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Lent Fest / Mardi Gras 2018 Recap!

February 12, 2018
12 Feb 2018

Many thanks to all who attended, cooked, and served at the Lent Fest this past Sunday. Special thank you to the Charleston Catholic School band who performed for everyone’s enjoyment!

A great time was had by all who attended, and everyone is now armed with their Lenten Toolbox to make this the best Lent ever!


Lenten Resources 2018

February 11, 2018
11 Feb 2018

On Ash Wednesday, 14 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.


14 February 2018

Masses 12:05 pm & 6:00 pm

Below is our Lenten Guide and other information and resources to help you in your Lenten preparations for Holy Week. Please note the times of the Stations of the Cross & Benediction.


Click here to download our Family Guide to Lent and Easter


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

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


Physical copies of the above prayer are available at the Cathedral.

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

Newsletter 25 January 2018

January 25, 2018
25 Jan 2018

Dear Parishioners:

On Sunday at the 11:15 am Solemn Mass Bishop Guglielmone will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our Confirmation Class. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they receive this great sacrament and the outpouring the Holy Spirit and His seven-fold gifts!

The Long Range Planning Committee is inviting all members of the Cathedral parish to give your input/comments as we continue to plan for the immediate and long term needs of the parish. I encourage everyone to contribute your thoughts and ideas regarding parish programs, facilities and the possibility of a parish preschool. The survey can be found on the following link:

We have two great events coming up for parish fellowship:

Next Saturday from 6-9 pm is the parish Oyster Roast from 6-9pm on the Cathedral lawn. The tickets may be purchased after all the Masses this weekend and in the parish office. Please do not delay in getting your tickets, they are going fast!
On Sunday 11 February between the two morning Mass is our Lenten Festival & Mardi Gras Breakfast. There will be some food, the traditional pancake run and other activities for children and the Charleston Catholic Band! Please be sure to pick up a “Lenten Tool Box” with prayers and devotionals for your family to use throughout the 40 Days of Lent in preparation for Holy Week & Easter. The Men’s Group will be making pancakes. Please sign up on the following link to bring a dish to share:

Lastly, due to the severity of this years flu, the congregational Chalice and Sign of Peace has been suspended at the Cathedral Masses until further notice.

God bless,
Msgr. Brovey

Parish Planning Survey

January 19, 2018
19 Jan 2018

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Lenten Festival & Mardi Gras 2018!

January 12, 2018
12 Jan 2018

Join us Sunday, 11 February 2018 at 10:00 am for our Family Event!

Good food, fellowship, fun activities and music!

Get your Lenten Tool Box to make this your best Lent yet!

Bring a dish to share! Click here to sign up!