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June 2017


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Catholics fast and abstain during Lent to unite in the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to prepare to rejoice in his Resurrection. In lieu of this, the bishop recommends that anyone who avails himself or herself of the dispensation substitute another form of penance, prayer, or almsgiving to the poor in its place at another time during the remainder of the Lenten season.



Saint Joseph Catholic Church Columbarium Brochure

Memorial Walk Bricks

Additional Memorial Donations


Congratulations to all those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. We pray that these newly confirmed will remain close to God and to the Church. It would be wonderful if they would become involved in a church ministry by becoming an altar server, reader, usher or even a greeter. There’s lots to be done in serving God’s people and we need the youth of the parish to carry on.

Many parents have sent back their re-registration forms. For that I thank you. Anyone who has not returned their child’s registration form, please do so as soon as possible as we are beginning to place our orders for the materials we will need when we begin in September.

A big THANK YOU to all our catechists and co-catechists! These teachers have worked very hard in helping the children learn more about God and how much He loves us.

Looking ahead to the fall, we have some classes on Wednesday evening that will need teachers as well as our pre-school program on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in helping us, please contact the Religious Education Office and speak to Rita Schoene at (843) 556-4611 ext. 104 or send an email to

The program, “Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You,” will begin on Thursday, September 14th and end on November 2nd. There will be two sessions, on in the morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, and one in the evening from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Anyone who wishes to attend this program, please notify Rita Schoene as soon as possible so that the necessary materials may be ordered.



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You can give right from our website!

Online giving is an easy and safe way to support St. Joseph Church. It allows for greater consistency, efficiency, confidentiality and security. Please visit our website at . Online giving is listed in the menu to the left on the page. This link will take you directly to the site. There is a one-time secure setup that will allow you to give one time gifts, recurring gifts and access your giving records.

Access the online giving link from the website:
1. If this is your first time logging in, click Sign up.
2. Enter the requested information including a password and click Register.
3. Provide your contact and bank information.
4. Indicate the amount, frequency (one-time or recurring) and designation for your gift.
5. You can log back in at any time using your email address and password.

Our site accepts MasterCard, Discover and Visa cards.

St. Joseph Parish welcomes all newcomers and invites you to register. Registration forms are available in the parish office or at the back of the church by the front doors. Those seeking to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony MUST be registered members of St. Joseph Parish for at least six months prior to reception of these sacraments.
Godparents/Sponsors must be registered at least six months prior to being a Godparent/Sponsor and MUST be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. If married, he/she must have been married in the Catholic Church by either a priest or a deacon. Or, if married outside the Catholic Church, you must have received a dispensation from the Catholic Church.

Baptism: You must be registered and active (see definition of Active Parishioner) at St. Joseph Catholic Church for at least six months prior to the sacrament. Baptism are not celebrated during Lent.

Baptism Class: (for the child’s parents) Class is offered as requested in the library of the Family Life Center. Both parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Please call the office to request a class.

First Communion: Preparation begins in the first grade and continues into second grade for a total of two years of preparation. Registration for Religious Education classes for those not attending Catholic schools takes place in August.

Confirmation: Preparation begins in the seventh grade and continues into eighth grade for a total of two years of preparation. Registration for Religious Education classes for those not attending Catholic schools takes place in August. Adults who have not been confirmed, and would like to receive the sacrament, are asked to call the Director of Religious Education.

Marriage: You must be registered and active (see definition above) at St. Joseph Catholic Church for at least six months prior to preparation of the sacrament. Couples are asked to speak to the priest to be sure there are no impediments to the marriage before any reservations are made or contracts are signed. Then the couple will meet with the priest and begin formal preparation at least six months prior to their wedding date.

Reconciliation: Confessions are heard each Saturday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.

Anointing of the Sick: The sacrament is celebrated individually upon request.


How can you help support STJ and have a nice dinner? Dine at Zaxby’s at 1908 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. either Saturday evening or Sunday. At the time of your purchase tell the cashier the name of your church, St. Joseph, and Zaxby’s will give back 10% of your dinner directly to STJ at the end of the month. The more times we dine at Zaxby’s, the more money will come back to St. Joseph. EAT MORE CHICKEN!

The Diocese of Charleston phone numbers:

Diocesan Office of Child Protection Services 843-853-2130 x 209

Diocesan Victim Assistance Minister 800-921-8122




Low Gluten Hosts are available here at St. Joseph Parish if you are unable to ingest wheat flour hosts commonly used in the preparation of communion wafers. These low-gluten breads meet the stipulations set forth by the Roman Catholic Church and are endorsed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for the Liturgy.

If you desire to receive this host, you must inform the celebrant prior to Mass so that he will be able to consecrate it during the Mass you attend. You will also need to identify yourself to the priest when you come up to receive the host.


Rosary Makers for the Cause of Our Blessed Mother

Respond to the call of Our Lady.

