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Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Saint Francis of Assisi Mission


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Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

106 East Dillingham Street, Saint Marys, Georgia 31558

Saint Francis of Assisi Mission

700 Kingsland Drive, Folkston, Georgia 31537

Reverend Fr. Mariusz Fuks, Pastor

Rev. Mr. Joseph Bezy, Deacon

Church Office 912-882-4718 Fax: 912-882-5845

E-Mail: office@weareolss.org pastor@weareolss.org


Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mk 2:18-22

Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89:20-22, 27-28; Mk 2:23-28

Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Mk 3:1-6

Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Ps 56:2-3, 9-13; Mk 3:7-12

Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11; Mk 3:13-19

Saturday: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 5-7; Mk 3:20-21

Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20




"Ordinary Time" began for us this week. On the old calendar, the feast of the Presentation, still more than two weeks away, was the last day of the Christmas season. Sadly, Bethlehem is hardly a place of peace on earth these days. The ancient Christian community has been largely uprooted by political strife. The Church of the Nativity stands (barely) in remarkable disrepair and disorder in Manger Square. The roof is crumbling, the major doorways are blocked, the wiring is faulty, and the worship life is disrupted by quarrels among Eastern Christians. The church was founded by the Emperor Constantine in 325, destroyed in a Samaritan revolt in 539, and rebuilt by the Emperor Justinian. When the area came under Muslim control in 638, the holiness of the church was respected, and in return Christians allowed Muslims to pray in the south aisle, a right still upheld. Earlier in that century, invading Persians were ordered to destroy all churches, but when they saw the magi carved over the doorway of the Church of the Nativity, they spared it out of respect for their ancestors who bore gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the same city. The Crusaders restored and redecorated the church by the twelfth century, and it is their plan that survives. Down a few stone steps is a stone grotto with a silver star marking the place of Christ's birth: when the star was stolen in 1847 it triggered an international crisis that exploded into the Crimean War. Since 1852, the church has been shared by the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian Churches. The Greeks are in charge of the grotto, but don't enjoy the best of friendships with the Armenians. Catholics have the care of the Chapel of the Manger, and avoid the squabbles by a separate entrance to the Franciscan monastery church of St. Catherine. Pray for peace in Bethlehem!

Our Lady Star of the Sea weekly schedule


No Daily Mass

Tuesdays 5:00 pm Rosary & Adoration, 5:30 pm Daily Mass Wednesdays 7:30 am Rosary, 8:00 am Daily Mass

Thursdays 7:30 am Rosary, 8:00 am Daily Mass Fridays 7:30 am Rosary, 8:00 am Daily Mass 1st Fridays of the month 8:00 am Mass @ Historic Chapel

2:00 pm—3:00 pm Holy Hour

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet—Daily Chapel Saturdays 4:15 pm Confession - Main Church

5:00 pm Mass Sundays 11:00 am Mass

Saint Francis of Assisi weekly schedule

Wednesdays 6:00 pm Daily Mass Sundays 8:30 am Mass Deacon Joe Bezy: 912-673-7333 Parish Secretary Susan Bayless: 904-612-6143 Parish Council Bryant Shepard: 912-673-7377 Finance Council Greg Lockhart: 912-322-6206 Religious Education

Tim & Rhonda Hughes: 912-729-2406

Ladies Auxiliary

Susie Rule: 912-729-1787

Knights of Columbus 11058 & Ave Maria Assembly 3391

Tom Jenkins: 912-882-9433 Health Ministry: Peg Hudock: 678-642-2893 Hospitality/Bereavement Victoria Brooks: 912-322-6857

Newcomers: Lisa Greiner:



Chrissy Bundrick: 912-729-5705

Catholic Youth Ministry

Tom & Tricia Jenkins: 912-882-9433

Chrissy Bundrick: 912-729-5705

Good Samaritan Outreach

Lena Brathwaite Bell: 912-266-4969 Virtus Sallie Galyean Lectors/Eucharistic Ministers/Altar Servers/ Ushers

Contact church office

Music Ministry

Mike Anderson: 912-729-2409



January 14, 2018

The two disciples who were with John in today's Gospel did not yet know Jesus. John knew they sought the Messiah, and he understood his mission to point the way to the Lord. In the first reading, Eli realized that the Lord was calling Samuel and told him how to respond when called. Saint Paul witnessed to the Good News of Jesus to the people in Corinth, and continued to show them how to live as Christian people. John, Eli, and Paul grasped that, as people of faith, we are called to show others the way to the Lord. Who helps you be attentive to God's presence and to respond in faith? To whom are you called to witness, to show the way to the Lord?


