Pastor's Corner

2020 02-09 Pastoral Life Center Survey

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

For more than two decades, Saint Brigid Catholic Church has served the spiritual needs of Catholics in the North Atlanta area.  We have provided a spiritual home where our people could find fellowship in Christ, raise their children in a spiritual environment, expand the knowledge of their faith, and work to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Our existing parish facilities have served us well, and now we are a thriving faith community with over 4300 families, blessed with active lay leaders and dynamic ministries.  As our parish has grown, we have struggled to accommodate the over eighty parish ministries and organizations seeking space for meetings, activities, and fellowship.  Scheduling events and functions can be difficult due to space limitations.   Our limited space hinders our ability to add new ministries and expand existing ones.

Our parish leadership, including our expansion committee, has reminded us that we have not entered into a major expansion project in fifteen years.  After careful study and discussion over the last two years, our leadership has asked us as a faith community to consider and evaluate the feasibility of the construction of a Pastoral Life Center.  This proposed large free-standing two-story Pastoral Life Center would serve as an investment in the spiritual vitality of our Parish and strengthen our efforts to enhance our faith and fellowship.  It would also serve as a legacy to our children and grandchildren.  The new Center would enable us to add new ministries and programs and expand existing ones, helping to ensure that our Parish will continue to be vibrant and flourish.

Our parish leadership, in coordination with a professional advisory firm, has prepared a summary of the proposed project and a brief survey. The summary and the survey were distributed after the Masses on recent weekends.  The summary and survey are also on the following pages in this bulletin and on our Parish website.

We appreciate all who have participated in the survey.  If anyone would like additional information about the proposed project, they are invited to attend one of our information sessions scheduled for Monday, February 17th or Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm in Corbett Hall, or they may contact Parish representatives:

Jim Shields:  jrsx5@bellsouth.net

Bill Stuhltrager:  stuhltrw@att.net

Brian Dooling:  bdooling@archatl.com

Nancy Ketchum:  Nancy.ketchum@att.net

Please be assured that although the project will require a capital campaign, you are not under any obligation to participate in the project.  We simply want you to understand the project so we can gauge your level of interest and support.

Please also be assured that we are challenged to be good stewards of Church funds.  Due to your generosity and the prudent management of our Parish leadership, our Church is debt-free.  We do not intend to initiate the project unless we can remain debt-free.  Our Parish leadership believes our resources should be directed to people and ministries, and not used to pay interest.

I truly appreciate all you do to enhance the spiritual vitality of our faith community.

Thank you all and God bless you.

 

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