Pastor's Corner

2021 11-28 We Begin the Season of Advent with our Parish Mission.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The season of Advent begins this Sunday.  Advent is a special time in the Church year as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.  Advent holds out the hope and desire to see the light of Christ shine through the darkness of our world.  Pope Francis stated, “Advent is the time we are given…

2021 11-28  Avail yourself to the Special Time of Grace – Advent Parish Mission

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The season of Advent begins this Sunday.  Advent is a special time in the Church year as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.  Advent holds out the hope and desire to see the light of Christ shine through the darkness of our world.  Pope Francis stated, “Advent is the time we are given…

2021 09-19 Catechetical Sunday, “Say the Word and my Soul Shall be Healed”

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday, the Catholic Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops noted that the theme for this day is, “Say the Word and My Soul Shall Be Healed.”   Our bishops remind us that Catechetical Sunday is a “wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing…

2021 11-21   A Day For Our Lord, Family and Friends

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe as we approach the end of the liturgical year of our Church. We remember in a special way what Christ means to us, and what Christ did for us. We also celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, and we give thanks…

2021 11-14   Pray for our Confirmation Candidates as they Continue on their Journey of Faith

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Saturday, Bishop Bernard Shlesinger will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at Saint Brigid to approximately 160 of our teens.  Confirmation along with Baptism and the Holy Eucharist comprise the sacraments of Christian initiation.  Our Catechism states, “Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which…

2021 11-07   Through our Veterans unselfish service, they make it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms provided in this nation.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Thursday, November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day. At this time, we remember our men and women who served in the military and who sacrificed so much through their dedicated commitment to our country.  Many of our Veterans served in Viet Nam or some other foreign land, or here in the United States. Many others…

2021 10-31   Honor our Saints and Deceased Loved Ones

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Monday, November 1st, we celebrate All Saints Day.  We remember in a very special way on this day the many saints who came before us, holy men and women marked with the sign of faith.  They set such good examples for us, and we are encouraged to strive to model our behavior after them…

2021 10-24   Embrace the Missionary Spirit of our Precious Faith

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate World Mission Sunday.  This year’s theme is, “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).  In his ‘Mission” message this year, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has described the theme as “a summons to each of us to ‘own’ and to bring to others what we…

2021 10-17  Our Lady of the Rosary

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.  During this month, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and we honor our Mother Mary who has encouraged the faithful to pray the Rosary.  The publication, “Our Sunday Visitor” noted that the Rosary was developed in the Middle…

2021 09-10  The Image and Likeness of God are Present in Marriage

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

  Last weekend, Archbishop Hartmayer celebrated a special Mass at Saint Brigid honoring couples in the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrating the 50th or 60th anniversary of their marriage.  These couples have committed themselves in a sacramental way to the Lord, and to one another.  In our Church tradition, a man and woman are not only…

2021 10-03 Respect Life Month – Life Chain and the Holy Hour for Life

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Respect Life Sunday.  We are reminded that God is the Creator of all life, and all life is precious in His sight.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called on the faithful to promote the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.  He encouraged the faithful to promote…

2021 09-25 Priesthood Sunday 2021

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This Sunday we celebrate Priesthood Sunday, a special day set aside to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church.  It is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday in September and is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International to show their appreciation for the many priests…

2021 09-12   Patriots Day – In Remembrance of the Terrorist Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  We as a nation recalled the tragic deaths and injuries that occurred at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on the fields of Somerset, Pennsylvania.  We also remembered the men and women in uniform who gave their lives or who…

2021 09-5   This Labor Day, Treat it as a Day of Prayer For All Those Who Truly Labor in the Spirit of Jesus and St. Joseph

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As a nation, this Monday we celebrate Labor Day.  It is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September.  On this day we honor all those who labor for a living.   We thank these workers for their service to their families, and for their service to all those who benefit from their efforts.  We’re also…

2021 08-29   Family Love, A Vocation and Path to Holiness

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The traditional activities of many Catholic families have been disrupted or altered due primarily to the sustained impact of the COVID-19 virus.  Mass attendance, prayer routines, work schedules, family meals, and other activities may have changed.   In some instances, this may have an adverse effect on the family unit.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has…

2021 08-22   We Truly Appreciate the Faithful, Dedicated, and Holy Deacons who Serve Us

