Corona Virus Update – Our Bishops’ guide as of May 2nd

Our latest news from the Bishop and Access to the Bishop’s letter in Spanish can be found here

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As society moves forward with the reopening of public spaces, we must ensure that the Diocese of Charleston does all that it can to provide for your spiritual needs and welcome you home. Our primary goal is to approach the lifted restrictions with great care, keeping the safety of all our parishioners and our clergy at the forefront of our decision-making.
On Thursday, after conferring with the College of Consultors (the priests who advise me on many important matters), I decided to resume the sacraments with in-person daily Mass beginning on Monday, May 11. Our first Vigil/Sunday Masses will be held the weekend of May 16.
We want to have the freedom to participate in Mass together in a peaceful manner, but also in good health, so your pastor/administrator will spend the next several days developing a plan on how your parish will operate in the current climate and under the restrictions we have set forth. These restrictions have been developed based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, plus mandates from state government and recommendations from those dioceses that have already resumed Masses. Your pastor/administrator will communicate the specifics of his plan for your parish no later than May 10.
Although we will do all we can to provide a safe environment, the risk of contracting COVID-19 will still exist. Therefore, I am still granting dispensation to those who are uncomfortable attending weekend Mass and those who are high risk until further notice.
We are all hungry to receive the sacraments once again. This time away from the Eucharist has been painful. And, for so many, that struggle has been compounded by the loss of income and freedom for our families. These new guidelines may be challenging, so I ask everyone to do their very best to adjust to the new normal together as one family in faith.
May God continue to bless each of you in this season of the Resurrected Lord.

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston

 

 

Also see below from the Secretariat of Communications and Public Affairs:

 

Subject is the Diocese to livestream Masses, devotions

The Diocese of Charleston will begin livestreaming from the Chapel of the Holy Family tomorrow, March 20. Seminarians who are now in Charleston will participate in the liturgies. The schedule of daily and weekend Masses, and other devotions, is as follows:

On Facebook: facebook.com/DioceseChas
Daily Mass, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Stations of the Cross, Fridays at 3 p.m.
On YouTube: youtube.com/DioceseChas
Sunday Mass with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at 11 a.m. (English)
Misa en español los domingos a la 12:30 p.m. (Mass in Spanish)
Bishop Guglielmone has granted permission for Father Gustavo Corredor to celebrate a private Mass in Spanish and broadcast it through the diocesan radio station, Revive.fm. Please send this information to the Spanish-speaking faithful of your parish via your social media platforms, emails and apps so we may be sure we are providing Mass resources for all of our Catholic families: Spanish Mass online, Sundays at 11 a.m. at radiorevive.com.

El Obispo Guglielmone ha otorgado permiso al Padre Gustavo Corredor para celebrar una Misa privada en español y transmitirla a través de la estación de radio diocesana, Revive.fm. Envíe esta información a los fieles hispanohablantes de su parroquia a través de sus plataformas de redes sociales y correos electrónicos, para que podamos estar seguros de que estamos proporcionando recursos de misa para todas nuestras familias católicas: Misa dominical en español en línea a las 11 a.m. en radiorevive.com.

Additional information on livestreams and online devotions from our parishes is available on the diocesan website, charlestondiocese.org/covid-19-response.

May God bless and keep you.