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APRIL 2024

Congratulations to our RCIA/OCIA Class of 2024!

This year at the Easter Vigil, we had 26 people receive their sacraments! There were nine adults and four adolescents who received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. We had another 13 people, baptized previously in different denominations, receive their First Eucharist and Confirmation after making a profession of faith.  

In addition, this year in RCIA/OCIA, we had another seven people who had been previously baptized Catholic, but had never been Confirmed. They received the sacrament of Confirmation on February 17, after participating in RCIA/OCIA throughout the year.  


Amanda Carroll

Robin Dade-Cooper

London Hamlin

Pam Hull

Matthew Jackson

Johnnie Marcum

Ansley Niley

Christine Schillinger

Madison Staiger

Jillian Greenwell

Bradyn Pagac

Landon Pagac

Madison Worby


Garrett Anderson

Lisl Bruns

Jill Collins

Matthew Comer

Sean Kennedy

Patrick Kinney

Jonda Lacy

Nicholas Lofton

Mark Lovensheimer

DeLinda McDaniel

Julia Niley

Kim Norris

Dan Worby


Jose Covarrubias

Vanessa Demeulenaere

Patricia Kelso

Jocelyn Owens

John Scott

Hannah Taylor

Barbara Thomas

Congratulations to all and welcome to St. Brigid! To learn more about RCIA/OCIA or sign up to get involved beginning next fall, click here.

Congratulations Confirmation Class of 2024

On Friday, April 12, 158 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Earl K. Fernandes at St. Brigid of Kildare.

Congratulations to these children for their dedication and commitment to their spiritual growth. We look forward to witnessing their continued journey of faith and service within our community.

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Dublin Food Pantry Collection

The Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) has been serving the Dublin community for 48 years. It shocks people to hear that there is food insecurity in such a vibrant, affluent community but the need is great. Since 2019, the pantry has seen a 232% increase in clients served. In 2023, the average number of clients served monthly was 3727. Each of the 4 days served, we are seeing many families who are making their first trip to a pantry.


St. Brigid has always been a strong supporter of the DFP through donations, service at the pantry both throughout the year and in our volunteer month of May. Let’s make this collection our largest to date!!


Before and after Masses on April 27-28, volunteers will be collecting your donations in Hendricks Hall for the pantry. If you are not available that weekend, please leave them in the collection closet located by the kitchen in the hall and our volunteers will deliver them to the pantry. If you can help collect around a Mass, please contact Geraldine at (609) 532-1986 or


Any donation will be appreciated but the urgent need is for the following items:


Jelly, oatmeal, soup, ramen, pancake mix (regular size) & syrup, can black beans, cereal, rice/potato side dishes, baby diapers & wipes, deodorant, toothpaste , individual toothbrushes


Thanks for your continued support of our fellow Dublin families. Let’s fill those bare shelves.

Upcoming Parish Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to get involved and help where you are most needed? Below is a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities within our parish where all are welcome!

(PGC compliance needed where noted. Contact John Denzel for PGC information)

  • Training for New Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist - May 14, 6:30-8 PM
  • Must be 18 and Confirmed.
  • Meet in the Gathering Area to sign in at 6:15 PM
  • To Register: Call the Parish office or watch for the bulletin announcement with the QR code
  • When I Was Hungry Food Collection/Delivery - Ongoing
  • Duties: Pick up donated food at local Kroger (M, W, F, Sa mornings) and deliver to St. Lawrence Haven or Jordan's Crossing. Frequency to fit your schedule. Training provided.
  • To Help: Contact Don Wisler at or 614-204-0168.
  • Sandwich Saturday - May 18 and June 15 at 9 AM, school cafeteria
  • Duties: Help assemble 1,000 bologna sandwiches to be distributed to soup kitchens in Columbus. No PGC or registration needed.
  • Sandwich Saturday at Home: Assemble items at home, drop off at Kroger on Hospital Dr. in Dublin on May 20 or June 17.
  • To Help: Sign up at link found at
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteers - June 17-21, 8:45 AM to Noon
  • Duties: Group leaders, station helpers. No teaching experience required. Must be PGC compliant
  • To Help: Contact Rel. Ed. office at 614-761-1176 if interested.

