August 5, 2021
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you concerning the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus in South Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the delta variant is contracted more easily and rapidly than other variants. The number of cases is increasing and leading to more hospitalizations and potentially more deaths. It is placing a strain on healthcare resources.
I have written to your pastors to recommend that masks be worn during Masses, and that we take Communion in the hand, so that we are able to continue worshipping together. Also, I strongly recommend that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued guidance on COVID-19 vaccines determining that it is morally licit, that is, lawful and not forbidden, for Catholics to be vaccinated against the virus.
Please continue to respect local ordinances and directives from the CDC and South Carolina government officials and take precautions as much as possible so that we may each do our part to end this terrible disease.
I know that these are difficult times, and so I continue to pray for you and your families.
In the Lord’s Peace,
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, DD
Bishop of Charleston
NEW MASS INTENTION POLICY FOR 2022
In order to give the opportunity for all parishioners to schedule a Mass Intention for their loved ones and to accommodate recently deceased individuals, the Mass book will now only be open for three months at a time.
Since our 2022 Mass Book is already half full for January through June, we have no alternative but to close the book until January, 2022. At that time, only Mass Intentions for January through March 2022 will be taken. Going forward, the Mass Intention Book will open on the first day of each quarter for intentions for the following three months. All requests must be made in person, not by phone.
Masses will continue to be scheduled with Fr. ‘Rick LaBrecque and Fr. Paul Richardson to be said in their homes. You will not be able to attend the Mass, but we can provide you with a Mass card.
If you have any questions, please call Vicki in the office (843-249-2356). With this new policy, we are hoping to provide a better opportunity for everyone and more suitable timetable to arrange for Mass intentions.