Issue 9708-4/13/17

By: Michael J. Johnson
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A rare occurrence in the Diocese of Savannah, proclaiming of private vows, will take place April 20. The private vows will be taken by Janet Benton, a member of Saint Paul Church in Douglas, who has been in discernment for nearly 10 years.


She traveled to the Pastoral Center in Savannah to meet with Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. on March 30. After that meeting she agreed to an interview with the Southern Cross. Presented below are excerpts from that interview.


By: Timothy L. Williams
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Ann Pinckney-diocesan director of faith formation


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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We have just heard Saint Matthew’s Haggadah of Christ’s Passover (26-27), beginning with his account of the Last Supper, which was a Seder Supper or Passover meal, according to Saints Paul, Mark, Matthew and Luke.


We heard in great detail of Christ’s institution of the Eucharist as his zik- karon (memorial) in the Cenacle or Upper Room, of his agony in the garden and his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. We heard of Christ’s arrest by the chief priests and elders of the people and his trial before them for blasphemy.

By: Mary Hood Hart
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By: Jason Halcombe
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The Great Outdoors. God’s Country. The Wilderness.


Call it whatever you like, I have always enjoyed being outside…just not at night.


Growing up as a Boy Scout in California, camping was a common activity across the year. I loved swimming the inlets, tracking wildlife and whittling. Seriously, what boy doesn’t enjoy chopping big pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood?

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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 Last week, I dropped our son, Charlie, at his driver’s ed course and was heading to my doctor’s appointment when I realized I had about an hour to kill. The down time threw me for a loop, living in the fast-paced world of a big family and lots-to- do. I found myself almost pan- icked at the thought of an hour — a whole hour! — before my next place to be.


By: Southern Cross Staff
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As part of the English Lenten Day of Reflection at Saint Joseph Church, Bainbridge, March 4, parishioners put the names of those in need of prayer in a basket on the altar and prayed for them. On March 25, the parish’s Hispanic community participated in their own Lenten retreat. Photograph provided by Father Raul Vasquez, ST, of Saint Joseph Church.

By: Southern Cross Staff

Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, participated in the 2017 International Cherry Blossom Parade. Pictured at the right is Father Scott Winchel, pastor. To his right is Father Vernon Knight, parochial vicar. Driving her own BMW is parishioner Katelyn Heck Doss, accompanied by her husband. Saint Joseph Church has been the Official Cherry Blossom Festival Church for past festivals and is looking forward to being so again. Photograph by Rebecca Brown.

By: Sheryl Cohen
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Thirty-eight years is a long time to do anything. At 73 years old, Helen Beddow can relate to that. Since 1979, Helen has been the organist and music director at Saint James Catholic Church in Savannah. Her almost four-decades came to an end on March 26 when Helen led the music at all four weekend Masses for the last time.

By: Michelle Chardos
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Kelly Tolman, founder and director of Seneca, Choices for Life, was a carefree 19-year-old on a full Air Force college scholarship in Daytona Beach, Florida when she unexpectedly found herself in her dorm bathroom holding a positive pregnancy test. Kelly’s first instinct was to have an abortion. “I was going to take the easy route. There were three abortion clinics in Daytona Beach so I picked one and went there,” said Tolman. But when she arrived, the front desk clerk notified her she “just wasn’t meant to be a mother.” 



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