Congratulations to Korrie Lee Spikes and Jerianne Dorothy Geraldine Griffin, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the hands of Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM Conv. on Ascension Thursday, May 29, 2014. Jerianne and Korrie were prepared for confirmation by catechists Jeff Spratt and Fr. Bob. Our liturgy volunteers, choir, reception committee and the whole parish helped make it an excellent celebration for the whole parish. Thank you to Bishop Gregory for celebrating with us!
The Holy oils with which parishioners Jerianne Griffin and Korrie Spikes will be confirmed on May 29 were blessed in the so called Chrism Mass on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 15, 2014 by Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer in the Cathedral of St. John in Savannah, Georgia. Here is the diocese's own transmission of that Mass:
Dylan Joseph McCloud and John Robert Lilliston IV were honored by the Coastal Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in a Court of Honor making the two Eagle Scouts. The Honors Court was held in Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in Darien, McIntosh County - it was an honor for our parish to host this event.
John Lilliston is a long term member of our parish, having been confirmed by Bishop Hartmayer last year. John is the third in his family to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
Troop 202 of the Boy Scouts has produced an unusual number of Eagle Scouts over the years, attesting to the quality of their leadership. They are a great benefit for McIntosh County as well as Glynn.
We welcome the newest member of our parish community: Adelina Kenzie Nesiah Bosque. Adelina was born May 1, 2014, the daughter of Scarlett and Luis Bosque of Darien. She was baptized at Nativity of Our Lady on Friday, May 23. God bless Adelina!
If you want to know more about baptism at Nativity Catholic Church, read this page or call the parish office at (912) 437-4750 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00 - 4:00.
Our beloved brother in Christ, Oscar Brinckmann M.D., passed to his eternal reward today, Monday, May 19, 2014 shortly after 3:00 p.m. in his home in Darien.
Oscar and his wife Daneen have been active members of Nativity Catholic Church for many years, and have always shown a passionate love for the people of this parish community. Oscar served his Church in many capacities though many years. Oscar was born on December 23, 1928 in Pacasmayo, Peru and received his medical degree from the National University of San Marcos in Lima. Oscar and Daneen shared their married life together in Maryland, in Peru, in Ohio and in Georgia.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, 1000 North Way (Hwy 17), Darien, Georgia, USA. There will be a funeral luncheon in the parish hall following the liturgy. Please note: there will not be a vigil service.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Catholic mission "Friends of Chimbote" in Peru. Chimbote was once a prosperous fishing center in Peru, Oscar's country of birth, but now there is 80% unemployment and many people have been reduced to poverty. The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help continues struggling to serve the people through it's organization, also called "Fr. Jack's Mission". You can donate by clicking here. You may also choose to donate to the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Pantry box in the entrance of Nativity Church, or to another charity of your choosing in Oscar's memory.
May Oscar and all our faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Mein Herr und mein Gott, nimm alles von mir, was mich hindert von Dir.
Five members were elected to Nativity Catholic Church's pastoral council. Voting was held after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on May 17 and after the 10:00 a.m. Mass on May 18. A total of 94 parishioners voted.
Total ballots cast: 94
Total valid ballots: 94
ELECTED WERE (in alphabetical order):
Nativity's Pastoral Council prepared to welcome Fr. Tim McKeown and Fr. Ortega at its meeting of May 13, 2014. The Council discussed as well the farewell for Fr. Bob Showers and this weekend's council elections.
ELECTIONS TO THE PASTORAL COUNCIL SET FOR MAY 17-18
All positions on the Council are for two years. Therefore all seven members of the present Council will step down as of Sunday. Four members have chosen to run for reelection, and four new members of the parish have agreed to run for Council. This weekend, we will elect 5 Pastoral Council members from among these 8 candidates. Be sure to vote!
Here is the CANDIDATE LIST as well as more information about the election.
About 55 Conventual Franciscan friars gathered at their headquarters in Mount Saint Francis, Indiana to celebrate their jubilarians. Fr. Cletus Pifher and his three remaining classmates celebrated their 50th anniversary of priestly ordination. A number of other friars celebrated other anniversaries.
The gathering also marked the opening of the first session of Province Chapter. Chapter is the fraternal and decision making assembly of members of a religious order. For example, the Franciscan friars in Brunswick hold a local chapter (friary chapter) each month. The Province of Our Lady of Consolation, to which our local friars belong, holds Province Chapter every 4 years.
If anyone would like to send a card to Fr. Cletus on the occasion of his 50th, you can send it here to Nativity and we will send them on to Fr. Cletus in Indiana.
CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD'S BLESSINGS, FR. CLETUS!
On Sunday, May 11, 2014 the First Communion Class will crown the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This "May Crowning" has been done in many lands in different ways for many centuries.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI asked Catholics the world over to add a new layer of meaning to the Month of Mary. In the document "The Month of May", published during the last session of the Second Vatican Council, the Pope asked that the May Crownings and the gift of flowers to the Virgin Mary be an opportunity for increased prayer
1) for the effectiveness of Vatican II in renewing the whole Church, and
2) for peace throughout the world.
When the Council is finished, wrote the Pope, it must still be implemented. This requires that it be understood, accepted and bear "tangible, salutary fruit." It is a "weighty proposition," the Pope wrote, for the Catholic Church to renew itself, and the Council's implementation will determine the history of the Church. Without the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven, it is hard to imagine the Council's reforms succeeding.
We have survived two World Wars, wrote the Pope, but this has not led to world peace. Instead, new wars seem to threaten every day. We need the intercession of the Queen of Peace to help people turn away from sin and take the path of justice which alone leads to peace.
"You should know that we are particularly relying on the prayers of children," Pope Paul added, not only because they are the Church of tomorrow, but because even today their innocence is the voice of truth and "their pleas have special power to penetrate heaven and soften God's justice."
On Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 pm, Nativity Church celebrated a Memorial Mass for parishioner John Koenn, who was called by Sister Death on March 21 of this year.
John was born in 1931 and joined the Army in the 1940s. He served in Korea, Vietnam, France and Germany. It was during these years that he met Lorraine, who became his wife. They began their married life in France. In 1978, John retired from the US Army Signal Corps and went to Ireland for college. He became a high school teacher in Savannah, Georgia and Hardeeville, South Carolina. After his second retirement, he ad Lorraine moved to Darien.
John Joseph Koenn passed away on March 21, 2014 at Hospice of the Golden Isles. He was given a military funeral on March 28 at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. May he and all our faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
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