- 9:00 am
- 6:30 pm Communion Service
- Tue., Wed., Thu. & Fri.
- 7:30 am
- 8:15 am (when school is in)
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.
Fr. Morey Pastor
The ‘Run for the Heroes’ 5k, 10k, and Honor Walk have been rescheduled for Saturday July 11th . Registration is online at www.itsyourrace.com. There will be a brief patriotic ceremony at 7:30 am. The race begins at 8:00 am and will be followed by light refreshments, COVID style. All facets of this event will be outdoors. The t-shirt guarantee and sponsorship deadline are June 17th. Early registration pricing continues until July 5th. Pre-race Packet Pick-up will be on Friday July 10th from 5 – 7 pm. Plan now to attend. If you need additional information, or to volunteer, contact (843) 992-0692.
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.
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,
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,
Dear Friends in Christ,
Each Easter I write you to solicit your financial assistance to support the mission and ministries of St. Anthony Catholic Church. This year, I must do so with a sense of urgency, due to the perceived pandemic, while recognizing that the present crisis has led to uncertain finances for many of you.
Lent this year has been called “40 days of Holy Saturdays” because of the painful sense of loss that many feel because the usual activities of our parish, especially the sacraments, especially the Mass, have been forbidden to them. We clergy feel that pain deeply ourselves, and we try to improvise ways to make spiritual nourishment available to our flocks as well as we can.
Our Savior’s life, ministry, Passion and Death show us that every adversity, no matter how dark and challenging, is an opportunity to “step up” and behave like Catholic Christians! So many among us have volunteered to help with stuffing envelopes, phone trees to keep up with our people, technical expertise to livestream Sunday Masses, and much more. Many are taking advantage of the opportunity to commune individually with Our Lord in the Church (open 7 am to 6 pm every weekday), and, as is most important, storming Heaven with prayers for an end to the crisis, and a return to Christian order.
Stewardship of our parish is another, urgent duty for all who love her. The crisis for St. Anthony’s is a crisis of revenue, of the ability to meet insurance and utilities costs, costs of operations and supplies, and payroll. The monies raised in our Capital Campaign are “designated” funds that cannot be used for these purposes. So far, we are nowhere near meeting our average monthly expenses of $55,000, since the virus-crisis began. Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection was not for Himself, but for us, so that we could follow Him in sacrifice, and in the Heavenly goodness that comes with it. Won’t you please make a special effort this Easter to help your parish preserve her legacy of faith, and keep God’s grace as available as possible in these difficult times? God’s blessings upon you and yours in this holy season!
Fr. Robert E. Morey, Pastor
A Secure & Convenient Way to Contribute to Your Parish
How Do I Get Started?
1. Create A New Account
Go to the http://osvonlinegiving.com/3101 and click Create New Account.
2. Enter Your Account Information
The User ID must be 6-12 characters and contain both letters and numbers (such as smith78). The password you choose must be 8-16 characters and contain letters, numbers and at least one symbol such as !, @, & or *. Do not enter information for the Registration Code as that is for account administrators only.
Personal & Address Information
The e-mail address must be unique. You cannot use the same e-mail address for two different User IDs. Be sure to enter information in all boxes marked with a red asterisk (*).
Fill in the code that is generated in the box at the bottom of your screen before clicking submit.
Click the Submit button
An e-mail will be sent to you confirming your new account and User ID.
3. Confirm Your New Account
Open the email that confirms your account and click on the link at the top of the e-mail. This will confirm your account so that you have access to log in. If the link does not work, copy and paste it into the browser’s address bar.
Once you click on this link, you will be taken back to the Parish Online Giving login page.
4. Log In To Your Account
Enter your User ID and Password in the Existing User Login section and continue setting up your account.
You will need to enter information for the bank account you wish to use for your donations. Once that information is entered, you can then set up donations for the Sunday Collection and the other funds listed on the site.
Online donations may be made at any time from the comfort of your own home or any place with internet access. Online donations are credited to your tax statement for the end of the year (except when made anonymously), and you can change your account preferences and donation amounts at any time. Benefits of Online Giving include:
| The Diocese of Charleston will begin livestreaming from the Chapel of the Holy Family tomorrow, March 20. Seminarians who are now in Charleston will participate in the liturgies. The schedule of daily and weekend Masses, and other devotions, is as follows: On Facebook: facebook.com/DioceseChas
On YouTube: youtube.com/DioceseChas
Bishop Guglielmone has granted permission for Father Gustavo Corredor to celebrate a private Mass in Spanish and broadcast it through the diocesan radio station, Revive.fm. Please send this information to the Spanish-speaking faithful of your parish via your social media platforms, emails and apps so we may be sure we are providing Mass resources for all of our Catholic families: Spanish Mass online, Sundays at 11 a.m. at radiorevive.com.
El Obispo Guglielmone ha otorgado permiso al Padre Gustavo Corredor para celebrar una Misa privada en español y transmitirla a través de la estación de radio diocesana, Revive.fm. Envíe esta información a los fieles hispanohablantes de su parroquia a través de sus plataformas de redes sociales y correos electrónicos, para que podamos estar seguros de que estamos proporcionando recursos de misa para todas nuestras familias católicas: Misa dominical en español en línea a las 11 a.m. en radiorevive.com.
Additional information on livestreams and online devotions from our parishes is available on the diocesan website, charlestondiocese.org/covid-19-response.
May God bless and keep you.
Below is a link to the latest bulletin, although it will not be published please read to find out what is going on within the parish