CATHOLIC RESOURCES To Help Us Grow In Faith Our Church

 Diocese of Savannah, Catholic Pastoral Center, Tel: (912) 201-4100:
 www.diosav.org

Keep up to date with what’s happening in our diocese and in the various
deaneries. Of special note are the overviews of Family Life and Human
Resources/Vocations links for volunteering and learning more about vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. We are also fortunate to have another excellent resource available, the Southern Cross, our diocesan official newspaper. For more information call the diocese at the above number.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: Tel: (912) 233-4709:

 www.savannahcathedral.org

In addition to parish staff information and Mass schedules, learn about the
history of the Cathedral, its design and restoration. Before taking visitors for a

tour of this impressive church, view and read the descriptions of some of its interior features including the tabernacle, main altar, crucifix, transept
windows, and stations of the cross.

 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  www.usccb.org

This comprehensive reference to the USCCB departments and offices covers the latest news topics such as priesthood ordinations, Catholics in political life, and current issues in Congress. A comprehensive source of information about on-going projects—from African American Catholics to World Youth Day—and everything in between.

 Vatican Official Web Site: www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm

One could spend days exploring the wealth of information presented and the beauty of its graphics. Get a daily update of what’s happening in Rome, then learn about the saints, search the Vatican library, and tour the museums with their five-hundred-year-old collections of art.

OTHER CATHOLIC INITIATIVES

Catechism of the Catholic Church:                                                              Web Site: www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm       www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/

Glen Argan, editor of the Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has written a series of 160 articles commenting on the sections of the catechism. All are linked to an on-line version of the catechism at the site of Saint Charles Borromeo parish in Picayune, MS. They give the inquiring
person an in-depth view of the formal axioms of our faith coupled with
informal commentary in tune with the daily living of our faith.

An Apostolate of Prayers for the Sick and Dying   www.savannahocds.org

Our Lady of Confidence and St. Joseph Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) participates in an apostolate of prayer.  We welcome all who know of someone sick or dying who is in need of prayers to submit a request through our website.  We are happy to pray for your loved ones!

Who are Discaled Carmelite Seculars?  We come from all walks of life, from every level of education and from every type of work.  We are Catholic laypersons over the age of 18 (married or unmarried) or ordained diocesan priests or deacons who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the Church and the world.  To learn more about our Savannah group, visit our website or call Formation Director Liz Nazareth at 912-920-0468.  You may also reach us at info@savannahocds.org.

Catholic Engaged Encounter: Tel: (770) 975:1147: www.engagedencounter.org

Catholic Engaged Encounter is an intensive weekend for engaged couples to examine and deepen their relationship with each other and God. Topics include self-knowledge, communication, decision making, intimacy and morality, natural family planning,  engagement and betrothal, and unity of life.                   A community of volunteers organize and present the topics. The telephone of the Atlanta ministry  is shown above. Their web site address is: www.atlcee.org

Men’s Group: St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers: Brian Kennedy: 354-3065:  www.dads.org

St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers (SJCK) is a Catholic men’s group dedicated to helping to equip and encourage men for more effective service and relationships within their families. The group meets Friday morning for 6:30 a.m. Mass at Benedictine. All Catholic men who wish to grow stronger in their Catholic faith and in their roles as husband and father are invited to experience the positive power of this initiative.

Catholics in the Military:  www.CatholicMil.org

The mission of Catholics in the Military is to strengthen Catholic families, and to promote vocations to the Military Archdiocese. It was launched Christmas Eve 2001 and offers U.S. Armed Forces personnel spiritual truths of military life in light of the Catholic faith.

This web site is packed full with information not generally available elsewhere. Information on military ethics, forthright answers to a broad range of Q &As, stories of chaplains, and prayers for those in our military services, our country, for peace, for national healing.

Eternal Word Television Network: Tel: (205) 271-2900                                 www.ewtn.com

Over the years, EWTN has developed into a global Catholic communication ministry—publications, radio, and television. Its religious programming is
second to none, and includes daily and Sunday Mass, the Rosary, Litany
devotions, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, thus enabling everyone to uplift their  lives during the day as the Spirit moves! EWTN general programming tells the stories of saints and martyrs, current and past Church history, the  papacy, world affairs, making moral decisions in daily life, conversion experiences, and includes special faith-programs oriented to children. Monthly program summaries can be found at the bookshelf in the narthex.

Family Honor: Tel: (803) 929-0858: Web Site: www.familyhonor.org

Family Honor is a non-profit Catholic organization based in Columbia, South Carolina. It was established in 1987 to provide opportunities for parents and children to communicate on important life values, with a special focus on God’s gift of sexuality and the virtue of chastity.

The motto of Family Honor, “Bringing Families Closer Together,” has been proven by independent studies. Results show this family-centered approach helps parents feel more competent and families more assured of handling the pressures of today’s culture … and children who have now matured are living witnesses to the benefits of living a virtuous life.

Knights of Columbus: Tel: (912) 233-3497:  www.kofc631.org

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society. Founded by Father Michael McGivney in 1882, his primary objectives were to support the cause of Catholic civil liberty and to “dissuade Catholics from
joining secret societies.”  The Knights have not only provided benefits to their members and families, but are renowned for their educational, charitable,
religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works. Their national web site is: www.kofc.org

Retrouvaille: 1-800-470-2230:  www.retrouvaille.org

“For Better or Worse….Through Good Times and Bad.… Retrouvaille means ‘rediscovery.’” This live-in weekend program is aimed at couples who are looking for help, perhaps are even thinking of separation or divorce, but want to try again. Retrouvaille is a Catholic program, but couples of other faith
expressions are welcome. Post-weekend sessions are also held to reinforce, review, and help couples to continue along the path of reconciliation and marital happiness.

World Wide Marriage Encounter: 1-800-923-9963  www.wwme.org

Marriage Encounter is a time for couples to reinforce and strengthen their relationships. During this weekend experience, techniques of loving communication are learned that can be the basis for an enduring and revitalized married.

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat

The peace and natural beauty of Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat beckons you from the cares of daily life to a place of quiet reflection.  Their facilities are open to groups as well as individuals.                                                                       www.

Serra Club of Savannah: Byron Stephens:  355-7276:             www.serraus.org

The mission of all Serra clubs is to actively work, promote, foster, and affirm vocations to the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life. The Serra Club of Savannah is a Diocesan-wide endeavor, affiliated with the USA Council of Serra International. Serrans are lay men and women who are committed to
being the vocation arm of our Church. As Pope John Paul II wrote, “The
fostering of vocations cannot be considered a marginal activity, but must be incorporated fully into the life and activity of the community.” In so doing the Serra  ministry enriches and develops their members’ common Catholic faith.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

O God, hear my prayer

And let my cry come unto you.

Bless our Diocese of Savannah

with many vocations to the priesthood,

diaconate and religious life.

Give the men and women you call

the light to understand your gift

and the love to follow in the footsteps

of your priestly son.  Amen.

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