If you have parish volunteer needs you’d like added to this list, contact Allie Wing at

New Chairs in Hendricks Hall

We are happy to announce we have replaced all the chairs in Hendricks Hall after our previous chairs gave us many years of great usage. Our old chairs have been donated and relocated. Please take care when using these new chairs.

New Eucharistic Minister Training - May 14

Come share your talents during Mass!


A training session for new Eucharistic Ministers will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 PM in the Church. 


EMEs must be 18+ and Confirmed. Meet in the gathering area at 6:15 PM to sign in.


REGISTER using the link below (or find the link at click "Sign Ups").


* If you would like to be a minister for the Sick and Homebound, you must first be a Eucharistic Minister.


Altar Server Training - May 5

All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses. 

Is the Lord calling upon you to serve? Answer the Lord’s call by becoming an Altar Server! St. Brigid of Kildare is encouraging all those rising fifth graders and above to consider becoming an Altar Server.  

Our next training session for Altar Servers is Sunday, May 5th in the Church from 12 :30 pm until 1:30 pm. Please register by May 3rd at the link below (or find the link at click "Sign Ups").

For more information please contact Joe Feehan at


Announcing St. Brigid's New Soccer Program!


Soccer is starting at St. Brigid to provide a fun environment for our students to play soccer together.   The intention of this program is to allow students to play soccer with St. Brigid children over the summer while playing on other soccer teams, summer sports, and fall sports. The St. Brigid soccer program will encourage summer vacation and other family summer activities as we stick to our mission.

  • For incoming 4th-8th Graders, games will run July 22nd through August 25th.  Teams may choose to have practices starting July 1st 
  • For little wolfhounds (incoming 1st through 3rd graders), we currently plan on hosting 2 weekend day 3v3 tournaments to get our youngest soccer players the opportunity to play with St. Brigid friends.

Signup on Doodlio or refer to the Summer/Fall Sports sign up included below. 

We are currently looking for coaches and help with commissioner duties as we get this program up and running this summer. 

If you are interested in coaching, helping with commissioner duties or if you have any questions, please reach out to Allison Heacock at or 614-519-2138. 

SBAA Fall Sports Registration - Now Open!

St Brigid Athletic Association is happy to announce Fall Sports Registration is now open.  Please note strict deadlines for registration, there will be no extension of registration dates - so please register as soon as possible - some registration dates are sooner than normal due to new season start dates, new sports, and attempts to have teams formed on time and be able to have enough coaches. Please note - if you register by May 1, an Early Bird 10% discount will be applied on your registration fees.

New this year will be an attempt to have dedicated St. Brigid Soccer teams to participate in the diocese CYO program - notice the season starts in the summer so that it could be a sport that you also play while doing other fall sports very easily.  If you have specific questions about soccer, please reach out to Commissioner Allison Heacock or AD Bill Baumel asap.

Also new this year, the diocese CYO is offering Flag Football for grades 1-4, so please look into this option for those incoming 1st-4th graders for the fall.

We are also in search of a new Volleyball Commissioner - without finding one we may not be able to offer Volleyball in the fall.  We have been searching through existing coaches and parents, but we haven't found someone yet to take over this role.  Please reach out to if you would be interested in giving back to the St. Brigid Volleyball program.  

If you have any questions about a specific sport, please reach out to each respective commissioner/ contact.  If you have any problems with registrations, please reach out to for any registration problems.

Learn about all the fall sports and registration information at the link below.

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Reverend Brian Vetter's Ordination 

Reverend Brian Vetter, C.S.C., was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday April 6, 2024.  Brian is a St. Brigid of Kildare parishioner and St. Charles alumnus, and the son of Patty and John Vetter, founding members of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.

Brian had his First Mass at Saint Adalbert Parish in South Bend on Sunday April 7, 2024. Deacon Paul Zemanek was blessed to be the deacon at Brian's First Mass.

