Issue 9715-7/20/17

By: Timothy L. Williams
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For three days every July 14, 15, and 16, Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery in Savannah opens its doors and invites the public to prepare for and celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

 

The following is adapted from a video (bit.ly/CarmeliteSC) produced by diocesan videographer Timothy L. Williams about the event. Williams spoke with Sister Carmela Marolda about the importance of this feast and of Mary to the Carmelite Order.

 

By: Nora Migone
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This year the Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated in Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Grovetown with a bilingual Mass and procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the parish facilities, with readings in English and Spanish.

 

By: Nora Migone
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Este año la Fiesta del Corpus Christi se celebró en Santa Teresa de Ávila con Misa bilingüe y procesión del Santísimo Sacramento por las instalaciones de la parroquia, con lecturas en inglés y en español.

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
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According to Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and Paul, Jesus of Nazareth celebrated the Passover Seder Supper on the night he was betrayed. But the Messiah transformed that Supper and its meaning by saying, as he took the unleavened bread (matzos) before the meal, “This is my body which will be given up for you" – instead of the traditional words, “Ha lakma anya…” (“This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of Egypt”). Then Jesus and his disciples apparently ate the traditional Passover meal of roasted lamb in the usual way, reclining at table.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
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Janice died on Good Friday of this year. The morning before Janice died, while I was visiting my grandchildren and their mom, my daughter said, “Tommy has an important question. I thought NiNi would have a good answer.” On cue, my four-year-old grandson asked, “Why is Good Friday called ‘good’ if it’s the day they killed Jesus?”

 

By: Father Michael J. Kavanaugh
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In October 1999, the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican signed an agreement titled the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”  In this document, which was the result of decades of dialogue, the World Lutheran Federation and the Catholic Church expressed a shared understanding of the doctrine of justification; that is, how we are made righteous in God’s eyes. This question – how God removes the guilt of sinners and welcomes them back into communion with him– had been one of the major causes of the division between our Church and Lutherans.  

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
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During the final two weeks of June, a handful of public and private buildings sprinkled throughout the Savannah deanery received fresh coats of paint, the yards of others were cleaned and the hunger of the needy physically satisfied.

 

Approximately 50 teens completed these and other projects over the course of two one-week sessions, as part of Prayer and Action, the diocese's summer mission program for high school students.

 

The buildings, however, were not alone in their facelifts.  

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
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Though Mass, adoration and other spiritually enriching activities bookend each day of the diocese’s annual girls' and boys' summer vocation camps, youth say that they find God not only in the camp’s chapel but also in its people.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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A few weeks ago, I was in Boston filming the talk show I’m on (The Gist, CatholicTV.com) and before I left from home said a little prayer I could get to confession while I was up there.

 

I wasn’t sure how it would work, but spending a week at a television station that films daily Mass, I thought there might be a chance. Also, my main boss up there is an auxiliary bishop so I felt like that improved my chances.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
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“I prayed for you today,” was all the note on my pillow said.

 

It was sweet, charming, to-the-point and full of love.

 

Just like my wife.

 

It was the latest in a series of missives shared between the two of us, each being left on the other’s pillow depending on who had laid Isaac down for the evening.

 

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