Pastor's Corner

2019 11-17 Invite Your Neighbors and Friends to Consider Becoming Members of our Saint Brigid Faith Community

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Periodically we sponsor a “Newcomers Social” and invite all those who are new to the Parish to join us for an evening of food and fellowship at the Parish rectory.  The gathering is a way to welcome newcomers into our faith community.  Those who have recently joined our community are invited to meet our priests and…

2019 11-10 We Remember All Who Sacrificed For our Country

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This coming Monday we celebrate Veterans Day.  At this time we remember in a special way our men and women who served in the military and who sacrificed so much through their dedicated commitment to our country.   The Johns Creek Memorial Walk, located in Newtown Park, serves as a vivid and sobering reminder of the…

2019 11-3 Confirmation Should Strive to Awaken a Sense of Belonging to the Universal Church of Jesus Christ

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Later this month Bishop Joel Konzen will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to approximately two hundred 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 seal or ‘confirm’ the baptized in union with Christ and…

2019 10-27 We are Invited to Honor our Great Saints and Deceased Loved Ones

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This coming Friday, November 1st we celebrate All Saints Day.  The Catholic Church recognizes this day as a Holy Day of Obligation.  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…

2019 10-22 “Fostering Care” at Saint Brigid

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

October has been designated as Respect Life Month by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The Respect Life Program stresses the value and dignity of all human life.  It is observed in Catholic dioceses throughout the United States.  According to the Office of Family Life, the month of October is dedicated to ‘increasing a…

2019 10-15 Marriage and Religious Vows, Witness of God’s Perfect Fidelity and Enduring Love

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2364), states that the married couple forms “the intimate partnership of life and love established by the Creator and governed by his laws.”  It further states, “Both give themselves definitively and totally to one another.  They are no longer two; from now on they form one flesh.  The covenant…

2019 10-06 Respect Life Sunday- Be the Voice for the Voiceless

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This Sunday we celebrate Respect Life Sunday.  As Catholics, we are encouraged to promote the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called us to promote the Gospel of Life, and protect and cherish the lives of the elderly, the physically and mentally challenged, and the…

2019 09-29 Priesthood Sunday

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

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.  The day is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International.  In the midst of the recent clergy abuse scandals, it is easy to lose focus on the…

2019 09-21 Enrich and Strengthen our Parish Community – Ministry Fair

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

My brothers and sisters in Christ:  God has blessed each of us with a unique set of gifts, skills, talents and resources so we can play a special role in building up His kingdom here on earth.  Stewardship assists us in more fully embracing our call to discipleship and brings us closer to Our Lord…

2019 09-15 Can You Not Take ONE Hour to Pour Your Heart Out to Christ and ADORE Him?

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Pope Benedict XVI comments on Eucharistic Adoration stated, “Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist.  In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body.” The publication “Our Sunday…

2019 09-08 World Day of Peace, September 11th

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Wednesday we will mark the eighteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  We as a nation recall the tragic deaths and injuries that occurred at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on the fields of Somerset, Pennsylvania.  It is a date that many of us will never forget. As reported…

2018 09-01 A Day of Honor for Those Who Labor for a Living and Labor for the Lord

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As a nation, this Monday we celebrate Labor Day.  On this day we honor all those who labor for a living.  We thank them for their service to their families, and for their service to all those who benefit from their efforts.  We also called to remember and pray for all those who are now…

2019 08-25 Deacon David Briselden, He Will Be Greatly Missed

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The “Order of Christian Funerals” states, “At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it  break the bonds forged…

2019 08-18 The Power of Prayer

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, is also our Teacher.  Throughout His public ministry, through His example, He taught us much about the need for prayer.  Jesus often prayed for others, including His Apostles. Following the example of Jesus, Pope Francis has also focused on the need for prayer.  He has often spoken about the power…

2019 08-11 Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, Intercede for Us

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This Thursday we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary.  Our Catechism states that “…the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so…

2019 08-04 Many Miracles of Healing have been Attributed to St. Peregrine’s Prayers

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Many of us know someone who is struggling with some form of cancer.  It is a pervasive and frightful disease that has affected many of our parishioners and their loved ones.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently addressed the importance of God’s presence as one deals with cancer.  The publication, “Catholic News Service”, reported that…

