Bishop James A. Griffin officially established St. Brigid of Kildare Parish on July 18, 1987 and appointed Father Paul Enke as founding Pastor.
The Early Years
During the first year, our neighbors from Muirfield Village Golf Club, Indian Run United Methodist Church and Scottish Corners Elementary School graciously opened their doors to us for our weekend Masses. On Christmas Eve in 1987, our young Parish celebrated its first Mass in the horse stable on the new land. The stable was renovated and became our worship space, called Our Lady of the Gael Chapel. With the community growing quickly, our Parish focused its energy on providing a church large enough for its many members to worship. The church design was inspired by the Church of Ireland Cathedral in Kildare, Ireland. It was dedicated August 15, 1991, on the Feast of the Assumption. On that day, Bishop Griffin again provided a vision for the community by proclaiming his vision of a Catholic School on these grounds.
The Parish embraced the idea and built the St. Brigid of Kildare Parish Education Center, which was dedicated on October 5, 1996. The Center brought all of our Catholic education ministries and community under one roof for the first time. The original stable has been renovated into dedicated education space -- the Frauenberg-Connelley Center for Children houses performance arts space for music and band, a language lab, speech and hearing therapy room, and individualized instructional space, as well as a multipurpose interdisciplinary instructional area for student assemblies and activities.
In 2007, St. Brigid completed its new Pastoral Center, Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks Hall. Hendricks Hall was designed for use as meeting halls, a nursery, support space for meetings, social gathering space after Masses, teen meetings, and administrative offices for the Parish. It was designed to complement and enhance the existing Parish facilities. On May 10, 2009, the Parish dedicated its new Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. The facility includes a performance stage and a full-sized gym with a wood floor. Bleacher seating for 500 and an enlarged and updated stage allow us to host a wide variety of athletic events, guest speakers and performances.
The final phase of our Parish building plan included the expansion and renovation of our Church, increasing the capacity to 1,500 seats, expanding the restrooms and enlarging the cry room and Gathering Area to accommodate the continuing growth of St. Brigid Parish. Additional parking lot changes are still in process. It is projected that we will be home to over 5,000 families in the next 10 years, and we continue to plan for the future.
Parish 25th Anniversary Celebration
Babs Polsford interviewed by Cailin O'Reilly
Mrs. Chaisson interviewed by Lauren Carr
Kay Gibbons interviewed by Sidney Anderson
Peggy Iannarino interviewed by Sophia Mangold