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By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

SAVANNAH--Members of diverse faith communities gathered Oct. 30 at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah to commemorate the victims of the Oct. 27 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.

 

Prompted by the shooting of eleven Jewish congregants at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, also known as the L’Simcha, the conservative congregation in Savannah welcomed both its Jewish and non-Jewish brothers and sisters to stand together in solidarity against the attack and other acts of religious intolerance. 

 

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

As a purposeful means of attracting attention to what they considered the inequities created by the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act,  a dozen Catholic religious sisters set out on  a 21-state pilgrimage called “Nuns on a Bus.” The tour ended in Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 2 prior to the mid term election on Nov. 6.

 

The tour stopped in Savannah on Oct. 30, and the sisters presented their case to about 40 people gathered at the ConneXion Methodist Church on  Skidaway Road in Savannah. 

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

-On the cover of the Oct. 25, 2018 issue, we provided the wrong date of Hurricane Michael's landfall. It should have been Oct. 10, not Oct. 12.

 

-On page 3 of the Oct. 25, 2018 issue, the credit for the St. Stephen First Martyr Chili Dinner photograph should have been given to Tammie Currie. 

 

We regret these errors.

By: Carol Glatz (CNS)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.

 

People must make "a serious examination of conscience to understand whether we are really capable of listening to the poor," the pope said in a message for the World Day of the Poor.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Assistance is on the way for residents of the Diocese of Savannah still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Michael, thanks to a financial gift of $250,000 from Catholic Charities USA.  

 

Though the 155 mph Category 4 storm, which made landfall Oct. 10 near Mexico Beach, Florida, exited Georgia the next day as a weakened tropical storm, many residents of South Georgia and beyond could not return to their normal routines for days, in some cases a week afterward. Others are still struggling.

 

By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Franciscan Sister Janice Cebula isn’t one to turn down a chance to learn and be inspired.

 

So when Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, decided to take its Nuns on the Bus campaign on the road again beginning Oct. 8 to call attention to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and its impact on social services and local communities, she readily agreed to join one leg of the trip.

 

Beginning in Santa Monica, California, the tour was to wind through 21 states before ending near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 2.

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

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By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

VATICAN CITY --Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”

 

While many young people think no older person has anything useful to teach them for living today, the pope said, the age of the bishops, combined with clericalism, can lead “us to believe that we belong to a group that has all the answers and no longer needs to listen or learn anything.”

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

The Powering Potential Excellence in Teaching (PPET) Award was established in 2017 to recognize, promote and encourage exemplary teaching in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Savannah. Eligibility for nomination of this award requires that a nominee be a full-time classroom teacher holding proper certification from the State of Georgia that has taught in any class/grade in grades K – 12 for a minimum of five (5) completed years in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Savannah.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized St. James School in Savannah as one of its 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor last granted to a diocean school, St. Francis Xavier School in Brunswick, in 2009. 

 

Nominated on the basis of its high academic excellence, St. James School attained English and mathematics standardized test scores in the top 15 percent last year.

 

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