UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON:
Dear My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the last 10 days, we have all experienced new challenges in our day-to-day life. The advent of COVID-19 has caused a great deal of pain and anguish as we adapt to this new normal. To ensure the protection of the Catholic faithful and the community as a whole, I have decided along with the recommendation of the College of Consultors to suspend all Masses until further notice. However, we will continue to livestream Masses, including those that will be offered during Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
This is a serious virus that continues to spread across our state that we must take seriously. By continuing our efforts to bring Mass into people’s homes, we can safeguard everyone’s health while still providing the faithful an opportunity to participate in Holy Week and Easter Sunday Masses. I know this is difficult news to hear during this challenging time.
The Diocese will livestream Holy Week and Easter Sunday Masses from the Chapel of the Holy Family at our Pastoral Center during the following days and times at facebook.com/DioceseChas and YouTube.com/DioceseChas:
Palm Sunday, April 5
Mass in English at 11:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 6
Mass at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 7
Chrism Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8
Mass at 8:30 a.m
Holy Thursday, April 9
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10
Liturgy at 3:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil, April 11
Mass at 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12
Mass in English at 11:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.
Additionally, all the faithful are dispensed from Fast and Abstinence for the duration of Lent, except for Good Friday.
During this time of great uncertainty, we pray that the Church in its response will provide comfort to those isolated in their homes and away from their loved ones.
We will update our special COVID-19 webpage on the diocesan website as needed. I also ask that you stay in touch with your parish by following their social media pages.
My dear friends, this is a time where our beliefs are an asset and a true blessing. We need look no further than the Resurrection to find the ultimate story of faith, hope and love. May we all continue to invite Christ into our hearts, even as they ache. Take this remaining time in Lent to embrace the works of mercy with zeal. Practice a spirit of gratitude and generosity to others, albeit remotely. Remain hopeful, pray unceasingly, and be assured of my prayers for you and your families.
In the Lord’s Peace,
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop of Charleston
A message from Bishop Guglielmone:
Palms will be distributed after we have
received guidance to their distribution. That will
occur after the COVID-19 Crisis has passed.
PALM SUNDAY MASS
The Palm Sunday Mass from St. Paul the Apostle will be broadcast live on Sunday at 8:00AM.
Click on the following link to view messages and Livestream Masses during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, priests are requested to tune in to the livestream so they may renew their Priestly Promises made at ordination. The livestream will be broadcast on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas. Oils will be sent with the deans where they can be picked up by a parish representative. Extra oils will be available to all deans if individual parishes need more.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS SUSPENDED
The Parish Office has SUSPENDED OFFICE HOURS during this COVID-19 Crisis. This will permit the YOU and Staff to maintain appropriate SOCIAL DISTANCING.
The Staff is still working, though in different methods and with different schedules.
If you are in need, please call the Parish Office at (864) 582-0674. The Answering Service will take messages and has instructions as to how to relay the messages to the appropriate Staff person. This includes Emergencies. We DO respond.
We thank all parishioners who have responded to Father Whitman's request to maintain your offertory during the crisis. The first week's tally is now complete, we have received approximately one half of a routine week's offertory. Thank you for responding.
If you have given through one of the alternative means, please continue to do so as many of the Parish's expenses continue . If you have not, please consider doing so. If you need instructions in how to give electronically, please contact Rick Gilliam at <mailto:RGilliam@CharlestonDiocese.org> , or leave a message with the answering service.
St. Paul Catholic School 14th Annual Golf Tournament and the 19th Hole
Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, it is with a heavy heart that we need to cancel the golf tournament and 19th Hole. The tournament is a major fundraiser for the school and will be sorely missed. All golfers who sign up and pay to play will be given a Woodfin Ridge Golf gift certificate if desired. More information will be sent to all golfers. Anyone wishing to support the school on behalf of the tournament may still do so.
A parish wide auction will be held at a later date to be determined. We will have many wonderful items available for bidding. Some of the sample items are tickets to Patriots Point, tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an American Girl Doll and tickets to Riverbanks Zoo. Auction items are still being accepted. More information will follow.
Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
Father David Whitman, Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church has created a YouTube channel. Click on this link to view messages and Friday School Livestream Masses during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
To view the Daily Mass on Facebook, go to
This link will also show you the LiveStream archives of past daily and Sunday Masses.
Though we are not physically together, hopefully this technology can keep us connected through the crisis.
If you cannot attend Mass, please join virtually! / Si no puede asistir a misa, ¡únase virtualmente!
St. Mary’s Church, Greenville
Sunday at 11 a.m. on facebook.com/stmarysgvl
St. Michael Church, Garden City (con español)
All seven of the weekend Masses at saintmichaelsc.net
La misa en español es a las 3 p.m
Precious Blood of Christ Church, Pawleys Island
Eternal Word Television Network/EWTN
Mass is broadcast on its television network. Check the schedule for your local times at ewtn.com/tv/schedule
CatholicTV Network (con español)
Daily and weekly Masses in English at catholictv.org/masses
Misas de fin de semana en español
MagnificatTV (solo en español)
Misas diarias aquí en magnificat.tv/es
The speaking engagement of Scott and Kimberly Hahn at St. Joseph's Catholic School, which had been scheduled for May 3, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Those who have purchased tickets will receive refunds through the St. Paul Center. For more information, contact the St. Paul Center at 740-264-9535.
The Senior Singles lunch scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at Ruby Tuesday's has been canceled.