Pastor's Corner

2018 07-29 Participate in the Mission of the Church Beyond Our Parish – The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy
Archbishop Gregory has asked all parishes to foster and support vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.  We as the Saint Brigid parish family continue to respond enthusiastically to the call of the Archbishop.  At this time, as a faith community, we especially 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.

After each daily Mass in our Day Chapel, we pray for vocations.  We support these seminarians through our prayers and also through our support of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Currently, we are in the midst of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2018.  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 parish, Robbie Cotta and Joey Martineck, attending seminary and studying for the priesthood.  In addition, another seminarian who is not a parishioner, Sean Crepin, was assigned to parish ministry at Saint Brigid during this summer.  He assisted primarily at our liturgies and with our Vacation Bible School, Life Teen, and Confirmation programs.  As a faith community, we also assist Fr. Tri through our prayers and financial support as he provides guidance to our seminarians in his role as Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

In addition to providing support for the training and formation of our seminarians, the Appeal also supports our diaconate and religious life programs, Catholic Charities and many other Archdiocesan pastoral outreach, education, and formation programs that serve our parish as well as our larger Church family.  Archbishop Gregory has stated that the Appeal “…is one way for our parishioners to participate in the mission of the wider Church beyond their parish.  It is a source of support for the ministries beyond the individual activities of any one of our parishes.”

As we can see, our prayers and financial support of the Annual Appeal are clearly bearing fruit.  We ask for your continued assistance.  If you have already given via the mail or on line, we thank you.  If you have not yet given to the Annual Appeal, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so.  Pledge envelopes are provided in our Church pews and can be returned to the ushers or to the Parish office.  In addition, information about the Appeal has been provided on the Parish website.

Please continue to spiritually and financially support the training and formation of future priests, deacons, and religious needed to serve and guide the Church of tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued assistance.


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