Issue 9906-3/14/19

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

The 88 catechumens (see list of names below) preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist—at Easter Vigil Masses in the Diocese of Savannah—were invited to celebrate the Rite of Election with Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., at two locations, Sacred Heart Parish, Warner Robins, on March 9 and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Savannah, March 10. They were joined by 231 previously baptized candidates (see list of names below) for full communion with the Catholic Church, who were “called to continuing conversion” at the same ceremonies.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

If you travel to Israel today, you will find a monastery built on a mountain from which you can see one of the oldest cities in the world, Jericho, continuously inhabited for 11,000 years. From the monastery you can also see the river Jordan where Jesus was baptized. This monastery, run by Greek Orthodox monks, marks the spot in the desert where every Lenten journey begins: with Jesus in the desert for 40 days.


By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

WASHINGTON (CNS) --Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation.


The accident March 10 claimed the lives of 157 people on board, many of them from humanitarian agencies.


By: Rachel Balducci
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The last of the five Balducci boys is now officially an altar server.


It has been a long time coming for Henry, our 11-year-old son, who has watched his four older brothers serve on the altar his entire life. 


By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Having a toddler race toward you with a Tinker Toy sword shouting “ninja” may sound harmless, but it’s more harrowing than you might think. Especially, when you’re certain he’s not only confident in his abilities, but also full of his mother’s follow-through for getting things done.


“No Isaac, no ninja,” I said.


By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

On the surface, we Catholics may seem to contradict ourselves. On the one hand, we believe that, created in God’s image, all people are good and have inherent value. On the other hand, we are reminded on Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent that we are dust. Lent reminds us of our mortality, our sinfulness, and our need to repent. 


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

During the summer of 2018, a sequence of events unfolded that snowballed into a major crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States and throughout the world, a crisis I have called “The Perfect Storm.” 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

SAVANNAH--Place a victim of genocide and his or her perpetrator in a room together, side by side, and what do you think will happen?


In Rwanda, the answer to that question is not one you might expect. 


Just take a look at the men and women featured in the documentary “Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace,” who, with the influence of Father Ubald Rugirangoga, a genocide survivor himself and a priest in the Diocese of Cyangugu in southeastern Rwanda, have been able to make amends. 


By: Savanna Puterbaugh
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

During my time at the Archives I have been working with a collection of about 65 sets of prayer beads that were donated to the diocese. The pieces in the collection represent every major religion and come from all over the globe. 


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19



Moses was married to a daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian. One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock near Horeb, the mountain of God.


As Moses walked along, something strange caught his eye. A nearby bush was on fire, but the flames were not destroying it.


“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned,” Moses said.


God saw that the burning bush had caught Moses’ attention.   “Moses. Moses.” God called out from the bush.



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