Mr. Ritchie Self & Co. (Self Floor Service) finished sanding and refinishing the floor of Nativity of Our Lady Church at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The pictures above are from the afternoon of June 19.
Southeast Church Furniture delivered our refinished pews on the morning of Friday, June 20 and began reinstalling them. We will post more pics soon.
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!
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.
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."
Here is Vatican Television's upload of the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (3:38:23) This edited broadcast starts in a beautiful French and becomes wonderfully multilingual, well expressing the catholicity of the Church.
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