Pastor's Corner

2019 05-27 The 2019 Archdiocese of Atlanta Eucharistic Congress

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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 05-19 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…

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…

2019 04-21 We Are Truly the Body of Christ, The Community of Hope, and the Easter People of Faith

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Today we celebrate Easter Sunday and the Resurrection of Jesus.  Pope Francis stated, “Jesus is risen from the dead!  This message resounds in the Church the whole world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia.”  Our Holy Father further assures us, “Death, solitude and fear are not the last words.  There is a word…

2019 04-14 We Are Challenged to Focus Following the Way of Christ During This Special Time Of Grace

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday and focus on the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Palms are blessed and distributed to the faithful on this day to be used for personal devotion throughout the year.  Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week during which we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. …

2019 04-07 “The Church Fully Alive” Parish Lenten Mission and Penance Service

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

A Parish Mission can be viewed as an opportunity for spiritual healing and renewal. With an emphasis on love and mercy, it also can provide an opportunity to change hearts and transform lives as we renew and strengthen our relationship with Our Lord.  This week from Monday, April 8th to Wednesday, April 10th we are privileged to host a Lenten Parish Mission presented by…

2019 3-31 Saint Brigid’s Woman and Teen of the Year 2019

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

On Saturday, April 13th, Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Mass of Recognition at 10:00 am at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in downtown Atlanta honoring the Woman and Teen of the Year for each of those parishes which are members of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Council of Catholic Women.  Donna Ortiz has…

2019 3-24 Operation Orphan – Mustard Seed Communities

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As Catholics, we are taught to respect the fundamental dignity of the human person, and we hope to see that dignity reflected in all God’s children. This respect for God’s children is reflected in the work of the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC). Mustard Seed was founded by Msgr. Gregory Ramkissoon, a Catholic priest in Jamaica….

2019 3-17 Keep St. Patrick in St. Patrick’s Day

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  It is a very special day for people of Irish heritage.  The publication Stubhill News reported that Pope Francis urged Catholics to “keep St. Patrick in St. Patrick’s Day.”  Our Holy Father criticized the commercialism that unfortunately has become part of the day, and which tempts people to…

2019 3-10 The Widowed Have an Important Place in Our Church

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

At Saint Brigid we are blessed to have a vibrant ministry for widows and widowers. Many widows and widowers from our parish come together in our parish hall generally on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month for dinner, community and fellowship.  They invite widows and widowers from other parishes.  Many of these widows and widowers were married more than 30 or…