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CATHOLIC TIMES SUBSCRIPTIONS

This year The Catholic Times is changing the process for the renewal of the Subscription. The Catholic Times will be renewed directly through the Diocese, instead of through St Brendan Church.
You can send a check for $17 payable to Diocese of Columbus – Catholic Times to their office, 197 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215 or pay by credit card by going to the Diocese website at columbuscatholic.org/catholictimes and scroll down on LEFT hand side of menu, click subscription payments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dina Harder at the Parish Office, 614.876.1272, ext. 235.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 3 PM  •  Confessions: 3-4 PM


ADULT BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING APRIL 7, 2021

Join us (virtually) every Wednesday, April 7 – June 9, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM for “Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life” offered by Ascension Press. We will start out meeting online and may try to move to an outdoor bible study gathering if possible when the weather gets warmer (location to be determined). To join, please contact Becky Fusco at Beckyfusco@yahoo.com. Course materials and access to the videos can be purchased for $30 by going to the Ascension Press website or by clicking here.

VBS UPDATE – (No VBS in 2021)

Due to a variety of factors, our team has determined that having onsite VBS this June will not be possible. We will keep you updated on some fun family opportunities throughout the summer to connect with St Brendan!

 


WE ARE UPDATING OUR FLOCKNOTE GROUPS!

Currently, we send Weekly Flocknotes, Words of Encouragement, Sunday Liturgy Aids, and Parish Information, and Announcements to everyone registered with any St Brendan Flocknote group.
This week, we will be creating unique groups for specific types of communication, we will auto-add everyone currently subscribed to these groups. But, you will have the option to personalize which groups you remain in and make sure you are receiving the information that is important and pertinent to you, without overwhelming your inbox!  Moving forward, we will only use the “Everyone” feature to communicate urgent matters.

ST BRENDAN SCHOOL AUCTION IS GOING VIRTUAL!

The 2021 auction, Silver Lining, will be live-streamed on April 24. Since we are unable to have the “giving tree” in the church gathering space this year, we are asking for your help by donating gift cards through our SignUp Genius. You can click HERE to view the list and sign up. Donations can be returned to the parish office before March 15. Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity! If you have any questions, please contact Shawnda Vega at shawndavega@hotmail.com
You will need to register on the Givesmart website to place bids, purchase items, donate, or participate in the event through Zoom. Use THIS LINK or text STB2021 to 76278 to get registered. You will need to put a credit card on file to bid or purchase. Before bidding, please keep in mind that ALL items purchased in both the silent and live auction will need to be picked up on Sunday, April 25. This will be a drive-by pick-up behind the school based on last name – more information will follow.
Get Air trampoline park invites everyone to come in for a jump session that will directly benefit the auction!  On Thursday, April 8 from 4 PM – 8 PM all jumpers will get two hours for the price of one, and a percentage will be given back to St Brendan School! No promo code needed but to save time checking in, use this link to fill out the required safety waiver:  www.getaircolumbus.com
On Sunday, April 18, please come see the silent and live auction classroom art pieces in the Childcare room at church from 8 AM – 7 PM. This is the only time to see these beautiful pieces in person, so please stop by!


PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK WHILE IN CHURCH

A gentle reminder to please wear a face mask when entering the church and to keep it on and above your nose at all times. When approaching the minister to receive Holy Communion please do not remove your mask until the minister has offered you the host. If you remove your mask earlier in preparation there is a risk that you might breathe or cough over the ciborium filled with Sacred Hosts. We appreciate that people are at different places with regard to COVID-19 and protective measures. Thank you for respecting our approach, which is designed to protect everyone and alleviate some parishioners’ concerns.


ST BRENDAN SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Enrollment at Saint Brendan School is now open online for the 2021 – 22 school year. To register your child in any K-8 grade at Saint Brendan School, please go to: www.stbrendanschool.us and look under the “new families” tab for the link to new student registration. I encourage each parish member interested in registration to enroll now because we will most likely have a waiting list by February. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal tour of our school, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Will Gruber at 614.876.6132 or wgruber@cdeducation.org. We look forward to having you as part of the Saint Brendan School family.

PRAYER WALL

Check out our new prayer wall here to leave a prayer request and pray for one on the wall. These can be left anonymously or with your name. Since we cannot physically enter prayers in our book of intentions, this will help us pray for each other and the priests and pastoral staff pray too!

ONE CAMPAIGN UPDATE: NEW & EXISTING NAMED & MEMORIAL GIFT OPTIONS

These gift opportunities provide a lasting symbol of your support.

Adoration Chapel – $500,000
DiPietro Commons Renovation – $500,000 Davidson Road Meeting Room – $400,000 Wellnitz Hall Renovation – $100,000 Warming Kitchen – $30,000
Parochial Vicar’s Office – $30,000
St Brendan Statue Plaques – $10,000

To reserve or check availability of the gift opportunities listed, please contact our Parish Development Director, Colleen Speer at 614.876.1272 ext. 238.

