Friday, November 4, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FORMER PARISH OF SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH IN MACON AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR 175 ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT 4:30 PM WITH BISHOP GREGORY HARTMAYER


Last year before I knew I would be leaving Saint Joseph Church, I set the date for "our" 175th Anniversary as a parish for this Saturday, November 5th at the 4:30 PM Sunday Vigil Mass with a reception following.

Unfortunately due to parish commitments in Richmond Hill (and a funeral in morning) I am unable to attend as one of two former pastors still living. Msgr. John Cuddy is in a nursing home in Macon and not able to participate. He was pastor there from 1974 to 2004 and I was pastor from 2004 to 2016.

God bless you and many more years to this wonderful downtown parish in Macon, known at the "Jewel of the South!"

Here is the Macon Telegraph's story on the anniversary:

Parishioners reflect on history at 175th anniversary of St. Joseph Catholic Church


Read more here: http://www.macon.com/living/religion/article112326187.html#storylink=cpy

4 comments:

Dialogue said...

When I first encountered your previous church via your blog back in 2009, I recall those days, as it happens, being filled with hope that appreciation for transcendent architecture, meditative liturgical music, and God-centered worship, were on their way back into the lives of our parishes. Those hopeful days were not to last, but they were satisfying for a time. We thought we had cause for hope, but we have since been made to look like fools. O God, thou knowest my foolishness. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach, shame hath covered my face. For the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Anonymous said...

Such DRAMA! Well, melodrama...

rcg said...

Congratulations, FrAJM, for having an important and positive part in that history.

George said...


The Sacrifice of Christ, His Passion and Death, is re-presented to us in our own time. At Mass we enter into the self-same Divine Sacrifice perpetuated down to our time from two thousand years ago; and this because it, and the merits it wrought, entered into the Eternal realm of the Divine Existence. Just as the Incarnation produced an inseparable unity between the Divine and human natures, so the Sacrifice of Calvary brought about an inflection point in our reality, a unity between the natural and supernatural, between the Eternal and Temporal. So the Sacrifice of Calvary which was celebrated at St Joseph Church at it's ecclesial inception so many years ago, whether of a similar ir different liturgical form, is the same one I and others here participate in today. While this is beyond the full understanding of us mere mortals, are there not things of man's own doing which would at one time been beyond the comprehension of those who lived in another era? Can we not watch a television show from forty years ago just as those fom that time watched it? We watch it and enter into the show as if we were among those who watched it back then. For those who existed before our time, this would have been considered a miracle beyond belief, yet it pales in comparison with the miracle celebrated every day on our altars.