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Social distancing doesn’t have to mean loneliness or spiritual deprivation. Join us as we bring aspects of our beautiful community to life VIRTUALLY. Each day, we’ll post the opportunities. Check back often, even same day. Everything is subject to change! If you have an idea or a question, email communications@princeofpeacetaylors.org.

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Sunday, 5 April (Palm Sunday):

  • 10a Latin Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook;  a link will be posted same day with the re-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • 11a: English Mass with Bishop Guglielmone (YouTube)
  • 1p: Do the faithful have a right to have access to the Sacraments in the time of COVID-19? This is the 3rd in a series about celebrating Holy Week by Fr Christopher Smith. (YouTube)
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • 8.15p CYO: if you’re in High School (9th-12th grade), join us for a fun chat on fellowship and formation with Stephanie & John Lasitter!  All are welcome, even if you’re new!
  • Our church is open 7a-10a; closed 10a-2p; open 2p-7p; limit 10 visitors at a time. The large doors to the Church will be closed, but unlocked during open hours due to pollen and birdies!

Saturday, 4 April:

  • 8.30a: Kids: Meet St Josemaria Escriva! Children will learn about the lives of saints with Fr Smith (links will not work til 8.30a: presented on Facebook and YouTube)
  • 3p: Religious Education for Children: Maria Barontini explains the Gospel reading today in a kid-friendly manner (watch here). Use this worksheet for your children!
  • 5p OF Anticipated Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our church is unlocked for prayerful silence between 7a-7p; limit 10 visitors at a time. The large doors to the Church will be closed, but unlocked during open hours due to pollen and birdies!

Friday, 3 April:

Thursday, 2 April:

Wednesday, 1 April:

  • 9a Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • 12n OF Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith (in our Facebook group)
  • 7p Women’s Group: All women are invited, even if you’ve never been before, to a virtual study by Blessed is She on topics of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The group will focus on VIRTUE first.
  • 7.30p: Even if you’ve never joined Fraternus, boys in 6th-12th grade are invited to a virtual Wednesday night Frat Night!
  • 8.30p: How do we celebrate Holy Week in the time of COVID-19? This is the beginning of a multi-part series by Fr Christopher Smith (Facebook & YouTube)
  • Our church is open 9a-4p; limit 10 visitors at a time. The large doors to the Church will be closed, but unlocked during open hours due to pollen and birdies!

Tuesday, 31 March: 

  • 12n Latin Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith
  • 7p RCIA: RCIA members will finish the last 4 weeks of their study virtually (closed sessions)
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our church is open 9a-4p; limit 10 visitors at a time. The large doors to the Church will be closed, but unlocked during open hours due to pollen and birdies!

Monday, 30 March:

  • Happy Birthday to Maria Barontini, our Pastoral Associate for Children’s Catechesis!
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our church is open 9a-4p; limit 10 visitors at a time. The large doors to the Church will be closed, but unlocked during open hours due to pollen and birdies!

Sunday, 29 March:

  • 9a Religious Education for Children: Maria Barontini explains the Gospel reading today in a kid-friendly manner (watch here)
  • 11a OF Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook;  a link will be posted same day with the re-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
    • note: when you click the link for Facebook, you’ll go to our Facebook page. You won’t see Mass start until just before 11a. There’s not a way to send a direct link for a future broadcast.
    • after the Facebook LIVE, we’ll post on YouTube. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel or come back here for the link when it’s posted. Subscribe to Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School’s YouTube Channel
  • 12n EF Mass (Latin Mass): (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook;  a link will be posted same day with the re-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
    • note: when you click the link for Facebook, you’ll go to our Facebook page. You won’t see Mass start until a few minutes prior to the start time. There’s not a way to send a direct link for a future broadcast.
    • after the Facebook LIVE, we’ll post on YouTube. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel or come back here for the link when it’s posted. Subscribe to Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School’s YouTube Channel
  • After 12n Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith (you can post your questions/comments to be answered)
    • wait inside our Facebook group after Mass! After Fr Smith has changed and put things away from Mass, he’ll do a LIVE chat where you can comment and he’ll reply live. This is a great opportunity for kids.
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • 8.15p CYO: if you’re in High School (9th-12th grade), join us for a fun chat on fellowship and formation with Stephanie & John Lasitter!  All are welcome, even if you’re new!
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 7a-10a, closed between 10a-2p, re-opened between 2p-7p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Saturday, 28 March:

  • Our Church is open for you to come between 7a-7p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Friday, 27 March:

Thursday, 26 March:

  • 9a Religious Education for Children: Maria Barontini shares a lesson on using your Bible (part 1 of a 2 part series) (click here)
  • 12n OF Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 9a-4p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Wednesday, 25 March:

  • 8.30a Message for Children from Fr Smith (click here)
  • 9a Rosary
  • 12n EF Mass (Latin Mass): (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith (posted in our Facebook group)
  • After Live Chat with Fr Smith, a Facebook Live with Principal Cunningham (click here for a re-broadcast)
  • 7p Women’s Group: All women are invited, even if you’ve never been before, to a virtual study by Blessed is She’s on the Rosary. This week, the discussion will be on the 5th glorious mystery, The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
  • 7.30p: Even if you’ve never joined Fraternus, boys in 6th-12th grade are invited to a virtual Wednesday night Frat Night!
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 9a-4p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Tuesday, 24 March: 

  • 9a Religious Education for Children: Maria Barontini shares a lesson on using your Bible (part 1 of a 2 part series) (click here)
  • 12n OF Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook; re-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 9a-4p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Monday, 23 March:

  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 9a-4p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Sunday, 22 March:

  • 9a Religious Education: Maria Barontini shares a lesson for children on how to pick a Bible (watch)
  • 11a OF Mass: (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • Blessing of Expectant Mothers: watch here
  • 12n EF Mass (Latin Mass): (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith (you can post your questions/comments to be answered)
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • 8.15p CYO: if you’re in High School (9th-12th grade), join us for a fun chat on fellowship and formation with Stephanie & John Lasitter!  All are welcome, even if you’re new!
  • Our Church is open for you to come between 7a-10a & 1.30p-7p today! Limit 10 people at a time.

Saturday, 21 March: 

  • Happy Birthday to Sarah Smith, parish school teacher!
  • 12n Mass (OF) (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith (you can post your questions/comments to be answered)
  • 1p-ish Stations of the Cross with Benediction led by Dcn Gus (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • 7p Rosary: Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • Church is open 7a-12p & 2.30p-7p [closed 12-2.30p]

Friday, 20 March:

  • 10a: Storytime with Principal Cunningham (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook;  re-broadcast on YouTube with link posted later that day)
  • 12n: Mass in Extrordinary Form/Latin Mass (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebookre-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • After Mass: Live Facebook Chat with Fr Smith:
    • wait inside our Facebook group after Mass! After Fr Smith has changed and put things away from Mass, he’ll do a LIVE chat where you can comment and he’ll reply live. This is a great opportunity for kids.
  • 7p: Join in praying a rosary with your parish family! Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), someone will volunteer to lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).

Thursday, 19 March:

Wednesday, 18 March:

  • 12n: Mass in Ordinary Form (presented LIVE broadcast on Facebook; re-broadcast on YouTube); our virtual collection basket (totally hygienic!)
  • 6p: Join in praying a rosary together! Share your intentions (briefly, if desired), 2 folks will lead each decade and the rest will be asked to stay on mute (minor delays mess with the cadence).
  • 7p: Women’s Study: All women are invited, even if you’ve never been before, to a virtual study by Blessed is She’s on the Rosary. This week, the discussion will be on the 4th glorious mystery, The Assumption!
  • 7.30p: Even if you’ve never joined Fraternus, boys in 6th-12th grade are invited to a virtual Wednesday night Frat Night!

Tuesday, 17 March

Financially Supporting Your Parish

Financially Supporting Your Parish

Just like you, our parish & school expenses continue despite our local shutdown. Your generosity in financially supporting your parish is greatly appreciated! Here’s how to do so during this time of suspended public Mass:

  1. drop off your offertory in our mailbox: on the side of Parish House (formerly Croghan Hall) that faces the school is a mailbox (at the covered doors to Parish House). Fr Smith recorded a video of how to use it. There are also instructions physically on the mailbox.
  2. mail it to us: 1209 Brushy Creek Rd, Taylors South Carolina 29687
  3. donate online using one-time or recurring using this link
  4. setup EFT (electronic funds transfer) with our bookkeper by calling Mark Pulley at 864.331.3907 or emailing him at bookkeeper@princeofpeacetaylors.org
Campus Update due to Novel Coronavirus

