At this time, we are in the midst of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for 2023. The theme of the Appeal is “Do This in Memory of Me.” The Archdiocese has recently sent reminder notices urging parishioners to support the Appeal. Catholics are invited to make a significant pledge so we can meet the spiritual, educational and temporal needs of our parishes and our people.
Our contributions to the Appeal provide funds that are applied 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 funding for our Archdiocese Vocation program.
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. This summer, we were blessed to have two seminarians at Saint Brigid. Seminarian Mark Piendel was assigned to assist primarily with our liturgies, and also with our Adult Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs. During his time at Saint Brigid, Mark gained valuable experience in parish ministry. Seminarian Anthony Carosone was assigned to the Clinical Pastoral Evaluation (CPE) program at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and assisted with the liturgies and ministries at Saint Brigid as time permitted. Both seminarians truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the faith community of Saint Brigid.
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, bulletin or website.
Archbishop Hartmayer 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, 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.