Pastor's Corner

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…

2019 03-03 Lent is a Time to Seek Renewal in Heart, Mind & Body

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 can be found at the USCCB website.   Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of people as a reminder of human mortality, and as a sign…

2019 2-23 We Pray That One Day, All Human Life Will Truly Be Respected

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

The very first tenet of Catholic social teaching is: “Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. We need to respect life in all its forms.” Following this tenet, Pope Francis invites us to recommit ourselves to the dignity and value of all…

2019 2-17 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2019 “Go Therefore and Make Disciples”

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This weekend we initiate discussion of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2019 at our Masses.   The theme of the Appeal is “Go Therefore and Make Disciples.” (Matthew 28:19).  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 its…

2019 2-10 World Marriage Day

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Today we celebrate World Marriage Day and focus on the sacrament of marriage.  In the Book of Genesis, it is the Lord’s intention and ideal that two people who marry should become one flesh.  That ideal is found in the unbreakable union of Adam and Eve.  They were created for each other, and for no…

2019 02-03 The Feast Day of Saint Brigid

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This past Friday, February 1st, marked the Feast day of Saint Brigid of Kildare, the patron saint of our Parish.   Saint Brigid is especially known for her Christian charity, for feeding the poor, and is celebrated for her generosity to those in need.   It was said that she could not bear to see anyone cold…

2019 01-05 The Feast of the Epiphany

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy: This Sunday we celebrate the great Feast of the Epiphany.  As we celebrate this feast, we think of the wise men who were on a difficult journey of faith to encounter the Lord.  As we know they faced many obstacles on their journey, including the danger and discomfort involved…

2013 12-08 Our Parish Advent Mission and Penance Service

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy: A Parish Mission can be viewed as an opportunity for spiritual healing, renewal, and reconciliation.  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.  With this in mind, we…

2018 11-25 Strengthen our Personal Relationship with Christ. Our Eternal King

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday in the liturgical year.  According to the publication,   “Our Catholic Prayers”, Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 “… to combat the disturbing growth of secular as well as…

2018 11-18 Let our Hearts Respond With Gratitude this Thanksgiving Season

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy This Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and we are invited to give thanks in a special way for the many blessings that the Lord has bestowed on us.  We are encouraged to resist the temptation to join with those in our society who are making Thanksgiving Day more commercial…

2018 11-11 Honor Those Who Have Unselfishly Served Our Nation with Our Prayers, Gratitude and Respect

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy   This Sunday we celebrate Veterans Day. At this time we remember our men and women who served in the military and who sacrificed so much thorough their dedicated commitment to our country. They were willing to leave behind family and friends to serve our nation.  Many of our…