Campus Update due to Novel Coronavirus

Keep watch on this post for any/all updates related to our parish and school and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Update 24 March 2020 –

Bishop Guglielmone’s Letter on Holy Week Mass

From the Parish School: In Person Learning Closed at Parish School thru 30 April

Based on recommendations from public health, state, and local leadership that support the safety of individuals in our communities, the Catholic Schools Office has decided to extend the suspension of in-person classes at our school and all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charleston through April 30. We will, however, observe Spring Break as was planned in our school calendar (close 12n on 9 April; re-open 20 April).  This will give both you and your child(ren) a break from the demands of online learning and allow you some family time free from lessons and homework

Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to partner with you in ensuring the learning and growth of every child, and this effort will continue as we all work together in providing an excellent Catholic education to our students. Please know the Catholic Schools Office continues to support us and remains fully committed to strengthening school communities possible and upholding the enduring mission of formation of the whole child.

If you have any questions or need assistance with our distance learning model, feel free to email me (principal@popcatholicschool.org) to schedule a time for a phone call.

Our faculty, staff and administrators will continue to pray for you and for your children during these challenging days.  We ask that you keep us and our entire school community in your prayers.

Steve Cunningham, Principal

Update 16 March 2020 at 5.45p

  • Bishop Guglielmone and the College of Consultors just met to review our duties in this time of public health emergency, and based on that conversation, the Bishop’s decision is as follows:
    Effective through the end of Wednesday 1 April 2020, no sacramental or other liturgical celebrations are to take place anywhere in the Diocese of Charleston. This means that all Masses and scheduled Confessions are to be canceled. Any baptisms scheduled in the next sixteen days should be rescheduled. All quinceaneras must be canceled or rescheduled. All funerals and weddings are to be celebrated privately with just the immediate family present. Perpetual adoration is to be stopped. All regularly scheduled parish activities should stop until further notice. All scheduled penance services must be canceled, and there are to be no Communion calls at hospitals, nursing homes, or private homes until further notice.
    The sole exception to this policy is the celebration of the final sacraments for those in danger of death.
    Parish churches should remain open during normal hours (9a-4p M-Th, 9a-1p F) so that people can come to pray. Prince of Peace Catholic Church will broadcast a Mass at noon daily. Details will follow.
    Bishop Guglielmone and the College of Consultors will meet again in two weeks on Monday 30 March to review the situation and make a determination then about what comes next.

Update 15 March 2020 at 6.30p

  • Prince of Peace Catholic School will be shutting down campus operations effective immediately, and going through 31 March.  This is in keeping with the expectations set forth by the Governor of South Carolina and the Diocese of Charleston. Learn more here.
  • The parish & school offices are closed to the public through 31 March. Parish staff will be available by email.
  • Mass & Confessions are happening on our regular schedule. Compline on 22 & 29 March  & Stations of the Cross on 20 & 27 March are cancelled.
  • FHC/Confirmation Confession is postponed (originally scheduled 26 March). Maria Barontini will follow up with a new schedule for confessions for School children during the School day in April, and RE children at another time.
  • Adoration Chapel ends Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 8p tonight, 15 March, after Compline, until further notice.  The Chapel will remain open, and we ask that those who can still come at their hour.
  • There will be no RE, sports activities, meetings, or Adult Religious Education sessions in any building on campus from 16-31 March.
  • RCIA will meet. Check with Angela Calabro!
  • Appointments with Fr Smith will be rescheduled for the week of 1 April or after Easter. Check with Maria Rauch.
  • Baptisms will still take place as scheduled.
  • Call the emergency line (866.456-2956) for a medical emergency that necessitates a priest.
  • Contact Alan Reed for the choir schedule.
  • The church will be open daily.
  • Give online, rather than with cash/checks. Set it up here!

Update 15 March 2020 at 3.30p

  • CYO is cancelled for 15 & 22 March (contact John & Stephanie Lasitter with questions)

Update 13 March 2020 at 8.28p

  • Confirmation Retreat on Saturday, 14 March is postponed (no new date announced, yet). Questions? Contact Maria Barontini.
  • Religious Education classes are cancelled on Sunday, 15 March (previously cancelled for other reasons on 22 March)