John's introduction was a simple declaration: "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples immediately responded. Jesus sensed their willing hearts and invited them to follow him. Do you sometimes wish that recognizing the Lord would be so straightforward in your own life? Would it not be wonderful if a friend could point to Christ with certainty? While we do not always have such a clear sense of God's presence with and within us, we do have a regular opportunity to encounter Christ, in the celebration of the Mass. Like the disciples, we too hear, "Behold the Lamb of God." After the consecration, just before we receive Holy Communion, the priest raises the host and says, "Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." It is like having a friend point the way to the Lord for us. Here is Christ, ready for us to receive his Body and his Blood, to enter into deep communion with him, and to live our lives as his disciples. Nourished in word and sacrament, we are called to point the way to the Lord as witnesses to Christ's love.


The Lord does not only call people like Samuel and the two disciples. God calls each of us. We must be attentive to God's presence in prayer, sacred scripture, the sacraments, interactions with others, the beauty of creation. We are to grow in willingness to respond, to live as God's people in the daily circumstances of our lives. Eli's guidance to Samuel is for us as well: with an open heart and mind, we do well to say to God, "Speak, for your servant is listening." Like the two disciples in today's Gospel, we must be ready to set aside whatever might stand in the way of our relationship with Christ and our Christian living. It was more than Simon's name that changed. The disciples discovered in Jesus a new way of life, and they shared the good news of this life with all.


"Behold the Lamb of God!" We hear this phrase every Sunday at Mass, but there's a good chance that many Roman Catholics do not know who in the Bible originally spoke it. The phrase appears only in the Gospel of John, on the lips of John the Baptist, who utters it twice. In today's Gospel reading, John proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God, and two of John's own disciples then follow Christ. A little bit later Andrew, who heard John and then followed Jesus, brings his brother Simon to be re-named Cephas, or Peter. A careful look at these Bible verses shows us the mission of everyone baptized into the Body of Christ: we must always proclaim our faith in Christ, so that others will follow him. We may not know how the will of God might work through those we bring to Christ; that is not the point. The point is that our ongoing mission as a church is to bring others to Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.


Just before our first reading it says that "the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions." (1Sam 3:1) I imagine most people today would think that was true. Haven't you ever wished you lived in biblical times, to see some of the miracles you read about? Wouldn't it be cool to hear the LORD speaking in a vision? Do you think God has stopped talking? People apparently felt that way in Samuel's time. Let's look at the reading to see what Samuel's experience can teach us. At first Samuel thinks it is Eli calling him. It is not unusual for people to miss a sign from God. If you have a talent that you are proud of, perhaps it is a sign that God wants you to use that talent to help others. Or if a friend tells you she is concerned about your health, it could be God's way of telling you to get help. Try to see God speaking in whatever happens to you and you may hear a lot more than you think. Samuel also gets help from Eli. Eli began to recognize that the LORD was speaking to Samuel. Sometimes we need help discerning what the Lord is telling us. A good spiritual director can lead you to understand what God is saying to you. Your pastor may be able to do that, or at least able to refer you to someone. Warning: A spiritual director will probably ask how often you pray. In our reading Samuel finally speaks directly to God, instead of going back to Eli. Then God tells him what God's plan was. So if you wonder what God plans for your life, try spending more time in prayer with him. Don't be like the man who complains he never know what his wife wants from him. When asked what she tells him, he says, "I don't know; we never talk." I bet we have all had times where we didn't know if we are doing God's will because we didn't take time to pray. But don't do all the talking. Give God some quiet time to hear his response. For God hasn't stopped talking; we just stopped listening.




Those wishing to become a parishioner of Our Lady

Star of the Sea, should complete the Parish

Registration form found

on our website;



you can ask one of the

Ushers for a paper

registration form and put

it in the collection basket

when you have completed

it. We look forward to worshiping with you as One,

Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!

