Pastor's Corner

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…

2021 05-09   Mothers Assist Their Children in Making Decisions That Help Them Lead Fruitful Lives

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we are invited to remember and honor our mothers in a special way.  We can reflect on how much they do for their families and the many sacrifices they make on behalf of their spouse and children.  As often noted, mothers do many ordinary things and they do them…

2021 05-02   We Celebrate First Communion … Jesus Is Alive and Here With Us

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This coming Saturday, many of the children in our faith community will make their First Holy Communion at Saint Brigid.  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…

2021 04-25   Frequently Asked Questions of Catholics

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As Catholics, we are encouraged to grow in our knowledge and understanding of our faith.  The publication, Our Sunday Visitor, has prepared a list of the following ten questions which are frequently asked of Catholics: Are you saved? If you died tonight, would you go to heaven? Why do you worship wafers? Why do you…

2021 04-18   Our Holy Week Celebrations – Thank you.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As we know, we are living in difficult and uncertain times due primarily to the sustained impact of the COVID-19 virus.  During these times we have been striving to meet the spiritual needs of our parishioners and friends in conformity with the guidelines and directives provided by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  We have celebrated our…

2021 04-11   Jesus I Trust in You, Divine Mercy Sunday

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. This year we celebrate this day in the midst of these difficult and uncertain times due primarily to the sustained impact of the COVID-19 virus which has caused us to adapt our approach to certain liturgical services. This great day is associated with Sr. Faustina. She was a Catholic…

2021 04-04   May Each Day of This Easter Season Provide Glimpses of Your Glory

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday is Easter Sunday, and, on this day, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Through His Resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin and death. This is the message of His Good News. This is the message of Easter, and Pope Francis invites us to embrace this message. Our Holy Father supplemented this message as reported…

2021 03-28   “Beloved, let us set out with faith this Holy Week, in which Jesus suffers, dies, and rises again.”

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday, and we focus on the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  In our faith tradition, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week during which we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Palms are blessed at Mass and distributed to the faithful to be used for personal…

2021 03/21  Congratulations to Carol Kler and Emma Oswald as Woman and Teen of the Year for Saint Brigid Parish

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Each year the Archdiocese of Atlanta honors the Woman and Teen of the Year for each of those parishes which are members of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Council of Catholic Women.  In past years, the Archbishop celebrated a Mass of Recognition honoring these women and teens.  However, this year, due primarily to the sustained impact…

2021 03-14   May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us!

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Next Wednesday we celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick.  We are encouraged in a special way on this day to reflect on his life and his contributions to the Catholic faith and to Irish culture.   It is a special day for many of our priests who were born in Ireland and who faithfully serve the…

2021 03-07   Parish Lenten Mission “How to RECLAIM, REIMAGINE, & RECONNECT in Our World Today

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

We will soon offer a Parish Mission to our faith community.  A Parish Mission can be viewed as an opportunity for spiritual reflection 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. We…

2021 02-28   Confession is Meant to Be a Sincere Time of Conversion

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Pope Francis often has urged us to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation when appropriate, acknowledging that we are all sinners in need of God’s mercy.  As reported by the publication “Catholic News Agency”, he stated that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is, “the efficacious sign that Jesus left to the Church so that the…

2021 02-21   Why Do We Pray the “Stations of the Cross”?

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Each Friday during Lent we are invited to come together as a faith community to pray the “Stations of the Cross.”  We begin at 7:00 pm with a brief reflection by one of our deacons or deacons in formation.  The reflection focuses on our Lenten challenges and concerns.   “Stations” then follow at 7:15 pm. As…