Parish Organizations

FIND A HOME HERE, WITH ST. BRENDAN PARISH…

It is our hope that the parish community of St. Brendan will not only feel like home, but will be a home for you to pray, to grow, to find life. It is here that we celebrate Christ’s birth, life, ministry, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, and the outpouring of the Spirit. We call this the Paschal Mystery. So that we may find in the mystery of our own lives, in our day to day living and dying, great value and deep meaning – generous blessings and abundant worth.

Come Home… Pray with us, Grow with us, find Life with us.

TO INQUIRE ABOUT A MINISTRY OR JOINING A GROUP
Contact the parish office by phone and we will be able to connect you to the parish representative of that particular ministry or group. Also the parish bulletin, The News From The Pews, is an excellent resource to keep yourself informed on the year activities of our parish life.

TO REGISTER IN THE PARISH
Please contact the church office so that we may meet you and welcome you to the parish community. No records or certificates are needed but general information will be taken at the time of your appointment.

Growing in Faith Together

PARISH SCHOOL with AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Though rooted in the Catholic Tradition our enrollment is open to all who seek Pre-School-Eighth Grade education. The faculty and staff are dedicated to meeting the academic, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of our children as well as their families. PTU is one active way for parents to be informed and involved.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (PSR)
First through eighth grade students enrolled in the public school system meet weekly during the school year to develop a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith, teachings, and traditions.

KEEPIN’ THE FAITH
High School aged students who come together weekly to creatively learn, share, and relate to the different aspects of the Catholic Faith.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
These sessions are offered periodically throughout the year for those parents who seek to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith.

HOLY FAMILY PROGRAM
The Holy Family Program is the family-based Sacramental program for those children preparing for the reception of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
This process of preparation is offered to any young person who would like to be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation. After meeting with the Director of Religious Education, a program is designed that is mutually agreeable.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week-long summer program for children in grades Preschool 4s-6th grade (grades are determined by child’s grade in the coming year). Throughout the VBS week children learn five Scripture stories, make crafts, learn new songs, participate in group assemblies, and share fun snacks. A large group of adult and teen volunteers act as teachers, craft guides, snack helpers, welcoming committee, and song leaders. All volunteers are VIRTUS trained (in compliance with the Diocese of Cleveland’s guidelines for child safety). The VBS program selected is written for Catholic Churches and approved by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. VBS is open to all children (not just St. Brendan Parishioners).

ST. BRENDAN PARISH (SPY) YOUTH GROUP
We gather the youth of our parish in a healthy, appropriate venue to meet new people, deepen friendships and come closer to God. We encourage active participation in the life and work of the parish community.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION
Couples who seek marriage in the Church should contact a parish priest so that information can be given to help prepare and organize for the marriage six months in advance.

PRE-CANA MARRIAGE DAY
Part of marriage preparation is to spend a day focusing on the meaning of a life-long, loving,
faith commitment to each other. This day is led by married couples and is a great opportunity to listen from their wisdom and experience and to reflect on your own outlook and vision for the future with each other.

GENERATIONS OF FAITH
All generations come together to learn, share, and grow in some aspect of our Catholic faith. This lively exchange includes praying together, age appropriate break out sessions, and witnessing each other come alive in Christ Jesus.

ADULT EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Continues the discussion and development of adult, faith-based education of our community.

ART CLASS
Develop the creative side. This class is offered periodically throughout the year to bring color and inspiration to life.

BIBLE STUDY
Classes are offered by educated instructors periodically throughout the year on different books of Scripture.

DISCIPLES ON THE JOURNEY
During Lent, faith sharing groups are formed to pray and prepare more reflectively for Sunday Eucharist by reflecting and pondering on Sunday’s upcoming Scripture readings.

Serving in Faith Together

SERVICE AT THE EUCHARISTIC TABLE IN CHURCH

Lector … Junior High and older
Eucharistic Minister … over the age of 16, and certified by the Diocese
Altar Server … Girls and Boys, 5th Grade through Senior Year of High School
Funeral Altar Server … Men and Women, Adult Members of the Community
Ushers … Junior High and older
Liturgy Committee … meets on a monthly basis to advance our life of worship
Ministry of Music … Cantors, Choir, Instrumentalists,
String and a Prayer … our Contemporary Choir
Holy Dusters … Care for the cleanliness of our worship space, meet Friday mornings

SERVICE AT THE EUCHARISTIC TABLE OF OUR COMMUNITY
• North Olmsted Food Pantry
• Give-A-Christmas
• Serving Community Meals
• Homeless Stand-Down
• Interfaith Hospitality Network
• Jail Ministry

SERVICES AT THE EUCHARISTIC TABLE OF THE WORLD
CALM ( Children And Light Mission) We have formed an ongoing relationship with an orphanage in Uganda, Africa. Throughout the year we contribute to their spiritual and temporal needs. Every other year a mission team of up to ten parishioners travels to the orphanage to strengthen the bonds of our friendship with the children and their caregivers.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
This group meets to discuss, pray, and build awareness of the social teachings of the Church and to actively respond to the current social issues of our modern day society.

