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Archive for year: 2020

Newsletter 14 May

March 31, 2020
31 Mar 2020

14 May 2020
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Dear Parishioners:
After almost two months we have officially begun celebrating public Masses at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist! Deo Gratias!

In last week’s newsletter I announced the Mass schedule and outlined the procedures that we will do to sanitize the lower chapel and pubic areas following each Mass. You may read that newsletter here: https://charlestoncathedral.com/public-masses/.

Our parish Mass schedule, effective this week:

  • 5:30pm Vigil Mass (Saturday)
  • 9am Sunday Mass
  • 11:15am Solemn Mass
  • Daily Mass: 9am Monday-Thursday

We are limited to 35 people at Mass due to current social distancing requirements and, therefore, the three weekend Masses will be streamed live. I also want to make sure that everyone who wants to receive Holy Communion are able to do so. The Holy Eucharist will be distributed at the end of Mass: those in the chapel will receive first and then those who may be outside. I do encourage you to consider viewing the weekend Masses on your smart phones from the parking lot… or sitting on the front steps… or bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit on the Cathedral lawn. The weather has been so amazing it could be a very beautiful experience: recall the Gospel of John Chapter 6: Our Lord had the crowd sit down in groups on the grass overlooking the Sea of Galilee at the multiplication of loaves and fishes. It’s important for us as Christians to stay connected to each other in person as much as we can (of course, observing all social distancing norms) and not just “virtually” on social media. Gathering on the Cathedral campus… and being able to receive Our Eucharistic Lord… while maintaining all the current social distancing norms is one important way we can do so.

A few notes to remember:

Social Distancing:

  • Couples and families are welcome to sit together.
  • Please be sure to keep the “6 feet rule” when seated in the chapel, when lining up to receive Holy Communion and when gathered outside on the lawn. There are yellow arrows on the floor of the main aisle: please use them as a guide to space yourself from the person ahead of you.
  • “Traffic Signs”: Please be observant of the “yellow traffic arrows” directing how you enter/leave the building, enter the pews and line up to receive Holy Communion.
  • The arrows will direct you to enter the lower chapel using one door of the set of double doors and exiting the other.
  • The Legare St. side door will also be open for those who wish to exit on that side.

Music Programs:

  • Programs may be picked up at the side door.
  • If you choose to use one, please dispose of your program in the hallway trashcan after Mass. They will not be reused.

Offertory Collection:

  • I want to thank all those who have been giving to the parish via electronic giving or mailing in their offertory envelope.
  • Beginning at this weekend’s Masses an offertory basket will be placed on a table halfway down the main aisle of the chapel.
  • You may drop your envelope in before Mass or as you are approaching for Holy Communion.

Liturgical Ministers:

  •  I want to thank all those who have been so generous in serving Our Lord and the parish in the various liturgical ministries as Ushers, Greeters, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
  • However, given current health precautions and norms, no one over 65 may serve at any our parish liturgies until further notice.
  • We will no longer will be using Ushers, Greeters or Sacristans at the parish Masses until further notice. It is important to reduce the number of people who set up, handle items or who are present at the door and in the hallway.

Other parish updates:

Please be sure to keep Deacon Charles and Mary Olimpio in your prayers. A week ago Sunday when returning from a walk they found their home on fire. The firefighters had already arrived. Thankfully, no one was in the house but they will be displaced for about 6 months as they rebuild. If you would like to send them a card you may send it to the parish office and we will be sure that they receive them.

The Cathedral repainting project continues to make exciting progress as the actual color is being applied to the main sanctuary walls and side aisle ceilings. Unfortunately, the completion date as moved to the end of July. The impact of the pandemic has caught up with us and there are some significant delays with some of the production and delivery of the new LED lights. The scaffolding is scheduled to begin dismantled on 29 June. The process will take several weeks and then the new sound system will be installed.

Given all of the above, I will close with a quote from Joseph Addison: “If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

God bless,
Msgr. Steve Brovey

 

 

 

 

 

Live Streaming Mass from the Cathedral

March 28, 2020
28 Mar 2020

Live Stream of Sunday Masses 

To view Mass at the Cathedral via live stream please visit our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/cathedralst.johnthebaptist.

The 9:00 am Mass is Live Streamed on the Cathedral Facebook Page each week.

Click here for Worship Aid

 

Links to Build your Domestic Church

March 20, 2020
20 Mar 2020

Rosary Mother Angelica Joyful
https://youtu.be/LPpL3tER5zI

Rosary Mother Angelica Sorrowful
https://youtu.be/Aacst-JEVvE

Rosary Mother Angelica Glorious
https://youtu.be/51CiJ8_P1ZU

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet
https://youtu.be/5pdnzUjmkzA

 

 

 

Stations of the Cross Ligouri – led by Fr. Z
https://youtu.be/456Y0ZQWxB0

EWTN US Watch Live
https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live/united-states

Live perpetual adoration EWTN Poland
https://youtu.be/BKoweAT723g

Cathedral Parishioners have access for free to FORMED which has Catholic talks, e-books, movies and studies. If you have not made an account yet, you can do so by going to http://charlestoncathedral.formed.org.

