Unbound Ministry

This weekend, please welcome Rev. Cyrus Gallagher, O.F.M. Cap. who will be with us to celebrate Masses and tell us about the work of Unbound, a lay Catholic sponsorship ministry that helps children and elderly in 19 developing countries. 

To learn more, call (800) 875-6564 or visit www.unbound.org.

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Letter from our Bishop on the Crisis in Afghanistan

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Bicentennial Campaign- St. Anthony Church, Florence, SC

      Dear Friends,   We are deeply thankful to the devoted St. Anthony parishioners who have made a sacrificial commitment to our participation in the Bicentennial Campaign. Each week, we are receiving more pledges and donations to this effort, which will help us address numerous needs around our parish. Please remember that your support in any capacity pushes us further along and increases our participation rate.   After a year of not being able to fully gather together, we are praying this campaign instills a strong sense of community as we work to raise the funds that will strengthen St. Anthony by improving our church’s amenities, our parking lot, campus security, and other aspects of our facilities. Recent times have not been easy for many of parishioners, so please know there is no judgment or expectation regarding your level of commitment. We are simply praying that we are able to provide a renewed St. Anthony Church, both physically and spiritually, as we enter a new era of our parish.   To make your pledge or donation to our effort, please complete and return the pledge card that has been provided to all parishioners through the mail, or simply click here to make your commitment online. If you never received a pledge card or need a replacement, extras can be picked up in our parish office!   This effort will be an overwhelming success if we’re able to surpass 50% participation from our parish family!   Thank you for your consideration, and God Bless!    
What We’re Hoping to Address…   With our share of Bicentennial Campaign funds, we plan on addressing the following needs that will improve our parish, school, and campus:  
+Upgrading the lightings and switch controls in the church;
+Upgrading the AC units and programable controls in the church
+Painting and repair of the leak in the church
+Installation of an energy efficient window in the rectory to reduce the running cost +Upgrading lighting and security across the campus
+Clear the roots of the trees that affect the foundation of the Church building
+A shrine for St. Joseph on the west side of the church
+Parking-lot upkeep with a coat of Asphalt and new markings for parking spaces  

and many more to make this place of worship more welcoming and homely.
    Current Progress   Our Current Total: $191,306 raised through five-year pledges and one-time gifts   Current Participation Rate: 20%   Thank You to Our Donors!     All funds raised through the Bicentennial Campaign will be kept in a separate, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization called the Catholic Community Foundation of South CarolinaNo funds will be kept by the Diocese of Charleston and will only be used for their intended purpose.  
To view the Board of lay people who will oversee the Foundation, please click here.
For More Information:
VIDEO: The Bicentennial Campaign
St. Anthony Campaign Overview
How Will the Funds Raised Through the Bicentennial Campaign Be Managed? Frequently Asked Questions    

Thank You for Your Consideration!   If you have any questions about the Bicentennial Campaign at St. Anthony, please reach out to our parish office at (843) 662-5674 and we will assist you!  Many thanks and appreciation to Kevin Casper and Mike Tange for their leadership in this Campaign in this parish. Thank you!      
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To: All priests, deacons, religious, employees and parishes
On July 11, 2021, the Diocese of Charleston will hold its Bicentennial Closing Mass and Celebration with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
Cardinal Dolan will be the celebrant and homilist at the 4 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, which will be livestreamed. Please join us by using the links below:
In addition, every registered household in the diocese will receive the Bicentennial commemorative edition of The Catholic Miscellany, which focuses on the 200 year history and future of the diocese.
Happy 201st birthday!
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New Protocols Established

Below are the protocols our pastor Father John has established for St. Anthony Parish that will take effect beginning Holy Thursday, April 1st.

The dispensation by the Bishop from the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect and has not been lifted

We will remove blocking of every other pew in the Nave of the church but will retain it for now for the side seating in the church 

Social distancing and wearing masks are strongly encouraged 

We will again present the gifts of bread and wine at the offertory, but the collection baskets will remain at the entrances of the church for now (no collection by ushers yet) 

Hymnals will be placed back in the pews 

Restrictions on singing are lifted, so when appropriate we will once again have a choir 

We will refrain from exchanging the sign of peace 

The Eucharist will continue to be offered under the form of Bread alone 

It is strongly recommended to receive the Eucharist in the hand 

Those who wish to receive on the tongue should approach the ministers of communion after those who have received in the hand 

Livestreaming of the 11 am Mass will continue 

There will not be a washing of the feet at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 1st. 

