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Tuesday Morning Study & Reflection

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The focus for Tuesday Morning Study and Reflection will be Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This Letter speaks so much to the times we live in.  Studying the Letter to the Ephesians is an opportunity to do focused Bible Study with others.  You only need to bring your Bible, all other materials will be provided.

DATES:  September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. (If we need them — November 6 and 13.)
PLACE: Berry Room in Hendricks Hall.
TIME: We begin after 9:00 AM Mass and stop about 11:00 AM. 

Please join us, we have a great time and we learn so much from each other. No need to register, just come!!! –Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Gospel Reflection Aug 19 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, August 19

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 51 – 58

Gospel:
Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Reflection:
In today’s Gospel, we have a succinct passage of Sacred Scripture illustrating what Sacred Tradition has consistently taught and emphasized: the importance of receiving the Holy Eucharist for our lives of Christian discipleship and conversion.

To pick but one recent example of Church teaching, Vatican 2’s document on the Church, Lumen Gentium, states that “[Christ] is continually active in the world that He might lead men to the Church and through it join them to Himself; and that He might make them partakers of His glorious life by nourishing them with His own Body and Blood.”

We don’t HAVE to go to Mass, we GET to go to Mass. Our Savior has given us the unique privilege of receiving Himself in the bread-made-Body, the wine-made-Blood. By receiving the Holy Eucharist, we are nourished spiritually by Our Savior and kept close to Him; we remain in Him, we participate in a mysterious fashion in His glorious life.

If we don’t receive the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar worthily and consistently, we are only hurting ourselves, eschewing that life of grace that Christ wishes to give to us. Life ain’t going to be perfect because we receive Holy Communion; but it is for darn sure going to be better than trying to “go it alone” and live our lives separated from the Bread of Life: Jesus Christ.

Father Matthew Morris

Job Opening – Religious Education Financial Administrative Assistant

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Financial Administrative Assistant: Job Description

The St. Brigid of Kildare Religious Education department is hiring a Financial Administrative Assistant. The full job description is below.

 Work Requirements:
12 Months/ Non-Exempt
Sunday morning required
Approximately 20 hours/week

Reports To:
Director of Religious Education

Responsible Duties:

  1. SchoolSpeak System Administrator processing year end archive, classroom and catechist permissions and set up, and maintaining progress report templates
  2. Prepares and reconciles monthly and as needed financial reports for the Business Manager
  3. Processes and maintains all financial documents for the Department of Religious Education
  4. Paycor processor for all employees, catechists, SPICE aides and confessor stipends
  5. Manages and approves Catechists, SPICE aides, and Volunteer Sign-In Sheets
  6. Maintains family financial records
  7. Processes tuition payments
  8. Processes financial component of registration
  9. Processes and presents Tuition Assistance Applications
  10. Assist the Director of Religious Education in all other special projects and duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent hospitality and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication and public relations skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office, Outlook email, Sign-Up Genius, Google docs and Constant Contact
  • Effectively operate copier, scanner, postage machine and other office equipment
  • Ability to manage telephone systems
  • Ability to multitask
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive personal vehicle for program purpose
  • Ability to bend, lift, push or lift up to 40 lbs
  • Must pass FBI background check and fingerprinting process, and must be willing to take Diocesan required Protecting God’s Children workshop upon hire

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, and references to Andrea Komenda, Director of Religious Education, at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Men & The Nun – Fall 2018

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“When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box.” 

In this six-session reflection- study, John Ortberg explains how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important. 

Today is the day you choose … which game you want to win … which prize you want to collect … which priorities you want to set. It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car  you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer,those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box. Games can cast a powerful spell, but the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. 

So, what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters. Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities.  

The book, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg, is available to purchase on Amazon.

We will meet from 7 – 8:15 PM  in the Carr Room in Hendricks Hall on the following Thursdays: September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018.  Register on line by September 13.  We need at least 10 men.

Men’s Inception Retreat

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Men of St Brigid, are you looking to strengthen your faith through other Men of the Parish.  Do you desire to be the best version of yourself for your family, your community, your career?

If this appeals to you, please register for the 2018 Inception Retreat.  The 5th Annual Inception Retreat for the men of St Brigid Parish is a 24 hours experience on Sept 28th-29th.  It will be held at nearby St Therese Retreat Center featuring individual rooms, great food and an incredible atmosphere.
Come and enjoy new relationships, timely topic discussions, friendly competitions and great fellowship.  It does not matter where you are on your faith journey, you will find this experience of great value.  Talk to any of the two hundred plus men of the parish about their experience on this Retreat and see what you have been missing out on.

There are only 40 spots available so don’t delay.

Please contact Jim Rigby with any questions.

Gospel Reflection Aug 12 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, August 12

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 41 – 51

Gospel:
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
“I am the bread that came down from heaven, ”
and they said,
“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Reflection:
The people grumbling in the Gospel showed them to be of the same spirit as that displayed by their fathers in the wilderness who complained before and after the manna was provided to them. Jesus contrasts the bread that he offers, which leads to eternal life, with the bread of their ancestors who died in the wilderness without seeing the Promised Land. Jesus promises that those who eat of the spiritual bread will never die.

