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By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Folks stroll into the ground floor hall of St. Joseph Church in Macon carrying covered dishes which will eventually fill 18 feet of table space. Soon there will be food to feed the 60 or more people who gather every Wednesday night for Dinner and Doctrine. Many people remark, “Be sure and try the ribs; Bill makes the best ribs.” 

 

The program, started by Pastor Father Scott Winchel, has been running for over two years. (See more photographs at our Smugmug gallery).

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Much changes each summer behind the scenes at St. Vincent’s Academy, though not all changes would be noticed by returning students and faculty without needing to don hard hats or safety goggles.  
 

 

By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

When my friend Tom lost his wife to cancer, he grieved more than anyone I had known. Along with a few close friends, I tried to reach out to him. Some days he was open to our offers; other times he buried himself in his work.

 

For many people, the process of dealing with grief due to the loss of a loved one will be among the hardest tasks they ever face. Sadly, some make it even harder by not acknowledging the need to process grief. The pain is so great they avoid dealing with it.

 

By: Laura Kelly Fanucci (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Did you know the family is a school of love?

 

The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells it out clearly: The family is “a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (No. 1666).

 

But after a long summer with kids crawling up the walls at home or a challenging season of family reunions or vacations, we might be doubting how well we care for those we’re called to love.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone

 Sólo una vez en mi vida he visto un aviso que prohíba sonreír o reír en un lugar público. Este lugar no tenía vigilantes para imponer esta disposición, pero el simple escuchar los relatos de los terribles hechos ocurridos ahí era suficiente para impedir una sonrisa o carcajada. ¿Qué atrocidades pudieron haber ocurrido para prohibir una sonrisa?

 

By: Bishop Richard Pates, Des Moines, Iowa
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The heart of anyone with human sympathy sank with the deplorable sight of 23-month-old Angie Valeria and her father, Oscar Martinez Ramirez, as their bodies lay lifeless on the banks of the Rio Grande. Seeking a better life from the cruel existence of El Salvador, they fell victim yes to the waters of a rushing river but even more so to human indifference.

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

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By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

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By: Jennifer Ficcaglia
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

Moses had been talking to the people of Israel for quite a while about the laws and their history and how God had guided them from slavery into freedom. Then he said to them, “I am now 120 years old and am no longer able to go out and come in.” 
He told his people that, even though Moses had been leading them since the time he asked pharaoh to set them free from Egypt, God told him he would not be leading them into the land he had promised to them. “It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the Lord promised,” he said. 

 

By: Sister Kathleen Schipani
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The 2017 “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Person with Disabilities” say that “pastors are responsible to provide evangelization, catechetical formation and sacramental preparation for parishioners with disabilities.”

 

The National Directory of Catechesis gives a similar directive: “The whole community of faith needs to be aware of the presence of persons with (disabilities) within it and be involved in their catechesis.”

 

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