Update on 13 March 2020 at 2:58p

  • At all Masses this weekend, we’ll pray the Prayers in the time of Pestilence. We’re printing copies for everyone to follow along.
  • On pg 8 in our bulletin is a cross you may cut out and place over your threshold approved in 1575 by the fathers of the Council of Trent as protection against the plague
  • If you are concerned about receiving Communion on the tongue, please consider making a Spiritual Communion instead. 
  • Please make regular use of Spiritual Communion and take additional time for prayer above all. No matter what your day is like, Jesus can help make it better, or at least more bearable, if you ask him for His help and guidance in prayers such as this one, composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. 
  • Bishop Guglielmone has given a dispensation for THIS weekend for those immunocompromised or uncomfortable. As ALWAYS, those who are sick/symptomatic/contagious are dispensed.
  • We’ll continue to follow our guidelines posted on 28 February with the addition of emptying Holy water fonts and discouraging use of hymnals.
  • The collection basket will not be passed along pews – it will be located at convenient spots around the Church.
  • Our St Joseph’s Feast Day Mass, Procession & Potluck has been cancelled on 19 March
  • Our parish school children have been sent home with materials should the State of SC deem it necessary to shutdown schools. We remain ready to continue teaching online. If it should come to this and there are any circumstances that prevent your child from completing their classwork, rest assured that we will take care of everything once we return to school
  • Our 10a Sunday, 15 March Mass will be recorded for subsequent viewing
  • If you or a parishioner you know is in need of support from their parish family, message us privately. Isolation carries health risks and we want to be sure everyone is safe, healthy and supported. There are parishioners already stepping up to be a source of support (need a phone call? need help getting groceries?).
16 March 2020, Letter from our Pastor

16 March 2020, Letter from our Pastor

16 March AD 2020

My dear people,

On Ash Wednesday I challenged us as a spiritual home to simplify and unify for Lent.  Three weeks into Lent, and a significant part of the world is watching and waiting for COVID-19 to pass us by.  I know many of you are seized by anxiety about what this means, and what the future will be like on the other end of this crisis.  But St John reminds us, Perfect love casts out all fear.  Maybe the Lord has permitted this scourge so we can all simplify and unify.  Staying at home and avoiding the world is forcing us all into the interior of our domestic churches.  We are all being detached from much in this world that is not Love.  At the same though, compassion and kindness haven’t been cancelled, and we can be powerful forces to unify others by perfecting our love and dispelling fear.

I can’t tell you how saddened I am by the closure of our churches from public worship.  I know that the Mass is still the perfect form of worship no matter how many are there for you.  At least for the foreseeable future, your guardian angels are going to be taking your places in the pews as I ascend Calvary each day to offer the Sacrifice of Redemption.  You will be worshiping at the altar of your domestic church, but you will still be united with me at the altar of your parish church.  Last Sunday, I preached, “Jesus is not going to bring you to it, if he’s not going to bring you through it.”  He is inviting us to a Eucharistic Fast in the midst of a Lenten desert.  We haven’t chosen this, but if Providence is guiding us to this extraordinary moment, He knows what it is about.  Trust Him!

The Church has been living through a particularly dark period.  Confusion over faith and morals, persecution of Christians, the abuse crisis.  There is much darkness in our world and our Church.  But this is a time for us to be heroic in our abandonment to the task at hand, which is to watch, wait and pray.  Let us not lose this opportunity by frittering it away, but seize every moment of this unique Lent to expand our hearts in love and offer this time as a sacrifice in reparation for the sins of the world.

I don’t know whether we will be celebrating Easter together as a parish family or not, that remains yet to be determined.  But I do know one thing.  The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.7).  We may not be having public Mass or confessions in the church, but our loving Father God is not bound to those hallowed walls.  He is with you and me, and is particularly close now that our hope must be in Him!

If there is a medical emergency and danger of death for you or a loved one, please call the Emergency Line at 866.456.2956.  If you, or someone you love, just need to talk and have a word of encouragement, please send me an email to frsmith@princeofpeacetaylors.org with a phone number to call and I will reach out.  Keep up with our social media because I will hopefully be able to stream Mass and other opportunities for prayer, and we can unite simply together in a different way.  I can’t wait to join all of you together around the altar again.  Until then, let us keep calm and carry on.  Pray for those who are sick and for those who care for them, and for those who maintain all those essential services that are so important.  We are all links in a chain of glorious humanity, redeemed in Christ.  May this retreat into a Eucharistic Fast this very different Lent till the soil of our hearts for the showers of blessing the Risen Son will bestow upon us soon, and very soon!

Love and prayers,

Father Christopher Smith, STD

Pastor