I Will Make Them Fishers of Men

06-28-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Some of you may have heard – or soon will hear – that “Father Wilson is being transferred to Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta.” The sentence itself is true. However, the “Father Wilson” going to OLP is Fr. Richard Wilson, not yours truly. On July 15th, Fr. Renaurd West will begin his new assignment at Sacred Heart parish in Charleston, and we will welcome Fr. Richard Wilson to the Aiken Deanery as pastor of Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta. So, yes, we will have two Fathers Wilson within twenty minutes of each other!

READ MORE

Ambassadors for Christ

06-21-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One of the most liberating, important Sacraments that we have resumed is Confession / Reconciliation. Because small, enclosed spaces are difficult to keep sanitized between penitents, the Deacon Waters Conference Room in St. Michael Hall has been outfitted for confessions. Beginning Monday, June 22, we will resume our normal confession schedule. (See the front of the bulletin. The conference room is located in the right-hand wing of the courtyard. “Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. … Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow” (Isaiah 1:16-18).

READ MORE

Update on Masses & Confessions

06-14-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Wilson

Masses

All Masses are in the new church (except Wednesday Spanish Mass at 7pm in Old St. Mary’s). Every other pew is used. We sanitize between Masses, so the new church is not open outside of Mass to ensure it is clean when you arrive.

Mass Schedule:
Mon, Tue, Thur, & Fri: 5:30pm
Wed: 8:30am; and in Spanish at 7:00pm (Old St. Mary’s)
Sat (daily Mass): 8:00am
Sun Vigil (Sat): 5:00pm

READ MORE

All Things are Possible...With God

06-07-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write this week’s column (Tuesday morning) with our nation in turmoil. As if the enormous problems caused by a tiny virus were not enough, riots rage across our country. If we say nothing, or if we pretend that nothing is wrong or that things are being “blown out of proportion,” then we are missing a crucial part of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, He who should always be our first allegiance. Would Jesus say nothing? Would He not care that a group of people are hurting? He would not condone violence, of course. But we must not let that truth overshadow the roots of this longer-lasting pandemic – historic racism.

READ MORE

The Fire of God's Love

05-31-2020Pastor's LetterFather Gregory Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We arrive at Pentecost. In the sacred liturgy, we wear the color of fire, the fire of the Holy Spirit, who came upon the Apostles and disciples gathered with our Blessed Mother Mary in prayer in the Upper Room (see Acts 1:14; 2:1-11).

“Easter, if it is to be authentic, … cannot stay hidden behind any locked door and neither will it allow us to remain hidden. … The culture of fear is arrogant in its pride and thinks that it alone has words to speak. The culture of fear lies. The culture of fear would convince us that we are its children.

READ MORE

Suffering Leads to Easter Glory

05-24-2020Pastor's LetterFather Gregory Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

While it was wonderful to see actual faces as I looked out from the altar this past week, I know most of you remained on the other side of the camera lens. You still always remain very much in my heart and at the heart of our whole parish. I realize that not being physically present at Mass is a spiritual burden for all true disciples. We remain, however, no less connected, joined in one glorious faith as true brothers and sisters through the holy waters of Baptism. And, this will pass.

READ MORE

What Will Mass Look Like?

05-17-2020Pastor's LetterFather Gregory Wilson

Hello again, my beloved parishioners of St. Mary’s! I wanted to reprint a recent Facebook post on outward changes to the Mass.

Know first: I realize that this is difficult. It is extremely difficult for all of us. But I know that we as a St. Mary’s family can pull together to get through this. I have already been amazed to see people come together to make this happen. This has required the cooperation of dozens of faithful staff and parishioners. Let’s give them a big thank you!

Some changes you might notice:

READ MORE

What Will Mass Look Like?

05-16-2020Pastor's LetterFather Gregory Wilson

Hello again, my beloved parishioners of St. Mary’s! I wanted to reprint a recent Facebook post on outward changes to the Mass.

Know first: I realize that this is difficult. It is extremely difficult for all of us. But I know that we as a St. Mary’s family can pull together to get through this. I have already been amazed to see people come together to make this happen. This has required the cooperation of dozens of faithful staff and parishioners. Let’s give them a big thank you!

Some changes you might notice:

READ MORE