By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9922-10/24/19

MACON--They came because they sought healing, or perhaps because they were curious about went on at a Charismatic healing service. Some came alone, but most gathered close to the front of St. Joseph Church, Macon, in groups of two to four friends and family. Over 100 people joined the service.


The Charismatic Renewal in the United States traces its beginnings to a retreat held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where many of the attendees experienced a baptism in the spirit. There are now over 9 million Charismatic Catholics in the U.S.


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Folks stroll into the ground floor hall of St. Joseph Church in Macon carrying covered dishes which will eventually fill 18 feet of table space. Soon there will be food to feed the 60 or more people who gather every Wednesday night for Dinner and Doctrine. Many people remark, “Be sure and try the ribs; Bill makes the best ribs.” 


The program, started by Pastor Father Scott Winchel, has been running for over two years. (See more photographs at our Smugmug gallery).


By: Sarah Dixon
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Center for Life recently organized two protests against the proposed opening of a medical center that will offer abortions in downtown Macon.


By: Tim Williams
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

The following is the transcript of a video produced for St. Peter Claver School about one of its alumni, former professional football player James “J.T.” Thomas who credits the school with much of his success.

By: Submitted by Debra Harrison, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Macon
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

The Corporal Works of Mercy provide all Catholics with a model for how we should treat all others. They are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs. At SJS, providing service to our community begins early as students are taught to live out our philosophy of “Faith in Action.” Students are given many opportunities to give their time, talent, and treasures to those in need. Each day teachers and students begin their day with prayers, which often include praying for others.

By: Southern Cross Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17



Laura Webster has been appointed principal at Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic School in Augusta. Having worked as a teacher in public education in South Carolina for 10 years. Webster began her Catholic education career at Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic School in Aiken, SC in 2003. Since joining Catholic education, she has served as a teacher and assistant principal. 


By: Southern Cross Staff

Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, participated in the 2017 International Cherry Blossom Parade. Pictured at the right is Father Scott Winchel, pastor. To his right is Father Vernon Knight, parochial vicar. Driving her own BMW is parishioner Katelyn Heck Doss, accompanied by her husband. Saint Joseph Church has been the Official Cherry Blossom Festival Church for past festivals and is looking forward to being so again. Photograph by Rebecca Brown.

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