Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
The dream to build a church in Pooler was founded in the work of the people of Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth in the early 2000s. Led by their pastor, Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh, a building fund was established. The people held fundraisers and special collections targeting a new parish in Pooler. Following Fr. Kavanaugh's transfer, the dream of a parish lay dormant for many years.
In the fall of 2014, Fr. Gabe Cummings, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini on the “southside” of Savannah began discussing the need for a Catholic Mass in Pooler. With the help of a former Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner, Barbara Goodwin, a location was found at the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church where a weekly Mass could be held.
Bishop Hartmayer honored me by naming me as the first (and current) pastor, a Savannah native. I also serve as the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth. Once appointed to a mission that had not even had its first Mass, I joined forces with Barbara Goodwin to form a Core Group and began spreading the word about a Mass to be held in Pooler, Georgia on May 2, 2015. Through the grace of God and the work of His devoted people in Pooler, the first Mass was an overwhelming success and we continue our journey to grow in faith, service and sacrifice as a people of faith. It is my honor to lead these devoted sheep.
The parishioners of Pooler Catholic Community are a family of faith searching for a permanent place to worship and serve God and are actively working to secure funding for a new multi-purpose building on Benton Blvd, which will serve as our first permanent church home. The other phases for our master plan include a permanent Sanctuary, a school building serving grades K-8th grade, a gymnasium, and athletic fields.
Our future remains in the heart of Pooler and its businesses and neighborhoods with the sacred knowledge that our Lord Jesus is leading us. Since our inception, we have seen our Lord Jesus’ love so abundantly within our sacrificial community. We have been brought together to worship and we have heard the call to grow in faith, sacrifice, and love. I invite you to help build the Lord's Church here on earth: through prayer, always first, and perhaps your support financially. We are blessed in this work and invite you to join us in this wonderful project! How often are we blessed in building a new church? It is indeed exciting!
May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, the spiritual food we share in the Eucharist, and the prayers of the PCC united as one bless you and keep you.
With love, prayers and my deepest thanks,
Thomas J. Murphy