Church Office Hours

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The church office will be open for limited hours until further notice

Monday-Thursday 8 am – 12 pm

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First Communion Information

First Holy CommunionFirst Communion will be Saturday, June 13th at 10:00am

We will be limiting those in attendance to family members ONLY.

Due to the restrictions from the Diocese we are only allowed to have a maximum of 135 people in the church. After I have subtracted the priest, deacon, altar servers and other necessary individuals, each child may only have 5 family members in attendance. I am very sorry to have to put this restrictions on this very important day but with the COVID 19 restrictions we all have to follow, I have no choice. I will be giving out “tickets” at the rehearsal.

 Everyone will be required to enter and exit through the front doors only, partial due to the need to count everyone and also due to the fact that the church has to be sanitized after every service and this helps minimize the surfaces we have to wipe down. The Bishop is asking that we all wear masks at any Mass, the First Communion children will be exempt from that restriction. 

I hope you all understand the necessity for these precautions. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope all of our parishioners understand and will keep the children and their special day in your prayers.

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Upcoming Events

Begin a novena for Pentecost on Friday, the 22nd.

The 11 am Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed until further notice.

Go to the St. Anthony Facebook page or later in the day, go to the church website for the link.

On Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, at the 11 am Mass, we will bring three people into full communion with the Catholic Church and two others will be Confirmed.

High School graduates will be acknowledged at the 5 pm Mass on May 24th. Please call the office and leave a message if you are a graduate and will be in attendance.

First Communion will be held Saturday June 13th at 10 am 

 

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Catholic Charities

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has taken a toll on us all. From job loss to being isolated at home, the people of our diocese, indeed our state, have endured a difficult period of uncertainty. The unspoken toll it has taken has been on mental health. The pandemic has increased stress and anxiety in many people, and there are limited ways to deal with these issues productively and professionally. 

Catholic Charities of South Carolina is providing an innovative, technological platform called Sister Hope to help the faithful, or anyone experiencing mild stress and anxiety, to receive professional assistance and practical suggestions. This is not formal counseling, but an opportunity to receive support, encouragement, and good mental health practices.  

Sister Hope is a text-based chatbot that provides on-demand emotional and spiritual support to help manage stress. It is not an app, but simply a phone number anyone can text or message. Built by experienced pastoral ministry professionals and clinical psychologists, Sister Hope accompanies people on their mental health journey by having text message conversations similar to texting with a close friend or family. 

Sister Hope has been proven to help people get back on their feet in as little as two weeks. It was found to reduce depression by 28% and anxiety and stress by 18%. Supportive, spiritual conversations with Sister Hope are unlimited, on-demand, available 24/7, and completely anonymous. 

Sister Hope is free and accessible to anyone who can text. Catholic Charities is providing this service as a way to continue delivering quality assistance to those in need. I encourage you to support this effort in your parishes as an additional way to reach out during this difficult time and assist our families in faith.

To get started, text Sister Hope now at +1 315-276-3157, or visit

 facebook.com/SisterHopeSC.

In the Lord’s peace, 

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston

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CCD News

I would like to thank Father Morey and the parishioners of St. Anthony’s for the opportunity to have led the CCD program as Director of Religious Education. My four years have been both a blessing and a challenge that I have truly enjoyed. For personal reasons, I am retiring from this position. I am pleased to announce that I have been

working closely with Andrea Foyle, our church secretary, who will be taking over as of June 1st. I wish Andrea and the program much success as she takes on this new role.

 

Yours in Christ,

Rae Anne MalvaGomes

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Sunday Live Stream Masses

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Resumption of Mass

 

 

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Dear Friends,

Our Bishop has allowed for the resumption of public Masses on Monday, May 11th. We are busy this week with preparing the sanctuary to conform to his requirements put in place to increase your safety. You may read his letter to the faithful here: https://charlestondiocese.org/covid-19-response/

