By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

Approximately 100 couples celebrated their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries by attending an annual jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Feb. 10. The Mass was held on World Marriage Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday in February each year. 


When reflecting on the components of a successful marriage, many couples suggested that a shared religion isn’t necessarily one of them, as long as both partners have faith, prayer and a belief in God in common. 

By: Sarah Routh
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

MCRAE-HELENA--Over 60 people from parishes and missions in the Diocese of Savannah gathered to learn and grow in their faith on Feb. 9-10 at Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae-Helena. Attendees included those involved in Hispanic Ministry in some capacity who were eager to bring some fresh, exciting ideas and knowledge back to their home parishes. These individuals, either official parish staff or volunteers, were chosen by their parish priest(s) and given the opportunity to help create a stronger sense of community among our Hispanic brothers and sisters throughout the diocese.

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, Pope Francis urged leaders of the world’s main religions to embrace a broader vision of freedom, justice, tolerance and peace.


Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi Feb. 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.


By: Peter Finney, Jr. (CNS)
NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Lent is coming.
So is the salvation of many a harried Catholic couple with three or four mouths to feed on a seafood-only Friday night -- the parish fish fry.
The fish fry has become a savory staple of parish fellowship. All in good fun, and in the advancement of culinary civilization, many parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have embarked on a seafood arms race that would require drones with infrared cameras to monitor properly.
By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19
My dear friends, some will say that life begins at 40. The Roman Catholic Church believes and teaches that life begins at the very first moment of conception, and life continues to be sacred, until the end, to the moment of natural death. Today, we are asked to reflect and to pray in a special way upon the precious gift of life that has been given and that has been given to others.  
By: Barbara D. King
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Accountant Scott Voynich, a parishioner of St. Anne Church in Columbus and the chairman of the Diocese of Savannah Finance Council, has been appointed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Council.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

From Friday, February 22 to Sunday, March 3, two first-class relics will travel from the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, to the Diocese of Savannah. One of the relics is the saint’s floating rib, which was venerated by both then-Archbishop Jorge Maria Bergoglio, (now Pope Francis) in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires in the year 2000 and by Sister Lucia of Fatima in her convent in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1995, the 800th anniversary of St. Anthony’s birth. The relics will be brought by Friar Bortolino Maistrello, OFM Conv.. 


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth didn’t have any form.


Over the course of six days, God formed the earth and created everything on it. And at the end of each day’s work, he saw that all he created was good.


On the first day, God said, “Let there be light.” He separated the darkness from the light, calling the light “day” and the darkness “night.”


“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other,” God said on the second day. He called the dome “the sky.”

By: Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., bishop of Savannah
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19

It was widely reported that on the first day of the recent November meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal DiNardo, president of the conference, announced that Pope Francis had requested that the bishops of the United States not vote on any protocol or process that would address the standard of accountability for bishops regarding their own neglect to adhere to the directives included in the “Dallas Charter of 2002.”


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19

More than 50 college students, one chaplain and two campus ministers from the Diocese of Savannah journeyed to Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan. 3-7 for the biannual SEEK Conference., hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).



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