Parish News

NOV. 19, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

2020 has certainly been full of ups and downs and we now have new procedures to follow because of the pandemic. In all of this we cry out  JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!

Following the recommendation of the diocese, Saint Brendan will be following the stay at home advisory issued by the Franklin County Health department. This is prudent in the light of increasing numbers of COVID patients locally. We must do all we can to stop the spread, especially as we have a large congregation, a school and many active ministries. Keeping the church and school open are our top priorities.

The following policies will be effective immediately.

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.

SCHOOL: St. Brendan School will continue on its current plan.

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.

SPORTS / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The Diocesan Recreation Association has announced that all basketball practices and games are postponed. Other extracurricular actives are canceled or held remotely.

By the grace of God and love for one another we will come through this together.

God Bless!
Fr Bob

Our 4 PM and 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Masses (two at each time) will be ticketed events this year. No tickets available now for 4 PM. The 10 PM Christmas Eve Mass, and 8:45 AM and the 10:45 AM Masses on Christmas Day will be open seating. This is the only way we can successfully manage Christmas Masses during COVID.
People without a ticket at these early Masses will be turned away and asked to come to the 10 PM or on Christmas Day. Tickets will be available to parishioners only, beginning at noon on November 15 (a link will be sent through Flocknote) through December 1, if any tickets remain at that time we will open the reservation process to the public.
Both 4 PM and 6:30 PM Masses will have the following spaces available: Main Church for groups up to 14 people; Davidson Rd. Meeting Room for overflow from the main church for groups of 2 and 3. Mass will be livestreamed into the room and extraordinary ministers will bring in communion. Multi-Purpose Room: Mass will be celebrated live here but Fr Bob will not be reading a children’s story as in years past. Groups between 4-8.

If you are immuno-compromised, or 65+, and would like to attend either of these Masses, please call the parish office, 614.876.1272, about reserving space in the cry room. (This space is extremely limited and available only to those immuno-comprised or 65+ and one caregiver/family member.)

I understand the frustration some people feel about not getting into the 4 PM ticketed masses. We simply cannot accommodate everyone. There is no point calling the office to try and change it – there is nothing the staff can do. There is still some room at the 6:30 PM masses and of course later and the next day. This is not a year when we can all cling to our traditions – the world is upside down right now. We have to make it work. Be safe, trust God and know that you are loved.

Fr Bob.


If you are able to volunteer as parking lot attendants or seating ushers, please contact Teresa Whiteside at and let her know if you can help at the 4 PM or 6:30 PM Mass and how many family members will be attending with you so that we can reserve you seats before tickets are released on November 15.


We are putting together Advent/Christmas care packages for our Catholic residents in many of our parish nursing facilities. We need your hand-written cards to deliver to each resident. Please make/use an Advent/Christmas card and write a personal note of cheer and that you are praying for them. Place in a blank envelope so we can write their names on as we receive lists from the facilities. This is a great project for ministries and service hours. Drop off your cards in the boxes in the gathering space or at the parish office.
Thank you for your support!


Did you know that more than 46 million Americans live below the poverty line? You can help by supporting the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at Mass! The CCHD Collection is November 21-22. CCHD is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.

Starting on November 14, the Giving Trees will be up in the Gathering Space and New Lobby. Please take a tag and follow the instructions. For more information about the organizations we are supporting, see the posters near the giving trees. Are you unable to return to Mass due to COVID? We have an online Amazon wish list option this year. Follow this link. Online shopping is open now. Make your purchase and have it shipped directly to the Giving Tree volunteer.

Return date for everything is December 6 so that items can be delivered in time for Christmas. This is an opportunity to reach out to someone in need beyond our own parish. If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda at 614.313.2066.


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 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: 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 because you need to log on from there instead of We appreciate your support!


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.


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.


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.


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 or simply show up on Monday, wearing a face cover and ask for Ann or Julie.


For those of you attending Mass, the bulletin is now available in paper form again, as are the 2021 calendars. Get one of those soon before they are gone!


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.
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.
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.


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!




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!


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 .


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.



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 –
222 E. Highland Ave.
Ada, Ohio 45810




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

Are you a registered parishioner? If you are not subscribed already, we ask that you go ahead and subscribe to our Flocknote Network. This is a huge help to us in keeping you informed and connected.

If you have signed up for Flocknote but are having trouble receiving our messages, please be sure to add to your contacts list. That should take care of many issues!

Are you visiting? New to the area? You are welcome to sign up too! That way you can find our more about our parish community and ministries too.

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St Brendan the Navigator is a Catholic Church within the Diocese of Columbus.