Issue 9713-6/22/17

By: Michael J. Johnson
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Southern Cross Editor Michael Johnson sat down June 1 with Father Gonzalo Meza, parochial vicar at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, Grovetown, to talk about the V Encuentro, the national movement that began in the 1970s to explore a wide variety of topics in Hispanic ministry. The main goal of the V Encuentro, according to its website, is to "discern ways in which the U.S. church can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence."


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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As I write this message, I have tears in my eyes. I have just returned from the Ogeechee Area Hospice, where my friend, Father Mike Smith, has been staying since Tuesday morning, June 13. He had been so frail at Mass on Sunday, that his friend, Father Tom Nellis, the celebrant, had to bring Holy Communion to Father Mike in his pew. The next day, they hosted a Jesus Caritas group of priests, who prayed over Father Mike and anointed him (again). That evening, he collapsed and could not get up, so Tuesday, he was taken to hospice.

By: Mary Hood Hart
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This refrain echoes from my childhood. But, as is often the case with popular “proverbs,” there’s no truth in the statement. The pain of a verbal attack can endure long after physical injury has healed. 


While most people with compassion are quick to denounce physical attacks, some hesitate when they witness verbal abuse. We make excuses for the abuser: “He’s just joking.” “She’s speaking out of anger.” “He didn’t really mean it.” “She’s being misinterpreted.”


By: Rita H. DeLorme
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It’s the centennial of World War I and there are still those who reference that “war to end all wars.” Father Charles C. Conaty, a Knights of Columbus chaplain stationed at Camp Hancock in Augusta with the 28th Division of the 111th Infantry Division, is currently being remembered – and rightly so. The Spring 2017 issue of Holy Cross Magazine features a photo of Father Conaty. The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT, offers a First World War exhibit that contains, among other items, the very Mass case that Father Charles Conaty carried on the battlefield.

By: Father Brett Brannen
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Perhaps you have read the article “Surprising Mercy” by Christopher West in the book “Beautiful Mercy,” which was given to all of our parishioners at Easter. Excerpts from the article:


By: Noell Barnidge
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By: Staff
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By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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The last few weeks have found me a little emotional. What do I mean by that? Well, the latest incident involved me passing a mother and her six children as they walked into a local fast food establishment (I was leaving from grabbing my caffeine fix) and welling up with tears as I told the woman “beautiful family!”


So yeah, emotional.


By: Jason Halcombe
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“Where’s Noah’s long flashlight?!” Jesse hollered as he turned the corner in the hall one afternoon.


Before I could offer a “I put it up in his bed,” Jesse continued, “The baby birds flew up AnnaMarie's dress and then fell in the bushes.”




By: Padre Pablo Migone
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"Necesitamos, más bien nuestro pueblo necesita, la presencia de la Iglesia Católica. Necesitamos que la Iglesia sea el buen samaritano". Esta fue la súplica apasionada de Monseñor Yousif Habash, Obispo de la Eparquía Siro-Católica de Nuestra Señora de la Liberación ante aproximada doscientos obispos reunidos en Indianápolis la semana pasada para la sesión de primavera de la Conferencia Episcopal Católica. Oriundo de Irak, Monseñor Habash fue ordenado sacerdote de la Eparquía de Mosul, y desde el 1994 ha trabajado en los Estados Unidos.


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