In our world today, there is a terrible spiritual poverty in many people and they don’t know what’s wrong in their lives. They are searching to find some kind of meaning, some kind of depth to their lives but they don’t know where to look. Jesus, however, tells us where to look. He tells us that he is the only one who can satisfy this emptiness in us.

Friends, we need to ask ourselves, “What are our hungers?” “Where have we gone to satisfy those hungers and where have those choices led us?” Fortunately for us, Jesus provides us an alternative that is healthier for us both physically and spiritually. Jesus states that he is “the bread of life” and that those who believe in him will have their spiritual hunger satisfied.

When we take part in the breaking of bread during the Eucharist, we receive the spiritual food that is but a small sample of the feast we will have when we eventually sit down and enjoy God’s heavenly banquet. May we always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength we need to love and serve our Lord and Savior.

Deacon Paul Zemanek

Gospel Reflection Aug 5 – Deacon Don

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Sunday, August 5

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 24 – 35

Gospel:
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Reflection:
Last week we switched from reading Mark’s gospel to that of John. Today, we continue with reading of Jesus as the Bread of Life. Last week, the people’s excitement continued with the people seeking him out in Capernaum not unlike groupies following the latest pop star or politician. Therein lies one of the lessons of today’s Gospel. The people think they are following Jesus because of the wonderful signs he performed in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Jesus tries to move them toward a hunger to the Bread of Life, which is found in following Jesus Himself.

We experience similar confusions today in our own lives when we may choose to follow leaders – pop, political, economic, or social rather than the one whom God has sent.
How does Jesus nourish us and become our food and drink?
By giving us his Word in the Scriptures
Through his Church and its unwavering truth found in its teachings
Through our human experience in how we help and support others
Through the Eucharist

There are two basic challenges being asked of us to discern and respond. First, to follow Jesus. In our world today, it is becoming more unpopular and even becoming dangerous to acknowledge Jesus openly. Secondly, once you choose Jesus, follow him for the right reasons – that he gives us eternal life in believing in Him. The followers in the Gospel today got the first point right, but missed the reason why. They followed Him for the signs and the food that does not satisfy rather than for the food that does satisfy. This was as difficult for Jesus’ followers then as it is for us today. Nevertheless, it is what is asked of us.

Deacon Don Poirier

Parent Like a Champion Training – Aug 28

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The Diocese Recreation Association (DRA) has implemented Parent Like A Champion Today training for all of this year’s 4th – 8th grade sports parents which supports parents as the primary educators of their children, especially in their faith.  This is accomplished by providing parents with a sports workshop which teaches them strategies to be champion sports parents in their attitude and behaviors and enables them to positively partner with their children’s coaches.

All parents will need to complete the training before their child can participate in DRA sports programs.

To learn more and sign up, click here. 

 

Women’s Bible Study: Never Alone

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It is impossible to walk through life without experiencing the pain and loneliness of betrayal, shame, guilt, loss,judgement or rejection.  It is also impossible to walk through life and not know the joy of being forgiven, loved and showered with mercy.   During this Bible Study and Reflection, we will focus on six women from the New Testament – to hear their stories and to connect them with our story.  We will see how Jesus reaches out to heal and to forgive.       – Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP

DATES

September 5 – Introduction (books will be available)

September 12 and 26

October 3, 10, 17 and 31

November 7 – Social and Wrap-Up

PLACE AND TIME                                   COST

Hendricks Hall -Immke Room             $20.00 (includes the book)

7:00 – 8:30 PM

 

Gospel Reflection July 29 – Deacon Frank

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Sunday, July 29

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6: 1 – 15

Gospel:
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

Reflection:
This Sunday we will take a break from St. Mark’s gospel and begin the next few weeks hearing the Bread of Life discourse from St. John gospel where there is plenty of food for everyone.

All who have come to hear Jesus found themselves fed and satisfied. The disciples did not know how Jesus would do it. They panicked at the thought of how much it might cost, and where the money would come from. However, Jesus knew from the start that his Father would answer his prayer. From the meager offering of the small boy with the five loaves and two fish comes an abundance of food with generous leftovers . As the prophet Elisha will say in the first reading, “…God always provides and there is more than enough.”

The feeding of the 5000 explains in symbolic form how God cares for and tends the flock. Jesus wants to demonstrate to the people, by having filled their bellies and still having more leftovers, that God’s providential care extends beyond satisfying physical hunger. God may be the provider of nutritious sustenance, but God is also the one who satisfies the spirit of humankind by pouring out love and mercy on all.

As you reflect once again on this wonderful passage from John’s gospel, ask yourself these two questions:
Are you aware of the abundance of God’s love and mercy?
Are you willing to share this mercy and love – or do you find yourself annoyed at such generosity and the responsibility that goes with recognizing this mercy and love?

The feeding of the 5000, and the revelation of Jesus as the Bread of Life, can help you reflect on where you are in your awareness and appreciation of God’s constant outpouring of grace. May you be grateful for how the bread of life is calling you to deepen your constant awareness of wonder and awe at all God is doing for the whole of creation.

Deacon Frank Iannarino