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As we know, there are men who serve in the Catholic Church as Permanent Deacons.  Those men who are called to the Permanent Deaconate can be married, and they are ordained usually after a rigorous period of five years of training and formation.  Many of these deacons have secular jobs to support their families and…

2021 08-15   Prayer to St. Peregrine for Cancer Sufferers

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As we know, cancer can be a debilitating disease and can impact people of all ages.  There are many different types of cancer.  Among the more common types are breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and stomach cancer. Saint Peregrine is the patron of all those afflicted by cancer and other…

2021 08-08   The Assumption of Mary

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Sunday we celebrate as a faith community the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Addressing the Assumption, our Church teaches that Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when the course of her earthly life was finished.  Pope Francis stated that this was a special privilege granted to…

2021 08-1   Marriage, the Divine Plan

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The goals of  Catholic marriage are procreation and education of children, a mutual love of a couple, in a union that is permanent and indissoluble.  However, unfortunately, these goals are not always met.  We may know friends and relatives and neighbors whose marriages have not endured for one reason or another.  We pray that they…

2021 07-25   The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children

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Our faith community has vibrant programs for those adults and children interested in becoming Catholic, and for those baptized Catholics who have not yet received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.   The programs are the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC).  Many who have…

2021 07-18   Our Prayers and Financial Support of the 2021 Annual Appeal are Clearly Bearing Fruit

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

 At this time, we are in the midst of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2021.  The theme of the Appeal is “Our Joyful Return to the Lord”.  Representatives of the Archdiocese have recently sent reminder notices urging parishioners to support the Appeal. Our contributions to the Appeal provide funds that go directly to the training…

2021 07-11   Welcome Fr. Darragh Griffith, our new Parochial Vicar

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

We welcome Fr. Darragh Griffith to our Saint Brigid parish family as our new parochial vicar.  Fr. Darragh was born and raised in Ireland and has been inspired by the examples set by Saint Brigid and Saint Patrick.  He has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta for many years, in various capacities…

2021 07-04   God, Source of All Freedom, A Gift to Every Human Being

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

 This Sunday we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day.  On this day, we remember and appreciate the birth of our nation.   As Catholics, we are called to truly cherish in a very special way the many freedoms we enjoy in this country.  Our bishops remind us that, in the midst of a society that…

2021 06-27   Welcome Jonathan Webster, our Summer Seminarian

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As a faith community, we strive to assist seminarians in the Archdiocese of Atlanta as they discern a vocation to the priesthood and as they continue their training and formation.  This summer, we welcomed Jonathan Webster to our parish as he paused in his seminary studies to gain additional experience in parish ministry.  He is…

2021 06-20   Thank our Heavenly Father for the Gift of Our Fathers

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and we remember in a special way all that dads mean to their children.  Being a father is a great privilege and also a great responsibility.  Fathers are challenged to set a good example for their children and to help prepare them for their lives as adults.  This is…

2021 06-13   We Celebrate the Ordination Fr. Robert Cotta,

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Saturday, June 12, Robbie Cotta was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta by Archbishop Hartmayer at the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Fr. Cotta is a long-time parishioner of Saint Brigid.  We thank him for answering the call to serve as a shepherd and we pray that Our Lord will bless…

2021 06-06   We Are Blessed in High Regard for the Eucharist

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, The Holy Body, and the Blood of Christ.  On this great day, we focus on our devotion to the Eucharist.  The feast celebrates the Holy Eucharist and is marked by special displays of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, including Eucharistic processions.  About this time, the Archdiocese…

2021 6-30   We Should Never Take for Granted our Precious Faith and Freedom

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

  This Monday we celebrate Memorial Day, and we remember in a special way those men and women in the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our nation.  Some of them were military chaplains who faithfully served the spiritual needs of our men and women in the armed forces and…

2021 05-23   A Graduate’s Prayer

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost.  It marks the end of the Easter season.  On this day, we see the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus to send the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles.  As we know, the Holy Spirit will transform the lives of these Apostles.  These frightened men who abandoned…

2021 05-16   Mary, Mother of our Church, Intercede for Us

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

During the month of May, we honor Mary in a special way.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has invited us to look to Mary for inspiration.  His great devotion to Mary is well known.  He stated, “We ask her, the first disciple, to teach us to persevere, to accompany us in patience, to strengthen us…