Parish News


Dear parish families

I am writing to you about Fall INDOOR sports here at St Brendan parish and school.

John Bair, Will Gruber, Tom Kollar and myself met last Monday to consider the approach that we should take in these difficult times.

I heard from the diocese this morning that the diocesan recreation association has modified its policy giving the green light for practices to be held. It has postponed the launch of fall sports until August 10th. No conditioning or practices are to be held this week. It has also highlighted to AD’s and coaches that parish facilities are used by multiple groups and not just athletics. A parish may – or may not – be able to provide indoor and outdoor sports at their location.

We have looked at all the variables including other needs we might have for that space and the amount of deep cleaning our custodians will already be doing. Our athletic association is also not just for the school. It is a parish wide organization that includes children from other schools as well. The MPR will also be used every school day for the after school program until 6pm. The diocese has already cancelled after school programs in all of our parochial schools and our faith formation program has been moved online.

With this in mind we have agreed that INDOOR fall sports will NOT be held at St Brendan or permitted at any other location under the St Brendan name. This includes conditioning and practices.

OUTDOOR fall sports are permitted under the strict conditions laid down by the diocese and will continue. No indoor conditioning or practice may be held at any location. All activity must be outside.

No decision has been made about winter sports. We will continue to evaluate the situation in the hope that things improve and that they can go ahead.

We realize that this is disappointing for all those who are invested in our athletic program – children, coaches and parents, but the safety and well-being of the whole community, especially our children has to be our top consideration at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Fr Bob



Our lives here at the parish got flipped upside down a little this week. While resurfacing the parkling lot the contractor discovered two large sink holes. These had to be repaired before work could continue. Then the rain yesterday delayed work even further. Then, today, an office staff member tested positive for COVID 19.

Our own little tsunami means we have to take the following action:

There will be no on site masses this week. Because this is such short notice we will livestream mass at three times: the 5:30pm Vigil, 8:45am and 1045am Sunday. Praise God that we now have professionally installed live-streaming equipment!

The office is closed. Staff are self isolating and many are having the COVID 19 test (Fr Brown and I feel fine but we have just taken it). The parish offices are being deep cleaned over the weekend. We already have strict protocols for daily temperature tests and seep cleaning at 5pm each day.

The church is not affected. We are arranging visiting clergy to help with the wedding and baptisms this weekend while we self-isolate.
Staff will self isolate and work from home until the tests come back later next week. If the test is negative we will return to work. If it is positive we will continue to self-isolate.

Please continue to keep us in prayer and look for a video message from me this Sunday.


One of the ways we can support the church’s mission is through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA). Each year, we are invited to support essential ministries and shared services of the Diocese. The impact and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have created extraordinary circumstances for the church, so your participation in this year’s campaign means a great deal. Our parish goal is $227,514. Any amount that St Brendan receives over our goal will be returned to us and used directly here in the parish. The easiest way to make a gift to the BAA is by going online to Thank you for your support!


Be sure to check out our “year in review” video that highlights the amazing impact the St Brendan family of faith is having on our community. Included are our financials as well as testimonials from our community and interesting facts about our school and parish. We hope the video will inspire and encourage you to deepen your commitment to St Brendan’s.


This year there will be an opportunity for 8th Graders to be a part of an 8th Grade Leadership Team. 8th Grade Leadership Team will meet once a month on Sundays from 6:30-8:30 PM. Any 8th Grader who would like to deepen their faith, participate in a regular small group, and receive leadership opportunities at regular youth nights is invited to register for the 8th Grade Leadership Team!


We continue our St Brendan GREENING efforts by taking our energy savings and reapplying those savings back into campus infrastructure to continue to spend zero dollars on energy efficient technologies and replacement costs.
Most of our HVAC Control System is retrofitted, as well as the new building with the SMART technology that is designed to monitor and control mechanical equipment such as packaged rooftop units, split systems, air handlers, VAV/VVT Zoning Systems, heat pumps, boilers, pumps, VFD’s, valves, exhaust fans, and so much more.
Our SMART building technology allows us to control energy costs by reducing the need for both heat/air conditioning and allow fresh air in the buildings without compromising comfort and cost. In addition, it extends the life of our HVAC investments.
New window solar film panels have been installed in the MPR window wells. From the outside you will not notice the look, however inside you will see a very small difference of light that shines in. The film reflects 47% of the light, about 83% of solar energy heat will not pass through the window well. The end result is our heating and air conditioning usage in the MPR will be reduced as well as energy costs.