All donors will be recognized and honored in a special way. The final recognition display has yet to be determined; however, it will be located in the new gathering space. We will keep donors informed as this recognition display develops.

 


ANY CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE?

Have you moved recently? Have you switched from your landline to a cell phone as your primary phone? Have you baptized your baby somewhere other than St Brendan? Have you gotten married? Please take a moment to send us your current information so that we can keep our parish database up to date and accurate. All information can be sent to Dina Harder at dharder@stbrendans.net


COLUMBUS CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE 2021

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021 Doors open at 8:30 AM
Where: St John Neumann Catholic Church, Sunbury, OH
Registration is now open. Connect with us!

Website: www.ccyac.org / Email: info@ccyac.org / Instagram: @ccyacohio Twitter: @ccyacohio / www.facebook.com/colscatholicyoungadultconf/

“To empower young adults to transform their communities through their identity in Christ”


BULLETIN ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

Sherry Montell, representing Diocesan, (our Bulletin Publisher) is currently working on the advertising sales for our weekly bulletin. She is renewing present advertisements and seeking new ones. If interested, please contact Sherry directly at 614.301.7444 or smontell@diocesan.com for more information.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEMORIAL ENGRAVED BRICKS

The St Brendan KofC Council 11208 sponsored 10 Commandments Monument and Memorial Brick Patio have been relocated to the front of Wellnitz Hall. If you would like to have your family or loved one remembered with an engraved brick in the patio, please contact Jerry Abraham 614.579.1357 or jabraham.alt@gmail.com for an order form or to get more information.

ATTENTION ALL 55 AND OLDER:

The City of Hilliard is piloting a new, free transportation service for seniors from their homes to many popular destinations like shopping, dining, parks, and CHURCH! 7 days a week, select hours, just call 833-SHARE-33 or visit https://sharemobility.com/hilliard/ There is a list of destinations, but you can request others within Hilliard not on the list. Click here for info.

Did you know that every time you shop at Amazon, St Brendan could receive money back from your purchases? To get started follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-0678677. Once you have done that, you can then sign on to your personal account, link it to AmazonSmile and shop away! The parish and school receives a certain percentage from items you purchase. Be sure to bookmark smile.amazon.com because you need to log on from there instead of amazon.com. We appreciate your support!

WELLNITZ HALL RENOVATION

Wellnitz Hall and offices: I am grateful to Deacon Jim for leading this phase of development in what is now named our Homestead building. In the short term we need to do some demolition upstairs and then transfer additional construction materials from the lower level that we have to store. Once that is done, and while the rest of upstairs is developed, Wellnitz Hall will be cleaned for temporary use. Covid 19 means that there is a longer time frame for this work but we still anticipate the Homestead being finished by next summer, COVID 19, finances etc permitting.

CAN YOU GIVE ONE HOUR?

To help us keep our beautiful church clean? We have some very dedicated people that joined right back into cleaning in May after the church started to come back from the virus scare, but we have a large parish and with the addition of our new adoration chapel, we need more help. We clean every Monday morning at 9 AM with cleaning windows, pews, altar, sweeping and general house cleaning, nothing heavy. So, if you can give one hour a week or month, this is a great opportunity for all ages, and a wonderful time to spend time with God. For more information, contact Ann McChesney 614.284.2135 or ann369@wowway.com or simply show up on Monday, wearing a face cover and ask for Ann or Julie.

ALTER SERVERS, MC’S & EMHC’S NEEDED

Saint Brendan is ready to open up some of our ministries again to those who feel comfortable serving. COVID has changed some of the way we do things, so as we open ministries back up, we will be asking those who serve to receive a simple training to help keep everyone safe. We also need less people to start with because of the restrictions that are in place.
WEEKDAYS:
If you are interested in lectoring, helping to distribute Holy Communion or becoming a weekday sacristan please contact Fr. Brown. Some simple training will be required as we take into account COVID requirements.
SUNDAYS:
ALTAR SERVERS will begin to be scheduled through Jamie Noyes, our head server. The role of server will be much simpler. Only TWO servers will be scheduled along with the M.C. and social distancing will be maintained. Jamie will send out a Flocknote to find out who is willing to serve before a schedule is put together.
HIGH SCHOOL M.C.’S can also be scheduled with parental permission. Henry Szabo, our head M.C. will be in touch to see who is willing to serve.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION: At this time we need only one EMHC at each Sunday Mass but it would be good to start including people back in this ministry again. We will be sending out a request this week so that you can show your interest in helping.

