Issue 9814-7/5/18

By: Staff
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Following is an abbreviated version of the ordination homily of Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. 

 

As we just heard in John’s Gospel, I say to you, what the risen Jesus said to his apostles huddled in the upper room: “Peace be with you.”

 

In the first reading we heard that God anointed the prophet Isaiah to “announce a year of favor from the Lord.

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

The rectory at St. Mary on the Hill Church in Augusta was heavily damaged by a fire on June 27.

 

Initial reports said that lightning struck the rectory, but the origin of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Neither Father Mark Ross, the church’s pastor, nor parochial vicar Vernon Knight was at home at the time of the fire.

 

The Diocese of Savannah leased a facility for the priests to live in while the rectory is being cleaned and structural analysis takes place. 

 

By: Staff
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Sister Anne (Richard) Brotherton, SFCC, 90, died on June 22 in Augusta, Georgia. Sister Anne was the daughter of the late Charles Crombe Brotherton, Sr., and Annie Lenz Brotherton of Augusta and the sister of the late Charles Crombe Brotherton, Jr., and William James Brotherton. She is survived by her brother Richard Lenz Brotherton and his wife, Ann Lawless Brotherton, and numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
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SAVANNAH--Having lived in South since he was 18 years old, Father Sidney Speaks is not unfamiliar with its culture and customs nor with its tradition of Southern hospitality.

 

Yet what left the biggest impression on this priest, invited to be the guest speaker at the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry’s 2018 revival June 25-27, is how willingly locals in this “missionary-minded” diocese share their faith. 

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
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COLLINS--When Father Drew Larkin reminisces about the two summers he spent at Vocatio Dei vocation camp in his youth, he certainly remembers the fun and the intensity with which he and his peers devoted themselves to games like manhunt, a version of tag played at night. 

 

He remembers that on ordination years — when vocation camps were held at Camp Villa Marie in Savannah — the boys camp culminated with a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to watch eligible seminarians be ordained to the priesthood. 

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
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Blessed Sacrament Church is the latest parish in the diocese to provide a dedicated space for Catholics to spend time in prayer before Jesus, letting his presence transform their bodies and souls.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
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I recently had the joy to attend my nephew’s college graduation at Yankee Stadium after his four years of hard work at New York University. I am proud of his accomplishments and look forward to his future achievements. I was intrigued when I learned that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be the commencement speaker. This superstar politician was welcomed by a cheering crowd as he processed towards the tent over third base. 

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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My brother’s little boy peed on my floor the other day. My tiny little nephew was really sweet about it, quickly offering to clean up the mess so he could get back to the business of playing with Legos.

 

It was one of those no harm/no foul moments. We have hardwood floors, and (more importantly) we have five sons. All the nice stuff in my house has already been tested and proven worthy.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
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“Mind the steps, Rita,” my grandmother said as we moved up the stairs of Savannah’s old St. Patrick’s Church. My grandmother must have been desperate for company because I was too young at that time for her to have much hope of controlling me if I got rambunctious. At over 200 pounds, she was mostly afraid she might fall on me and hurt me. Well, we both survived for many more years, but St. Patrick’s Church, beloved by the “Old Fort Irish” of Savannah, was on the way out, though no one realized it until after a hurricane hit the Georgia coast in August 1940, and tore off half of St.

By: Father Curtiss Dwyer (CNS)
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The pope was a patriot. The year was 1983, and Poland was under martial law. St. John Paul II, making his second pastoral visit to his homeland, upon reaching the airport tarmac bent forward and kissed the ground. He remarked during the arrival ceremony that the kiss had a special meaning for him. 

 

“It is like a kiss placed on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother,” he said. He said he considered it his “duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime, yet difficult historical moment of our homeland.”

 

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