CONTACT

Address: 3115 East Victory Dr.

City: Savannah, GA 31404-4527

Phone: 912-354-4014

Email: kimsnguyen@juno.com

 

© 2015 Sts. Peter and Paul | Savannah | GA

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WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF

STS. PETER AND PAUL

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD CHURCH

MISSION STATEMENT

In 1999 along with other Vietnamese communities in the United States of America, Bishop Kevin Boland established Saints Peter and Paul Parish and located it at the Nativity of Our Lord Church with these missions:

 

- To preserve and develop the traditional Catholicism of the Vietnamese in the city of Savannah and the vicinity.

- To help the Vietnamese who were born and raised in the evangelized culture of Vietnam to continue practicing their faith      in the new milieu.

- To help the youth translate into English the Catholic faith they received at home and incorporate it to their daily life.

 

Co-operating with the Americans who built and practiced their faith for years in the Church of The Nativity of Our Lord, the Vietnamese Catholics of Savannah maintain and spread the Catholicism at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish.

The history of Saints Peter and Paul Mission goes no farther back than 1975, when the Communists from North Vietnam took over South Vietnam. Since that time, almost a million Vietnamese have been driven out of their homeland. They sought new homes everywhere in the world, including Savannah. The first influx of these refugees arrived in Savannah as early as 1975. In the same year Father John Quang, a Vietnamese priest, arrived. Bishop Raymond W. Lessard immediately appointed him to be chaplain of the Vietnamese Catholics in his diocese. Bishop Lessard raised this community to a mission on July 1, 1980, under the patronage of Saints Peter and Paul.

At the beginning, there were only about 50 families in this mission. Their worship and other activities centered on the facility of the Sacred Heart Parish on Bull Street. By the end of the 1980s, thanks to the "boat people" movement and the family reunification program, the Vietnamese in the area reached the number of 1,000 or more. Among those, about 70 families (some 200 people) were Catholics. These were active faithful. Most of them did not speak English and could not participate much in the local churches. They kept worshipping in their own language and carried out most of their religious activities within their own mission.

In 1984, a little chapel at the corner of Skidaway Road and 37th Street was purchased to accommodate the activities of the mission during the week while the Sunday worship continued to be held in Sacred Heart Church. In 1994, Father John Quang left Savannah to join the Navy as a chaplain. Two rectors of the Cathedral, Father William Simmons and then Father William O'Neill, were appointed administrators of the mission, while the community waited for a Vietnamese priest. For the convenience of these priests, the mission moved its Sunday worship to the basement of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The priests spoke in English; the people responded in Vietnamese and the homily was translated into Vietnamese from an advance copy supplied by the priest. In 1997, Father Kim Son Nguyen, a Vietnamese priest from Canada, arrived in Savannah and was appointed by Bishop J. Kevin Boland as parish administrator. There are about 90 families registered in this mission with a regular attendance of about 200 people at a Sunday Mass. The restoration of the Cathedral, begun in 1999, has necessitated the mission's removal to a new home at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Thunderbolt. At the same time, Father Kim has been appointed the community's official pastor.

(One Faith One Family - Diocese of Savannah)

HISTORY

WEEKLY MASS HOUR

TUESDAY - THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 

 

SATURDAY

 

SUNDAY

 

 

8:30 am (English)

 

8:30 am (English)

7:30 pm (Vietnamese)

 

10 am (Vietnamese)

 

8:30 am (English)

10 am (Vietnamese)

UPCOMING EVENTS

BISHOP

GREGORY J. HARTMAYER

Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer is the Fourthteen Bishop of Diocese of Savannah. A Conventual Franciscan, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be bishop of Diocese of Savannah on July 19, 2011and to continue the role of recently retired bishop Kevin Boland. He was consecrated and installed on October 18, 2011. 

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