As of March 17, 2020, Mass attendance and parish activities are suspended until further notice due to coronavirus concerns.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus Parish Response



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As of March 17, 2020, the Center for Disease Control announced that it recommends that all events involving 10 people or more be suspended or postponed. On March 23, 2020, South Carolina Governor McMaster discouraged groups of 3 or more to gather. In an effort to ensure the safety of all souls in the Diocese of Charleston, we are announcing the following measures:
 

1. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at noon, all public Masses (weekday and weekend), liturgies, devotions, faith formation, ministry and group meetings, and non-essential activities in our parish are suspended or postponed through end of day on Thursday, April 30, 2020. We will not hold alternative or outdoor liturgies.
 

2. These restrictions also include our Holy Week and Easter Masses. Confession is suspended except for those in danger of death.  The faithful are asked to make an act of contrition and come to confession after the church is reopened. Perpetual Adoration will also be suspended until further notice.
 

3. Receptions and Baptisms for Holy Saturday are postponed until Pentecost. Funerals and weddings may be permitted privately, but attendance must be limited to immediate family. Baptisms in the next 30 days should be postponed unless absolutely necessary and should observe the same limitations.
 

4. You are encouraged to participate in recorded or livestream Masses and other devotions such as Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, or Divine Mercy. It is our hope as a parish to be able to provide you with access to virtual Masses celebrated by Msgr. Lofton and Fr. Artur often. Mass intention obligations will be fulfilled, whether in private Masses or livestreamed. Daily Mass will be livestreamed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. on our parish YouTube channel. Our parish Sunday Masses will also be made available on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe or check back reguarly.
You may also spend time in a Perpetual Adoration Chapel virtually by going to 
https://virtualadoration.home.blog/ and selecting a chapel link to visit. 


 

5. In addition to our parish Masses, you can find livestream daily and weekend liturgies from other parishes in the Diocese of Charleston HERE. Please visit cable and internet options such as EWTN, Catholic Faith Network, CatholicTV, and the Diocese of Charleston resources, which can be found HERE. We encourage you to continue your generous support of our parish. You may make your offering online or mail your envelopes to the parish office. For information about Online Giving, please click here.

6. The church will be open for private prayer only during the week, Monday - Friday, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. However, you must observe the same limitations of fewer than 3 people permitted at a time. Please maintain social distancing guidelines such as staying six feet apart from others, no shaking hands or touching, and remaining home if you are sick in any way. The church will be closed on the weekends. The parish office will remain open during regular office hours.
 

7. As per the Bishop, priests may continue to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for those in danger of death. However, if a person is designated as "quarantined or at risk", even at home, priests cannot put their health or the health of others at risk by visiting. Hospitals are not permitting chaplains to enter in these circumstances. Pastoral care over the phone will be available whenever possible.
 

8. Catholic schools are closed through April 30, 2020. However, we continue to monitor the situation and will update as needed. Our parish religious education and youth ministry programs will remain suspended until further notice. 
 

9. We will communicate with parishioners and offer alternative faith formation opportunities via our website, Flocknote, social media, and our new parish app.

  • To sign-up for Flocknote (parish-wide email and text messaging service), go here.
  • To download our new parish app, download the myParish app from your smartphone’s app store (Apple or Android). Once you’ve downloaded the myParish app, search for and select St. Theresa the Little Flower.
  • For our social media, follow us on Facebook at the page “St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church” or visit here
  • To sign-up for FORMED for great faith content for all ages (pre-K through adult) with our parish’s subscription, go here
     

10. Thorough regular cleaning practices will be employed for all parish facilities (including the church, parish office and other buildings).
 

These are challenging times for all of us. Let us unite with each other under the protection of our Lord and His Blessed Mother. We will continue to monitor ongoing developments and communicate with you as timely and efficiently as possible.

 

 

 

UPDATED ON
MARCH 25, 2020

 

 

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Let us pray:

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. 

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