2019 07-28 Support and Serve our Church of Tommorrow

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Currently, we are in the midst of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2019.   A substantial portion of the Appeal provides for the funding of the Vocation Program for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Through your generosity, Saint Brigid benefits directly from the Appeal because, at this time, we are blessed to have two men from our…

2019 07-21 Pray for the Strengthening of The Family

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has often focused on the need for strong Catholic families.  He spoke of the Catholic family as an institution that prays, keeps the faith, and experiences joy.  He challenged families to pray together in the midst of the many distractions and busyness of daily living.  During a Mass for Family…

2018 07-14 Invite Your Neighbors and Friends to Our Saint Brigid Community

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Each quarter, or at least semi-annually, we sponsor a “Newcomers Social” at the Saint Brigid Parish rectory.  We welcome all those who are new to the Parish to join us for food and fellowship.  It is a way to welcome newcomers into our faith community.  They are invited to meet our priests and deacons, and…

2019 07-07 We Welcome Fr. Michael Bremer, our New Parochial Vicar

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

We welcome Fr. Michael Bremer to Saint Brigid as our new parochial vicar.  Fr. Michael was ordained to the priesthood last year for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and completed his principal theological studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein), in…

2019 06-30 We Celebrate Independence Day

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Monday, we officially say goodbye to Fr. Peter Ha and welcome Fr. Michael Bremer to our Parish.   We have scheduled a farewell gathering for Fr. Peter for this weekend.  We also intend to have a reception for Fr. Michael in the near future. This Thursday we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day.  On…

2019 06-23 Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This weekend, on Friday and Saturday, the Archdiocese of Atlanta sponsored its Eucharistic Congress as we continue to focus on our devotion to the Eucharist.  This Sunday, we celebrate the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.  We as Catholics, on this feast of Corpus Christi, are blessed to have such high regard for…

2019 06-16 Our Love For Our Fathers Should Reflect the Trinitarian Love That God Has For Us.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. In many ways, this feast is a mystery concerning God’s unconditional love for us.  God the Father loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to save us. God the Son loved us so much that He died for us. God the Holy Spirit loved us…

2019 06-09 Keep Your Focus on the Lord During the Summer Months

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost.  We remember that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and transformed their lives.  These frightened men who abandoned Jesus during His Passion became bold disciples who endured persecution, suffering, ridicule and other forms of trial as they preach His Good News.  They clearly kept their focus…

2019 06-02 The 2019 Archdiocese of Atlanta Eucharistic Congress

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The 2019 Archdiocese of Atlanta Eucharistic Congress will take place on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, GA.   The Congress is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  The theme of this year’s Congress is “THIS IS MY BODY GIVEN UP FOR YOU” (Luke 22:19).  At…

2019 05-26 We Are Reminded to 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.  We pray for the repose of their souls, and for the consolation of those who mourn their passing from this world.  Many of…

2019 05-19 Mary, the Mother of our Church

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

During the month of May, we honor Mary in a special way.  As we know, in our faith tradition, we refer to her as Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima.  We call her Queen of Peace and Queen of the Rosary and bestow on her many other titles.  Mary is worthy of…

2019 05-12 Happy Mother’s Day

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we remember our moms in a special way.  During an address in Rome, Pope Francis professed his great admiration for the vocation of motherhood.  He stated that a mother is concerned “above all about the health of her children” and thus she cares for them “with great love and…

2019 05-05 Bless the Children Coming Forward to Receive Holy Communion for the First Time. 

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Saturday, approximately one hundred and fifty children will experience a very special day in their lives.  It is the day on which they will be making their First Holy Communion (Eucharist) at Saint Brigid.  Our Catechism teaches that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  When we receive the Lord in…

2019 04-28 Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have Mercy on Us and On the Whole World.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  This great day is associated with Sr. Faustina.  She was a Catholic nun and mystic from Poland who experienced apparitions of Jesus which inspired the devotion of Divine Mercy and earned her the title of “Apostle of Divine Mercy.” The Church reminds us that, “During the Church’s millennium celebration…