The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1113).
Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting covenant (CCC 1116).
The sacraments are of the Church in the double sense that they are by her and for her. They are by the Church, for she is the sacrament of Christ’s action at work in her through the mission of the Holy Spirit. They are for the Church in the sense that the sacraments make the Church, since they manifest and communicate to men, above all in the Eucharist, the mystery of communion with the God who is love, One in three persons (CCC 1118).
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month except during Advent and Lent. For additional information, please email the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 614-761-3734. You may be asked to attend a Jordan Conference, a Baptism preparation class.
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Children typically begin preparing to receive their First Holy Communion or First Eucharist once they reach the Second Grade. For more information, please email the parish office at email@example.com or call at 614-761-3734, or email the Religious Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 614-761-1176 as best fits your children’s life situation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually received when one approaches or enters his or her young teenage years. At St. Brigid of Kildare, the young people are prepared to receive Confirmation during the Eighth Grade. For more information, please email the parish office at email@example.com or call at 614-761-3734, or email the Religious Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 614-761-1176. As part of Confirmation preparation, students in grades 7-8 work to complete 25 hours of approved service activities prior to their Confirmation in the spring of their 8th grade year. 7th and 8th graders are required to fill out this form for all confirmation service hours and turn completed forms into the Religious Education Office.
Penance and Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (aka the Sacrament of Confession) is offered every Saturday afternoon from 4:00pm to 4:30pm (or up to the point at which the priest needs to prepare for the 5:00pm Sunday Vigil Mass). A priest will also provide the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation by appointment or as requested by the homebound, the sick, and the dying at their convenience.
The “Rite for Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution” (aka Penance Services) are offered seasonally (i.e. during Advent and Lent). On other occasions each year, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is specially available to 2nd Graders (“First Confession”), 4th Graders, and 8th Graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Of course, it is hoped that the children’s families will also present themselves for Confession on these occasions.
These are important moments of grace in the spiritual life of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish. Please call the Parish Office at 614-761-3734 and ask for either Msgr. Hendricks or Fr. Summers for all emergencies and special needs.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be received by any Catholic who is facing serious illness, is preparing for surgery, or is elderly. The priests of the Parish are available to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, as necessary, day or night. Both priests are happy to come to people whether they are in a hospital, nursing home, or confined to home. Please call the Parish Office at 614-718-5825 during business hours Monday through Friday. The Rectory emergency telephone number is 614-717-0706 during the evening, night, and weekends; or Sr. Patricia McMahon, OSF at St. Brendan at 614-876-1272.
Before a man and a woman consent to the Sacrament of Marriage the couple is required to participate in a marriage preparation program and to follow the Parish Wedding Guidelines. It is not unusual for particular circumstances or individual needs to necessitate a relatively extensive period of time for preparation, so couples are urged to schedule a first meeting with a priest or deacon well in advance of any planned wedding date. Please call the Parish Office at 614-761-3734 for additional information.
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Before a man is admitted to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as a priest and/or deacon he is required to pursue graduate academic work. Please call the Parish Office at 614-761-3734 to talk with any of the priests or deacons of the Parish about the Permanent Diaconate, and call the priests of the Parish to talk about the priesthood. Men interested in becoming priests of the Columbus Diocese will also need to contact Fr. Paul Noble, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Columbus, at the Diocesan Vocations Office at 614-221-5565.
Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA)
Adults seeking sacramental communion with the Roman Catholic Church will, routinely in most cases, enter the Church through RCIA. It requires attendance at catechetical evenings for upward of six-months or more. For additional information, please call the parish office at 614-761-3734.