Those preparing for

marriage need to contact

the church office for a

list of instructions at least

six months

in advance of

the anticipated wedding

date. No wedding date

will be set, not even

tentatively until the couple submits all necessary

documents and goes through all preparations and

has received permission from the Priest.

If you wish to have your

child baptized at OLSS or

SFOA, please call the

church office to schedule a

preparation class with Fr.

Mariusz and to complete the

sacramental registration

form. This must be done at

least two weeks in advance

before your event is



"The Homily Continued" adult bible study

continues....every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the

social hall. Join us to deepen your understanding

of our Sunday readings and gospel message. This

program will help you to live it more fully.

A lite meal is served at 6:30 and our video

presentation begins at 7:00 pm. We have a fun

and lively discussion after each session. This

program is for new Catholics, old Catholics, and

young adult Catholics. Come join us and see what

it is all about!

Bob Creo, Haze Buchanan, Jimmy Walsh, Peter Greco, Gordon Powell, Penelope Phipps, Vincent Wilson, Ruth McNeil, Addison Faith Crews, Winnie Boyles, Barbara Bragg, Charles Akakatang, Esther Bezy, Holly Metzger, Dick Rowell, Johnny Lucas, Dean Hardin, Miya Theresa DR Bjolgerud, Kathy Levy, Pasquale Rotondi, Gloria Maniscalco, Drew Hawkes, Russell Music, Madison Harrill, Stella Ware, Betty Scott, Steve Schwartz, Kate Harrell, Betty Herrin, Hazel Hutto, Judy Bailey, Buck Addy, Louise Addy, Valerie Johnson, Fidias DeLeon C, Ed

Malinski, Clara Kirmse, Donna Lee Jennings, Jeanie Reid, Evie Kraiger, Yvonne Trescastro, Tiffani Diaz, Amberly Harris, Daniel Brausch, Steve Knight, Sandy Feller, Jay Berman, Ben Pitts, Carol & James Mounce, Katheryn Lacy Turrell, Doris Metallo, Pamela Ruth Leow, Garry Bastable, Virginia Richards, James Cribby, Susan Sagman

To add a name to the prayer list please email




Christmas Collection:


Children’s Collection:

Good Sam:


$ 7,807.31

$ 75.00

$ 5,035.67

$ 10.00

$ 245.00







$ 2,383.00

$ 23,934.00


$ 32,226.00

93 %



32.34 %


Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC), Feb. 2-4,

2018. All high school teens are encouraged to

attend this spiritually rewarding and uplifting




forms will be emailed the first week of January or

can be picked up at the Jan. 7


meeting. Forms and

deposits will be due by Sun. Jan. 14. Registrations

after the 14


will have a $25 late fee. For More

Information Contact Chrissy



United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

9 D


: J

18-26, 2018

9 Days for Life

is a "digital pilgrimage" of

prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift

of every person's life. A multi-faceted novena

highlighting a different intention each day

provides reflections, bonus information, and

suggested actions.

Join to receive the novena through the

9 Days for


app, daily emails, or daily texts at



Show off your purple, gold and green at the

Annual OLSS Mardi Gras Party

Friday, January 26th

6:00—7:00 PM Social Hour

7:00 PM Dinner

$12.50 per person

Music ~ 50/50 Raffle

Beer and wine will be available

Make your reservations after each weekend Mass.

Purchase your tickets in advance or pay at the door.

Proceeds benefit CYM

 The office will be closed Monday, January 15th. All

calls and emails will be returned on Tuesday.

 An RE Teachers Meeting will be held on

Wednesday, January 17th at 6PM in the

Religious Education building.

 The Newcomers Dinner will be Thursday, January

18th at 6PM in the Social Hall. All new members

of OLSS are invited.

 Kid’s Movie Night will be Saturday, January 20th at 6:30PM in the Social Hall..

 If you want your annual Tax Contribution Statement, please notify the office.

 Mark your calendars! Lent will be here before we know it. The Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be

February 13th. All you can eat pancakes and

toppings. Tickets will go on sale February 3rd after Masses.



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