Brian is scheduled to preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Brigid of Kildare at 9 AM on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Sandwich Saturday - April 20

At Sandwich Saturday 1000 bologna sandwiches are made to support various food pantries in downtown Columbus. This is a great way to start off your weekend with an act of service and it only takes 30 minutes! It is perfect for all ages (including those in need of service hours) and no registration is needed.

The sandwich making starts promptly at 9:00 am in the school cafeteria so come a little early to get settled. We also accept donations of individually packaged snacks. Sandwich Saturday is a project of the Social Action committee.

If you can't make it in person, you can also sign up to contribute through Sandwich Saturday at Home at the link below.

Sandwich Saturday at Home Sign Up

Catholic Family Life Retreat

Attend a free virtual couples retreat to encounter practical ways to turn your house into a holy home.

April 29 & 30, 2024; 8 - 10 EST

Learn more or register here.

Eucharistic Adoration May 3

You are invited to adore Jesus, as modeled by Mary, on Friday, May 3rd for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration following the 9:00AM Mass and concluding at 4:00PM with Benediction.

“Jesus has left us His Divine Mother to be the Mother and Model of Adorers … It was Mary who first adored the Incarnate Word.” - St. Peter Julian Eymard

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Pray for Us (Feast Day: May 13)

Mary invites us to follow her example and adore her son during Eucharistic Adoration. All are welcome, including families with children. If you wish to sign up for an hour, please visit this link or email Shelly Cocumelli at

Make It A Date - April 20

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid's 29th Make It a Date!

Father Black will be the featured speaker.

There will be light appetizers and a chance to catch up with old and new friends.

At the conclusion of the event,couples leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to talk about the evening and how it relates to their own relationships.

Please RSVP to Jessica Freiburger at or 614-282-5095 by April 18.

Safe Haven Sunday

Last weekend our Diocese and Bishop Fernandes celebrated Safe Haven Sunday as we learned how to best equip our homes for online purity.

In a constantly connected digital world, Safe Haven Sunday helps you start the conversation on how to help your family live porn-free.

This year is supported by a step-by-step guide called Confident, outlining how to have those critical conversations with your children and family.


Porn is more accessible today than in any other period; exposure to it at a young age can cause a lifetime of struggle.

Confident will help us learn:

1. How porn impacts children

2. The stages of porn use

3. How to talk about it

4. And much more!

Learn how to download your free resource, Confident, here:

Religious Education Family of Faith

April has been a very busy and joyous month for Religious Education! Much of the month our staff was working hard to get everything ready for Sacrament of Confirmation for our 8th graders. On Friday, April 12th, 158 Confirmand were Anointed with Sacred Chrism as they received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was a truly special and blessed event!

On April 15th Faith inFormation resumed classes after Easter break with Small Group Lessons. By understanding the Road to Emmaus story, our K-4 students learned that Jesus never leaves us; we are never alone. Our 5-8 students started the series "ALTARATION: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed" with Session 1. This series is specifically designed with teens in mind to help them understand and grow their appreciation for the awesome beauty and mystery of the Mass - one of the cornerstones of our faith. 

We are very excited to celebrate Earth Day with our families this Monday, April 22nd. Together we will learn about caring for the Earth, as a part of God's Creation. We look forward to gathering with our families for our last Service Event of the year!

Registration for Religious Education for the 2024-25 school year will open at 10 AM on Wednesday, May 1.

To learn more about Religious Education and to register, visit the webpage here.

Scam Emails & Texts

Unfortunately there have continued to be fraudulent emails and recently text messages sent from someone claiming to be Father Black asking for gift cards. 

Please know that Father Black (or any clergy or staff members) will never contact you personally asking for gift cards or favors. If you receive a request like this do not engage and contact the parish if you are ever unsure if a communication is real. 

St. Charles Drama

St. Charles Drama Department presenting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time


The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its spring production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, May 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre, 2010 E. Broad St. Adult tickets are $15, students, $10. Reservations may be placed by visiting the St. Charles website homepage at – Buy Tickets button. Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play,’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.  

