Parish News


Masses to Resume Beginning Friday, November 20.

posted Nov 17, 2020, 6:50 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church

Dear Church Family,
I am happy to write to you that starting on Friday November 20, 2020, Saint Mary will reopen to all parishioners, staff, and friends. As directed by the latest guidelines set forth by the CDC we are cleared to reopen. This will include Saint Mary Catholic Church and the office, Saint Mary Pantry, Social Concerns Outreach, and all activities and meetings at these locations.
The date for reopening is November 20.
Holy Mass will resume November 20 (Friday), and November 22 (Sunday)
In accordance with the CDC and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the person with COVID has passed their incubation period and those who have been identified as a "close contact" have received personal notification with further instructions. Unless you have been otherwise notified, you have NOT been identified as a close contact and do NOT need to quarantine at home or to be tested. A “close contact” is someone who was within 6 feet of the individual for at least 15 minutes beginning two days before the individual tested positive or began showing symptoms.
Please continue to monitor each day for symptoms of COVID-19 which could include fever, loss of taste or smell, headache, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, body aches, and/or nausea. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Additional resources and information can be found at:
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Saint Mary Catholic Church.
In Christ,
Fr. Agustín Guzmán, C.O.

Pray for Repose of Soul of Sherman Walker

posted Aug 17, 2020, 7:59 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church

Sherman Walker, son-in-law of Deacon Marcene and Sabrina Emmett was killed in an auto accident, Sunday, August 9, 2020. Please pray for the repose of his soul, and the comfort of his wife, Sherri and Deacon Marcene and Sabrina.

Approved Budget for 2020-2021

posted Aug 3, 2020, 11:06 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church

Fr. Agustín Guzmán has approved the upcoming budget. Click here is a copy of it you can view.

Beware of New Scam

posted May 18, 2020, 8:51 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church

I just got an email from supposedly Fr. Agustín Guzmán, but it is not really him. This person is asking for ebay gift for the benefit of some ladies suffering from COVID-19. It is an email similar to his, but not really his. Email was That is NOT Father's email. You can see his real email id under Committees->Parish Staff, or on the front of the bulletin.

Guidlines for Church Re-opening

posted May 13, 2020, 6:29 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church   [ updated May 14, 2020, 8:34 AM ]

  • Sunday Mass will resume with limited restrictions on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
  • There will be both an 8 am and 10 am Mass.
  • Friday Daily Mass will resume on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:30 am.
  • The 9 am live streaming will now be replaced with live streaming of the 10 am Mass.

Essential personal:
• Priest, Deacons, Musician (1), Lector (1), Ushers (2), Maintenance

Attendees: 25% of church building capacity
• Parishioners- Total number allowed 75.
• Guests- Total number allowed 25.

Maintain at least six feet of separation at all times (entering, sitting, Communion procession, leaving)

Entrance and Exit of church building:
• Only one entry and exit of church will be allowed.
• The entrance will be the double doors facing the Saint Martin de Porres statue.
• The exit will be the double doors facing the bell of the church.

Entrance and Exit of church worship space:
• Before Mass entrance will take place through the right door and the door will be propped open.
• When Mass begins the entrance door will be closed.
• When Mass ends, each row will be escorted by usher to exit church through the designated exit door.

Guidelines during Mass
• No liturgical aids will be distributed at Mass.
• Every other pew cordoned off (when sitting in pew adhere to social distancing).
• Only families may sit closely together.
• No sharing of the Sign of Peace.
• No holding of hands.
• No procession of gifts.
• When receiving Communion:

o Single file line and maintain a distance of 6 feet from the person in front. Marking will be placed on the floor.
o Strongly recommend that Holy Communion be received in the hand.
o A hand sanitizing table stand will be designated in the church.

• Collection box for offertory will be placed on the back center wooden table as you enter and exit church.
• A table near the back light switches as you enter the church will have disinfectants and cleaning supplies readily available.

Additional guidelines
• No social gatherings before or after Mass, e.g. coffee and donuts.
• No entering or exiting of undesignated locations. 
• COVID-19 entrance display flyer posted on Entrance of church. 
• If parishioners have protective masks, it is strongly encouraged that they wear them.

Priest and Deacons
• Limit activities to the sacraments only.
• No procession of the offertory gifts of bread and wine should take place. They will be brought forward from a credence table in the sanctuary.
• Remove holy water from the holy water fonts.
• On the sanctuary ensure social distancing is maintained.
• Should not contact exposed skin.
• Communion under the Precious Blood is not to be offered at this time.
• Communion to the homebound remains suspended.

