Pastor's Corner

2022 05-15   Mary, Queen of Peace and Queen of the Rosary

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

May is the month of Mary, and this month we honor her in a special way.  We call her Queen of Peace and Queen of the Rosary and bestow on her many other titles.  Mary is worthy of these titles because she said “Yes” to God in so many ways in the midst of the…

2022 05-08   We Give Thanks to Our Mothers

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day.  In the United States, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the early part of the twentieth century.  On this day we remember in a special way how much moms do for their families and the many sacrifices they make on behalf of their spouses and children. Pope Francis has…

2022 05/01   Thank the Lord for the Great Gift of the Eucharist

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Saturday, many of the children in our faith community will make their First Holy Communion at Saint Brigid.  Hopefully, their parents and other loved ones will present them to share with us in the fullness of the Lord’s Supper for the first time and watch proudly as these children, with great devotion, take this…

2022 04-25   The Sunday of Divine Mercy & Holy Hour

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, and we focus on the mercy of our loving God.  The Catholic Church has stated the following about this great feast, as previously noted: “During the Church’s millennium celebration in 2000, Pope John Paul II declared that the Second Sunday of Easter is known as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. …

2022 04-16   We Are Reminded the Suffering of the Cross Gives Way to the Glory of the Resurrection

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Today, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  As Holy Week comes to an end, we are reminded that the suffering of the cross gives way to the glory of the Resurrection.  Just as we share in the suffering of Christ in this life, we hope to one day share in His glory. Through…

2022 03-27   Return to the Lord’s Loving Embrace – 2022 Lenten Mission

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

  We are privileged to host a two-day Lenten Parish Mission on Monday, March 28th, and Tuesday, March 29th.  The mission will be presented by  Fr. Carlos Gonzalez, who will offer a morning session at 10 am and an evening session at 7:00 pm.  Fr. Carlos is an internationally recognized mission presenter and Catholic missionary with…

2022 03-20  Honor our Deceased Loved Ones in Our Call to Discipleship

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As Catholics, and as a faith community, we have great reverence for the dead.  Recently in our faith community, we have experienced the passing of many of our faithful.  Fortunately, our parish is blessed with a compassionate and loving bereavement ministry.  Members of the ministry strive to assist, in many ways, the families who have…

2022 3-13   Saint Patrick, a Faithful Witness to the Gospel as He Embraced the Mission and Ministry of Christ. 

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This coming Thursday, we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  Saint Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland.  He was a priest and later became a bishop in the fifth century.  As a youth, he lived in Britain, was kidnapped, and taken to Ireland where he lived as a servant.  After about six years, he…

2022 03-06   Praying the “Stations” can provide us with abundant spiritual graces.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Pope Francis has called on the faithful to enter more fully into the spirit of sacrifice, renewal, and repentance during the Lenten season.  We can embrace this call in various ways, including by praying the “Stations of the Cross.”  Our Holy Father has encouraged us to pray the “Stations”, and stressed their importance.  He reminded…

2022 02-27 Ash Wednesday and the Beginning

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Wednesday in the Church year is Ash Wednesday.  It is a day of fasting and abstinence.  Guidelines concerning fasting and abstinence are included in our Parish bulletin and on our parish website.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of people as a reminder of human mortality,…

2022 02-20   Archbishop Annual Appeal 2022 “Transformed in Christ”

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This weekend we initiate discussion of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2022 at our Masses.   The theme of the Appeal is “Transformed in Christ.” At this time, Catholics are invited to make a significant pledge so that we can meet the spiritual, educational, and temporal needs of our parishes and their people. A substantial portion…

2022 02-13  The Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

  Archbishop Hartmayer has encouraged us to actively participate in a process called a synod.  He recently stated in a pastoral letter, “Pope Francis opened a two-year process called the Synod on Synodality (For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission) that will uniquely engage not only Catholics but God’s people all over the world. …

2022 02-06  Respect for God’s Children is Reflected in the Work of the Mustard Seed Communities

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Last weekend, representatives of the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) were present after all Masses to answer questions about Mustard Seed and the work it does.  Mustard Seed was founded by Msgr. Gregory Ramkissoon, is a Catholic priest in Jamaica.  MSC started in Jamaica and expanded to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and now has a presence…

2022 01-30   Saint Brigid of Kildare, Patron Saint of our Parish and the Patron Saint of Students

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday marks the beginning of “Catholic Schools Week.”  The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full.”  Catholic education has always been a priority for the bishops of our nation.  They have strived to make Catholic schools accessible and affordable despite the increasingly secular environment in our society, rising tuition costs,…

2022 01-23   Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This weekend we are in the midst of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Our bishops have acknowledged the need for unity and have urged Catholics to participate in this week of prayer.  Fr. James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), has been an articulate spokesman in this call for…

2022 01-16   The Legacy of Dr. King and Pro-Life Advocacy

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

On Monday, January 17th, as a nation we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his work in promoting the dignity of the human person.  One of the many quotes he is noted for is: “I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  In honoring…

2022 01-09   Ensure Your Child’s Growth in Faith with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

We mark the end of our Christmas Season this Sunday as we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.  As we celebrate this feast, we are reminded that the Sacrament of Baptism is the gateway to the other sacraments.  Jesus began His public life after having Himself baptized by John the Baptist in…

2022 01-02   “New Years Reflection and Prayer” Braces the Call from our Holy Father

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Our New Year began this weekend on Saturday as we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.  As we reflect on this Solemnity, we are urged to follow Mary’s example of holiness.  Pope Francis has noted that devotion to Mary is a requirement of the Christian life. This Sunday, we celebrate the…

2021, 12-25 and 12-16 The Nativity of the Lord and the Feast of the Holy Family

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

My brothers and sisters in Christ:  At Christmas, Christ comes into the world and our lives as a sign of the love God has for us.  The Christmas Season should be a time of prayer and reflection, wonder and silence as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. The following prayer, …

2021 12-19   Rise Above the Distractions with the Advent Wreath this Season

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

During Advent, many of us can get caught up in the “busyness” of the season.  With all the distractions of the season, it is very possible to lose our spiritual focus.  The media does much to commercialize the season.  Many weeks before Thanksgiving Day, various media outlets begin to overwhelm us with various “holiday” advertisements…

2021 12-12   We Celebrate Gaudete Sunday, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Remember Msgr. Paul Reynolds

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, we celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday as we wait in joyful anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child.  As we wait, we continue to strive to prepare ourselves spiritually.  In our Sunday gospels during Advent, the call to prepare for Christ comes primarily from John the Baptist.  He,…

2021 12-5  Our Advent Journey Continues Through our Devotion to Mary, Prayers, Charity, and Healing by Reconciliation.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Our Advent journey continues in these difficult and uncertain times as we strive to remain watchful and alert as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Lord.  This Wednesday we especially honor our Mother Mary as we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and affirm our…

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 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 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…