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Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends in Christ, To worship God, to proclaim the Gospel, and to serve those in need. The Church’s entire mission can be summarized in these three categories of action, and it is a perennial challenge for Christians to keep all three of these parts in harmony and creative interaction.  Some Catholics can become so… Read more »

Sunday 9 December 2018

First Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends in Christ, It was December, and another Christmas was at our throats. That was the dim view of all things Yule taken by the English humorist P.G. Wodehouse, and it is a sentiment most of us can readily understand. To avoid the frenzy which induces that feeling, we need to grasp what the… Read more »

Sunday 2 December 2018

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Dear Friends in Christ, The new Year of Grace will begin next week with the First Sunday of Advent, and on each of the four Sundays of Advent we will gather at 5 pm to sing the psalms and canticles of Vespers or Evening Prayer. Please join us at 5 pm on each of the… Read more »

Sunday 25 November 2018

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore this week, and it was a disaster. On Monday morning, before the business meeting had even officially begun, the bishops learned that on Sunday night they had been asked by Rome not to vote this week on long planned proposals aimed… Read more »

Sunday 18 November 2018

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Please be mindful of these dates: From 12 to 14 November 2018 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold their annual General Assembly in Baltimore, the first diocese in our country. At the top of the agenda this week are the many questions related to the scandals revealed during… Read more »

Sunday 11 November 2018

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year of Our Lord 1918, World War I ended, and next Sunday is the centenary of that epochal day. Each year in the United States we honor the valor of those who fought in the Great War… Read more »

Sunday 4 November 2018

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In 2020 the Diocese of Charleston will be 200 years old, and in 2022 St Mary’s Church will be 170 years old. Both of these milestones will be celebrated in a variety of ways, including a combined capital campaign. The diocesan Bicentennial Campaign, which will run over five years, seeks to… Read more »

Sunday 28 October 2018

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, During the Summer of Shame, Catholics around the world learned that for many decades too many bishops and priests had failed to live as faithful Christians and had abused those entrusted to their care. The despicable crimes of these wolves in shepherd’s clothing were also a violation of the solemn promises… Read more »

Sunday 21 October 2018

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Beginning in late November, we will be live streaming our 11 am Sunday Mass on the church’s Facebook page and placing a recording of the same on our YouTube channel. For several years we have received requests to provide this sort of service, and technological development has now made it possible… Read more »

Sunday 14 October 2018

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Being accountable to other people is not something most of us enjoy, but there is zero possibility of living a life of authentic Christian discipleship apart from such accountability – both of our beliefs and of our behavior. One essential component of being a faithful Catholic is attending Mass each Sunday,… Read more »

Sunday 7 October 2018