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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

School Supply Drive for Catholic Schools

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Mark your calendar for this year’s school supply drive!

The annual school collection sponsored by the Social Action Committee benefits parochial schools in the Columbus Diocese. All items will be distributed to those in need by Catholic Social Services. Please remember this drive as you make your own back-to-school purchases this year. Place your donations in the Collection Closet of Hendricks Hall before or after Mass on August 17th  and 18th.

SBAA Needs Dublin Irish Festival Volunteers

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The St. Brigid Athletic Association needs your support in volunteering at the Dublin Irish Festival, their only fundraising event.
Saturday, August 3rd – the SBAA will be working the Celtic Rock beer truck, and each SBAA volunteer receives 1 pass to festival (good for Saturday only) and a super cool SBAA/Irish Festival t-shirt!

Get all of the details at https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541554&mid=2580291&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=298023&ctl=newsdetail

Summer Salt for the Soul

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Summer Salt for the Soul
     … to flavor     … to season      … to preserve

We offer many things during the year to enhance, strengthen and expand our understanding of faith.  These are usually done as a series of 5 to six weeks.  Many people cannot commit themselves to a series.  So, over the summer there will be four one-night offerings and two morning offerings.  Hope you will be able to avail yourselves of one or all.  The offerings will be: Prayer Beads (June 4 – evening 7:00 PM), Abrahamic Religions June 11 – 7:00 PM).  Names and images for God (July 23 – 9:30 AM or 7:00 PM); Paul’s Letter to Philemon (July 30 – 9:30 AM or 7:00 PM) and Experience at the Border (August 7 at 7:00 PM).  Watch the bulletin for more details as the date approaches.  No registration will be required – just come and add a bit of flavor to your summer. –Sister Teresa

PRAYER BEADS

Prayer beads are used by members of various religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and the Bahá’í Faith to mark the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions. The beads most precious to us are called rosary beads. Come and learn about the prayer beads in other religious traditions with a focus on the rosary in Catholicism.  JUNE 4.  7-8:15 PM Hendricks Hall (Carr Room).

 

ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS

The Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  During this session we will learn how that came to be.  It would be helpful, if you brought your Bible.  JUNE 11.  7-8:15 PM Hendricks Hall (Carr Room).

 

NAMES AND IMAGES OF GOD

We call God by many names: Father, Creator, Savior, Almighty for example but there are hundreds of names for God.  We also have many images that we use for God: Protector, Savior, Judge.  During this session we will explore these and the implications of the names and images we use.  This will be offered July 23 at 9:30 AM (after 9 o’clock Mass until 11 AM OR July 23 7:00 – 8:30 PM Hendricks Hall (Berry Room).

 

PAUL’S LETTER TO PHILEMON

Just a short letter written by Paul and Timothy, while Paul was in prison.  Come and learn about Philemon and Onesimus as well as the underlying message of the letter.  This little letter contains some very important lessons for us today.

This will be offered July 30 at 9:30 AM (after 9 o’clock Mass until 11 AM OR July 30 7:00 – 8:30 PM Hendricks Hall (Berry Room).

 

EXPERIENCE AT THE BORDER

We have heard many stories about what is happening at our southern borders.  Sometimes we forget that we are talking about real people: men, women, mothers, fathers, children.  You are invited to come and listen to Sr. Barbara Kane, OP and Sr. Joye Gros, OP share their experience of living and working with people at the border in El Paso, Texas. August 7, 2019. 7:00PM in Hendricks Hall: Berry Room.

 

Contact Sister Teresa Tuite with questions at ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Fall Athletic Registration Open

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The St. Brigid Athletic Association is excited to open up registration for the fall athletic activities.  The below activities are based on your child’s grade level in the fall, and all activities are open up to any registered student of St. Brigid School, St. Brigid Religious Education, or child of registered parishioner.

Registration will start on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 AM and run through the end of the summer – see specific end dates on each sport.
Football
  • Tackle Football : 5th – 8th grade boys – season starts with practices 1st week of August and runs through end of October.   Costs : $160
  • Flag Football : 4th grade boys – season starts with practices in August and runs through end of October.   Costs : $160
  • Summer Mini-Camps : 4th – 8th grade boys – Saturday mornings during the summer.  Costs : Free (must register online)
  • Lil’ Hounds : 2nd & 3rd grade boys – 6 weeks of football fundamentals – September & October.   Costs : $75
  • View all Football Program Details and Register (including local summer football camps)
Volleyball
  • Girls Volleyball: 4th – 8th grade girls – season starts with practices 1st week of August and runs through end of October.   Costs : $160
  • Lil’ Hounds : 2nd & 3rd grade girls – 4 weeks of volleyball fundamentals – August.   Costs : $75
  • View all Volleyball Program Details and Register
Cross Country
Golf
  • Boys and Girls Golf : 6th – 8th grade girls & boys – season starts with practices 1st week of August and runs through October.   Costs : $10-20 per match (approx. 12 matches) – no registration fee.
  • View all Golf Program Details and Register
Tennis

Music Ministry Concert – May 19

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How Can I Keep from Singing?

Sunday, May 19 at 4 PM in the church

Join us as the St. Brigid of Kildare Music Ministry presents How Can I Keep from Singing?, a concert of sacred music. Our choirs will perform music from across the liturgical year.  Please join us as we showcase our over 100 gifted musicians and experience what great talent we have at St. Brigid! Each group will be performing a few of their favorite pieces, as well as a finale that combines all of our accomplished musicians and instrumentalists.

Participating choirs include:

  • St. Brigid Adult Choir
  • Children’s Choir
  • Youth Ensemble
  • Brigid’s Gael

All are invited to attend this free concert.

 

Parish Clean Up Day – April 27

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PARISH CLEANUP DAY

Please bring your work gloves, shovels, gardening hand tools and your best friend and join us on Saturday, April 27 for our parish clean up day!  We will be cleaning out garden beds and removing overgrown bushes and grasses.  We plan to work from 9:00-noon and will meet in Hendricks Hall to assign teams. Let us know you are able to come by signing up below. Many hands make light work!

 

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0444a5a62fa2f58-parish1