Lenten Speaker Series

By February 2, 2018Uncategorized

Catholic Social Teaching has always been present in our faith tradition, deeply rooted in scripture and called for by Jesus. High School Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Adult Ministry are offering a Lenten Series that will touch upon some of the issues facing our world today. Join us in Hendricks Hall from 7-8:30 PM on the following Thursdays during Lent:

February 22: Modern Day Slavery
March 1: Poverty and Homelessness
March 8: Care of the Elderly
March 15: Hunger (spiritual & physical)
March 22: Catholic Social Teaching

Each workshop will include a guest speaker presentation and an activity that will offer an experiential piece.

These evenings are open to the community. Children in 8th grade or younger must have a parent/ guardian attend the evening with them.

*Your RSVP to any evening you plan to attend is appreciated. RSVP is required for the March 15 evening on Physical & Spiritual Hunger

Coordinated by Laura Ginikos & Sr. Teresa Tuite.
Questions? Laura Ginikos at (614) 718-5832 or lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org


February 22: Human Trafficking

Our first session is Human Trafficking: What is it? Is it in Ohio? What can I do about It?  February 22nd in Hendricks’ Hall 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  The presenter is Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP.  Sr. Nadine began her mission to the victims of human trafficking in Columbus, OH, in 2009. It was a way to, as she says, “put flesh” to one of her Congregation’s commitments: to promote justice for the marginalized, especially women and children. Over eight years, her ministry has moved from cooking meals with and for survivors, to the courtroom to help those in recovery, to the streets. Today, she works with women who are still in the grip of a life of sexual slavery.


March 1: Poverty & Homelessness

Poverty and Homelessness are almost always intertwined.  They also have many faces.  In this second of our Lenten Series we will look at homelessness as it is seen in the faces of those who are in prison.  Today, there is a great indifference to the plight of the incarcerated (and their families), and because of that indifference Catholic prison ministry is needed more than ever!”  The American bishops, released in 2000: Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Criminal JusticeI highly recommend a reading of that thoughtful pastoral.  It can be found online. The bishops note that restorative justice must attend to the voices of victims and to those responsible for the crime. Our presenters for this evening will be Rich Northup from St. Brigid of Kildare who is involved in prison ministry and Sister Ana Gonzalez, OP.  Both will share their experience of doing prison ministry and how it transformed their hearts. Thursday, March 1 in Hendricks Hall from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Each piece of the Lenten Series in independent so even if you can’t attend all of them come from the ones that you want to learn more about.


March 8: Care of the Elderly

We are facing an unprecedented situation in the United States. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one in every twenty-five people in the United States was 65 or older. Today one in eight—a total of 33.2 million Americans—is at least 65. A person who reaches 65 can expect to live for seventeen more years; many live well beyond that.  Society is just beginning to grapple with the social, economic, and spiritual implications of this rapidly growing age group. The United Nations designated 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons with the theme, “Towards a Society for All Ages.” The Vatican urged Catholics to make a new commitment not only to care for older persons but to learn from them.  The United States Bishops wrote a Pastoral Letter (available online entitled Blessings of Age).  The third in our Lenten Series addresses this issue.  Debbie Cassel, Administrator and Julie Ann Nill, Community Outreach Director from Glenwood Alzheimer Special Care Center will be our speakers and will address elderly in our society and share some issues particular to the Glenwood Center. Thursday, March 8 in Hendricks Hall 7:00 – 8:30 PM.


March 15: Hunger

One of the great needs across the world in hunger.  It is in every country and in every village and, town and city. Sometimes it effects entire countries and sometimes it is a hidden reality.  There are two kinds of hunger, spiritual and physical.  Both are experienced by every human being but for some the lack of adequate food and drink is at critical proportions world-wide.  Hunger is often brought on by war, greed, excessiveness of some that cause inadequacies for others.  Often those who are well-fed are not even aware of those who are under-fed in their own local communities.  In our Lenten series this week we want to heighten our awareness of the needs of both hungers.  We do need an RSVP for this session of our Lenten Series.  Please, call the Parish Office (614-761-3734) and register by March 12.  You can also email lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org or ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org.  It is very important that we have an accurate number.  Our speaker will be Erin Cordle who serves the Office for Social Concerns of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, as Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services director. In this capacity, she serves as an educator and advocate to further the understanding of the Church’s social justice teachings. Thursday, March 15 Hendricks Hall 7:00 – 8:30 PM


March 22: Catholic Social Teaching

We have come to the last of our Lenten Series.  This week Msgr. Joseph Hendricks will bring everything together and share with us the Church’s understanding, challenge and responsibility of Catholic Social Teaching.  Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and called God’s people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind”(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor.

Even if you could not attend any of the series, we would encourage you to come to this one.

March 22, 2018 Hendricks Hall 7:00 – 8:30 PM