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Diocese of Savannah | Macon

A Symphony on the Hill

By Michael J. Johnson

Posted On Friday Jun 25, 2021 · 4:26 pm

St. Joseph, Macon is one of the largest parishes in the diocese, with nearly 1,100 registered families. Established in 1898, the large brick church sits high on a hill and its cross-topped steeples rise 200 ft. above the pavement below.

The November 15, 1903, edition of the Macon Telegraph began its coverage of the church’s dedication with, “If architecture may be fittingly described as frozen music, St. Joseph’s Church, to be dedicated today, is a symphony.”

“The interior of the church is breathtaking,” said Jordyn Tarpley, a bioengineering student who entered the Catholic Church last year during the Easter Vigil. She and her family began attending Saint Joseph about two years ago and “fell in love with the community and their ideas.”

Perhaps the most intrinsic idea of this community can best be summed up by their mission statement. Simply put: “to bring Christ to our community and our community to Christ.” This was demonstrated in a very literal way on June 6, the Feast of Corpus Christi, which began with Sunday Masses and culminated in a Eucharistic Procession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Parishioners of St. Joseph's in Macon, Ga, adore the Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament.

True to their mission, the parish fosters spiritual development among the congregation with ministries like Salt & Light and Dinner & Doctrine, and is also active in outreach ministries such as the Kolbe Center, Family Advancement Ministries (FAM) and Day Break.

The parish is commemorating this year of dedication to their patron saint in a number of ways, from participating in the 30 Days Prayer to St. Joseph — which honors the 30 years Joseph spent with Jesus and Mary on earth — to a program based on the Consecration to Mary by St. Louis Marie de Montfort (Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Father Donald Calloway).

“I think it’s very important to recognize that many of our parishes have a patron saint,” said Father Scott Winchell, pastor. “Are we actually thinking about that patron saint in a proactive way and saying, how can we leverage the intercessory power of this saint that we have been given? I would love to see that being brought out more in this particular parish and probably many of our other parishes in our diocese.”

The parish will also be hosting a pilgrimage for their diocesan brothers and sisters on Sunday, August 15, 2021 with a reflection by Sr. Terry Bretthauer, MSTB at 10:15 a.m. and Mass with Bishop Parkes at 11 a.m. All are invited. SC

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