Our Livestream Team Needs You!
Our livestream equipment is in place, and we are looking for volunteers to help us produce the Sunday 10:45 AM mass, and other services in the future. Volunteers must be High School aged or older. Knowledge of the order of Mass will be helpful. Will likely work in pairs, at least at the beginning. To volunteer, or for more information, please email Deacon Doug at .


While we have strongly recommended the wearing of face masks at church during the pandemic, it has remained, until now, advise only. That now changes because we have received notification from the diocese that Governor DeWine has mandated that everyone attending religious services in Ohio’s hardest-hit COVID counties must wear a face mask. This includes us. The exception to this is the priest when he is on the altar or a deacon presiding at a liturgy outside of Mass. So, from today, congregants at all liturgies must wear a face mask unless exempt for medical or age reasons.
I know that this will be a source of frustration for some people, especially for those who find it hard to wear them (I am one of those too). It is easy for us to fall back on our “rights” and forget our responsibilities to God and our neighbor, especially those who are at most risk, the vulnerable and the elderly. When the crisis began Bishop Brennan made it clear to the priests that this is a time for extreme charity. There is no time limit on charity which is the work God gives to us.

~ Fr Bob


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: 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.


All elementary and middle school children not attending St Brendan School are expected to register for Faith Formation beginning in first grade. Although not required, we encourage parents to enroll their kindergarten child in the program as well. Please click HERE to complete registration for the 2020-21 year – registration will remain open until 5 PM on Friday, August 21. Within a week of registering, you will receive a separate e-mail with a link to the VANCO payment page. Please click HERE to see the video message from Teresa Whiteside, the new Director of our program for more information. Questions? Email Teresa Whiteside



Now that we have settled into a routine for Sunday Mass, and numbers are steadily increasing, we are excited to start reintroducing some of our Sunday lay ministries.

We are also adding a second Mass at 10:45AM in the MPR so that we can increase capacity. Entry to the MPR mass will be through the two doors at the back of the school that open into the MPR itself so you may want to park at the far end of the parking lot.

You will be able to take your own seats from the rack (there will be help for those who need it) and choose where to sit in the room. This will give you more flexibility as a family as to how you socially distance and makes it easier for us to sanitize afterwards. We know that families with children will need time to adjust to coming back so this will be a said mass.

At this time we want to introduce USHERS and LECTORS to our masses. You can be an established minister who is regularly scheduled OR someone who wants to volunteer for the next few weeks. A list of pandemic required procedures for these ministries is attached and the sign up sheet for the next two weeks is below.

We value all of our Lectors and Ushers but for the time being you must have graduated high school and be aged 60 or under to be able to sign up.

We look forward to welcoming all ages soon and to being able to welcome our servers and EMHC to minister again as well.

God bless,

Fr Bob


Fr. Shikina has been appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ada and Immaculate Conception, Kenton. Father will start his new appointment on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. We wish Fr. Shikina many blessings and the promise of our prayers. A message from Father Shikina…

Dear St Brendan parish family,

Though I had announced my July 13th departure in a short video, I wanted to express my farewell to you in writing. It has been a joyful two years for me and I have much gratitude and affection for you. You have given me so much love that you have made priestly ministry deeply fulfilling for me. For that, I am truly grateful!

Even though I wasn’t here at St Brendan to be a “pastor-in-training,” the smaller number of priests means a smaller pool of priests to be pastors. So, when the need arises, the parochial vicars may have to move on quickly to be pastors or at least to fill a need elsewhere. Fr Bob has recognized this need and has done a wonderful job of training his parochial vicars to take on greater responsibility elsewhere. As I move on, I am joyful to be able to minister to two parishes as their pastor, but I have a tinge of sadness that I cannot remain to enjoy the future with you, or to enjoy the new building space, the new adoration chapel, and what was supposed to be my new office!!! But at least I get to enjoy a new (old) house to live in, two new churches (150 yrs old), and a new (to me) university (Ohio Northern)! 🙂

I hope you will all continue to strive to be saints. No matter what is happening in the world, no matter if it seems that you are the only one trying to be a saint, do not be discouraged or afraid. Keep going. Fall in love with Jesus and the Saints, ask for the Holy Spirit to help you. St Teresa of Avila said, “Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God: God alone is sufficient.”

