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May 6, 2020
06 May 2020

Face Covering:

The Charleston City Council has passed an ordinance requiring face coverings in public areas throughout the city effective 1 July. It is strongly recommended that you wear a face covering when attending Mass at the Cathedral.

 

Mass in Lower Chapel:

We are now permitted to have 50% capacity in the Lower Chapel. due to current social distancing requirements the Sunday weekend Masses will continue to be streamed live until we return to the Upper Cathedral on 1 August.   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. You may get the link to our You Tube Page here.

  • Weather permitting,you may 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 while maintaining all the current social distancing norms.

  • The parish hall is also open for the 9am and 11:15am Masses.

  • Please enter and exit through the open double doors from the parking lot. The main building will be locked.

  • An usher will be present to direct you to your seat.

  • After the final Blessing & Dismissal please walk over to the Chapel to receive Holy Communion.

  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.

  • The restrooms will not be available in the school building.

Social Distancing & Communion:

  • 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. Couples and families are welcome to sit together. There are yellow arrows the floor of the main aisle: please use them as a guide to space yourself from the person ahead of you.

  • You may want to consider wearing a mask if you are seated for Mass indoors.

  • It is recommended that people receive in the hand. If you receive in the hand please make sure you do not crumple your fingers and touch the hand of the priest …hold your left hand “flat as a pancake” allowing the priest to lay the Host on your palm and then pick up the Host with right hand.

  • “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 the 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. They are also available for those in the parish hall.

  • If you choose to use one, please dispose of your program in the hallway trashcan after Mass. They will not be reused.

Offertory Collection:

  • We thank all those who have continue to give to the parish via electronic giving or mail in their offertory envelope.

  • An offertory basket has been placed on a table halfway down the main aisle of the chapel.

  • You may drop your envelope in before Mass or as you approaching for Holy Communion.

Liturgical Ministers:

  • Thank you to 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.

Guidelines for the Sacrament of Confession:

  • Confessions are Wednesdays at 9:30 am

  • Please be attentive to the green/red light above the Confessional door in the lower Cathedral hallway.

  • Only enter when the light turns green. After each penitent leaves, the door and kneeler will be sprayed with disinfectant. Only enter when the light turns green.

  • Please keep the 6 feet social distancing norm and you line up in the hallway and chapel waiting to receive the Sacrament. You may consider wearing a mask.

  • Please observe the traffic arrows directing one-way traffic. You may need to enter chapel to join the back of the line.

  • Please be well prepared before you line up. Examination of Conscience booklets are available on the hallway table.

  • Be brief. Again be well prepared. Be brief.

  • Given the current pandemic the Confessional is not the time for spiritual counseling. Be prepared: state the sin you need to confess and the number of times committed. Some people think they need to explain and give commentary; if the priest needs more information he will ask. Be well prepared & brief.

  • The Confession schedule will be expanded gradually over the summer months.

Consecration of the United States to Mary Mother of the Church

April 30, 2020
30 Apr 2020

On May 1, the bishops of the United States and Canada will consecrate our nations to Mary.

The Diocese of Charleston will hold its consecration via livestream on Saturday, May 2, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, which will be broadcast on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the announcement that the U.S. will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in consecrating the two countries to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.”

Archbishop Gomez will lead the prayer May 1 at 3 p.m. (EDT) and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation.

The livestream of Archbishop Gomez’s liturgy will be available on the USCCB’s website, usccb.org/consecration and on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website, lacatholics.org/consecration.

Please click the following link to view the Renewal of the Consecration of the United States of America to the Blessed Virgin Mary worship aid:

Worship aid in English

May is the Month of Mary

April 21, 2020
21 Apr 2020

 

To the Blessed Virgin Mary for May

O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! Glorious Queen of heaven and earth! Powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! Look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, O Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. O deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart burn with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, O Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother’s blessing and a Mother’s care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

 

It is customary to families to make a May Altar with a statue or image of Our Lady and to crown her in the home on 1 May or “May Day.” Flowers traditionally are kept by the statue or image throughout the month of May.

 

The Rite of Crowning

 

THANKSGIVING AND INVOCATION

 

R: Lord, we bless you, for you are full of mercy and justice:

you humble the proud and exalt the lowly.

 

All Respond: You gave us the highest example of your divine wisdom

in the mystery of the Word made flesh and of his virgin Mother.

 

R: Your Son, humbled by death, rose glorious at your right hand,

the King of all creation.

 

All Respond: The Virgin, who acknowledged herself to be a servant,

became the Mother of our Redeemer and of those reborn in her

Son. Now, raised above the angels, she prays for all: the

Queen of mercy and grace.

 

R: Bless us as we crown this image of the Mother of your Son (of

Christ and his Mother).

 

All Respond: We confess Christ to be the King of creation and call upon

Mary, our Queen. May we walk in their likeness, spending

ourselves for the sake of others. Content with our place in this

life, may we one day hear your voice inviting us to take our

place in heaven and receive the crown of victory.

 

CROWNING

 

Eldest child or another person places the crown on the image of

Mary. If the image is of both Mary and the infant Jesus, the image of

Christ is crowned before that of the Virgin Mary. As the image is

crowned, an appropriate song is sung.

 

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

After the crowning, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sung or

recited. The leader recites the invocations, and all

respond.

 

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.

God our Father in heaven                             have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world                        “

God the Holy Spirit                                        “

Holy Trinity, one God                                    “

Holy Mary                                                      pray for us.

Holy Mother of God                                      “

Most honored of Virgins                                “

Chosen daughter of the Father                     “

Mother of Christ the King                             “

Glory of the Holy Spirit                                 “

Virgin daughter of Zion                                “

Virgin poor and humble                                “

Virgin gentle and obedient                            “

Handmaid of the Lord                                  “

Mother of the Lord                                        “

Helper of the Redeemer                                 “

Full of grace                                                    “

Fountain of beauty                                         “

Model of virtue                                              “

Finest fruit of the redemption                                   “

Perfect disciple of Christ                                “

Untarnished image of the Church                “

Woman transformed                                     “

Woman clothed with the sun                                    “

Woman crowned with stars                          “

Gentle Lady                                                    “

Gracious Lady                                                “

Our Lady                                                        “

Joy of Israel                                                     “

Splendor of the Church                                 “

Pride of the human race                                “

Advocate of peace                                         “

Minister of holiness                                        “

Champion of God’s people                            “

Queen of love                                                 “

Queen of mercy                                              “

Queen of peace                                              “

Queen of angels                                             “

Queen of patriarchs and prophets                “

Queen of apostles and martyrs                     “

Queen of all saints                                         “

Queen of confessors and virgins                   “

Queen conceived without original sin          “

Queen assumed into heaven                         “

Queen of all the earth                                                “

Queen of heaven                                            “

Queen of the universe                                   “

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

           

R: Pray for us, O glorious Mother of the Lord.

 

All respond: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

The Leader concludes the Litany with the following prayer:

 

God of mercy, listen to the prayers of your servants who have honored your

handmaid Mary as mother and queen.

Grant that by your grace, we may serve you and our neighbor on earth and

be welcomed into your eternal kingdom. We ask this through Christ our

Lord. All respond: Amen.

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 

There will be a Live Stream of Sunday Mass

Click here to go to the Cathedral You Tube Page.

The stream will begin shortly before Mass.

 

Click here to download the 5:30 pm & 9 am Worship Aid for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Click here to download the 11:15 am Worship Aid for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time