Issue 9816-8/2/18

By: Father Pablo Migone
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I recently visited a family devastated by the loss of their newborn child. As I entered the hospital room the mother lay in bed with the small child wrapped in a homemade, white blanket. She looked at him tenderly, and arranged his tiny red arms with the care only a mother can show. The small child had a little cute, white triangular hat covering his head. His eyes were shut. No word could fully console nor could any expression fully heal such a significant loss for the young couple.


By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

July 30, 2018


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,


Peace and all good things!


By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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For the sixth or seventh year in a row, my husband Paul was a “shepherd” for a summer league swim team. For those of you who have not enjoyed the complicated love affair that summer league brings, let me explain.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

When Deacon Bernie Bosse, a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Americus, described how attending the 2018 National Diaconate Congress impacted his faith, he explained that it seemed like the “past five years of spiritual formation…on steroids.”


“Living in a portion of the country that’s 3 percent Catholic and then spending a week with 2,800 Catholics, the Papal Nuncio, numerous bishops and two cardinals was a spiritual shot in the arm,” Bosse, who was ordained to the diaconate in May, said in an email. “It was inspiring. I haven’t come down from the high yet.”


By: Jason Halcombe
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Common words that could be used to describe mornings at our house: Cacophony. Din. Racket. Bluster. Noise Commotion.


At any one moment, it’s not unlikely to have any of the following taking place simultaneously:

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Father George Gray Greenway, 91,  a retired priest in residence at St. William Church on St. Simons Island, died Monday, July 23, at Marsh’s Edge home on St. Simons. 


By: Rita H. DeLorme
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Born in Norwich, Connecticut on November 22, 1856, Michael J. Byrne probably had no idea of the career(s) he would follow throughout his life. Early on, he wanted to be a priest, but that dream ended when his preceptor at St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Pittsburgh told him he should seek another vocation in life.


By: Mary Hood Hart
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My 5-year-old grandson loves creatures. At the library, he will select books about anything from spiders to Siberian tigers. In preschool, he chose to research and to present a report on Peregrine falcons. (Preschool has clearly changed a lot since my own children attended.)


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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Almost 50 years ago, when I was nearing the end of my undergraduate studies at Their Majesties’ Royal College of William and Mary in Virginia—as it is still officially known—I inadvertently became somewhat of a connoisseur of graffiti in the men’s room stalls. Please pardon my indiscretion in mentioning such matters in mixed company, as we used to say, way back when.

By: Submitted by Dara West
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Sacred Heart parishioners helped build community and support the mission of the church by cleaning the parish grounds June 16. That may not sound like much, but Sacred Heart is blessed with an abundance of property. That blessing comes with, at times, excessive maintenance expenses. Juggling these expenses against other ministry expenses can be challenging. Fortunately, two parish leaders, Jan Giovingo and Dan Knauer stepped up to lead a new ministry addressing this need.



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