As for this coming weekend, May 10th, the 11am Mass will be live-streamed. The 11am live-streamed Mass will continue until further notice. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect for those who are considered vulnerable.I will offer this first public Mass on Monday, May 11th at 6:00 pm in thanksgiving for the Eucharist.For those who come to Mass, we must continue to maintain social distancing. Things will look different to you.  Every other pew is cordoned off and the center isle has blue crosses on the carpet to remind you of the need to stay 6’ apart. Please keep this distance in the pews between your family unit and the next family unit. As per the Bishop, we can only fill the church to 25% capacity. This means that 135 people will be allowed at each Mass. No more will be permitted to participate. You will enter through the main sanctuary doors only and exit only through the front gathering area doors. There will be masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance doors and commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected after each Mass. Since we cannot pass the offertory plate, there will be baskets at the entrance and exit doors. No nursery will be offered through the month of May. The usual schedule of daily Mass and Monday Communion service will return on May 12th. As a reminder, the sanctuary continues to be open for Adoration from 7 am to 6 pm. I am available for Confession by appointment only. Please call the office and leave a message. As we implement these precautionary safety standards, I ask you to be patient, and continue to pray, especially the Rosary during this month of Mary, as we are all more than ready to return to public worship.

In Christ,

Fr. Morey Pastor

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RUN FOR THE HEROES

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Pee Dee Virtual Charity Race

Looking for something to do in the midst of our social isolation, we have the perfect opportunity for you.   

Run for the Heroes‘ timing company, Simply Timing, is hosting their first ever

Pee Dee Virtual Charity Race.

The registration is now open using the above link. 

Runners can choose from 3 distances, 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Each distance is $15 to run. When you register there is a required question that asks you to choose what charity to run for – St. Anthony Catholic School is one option. 

When selected, St. Anthony Catholic School will get 100% of the registration fee.

You have 1 month to register (April 13-May 18) and then 4 days (May 15-18) to run one or all three distances and then record your times.

All finishers will be included in door prize drawings and receive Pee Dee Grand Points.  Each race registration gives you more opportunity to support your charity and more chances to win a door prize.

Please register to walk or run for St. Anthony Catholic School soon.

 

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Letter from Fr. Morey

Dear Friends,
I am writing to you today to address how our parish is responding to the COVID-19 situation. First, I want to assure you that you and your loved ones are in my prayers during these uncertain times. I also want you to know that I, as well as the staff here at St. Anthony, are here to support you and provide assistance to you and your loved ones where we can.
Additionally, I want to remind you that our parish relies on your support, both spiritually and financially. While Masses and parish activity have been suspended for the time-being, we are still reliant on your generosity to keep the lights on and keep our parish staffed. This is a very uncertain time for many of us, however if you have the capability to continue your support to our parish, we very much welcome your offerings. Below are options of how to do so during this unprecedented time:
1. Donate online using this link http://osvonlinegiving.com/3101
2. Mailing your envelope/weekly contribution: St. Anthony PO Box 5327 Florence SC 29502
3. Donate at Go Fund Me: using this link gofundme.com/fb/st-anthony-catholic-church
As a reminder, St. Anthony will continue livestreaming our Masses on Facebook Live on Sundays at 11am, please join us and celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord this weekend.

 

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Few of us have experienced a situation such as what is happening with COVID-19 in our lifetime. Scripture reminds us “that all things work for good for those who love God” Romans 8:28. Please do not lose hope. Remember, God is still in control. He is the master, and we must depend on Him, and Him alone.
Please join me in prayer for the repose of those who have died, for the recovery of those who are sick, for the strength of healthcare workers and caregivers and for an end to this health crisis.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert

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Letter From Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone

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My Dear Friends,

These are uncertain and frightening times. There are many questions we can’t answer right now: When will the children go back to school? When will we go back to work? How can I support my family if we are stuck at home? What if one of us gets sick?

One thing that remains constant is the Catholic Church and and the unwavering support that is offered. The Church, established by Jesus Christ himself, will always be here for us. Jesus promised never to leave his Bride, and we are his Church. We are the Bride of Christ.

We still have buildings to keep open. We have mortgages to pay. We need to keep the lights on in our parishes so that, when we are able to resume life again and celebrate the Eucharist together in person, our beloved worship spaces will be operational.

Your parish needs you. Our diocese needs you. Please continue to financially support your parish as you are able. Many will not be able to give right now, and that is understandable. Please take care of your families first. For those who can, and perhaps for those who can give a little extra to cover those who can’t, please help to sustain our churches at this critical time.You can give directly to your parish through their online offertory system.There will come a day, soon, when we will worship together again. As we enter into Holy Week and prepare to celebrate the Resurrection at Easter, feel the embrace of the Father and lean into your faith. Remain hopeful, pray unceasingly, and be assured of my prayers for you and your families.

In the Lord’s Peace,

 

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