First Sunday of Advent

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Sunday, November 30, 2014 (All day)

Set up an Advent wreath in your home. Light one of the violet candles marking the season’s first week as you sing a verse of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

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2014 Gartland Awards

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 -
11:30am to 12:45pm

South Georgians will receive the Bishop Gartland Service Award at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Sunday, November 23.

The men and women will be honored for the service they provide to their parishes and communities in South Georgia. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.,  will confer the awards during the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral and will present them with certificates at a reception following Mass in Sister Jude Walsh Hall.

See nominees here.

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Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery O’Connor's death

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Sunday, August 3, 2014 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Cathedral of St. the Baptist
222 East Harris Street
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
207 E Charlton Street

On August 3rd, 1964, the world lost one of its most important southern writers too early; Flannery O’Connor died of lupus at age 39 at the Baldwin State Hospital. On Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, there will be a Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery’s passing at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

O’Connor was born and spent much of her childhood in Savannah before attending Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. Two of her most well known works were her novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. Both novels had similar subject matters and revolved around religion. Some say it was O’Connor’s deeply rooted Catholic upbringing and proximity to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist that may have shaped the characters and irony in her writing. Best known for her series of short stories, O’Connor’s southern literature was often described as “taboo” or “grotesque”.

On Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, there will be a Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery’s passing at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This is where O’Connor used to attend church with her family — the adult mass, of course, at her own insistence, starting at the age of 6.

The full choir will be in attendance to perform at this special Mass and all faiths are invited to attend. Mass begins at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home located just across Lafayette Square from the Cathedral. From 1:30 to 4 p.m., the home will be open for tours; admission is waived for the day.

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Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, Begin Easter Triduum

Event Date/Time: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 (All day)

The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

Read: Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum

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Palm Sunday

Event Date/Time: 
Sunday, April 13, 2014 (All day)

Read a reflection about Palm Sunday from the USCCB:

On Palm Sunday the liturgy offers a panoramic view of the mysteries that we will contemplate during Holy Week or Paschal Triduum: the institution of the Eucharist, the passion and death of the Lord, and the prediction of His Resurrection.

These rich Sunday readings include numerous phrases and expressions that have become part of the Sunday liturgy and other devotions. But, most of all, they reveal how each event of the Passion of Christ had been announced by the prophets...

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The Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 (All day)

The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church. A pilgrimage group from the Diocese of Savannah is traveling to Rome on the occasion. Fr. Douglas Clark, Fr. Bob Cushing and Catholics from Columbus, Statesboro, Savannah, Grovetown, Augusta, Martinez and beyond will visit Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, and Assisi during this 12 day voyage. Craig Harney from WTOC-TV, Raycom Media's CBS affiliate in Savannah, is traveling with the pilgrimage group. Check back at diosav.org for regular updates from the pilgrimage group.

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Chrism Mass - 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer invites all to participate in the Mass of the Blessing of the Oils and the Consecration of the Chrism at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

The bishop celebrates the Chrism Mass annually to provide the holy oils for the celebration of the sacraments—the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens and the sacred Chrism that will be used in the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as in the Baptism of children and the ordination of bishops and priests.

About 80 priests are expected to concelebrate and renew their commitments to priestly service during this Mass, which is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of the church year.

Holy Week services prepare the way for Easter

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Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 -
11:30am to 2:30pm

The 2014 Celtic Cross Mass begins at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. The homilist will be Father Jeremiah McCarthy, pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in Columbus, Georgia.

Following Mass families will parade to Emmet Park for the wreath laying ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

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Feast of St. Patrick Mass - 2014

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Monday, March 17, 2014 -
8:00am to 9:00am

St. Patrick's Day Mass:

Monday, March 17, 8:00 am - Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. will celebrate the feast day Mass with Very Reverend J. Gerard Schreck serving as the homilist.  Priests of the Diocese of Savannah will concelebrate.

Location: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia

St. Patrick's Day Mass TV coverage:

WTOC-TV will air the St. Patrick's Day Mass live from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist beginning at 8 a.m. Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy, pastor of St. Anne Church in Columbus, will provide commentary on the Mass with WTOC's news team. You can also watch the Mass live at www.wtoc.com.

CNN will provide satellite transmission for WTOC’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Parade, which means excerpts from the presentation will be available to all CNN affiliates and CNN global (except Savannah and Augusta where WTOC and WFXG have exclusive rights).

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Catholic Pack the Park Night

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Historic Grayson Stadium
Savannah Sand Gnats vs. Asheville Tourists


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