Issue 9817-8/16/18

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Unas semanas antes de completar mi asignación en la Parroquia San José en Augusta organicé un taller de preparación matrimonial en español para varias parejas. A las 6:30pm abrí el salón, encendí el aire acondicionado y confirmé que todo esté listo. Las mesas y sillas estaban en su lugar, la comida preparada, mis charlas listas, y la pareja que conduciría el taller ya había llegado. De repente era ya las 7:00, la hora de iniciar, pero ninguna de las ocho parejas había llegado.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

A few weeks before leaving my assignment at St. Joseph Parish in Augusta, I organized a marriage preparation workshop in Spanish for several couples. I opened the hall at 6:30 p.m., turned on the air conditioning, and made sure everything was ready. The tables and chairs were set, the food was ready, my talks were finished, and the couple I invited to lead the workshop had arrived. Suddenly it was 7 p.m., the time to start, but none of the eight couples had arrived. A few minutes past 7:30, as I was about to close the building, a young couple I did not recognize entered the room.

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Magan and I have celebrated our wedding anniversaries at a variety of locations.


Our first anniversary was spent in Atlanta. Our second, in Savannah.


We’ve enjoyed fancy dinners at a variety of locales, taken carriage rides down Bay Street and shopped in boutique stores.


By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

I’ve worked in catechetical ministry since 2000, and I don’t recall a more significant change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church than the one Pope Francis recently made. The Catholic Church’s position on the death penalty has moved from permitting it in “cases of extreme gravity” to deeming it “inadmissible” and a violation of human dignity.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Thank you all for the many postcards you have shared with our readers. We have only printed a small sampling of those received -- we hope everyone has enjoyed them as much as we did. Those not published on these pages may be seen in our online photo gallery at:


By: Junno Arocho Esteves (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Vatican City (CNS)--Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said.
Many times, Christians can be tempted to “think they are saints” and justify themselves by saying, “I don’t harm anyone,” the pope told thousands of Italian young adults August 12.


By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

When our oldest son Ethan left for college (three weeks after high school graduation), it was almost more than I could bear. It wasn’t enough that my boy was no longer with all his brothers at the same K-12 school they’d all been at together. He was now leaving our nest, our neighborhood, our little part of the world.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Much has been achieved since Catholic Charities of South Georgia– once known as the diocesan social apostolate—was established 50 years ago in 1968.


Current Director Sister Patricia Brown, SSMN, suggests, however, that the work of Catholic Charities is far from over, especially in the areas of education and socialization.


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Vatican City (CNS)--A Jesuit priest who has been on the frontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again, in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the Church and taking responsibility for it.


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Rachel Balducci is  a wife,  a mother of six children; five boys and one girl, co-host of The Gist, a TV talk show for Catholic women produced by Catholic TV in Boston and her second book ‘make my life simple – bringing peace to heart and home,’ will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the near future.



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