The USCCB has a page of resources for this time of the Cronavirus http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm

 

Need to go to Confession? Check out this great information on how to make an Act of Perfect Contrition.

40 Days for Life

February 25, 2020
25 Feb 2020

The Charleston 40 Days for Life Campaign began February 26th and run through April 5th. Please join us in a peaceful and prayerful protest against the injustice of abortion.

Through prayer and fasting, constant vigils, and community outreach, 40 Days for Life wants to spread hope while also bringing to the forefront the true consequences of abortion–both for the unborn child and the woman and her family. With God all things are possible. As we stand witness, we pray. And through our prayers, we allow ourselves to be God’s instruments for change. Thousands of babies have been saved worldwide thanks to the 40 Days for Life campaigns. Until abortion is no more, we will continue to be a presence of love and mercy to the women and their unborn children.

Sign ups have begun, so please join us as a prayerful witness to those most in need at Planned Parenthood at 1312 Ashley River Road in West Ashley. Click the link here sign up or go to the Charleston 40 Days for Life Facebook page to learn more. Cathedral’s Vigil Day is Saturday 28 March.

abortion

For some, the reality of abortion and being present at an abortion clinic is too much. 40 Days for Life offers a daily prayer and meditation for the entirety of the campaign. I encourage everyone, even those who can’t sign up for a vigil outside the clinic, to consider praying the daily reflections and fasting for a change of heart in this country and for the women who feel they have no other option but abortion. 

 

Upcoming Events

12 March- Lowcountry Pregnancy Center Annual Banquet with Abby Johnson as speaker. Seats are limited. For more information or to donate please visit www.lpcfriends.com

 

 

14 March – 40 Days for Life “Mid-Rally”, Fr. Frank Pavone with Priests for Life will speak at 9 am in front of Planned Parenthood.

 

 

 

25 March – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae.

This MARCH in 2020 the Solemnity of the Annunciation coincides with the Church celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II’s  famous Encyclical, The Gospel of Life.  (Released appropriately on March 25, 1995), the Encyclical highlights the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Annunciation of the Lord in the Church’s efforts to promote and defend human life. In it the Pope coined the term “the culture of death” in order to help “rebuild a culture of life and love.” The USCCB has provided and asks us to join together in praying a special novena March 16-24, “A Heart Open to God’s Will”,  in preparation for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday, March 25. The Annunciation commemorates the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she was to be the mother of our Savior. After giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of God. Let us follow the example of Mary and call upon her intercession to help us open our hearts to say “yes” to God!
For more information visit respectlife.org/gospel-of-life

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need.  Join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties. Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion. Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

Lenten Resources 2020

February 14, 2020
14 Feb 2020

On Ash Wednesday, 26 February we once again begin the penitential season of Lent with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads as a stark reminder of our mortality and need for on-going conversion. The Church invites us to embrace the traditional Lenten practices of prayer fasting and almsgiving to turn away from sin and selfishness and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s saving passion, death and resurrection.

 

Ash Wednesday  26 February

Masses 12:05 pm & 6:30 pm

 

Holy Week Schedule 2020

Palm Sunday 5 April

Vigil Mass, Saturday 4 April at 5:30 pm

Mass 7:00 am

Family Mass 9:00 am

Solemn Mass at 11:15 am with

Procession with Palms

Evening Mass 6:00 pm

 The Sacred Triduum

 

Holy Thursday 9 April

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm

Church open for prayer before

Altar of Repose until 11 pm

 

 Good Friday 10 April

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3:00 pm

 

Holy Saturday 11 April

The Easter Vigil with Bishop Guglielmone 8:00 pm

 

Easter Sunday 12 April

Easter Mass 7:00 am

Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Easter Mass 12:00 pm

Please note: there will be no 6:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday

 

 

Confession Times during Lent

Saturdays 4:00p-5:00p

Wednesdays 12:45 pm (Except Ash Wednesday)

Click this link for an Examination of Conscience & Act of Contrition.

An Examination of Conscience Booklet is also available to pick up in the Cathedral.

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Wednesdays of Lent (except Ash Wednesday) from 12:45-1:30 pm

 

Stations of the Cross

6:30 pm on the following dates:

6 March

13 March

20 March

27 March

3 April

Lenten Observances of Fasting and Abstinence

Fast: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast.

On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two lesser meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. Catholics who have completed their 18th year are bound by this law until the beginning of their 60th year.

Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meats should not be taken at any meal. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.

Ash Wednesday begins the time year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the symbol of ashes which is used in today’s liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter. “The putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent”. — Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

#1 of the Seven Habits to Holiness – the Morning Offering:

morning offering

 

 

Plan your Lent with this helpful worksheet:

Lent Worksheet

 

 

Other helpful resources to help you have a holy Lenten Season:

Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever sign up to receive emails each day of Lent

National Catholic Register: These 40 Days

Our Sunday Visitor: Lenten pdf

Our Sunday Visitor: Guide to Holy Week