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Mother’s Day Roses

Honor your mother this Mother’s Day with a rose! After an extra ordinary 2020, the Cathedral Council of Catholic Women is excited to return to some normalcy with one of our favorite project, Mother’s Day Roses. Our goal is to fill the Cathedral with 500 roses dedicated to our Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and any woman having a
positive impact on your life.

Roses will be sold for $5.00 each. The CCW will be available on the Plaza before and after Masses during the weekends from April 17th to May 2nd to take your order in person. The funds raised will be used to fund CCW
and Cathedral projects throughout the year. Thank you!

Annual Catholic Appeal Steadfast in Faith

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL


While we are in the midst of our Campaign for the Chapel renovation, the Annual Catholic Appeal is also underway. I know that I am asking you to make a significant sacrifice, and all at the same time! But the ACA is something which has become a regular part of our giving. Each year we are asked to support the work of the Catholic Church throughout South Georgia. Please don’t forget to make your donation to support this important appeal. If
we all make an attempt to give according to our means, we will have no problem meeting and exceeding our goal of $121,000.
As always, I thank the people of the Cathedral parish for your great generosity and cooperation.
Rev. J. Gerard Schreck
Rector

To donate, click on this link Annual Catholic Appeal

Holy Week Schedule 2021


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT THE CATHEDRAL

Please Note: We do not take reservations for Masses. Due to Covid, we are limited to the number of people who can attend. Seats are on a “first come, first serve” basis. 

All of these services will be available from our website-savannahcathedral.org and click on Live Stream

This Sunday, March 28th, is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The Liturgies of Holy Week are beautiful and moving, and each of them will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website (www.savannahcathedral.org). Because of our Covid regulations, we will be able to accommodate no more than 350 people at each Liturgy. At each Mass for Palm Sunday, we will bless palms and recall Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. For the 10 AM Mass, the blessing of the palms will take place in front of the Cathedral. For all the other Masses on Palm Sunday, the blessing of the palms will take place at the baptismal font at the entrance to the Church.

On Tuesday, March 30th, the Bishop will celebrate the Mass of the Chrism at 11:00 AM. This Mass will not be open to the public. The Bishop will bless the Oils to be used throughout the Diocese for the next twelve months (Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Sacred Chrism). At this Mass the Priests of the Diocese will be present and will renew their commitment to Priestly service.

On Wednesday evening, at 8:00PM, the Choir will lead us in a traditional evening prayer service known as Tenebrae. The latin word means “shadows” or “darkness.” It recalls the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot and his arrest in the garden.

The Sacred Triduum begins on Holy Thursday, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00PM. This beautiful Mass recalls the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Because of Covid, this year the Bishop will not be washing feet, as is normally done at this Mass. Following Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the Altar of Repose, and the Church will remain open for private prayer until 10:00PM.

On Good Friday, Bishop Parkes will celebrate the Liturgy of the Passion at 12:00 noon. The Passion according to John will be proclaimed, the Crucifix will be venerated, and Holy Communion will be distributed. At the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Passion, there will be silent meditation in the Church, commemorating the hours that Jesus hung upon the cross. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 1:30 until 3:00. At 3:00 PM we will make the Way of the Cross. At the conclusion, the Church will be closed, and nothing will take place in the Church until the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night.

The Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 3rd. At this most dramatic Liturgy, the new fire will be lighted, the Paschal Candle blessed and lighted, the history of salvation proclaimed from Scripture, and the water for Baptism blessed. Seven adults will be baptized.

On Easter Sunday, Masses will be at the usual times (8:00, 10:00, 11:30, and 1:00PM Latin). I remind you again that we will only be able to accommodate 350 people for each of our Masses. I apologize in advance if you arrive and are not able to be seated. Remember that the 10:00 AM Mass will be livestreamed. May God bless you, and Happy Easter!

Rev. J. Gerard Schreck

Rector 

 

Diaper Drive March 20th-24th

 

Diaper Drive for Savannah Care Center

This is a great way to satisfy our Lenten call to almsgiving! All sized diapers and pull-ups are immediately needed. Diaper drive is March 20 – 24th. It will end with a rosary Prayer Service at Savannah Care Center on March 25th at 9:30 AM. All are welcome to attend. Drop off new diapers and pull-ups in marked boxes in Cathedral vestibule.

Sponsored by Savannah Deanery Respect Life.

March Food Drive

 

The need for assistance has never been greater at this time with so many are struggling to provide food for their family. How can we help or make a difference? We can work with The Social Apostolate right here in Savannah. This mission brings hope and provides support in many ways to the working poor and the homeless here in our community. It is through the grace of God that we are here and it is in that grace we are given opportunities to serve those in need. March is the month for the Cathedral to “stock the pantry” at the Social Apostolate, and with our help
we can continue this mission together as one family.
The needed items are:

Tuna, Salmon, Canned Ham, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Breakfast foods, Hearty Canned Soups, Peanut Butter, Jams/
Jellies and Canned Vegetables and Fruit.

Food donations can be left in the baskets at the Church entry. Please check expiration dates and no industrial sizes.

Thank you from the Christian Service Committee and the Social Apostolate!

Lenten Season at the Cathedral Basilica

 

The Fridays of the Season of Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat. Anyone who is fourteen years of age is obliged to abstain from eating meat on Fridays. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence, which means that we eat only one full meal that day (and two smaller meals) and abstain from meat. All adults up to the age of sixty are obliged to fast and abstain. Fasting on these days, however, is still recommended for
children and seniors.

To be reconciled with God, and with the Church, and with one another, is a very important part of our Lenten penance. We humble ourselves and put away our pride by admitting our sins and weaknesses. That’s our part of the process. But it is so important that we allow God the opportunity to do His part, and speak to us words of forgiveness and peace. Because God is “slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.”

On the Wednesdays of Lent, Confessions will be heard from 4:00 -5:00 PM: On Friday, from 4:00 to 5:00; and each Saturday, from 11:00 to 11:50, and from 4:15 to 5:00. On Saturdays, we will have two Priests available for each hour of confessions. On Good Friday, from 1:30-3:00, we will have at least four Priests present to hear confessions.

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