COMMUNION VISITS AT HOME

We are now able to offer safe and brief visits to those who are unable to attend Mass due to ongoing illness/mobility issues OR currently identified in the at-risk category for COVID-19. Our trained EMHC’s will visit with masks and sanitized hands to provide prayer and the Eucharist, preferably on your porch, garage, or outside area. If it is not possible for you to get outside, the EMHC can briefly enter your home in the entryway to provide communion.
To sign up for these visits, please visit the pastoral care page on the website: https://www.stbrendans.net/care-and-consolation and fill out the communion at home form or contact Jennifer at the parish office 614.876.1272 ext 227. Visits will occur at least monthly depending on the number of EMHC’s available.
Speaking of needing EMHC’s …if you are a registered EMHC or if you would like to be trained to visit those at home for this ministry, we need you to serve with us once a month or more if you are able. Contact Jennifer for all of the details.

 

TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FR ED SHIKINA

Fr. Shikina has been appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ada and Immaculate Conception, Kenton. Father started his new appointment on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. If you want to keep in touch –
Address:
222 E. Highland Ave.
Ada, Ohio 45810

 


ATTENDING MASS DURING THE PANDEMIC

ATTENDING:

  • Numbers in church will be limited.
  • Everyone must follow strict social distancing rules. Only sit in the pews not roped off. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and the next family/individual.
  • Once we reach capacity no one else will be able to enter.

WHEN IN CHURCH:

  • People will not be able to chat in the gathering space before or after Mass.
  • Please wear a mask while in the church.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use in church before and after you touch anything. (we have some but our supply is limited.)
  • You must sit in the designated seats. Families and couples traveling to church together can sit together but there must be a 6 feet distance between them and others.
  • You must have a seat in the church, you cannot stay in the gathering space.
  • The number of people in the restrooms at any one time will be limited to two.
  • Parents MUST accompany children under 7 to the bathroom and bring them back (this is to ensure they have washed their hands properly, do not dawdle in washroom or gathering space and return to the pew immediately with you. Remember, this is for their safety too!)
  • The cry room is closed until life returns to normal. Its enclosed environment makes it suitable for confessions but not for multiple families.

DURING THE LITURGY:

  • There will be no presentation of the gifts and the offertory will be placed in baskets as people leave.
  • The Sign of Peace will not be restored until the pandemic has passed.
  • The chalice will not be shared until the Bishop gives permission for it to be restored.
  • The Communion lines will be altered to single file and the floor marked to encourage social distancing.
  • Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is strongly encouraged for the time being. Every time someone receives on the tongue the minister will stop and disinfect their hands.

MUSIC & LIVE STREAMING:

  • There will be no Missalettes or other literature in church because of the risk from the virus being passed through them.
  • Screens are fitted to the ceiling, and the music etc. will be projected onto them. The new projectors ensure good visibility on the screens.
  • Live streaming equipment is installed in the church. This will support older parishioners who may be asked to shelter in place again at a later date, our homebound, and those in our care facilities.

Please remember that if you are not well, are caring for someone who is sick, have underlying health conditions or are concerned about attending Mass you should stay at home.

We will continue to live stream Mass every day and you can make a spiritual communion. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been extended. Please note that live-streaming will still happen at all masses for those uncertain or unable to come out. This will now be a regular feature of our worship together.

People are responsible for maintaining 6ft social distancing when in the church. No stopping in church or the gathering space to chat. Please arrive, pray and then leave. Anything left behind will be disposed of. These restrictions are necessary because we must be able to disinfect the entire church every day. They are designed for your safety. Our great hope is that this will not be needed for too much longer.


ST VINCENT DE PAUL

To help St. Vincent de Paul, click here. You will see SVP listed there, and you can make a one time or recurring donation. This is safe, secure and easy for us to process and get the money to SVP quickly. We know that their funds are low right now.

 

GROW YOUR FAITH FROM HOME!

During this time of isolation, many Catholic companies are providing free faith materials. Magnificat is a popular Catholic daily devotional that has now allowed free access for their online editions. Need something for the kids? Magnifi-kid is also free online. Go to us.magnificat.net for more details. Enjoy!

STEWARDSHIP

As you know, bold steps have been taken to protect public health. This means that our offertory – the major source of income for parish operations – will be negatively impacted. We’re encouraging all parishioners to consider online giving to keep St Brendans strong during this crisis.
You can give securely through either a credit card or bank account. Our staff is very willing to walk you through the process. We’ve set up a special direct link to the giving form at http://www.tinyurl.com/stbvoyagers or you can contact the parish office at 614.876.1272 and we can handle it for you. Thank you for continuing to support the parish financially during this crisis.

Please be aware of communications via email or text or possibly even phone calls concerning alternate routing of your offertory. Some phony communications have been received by parishioners who thought that the situation was odd. They had the sense to contact their parish office and, in doing so, discovered that this was indeed a scam. Please do not become a victim to any type of financial scam. If you receive a communication about any financial aspect in relationship to your parish, school, or social outreach, please contact your parish office by phone to authenticate that communication.