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Guidelines

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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