March for Life 2018

March for Life 2018
“Let your light so shine before men…and glorify your Father in Heaven.”  Matthews 5:16

A March for Life bus trip is planned for Friday, January 19, 2018!  This will be the second pilgrimage organized by the Savannah Deanery Respect Life Ministry to Atlanta, GA on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.  Since Nellie Gray organized the first march for Life in Washington in 1974, the number of marches has increased to hundreds of rallies in January all over the country.  These marches give thousands of life-affirming leaders, clergy and citizens a chance to speak up for the defenseless, so that one day each may stand before God and say, “I did speak out; I was not silent in the face of the wanton killing of innocents.”

Our pilgrimage will begin at 7:00 AM in the parking lot off of I-16 at Dean Forest (307) and Town Center Rd. (directly across from the entry gate to Southbridge).  Parking is free.  Prayer, scripture reading, singing and other activities are planned on the way to and from our state capital. Upon arrival in downtown Atlanta, we will visit a local parish and eat lunch.  At 1:00 PM, we will take part in a roadside witness until 2:00 PM.  Around 2:30 PM our bus will load for the return trip to Savannah.  Arrival time back at the point of departure will be approximately 6:30 PM.

Due to the generosity of our sponsoring Deanery Churches and the Knights of Columbus, the cost of the bus trip is FREE!  (Food and incidentals will be the resistibility of each pilgrim, as well as any tip for the bus driver.)

A reservation form (below) is required so that reservations do not exceed seats (56) on the bus.  ALL RESERVATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH OFFICE (222 E. Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401), care of Gretchen Reese, by January 6.  Once the bus is full, remaining names will be placed on a waiting list in the order received and notified should space become available.  Please book as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Hurricane Irma

Due to the approach of a dangerous hurricane, Governor Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all those living East of I-95 in Southeast Georgia. Bishop Hartmayer has dispensed all Catholics living East of I-95 from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. The Schedule at the Cathedral is as follows:

On Saturday, September 9th, the Cathedral will not be open for touring. There will be no Confessions at 11:00 AM and no Mass at 12:00 Noon. For those Parishioners and Visitors who remain in town, Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 PM.

On Sunday, September 10th, for those who remain and who come to the Cathedral, Masses will be celebrated 8:00 and 10:00 AM.  The Cathedral will be closed and remain closed after that Mass.

Friends of Cathedral Music Concert Season

October 29, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
OLIVIER LATRY ORGAN CONCERT, REDEDICATION & PAPAL BLESSING Titular Organist, Notre Dame, Paris *ticketed event


December 17 , 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL: Featuring Rutter’s “Gloria”, and the unveiling of the Cathedral Creche


March 21 – 7:00 p.m.
TENEBRAE – A SERVICE OF SHADOWS Featuring Allegri’s “Miserere” and Gregorian chant


May 6 – 5:00 p.m.
MUSIC OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL Featuring Palestrina, Victoria & Allegri


For more information about Friends of Cathedral Music,  click here.


Summer Book Club

Summer Book Club Begins Soon! The next book discussion will be on  Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton Dates: July 19th, July 22th and August 2nd. Where: Parish Hall Library Time:10:15am-Noon About the Author: GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) is the author of 100 books, including Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man, which led young atheist C.S. Lewis to become a Christian. He is probably best known for his series about the priest detective Father Brown and was also known as a poet and a playwright. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he primarily considered himself a journalist, writing over 4,000 newspaper essays for papers such as Illustrated London News and Daily News, as well as his own Weekly.

About the book: Orthodoxy (1908) is a book that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. In the book’s preface Chesterton states the purpose is to “attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it.” In it, Chesterton presents an original view of Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the “answer to a riddle” in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the boundaries of human experience.

The book was written when Chesterton was an Anglican. He converted to Catholicism 14 years later. Chesterton chose the title, Orthodoxy, to focus instead on the plainness of the Apostles’ Creed, though he admitted the general sound of the title was “a thinnish sort of thing”.

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.