On 8 December 2020, Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde declared a Year of St. Joseph that will run from 8 December 2020-8 December 2021. The Apostolic Penitentiary has proclaimed special plenary indulgences for the year. In order to obtain a plenary indulgence, the usual conditions are required: performance of said work (of the several listed below), sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. The soul should be detached of any sin. It is best to receive Communion and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father the day the indulgenced
Candlemas – Feast of Presentation of the Lord is celebrated on Tuesday 2 February 2021. Mass will be at at 12pm. Candlemas is a solemnity celebrating Jesus’ presentation at the temple. It is one of the oldest feasts and has been celebrated since the 4th century. It is customary to bless candles on this day for use in the church and home. Candles are available to purchase in advance to be blessed at Candlemas. Please submit $5 offering in the offertory basket including your name and request for Candlemas candles. They come in sets of two. The deadline for payment
9 Days for Life Novena 21-29 January 2021 9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Click here to sign up for notifications and information. 2021 March for Life will be Virtual Click here sign up for access to the livestream of the event. 22 January is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Click here to find specific rosary intentions for the day. Additional Resources: More resources may
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a new COVID-19 vaccine educational resource: Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines. The purpose of the document is to provide concise answers to the most frequently asked ethical questions about COVID-19 vaccines and to provide additional resources for further study. It is intended for wide distribution to people in the pews and beyond. In addition, the USCCB now has a page on its website dedicated to providing Moral Guidance on Vaccines. This link is included, with others, at the end of the Q&A.
On the Feast of the Epiphany, it is customary to bless your home for the year with chalk blessed during Mass. Please be sure to pick up a piece of chalk after Mass on the weekend of 2/3 January 2021 and use the Rite below. Epiphany House Blessing Leader: Peace be to this house. All: And to all who dwell herein. Leader: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol
In this difficult year, we also face a complex election season. As Catholics, we cannot close our eyes to the difficulties around us. Please watch Bishop Guglielmone’s video and read his letter concerning the upcoming elections Please remember to vote! Click here for Catholic Voter Guides from the Diocese of Charleston Simply Catholic Voter Guide