Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (All day)

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord

On  this Marian feast day and Holy Day of Obligation, attend Mass and pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

No matter how late you may have stayed out celebrating New Year's Eve, remember that today, January 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation.  As the New Year  begins, look at Mary as a model for renewed Christian life: in her openness to the Holy Spirit, her radical assent to God's will for her life, her patience through suffering, and her willingness to bring the Savior into the world.  Those are all qualities that would make any of us better people in the coming year.

Today is also the World Day of Peace. Pope Francis' theme for the 47th World Day of Peace, the first of his pontificate, is "Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace.”  Pray for peace and check out this two-page handout for reflections on ways you are called to "encounter" others as a peacemaker!

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Priestly Ordination

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Lucien Dale Lindsey, Jr. to be ordained a Catholic priest

Reverend Lucien Lindsey was ordained an Episcopal priest on December 11, 1963 and was elevated to Bishop on September 21, 2001. Lindsey, married, will be ordained as a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Savannah at the Cathedral of Saint at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 11. He will serve in Augusta.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (All day)

Christmas is finally here! Enjoy the gift of your family today, and read a reflection that will help you focus on what Christmas is really all about.

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Christmas Eve

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (All day)
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ from the Roman Martyrology Introduction

The announcement of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord from the Roman Martyrology draws upon Sacred Scripture to declare in a formal way the birth of Christ. It begins with creation and relates the birth of the Lord to the major events and personages of sacred and secular history. The particular events contained in the announcement help pastorally to situate the birth of Jesus in the context of salvation history.

This text, The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, may be chanted or recited, most appropriately on December 24, during the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. It may also be chanted or recited before the beginning of Christmas Mass during the Night. It may not replace any part of the Mass. (The musical notation is found in Appendix I of the Roman Missal, Third Edition.)

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world,

when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness;

when century upon century had passed
since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood,
as a sign of covenant and peace;

in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith,
came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses
in the Exodus from Egypt;

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;

in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two
since the foundation of the City of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
the whole world being at peace,JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.


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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 (All day)

From American Catholic
The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.

A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.

He was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared and within it a young Native American maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.

Eventually the bishop told Juan Diego to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan Diego’s uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Diego to try to avoid the lady. The lady found Diego, nevertheless, assured him that his uncle would recover and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.

When Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground and the bishop sank to his knees. On Juan Diego’s tilma appeared an image of Mary exactly as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac. It was December 12, 1531.

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Monday, December 9, 2013 (All day)

From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

On December 8th, the Church observes the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates the fact that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in order to be a most perfect vessel for the Savior, was herself conceived without original sin. This original sin, described metaphorically in the book of Genesis, is the essential brokenness that comes with being human. It’s the fallen part of our nature that leads us into actual sin.

This year, because of a quirk of the calendar, there is no obligation to attend Mass on this Feastday, although you may still wish to do so considering Mary's preeminent position among the saints.  Confused about moveable feastdays?  Here's an explanation.

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Feast of Saint Nicholas

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Friday, December 6, 2013 (All day)

excerpted from American Catholic

The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to St. Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that, after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor.

As with many of the saints, however, we are able to capture the relationship which Nicholas had with God through the admiration which Christians have had for him—an admiration expressed in the colorful stories which have been told and retold through the centuries.

Perhaps the best-known story about Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, this particular legend evolved into the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast. In the English-speaking countries, St. Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus—further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.


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2013 Gartland Awards

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 -
11:30am to 12:30pm

South Georgians will receive the Bishop Gartland Service Award at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Sunday, November 24.

The men and women will be honored for the service they provide to their parishes and communities in South Georgia. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.,  will confer the awards during the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral and will present them with certificates at a reception following Mass in Sister Jude Walsh Hall.

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