Parish Life

Each one of you has received a special grace; so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others.    [1 Peter 4:10]
Cluster Leader: Matt Keck

The focus of the Parish Life Cluster is to follow the direction given to us in the first letter of St. Peter: stewardship through service to others.


Bereavement Hospitality

The Bereavement Committee offers support and comfort upon the loss of a loved one. Based on the desires of the family, bereavement members assist in handling various tasks associated with the preparation of a reception at the conclusion of the Mass of Christian Burial either at home or at St. James. **Also, volunteers are needed to be available for a call list for donation of paper goods or food.

Beth Buttimer

Bereavement Support

For those suffering the loss of a loved one, listen and share with each other through a monthly support group that meets the second Sunday of the month at St. James Church.

Joan Burns

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Our scouts provide volunteer services to the parish and the community. Our Cub Scout Pack 88, and our Boy Scout Troop 88, offer young people responsible fun and adventure, promote ethical values, and teach young boys to become men and be prepared for life.

Jamie Anderson

Card Ministry

Volunteers are needed to send Mass cards on the first month and first year anniversary of the deceased. Also, volunteers send invitations to the widows/widowers and a guest for the Parish Thanksgiving and International dinners. Monthly handwritten notes are sent to parishioners in nursing homes.

Mary Salmon

Council of Catholic Women (CCW)

All women are invited to join in fellowship with other women in our parish. CCW provides hospitality, service and material assistance to our parish, school and community. CCW provides international support to overseas missions and orphanages.

Linda Major


We promote educational opportunities to broaden the depth of knowledge, to instill the desire for parishioners to grow and share their faith as evidenced by the i.e. development and support of small faith sharing groups, bring together twice yearly the leaders of all ministries to identify where we can serve one another and the parish more effectively, support Parish Life and our pastor as requested. If you have an interest in this ministry, please let us know!

Ellen Pinckney

Girl Scouts

The purpose of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so they may become successful women and resourceful citizens. Our scouts offer volunteer services to the school and community. Our Brownie Troop 300, Junior Troop 155, and Cadet Troop 476 offer a nurturing environment, promote ethical values and teach young girls to become women and be prepared for life.

Tina Blackston

Homebound Ministry

Volunteers are needed to deliver monthly meals and/or goody bags to the homebound parishioners of our parish. On the second Wednesday of each month, this ministry delivers dinners to parishioners who are unable to attend the monthly dinners. On special holidays and throughout the summer, volunteers deliver goody bags.

Bonnie MacAulay

Men’s Club

All men 18 years and older of the parish are invited to join this social and service ministry that serves the parish, school and greater community in many service and fellowship activities.

Tom Broderick
Meets: First Thursdays at 6:00 P in the teacher’s lounge at St. James School

New Parishioners

The Newcomers Committee contacts newly registered parishioners, welcomes them, and strives to answer any questions about St. James Parish. Twice each year, we welcome newcomers in a special way after Sunday Masses to continue and expand friendships.

Church Office

Parish Life

Assist in providing activities that promote spiritual growth, service and hospitality to our parishioners. Volunteers are needed for various parish events.

Colleen Humphries and Susanna Powers

Pastoral Care

Our parish priests along with the pastoral care committee visit parishioners who are ill or shut in and offer them friendliness and compassion. Of major spiritual importance is the privilege of bringing the Holy Eucharist to those who are unable to attend Mass. A special note: if you or a loved one is hospitalized, hospitals no longer give out patient names. It is up to a family member to notify the church office and give the information needed in order to see the patient.

Nancy Hanzel


The Publicity Committee takes pictures of new members and casual photographs of various parish events to promote awareness of all the activities within the parish.

Jamie Anderson

Respect for Life

The purpose of the Pro-Life Committee is to encourage and activate pro-life activities among and within our parish, and represent St. James in diocesan activities. This is done through individual prayer, our pro-life holy hour each Wednesday at 6:00 P, and keeping parishioners informed of other programs and organizations such as Birthright, Project Rachel, and Priests for Life. In Savannah, prayer vigils are held at 120 East 34th Street each Thursday morning from 9:00 A – 10:30 A. Please join in praying for unborn children.

Karen Higgins

Youth Ministry

Volunteers are needed to serve as a regular or occasional volunteer. The Youth Ministry Committee offers opportunities to participate in social, spiritual and community service activities. The objective is to draw young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and to take a more active part in our parish and do while having fun! Our high school youth ministry (LIFE TEEN) is tailored to grades 9-and our junior high school youth ministry (EDGE) is tailored to grades 6-8.

Stephen and Kaitlin Hotard

Youth Rosary Group

During the school year, the youth meet to pray the rosary together on Thursdays at 3:00 P in the Narthex.

Biddy Whelan

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Ministry Cluster 4: Parish Life

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St James the Less Catholic Church

St. James the Less Catholic Church
8412 Whitefield Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31406
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  • Church Office

    912 355 1523
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    912 353 7226
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