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Catholics in the South

Group created by Parce Domine

Does your local phone book list seventy different churches under thirty separate denominations, twenty more missions and sub-denominations, plus a dozen other religious societies and congregations, but only one Catholic parish? Are you often asked, "If you died right now, do you KNOW you'd go to heaven?"

Do people talk about you in restaurants when you cross yourself for the blessing? Do they roll their eyes or snort when they see a crucifix around your neck?

Do people leave pamphlets on your porch because you have a statue of Mary in your yard, or put tracts on your windshield because you have a rosary hanging from your rear-view mirror?

Do your friends, neighbors, and in-laws pretty much agree that you need converting because you're Catholic, not what they consider "saved" and "born-again?"

Do people of more than three denominations, religions, or organizations come to your house to try to explain what it takes to be a REAL Christian? Have you ever been stared at during an "altar call?" At a wedding?

Or do you live in a part of the South where Catholics aren't the minority, like St. Francisville, Louisiana or Ave Maria, Florida?

Please come in and share your stories and experiences: good, bad, frustrating, humorous, or whatever. If you aren't in or from the South, come on in anyway and have a cup of coffee or glass of sweet iced tea. Join in the conversation and get to know what it's like to be a Catholic in the Bible Belt.

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  1. Hope and Faith
    Oct 30, '12 7:04 pm
    Hope and Faith
    Thanks prayinghands for the note and especially the prayer.

    My daughter became an alter girl about a month ago and it is really amazing. She's quite young but interested in "working for Jesus." I feel blessed and hope it serves to ground her in her faith.
  2. prayinghands
    Oct 26, '12 3:43 am
    Hi Hope and Faith. The South is a wonderful place to live. Just a little note.
    If it is God's Will to have you in the South, that is where he will lead you. Once that happens, then ask Him what He needs you to do. It will all work out. I'll say a prayer for you.
  3. Hope and Faith
    Oct 24, '12 8:43 pm
    Hope and Faith
    Hi, I have been following this group for a while now and finally signed up. I lived in the South for almost 20 years moved then moved back to the North about 12 years ago. Well, this summer we went to the Gulf Coast for a visit and a "look-see" and it was wonderful. I really miss the south. We hope to move our little family back down in a couple of years once we figure out just where. (I lived in Jacksonville, husband has only lived here in the north). Reading this group wall has been really nice.

    The south doesn't have a lot of Catholics although the gulf coast seems to but there are many people who are religious. Here in the north there are probably more Catholics but less religious people altogether. Also, a lot of Catholics don't practice fully.

    So I was wondering if I could join the group and perhaps not only find a little taste of home but also some religious interaction. It seems like we get so caught up in work and all the day to day things it's hard to remain and live the faith sometimes. I would like to live my faith more fully. God Bless.
  4. jwder09
    Oct 24, '12 2:47 am
    Ours is a general blood drive; our parish priest is 100% in favor. You see, Father Young's brother (who is also a priest) requires frequent transfusions, due to medical condition; so, Father Young is always quick to point out that you may be saving his brother's life.
  5. Parce Domine
    Oct 23, '12 2:56 pm
    Parce Domine
    Those sound great, jwder. Is the blood drive for someone in your parish, or is it just a general drive? I hope the HH Society auction was successful, too. We don't have one of those, but it's a small parish in a small town. The same people who are already in the Knights and Ladies Aux, Franciscans, and Altar Society would be the same ones in the Helping Hands Society.
  6. jwder09
    Oct 23, '12 2:46 am
    No fund raiser this week; but, t K of C is sponsoring a blood drive. Our Helping Hands Society just wrapped up their annual auction.
  7. Parce Domine
    Oct 19, '12 8:54 am
    Parce Domine
    This is the time of year a lot of parishes have special events and fundraisers. What do y'all do?
  8. prayinghands
    Oct 15, '12 5:37 am
    Good morning everyone.

    The weather is just wonderful, cool and the sun rising in the east. Thanking God for a perfect morning and the start of a new week.

    Oh jwder09, I just love that story. They are true blessings. Hang in there, because you doing what the Lord wants you to do. Love, nurture, shaping them in their spiritual life. Don't worry, those quick and easy meals will turn into a whole spread before long. If it helps, cook different things on the weekend for the up coming week. That will help you to have more time in the evenings. If you need my help just let me know. Prayers are still being said for you and your little ones.

    Yes Parce, we need some very touching stories. I'm ready....
  9. Parce Domine
    Oct 14, '12 2:53 pm
    Parce Domine
    Awww, that sure is a touching story! Thank you for sharing. Sometimes the smallest, simplest things make such an impact. And sometimes it's the ones you least expect...
  10. jwder09
    Oct 11, '12 3:56 pm
    No Catholic sightings; but, I have a touching story.

    Being a single dad, making dinner has become my most pressing chore (just try telling my kids dinner will be late!). Tonight, after saying Grace, my oldest made it a point to thank me for preparing dinner. Trust me, it nothing special (and hardly her favorite); but, it felt good to recgnized. I thank the great Lord for such good kids.


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