Around the diocese

Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

Photos from Columbus, Dublin, Richmond Hill, and Savannah:

A young woman opens her hands in prayer Sept. 28 during a concert at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah organized by the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The concert featured Louisiana-based Christian singer and songwriter John Finch, who serenaded young adults while they participated in adoration and confession. Photograph by Jessica L. Marsala.  Coastal Boy Scout Anson Siu (left) and Celeste Shearouse, alumna of Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah  (right), alphabetize books in Blessed Sacrament School's new library/media center Sept. 30, while helping to transition the offices of both the school and its parish over to their new building. Photograph by Jessica L. Marsala.
St. Anne Church (Columbus) Parochial Vicar Father Brian O'Shaughnessy blesses St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School 7th grader Madelynn Cornavaca's 18-month-old chicken, Luna, during the Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of Saint. Francis Oct. 4. Photograph by Jennifer Stillitto.. Savannah Chatham Metro Police Major Robert Gavin (left) and Lt. Michelle Halford (center) stand during the diocese's annual Blue Mass, which was held in Saint Mary's Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center Center in Savannah Sept. 29. Photograph by Michael J. Johnson. 
Clergy and parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Dublin, celebrated a bilingual Mass on Pro-Life Sunday Oct. 1 at Yates Lodge. During the homily, Father Stephen Pontzer, pastor, said, “Christ teaches us how to evangelize by living through him.” Attendees gathered outside after Mass to enjoy the annual church picnic complete with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by the Knights of Columbus Council #11637 and sides and desserts made by parishioners. Guests enjoyed fellowship, a game of volleyball, a bouncy slide, and other activities. Photograph by Sarah Dixon. A woman becomes emotional while touching a piece of grotto rock from Lourdes, France Oct. 7 at Saint Anne Church in Richmond Hill. As part of the diocese's first Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage, led by an Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteer, participants from local parishes had the chance to learn about Lourdes, Saint Bernadette Soubirous and her apparitions from the Blessed Virgin Mary and even dip their fingers in water drawn from the spring at the grotto. Photograph by Jessica L. Marsala. 


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