our campus buildings.

Please ensure you self-monitor and strictly follow these policies before entering a building. The success of our reopening will critically depend on all of us following these rules:

  1. During the past week, have you had fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell?
  2. Have you been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

If so, please livestream Mass from your home!

Remember that Bishop Brennan has granted dispensation from attending Mass until September 13th.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Survey Results:

Church Reopening Preparations & Survey

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May 22, 2020

Please watch this video from Monsignor Hendricks regarding the current projects and preparations that are in progress as we work to ensure we provide the safest environment possible when our parishioners return to church.

In addition, we would like to invite all parishioners to take the following survey to help us in our preparations. Please complete by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Take Survey

Letter from Bishop Brennan on Return to Masses

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Click here to view a video message from Monsignor Hendricks from May 15, 2020 regarding the Bishop’s letter.

Dear Parishioners,

Please see the letter and Guidelines below from Bishop Brennan, released Friday, May 15, 2020, regarding the return to public Masses.

Please watch the video above from Monsignor Hendricks regarding specific information related to St. Brigid of Kildare’s re-opening planning.

Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Brennan

Guidelines for All the Faithful for The Return to Public Worship

Men and Two Nuns

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Many people today are asking the “meaning making” questions. We all want our lives to have meaning. We ask how does faith inform and shape our daily lives? How does our daily life enhance and strengthen our faith? How can our life feel less fragmented and
compartmentalized? These are the spiritual questions of life. They are the wisdom-seeking invitations stirring within the depths of our soul. These are the hungers that theological reflection can help feed. But what is Theological Reflection? How do we do it? Why do we do it? And what difference does it make?
Join Sr. Teresa and Sr. Joye along with no more than ten men to study, learn, practice and share theological reflection. Five Mondays of June (1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) at 7:00 PM via ZOOM.
Register Here no later than May 26th. After ten registrations names will go on a waiting list. – Sister Teresa