Issue 9901-1/3/19

By: Father Pablo Migone
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I recently watched a movie released in 2007.  I had heard it was excellent, but the plot did not intrigue me: a young man goes hiking in Alaska and dies shortly before returning to civilization because he mistakenly eats poisoned berries.  I had been terribly wrong for years.  The story of Christopher McCandless is extraordinarily moving.  It is a story of discovery, healing and sadly, premature death.
 
By: Michael J. Johnson
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Long term planning by members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Port Wentworth and then pastor Fr. Michael Kavanaugh who began the discussions of establishing a parish in Pooler came to fruition on Dec. 23 when Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv., and Bishop Emeritus J. Keven Boland blessed the Corpus Christi altar and the new parish center.  (see pages 14-15)
 
More than 300 people filled the worship space in the multi-purpose building for the blessing of the long awaited home for the Catholic Communty in Pooler.
 
By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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Merry Christmas. As I write this I’m in a restaurant where they are taking down all the holiday decorations two days after Christmas. I told the manager that one of the things I love about being Catholic is that Christmas goes on for so many days after the 25th. It’s so wonderful.
 
By: Staff
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Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, has announced the following appointment:

 

By: Jason Halcombe
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“Daddy, our church is being invaded by the bishops,” Jesse leaned in to tell me from the back pew, just moments before Bishop Hartmayer was set to begin the celebration of both the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the diaconate installation candidacy and lectors.
 
By: Staff
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By: Mary Hood Hart
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Our faith teaches us that all humans are created in God’s image. God creates good creatures. Thus, I am never surprised by the generosity of humankind. People rise to occasions of greatness more often than seems logical.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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The Solemnity of the Epiphany (this year celebrated on its traditional date, January 6) celebrates the manifestation of God’s presence in the person of Jesus Christ, his Word made flesh. While Christians have come to associate the word “epiphany” primarily with the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus, this feast historically has commemorated several epiphanies, several manifestations or revelations of the Messiah to the different peoples whom he came to save.
By: Joseph F. Kelly (CNS)
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The arrival of the Magi may be the most famous part of Matthew’s infancy narrative.
 
What are some little-known elements in both scriptural and traditional accounts of the Magi?
 
They were three kings, right? Not so. Matthew says only “Magi,” but since they brought three gifts, many Christians thought that meant there were three of them. Magi were priests of the Persian religion, so they were men of high stature but definitely not kings, part of the account piously augmented in later centuries.
 
By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
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CHILDREN’S STORY:

 

John the Baptist had been preaching in the desert.

 

He warned all who would listen that they needed to repent of their sins and be baptized so their sins would be forgiven.

 

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