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Financial Peace University Live – Nov 20

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Have you been wondering what Financial Peace University is all about? Have you ever heard Dave Ramsey on the radio talking getting out of debt and living “like no one else”? Wanted to sign up for the 9-week course but just can’t commit to that kind of time? Well, you are in luck!

Dave Ramsey and his team are presenting a one-time only event that covers the baby steps that have led thousands of people out of debt and into financial peace and wealth. This scriptural-based program will transform your thinking about money and empower you to live the way you want to live. It is for everyone, young and old!

Sign up on the Parish website to join us in Hendricks Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:30 pm. It is free and refreshments will be provided.

If you prefer to watch at home with your family, visit Dave Ramsey’s website and sign up to host!

Use this link to register to attend for FREE.

Crucial Conversations: Tackling Anxiety

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Tackling Anxiety

Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30 PM
Hendricks Hall

Anxiety is skyrocketing. How can we help?

The numbers have been rising steadily; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%. The rate of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers has doubled over the past decade. What’s causing this rise and how did we get here?

Laura Lewis, Clinical Counselor and Assistant Director of the Suicide Prevention Program at The Ohio State University, will explain the recent rise of anxious kids, and will share tips to help your child manage and reduce anxiety.  The seminar will discuss common anxiety catalysts such as academic pressure and social media, as well as the positive impact of faith, family life and relationships. The evening will begin with prayerful meditation and will end with table talk and time for questions and answers.  This presentation is suitable for parents of children of all ages.

About Laura Lewis

Laura is currently the Assistant Director of the Suicide Prevention Program at The Ohio State University. She and her husband own and manage Veritas Counseling & Consultation, and she also serves as an independent mental health consultant. She worked as a church youth minister for over twelve years and has an extensive background in creating educational youth programs, as well as educating clergy, ministers, school staff and other professionals on how to work with and care for young people. Laura is a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselor
Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theology.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7-8:30 PM
Hendricks Hall


 

 

 

In Partnership with

This seminar came as a result of a SPiCE parent survey that asked what topics parents are most interested in learning more about.

 

Letter to a Suffering Church Book

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Brothers and sisters, I’m sure most of you are aware of the horrific sexual abuse crisis that has haunted our Church, especially in recent months. We all grieve the wicked ways that priests have abused children, seminarians, and other vulnerable people. With these scandals in mind, our parish has decided to share with you a new book by Bishop Robert Barron. The book is titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we’ve ordered a copy of the book for every family in the parish, and I think you’ll find it helpful and uplifting. Bishop Barron provides clear insight on the crisis and where we should go from here.

We will be distributing free copies of this book after all of the Masses on October 26-27, or stop by the parish office to claim your copy. We are also providing email and video reflections focusing on one chapter per week for five weeks written by Bishop Barron and his Word on Fire team. Reflections will be sent on Tuesdays from October 29 – November 26.

Know that we at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish care deeply about helping you navigate these stormy waters. God bless you!

Click here to sign up for book reflection emails.

Little Rock Scripture Study

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Little Rock Scripture Study

The Little Rock Scripture Study is starting. We get together on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm in the Carr Nursery room. We’ll be doing three studies this fall:

  • New Beginnings: October 1, 8 and 15
  • Sacred Scripture and the Mysteries of the Rosary: October 22 – November 19
  • The Infancy Narratives of Jesus:  November 26 – December 17

Consider joining one or all studies. We’d love to have you!

Questions? Please contact Teresa Salmeron 614-929-4413

Vows and the Religious Life, By Brian Vetter, C.S.C.

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Vows and the Religious Life
By Brian Vetter, C.S.C.

Brian Vetter, a St. Brigid of Kildare parishioner since 2009 and St. Charles alumnus, has just finished his novitiate year in Colorado Springs and professed his first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is now back at the University of Notre Dame studying for a four year Master of Divinity degree. Brian describes the novitiate year and his experience of discerning and living the vows below.

For the past year, from August 2018 to August 2019, I was living in Colorado Springs during my novitiate year, the official beginning of my religious life in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Simply put, the novitiate was a year for me and my eleven other classmates to live a monastic lifestyle-with a highly structured schedule, an abundance of time for prayer, and long periods of silence. As someone who has a difficult time keeping my mouth shut, enjoys large crowds, and thrives on interruptions and spontaneity, the novitiate was naturally a year that challenged me in many ways. I also had to give up my cell phone for the year, which as a millennial, can feel more unnatural than giving up oxygen. I had to learn how to write letters by hand, and, to my surprise, my friends wrote me back! While it seems strange and confusing that a highly apostolic, “in-the-world” religious order like Holy Cross would have a year like the novitiate as part of its formation program, it is a year that I know has been essential for me to give myself fully to the life and mission of Holy Cross. The novitiate provided a unique opportunity for me to examine more deeply how God is working in my life, to grow in prayer, and to enter more intentionally into the question of where God is calling me. Ultimately, I realized that whether times are good or bad, religious life in Holy Cross is the best way for me to become the most loving, joyful, authentic person that I can be. So finally, after a long year of prayer, routine, and silence, I decided to profess my first temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on August 3, 2019.

