Parish Life Ministries
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is a vibrant community where we minister to each other by reaching out to serve each other’s needs, sharing our common journey together and celebrating the gifts we have to offer one another.
Below are the ministries under the Parish Life category. Find the committee contact on our Volunteer page.
55 Plus Club
All adults over 55, married or single, are invited to join this group. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. Speakers discuss topics related to the educational, spiritual, physical, social and psychological health of seniors. Refreshments and socializing follow each monthly meeting. Local tours are planned throughout the year (examples: Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Zoo, casino trips, Picnic with the Pops, various Ohio museums and attractions, and local theatrical productions). In addition, an annual potluck picnic is held at Glacier Ridge Park.
There are also men’s breakfasts, women’s brunches, and dinners at local restaurants. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., we host a game day with a variety of card and other games in Hendricks Hall. Many members also volunteer in other ministries. The group has First Friday Adoration in the chapel from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. An annual out-of-town trip may be scheduled with an overnight stay. There is a Christmas party at a country club and funds are donated to an unidentified needy family in our parish chosen by our Pastor. Members also pay no dues! Contact Derek Coelho, membership chair, at (614) 790-8988.
Athletic Association (SBAA)
Under the guidelines of the Diocesan Recreation Program, St. Brigid of Kildare offers fourth through eighth graders of registered parish families an opportunity to participate in athletics. Teams from St. Brigid play other Diocesan teams. The main goal is to build confidence in our youth while teaching the fundamentals of a sport. All children who participate are guaranteed to play. The seventh and eighth grades are the only teams divided into competitive and developmental leagues. All coaches, administration, concession crew, equipment and facility maintenance crews are volunteers. Adults (18 or older) who love sports and enjoy working with children are encouraged to volunteer. Head coaches are required to take a diocesan course called Play Like a Champion, and parents will be required to take a diocesan course called Parent Like a Champion. For more information, visit the SBAA website at gowolfhounds.com.
CREW (Catholics Ready, Eager and Willing)
Throughout the year, there are many times that we could use your hands to help make a difference here at St. Brigid of Kildare. This is not a committee with members and monthly meetings. This is not a year-round commitment. CREW is just a list of parishioners who are ready, eager and willing to help around our campus and during special events.
Sign-up today to receive all the CREW requests via email but only commit to those that appeal to you and fit in your schedule! You’ll meet new people, feel connected to our parish family and be the first to know that we aren’t too shy to ask for help! For more information, visit our CREW webpage.
Family First is a ministry of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish that seeks to empower parents in their roles as leaders in the home/domestic church. Family First offers insight into all stages of child development and Catholic parenting as well as marriage enrichment. We support the faithful living out of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony as well and seek to encourage families to recognize family life as a true ministry.
Family First currently offers: “Mom to Mom,” a weekly Catholic parenting discussion group, “Make it a Date,” an opportunity to socialize with other married couples after the Saturday evening Mass, to focus on a marriage topic then leave on a date with your spouse to discuss the evening’s topic, “Advent By Candlelight,” an evening for women of the parish to prepare their hearts and minds for Advent, family volunteer opportunities, family enrichment workshops, and links on the parish website of recommended parenting resources.
For more information, visit the Family First webpage.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 as a fraternal benefit society for the purpose of uniting men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members. Since then, the Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 15,000 councils and 1.9 million members worldwide. The St. Brigid Council was formed in 1992 and now has over 200 members contributing to the many projects we do for our parish and community. The Knights of Columbus offer a year-round opportunity to serve and become engaged at St. Brigid with events that support church, community, family, youth and fraternal life at our parish. Some major events include the Father-Daughter Dance, Measure Up Campaign to support the Northwest Special Olympics and OSU Nisonger Center, Sunday Social Knights’ Pancake Breakfasts, K of C Free Throw Championship, support for the High School Youth program, parish Easter Egg Hunt, Council Family Picnic, Annual Golf Outing to support the Knight’s Memorial Scholarship, Roses for Mothers at baptisms, volunteer at the Dublin Food Pantry, Thanksgiving meal delivery, support for scouting, and many more. We are always looking for new members as well as new opportunities to support our parish. Membership in the Knights is open to practicing Catholic men age 18 and over. If interested in becoming a member or if you know of a ministry that could use the Knights support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Spirituality Group
Men’s Spirituality Group’s purpose is to awaken, renew and grow the Catholic Spirituality of St. Brigid men. This includes the Annual Retreat, Coffee & Prayer (first and third Saturday of each month) and other Catholic faith opportunities for men of our parish. This group is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, but membership in the Knights is not required for participation in the Men’s Spirituality Group. To get involved, contact Matt Sparks at email@example.com.
Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee was the first established committee of the parish and is the avenue by which our parish has helped those in need in our community and the world. Their mission is to coordinate programs and donations for alleviating human suffering and outreach targeting to the needy in the parish community, the Dublin area and Greater Columbus area. They do not conduct fundraisers on their own behalf as they are fully supported by parish funding. 100% of all money and donations collected are distributed to the recipients of the charitable projects. General meetings are held every other month and parishioners are welcomed and encouraged to attend (watch the weekly bulletin for dates). Our goal is to provide service opportunities to parish families and we welcome your input. We currently conduct over 20 projects per year, with volunteer commitments ranging from weekly to once/year. Specific project and contact information is located in the Parish Committee Contact Listing, found in the back of this guide. Volunteer opportunities are also included in the weekly bulletin.
The Social Action committee needs parishioner assistance with projects as well as project chairs. Most projects are completed in one weekend. The following is a partial list of some of our activities:
- Red Cross Blood Drive
- Giving Trees
- Project Magi
- School Supplies
- Habitat for Humanity
- Respect Life Baby Shower
- Sandwich Saturday
- Meals on Wheels
- Charitable Collection Drives (Some of these include the weekly assistance at the Dublin Food Pantry, Halloween Candy Collection, Holiday Food Collection, Ash Wednesday Food Collection, Rice Bowl Collection, Easter Basket Collection and Holy Casseroles.
This group of volunteers offer support to parish families who are experiencing illness or injuries. In addition, they help those who have had a baby to celebrate the arrival. They provide home cooked dinners and can be available for other services as needed. If you or someone you know would benefit from this service, please contact Alli Close at 614-2649999 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the parish office.
That Man is You!
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.
Volunteer Appreciation Committee
The parish celebrates and thanks those adult volunteers who volunteer at St. Brigid with a casual evening of food, fun and dancing. All who give of their time and talent are invited to come. Volunteers are needed to plan and put on this fun event. To volunteer, please contact the parish office at 614-761-3734.
Young Adult Ministry
Young Adult Ministry, typically for young adults ages 19-35, will meet throughout the year for faith formation studies, service opportunities, and social gatherings. To be added to our Young Adult Ministry email list, contact Laura Ginikos at email@example.com. Keep checking the bulletin for upcoming formation series and social gatherings!
To learn more, visit the Young Adult Ministry webpage here.