Blessing of the Pets

The Annual Blessing of the Pets is this Saturday October 3rd at 11 AM in Lafayette Square. Please secure your pets with a leash or a carrier. All are welcome!

Respect for Life 2020 Fall Community Calendar

October is celebrated as RESPECT LIFE MONTH across America! Here is a list of Respect Life activities for fall. Everyone is welcome to participate in any or all of these events! There is something here for each of you! We will be practicing social distancing at all events and masks are advised.

For the complete Calendar, click HERE 



Children’s Religious Education Sign-Up

Children’s Religious Education Sign ups and Classes Begin Soon! Attention Parents! The school year is about to begin. Registration will take place after 5:30 mass on Saturday, September 12th and 8:00, 10:00 and 11:30 masses on Sunday, September 13th. Bring your child’s baptismal certificate if you are new to the Cathedral’s CRE program. In person classes begin on Sunday morning, September 27th at 8:45 in the parish center building. If you miss this registration, bring your child to the parish center on the first day of class for registration and enrollment. At registration and on the first day of school we will be handing out an information sheet regarding the precautions that will be used before and during class to comply with the CDC requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At registration I will also provide information on homeschooling as a means of providing your child’s religious education. The medical safety and religious foundation of our CRE students are very important to us. God bless us all.

For the 2020-2021 Calendar, click HERE

New Designation for the Catheral

SAVANNAH, Ga. – April 22, 2020 – His Holiness Pope Francis, through the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently issued a decree granting the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah the title of Minor Basilica.
This honor makes the Cathedral the first basilica in the Diocese of Savannah. Nationwide, there are just 87 churches, including 18 cathedrals, that carry this designation.
The 143-year-old Roman Catholic Cathedral will officially be named “The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist.”
The Most Reverend Gregory John Hartmayer, Bishop of Savannah, and Reverend J. Gerard Schreck, Rector of the Cathedral, will hold a press conference on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, 222 E. Harris Street, Savannah.
Minor basilicas are traditionally named because of their antiquity, dignity, historical value, architectural and artistic worth, and significance as centers of worship. A basilica must “stand out as a center of active and pastoral liturgy,” according to the 1989 Vatican document Domus ecclesiae.
The bestowal of the title initiates a very particular bond between the basilica and the Holy Father. Papal symbols signifying the relationship will be installed and blessed at an inaugural Mass solemnizing the designation of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist as a basilica later this year. For more information click this link