St. Anthony School Welcomes New Principal

New Principal

St. Anthony welcomes Tracy Hamner and his family to Florence and to St. Anthony School, please click on the link above for more information on the Hamner family.

Virtus Training

All volunteers and employees at St.Anthony must have this training if you are involved wth children in any way. Our next class will be held Monday, July 26th 9am – 12pm, Classroom A in the Family Center.Attendees must pre-register online at

Click “Registration” tab from the left column, select “Diocese of Charleston” and follow the instructions. If you do not have inter- net access or have any questions, please  call the church office

Statement from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone

Regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision on  Same Sex Marriage

“Our Catholic faith upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction. At the same time, the Church sustains that marriage is a sacrament instituted by God, not by man or by institution, and can only be between one man and one woman. This teaching is not a judgment about persons who experience same-sex attraction, but a statement about how the Church has always understood the nature of marriage itself. “It was disappointing to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling; however, its decision does not change the fact that the Roman Catholic Church has consistently taught and will continue to teach that marriage is a sacrament. It is a covenant of love between one man and one woman which bonds them for life and to any children that comes from the union.

“Every Supreme Court decision is limited in what it can achieve; again, this decision is no exception. It does not change the biological differences between male and female human beings or the requirements for the generation of human life, which still requires the participation of both. In addition, this decision of the court does not dispense us from the responsibility of civility and respect due every  human being, whether a person  agrees or disagrees with the decision. Nor is it a license for the use of venomous language or vile behavior against those whose opinions differ from our own.

This decision confers a civil entitlement to some people who could not claim it before. It does not resolve the moral debate that preceded it and will most  certainly continue in its wake. This decision has made my task as the pastor of this local diocesan church more complex as I continue to uphold the teachings of my Church on the Sacrament of Matrimony and the equal transcendent dignity of every human person.”



Our present hymnals have served us well; however, it is time to purchase new ones that reflect the new translation of the Mass. We encourage each family in the parish to donate a Worship hymnal in their own name or in memory of a deceased loved one. Donor envelopes are at the entrances to the Church.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

St. Anthony of Padua,

Pray for us.

Novena for Emanuel AME Church

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Bishop Guglielmone asks that all South Carolina Catholics pray a novena for the victims of the massacre, and for healing within the Emanuel AME Church community.

As a reminder, a novena is one prayer or a series of prayers that are said for nine days in a row. Below is the novena prayer that we prayed together at the Masses on Sunday.

“Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead. Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”


Two $500 scholarships are to be given by K of C Council 5194 to a family member of a Knight. Open to anyone pursuing higher education, the scholarships are available for the academic year upcoming (2015-16). Higher education includes technical schools or colleges. If you ae interested, please contact the church office or call Don Bellefeuil at  667-6975.

Men’s & Women’s Club Scholarships

Applications are available in the church office for a $750 scholarship from the Men’s Club and a $750 scholarship from the Women of St. Anthony for posthigh school education. The applicant must be a registered member of St. Anthony’s or St. Anne’s parish.They will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s needs, academic achievement, involvement in the parish and civic community. The educational and career plans of the applicant will be taken into consideration. The application must be written in ink or typed and returned to the church office by July 30th.
For more information, please call Doug Amon at 843-861-4586 or Joy Mierzejewski at 843-917-4326 or
email at

Summer Mass Schedule

•Please note that the last 5:00 pm Sunday Mass will be May 17th. It will resume in September.

•The last Friday 8:20 am Mass for the school year will be May 29th.


Your time in the Adoration Chapel is a wonderful way to escape the busy world we live in today. This is an opportunity to spend quiet time with Jesus and for prayer and silent reflection. This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent any way you want. You may bring your own Bible, prayer books, use the books in the chapel, pray the rosary, or just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the Presence of God. You may feel that you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much and is in itself a prayer of great faith. The Chapel is open Monday 12:00 noon – Midnight Tuesday – Sunday 6:00 am – Midnight Below are the times we need to fill to fill to keep someone with the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight                                                                Sunday 10-11 am, 11 am-noon, 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm. All hours are available 5 pmmidnight

Monday 11 am-noon, 10-11 pm, 11 pm-midnight

Wednesday 9-10 am, 8-9 pm, 10-11 pm, 11-midnight

Thursday 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm, 5-6 pm, 10- 11 pm, 11 pm-midnight

Friday 11-noon, 3-4 pm, All hours are available 5 pm-midnight

Saturday 8-9 am, 9-10 am, 11 am-noon, 2-3 pm, 7-8 pm, 8-9 pm, 10-11 pm, 11-midnight    Please try to give one hour a week so that we can fill the hours that Jesus is alone.  Maybe even pair up with someone and do thirty minutes each. We are also always in need of substitutes. Mrs. Georgette Falcone handles the scheduling of hours so please giver her a call at 843-665-2716 , she will be happy to explain any questions you may have. Our goal right now is to fill the hours just until Midnight, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a real Perpetual Adoration Chapel again, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.


Rising 4th graders and older may apply to become an Altar Server by having their parents calling the parish office or, emailing Fr. Morey at

Training will be conducted in early summer.