My two parishes are Our Lady of Lourdes in Ada, Ohio and Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio. You are always welcome to stop by!

If you want to keep in touch, my email is and my address is:
222 E. Highland Ave.
Ada, Ohio 45810

May God bless you and your family!

Fr Ed


I am writing to announce that the parish festival has been cancelled for this year. This is very disappointing for everyone but, like other parishes in the diocese, we do not feel that we are at a point where this can go ahead. Once the State Fair was cancelled we decided it was time to make a decision.
However, the RAFFLE will still happen as everything is ready to go! Raffle envelopes will be mailed to your home soon. Please note that they were already stuffed and sealed with the festival letter. Rather than wasting all those envelopes we have chosen to send you the pack – but please don’t think that the festival is suddenly on again!
My thanks go to Mike and his volunteers for all that they had done to prepare for August.
Fr Bob




  • MONDAY:  5:30 PM
  • WEDNESDAY:  5:30 PM  (followed by Adoration & confessions)
  • SATURDAY:  8 AM (Livestreamed only. No public Mass)


  • SATURDAY:  5:30 PM
  • SUNDAY:  7:15 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 5:30 PM

Note: Sunday 12:15 pm Mass is discontinued & 10:30 am Mass is now at 10:45 am. Saturday 8 am Mass is now currently live-streamed only.


  • SATURDAY:  8 AM – Livestreamed only. No public Mass.
  • SUNDAY:  10:45 AM

Watch our Masses live and access our other videos through YouTube (click here) or Facebook (click here). You do not need to have an account on either YouTube or Facebook to access our pages. However, we will be posting spiritual or uplifting messages regularly, so for quick access, save the link as a favorite. We invite you to “Subscribe” to our YouTube page and “Like” and “Follow” our Facebook page to see our posts in your news feed. Some videos are featured on our Online Mass & Videos page (click here) or find all of our videos on our YouTube page.


  • WEDNESDAY:  6 – 7 PM  (during Adoration OR by appointment)


Open for prayer during these times:

  • MONDAY:  12 – 6 PM
  • TUESDAY:  8 AM – 3 PM
  • WEDNESDAY:  2 – 7 PM
  • THURSDAY:  8 AM – 3 PM
  • FRIDAY:  8 AM – 3 PM
  • SATURDAY:  CLOSED for Sunday preparation



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The schedule for servers, EMHC and ushers is suspended for the time being. We look forward to restrictions being lifted and you being able to minister again. Lectors will be scheduled.
  • 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 with GREEN X 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 and preaching will be limited to allow Mass to finish in 50 minutes so that cleaning begins on time for the next mass.
  • Pews will be dismissed in rows at the end of mass.


  • There will be no Missalettes or other literature in church because of the risk from the virus being passed through them. Singing will be limited.
  • There will be no choir.
  • In the next month permanent screens are being 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.
  • In the next month live streaming equipment will be 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. At first the equipment will be right up at the altar until the permanent equipment is installed.

Continue to only use designated BLUE pews.
To maintain social distancing no daily mass sacristans or servers will be needed for the time being. The priest will handle everything himself or with the help of the deacon. Please follow instructions for coming forward for Holy Communion. We strongly encourage you to receive the Blessed Sacrament in the hand for the time being even if receiving on the tongue even is your normal practice. If someone receives on the tongue the priest or deacon will stop each time to sanitize his hands to reduce any risk of virus

Please follow all instructions when entering, praying and leaving for your own safety and those who come to pray after you. Please carry hand sanitizer with you. The parish has some but our supply is limited. Please wear a face mask. We ask you to use only certain pews as this helps us to know which pews need to be sanitized regularly during the day.


  • Pews marked with a BLUE square can be used to pray
  • Pews marked with a RED square cannot be used – these are being used to maintain safe distancing between rows.

No candles are available at the shrines because of the risk of multiple handling For the same reason there will be no flowers at the shrines. 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.


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!


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.



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 for more details. Enjoy!


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 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.


St. Brendan uses FlockNote to help parishioners stay connected. Parishioners receive regular updates and important news from our pastor, the parish office team, and parish groups and ministries via FlockNote email.

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