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Archive for month: August, 2018

9 Week Novena for Pro-Life Causes & Resources

August 22, 2018
22 Aug 2018

The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation. When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray. Follow the links below to learn more about how you can answer the Call.

Join

Pray

Fast

Join the 9 Week Novena (click here)

A new document has been written explaining exactly what the Roe v. Wade decision entails and what happens if it is overturned. Click below to download the pdf document:

Do You Know Roe?

More resources may be found at the USCCB Website (click here)

Blessing of the Basil: 8 & 9 September 2018

August 22, 2018
22 Aug 2018
The herb, basil has long been associated with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. According to liturgical legend, the Empress Saint Helena found the location of the True Cross by digging for it under a colony of basil. Basil plants were reputed to have sprung up at the foot of the Cross where fell the Precious Blood of Christ and the tears of the Mother of Sorrows. A sprig of basil was said to have been found growing from the wood of the True Cross. On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, it is customary in the East to rest the Holy Cross on a bed of basil before presenting it to the veneration of the faithful.
 
Bring your sprigs of basil to be blessed the weekend of 8 and 9 September. Please place it on the table provided by the side altar before Mass and it will be blessed. You can then pick it up after Mass to use in your home or in a special recipe for the Exaltation of the Cross on 14 September.

A Statement from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone

August 20, 2018
20 Aug 2018

Aug. 17, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Anger, shame, sorrow and grief – that is what I feel in the face of the sins committed by so many bishops and priests. I find it truly sickening and heartbreaking to know that children and adults have been betrayed and harmed by clergy and Church leaders whom they trusted. I join other bishops in apologizing for what we “have done and failed to do.” This is a grave sin.

Countless clergy and laity across the United States are horrified by the news reports in the last several weeks, especially this past week. I fully understand that you have lost trust in the leadership of the Church. We are all horrified and humiliated that far too many bishops and priests, who were consecrated to God by solemn promises and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, have betrayed the grace of their ordination and failed to live as faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. This has been done in ways that have seriously injured innocent young lives and the faithful of God. However, for Christians, anger, shame and disgust should never have the last word.

Now is a time for contrite, heartfelt confession and a firm commitment to make amends and reparation for our sins. This begins with repentance and begging forgiveness from God, and receiving His forgiveness with the intent to go forth and sin no more.

To all who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of predatory priests and complicit bishops, I am profoundly sorry. We have failed you and you were robbed of your childhood. By coming forward you have enabled others to know that they are not alone in their anguish. You have awakened the Church and in doing so have protected, and will protect, many other children from this horror.

To all whose faith has been undermined, I share your outrage and feelings of betrayal. I humbly ask your forgiveness. I need your help so that we can move forward together as the Body of Christ.

Where do we go from here? The work of conversion includes all of us and especially bishops and priests. In fact, specifically in our own diocese, it must begin with me. I give you my word as your shepherd that in the coming months and years I will work with my fellow bishops, the priests of our diocese, and all Catholics of good will to seek reform within the Church. I promise you that in the Diocese of Charleston we are working diligently to insure that these vile crimes never again happen here.

As people of faith we rely upon the Gospel as we move from darkness to light, sin to redemption, despair to hope. We journey together in the context of a believing community. We rely not on our own efforts but on the Holy Spirit who strengthens and sustains us in the most difficult of times. In the face of this challenge, we remember the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).

Please pray for me and let us all pray for one another.

 

 

 

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop of Charleston

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2018

August 7, 2018
07 Aug 2018

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated every year on August 15th. This feast commemorates the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her assumption, body and soul, into Heaven. It is the most important Marian feast, and it is also a Holy Day of Obligation. Please note the following link to a Novena for the Assumption starting  the 7th of August.
https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/assumption_mary.htm.

Mass times for 15 August are 12:05 pm and 6 pm.

Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise, for all life and all holiness come from you. In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven. May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless love and praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Blessing of the Herbs

It is a traditional custom for people to bring fresh herbs to church to be blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption . If you have an herb garden, be sure to cut some and bring them for a special blessing! The blessing of the herbs will take place at the Masses on Wednesday, 15 August. Please come early and place your herbs on the table around the Lady Altar.

Exciting Adult Education Opportunities Fall 2018!

August 7, 2018
07 Aug 2018

Sr. Margaret Kerry, FSP from the Daughters of St. Paul will be offering classes at 10:15 am in the parish hall on the following Sundays:

September 16th, 23rd & 30th October 14th & 28th
November 4th &11th
December 9th

Monsignor Brovey book study on Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brian Pitre
on the following Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the lower Cathedral:

September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25

There will be a Home Study program for those who want to study the Catholic Catechism and teachings of the Church. Learn at your own pace.

Monsignor Brovey will be offering discussion groups once a month for those who may have questions or would like to discuss a topic.
Please watch the bulletin for details on this program!