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March 17, 2020: Update on events and cancellations

On Monday, March 16, the Bishop of Charleston announced that churches in the Diocese of Charleston will suspend public liturgical activities, including Masses, as a means of limiting the transmission of COVID-19 within our communities. This suspension began today at noon and will go through the end of the day April 1, 2020, subject to review on March 30, 2020.

This is not what we have hoped for, but we are grounded in the promise that Christ will always be with us.

Practically speaking, we want everyone to be aware of how this impacts day-to-day and special events here at Saint Peter's.

Please review the list below of events we know will be cancelled or postponed during this period of activity suspension (March 17 - April 1):

  • Public Masses:

  • Masses will daily be celebrated privately by our priests, but are not open to the public

  • We will live stream private Masses during this period to our Facebook page (

  • Daily Mass: 10 AM in English

  • *Change from earlier communication: the basilica will be open for private prayer Monday through Friday, 11 AM - 4:30 PM (instead of 8 AM - 4:30 PM, as previously communicated)

  • Each Sunday, we will live-stream 2 private Masses:

  • 10 AM: English

  • 12 PM: Spanish

  • Saturday afternoon Confessions: cancelled

  • Communion, confession and anointing visits to homebound, nursing homes and hospitals: postponed, with the exception of pastoral visits to those near death

  • Wednesday Lenten devotions (Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Benediction, soup supper): cancelled

  • Wednesday night youth and child religious education classes / catechesis / youth group: cancelled (classes scheduled to resume April 22nd)

  • Adult Christian formation classes and Bible studies: cancelled

  • Prayer groups (Centering Prayer and Spanish Prayer Group): cancelled

  • RCIA sessions: cancelled

  • Knight of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries: cancelled

  • March 18 MORE Justice meeting: cancelled

  • March 19 Stephen Ministers meeting: cancelled

  • March 19 Safety Committee Meeting: cancelled

  • March 21 Diocesan Young Adult Evangelization Retreat: cancelled

  • March 21 Family Fellowship event: cancelled

  • March 22 parish breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus: cancelled

  • March 23 First Reconciliation: cancelled

  • March 24 Young Adult Tapping Theology: cancelled

  • March 26 Outreach Ministry meeting: cancelled

  • March 28 First Communion Retreat: cancelled

  • March 28 Middle School Retreat: cancelled

  • March 29 Baptismal Preparation Workshop: cancelled

  • April 1 Lenten Penance service at Saint Peter's: cancelled

What we ask you to do:

  • Please continue to make your weekly financial offerings, even while you are away. Your support is critical to our ability to function always, and particularly as we work to adapt to these changes.

  • Give online

  • Text your offering to 803-281-3902. Text the dollar value of your gift and the fund you wish to support. Examples:

  • $100 for the Offertory: text 100 OFF

  • $100 for Preservation: text 100 PRES

  • Mail your offering to 1529 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

  • Pray for all whose health and livelihood are affected by the coronavirus and the life-altering measures taken to limit its transmission.

  • Send your prayer requests to; we will pray for you and we will forward your requests to our mighty e-prayer ministry.

  • Stay tuned to our communications:

  • Our website

  • Our Facebook page

  • These emails

  • And invite a friend to sign up at:

  • Use this time as an opportunity to deepen your faith. Limit your consumption of highly charged social media and instead, opt for quality Catholic content at our parish FORMED account for inspiration during this unusual Lenten season.

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