Christian Services Cluster Leader: Joyce Egan: 598-5424
Christian Services is the social ministry arm of our parish dedicated to fulfilling Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 25, to serve, in love, our neighbors in need. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
Carmelite Monastery: 925-8505
Our Diocese is blessed with the presence of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns who live their simple life-style, in imitation of Our Lady’s hidden life of faith. Overlooking the Forest River, Our Lady of Confidence Monastery provides the “apartness” necessary for a life of prayer in silence and solitude. The Carmelite Gardeners help the Sisters by maintaining the grounds of the Monastery during the months of March to November. All equipment to do the work is available on site. The usual schedule is three hours on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of the month. We would welcome your help.
Christmas Sharing Tree: Nancy Kochanik & Samantha Lambert 355-1523
This Christmas Sharing Tree project is conducted during the Christmas season to assist people in our community who are in difficult circumstances. Through the use of a tree laden with ornaments containing gift suggestions, parishioners can contribute gifts that are collected and then distributed to our Savannah neighbors through approximately ten different social service agencies.
Inner City Night Shelter: Kevin Dutton: 356-5369
On the third Thursday of every month parishioners from St. James prepare and serve sandwiches and cakes at the Night Shelter in Downtown Savannah. One hundred or so homeless and indigent “street people” are fed. Volunteers arrive at the shelter at 4:15 and leave around 5:45 pm. This has been a parish ministry for 25 years.
L.O.V.E: Bill Monroe: 598-1287
Local Outreach Volunteer Educators tutor children in the Savannah School system who need a boost. No professional education is required. Volunteers are trained in a simple reading program and spend only 2 hours one day a week with the children. Men and women accepted. The sacrifice is small and the impact and rewards are LARGE!
Migrant Workers: 355-1523
The Migrant Workers ministry serves the thousands of poor Hispanic workers who temporarily work in agricultural pursuits in the area surrounding Metter and Swainsboro. Collection drives are conducted twice each year for clothes, groceries, household goods, blankets, and space heaters, all of which are
distributed through Glenmary-run rural mission parishes.
Social Apostolate: Joyce Egan 598-5424
Founded in 1968 by the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, the goal of The Social Apostolate of Savannah is "to put people in the pews in touch with the poor". Its mission is to help and empower homeless and at risk individuals and families through Essential Services (soup kitchen, showers and clothing), and
Emergency Services (groceries, clothing, prescriptions, hygiene, school uniforms, baby needs, travel expenses for vets, and advocacy). It also assists in obtaining certified birth certificates and GA IDs.
A Thrift Store helps people buy good quality clothing at bargain prices. St. James has been a major, longtime supporter of this ministry. If interested in volunteering or donation or for more information, call Sr. Julie Franchi at 912-651-3638.
Congregations is Service: Joan Burns: 598-1068
St. James has joined an interfaith group "Congregation in Service." Its purpose is to 1. Facilitate conversation & understanding between faith. 1. Provide a community service. At this time, we are the only Catholic Faith Community involved. The group organizes 2 weekends a year to accomplish their alms. Volunteers are needed on Saturday A.M. and , or on Sunday afternoon. Please contact Joan Burns, 598-1068 for details and to sign up for a very rewarding and ecumenical experience.