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Active Parishioner Status and Letters of Good Standing as of June 2021
In order to be considered an active parishioner of Prince of Peace, you must do the following for at least six months:
- Register in the parish with the registration form found online or in the narthex
- Assist at Mass at Prince of Peace at least 75% of all Sundays and Holy Days.
- Contribute financially and by being an active part of parish life
- Use the envelope system to track attendance, even if your financial contribution is by electronic means, if you are ever going to need a letter of good standing. In the future, if an electronic means of check in is provided, that suffices for Mass attendance tracking.
A letter of good standing from Prince of Peace indicates that the records of the parish indicate fulfillment of all requirements for active parishioner status for at least six months. A letter of good standing is necessary for the following:
- to have a baby baptized in any Catholic church
- to serve as a godparent at baptism or sponsor at confirmation in any Catholic church
- to get married in any Catholic church
- to receive the active parishioner discount at Prince of Peace Catholic School
Active members are marked inactive in the rolls of the parish:
- if requested
- if after six months there is no trackable giving or envelope usage
All Catholics aged 18 or older should register under their own name with the parish they consider their spiritual home. Catholics over the age of 18 who consider Prince of Peace their spiritual home, but are under their parents’ care and are away at school, military or civil service, should register in the parish and indicate that fact for our records.
Sick, homebound, or shut-in parishioners who are unable to fulfill the requirements for active parishioner status will not be marked inactive if they or their families communicate to the parish that they wish to remain active.
Inactive parishioners who may not qualify for a letter of good standing may always receive the sacraments of Holy Communion, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, as well as receive ecclesiastical funerals and burials. They will not be allowed to receive the sacraments of Baptism or Matrimony, serve as a godparent for Baptism or Confirmation, or receive the parishioner discount in the school, until six months of active parishioner status has been demonstrated.
These policies are almost universal in the United States, where they are a local means of applying certain dispositions of canon law to protect the integrity of the sacramental order. They are part of the ecclesiastical discipline of the Church which expects adult Catholics to be mature and active members of their parish family, indicating a minimum level of practice to receive the sacraments.
With COVID, a General Dispensation from Mass attendance meant that these policies were also temporarily suspended. As of 5 June 2021, the solemn obligation for Mass attendance under pain of mortal sin is reinstated in the Diocese of Charleston. That means that the corresponding policy regarding active membership is also reinstated on that day. There will be a grace period of six months, until 5 December 2021, before the parish begins to apply the policy again.
Please remember that the letter of good standing is not issued based on any particular priest’s recollection of your Mass attendance; it is based on 75% Mass attendance each Sunday using the envelope system and recorded by the parish. Before COVID, we had a relatively small group of parishioners using one form of electronic giving. During COVID, a significant proportion of our people switched to one of three platforms of electronic giving. Some people give weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, or even yearly. The letter of good standing is based, not on the frequency or amount of giving (although that should reflect a mature understanding of biblical principles of stewardship), but on Mass attendance. Now that more and more people are using electronic forms of giving, there has to be a way to track weekly Mass attendance. Right now, the only way to do this is by the use of envelopes.
If you give electronically, you may drop your offertory envelope with a 0-online giving note in the offertory basket when you come. If you forget your envelope, there are some available on the credenzas in the narthex. We have a subcommittee of the parish staff looking into the possibility of electronic forms of check-in for Sunday Mass attendance; when we decide on a platform for that, this policy will be updated and the faithful notified.
Sometimes people have specific individual or family situations that mean that one or more four requirements for active parishioner status is not possible or unduly burdensome. If you communicate in a general way to the parish office the reason for that situation, we can notate our records to that effect, so that you will not be rendered inactive if you wish to remain active.
If you change your address, email address, or phone number, please notify the parish as soon as possible. If you move away from the parish, then please do so as well.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these policies. They are not there to make life burdensome. Instead, they are part of that ecclesiastical discipline which is a sign of true communion of heart and mind with your local Church and a maturity of faith measured, not in terms of minimalism, but authentic Catholic practice.
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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The time will soon come when we may return to public worship without fear of the coronavirus, and so effective June 5, when we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will end.
Individual dispensation, for those who are still at risk of grave illness and for their caretakers, will remain in place. These include but are not limited to caring for the sick, homebound, or infirm, those who exhibit flu-like symptoms or who are in the high-risk category.
We closed our churches and schools in March 2020 because it was the responsible thing to do, and it was important to follow local, state, and national health ordinances. We were able to resume public worship with safety precautions in place in May, and our Catholic schools opened for in-person instruction in the fall. We have learned how to live with this virus and to find a way through it together.
I am grateful to all of you for the patience and generosity you demonstrated during this difficult year, and it is our goal to make public worship accessible to everyone while still providing options for distancing and safety. Because we will be dealing with it for many years to come, it is important for everyone 12 year of age or older receive the vaccinations which are now available, both for the health of our communities and our shared life in the faith. It is not sinful in any way to receive any of the three COVID-19 vaccines.
