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Pastor's Corner

Fr. Daniel F. Firmin

Welcome Back!

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow will be the first day of the new school year! The church campus will once again teem with life as the parents begin dropping off their children for the school day and the laughter and voices of the children fill the halls and the fields with joy! Each year St. James comes back to life as a new school year begins.

Schedule Resumes!

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beginning this week our Mass and Confession schedule will be as follows:

  • Daily Mass
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday: 5:30 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM
  • Sunday Mass
    • 5:00 PM (Saturday Vigil) (overflow live stream available in the gym)
    • 7:30 AM
    • 9:00 AM (overflow live stream available in the gym)
    • 11:30 AM (overflow live stream available in the gym)
  • Confessions
    • Monday – Friday: 7:45 – 8:15 AM
    • Tuesday: 5:00 PM
    • Saturday: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
  • Holy Hours
    • Sunday: 4:00 PM ending with Vespers (Evening Prayer)
    • Tuesday: 5:00 PM (Pro-Life Holy Hour)

Evening Daily Mass Added to Our Schedule

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beginning the first week of August, we will be offering mass at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays. It is my hope that people coming home from work on Wednesdays can stop by for mass on the way. It is daily mass so it will be 30 minutes or less. This mass will be in addition to the 7:00 AM and the 8:30 AM mass schedule. To accommodate this, the Pro-Life Holy Hour and confessions will be moved to Tuesdays at 5:00 PM.

Evening Daily Mass Added to Our Schedule!

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Looking around Savannah at the times daily mass is offered at all the parishes, we noticed that there is no weekday evening mass offered. Morning masses and noon masses are offered, but not one parish offers a daily mass in the late afternoon or evening.

New Bishop!

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday, July 8th, it was announced that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed Fr. Stephen Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, as the new and 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah! I am thrilled at this news!

Happy Independence Day!

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy July 4th weekend! On Saturday, we celebrated Independence Day! The founders of these United States of America looked tyranny in the face and threw it off. These flawed men saw a country that could be unified under one vision – freedom based in Divine and Natural Law and in just man-made laws.

Saints Peter and Paul

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 29th is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul – the two apostles and leaders of the early Church. Their witness of preaching and teaching culminated in the shedding of their blood – Peter by being crucified upside down and Paul by being beheaded.


12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please pray for three of our sisters, Sr. Lisa, Sr. Catherine, and Sr. Carolyn, this week as they go on retreat!

Retreats are a time of rest and relaxation, rejuvenation and resolution. Time away from the normal pace of life for the sole purpose of being with, listening to, and speaking with Almighty God is a treasure!

First Holy Communion!

Corpus Christi Sunday

At all the masses this weekend, our 2nd graders experienced for the first time the wonderful grace and blessing of receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ! Such joy and life fills us when we receive and now around 50 of our young people will be joining us around the Altar of the Lamb of God!


Trinity Sunday

The Welcoming and Celebrating continue! At the 11:30 AM mass two people will receive Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion. Four people will make a profession of faith and receive Confirmation and First Communion. One person will receive Confirmation. These 7 people join two others who made their professions of faith and received Confirmation and First Communion and another person who received Confirmation last week! What a blessing to welcome you all into the fullness of the Christian Faith!

Welcome Back!

Pentecost Sunday

Welcome back, brothers and sisters in Christ! Inexpressible joy fills my heart to overflowing that on this Pentecost Sunday we have the opportunity to gather around the altar of Almighty God in person as a family of faith for the first time since March 25th – 9 Sundays! Today we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary 50 days after Easter.


7th Sunday of Easter Ascension Sunday

We are reopening the Church for prayer and mass on May 25th! The schedule at St. James will return that day. We will have confessions at 7:45 AM and mass open to all the Catholic faithful will begin at 8:30 AM. Daily mass will continue as normal. Pentecost Sunday, May 31st will be our first Sunday back with a full schedule of masses.

Congratulations Class of COVID-19!

6th Sunday of Easter

Bittersweet are these days before us filled with Congratulations and news of Farewell.

