Saturday, 02 November 2019
State Championship for the BC Raider Team! Congratulations to the BC Raider team who won the State Championship last weekend in Griffin, GA! A few young men from St. James are on the team and they represent us and their families very well. Good work men and congratulations from your St. James family!
The blood of the martyrs is the seedbed of the Church. On Tuesday, October 29th, Fathers Patrick May and Peter Lanshima, led a group of parishioners to St. Catherine’s Island, where they visited the Mission Catalina which was established between 1565 and 1597. Before Junipero Serra established his missions in California and before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, there were Franciscan missions here on the coast of Georgia. At Mission Catalina, two friars were killed because one of their other brothers, Friar Pedro de Corpa, told the baptized son of one of the chiefs that he couldn’t take a second wife. That man killed the friar and then with a band of others, he set out for St. Catherine’s Island where the two friars, Friar Miguel de Añon and Friar Antonio de Badajoz were killed in the church which is now outlined by palm trees. Two more, Friar Blas de Rodríguez and Francisco de Veráscola, were killed in what is now Darien, GA.
Pedro and his companions gave their lives in defense of the Faith. They were martyred here on our soil, right down the coast. These brave men left their native Spain and worked to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to save souls! They were amazing disciples of Jesus Christ. Through their witness and their words, they led the native Guale people to Christ.
This pilgrimage was the first. The island is only accessible by boat. After about a 30 minute boat ride, we arrive at the island and go to the place where the mission is. The mission church is outlined by palm trees and a table is where the altar would have been. Each Catholic group going down there will be able to celebrate Mass there on the spot where one of the first churches in the North America stood. After Mass, a tour of the island commences and we eat lunch at one the buildings before we return home. It is a marvelous experience! We will be doing another pilgrimage in the Spring and I hope to do two each year. These men were martyred on our soil. They brought Catholicism here. The blood of the martyrs is the seedbed of the Church.
Forming Disciples, Leading All to Christ
Thank you to all who participated in this increased offertory program! The final report will be out this next week. I have been blown away by your generosity not only of your finances, but most of all of your prayer and service to others. It never ceases to amaze me. A few days ago, I stood proud of you when someone told me that there is a St. James parishioner volunteering every single day during the week! That made me proud! Again, thank you for your participation!
Have a wonderful week! May the Lord Jesus bless you and your families abundantly!
~ Fr. Daniel Firmin