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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: 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: Amy Elkins
Originally Appeared in : 9915-7/18/19

On the morning of June 24, 14 youth and their adult chaperones anxiously awaited the flight that would take them to South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame (ND) Vision Youth Ministry Conference. The beauty of ND Vision is there are actually two conferences going on at one time. The youth ministry conference, which has a few hundred youth, places each youth in a small group with others from around the country. Within these small groups the youth are able to really connect with others, and as groups they grow together in their faith.

 

By: Sarah Routh
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
Every summer, girls in grades 7-12 gather from around the Diocese of Savannah for Call to Holiness Summer Camp. This year’s camp took place June 23-26 at Georgia Primitive Baptist Camp in Claxton. In attendance were 70 campers, 20 counselors, three religious sisters, and numerous diocesan priests and seminarians. Sister Rita, Sister Celine, and Sister Sarah Elizabeth of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters traveled over 18 hours from the Immaculata Monastery & Spirituality Center in Nebraska to serve at camp.
 
By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
A man of many talents, Patrick Walsh, a resident of Augusta who had emigrated with his parents from Ireland in the 1850s, was to fill many roles in his adopted country.  Walsh was an editor, a newspaper publisher and an active Catholic layman, to name only a few of his passions and interests. Perhaps Walsh’s most unique achievement was his founding of the Pacificator, the first Catholic newspaper (and only Confederate Catholic publication) during the Civil War.
 
By: Joe Sarnicola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19

CHILDREN’S STORY:

 

Jesus knew his time on earth would soon be over, so he made up his mind to travel to Jerusalem. He sent some messengers first to make preparations for his visit. Along the way the messengers had to pass through a Samaritan village. When they tried to make arrangements for Jesus to spend some time there, the Samaritan people were very unfriendly to them because they knew Jesus would be on his way to Jerusalem. The messengers returned to Jesus and reported what they had seen and heard.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

COLUMBUS--Dick O’Neal can remember the very first meal he ate at St. Benedict the Moor Church as part of its outreach community lunch program.

 

“They say they feed you out at church. Then I came around here and they had…I’ll never forget it because it’s my favorite meal,” O’Neal said of the fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and corn bread that was on the menu that day in 2008. A Columbus native, he had just moved back to the area after being released from prison. “It was good, and it was hot, and it was filling…”

 

By: Amy Elkins
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

As the girls began to arrive to Camp Grace on the evening of April 26 they seemed excited to be there. This weekend retreat for girls was planned by a team of youth ministers and volunteers from around the diocese. The object was to bring speakers and activities that would help the teens grow in their faith and to challenge them to find ways to have a deeper relationship with Christ. Let Hope be An Anchor for your Soul was the theme of the retreat.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

Planning an intercollegiate retreat requires a willingness to be flexible and accommodating—both to the needs of students as well as to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

 

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