CREW: Sign Up for Volunteer Opportunities

CREW (which stands for Catholics Ready, Eager and Willing) is a parish group providing low-commitment volunteer opportunities. 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!

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HS Senior Celebration - May 5

The St. Brigid high school senior celebration will take place on May 5 at 11 AM mass followed by a reception in Hendricks Hall.

BWHS & St. Charles Summer Camps

Registration is now open for summer camps! Bishop Watterson High School and St. Charles are hosting a variety of summer camps, including academics, athletics, art, theatre, robotics and more, ranging for children in incoming grades 2-9. Click the links below to learn more.

Play House Project Faith Blitz Build

Calling all 8th-12th grade students! 

Join us for a day of service by volunteering for the St. Brigid Faith Blitz Build Team and support Habitat for Humanity in the process!


Saturday, June 29 (all day) at One Church in Gahanna


The Playhouse Project is a unique opportunity that allows Habitat for Humanity MidOhio to partner with sponsors (like us!) to build a playhouse for a local family, providing children with a safe place to play and imagine what home means to them!

We design the playhouse (paint colors, accessories, etc.) based on the interests of the child/ family assigned to us. We build the playhouse from a kit provided by Habitat for Humanity. There is no building experience necessary to participate.

This year, we will be participating in the Habitat for Humanity Faith Blitz, where Christians from all over Columbus will gather in one location on one day to build and design up to 10 playhouses!

Photos from last year's build: Playhouse Project Faith Blitz Photo Album


All current 8th-12th grade students (must be 14 years or older by June 29). 

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Requirements to Volunteer with Our Children

If you are 18 years or older and interested in volunteering with youth activities at SBK, attending PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN is required before you can volunteer. Register under the Columbus Diocese at


Upcoming Virtus Protecting God's Children (PGC) session: 

6/11/2024 St Brigid of Kildare, Hendricks Hall 6pm

All volunteers with our children and youth must complete PGC, a St. Brigid volunteer application, submit the signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, registration with and complete a criminal background check prior to volunteering.

Full details and forms can be found at 

Plastic Lid Collection Complete

Thank you to the many recyclers who contributed to our plastic lid recycling program! We have now completed that program and are no longer able to accept plastic lids.

Celebrating the Sacraments

Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.



Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • Madeline Elizabeth Dilley
  • Lucas Anthony Lewellyn
  • Gianna Grace Lombardi
  • Jace Michael Lombardi
  • Briar Leigh McTighe
  • Isla Grace Schultz
  • Our new members who went through the RCIA/OCIA process, listed above


Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

  • No weddings since last issue
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Deaths of Parishioners

The following parishioners' funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare since the last issue. Please remember them and their families in prayer.

  • Thomas J. Cassidy
  • Barbara “Bobbie” Cannizzaro
  • Joseph John Codispoti
  • James Leo Ehret
  • Lorie Marie Harrell
  • Susan Dolores Keiser
  • Ronald Kendzior
  • John Frank Kozlowski
  • Patrick William Sheridan
  • Jackie Slater
  • Joanne Imwalle Sullivan
  • Jonathan Thomas Waller

News from & around the Diocese of Columbus

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

All are invited to join Bishop Earl K. Fernandes, the faithful from the Diocese of Columbus, and the pilgrims from The National Eucharistic Revival for a weeklong Eucharistic procession from June 24th to 30th through the Diocese of Columbus, while on pilgrimage to the National Eucharistic Congress. Stops along the way will be; St. Joseph, Somerset; St. Francis de Sales, Newark; Seton Parish, Pickerington; Christ the King, Columbus; St. Charles Preparatory School, Columbus; St. Paul the Apostle, Westerville; St. Joseph Cathedral. Columbus.


To register for these joyous events visit

Hard as Nails: Come and See Retreat May 10-12, 2024

Are you considering becoming a missionary? Then YOU have been invited to Come and See how we do it here at Hard as Nails! At this retreat, you will get a taste of our charism and a glimpse of what we do through prayer experiences, talks, team activities, lots of fun, and so much more! The retreat is held at our missionaries' home base (Ss. Peter & Paul Retreat Center).

More information can be found HERE.

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