Letter from the Bishop Concerning Confession Guidelines

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 My Confessions will, until further notice, be behind the screen in confessional.   

Fr. Morey

June 1, 2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we continue the gradual resumption of the sacraments, we must do so with the safety of the faithful and our priests foremost in mind. I have issued guidelines to assist parishes in planning the resumption of the Sacrament of Confession. Please make note that the general absolution has been extended until June 14, the feast of Corpus Christi. While those who attend daily Mass will not receive the general absolution after June 1, it will still be available for those who are unable to attend weekend Masses. Private confessions may resume on June 1 at the discretion of your pastor. Confession will still look different in the foreseeable future. Parishes have been advised to move penance into the body of the church or to a similar large area. There should be six feet of space between you and the priest, and the option is always available to celebrate the sacrament anonymously. Please prepare confessions at home and keep it brief. Given these extraordinary times, there may only be a few minutes to have confessions heard. If you need to speak with a priest for counseling on a particular issue in your life, please make an appointment at a different time outside of the confession setting. People will be asked to leave the confessional space immediately after absolution, and any penance may be done at home or at a safe distance in another portion of your church. All of this will be at your pastor’s discretion. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these new ways of ensuring the faithful receive the sacraments. My prayers are with you all.

In the Lord’s Peace,

Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone Bishop of Charleston

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Bishop Urges People to Follow Christ’s Path of Peace After Riots

stop-killing-usGraffiti is shown on a utility box at the corner of Orange Grove Road and Sam Rittenburg Boulevard in Charleston May 31. Riots in Charleston and Columbia took place May 30 protesting the recent death of George Floyd, a man who died in the custody of Minnesota police, sparking nationwide protests. (Miscellany photo/Deirdre C. Mays)

CHARLESTON—After a night of riots and looting in Charleston and Columbia, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and civic officials released statements asking for peace to prevail.

The riots spun off protests and rallies for justice after the death of George Floyd of Minnesota, a man who died while in the city’s police custody. Several days of protest in cities across the nation made their way to South Carolina May 30. 

Bishop Guglielmone urged people to respond with prayer and restraint. “The Catholic Church of South Carolina grieves with our community about the events leading up to these riots taking place around our state and our country. We pray for those who have been harmed and pray that the anger and frustration be lessened with time and reflection,” the May 31 statement said. “We must step back and learn from history that these vengeful mobs do nothing but elicit a flash of negative attention resulting in resentful distraction from a cause that requires systemic change,” the bishop continued.

“To our family in Christ, we cannot minimize the fact that there is blatant racism and injustice in our country, and change must come. In order to make that change, however, we must unite in our efforts. There is no other way, but peace,” he said.

“Peace is an ethic for people of all faiths. We know that over 2,000 years ago the authors of the Bible recorded the accounts of a man who changed the world. Jesus Christ did not do so, however, by commanding armies, and engaging in warfare. He taught his followers about love and mercy; that we must love God first and we must love our neighbors as ourselves,” Bishop Guglielmone said. The bishop stressed that Christians are called to follow those teachings today and to sacrifice the ways that impede love and mercy. 

“We must sacrifice our prejudices, ignorance, hostility, apathy, and all that halts us from truly loving our neighbors as ourselves,” Bishop Guglielmone said. The bishop also asked people to refrain from bickering on social media and step away from petty arguments. 

“Opinions and misinformation are not the answer to our society’s problems. Prayer is. Education is. Empathy is,” he continued. He also urged youths to take up the mantle of peace and justice. “Young people, I call on you to take the lead and show us how to effect change. Take Our Lord’s message of mercy out into the streets and show people how to welcome it into their hearts and homes. Show the world what it is to change the world peacefully through reason and open communication, by linking arms and teaching us to love God first,” he said.

Bishop Guglielmone called all people to pray for George Floyd and his family, and for all victims of racism, those who are suffering because of the riots, and for peace.

Charleston County was placed under curfew in the aftermath of the unrest. Columbia city officials also announced a state of emergency and a curfew.

 

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Simply Catholic Vote June 9th

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On Tuesday, June 9, South Carolinians will enter polling stations for primary elections across the state. We will vote for those who may hold political office in our state and Washington, D.C., for the next two years or longer.

As Catholics, we have the benefit of the Church’s Magisterium endowed upon her by Christ, which assists us in understanding the natural, moral law as it relates to specific issues. We have an obligation as Catholics also to be correctly informed and educated by the Church’s teaching so that we may vote with our consciences.

Attached to below is the Simply Catholic voter guide for the faithful in our parishes, schools and ministries. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, June 9, 2020!

Not liberal. Not conservative. Simply Catholic. Catholic citizenship & your vote We have a dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens. As Catholics, our baptismal commitment to bear public witness to the values of Jesus Christ requires our active participation in the democratic life of our nation. As Americans, we have a serious moral obligation to vote.

This brief insert is intended as a starting point to help us respond to our choices in the current political landscape.20181025_Simply Catholic Voter Guide

 Click here to f ind your local polling station

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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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