The need for rosaries is great and urgent. Become a missionary by making rosaries for missions in the U.S., the military and around the world. Please call Our Lady’s Rosary Makers (4611 Poplar Level Road, PO Box 37080, Louisville, KY 40233-7080) at (502) 968-1434 or (502) 968-1477 and order a beginner’s kit for less than $10 which allows you to make 50 cord rosaries and comes with instructions. Make a difference in the world. Help bring peace to the world and turn the tide of evil. God will bless you abundantly.


The Search for SENIOR CARE


If you’re one of the millions of people searching for eldercare options, you know the search can be overwhelming and the choices difficult.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to find an eldercare solution for your loved one.

A Place for Mom is a free eldercare referral service assisting families in finding resources of every kind. We have over 250 professional eldercare advisors equipped to help any family who is dealing with the challenge of helping an elderly loved one maintain their quality of life.

We can help you find any eldercare resource:

• Assisted Living Communities

• Alzheimer’s Care

• Skilled Nursing Homes

• Retirement Communities

• Residential Care Homes

• Home Care Services

• Respite and Hospice Options

• Other Eldercare Services

Beginning your search with A Place for Mom is as easy as picking up the phone or visiting our website,

When you call us or visit our website you will be connected with an eldercare advisor right away. Your advisor will discuss your loved ones’ (or your own) specific situation and will review geographical, financial and clinical preferences before referring you to care providers.

In addition to care choices, your advisor can provide touring checklists, educational articles, home safety tips and financial resources but, mostly a listening ear. An advisor can even help find a senior moving specialist, a geriatric care manager, an elderlaw attorney, caregiver support groups and so much more. Let us guide you every step of the way until a solution is reached.

Our information, knowledge and guidance are always free to families as senior care communities across the nation reimburse us for our services.

Call us to begin your search today!

877-MOM-DAD5 or

This organization can help you find transportation for a nominal fee to the grocery store, hair stylist, doctor appointment, etc. If you need to get around, but no longer drive, give them a call. If you would like the phone for a local contact, please call the office.



Why do we fill up the seats in the church from the back to the front? Maybe it is piety. We sit in the back because, aware of our many failings, we don’t feel worthy to draw near. Maybe it’s culture. We sit in the back because our mothers taught us never to claim the best seats or make ourselves the center of attention. Maybe it’s selfishness. We want to be able to skip out early. Whatever the reason, it causes a practical problem. The front seats are always empty, creating a gulf between the Lord’s table and the Lord’s people. And latecomers stand in the back rather than march up to the front where everyone can see that they’re late.

Let’s show some hospitality here! Let’s fill the church up from the front to the back, leaving the back rows for those who come later or late. And let’s fill each row from the center. If you’re the first one in a row, don’t hug the end, unless you’re a minister and will need to get in and out.

Filling in the front seats first isn’t proud or arrogant. It’s part of the ministry of hospitality that all of us who are baptized are called to exercise. It’s a simple act of kindness that helps the church to gather better around its Lord, so that we may give God thanks and praise.

Copyright © 1997 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622-1101; 1-800-933-1800. Text by David Phillippart


Catholic Radio in South Carolina

WCKI 1300 AM in the Upstate

WLTQ 730 AM on the Coast

WQIZ 810 AM in the Lowcountry

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Catholic radio counters the shallow assumptions of the secular media and allows listeners to reflect upon the Faith in the privacy and solitude of their home, office or car, while hearing the truth about Jesus Christ and His church.

Catholic Radio in SC also broadcasts local news and events, faith-filled programming, divine Catholic teaching, devotions and prayers.

Mediatrix SC, Inc., Catholic Radio in South Carolina, is one of almost 200 Catholic radio stations in the United States and relies on listener donations for support. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 905, Greer, SC or call toll free 866-263-1700. You can now listen to Catholic radio 24 hours a day on TuneIn Radio - FREE app for smart phones and app-based devices. After downloading, key in search "wcki"

On several occasions during the past year, the celebrant of the Mass has not received a stipend for saying the Mass for the requested intention. If you request a Mass, please make sure that your stipend is received in the office prior to the Mass.

Suggested stipend donations are as follows:

Weekday Masses for the living or deceased: $10.00

Weekend Masses for the living or deceased: $20.00

It is also common practice to offer a stipend to the priest who confers the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony, and celebrates a funeral Mass. The stipend offered is at the discretion of the family.


You probably know that the church bulletin you are reading is a free service provided to our parish through the courtesy of the local business people and entrepreneurs who are listed on the back page. (In addition to the benefit of having this bulletin printed and delivered to us at no cost, according to the contract we negotiated with the company who handles this kind of publication, our parish could also receive payments periodically from the fees paid by the advertisers.) Please take a few moments today and every few weeks to look over the back page of our bulletin and notice the people who are supporting our parish and are offering your services you might need. It would be a good thing to do business with them and to mention our parish and thank them for their ad when you talk with them. If you would like to advertise your business or service, please call the parish office and we will gladly give you the information you will need. In order for us to receive a cash “bonus” we would need to fill two pages worth of ads. (With additional advertising, the bulletin company will be able to give more back to our church!) We have the people and the business within our parish to do this.

Help us out...Help your business out. Advertise in the parish bulletin! Father Gabe



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