Pastor's Corner

2020 07-26 Remindar of our Call to Live a Life of Love and Service

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

At this time, we are in the midst of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2020.  The Archdiocese has recently sent reminder notices urging parishioners to support the Appeal., and Bishop Joel Konzen has spoken about the importance of the Appeal.  He stated, “The theme of our 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, ‘You are the Light of the World’, reminds us of our call to live a life of love and service, brightly shining God’s grace for all to see.”  He also noted, “We are vibrant, diverse, and dedicated to serving the needs of our faithful and spreading the Good News.  Your contributions to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal help to make that possible.”

Our contributions to the Appeal provide funds that go directly to the training and support of future happy, holy, and healthy priests needed to serve the Church of tomorrow.  The Appeal also supports our diaconate program, Catholic Charities, and many other Archdiocesan pastoral outreach, education, and formation programs that serve our parish as well as our larger Church family.  In addition, the Appeal also provides needed financial support for our priests in retirement who have served the people of this Archdiocese so faithfully over the years.

A substantial portion of the Appeal provides for the funding of our Archdiocese Vocation program.  Through your generosity, Saint Brigid benefits directly from the Appeal because, at this time, we are blessed to have parishioner and recently ordained Deacon, Robbie Cotta, currently attending seminary and studying for the priesthood.  God willing, he will be ordained a priest next year.

At Saint Brigid, we strive as a community to assist seminarians as they discern a vocation to the priesthood, and as they continue their training and formation.  Seminarian Jacob Butz was assigned to parish ministry at Saint Brigid this summer.  He assisted primarily at our liturgies and also with our Adult Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs.  As a faith community, we also continue to 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.

As we can see, our prayers and financial support of the Annual Appeal are clearly bearing fruit.  We ask for your continued support.  If you have already given via the mail or online, we thank you.  If you have not yet given to the Annual Appeal, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so.  Additional information about the Appeal can be obtained from the parish office or from the parish website.

Bishop Konzen has asked us to generously and sacrificially support the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.  We clearly realize that there may be limitations to your generosity in these difficult and uncertain times due primarily to the impact of the Covid-19 virus, but we ask you to assist us to the extent possible.  Thank you for all you do to enhance the spiritual vitality of our faith community.

 

 

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