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St. Christopher has first Diocesan priest, service schedule altered

Father John is pictured at St. Christopher in Claxton.
St. Christopher has first Diocesan priest, service schedule altered

By Sarah Gove
Enterprise Editor

St. Christopher Catholic Church recently welcomed a new priest. Father John R. Johnson came to Claxton last summer and hasn’t slowed down since he arrived. With the church’s mission works in Pembroke and Sand Hill, he oversees a total of four congregations.
St. Christopher is Father John’s first full pastorate since he was ordained seven years ago. However, he has served as an associate pastor prior to being stationed here. “It’s a great joy. I love being a priest. At the end of the day, that’s the one thing I’m always sure of,” he said.
Father John conducts four masses every week, driving a total of 82 miles round trip on the weekends. This past weekend, service schedules at St. Christopher were changed - the church now holds a Sunday mass in English at 11:30 a.m. and a Spanish mass on Saturday evenings at 5:30.
In addition to the two local masses, Father John holds a 9 a.m. Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Mission in Pembroke and another Spanish mass at 7:30 on Saturday evenings at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Sand Hill.

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