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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.

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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.

Blessing of the Bambinos This Sunday

December 13, 2019
13 Dec 2019

 

“Gaudete in Domino semper! Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Phil. 4)

On Sunday we celebrate, Gaudete Sunday, which receives its name from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians quoted in the Entrance Antiphon. It is also “Bambino Sunday.” I want to encourage everyone to bring the Christ Child from your manger scene to Mass this weekend and place it before the parish manger scene. During Mass all the images of the Christ Child will receive a special blessing as we continue our final Advent preparations for Christmas. It is also a beautiful way to connect your family crèche with the parish crèche. There is another wonderful Catholic custom at Christmas Mass: after Christmas Mass “going in haste to Bethlehem” as did the shepherds and making a visit to the parish crèche and taking a piece of straw and then placing it in your family crèche at home. As I have mentioned at Mass, your home is meant be a “domestic church”… a place of prayer and praise and adoration of God as is the Cathedral building itself. These beautiful Catholic customs help to make that connection. So be sure to bring the Christ Child from your family manager scene for the “Bambino Blessing” this weekend!

Msgr. Brovey

 

Advent Devotions

December 1, 2019
01 Dec 2019

During the Holiday Season, it is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of it all. Advent is the time for quiet preparation of our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Take some time to enter more deeply in the the Season of Advent with some of these tools:

You can download a PDF of our Catholic Family Guide for a Holy and Advent and Christmas Season. It has lots of fun Advent devotions, prayers and also prayers and information on Christmastide devotions. Click Here!

Sign up for a Holy Hour on the board in the Lower Cathedral. Additional Confessions during Advent on Wednesday evening 4,11 & 18 December.

Monsignor Brovey will be offering classes on Thursday 5 & 12 December at 7pm on the Infancy Narratives. He will be using the book by Pope Benedict XVI: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

Some of the topics explored:

Who are all those strange names listed in St.Matthew’s genealogy? Was Our Lord really born on 25 December? Why is there an ox and a donkey in manger scenes? What do we know about the star of Bethlehem? Who were the Magi – Wise Men? It is sure to be a very interesting discussion!

 

Running Christmas Errands? Need a good family movie? Make sure you take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED. Audio books, Catholic talks, and movies available streaming on the FORMED app and online!

 

 

More resources

EWTN

Advent Resources: Salve Maria Regina Info site

Seven Habits to Become a Saint

November 4, 2019
04 Nov 2019

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1. Say the Morning Offering first thing after you get up, dedicate the day to the glory of God.
2. Fifteen minutes of quiet prayer, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament, but this can be done at home or outside. Join Mary (Lk 10:38) and just sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.
3. Fifteen minutes of spiritual reading. This could be a systematic reading of the New Testament/ the lives of the Saints/ Catholic Catechism/ etc.
4. Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in the state of grace (of course, this presumes a frequent trip to the confessional).
5. Pray the Angelus at noon or the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.
6. Pray the Rosary as a family “sitting at the school of Mary and contemplating her Son.”
7. Make a brief examination of conscience each night before going to bed. Review the day… make an act of gratitude for the good done and an act of contrition for the areas in which you failed.

 

Blessing of the Basil: 14 & 15 September 2019

August 22, 2019
22 Aug 2019

The herb, basil has long been associated with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14). 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 reported 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 faithful for veneration.
 
Bring your sprigs of basil to be blessed the weekend of 14 & 15 September. Please place it on the table provided by the BVM 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 in commemoration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Why are Sacramentals and Blessed Items important? Click here to read a great article:  Do We Appreciate the Church’s Greatest Sacramentals?