• Limit the number of people in the worship space to 25% of capacity of church building.
• Monitor Entrance, inside, and exiting of church that at least six feet of separation at all times.
• Place collection box on back table.
• Prop open door into church worship space.
• At the end of Mass exit each row and direct them towards the exit.

• Someone available before, during, and after Mass to sanitize church, per CDC guidelines.
• Ensure proper cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the church after each Mass concludes, per CDC guidelines.
• Hand sanitizer at the church entrance and located inside of church.
• Put markings on the floor to guide people on proper distancing guidelines when going up to receive Communion.
• Cordon off every other pew.
• Removal of all hymnal and liturgical aids from church pews and put in flower room.
• Have disinfectants and cleaning supplies readily available on a table near the back light switches. 
• Cordon off water fountains. 
• Notification/Signage for Bathrooms.


Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston Guidelines for Resumption of Mass

Watch our Live Mass on Facebook

posted Apr 15, 2020, 8:17 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church   [ updated May 22, 2020, 5:30 AM ]

This Sunday, May 17, 2020 we will do live streaming of Mass from St. Mary at 10:00 am. Later that day it will be also posted on YouTube and seen in our Video page. This will replace the previous 9:00 am live streaming. Our Facebook page is:

Message from the Pastor - 3-30-2020

posted Mar 30, 2020, 9:02 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church

A message from Fr. Agustín Guzmán, C.O., Pastor of St. Mary regarding the current COVID-19 crisis.

YouTube Video

Bishop Closes All Churches in Diocese

posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:00 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church   [ updated May 14, 2020, 8:36 AM ]

Pastor's Message to the St. Mary Church on March 30, 2020 regarding this COVID-19 crisis:

YouTube Video

Due to health concerns regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and for the safety of the people, Bishop Robert Guglielmone has officially closed all churches in the Diocese of Charleston, which means all of South Carolina. Therefore, there will be no Masses, daily or on Sunday, no Stations of the Cross, public Rosaries, or other church gatherings. All are canceled until further notice.

Click here to see the Bishop's letter.

St. Mary Catholic Church will re-open for Mass on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Please see the following for the restrictions and guidelines for the limited reopening by clicking here. The Friday daily Mass will not start until Friday, May 22, 2020.

To see online Masses:

If you are unable to attend Mass because of being ill or quarantined, remember we have videos of our St. Mary Masses available by Sunday evening, but it does not include the full Mass. Here is a list of other sites that have live viewing of Masses:

St. Mary will be broadcasting live on Facebook at 10:00 am on Sundays. Later that evening, the taped version will be available in our Videos page. See the live streaming on Facebook at:

The Diocese of Charleston will be livestreaming from the Chapel of the Holy Family. 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: Daily Mass Monday through Saturday at 8:30 am.
    Stations of the cross, Fridays at 3 pm.
    Sunday Mass with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at 11 am (English) and 12:30 pm (Espaniol).

Various Catholic Masses:
St. Mary's in Greenville: Sunday at 11 am
St. Michael in Garden City: Sunday at 9 & 11 am
EWTN broadcasts Mass on its television network

Rita Smith went to the Lord

posted Oct 7, 2019, 10:17 AM by St. Mary Catholic Church   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 6:47 PM ]

Rita Smith, long time parishioner at St. Mary, known often as the "Flower Lady" went home to the Lord Sunday night, October 6, 2019 due to a heart attack. Our prayers for comfort go out to her husband, Reed and all the rest of her family. She had organized the Anniversary Mass, one of which was just a week ago, on September 28th. She loved our parish and was most active. Rita, we will miss you. We pray you are having a grand time in the arms of our Savior, what we are all looking forward to ourselves.

UPDATE: Rita's funeral will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rock Hill. She will be interned following that and a repast after that held at the Brother David Boone Fellowship Hall at St. Mary.

Dedication of Brother David Boone Fellowship Hall

posted Jul 7, 2019, 3:13 PM by St. Mary Catholic Church

July 7, 2019 we had the re-dedication of the St. Martin de Porres Chapel and the dedication of the Brother David Boone Fellowship Hall. This following video is a slideshow presentation done during the reception following the dedication and Mass. It is a history of St. Mary Catholic Church and Brother David Boone.

YouTube Video

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