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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1 January

December 19, 2019
19 Dec 2019

Mass Schedule:

Vigil Mass Tuesday, 31 December 2019 6:30 pm

Mass Wednesday, 1 January 2020 10:00 am

There will be NO 12:05 pm Mass Tuesday or Wednesday

 

Prayer in Honor of Mary, Mother of God

Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe, lamp that is never extinguished, crown of virginity, support of the true faith, indestructible temple, dwelling of him whom no place can contain, O Mother and Virgin! Through you all the holy Gospels call blessed the one whom comes in the name of the Lord.
Hail, Mother of God. You enclosed under your heart the infinite God whom no space can contain. Through you the Most Holy Trinity is adored and glorified, the priceless cross is venerated throughout the universe. Through you the heavens rejoice, and the angels and archangels are filled with gladness. Through you the demons are banished, and the tempter fell from heaven. Through you the fallen human race is admitted to heaven.

Hail, Mother of God. Through you kings rule, and the only-begotten Son of God has become a star of light to those who were sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Amen.

Dedication to Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God and our mother,
we offer ourselves to your loving care.
Today we choose you as our mother, guide and friend.
May we always be faithful to you,
and desire, say and do only what is pleasing to you.
O most tender and loving mother,
we beg you through the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Divine Son,
to keep us especially dear to you
and to obtain for us the strength to lead a holy life,
a life of goodness, purity and love,
offered to God in thanksgiving and praise.
Be present with us at all times, O Blessed Virgin Mary,
and especially at the hour of our death.
Then Mary protect us from the Evil One, the enemy of our souls.
Guide us safely into the presence of Jesus, the Risen Lord,
so that we may, with you and all the saints,
share His life, happiness and love, forever.
Amen.

Seven Habits to Become a Saint

November 4, 2019
04 Nov 2019

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1. Say the Morning Offering first thing after you get up, dedicate the day to the glory of God.
2. Fifteen minutes of quiet prayer, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament, but this can be done at home or outside. Join Mary (Lk 10:38) and just sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.
3. Fifteen minutes of spiritual reading. This could be a systematic reading of the New Testament/ the lives of the Saints/ Catholic Catechism/ etc.
4. Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in the state of grace (of course, this presumes a frequent trip to the confessional).
5. Pray the Angelus at noon or the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.
6. Pray the Rosary as a family “sitting at the school of Mary and contemplating her Son.”
7. Make a brief examination of conscience each night before going to bed. Review the day… make an act of gratitude for the good done and an act of contrition for the areas in which you failed.

 

All Saints’ Day Masses & Party!!

October 17, 2019
17 Oct 2019

All Saints’ Day is Friday, 1 November 2019 and is an Holy Day of Obligation

Masses will be celebrated at 12:05 pm & 6:30 pm in the Lower Cathedral

Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint and join the procession at the 6:30 pm Mass!

Join us at our All Saints’ Day Pizza Party in the Parish Hall following 6:30 pm Mass!!

There will be fun games, prizes, pizza and candy!

Bring a canned good for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry.

 

 

Marian Oktoberfest

September 23, 2019
23 Sep 2019

Due to inclement weather and heavy rains the Marian Festival will not take place.

 

 

Join us “under the tent” on Sunday 20 October 10:15-11:30 am for our Marian Oktoberfest! Sign up to bring a dish to share at: https://tinyurl.com/y6sv6mcs

 

 

 

 

 

Monsignor Brovey will offer to enroll anyone who desires in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at the 9am Mass on Sunday, 20 October. Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 843-724-8395 if you want a scapular provided or you may bring your own if you like.

All children and adults interested in learning about this sacramental are invited to a short class on Sunday 13 October from 10:15-11:00am at 105 Queen, library 2nd floor.  Contact Karen at christian.formation@charlestoncathedral.com.

For additional information on the Brown Scapular visit http://www.sistersofcarmel.com/brown-scapular-information.php.

 

 

Flos Carmeli

O beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful Vine,
Splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, who
brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining
a Pure Virgin, assist me in this necessity.

O Star of the Sea, help and protect me!
Show me that thou art my Mother.

O Mary, Conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Mother and Ornament of Carmel, Pray for us!
Virgin, Flower of Carmel, Pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, Pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us!
O sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!

Announcing the Cathedral Youth Choral Program!

August 6, 2019
06 Aug 2019

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #112

 

The above quote comes from the documents of the Second Vatican Council in regards to the Church’s understanding of liturgy, primarily the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Here at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, we are very blessed to experience this great treasure each and every Sunday. The outstanding quality of music that the Cathedral Parish enjoys should never be taken for granted. I have traveled throughout the country and experienced music in many cathedrals and parishes – many of which are larger in membership and geographical reach than us – but pale in comparison to the talent and care that has been given to the liturgy, specifically sacred music, here at the Mother church of Charleston. Everything we do within the Mass is for the worship and glorification of God, and I believe that you, the parishioners of the Cathedral, should be very proud of fostering this gift to our Creator.

 

The music program at the Cathedral is composed of extremely talented professional staff singers and dedicated volunteers who spend time rehearsing and personally studying the music that is sung at the various Masses. The full choir continues to sing at the Solemn 11:15am Mass, and a small schola from that ensemble has began to provide the Propers of the Mass and choral music at the 9:00am Mass.

 

Sadly, there is one important aspect of the music program which is missing – our youth. This piece of the puzzle is so crucial to not only a healthy music program within a parish, but for the universal Church. For this “treasure of inestimable value” to be available, we must introduce it to our children at a young age. In a world that is primarily focused on giving youth a new fad every few months, it is more important than ever that tradition, timeless art, and the Faith become a focus for our children. My own music career began at the age of 10, when I was asked to join the boys and men choir which sung at the Dominican Parish my parents began attending due to its focus on reverent liturgy. This introduction to a range of sacred music from Gregorian Chant to stunning pieces for children in the English tradition led to my passion of all forms of music. Being involved in sacred music at that age allowed me to acquire knowledge and skills that prepared me for an easy transition into the college music scene.

 

The tradition of children’s choirs has been apart of the Church’s musical tradition for more than a century, and is the catalyst of sustaining this treasure for many years to come. You will find a flyer in this Sunday’s bulletin outlining the Youth Music Program. Our goal is to provide not only a musical education for your children, but also one that teaches them the Faith at a new and deeper level. Through music theory, history, and choral skills, the youth of the parish will have the opportunity to develop knowledge that will propel them into whatever the future holds for them. It is also their chance to give God the worship due to Him within the Mass. I hope every single parishioner with children will prayerfully consider signing them up to be apart of this program. While there is a firm commitment needed to participate, I plan to work with all parents to make it as convenient as possible to be involved.

 

Let us work together to create a parish that is focused on giving God the most perfect glory and praise in thanksgiving for the sacrifice of His Son through the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

 

 

In Christ,
Scott Powell

Director of Sacred Music