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By: Southern Cross Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17

As part of the English Lenten Day of Reflection at Saint Joseph Church, Bainbridge, March 4, parishioners put the names of those in need of prayer in a basket on the altar and prayed for them. On March 25, the parish’s Hispanic community participated in their own Lenten retreat. Photograph provided by Father Raul Vasquez, ST, of Saint Joseph Church.

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.

By: Sheryl Cohen
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17

Thirty-eight years is a long time to do anything. At 73 years old, Helen Beddow can relate to that. Since 1979, Helen has been the organist and music director at Saint James Catholic Church in Savannah. Her almost four-decades came to an end on March 26 when Helen led the music at all four weekend Masses for the last time.

By: Jessica L. Marsala

WAYCROSS—At first glance, it may not seem like much. Approximately 15 mature adults sit on metal and plastic folding chairs around tables strewn with bingo cards purchased at the price of five for a dollar.  


But to the players, who call themselves the Wise Angels of Saint Joseph Church, it’s an outlet, an opportunity to socialize and to some, even a form of therapy. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

After consultation with the College of Consultors, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. announced that the former Notre Dame Academy, the school gym and the parking lot at 1709 Bull St. is the possession and responsibility of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish in Savannah.


The College of Consultors is an administrative body composed of priests appointed by the bishop and required by the church’s canon law. The Consultors offer advice to the bishop on a variety of issues. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9705-3/2/17

In southern Georgia, an area largely populated by Protestants, it can be hard for a Catholic to stand up and speak out about their faith.


That’s where Gary Holland, a parishioner of Saint Paul Catholic Church in Douglas, comes in. 


As the manager of the parish’s gift shop, Holland helps Catholics—and their homes—wear their faith.


By: Barbara Rusiecki
Originally Appeared in : 9705-3/2/17

“That’s 118 years that your family have been devout parishioners at Saint Teresa’s in Albany, right?” I queried as I quickly did the math in my head. I questioned further, “How do you explain your family’s longevity and commitment to Saint Teresa’s?” 


Angel Bradford, Saint Teresa’s most recent Gartland Award recipient shared with me, 


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