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Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times

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Crucial Conversations will be hosting an upcoming Zoom parenting workshop series called Surviving in Trying Times.

Anyone else feel like they are in survival mode these days? Do you ever have full, happy days where you forget the chaos of the outside (or inside) world? Either way, we are all in the thick of it and one thing that makes it tougher is trying to do it all alone. So, let’s not try to do it alone. In this series we will be inviting families to come together in a supportive learning environment in order to engage with one another and with practices that help us not just survive in trying times, but thrive. We all have the capacity to cultivate safer relationships with ourselves and others. The key is practice. And practicing within the context of community makes it that much sweeter.

Please join us via this Zoom link on the following dates:
Thursday, January 7, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 PM

Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting will be providing a series of parenting workshops via Zoom for our St. Brigid of Kildare community. Sarah recently worked with our St. Brigid of Kildare School teachers and staff to learn about trauma-informed care and how to apply empathy as it relates to our students’ lives and learning. Sarah’s trainings disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma and systems of oppression.

These workshops will include small group discussion and will build on each other (so it’s beneficial to attend them all, but not required).

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3174461533
Meeting ID: 317 446 1533

Christmas Mass Reservations

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CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

Reservation Notes:
  • Reservations are limited to groups of 6. If your immediate family has more than 6, make a reservation for 6 then contact the parish office at (614) 761-3734.
  • If you need to cancel or edit your reservation, you can do so in your confirmation email or by calling the parish office.
  • Masks are required to be worn in all parish buildings. Please do not come if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please remember the Octave Masses are held every day between Christmas and New Year, and do not require reservations to attend. There will be special Christmas music at all of these Masses. See below for the schedule.
  • Reservations are required to attend any Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day Mass. After making a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive another email with more details a few days prior to the Mass you are registered for.
  • Seats will be assigned in all buildings in order to accommodate the most people safely in the spaces. Check-in with a greeter upon arrival, who will seat your family when all members are present (no printed reservation is necessary). More details will be provided via email.
  • Reservations close December 18 at noon.

Christmas Mass Reservation Information

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Click here to view a video message from Monsignor Hendricks regarding Christmas Masses. 
Thank you for prayerfully considering your family’s plan for celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus during this difficult year. We had over 1,300 people complete the survey letting us know of their Christmas Mass intentions. While over 60% of respondents still plan to livestream the Mass from home, we had a very high number of people hoping to attend a Christmas Mass in-person.
When quantified:
  • 1,000 people want to attend the 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass
  • Nearly 500 want to attend the 9 PM Christmas Eve Mass
  • 270 want to attend the Christmas Day 9 AM Mass
  • 400 want to attend the Christmas Day 11 AM Mass
  • Over 300 want to attend the Jan 1 11 AM Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass
  • The Masses during the Octave of Christmas all had results of under 200 people
Given these numbers, plus accounting for the parishioners who did not take the survey, we will be requiring a reservation to attend a Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or January 1. 
To safely distance Mass attendees, our seating capacity guidelines allow for 240 people in the church. To accommodate as many as possible, we will also be livestreaming some of these Masses in Hendricks Hall and in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. These locations also require reservations. These locations will livestream the Mass from the church and Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass.
Mass reservations will be live on our website beginning Tuesday, December 1 at 9 AM. Reservations will close on Friday, December 18 at 12 noon. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the “Advent & Christmas” link in the top black bar. You will be able to select the location (church, Hendricks Hall or gymnasium) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.
As numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise dramatically in our state and county, we ask you to please make the safest choice for you and your family. We are gratified by the results that so many of you want to continue to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebrations. This year that may look a little different than our traditions from the past. Some ideas to consider include:
  • Attend a Mass with your family during the Octave of Christmas instead of on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The Liturgy gives the clues that every day within the Octave is treated the same as the original feast day of the Nativity of our Lord. St. Brigid of Kildare will be holding live Masses every day from Dec 26 – Dec 31 (see here for Mass times). Use this as the time to dress up with your family, and take a photo by our new outdoor Nativity scene. There will be live music from various instrumentalists at all of these Masses.
  • Livestream your preferred (or multiple) Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses from the safety of your home. Dress up to celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and visit the outdoor Nativity at the church during the day time (please distance from other families) to pray together at the Nativity of the Lord.
  • For people viewing the livestream Christmas Eve Masses, there will be special virtual performances by our Children’s Choir, Brigid’s Gael, Adult Choir, and Youth Ensemble. The 4 PM livestream-only Mass will feature a live cantor and instrumentalist, as well as 30 minutes of prelude Christmas carols with a sing-along program provided. Livestream viewers will also hear instrumentalists who will be present in the church for all Christmas Masses, including the Octave Masses.
We will be sending additional Christmas and Advent ideas for celebrations, traditions, virtual bible studies and prayer services in the coming weeks. Please look in your mail for a book from St. Brigid of Kildare with many ways to celebrate this season.
Thank you for your cooperation and care during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus in innumerable ways.

Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on three dates during Advent (Dec 7, 14, and 21), in addition to the normal Saturday time of 4-4:30 PM. Parishioners may also call to schedule an individual appointment.

 

To attend a Confession during one of these Advent dates, an online sign up is required prior to entering the church.  Names on the sign up will be hidden and not seen by the confessor priests, only by the greeters to check for reservations.

 

To sign up, click the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aca62fabff2-sacrament

 

COVID Safety Protocols:
In order to ensure the safety of our parishioners and clergy, the following COVID safety measures will be in place during these Advent individual confession times:

  • Masks must be worn
  • Upon entrance, a greeter will ensure you are signed up
  • Confessors will be distanced at least six feet from clergy
  • Confessors will be seated behind a plexiglass barrier
  • Temperatures will be taken upon entry into the church due to the larger volume of people and the closer proximity required for Confessions

Advent Upside Down

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“Sometimes the Beloved wants to hold us upside down and shake out all the nonsense” Hafiz

It certainly seems that we have been held upside down since March.  I don’t know if God has shaken out all the nonsense inside us yet,  but I do know that everything seems to be upside down.  This Advent, along with so many other things,  is very different from other Advents we have known.  Join me for Advent Prayer each week via ZOOM as we quietly pray our way towards Bethlehem.

ADVENT Upside Down             Thursday Evenings, 7:00 PM

                                                                             December 3, 10 & 17

Please click here to register and receive the ZOOM information you will need.   –Sister Teresa

Make It a Date! Strengthening Your Marriage During a Pandemic

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All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 20th Make it a Date virtual event! Please join us on Saturday, November 14th from 6:15 to 7:15 pm to hear parishioner Dr. Tim Luis, PhD, a clinical psychologist, share strategies to strengthen your marriage during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has brought a variety of stresses to our homes and marriages – from financial hardships and illness to more togetherness and remote schooling. Learn ways to address these challenging situations and how to make your marriage stronger. There will also be an opportunity to socialize with other couples.

Tim works with adults and families, helping them to create fulfilling lives. Tim and his wife Renee are parents to three young children and have been parishioners for 10 years.

Please RSVP to Ellen Little at ellen.little.187@gmail.com or 614-595-9628 by November 12th to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

This event is sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation.

Good Luck & Good Bye Fr. Ciccone

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We wish good-bye and good luck to Fr. Michael Ciccone, O.P., as he takes up his new assignment at the Dominican Friars’ parish of Sts. Philip and James in Baltimore, Maryland. Father has graciously assisted with Masses and Confessions at St. Brigid for the past few months before he had to depart for his new pastoral position. You may keep in touch with Fr. Ciccone and visit his live-streamed Sunday Mass at the parish website: https://philipandjames.org
Good luck Father!

Advent Pause for Prayer

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This is reflective prayer combining music and silence.  We will focus on the themes of Advent.  It lasts about 15 minutes.  ZOOM information

  • Meeting ID: 830 8325 1604
  • Passcode: PAUSE
  • No registration required.  – Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Monday evenings 7:00 PM

November 30 – December 21

Advent: A Time of Waiting

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the Spring of hope, it was the Winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”  The opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities written by Dickens in 1859 but could not fit our times more perfectly.  In the midst of this we enter into the liturgical season of Advent – a time for waiting.  Join us to take time to slow down and look at what we might learn in these uncertain times.

Please register at this link to receive the necessary ZOOM information. – Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM

December 1—December22