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February 2009



February 25, 2009 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.

ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 60th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.



Fasting has long served a role in the Catholic Church, drawing upon the example that Jesus himself set. In Matthew’s Gospel (4:1-2) Jesus went out into the desert, fasting for forty days and forty nights to prepare for the trials ahead of Him. Early Christians fasted as a means of gaining forgiveness for their sins, usually for the few days leading to Easter. It was not until the fourth century that Lent lasted forty days in memory of Christ’s days in the desert and fasting for that period became a Christian obligation. Following Vatican II, the rules for fasting in the Roman Catholic Church changed to what believers follow today.


The importance of fasting in a Catholic’s life is two-fold. The act of denial involved in fasting is a form of penance, a pathway for the sinner to seek forgiveness. But it is also an opportunity to grow closer to God, providing grace and strengthening a relationship with Him through discipline and prayer. Fasting can help quiet the mind and heart and allow God to speak.


The Catholic Church requires Eucharistic fasting and Lenten fasting. The Eucharistic fasting refers to the hour before Communion when those who wish to receive the Body and Blood of Christ must refrain from food and drink (except water). The Lenten fasting refers to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On those days, Catholics are expected to eat one regular meal and two lighter meals, as well as not eat between those meals.


According to the general law of the Church, Catholics from the age of 14 years to 60 years are obliged to fast on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. Any Catholic receiving Eucharist is obliged to follow the one hour fast. Pregnant women and people who are ill are not required to fast. If a Catholic has any other compelling reason precluding fasting, he or she is encouraged to speak to a priest. At no time should any Catholic fast to the point of physical endangerment. During Lent, Catholics are also encouraged to fast in ways other than limiting food. For example, a Catholic could fast from excessive gossiping or complaining to form a deeper relationship with Christ.


Catholics often confuse the act of fasting with the practice of abstinence. These forms of denial are completely different. Fasting usually refers to the limited consumption of food. Abstinence is not eating meat (pork, beef, or chicken). Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Though the Church has relaxed the rules of fasting, deliberately choosing not to follow this Lenten precept is still considered a grave sin.

Knights of Columbus Council 10334 LENTEN FISH FRYS

will begin again on Friday, February 27th from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The menu offerings are fried or broiled fish, hush puppies, coleslaw, green beans, meatless spaghetti, shrimp ‘n’ grits, salad, and bread. The Ladies Club will also sell desserts. Come out and support the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies of St. Joseph. (Half of the profits made by the Knights at the Fish Frys is returned to the parish.)


“Hello. While visiting some friends in Charleston a few weeks ago, I attended your 8 a.m. Mass for the Baptism of the Lord. Your sanctuary was beautifully simple and your Mass was lovely. The priest and congregation were very welcoming. In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve ever been to a friendlier church. I’ll be sure to come again next time I am in town. Thanks for making such a special place for worship. Greg Collins, Lehigh Valley, PA.”

Thank you to all our parishioners for the warmth and friendship they extend to our visitors and our own members



Father Gabe, Deacon Tom and Linda Baranoski will teach a Catholic faith refresher series for adults during Lent.

If you haven’t had any formal Catholic education since Confirmation or since you left Catholic school or you’ve been out of touch with the changes in the Church, this may be for you! There is no required registration. Attend all the classes or only those that interest you. The classes will be offered from 7-8 p.m. each Thursday starting February 26th in the Family Life Center.

Invite your family or friends who may have been away from the Church. Everyone is welcome!

Call Linda at 556-4611 ext 104 or email her at if you have any questions.

Series Schedule

February 26th: The Sacraments

March 5th: The Sanctity of marriage; divorced Catholics; annulments

March 12th: Grace, sin and reconciliation

March 19th: The Mass - the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist

March 26th: Why Do Catholics Do What They Do?

Rituals, gestures, and devotions.


Postal Service Makes It Easier to Send

Care Packages to Soldiers

The US Postal Service has made it easier to get packages to the troops. In fact, if you’re sending a package to a service-member overseas, the Postal Service has made it even easier.

Using the Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box (12"x12"x5.5"), you can ship a package to an APO or FPO address, you’ll pay $10.95 - a $2 military discount from the Postal Service. The large flat-rate boxes are free. You can get these boxes from your post office, online through, or by calling 1-800-610-8734.


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.


Catholic Radio in South Carolina

WCKI 1300 AM in the Upstate

WQIZ 810 AM in the Lowcountry

Listen online at

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

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

Catholic Radio: Mediatrix SC, Inc., Catholic radio in South Carolina, will join the more than 140 Catholic radio stations in the United States, September 26-28 for the national Catholic Radiothon sponsored by the Catholic Radio Association to get pledges and donations to continue this effort. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 905, Greer, SC or call toll free 866-263-1700. You can listen to Catholic radio 24 hours a day on the website at or WQIZ 810-AM from 6:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.


Know someone whois interested in the Catholic faith? Invite them to check out the RCIA process.

RCIA is the process through which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic faith community.

Is the RCIA for me? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, RCIA may be for you!

• Are you an unbaptized person?

• A person interested in learning about the Catholic faith?

• Baptized in another faith tradition?

• Baptized as Catholic, but was never confirmed or received First Holy Communion.

Anyone wishing to become part of this process, please contact Linda at 556-4611 ext. 104 or email

Inquiry classes will take place on August 21st and 28th at 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

(Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) If interested in becoming a Catholic or learning more about your faith, contact Linda @ 556-4611 for more information - also:

Please see the Religious Education Page.


You probably know that this 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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