Issue 9821-10/11/18

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

VATICAN CITY --Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”


While many young people think no older person has anything useful to teach them for living today, the pope said, the age of the bishops, combined with clericalism, can lead “us to believe that we belong to a group that has all the answers and no longer needs to listen or learn anything.”


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

The Powering Potential Excellence in Teaching (PPET) Award was established in 2017 to recognize, promote and encourage exemplary teaching in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Savannah. Eligibility for nomination of this award requires that a nominee be a full-time classroom teacher holding proper certification from the State of Georgia that has taught in any class/grade in grades K – 12 for a minimum of five (5) completed years in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Savannah.

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

"The major reason that I enjoy volunteering is because so many of these people are younger than me and they have no services provided, and they are just falling through the cracks,"said Helen Morgan, a retired nurse volunteer.


Started in 2008, St. Camillus Health Clinic at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Sylvania just celebrated 10 years of medical ministry to people in Screven County and beyond.


By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Ten years ago today I quietly processed out of the sacristy of Saint Peter's Basilica wearing a white alb into the southern side of the majestic church. My classmates and I advanced toward the altar on the day of our diaconate ordination where over one thousand people gathered to be part of the momentous occasion. Bishop William Callahan, a past spiritual director of the seminary and at that time auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, ordained us by calling down the Holy Spirit upon us as he lay his hands over each of our heads. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized St. James School in Savannah as one of its 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor last granted to a diocean school, St. Francis Xavier School in Brunswick, in 2009. 


Nominated on the basis of its high academic excellence, St. James School attained English and mathematics standardized test scores in the top 15 percent last year.


By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Isabel had her first violin lesson last week. Per the rules, Isabel could begin her musical studies only after I was able to master “Twinkle twinkle little star.” It’s a good way to make sure the parent overseeing daily practice has a modicum of violin-playing knowledge, which I now (mostly) do.


By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Did you ever see the episode of Mysteries at the Museum about Beethoven’s metronome? Historians and performers couldn’t figure out why he wrote so many of his classic compositions with such fast tempos.


I’ve got my suspicions, though. It was probably because he was nervous about performing for the folks at the assisted living facility just up the road.


By: Gretchen R. Crowe (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

It was one of those days you never forget. Sitting on the beach one summer evening last year, my husband and I decided to pray the rosary. Close by on a blanket was our son, only 8 weeks old. As we started praying out loud, our son began to coo along with every word.


Maybe he didn’t know their meaning, but he sensed the rhythm of every Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. That was my first lived experience of the rosary’s power as a family prayer.


By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The words of the Psalmist become our own whenever we are called to encounter the different conditions of suffering and marginalization experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters whom we are accustomed to label generically as ‘the poor.’” — Pope Francis in his homily for the second World Day of the Poor, to be commemorated November 18, 2018.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18


Jesus did a lot of traveling so he could speak to as many people as possible about God. 


One day, Jesus decided to send 72 of his followers ahead of him to the communities he planned to visit. 


“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” he said as he split the men into pairs. 



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