ST BRENDAN SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS OPEN
WINTER WEATHER ON THE HORIZON!
Please note that our snow contractor only plows the lot when we reach TWO INCHES of snowfall. The parking lot is only pre-treated if it is not raining (the rain would simply wash it away). The parish facilities team will be responsible for keeping the walkways cleared. When weather is cold, please be careful when walking around the campus as it may be slippery in places.
Parish activities remain open if we are at a Level 1 Snow Emergency, but people should carefully consider whether they can safely reach the campus and attend. If a Level 2 Snow Emergency is declared, the entire campus closes, including Mass. We will alert you by Flocknote if this happens. School parents will be alerted by the school via SchoolSpeak of any school closures or delays. The Parish Office remains open during business hours (9 AM to 4 PM) as long as we do not reach a Level 2 Snow Emergency.
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 email@example.com
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!
“To empower young adults to transform their communiities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
***Please note that these small groups would begin meeting in person only when the stay-at-home advisory is lifted and meetings on the parish campus resume.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEMORIAL ENGRAVED BRICKS
COVID UPDATE MESSAGE DEC 4, 2020
The following policies are currently effective:
WORSHIP: Worship is at the heart of all that we do. Our current sacramental schedule including Mass, adoration, confessions, and baptisms will remain the same. The 10:45 AM Sunday Mass will continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages. If you are not coming to Mass please make a concerted effort to participate through the livestream so that we remain united as a family of faith.
ADORATION CHAPEL: The Adoration Chapel is now open, but please remember to wear a face covering, keep socially distanced and sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the chapel. A maximum of 6 people are permitted in the chapel at any time.
PARISH OFFICE: The Parish Office will continue to be open unless mandatory orders are issued.
MEETINGS: Other than the church and adoration chapel the campus will close at 6PM every day and there will be NO ON SITE meetings other than worship. All on site meetings at the parish are to be moved to virtual participation or canceled. This includes, for example, Men’s Group, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Bible study, and RCIA.
ATTENTION ALL 55 AND OLDER:
WELLNITZ HALL RENOVATION
THE MELCHIZEDEK PROJECT & AVOW
NOW MEETING VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM
We have a new program for young men and women that began at Saint Brendan the Navigator on November 5th 2020.
Both are designed for young men and women 16 through mid-twenties. The groups help them discern whether the Priesthood or Religious Life is something that God is calling them too.
The Melchizedek Project is for young men. It is a national initiative and we are the third place to offer this group in the diocese. The meetings will be once a month. Every other month Fr. Hahn the Vocations Director will join us as well as our own Fr Brown. Zoom meetings are every 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm and will last an hour.
The AVOW discernment group for young women discerning religious life follows the same format and meets on the same night. Zoom meetings run from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The Polish Dominican sisters will be part of these meetings, as well as one or two lay volunteers.
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME DEACON YGLESIAS!
Deacon Doug Yglesias, the newest member of our parish clergy, is a disciple, son, father, husband, and grandfather. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Deacon Doug’s ministerial journey began with experiencing Christ in youth group when he was 16 years old. His passion is to serve others and accompany them on their journey of faith. Doug loves fishing, endurance sports, and hiking, no matter how far off the beaten path it may be. He and his wife Lisa, celebrating 28 years of marriage, have four children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren, with one on the way.
CAN YOU GIVE ONE HOUR?
ALTER SERVERS, MC’S & EMHC’S NEEDED
ST BRENDAN IS BACK!
Manufactured in Italy, the new statue is made of poured bronze and is over 7 foot tall. Like many of us, 2020 has had an effect on St Brendan. We now feature the image of an older man rooted in place, with the wisdom of many years. The new statue reflects the experience of his voyages (the boat) and his passion for the gospel (the uplifted cross). It also reflects the fact that he undertook his voyages as an older man who was abbot of his community of Benedictine monks (the ring on his finger and his Benedictine robes).
We are moving #ONEstepcloser to completing our work and fundraising for the new construction, so please consider pledging if you haven’t done so already. Saint Brendan the Navigator pray for us!
NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY!
COMMUNION VISITS AT HOME
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
222 E. Highland Ave.
Ada, Ohio 45810
ATTENDING MASS DURING THE PANDEMIC
- Numbers in church will be limited. We can only take about ½ of our capacity.
- Everyone must follow strict social distancing rules. Only sit in the pews labeled BLUE. 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.)
- The doors will be unlocked 10 minutes before Mass begins for people to come in.
- 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.
- Each section of pews will come forward as instructed to receive Holy Communion.
- 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. There will be new projectors to ensure good visibility on the screens.
- Live streaming equipment is installed in the church to replace our current temporary method. 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
GROW YOUR FAITH FROM HOME!
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.