Unless the Lord Build the House

09-25-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Don’t forget to stop into St. Angela Hall after whichever Mass you attend this weekend and receive more information and answers to any questions you might have about our new Science and Engineering Academy wing of our St. Mary’s School. With the generosity of a few, we have already covered well over two-thirds of the 6.9 million total cost. With your generosity added, we will reach our goal.

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You Are Invited

09-18-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

From time to time, opportunities arise for you and me to effect change on a more monumental level. Such an opportunity has arisen here at St. Mary’s for our school, and I would like to invite you to join your fellow parishioners in making history.

St. Mary’s has been educating young minds since 1900, thanks to our past cherished religious Sisters. Our current parish school and its facilities were opened in September of 1955. Since then, we have had a modest expansion of its buildings, which have served us incredibly well over these past sixty-seven years. We continue to improve and maintain these important structures. However, state-of-the-art robotics, computer coding, and cyber security were not even words back in 1955, and so these buildings are woefully inadequate for our future needs.

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The Holy Cross

09-11-2022Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) began last Tuesday, September 6, but there is still time for you to join. In case you are not familiar with RCIA, it is a series of classes for those interested in joining the Catholic Church, or for those interested in learning more. We meet on Tuesday nights, 6:00 to 7:30pm in Mother Teresa Hall (located in the rose garden on the north side of the church) from now until Easter. Our classes take time to explore the Catholic faith in its depth and beauty. RCIA is also for those Catholic adults who did not receive Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion, and for others who may have been away from their faith and need a “refresher.” If you know someone interested, please invite them with the words of Jesus Himself, “Come and see!” There is no obligation, just an opportunity to learn more and deepen your faith. For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Jackson at 803-642-2676, or mjackson@charlestondiocese.org .

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Creating a Safe Environment

09-04-2022Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

First, a few weeks ago, with great joy we prepared to send off Stasia Pierce from our parish to join the Northern Province of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus. Unfortunately, due to the sudden death of the Order’s novice mistress (the Sister in charge of forming new Sisters), Stasia had to return home. Stasia is now praying fervently about where God might lead her, and we, of course, join our prayers with hers. God’s plan for our lives is not always easily discernable; but He still has one. It is true that when the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window. In the meantime, Stasia is loved by so many and brings great joy where she goes. Please pray for Stasia and for all those discerning a religious vocation, especially from our parish.

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The Real Presence of Jesus

08-28-2022Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
First, a reminder that next Monday, September 5, is Labor Day. As for all civic holidays, the daily Mass in Old St. Mary’s will move to 9:00am. Also, of course, the parish office will be closed. Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

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Back to School

08-21-2022Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Well, school is back in full swing! Please pray for all of our students as they embark upon another year of learning. May Christ the Divine Teacher inspire all teachers in their vital vocation. Here is a fitting prayer you can offer for all students: Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send, we pray, your Spirit upon our students, and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Hail, Holy Queen

08-14-2022Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In a normal year, Monday, August 15 would be a Holy Day of Obligation – the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But this is one of three of our Holy Days that, when falling on a Monday (or Saturday), the U.S. Bishops have dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. However, dear friends in Christ, it is still an ancient and holy day, and I encourage you to come to Mass at 5:30pm in Old St. Mary’s as we celebrate the glorious Assumption of Mary.

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A Miracle of Faith

08-07-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B. Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Thursday, August 11, is the feast day of St. Clare of Assisi. Daily Mass at 5:30pm this day will have special music. Our parish has a close connection to this marvelous holy woman through our Ste Claire Chapel (which you might notice uses the French spelling of the name.)

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