The church office will be open a limited number of hours in the mornings, please leave a voicemail and someone will get back with you ASAP.
All Masses and Events are cancelled. There will be no CCD or Fish Fry’s please read the letter from the Bishop below to see the cancellations
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, and we must take care to protect ourselves and those who are most vulnerable. The Center of Disease Control and various government entities have issued directives to limit the number of people who can gather in one place. As a result of these recommendations, and in collaboration with other dioceses in our province, there are to be no sacramental or other liturgical celebrations anywhere in the Diocese of Charleston effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 through the end of day on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
This directive means there are to be no Masses in the Diocese during this time; therefore, I am granting dispensation for your Sunday Mass obligation for the weekends of March 21-22 and March 27-28. Additionally, all scheduled Confessions are cancelled. Any baptisms planned in the next sixteen days should be rescheduled. All quinceañeras must be canceled or rescheduled. Confirmations will be rescheduled according to each parish’s calendar. Funerals and weddings may occur but will be celebrated privately with just the immediate family present. Unfortunately, perpetual adoration will have to be temporarily discontinued. There will be no regularly scheduled parish activities until further notice. All scheduled penance services are cancelled, and there will be no Communion calls at hospitals, nursing homes, or private homes until further notice.
The sole exception to this policy is the celebration of the final sacraments for those in danger of death. If you need a priest for the Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites, your pastor will provide a number you can call.
Parish churches will remain open during their normal hours so that you can come to pray. Parish offices will remain open at the discretion of the pastor.
The College of Consultors and I will meet again on Monday, March 30, to decide how we will proceed, including whether we will have public or limited Holy Week services. In the meantime, we will update you on our response to this ever-changing health crisis on The Catholic Miscellany and diocesan websites, and on our various social media pages. These may seem like drastic measures; however, we must put public safety first. We are dealing with a deadly virus.
In the coming weeks, I encourage you to pray. Watch Mass on your computer or on your television. Gather your family and pray together. We are still on this sacrificial journey of Lent. We must mark these turbulent times with prayer asking for the Lord’s boundless mercy as well as showing His love through kindness and care for our neighbors.
The SC Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act bill is pending in the SC Senate. This bill prohibits an abortion being performed once a fetal heartbeat is detected. It passed the SC House of Representatives, and sub- and full committees in the Senate last year. This year, the bill is waiting for a vote on the S.C. Senate floor. Grass-roots advocacy is the most effective way for us to ensure life-protecting laws are passed in South Carolina. This is not a political fight: it is a spiritual, moral and humanitarian issue. Please visit this website for easy and direct access your state senators: https://charlestondiocese.org/south-carolinacatholic-conference/take-action/. We must be a voice for the unborn children who have been conceived with their own soul and are made in the image and likeness of God.
Our school will be celebrating 65 years of Catholic Education in Florence, SC next year (2021) and we would like to celebrate with you! We are in the process of updating our database and want to ensure that our information is current for all prior students.
Full Name _______________________________ Class of _____ Phone #
Address _____________________________________________ Email_______________________
Interested in helping locate other SACS alumni? _____________________
Return completed forms to: St Anthony Catholic School 2536 Hoffmeyer Rd Florence, SC 29501 or place in the collection basket you can also submit online following the link below
ABSTINENCE: All Catholics 14 years old and older
are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is
to be observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all
the Fridays of Lent. Meat may not be used at all on
FAST: Catholics 18 years old and up to the beginning
of the 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting.
Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain
strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs;
together they should not equal another full meal. Eating
between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including
milk and juice are allowed.
HOLY COMMUNION: All Catholics who have made
their First Holy Communion are bound to receive Holy
Communion during the Easter time. Easter Time is from
the first Sunday of Lent until Pentecost Sunday.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays of Lent
2:30 pm when school is in session (3/6; 3/13; 3/20)
6:30 pm in English
7:30 pm in Spanish
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm
FRIDAY FISH FRY: 4:30 -7:00 pm
A meal of fried or baked fish is served with clam chowder,
hush puppies, cole slaw, fries, and a beverage. Desserts
are extra. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children.
2/28 Men’s Club of St. Anthony
3/6 St. Anthony School
3/13 Women of St. Anthony
3/20 American Heritage Girls
3/27 Trail Life Boys
4/3 Knights of Columbus
PLEASE NOTE: During the Lenten season, there are to be no flowers or plants in the church or adoration chapel.
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4-5:30 pm in Classroom A from September to May.
BIBLE STUDY classes meet on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am in classroom A and at 6:00 pm in the gathering area of the Church. Classes are from September to May.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, this group may be able to help you through their camaraderie. Meetings
are the second Tuesday of each month in Classroom A at 1 pm.
CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION -CCD Meetings are on Sundays from 5:30-7 pm in the family center from September through May.
EMBRACE YOUR NEIGHBOR – Call the office if you would like to assist this hospitality ministry.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 5194 meet at St. Anne’s or St. Anthony’s the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Mike Hill at 843-601-0269.
LEGION OF MARY meets Wednesdays at 7:30 am at St. Anne. Call Pat Srutkowski at 843-317-1802.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY (Knitting and Crocheting) meets every Thursday from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in Classroom A. Items for the sick or for new
arrivals are available by calling Carol Germain at 843-667-9702.
SENIOR’S BINGO will meet in Classroom A on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. For more information contact Noreen at 409-7097
TRAIL LIFE USA meets on the first and third Mondays from 6-8 pm. Call Dcn. Mike Woodall at 843-662-5674. Meetings are from September to May.
WOMEN OF ST. ANTHONY meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in classroom A.
YOUNG AT HEART meets at 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of the month at Stefano’s
Hsin Yi Armstrong, Charles Ball, Pete Balotti, Cadian Benabdallah, Joe Bibbo,Gregorio Binuya, Paz Binuya, John Blackwell, Patricia Bolton, Reed Brandis, Martyna Brodecka, Adam Brodecki, William Otis Buyck, Margaret Clark, Roselyn Collins, Aidan Creech, Jean Cutler, Dorota Czarnocki, Irene Darden, Bunnie Dezinno, Mary Jo Dudgeon, Georgette Falcone, Bonnie Gensel, Carol Germain, Johnny Guerriero, John Hanna, Donna Hatchell,Dan &Marge Henry, David Hewitt, Ted Huminski, Clare and William Jann, Patricia Johnson, Judy Jones, Rose Mary Kozacki, James Lavia, grandson of James Lavia, Kathy Lewis, Judy Lin, Lola Mae, Anthony Mancini, Jr., Mary Lou Martinez, Terry Matthews, James Mazick, Lisa McLeod, Keith McKervery, Lois McKervey, Richard Mitchell, Ann S. Nichols, George Nichols, Sydney O’Donnell, Dottie Parsons, Barbara Powell, Johnny Powell, Joan Ratchko, Kathleen Schafer, Susan Speir,Elizabeth Sun, Antoni Szczawinski, Peg Tallon, Linda Tarte, Betty Taylor, Greg Werner
NURSING HOME / ASSISTED LIVING:
Joyce Gingras, Ann Harrison, Linda Holloway, Carmella
Sansone, Betty Scaturro
Edward Olszanowski, Jr., Kacie Anderson, James W.
Horahan, Sarah Casper Naletelich, Evan Souchet, John
P. O’Donnell, Brad Linton