Next Friday, June 17th, and Saturday, June 18th, the Archdiocese of Atlanta will sponsor its 2022 Eucharistic Congress at the Georgia International Convention Center.
The theme of the Congress this year will be, “Come to Me.” As in past years, the Congress begins on Friday evening with Mass and a healing service. It continues Saturday morning with a procession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A Benediction service will follow. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration will be available throughout most of the day. Various dynamic speakers will be present to give powerful witness to their faith journey. The Congress will conclude Saturday evening with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hartmayer.
At the Congress, we acknowledge in a special way the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and we reaffirm His presence by going forth as witnesses of His gospel message to the world around us. Admission to the Congress is free, and food and beverage concessions will be available at the event. A shuttle bus will be provided without cost on Saturday for those in need of transportation and will leave from the Church parking lot at times reflected on the Parish website and in the parish bulletin. Those who cannot attend the Congress are invited to pray for our fellow parishioners and friends who will be in attendance as they do their part in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the Eucharistic Congress, Archbishop Hartmayer has recently announced a new Eucharistic initiative. He stated, “Our archdiocese will join the Church in the United States in a three-year, grassroots revival of devotion and living faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Taking its theme from the Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel, ‘My flesh for the life of the world,’ the National Eucharistic Revival is a call to every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. It is an invitation for every Catholic family, parish, school, movement, apostolate, and so forth, to renew and foster a Eucharistic culture. It is a movement of Catholics healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – and sent out in mission.”
Next year, in 2023, Eucharistic devotion will be focused at the parish level, and then the National Eucharistic Congress will take place in July 2024. The Archbishop also indicated, “There are many hopes for this Eucharistic Revival. These include a renewed encounter with the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist and an experience of the good news of the Gospel (kerygma), renewed Eucharistic devotion and adoration throughout the archdiocese, and a revival of faithful celebration (the Ars Celebrandi) and participation in the liturgy.”
Please check the Parish website or the Sunday bulletin for more details concerning these upcoming events. Bus Times from Saint Brigid are on the home page. We are strongly encouraged to prayerfully consider participating actively in this eucharistic endeavor, as we grow in our love for the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.
Confessions is not scheduled for Saturday morning, June 18 at Saint Brigid due to the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress, BUT the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at the Congress in English and Spanish in both the East and South Ballroom Lobbies from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.