Congratulations Class of COVID-19!

Schools are all ending in fascinating fashion these next couple weeks! All of the graduation ceremonies which were tradition in the past have to be done a little differently. It has been interesting to see the different ways that the schools are honoring their graduates not just here in Chatham County, but across the nation! The Faculty and Staff have really put together wonderful events for everyone given the pandemic limitations.


5th Sunday of Easter

Today marks the 8th Sunday in a row not having public masses or gatherings at the Church. The School has been closed for that time and so has the Early Learning Center. We have all adjusted to how we can provide ministry to each other and we have been creative to reach out and provide some type of community for you.

First Communion

4th Sunday of Easter

On Saturday, May 2nd, our 2nd graders were scheduled to make their First Communion. This has been postponed to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi which is celebrated on the weekend of June 13-14. Please keep them all in your prayers. 

Marian Devotion

3rd Sunday of Easter

As the clergy of St. James were speaking (we have weekly meetings), we realized that in the liturgical rhythm of the parish, the only Devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary is the rosary before the 9:00 AM mass on Saturday. We pray the rosary for life on Wednesdays and we pray a rosary at our 3:00 PM Holy Hour, but we need another specific devotion to our Lady.

Happy Easter!

Divine Mercy Sunday

What a glorious Easter Sunday and Easter Week! We are beginning this Easter Season which will last another 7 weeks until Pentecost on May 31st! God willing, on that day at the 11:30 mass, we will have baptisms, Confirmations, and receive people into full communion with the Catholic Church! This is our Easter Hope! Please keep all of those people in your prayers!

Happy Easter!

Easter Sunday

Celebrating Easter in an empty church is something I never want to do again! Yet, just because the church was empty, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our redemption and the hope that Easter brings to us!

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Today, we enter into a Holy Week like none of us have ever experienced. How difficult it is that we cannot gather together and celebrate these holiest of days which brought life, hope, and joy to each of us and the whole human race.


3rd Sunday of Lent

I was planning on taking a retreat the week of March 2-6. Well, two hours after I arrived at the Abbey where I was going to spend some nice quiet time with Jesus and take some wonderful rejuvenating naps, I was on the road back to Savannah!


1st Sunday of Lent

Another Lent is here! What a beautiful season! We enter into this season with a focus on our spiritual lives and how we can deepen our relationship and love for Jesus. It is a time to evaluate how strong is our friendship with Him and how can it be strengthened.

Ad Limina Round Up

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My trip to Rome for the Ad Limina Apostolorum with Bishop Hartmayer and Bishop Boland was amazing and a trip that I will not forget! It was so stunning that I developed a cold and came down with Bronchitis which I got over at the beginning of the week!

Pater Noster

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The last two months on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, we have sung the Our Father (Pater Noster) in Latin. We began the First Sunday of Advent. After hearing from many parishioners, I have decided that we will no longer be singing this as part Latin in the mass Sundays.

Beginning Again

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This past week, if you missed it, two programs began again and picked up right where they left off! Walking with Purpose, our woman’s bible study, began again on Monday and That Man Is You, our men’s program, started back on Wednesday morning. Both of these programs have borne great fruit in the lives of the men and women attending them!

Catholic Schools Week

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 26th, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week! Each year, we celebrate the gift of Catholic Education, namely our Catholic Schools! Our parish celebrates the incredible gift our own St. James School has been, is, and will be to our parish and our community!

Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, January 18-19, 2020, we kickoff the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). The Diocese decided to change the name from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to the Annual Catholic Appeal. This is a more accurate name because it is an appeal not for the Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, but to support the growth of the Catholic faith and the practice of the faith by the people of the Diocese of Savannah.

St James the Less Catholic Church

St. James the Less Catholic Church
8412 Whitefield Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31406
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Office Hours: M–F | 9A – 5P

  • Church Office

    912 355 1523
  • FAX

    912 353 7226
  • School Office

    912 355 3132
  • Early Learning Center

    912 629 2430
  • Convent

    912 355 6815