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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.

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.

Lenten Resources 2020

February 14, 2020
14 Feb 2020

On Ash Wednesday, 26 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.

 

Ash Wednesday  26 February

Masses 12:05 pm & 6:30 pm

 

Holy Week Schedule 2020

Palm Sunday 5 April

Vigil Mass, Saturday 4 April at 5:30 pm

Mass 7:00 am

Family Mass 9:00 am

Solemn Mass at 11:15 am with

Procession with Palms

Evening Mass 6:00 pm

 The Sacred Triduum

 

Holy Thursday 9 April

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm

Church open for prayer before

Altar of Repose until 11 pm

 

 Good Friday 10 April

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3:00 pm

 

Holy Saturday 11 April

The Easter Vigil with Bishop Guglielmone 8:00 pm

 

Easter Sunday 12 April

Easter Mass 7:00 am

Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Easter Mass 12:00 pm

Please note: there will be no 6:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday

 

 

Confession Times during Lent

Saturdays 4:00p-5:00p

Wednesdays 12:45 pm (Except Ash Wednesday)

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.

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Wednesdays of Lent (except Ash Wednesday) from 12:45-1:30 pm

 

Stations of the Cross

6:30 pm on the following dates:

6 March

13 March

20 March

27 March

3 April

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

 

 

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

Lent Fest / Mardi Gras 23 February 2020

January 23, 2020
23 Jan 2020

 

 

 

Bring a dish to share!

Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ydkttt2j

 

 

 

Respect Life Events January 2020

January 1, 2020
01 Jan 2020

9 Days for Life Novena 21-29 January 2020

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.

22 January is the Day of Prayer for the

Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Click here to find specific rosary intentions for the day.

 

 

SC Stand Up for Life March & Rally  Sunday

11 January 2020 in Columbia, SC

Click here to get more details on the National March for Life.

Additional Resources:

More resources may be found at www.usccb.org

 

 

 

Epiphany House Blessing

December 23, 2019
23 Dec 2019

 

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 4/5  January 2020 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 of His burial.

During the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water

All:      My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His Name. And His Mercy is from generation unto generations upon them that fear Him. He hath shewed might in His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.

After this is completed:

All:      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 of His burial.

Leader:            Our Father …And lead and lead us not into temptation,

All:      But deliver us from evil.

Leader:            All they from Saba shall come

All:      Bringing gold and frankincense.

Leader:            O Lord, hear my prayer.

All:      And let my cry come unto Thee.

Leader:            Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen.

Leader:            Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee– Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.

All:      And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light and kings in the splendor of thy rising, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.

Leader:            Let us pray. Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen

After the prayers of the blessing are recited, walk through the house and bless each room by sprinkling with holy water.

Take the blessed chalk and first write the initials of the three Wise Men, connected with Crosses, over the inside of your front door (on the lintel, if possible). Then write the year, breaking up the numbers and the year so that they fall on both sides of the initials. It should look like this, for ex.:

20  C+M+B  20

with the “20 “being the millennium and century, the “C” standing for the first Wise Man, Caspar, the “M” standing for Melchior, the “B” standing for Balthasar, and the “20” standing for the decade and year. It is also popularly believed that the Kings’ initials also stand for “Christus mansionem benedicat” (“Christ bless this house”).