WELLNESS MINISTRY
This ministry provides opportunity for area hospitals to network with our parish community in facilitating timely information and awareness on health care issues. They also provide blood pressure, cholesterol screening, and flu shots at designated times during the year. Active/retired medical care professionals in our parish facilitate this group.

HOLY NAME SOCIETY
They promote the Holy Name of Jesus and the presence of Christ in the parish. Meetings are held on Monday following the second Sunday of each month at 7:30 PM.

ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY
Provides for the needs of the church sanctuary, encourages devotion to Mary through the praying of the rosary, supports a spirit of Christian friendship and service within the parish community.

GOLDEN NAVIGATORS
This is a social group of parishioners who have entered their senior years. They support friendship among each other and organize times to come together for bus trips, education, or fun.

Witnessing Faith Together

PARISH COUNCIL
This is a body of elected parishioners who consult with the pastor on the pastoral needs of the parish community.

FINANCE COUNCIL
This is a body of parishioners chosen by the pastor for their financial and managerial expertise. They consult with the pastor on matters of being a good steward of the parish resources.

NEWS FROM THE PEWS
This is our weekly parish bulletin that is designed and organized by various editors from the parish community. The deadline for bulletin articles is Mondays at 3:00 PM. They should be submitted to the parish office. The News From The Pews may be viewed online from our website as well.

PARISH WEBSITE
Our parish website is yet another face of our parish community that reaches out to those who are in tune with the current technology of our age. Our web address is
www.StBrendanNorthOlmsted.org.

VIBRANT PARISH LIFE/CLUSTERING
We work and collaborate with the other North Olmsted Catholic Churches, St. Clarence and
St. Richard. Throughout the year we help each other with various programs and Sacramental celebrations.

ACTS
We work and collaborate with the other North Olmsted Christian Churches to help provide for the needs of the North Olmsted community

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)
This is a process in which adults who would like to join our Catholic Faith are able to walk and talk with other members of the parish community in order to gradually inquire and deepen a commitment to Christ as lived through the Catholic Tradition.

OUTREACH TO THE HOSPITALIZED
When you or a family member are hospitalized for an extended stay, contact the parish office so that members of the staff can visit. Because of confidentiality codes, hospitals do not contact parishes when a parishioner is admitted.

OUTREACH TO AREA NURSING HOMES
We have a ministry to Manor Care Nursing Home and Wellington Place in North Olmsted. Eucharistic Ministers take communion to residents on a weekly basis. We have mass at Manor Care on the third Wednesday of each month and at Wellington Place on the second Friday of each month. If you know of any parishioners located at other nursing homes, please inform the office so that periodic visits can be scheduled.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK & RECONCILIATION
To request the anointing of the sick or reconciliation, see a priest or call the parish office to arrange a time.

FUNERAL ASSISTANCE
In time of death, the parish priests and staff will work with the family to help make
arrangements for the Rite of Christian Burial (the Funeral Mass). We also provide a parish-coordinated luncheon or space for a catered luncheon in the Kenny Center after the Mass or committal at the cemetery. Family or the Funeral Home should contact the parish office.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
Periodically those who have lost a loved one are invited to come together for prayer to help ease those times of the year that can be most difficult. The parish can provide resources with regard to Bereavement Groups that meet on a regular basis.

PRAYER CHAIN
This is a group of parishioners who are alerted to pray for the special needs of the parish and individual concerns of parishioners. Contact the parish office so that members of the chain can be notified about prayer intentions. A book of Prayer Intentions is also located in the vestibule of the church.

ANNULMENT MINISTRY
For those who wish to know more about the Church’s teaching on divorce and annulments should contact a parish priest. He will also help facilitate the reconciliation and healing process that the annulment fosters.

WESTSHORE SEPARATED, DIVORCED, WIDOWED CATHOLIC SUPPORT GROUP
This group is open to anyone who has been married at one time but is now living a single life because of divorce, separation, or death of a spouse. This is a ministry of peers who come together to help each other adjust emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Meetings happen on the first, third, and fifth Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM.

Enjoying Each Other’s Faith Together

GOLF LEAGUES
• A Mixed Couple’s Golf League
• Men’s Golf League
• Women’s Golf League

BOWLING LEAGUE FOR WOMEN

PARISH SUPPORT FOR GIRL AND BOY SCOUT TROOPS

CYO SPORTS
• Football
• Basketball
• Baseball/Softball
• Track
• Cross Country
• Volleyball
• Cheerleading
• Wrestling

BINGO
This parish fund raiser takes place every Friday beginning at 7:00 PM, doors open at 5:00 PM. Instant tickets are sold prior to the first game. The Kenny Center is air-conditioned and a smoke free facility. Parents of our day school help to facilitate the success of this program and other parishioner assistance is always welcomed. Proceeds are used for capital improvements in the parish and school.