Christian Services is the social ministry arm of our parish, dedicated to fulfilling Jesus’ instructions in the Gospel of Matthew: to serve, in love, our neighbors in need.
Our Diocese is blessed with the presence of the Discalced Carmelite nuns, who live their simple lifestyle 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 Saturdays of the month. We would welcome your help.
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.
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 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.
Collection drives are conducted twice each years for donation of food, clothing and household goods to assist the migrant workers who temporarily work in agricultural pursuits in the surrounding area. Donations are distributed through Glenmary-run rural mission parishes.
Located in downtown Savannah, the Social Apostolate receives a great deal of support from parishioners to fulfill its mission of “responding to the Gospel by caring for the poor, the homeless, the disabled, and the at-risk.” Volunteers are needed to provided services through a gift shop, a soup kitchen, a shower program, a crisis intervention office, social services case management, a health clinic, spiritual guidance, a school supply program, and a jail ministry.
St. James the Less Catholic Church
8412 Whitefield Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Office Hours: M–F | 9A – 5P