As Catholics, we attend Mass to gather as a community that believes in Christ Jesus, and especially to receive our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. It is the source and summit of the Christian faith and life. I pray that you and your family will be restored and nourished by returning to the Table of the Lord.
Please pray for your priests who have worked so diligently throughout this pandemic and know that my prayers remain with you and your families.
In the Lord’s Peace,
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, DD
Bishop of Charleston
- One does not have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday in the following circumstances.
- FAQs from the Office of the Bishop
- Bishop Guglielmone’s Video
At Prince of Peace Catholic Church, a live broadcast of the 10a OF Sunday Mass will be streamed to the PAC with Communion Service for those who are in extraordinary circumstances requiring strict social distancing and mask wearing. In some situations where technology fails, audio only may be offered with Communion Service. Both will fulfill the obligation to attend Mass.
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waitlist only FREE Academic STEAM Robotics Summer Camp: The academic program is driven from Catapult Learning’s Summer Journey Program that combines Achieve Literacy and Mathematics, as well as curricula from Prince of Peace. The enrichment programing is STEM Robotics driven from the Engineering Design Process. Ultimately, the experience would balance academic enrichment and learning with fun and engaging activities.
- What are the dates for the camp? June 28th through July 29th (we have built in a “break” in the camp from July 12th through the 19th to allow families to participate in Totus Tuus).
- What are the days/hours for the camp? The camp is scheduled for 9a to 12n each day, Monday through Thursday for each week of the camp . The schedule will include 1 hour of mathematics, 1 hour of literacy and 1 hour of enrichment (STEM Robotics)
- What is the cost of the camp? As a result of the EANS (Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools) funding, we are able to offer this academic camp FREE OF CHARGE. The only cost for the camp is a $13.95 fee for a POPCS summer camp tee shirt. Comparable camps in the Greenville area are asking $150 to $300 per week, so this is an amazing opportunity for the Prince of Peace community!
- Who are the teachers? Qualified teachers from Catapult Learning will be leading the sessions. Some of our very own POPCS teachers may participate as well!
- What are the class sizes? Class sizes are limited to 10 students for each group with four classes currently being offered. Students will be grouped in the following manner:
- Group 1: K5-1st
- Group 2: 2nd-3rd
- Group 3: 4th-5th
- Group 4: Middle School
- How do we register for the camp? Registration will be first come, first served. A waiting list will be established once a group has been filled and, if there is enough demand, we will be able to add additional groups. It is our hope to provide the camp experience for all who would like to attend. We do ask that you only register if you are able to commit to the dates the camp is offered. Click HERE to register for the 2021 Prince of Peace of Peace Academic Summer Camp.
- How do I purchase my required camp t-shirt? Click here.
nearly full Totus Tuus Vacation Bible School: 11-16 July 2021. 9a-2.30p on Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6, 7p-9p on Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12. Each grade (1-6) will be limited to 12 students. Cost is $35/child, $80 maximum/family. What makes Totus Tuus special? The Totus Tuus program was developed by Catholics and teaches the Catholic faith. Totus Tuus is run by a team of enthusiastic, college-age adults who are on fire for our faith. The Totus Tuus program follows a 6-year curriculum cycle. So even if you came last year, or three years ago, the material is going to be different. Not to mention, the team changes each year so the leaders will have a totally fresh perspective. The elementary program sells out every year, so register early. For registration & additional information, contact Maria Barontini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 spot left Archery Camp will be 21-25 June from 9a-11.30a each day for rising 4th grade-9th grade students of the school or parish. Learn the basics of the National Archery in Schools Program sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The cost is $85 for the 1st child. And, in families with multiple children, $75 for the 2nd child, and $65 for 3rd child+. Limit 12 in the camp (first come, first served paid & completed registration). Until further notice by the Diocese of Charleston, COVID protocols will be followed. Email Coach Moreauor pick up the forms in the school office. Deadline 28 May.
Dribble for Destiny Summer Basketball Camp is for ages 6-13 boys and girls. It will be held 9a-12p on Tuesday, 6 July—Friday, 9 July. Camp includes ball dribbling, passing, shooting, ball handling, daily contests, daily devotions, video, snack and full court play round out each days activities. The Awards Ceremony is on 9 July @ 11a. The cost is $119 and includes a t-shirt OR ball. Registration forms are available in the parish office or online. Maximum of 50 athletes.
Summer Art Camp with Marilyn Alber is a great way for kids entering 1st-8th grade to kick off summer and be creative. Choose between week 1 (14-18 June) and/or week 2 (21-25 June). Classes are held for 2 hours each day Monday-Friday in the Media & Art Bldg. The cost of a 1-week session is $160, materials provided. The registration deadline is Friday, 28 May. No refunds are given after 1 June. Forms are available at the school office. For additional information, please contact Marilyn at email@example.com.
Come play “pick up” soccer this summer at POPCS. Mr. Barontini will be supervising a series of small-sided soccer games, Thursday nights from June 17 to July 15 (with a rain makeup game on July 22). We will be playing a series of 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 games to have fun, keep in contact with friends or make new ones. Contact nathan.barontini@