Good Friday Veneration of the Cross will be by genuflection or solemn bow; no touching or kissing of the Cross

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 Beginning on Divine Mercy Sunday, following the 3:00 pm Divine Mercy Prayer Service, the Adoration Chapel will be reopened. Call Georgette Falcone at 843-665-2716 to reserve an hour with our Lord. If no answer, please leave a message. The chapel hours will be 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The following safety precautions are to be employed. Only two persons at a given time are allowed per visit. Masks are to be worn and the surfaces sanitized before and after each visit.

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Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The Wednesday Morning Bibly Study Group will begin First Corinthians on March Rad84d67f59ef1597b44cc4b5302cff5f10th. This is an 11 week study which we will complete by the end of May (taking off for Holy week). We meet in classroom A from 9:30am to 11:30am each week. If you are not interested in the group meeting, purchasing the study guide from Ascension Press allows you online access to the videos for one year. Contact Rae Anne MalvaGomes for more information.
(843) 230-3549

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During the past year with all that has kept us from seeing many of you we realized that the information in our census program was very outdated, especially for those of you that have been in the parish all of your life. With ever changing technology we don’t have emails or cell phones and many landlines have been disconnected. I ask that you take a few minutes to fill out a new form with any new information or if nothing has changed to call the church office at 843-662-5674 or email me at dcoats@charlestondiocese.org.

If you do not have a form click the link below 



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Father Michael J. McGivney, the new American beatus

Dear Friends,
Like so many parishes, associations, and dioceses throughout
the country, MAGNIFICAT has been honored to collaborate with the Knights of Columbus on numerous projects that have served the Church.
It is, therefore, with great joy that we announce the coming beatification of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus! Father McGivney’s beatification is a cause for rejoicing throughout the world, but especially in the United States as we celebrate Father McGivney’s new title of “Blessed.”
A devoted parish priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus 138 years ago in order to serve the spiritual and material needs of Catholic men and their families.
“Father McGivney was ahead of his time in enhancing the laity’s role in the Church and inspiring the laity to put their faith into action in countless ways,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s.”
We wish to extend to you, our readers, a unique opportunity to celebrate Father McGivney in the coming days. Prepare for the day of beatification by joining the Novena Before the Beatification of Michael McGivney and by reading about Father McGivney’s life and holiness. Then, follow the beatification liturgy online at Aleteia.org and be uplifted by the blessing of a new American beatus!
In Christ, prayer02

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A Letter From the Bishop

In this difficult year, we also face a complex election season. As Catholics, we cannot close our eyes to the difficulties around us. Please read my letter my letter below to the faithful and my accompanying video concerning the upcoming elections:

For more information on the candidates and Catholic teaching on issues of concern, please visit charlestondiocese.org/yourvote

diocesebMy Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This has been a difficult year. We are seven months into a pandemic and are preparing for elections in our country — all this, during one of the toughest times in our nation’s history. However, we must not tire in our call to faithfully participate in civic life. What is important for all of us to recognize, especially as Christians, is that we are not Republicans nor are we Democrats. We are Catholics first and foremost. We are one family in faith, and we have a responsibility to our nation and to our communities to seek the common good of all people. Our responsibility includes voting based on an informed conscience and our moral beliefs. We must research the issues and avoid any tendency towards favoring particular personalities or our own political bias. We must seek answers to sincere matters of policy, and find the truth buried in the daily assault of political rhetoric from every direction. A year ago, my brother bishops and I issued a statement about the 2020 election. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed that abortion was to remain the preeminent moral issue facing our nation. The word “preeminent” was a deliberate choice meant to indicate urgency as we perform our civic duty this November. While the Catholic Church has clear teaching on many important issues, we cannot advocate for important social changes if our nation does not have justice or peace for those in the womb. I urge you, please do not stand idle. Engage in proper research, find out what the candidates stand for, and then vote. Each of us must take this very seriously and cast a ballot. A wellformed conscience in light of the Church’s teaching means we vote not from insecurity or selfishness, but for love of our God, love of our nation, and love for the most vulnerable. God bless you and your families. Let us pray for our nation and seek the intercession of the patroness of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope.

In the Lord’s in Peace,

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone

Bishop of Charleston







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