In professing religious vows, I am glad to be officially committed to living out the life that I have already been learning to live for the past two years. The most common but misleading description of the three religious vows usually focuses on the “no’s”: no to a wife and kids, no to keeping my paycheck, no to making my own decisions on where I will live and work. While factually true, defining the vows in this way does not come close to my experience of the vows as a source of life, love, and joy. Through poverty, I have learned how to be more generous. When I had my own Starbucks gift card for our road trip back to Notre Dame from the novitiate, rather than saving it for an extra couple of green tea lattes for myself, I used it to pay for my classmates’ drink orders, because in religious poverty we share resources in common. This is a small, every day example of how my vow of poverty reminds me that everything I have are gifts to allow me to give myself away more fully to God and to others.Through celibate chastity, I have experienced more love and fulfillment than I could have ever imagined. Many people assume that my life of celibate chastity is lonely, but that cannot be further from the truth. Currently, I live with about 60 Holy Cross community members, with whom I pray, eat meals, play sports, and have many thoughtful and thoughtless conversations. Many of my brothers in Holy Cross have seen me at my best and at my worst, and choose to love me through it all. This abundance of love in my life compels me to share that love fully with all the people I encounter in ministry, with the freedom and confidence that whatever trials and challenges I may face, I can always count on the love and support of my Holy Cross family. That is anything but lonely! Obedience has taught me that as much as I may think otherwise, God’s will is always more fulfilling than my own will. If I had followed my will in college, I can see now that the plans that I had for myself-medical school, marriage-while the best and most life-giving path to holiness for some, would not have led me towards becoming the best version of myself that God is calling me to be. This life as a religious in Holy Cross has been full of love and joy, and it is a life I am thankful for every day. I hope to continue to grow closer to God through these vows I am living, and to share the life and love I have received in these vows with everyone I encounter.

For more information on the Congregation of Holy Cross, please see https://www.holycrossusa.org

Financial Peace University – Fall 2019

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Imagine your life without financial stress; a place where you are in control of your destiny and where you can provide a legacy of financial security for those you love.  It is possible for anyone and everyone!  This 9-week course covers everything you need to know to make financial success and security a reality.  You’ll learn about saving, getting out of debt, saving for retirement and college, paying off your home, investing, insurance and living generously.  We promise you will learn a lot and feel empowered to make positive changes in your life.

The next 9-week session dates are:

Wk 1: Monday, September 30

Wk 2: Monday, October 7

Wk 3: Monday, October 14

Wk 4: Monday, October 21

Wk 5: Monday, October 28

Wk 6: Monday, November 4

Wk 7: Monday, November 11

Wk 8: Monday, November 18

Wk 9: Monday, November 25

There is a one-time activation fee of $69 (regular cost is $129.99!).

Classes will be held in the Carr Room in Hendricks Hall.

REGISTER HERE

Any questions, please contact Becky O’Connor at 614-761-3734 or at boconnor@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Diocesan Email Scam Continues

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There have been many attempts to use the good names of our bishops, priests, deacons, religious, teachers and others to falsely solicit unsuspecting persons for help, usually in the form of fake e-mails and fake text messages asking people to purchase gift cards for worthy causes.

The most recent scam is rather important because it involves using the names of the Holy Family Soup Kitchen, the Holy Family Food Pantry, and other charitable activities associated with our parish and diocese.

If you receive an email or text message soliciting gift cards (or saying “I need your help”) and claiming to be from a member of the clergy or our parish staff or even parishioners, please do not respond. Just notify our parish office of the message.

Thank you!

Wolfhound Adventures for Preschoolers – Registration Open

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Wolfhound Adventures: Preschool Lunch + Enrichment Program

Wolfhound Adventures are fun classes open to any preschool-aged child (3-5 years old). You do not have to be enrolled at St. Brigid Preschool to attend. Children must bring their own lunch which they will enjoy before the enrichment program begins. Children must be toilet-trained in order to attend.

Classes are $20 each, and take place from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (students eat lunch at 11:30, followed by the enrichment program)

To view a schedule of the September & October classes and to register, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.com/preschool/wolfhoundadventures

St. Brigid Parish and Prison Ministry

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“I was in prison and you came to visit me” Matthew Ch25: vs. 36

If you attend Mass at St. Brigid’s you’ve probably seen notices in the parish bulletin from time to time asking for “Cookies for Kairos.” “Kairos” is a Greek word meaning: “In God’s Time”

A Kairos weekend is an opportunity for incarcerated men and women to re-consider the choices they’ve made in life. The mission of the Kairos Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus, to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, and their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

A Kairos team is an ecumenical group of as many as 40 volunteers from all Christian denominations, every time there is a weekend retreat. Volunteers go through a process to form a working team to fulfill Christ’s call to action in the gospel of St. Matthew Chapter 25: Verse 36 cited above. A Kairos weekend incorporates a curriculum designed to build and encourage pro-social character and behavior.  Prison reform and unjust sentencing have been in the headlines recently. We spend over $60 billion each year to keep more than 2.1 million men and women incarcerated. About 650,000 of these men and women are released annually. Kairos is offered free at State and Federal Correctional Institutions. A participant once said: “It cost the government $1 million to keep me locked up and it took a $100 Kairos program to set me free”. As hearts are changed, inmates begin to take responsibility for their actions. A Kairos volunteer has a front row seat at a miracle that transforms lives and impacts our world.

