Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy Week and Easter

Penance Service: Sunday April 2nd at 3 PM

Holy Thursday: 7 PM

Good Friday: Liturgy of the Cross at  12 Noon &  Stations of the Cross at  3 PM

Easter Vigil  8:30 PM (Three Hour Service) 

Easter 8 AM, 10 AM 11:30 AM  and Latin Mass at 1 PM


Potty for a Price on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th

The Cathedral Council of Catholic Women offer the use of the Parish Hall bathrooms on St. Patrick’s Day.

The hours are from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. The cost is $5.00 for unlimited use; or $1.00 per use of the men’s or ladies’ room.

st patrick's day

Guidelines for Fast and Abstinence during Lent

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) produced a statement in 1966 called Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence,which was modified slightly in 1983.

These statements mean

In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared that “the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth.” The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:

  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on all other Fridays of the year, unless he or she substitutes some other form of penance for abstinence.

According to the USCCB

Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs — all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden. However, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste). Fish are a different category of animal. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.


Financial Peace University

What is Financial Peace University?


FPU is a 9-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and experience a total money makeover.  It meets one night a week for approximately one and half exciting hours.  FPU is an important step to changing your financial future!  It takes the head knowledge from the books and and turns it into real action.


Who is FPU for? It’s for EVERYONE!  Wether you are living paycheck to paycheck or want to make your money work better for you, FPU provides Biblically based common sense education and empowerment which gives HOPE to everyone from the financially secure to the financially distressed.  It is not just for those who are in debt.


What do I get with my FPU Membership? Your lifetime membership comes with a FPU kit for your entire family to use FPU, anywhere, anytime.  You will receive a workbook, all the lessons have on line access, a starter envelope system, a copy of Dave Ramseys’ book Financial Peace, and digital budgeting tools. The best part is that you will have support and fellowship with people that share your goals.


Classes will be on Sundays and begin March 19 through May 14th  from 7 pm-8:30 p.m. in the Cathedral’s parish hall.  The class is free and your membership costs $93.00 plus shipping. Go to to order your kit today.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie or Jim Phillips.


March Food Drive


During the entire month of March, the Christian Service Committee is collecting food for the Social Apostolate. The Cathedral Parish is responsible for stocking the shelves during March.

Only non-perishable food items are requested such as canned protein, such as tuna, soups, boxed foods, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Containers for the food are in the back of the church.

The Social Apostolate of Savannah, provides food, clothing and emergency assistance to individuals and families who are homeless and in dire need.

Containers will be in the vestibules during the entire month!

Please be generous! For more information about the Christian Service Committee, click here

Social Apostolate Information

40 Days for Life

Savannah 40 DAYS FOR LIFE:
Vigil location: Savannah Medical Center
120 East 34th Street
Vigil hours: 7 AM — 7 PM every day beginning March 1, 2017
Learn more … and get involved: 40 Days for Life Savannah

40 days for life

New Cathedral Choir Auditions

Our current Cathedral Choir, formed in 2013, provides musical leadership primarily for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass as well as various parish and diocesan celebrations. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Our Lady’s Chapel. Membership is open to all, Catholic or Non-Catholic, by placement audition. Each year, the Cathedral Choir presents a major choral work for All Souls Vespers, performs in “Christmas at the Cathedral” as part of the Friends of Cathedral Music Concert Series, sings for the Celtic Cross Mass and the St. Patrick’s Day Mass, participates in the Tenebrae service during Holy Week, and sings for the Marian Vespers in May. Placement auditions are always held at the end of August and special auditions are available throughout the year. For more information, please go to, and fill out the online form. We are pleased to offer a new choir, the Cathedral Schola. This ensemble will provide choral music for the 11:30 a.m. Sunday mass, September-May, and for the 10:00 a.m. mass May – August. It is made up of select musicians and membership is by audition only. The choir is especially dedicated to the rich musical heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, from Gregorian Chant to vocal polyphony and beyond. It is currently made up of a 4 member professional choral ensemble. Members attend the Cathedral Choir rehearsals. To audition, complete this form.

The Bible Timeline

Reading the Bible should bring us closer to Christ, but understanding it is often difficult.  The good news is that you can understand the Bible, and The Bible Timeline makes it easy.


The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word.  The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture.  The Bible Timeline will help you understand the Bible and have a deeper relationship with Christ.

View this video for more information Preview

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist will begin the first eight week session of The Bible Timeline on Monday, February 13 at 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  For more information or to register for the study contact Moira Novack at

2017 Christmas Ornament

The South Transept Window of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is available January 1, 2017. It may be purchased here or in the back of the church.