 

Kairos at St. Brigid
The first member of St. Brigid’s who became involved with Kairos was Julie Glowacki. Julie served on the second Kairos weekend at the Marysville Women’s Correctional Institution in 1993.  Julie and her late husband Cliff attended an informational meeting on Kairos, for prospective volunteers as it was getting started in Ohio.  After attending that meeting, Julie decided that prison ministry was definitely not for her – she was fine with baking cookies for the weekend, but there was no way she was going inside a prison.  A few weeks later she received a phone call from the woman leading the weekend at Marysville asking her to join the team. To her amazement she said “yes”.  Father Enke (later Monsignor) the pastor at the time, allowed Julie to make a pulpit announcement about Kairos at the weekend Masses. She received mixed reactions from some parishioners who asked her why she was doing this because they were afraid that she would be around murderers and /or very bad people.

Kairos Cookies
Every Kairos weekend, members of the team engage their home church membership by asking for volunteers to bake chocolate chip cookies. Last fall, eight members of the Kairos team for the retreat at London Correctional Institute were from St. Brigid. Each man was asked to ask friends to bake and donate about 12 dozen chocolate chip cookies so we could have 1500 dozen cookies for EVERY man at the prison, and enough for all the Correctional Officers and staff. One of our parishioners created an electronic chain mail site soliciting volunteers to bake cookies. St. Brigid’s parishioners baked and donated 950 dozen of the 1500 dozen cookies needed that weekend.  The cookie baking ministry has taken off. Every time we ask for volunteers to help with this task we are touched by the generosity of children, families and members who bring the cookies in by the week they are needed and drop them off at Hendricks Hall in time for the weekend. (The next Kairos weekend at London is on October 31, November 1, 2 and 3 and we will need cookies again! Look for the request in the bulletin).

Other Ways to Get Involved with Kairos
Women who cannot be on teams at the men’s prison volunteer to cook all the fresh meals on the weekend. The men and women in prison look forward most enthusiastically to every fresh home cooked meal that weekend, after years of prison fare!  Kairos weekends are challenging.  Participants are selected from a very long waiting list by the Prison Chaplain and have to be approved by the warden. Many come in resistant and resentful, and the volunteers try to break through the walls by listening and offering non-judgmental love. However, the Holy Spirit is at work, and most of the residents have gone through an attitude change and buy into the weekend by the time it ends. As these participants return to their cell blocks, they talk about the weekend and influence others to attend. Please call Derek Coelho at 614-790-8988 if you’d like to consider volunteering for a Kairos team in the future, and want to learn more about it.

Kindway Program
The other organization that works with incarcerated women and men is “Kindway”- a non-profit organization with the mission of “Investing in the lives of those impacted by incarceration”. The “Kindway” program was started by Kairos volunteers who were concerned about the lack of a program to assist women and men, after they were released, with the transition from prison into the world. ‘Kindway’ leads program initiatives in two prisons, Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) and the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). EMBARK, the flagship program, is a Christ-centered, intensive re-entry ministry offered at MCI and ORW. Selected participants are engaged in weekly discipleship and character building programs offered by staff and volunteers designed to prepare them for successful re-entry. Services to those released continue in the community for one year after their release.  To date 123 men and women have been served through this ministry. Only three ‘Kindway’ / Embark participants have returned to prison due to a parole violation, two have re-offended, putting the recidivism rate at 4.1%. The recidivism rate for the State of Ohio is around 30%. Of those who have remained connected to the program for one year after they are released, the recidivism rate is 0%.

If you are interested in experiencing a day long visit to Marion you can contact Rich King at 614-506-8281.  Some of the participants you will hear from that day hope to be released at some future date, if they can get a Parole Board hearing and receive the Board’s approval. .

Many of St. Brigid’s Kairos and ‘Kindway’ volunteers also lead Sunday Services for men and women at various Correctional Institutions in the area and / or bring the men and women the Eucharist on weekends

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Please join us on Wednesday, October 2nd at 1:30 p.m.at Hendricks Hall, to hear from Frank, who was released from prison not too long ago, and hear his story: “Life Inside and Outside Prison Walls”.

Make It a Date!

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Make It a Date!
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, August 24, 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 18th Make It A Date! event.

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

Then join us for a panel discussion on marriage featuring Melanie and Joe Pizzino, and Fred and Susie Smith. The Pizzinos have been married for 8 years and are the parents of three children. The Smiths have been married for 25 years and have two daughters. Both couples have long been parishioners at St. Brigid.

Couples 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 August 22.

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