World War I Centennial Remembrance: Bells of Peace

This Sunday, 11 November 2018, at 11.00AM, we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Corpus Christi Catholic Community and St Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church will join others across Charleston and across the United States in ringing our bells 21 times in solemn remembrance of the sacrifice and service of veterans of World War I. Tolling of bells is the traditional way to mark someone’s passing. On special national occasions, bells are tolled in honor of the fallen. In the war, 116,516 Americans died and over 200,000 were wounded.

11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour
(Armistice 100)
—Mary-Patrice Woehling

10:59. The seconds slowly trudge
Over the top of the eleventh hour
When shells and whiz bangs cease their lethal shower;
We hold our breath and watch the minute budge.
The church bells peal in joy, but time will judge
If this is lasting peace or brooding power.
On monuments crepe paper poppies flower;
What winds will fan the embers of this grudge?
In cold November, roses wither fast
In Picardy. Bare stalks in Flanders fields
Give way to frost where once the poppy yield
Was blood-splattered vermillion. Will peace last?
If only for this moment, we are blest.
The war is finished. Consummatum est.


Ordinariate Missal: People's Edition

CTS Books is publishing a People's Edition of the Sunday Missal which includes the Ordinariate form of the Mass and the Revised Standard Version (2nd Catholic Edition) of the Lectionary. The currently anticipated release date is 14 December. 

Priced at £29.95, each book normally has an additional cost of £10 for shipping from the UK. Corpus Christi is working with the publisher on a significant discount for shipping costs for a bulk order. 

If you plan on purchasing a copy of this book for yourself, please consider ordering through Corpus Christi so we can benefit from a reduced shipping cost. We'll publish purchasing information by Thanksgiving or so - watch this space!

Family Prayers of the Anglican Patrimony

Family Prayers of the Anglican Patrimony

For Children
O LORD Jesus Christ, who dost embrace children with the arms of thy mercy, and dost make them living members of thy Church; Give them grace, we pray thee, to stand fast in thy faith, to obey thy word, and to abide in thy love; that, being made strong by thy Holy Spirit, they may resist temptation and overcome evil, and may rejoice in the life that now is, and dwell with thee in the life that is to come; through thy merits, O merciful Saviour, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest one God, world without end.  Amen.

For Mothers
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, whose most dear Son was born of a woman: Grant thy merciful blessing to all mothers for whom we now pray, both those living in this world and those departed from this life. Especially, O Lord and Father of us all, grant the requests we now make of thee for our own beloved mothers and pour upon them, we beseech thee, the dew of thy grace that they may always be honoured of their children and kept precious in thy sight, even as the Holy Mother of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For Fathers
O HEAVENLY Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and earth is named, and who hast commanded us to honour our mortal fathers; Bless, we beseech thee all Christian fathers, and give to them the spirit of wisdom and love; that their homes may be an image of thy kingdom, and the care of their families a likeness of their love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Mass Schedule Announced

 image: All Saints by Fra Angelico

image: All Saints by Fra Angelico

All Saints Day, Thursday, 1 November 2018
Holy Day of Obligation
Holy Mass:
8.00AM Divine Worship
6.00PM Roman Missal

All Souls Day, Friday, 2 November 2018
Holy Mass:
12.00PM Roman Missal
6.00PM Divine Worship

To add names of the faithfully departed for whose repose the All Souls Day Masses will be offered, submit them here or call the St Mary church office at 843.722.7696.

Letter from Fr. Allen from the annual clergy assembly - October 25, 2018



Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham and our Ordinariate Chancery in Houston, where I am attending the annual clergy assembly of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. The days are full of meetings, but also well seasoned with fellowship and prayer. As our diocese spans the continent, it is good to have this opportunity to see our bishop (who sends his greetings!) and my brother priests in the Ordinariate. Yesterday we had a beautiful choral evensong, for which we were joined by Archbishop Christoph Pierre, the papal nuncio (the Pope's personal representative) to the United States - a great honor for us and a reminder that the Ordinariates continue to have notice and care at the highest levels of the universal Church.

I can report to you that we continue to grow numbers, in ministry, and in spiritual vibrancy - indeed, the growth we have seen at Corpus Christi in the last year is being experienced across the Ordinariate. While here, we are having "business" meetings (administrative policies, safe environment guidelines, etc) and also conferences facilitated by the St John Paul II Foundation on ministry to families. We are also eating a lot.

Good as it is to be here, I look forward to returning home to my family and to seeing all of you at Mass on Sunday. Please remember this Sunday is also our monthly Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - do come and pray with us.

Thursday, November 1st, is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation. Masses will be celebrated 8AM and 6PM.

Friday, November 2nd, is All Souls' Day, with Masses at 12PM and 6PM. Please see below for information about submitting names of loved ones to be remembered at these Masses. 

God bless you,
Fr Allen

U.S. Bishops Will Gather for Seven Days of Prayer and Reflection at Invitation of Pope Francis

U.S. Bishops Will Gather for Seven Days of Prayer and Reflection at Invitation of Pope Francis

October 23, 2018
WASHINGTON— At the invitation of Pope Francis, the Bishops of the United States will gather for a spiritual retreat set to take place at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The bishops will gather in prayer and unity for seven days, from January 2-8, as brothers in the Episcopacy.

“The Holy Father has kindly offered the preacher to the Papal Household, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., to serve as the retreat director as we come together to pray on the intense matters before us. For this, I am grateful,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “I am also grateful to Cardinal Blase Cupich for his kind offer to use the campus of Mundelein Seminary as the location for this retreat.”

The announcement comes after Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo met with the Pope earlier this month as part of a regularly scheduled Curia visit. The retreat takes place as the U.S. bishops continue their work to address the current U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis. In September, the U.S. bishops Administrative Committee announced an action plan including a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops, and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse.

[This news release was originally published on the USCCB website]

Letter from Fr. Allen - October 11, 2018



Dear Friends,

Time flies! Here we are in the middle of October, though we are still dodging hurricanes and if autumn has arrived the humidity hasn't gotten the news. But November will soon be here and with it the great feasts of the Church Triumphant and Expectant. You will see notices for both All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day below. I remind you that All Saints' is a Holy Day of Obligation.

As a happy prelude to All Saints' Day and a reminder of the joy and comfort of the saints' intercession and companionship, this Sunday brings the canonization in Rome of six blesseds. They are:

  • Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini), Supreme Pontiff;

  • Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, archbishop of San Salvador, martyr;

  • Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament;

  • Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest;

  • Maria Katharina Kasper, virgin, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ;

  • Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesús (née: Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa), founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.

Get to know these dear saints!

All Souls', while not obligatory, is an important and sweet day as well, as we pray for the repose of our faithful departed loved ones. To submit names of loved ones to be remembered at All Souls' Day Masses, please do so on the form here. May God grant them rest!

God bless you,
Fr Allen

[Editor’s note: You can watch the canonizations of the six Blesseds live Sunday morning, 14 October 2018, starting at 3.30AM Eastern time on EWTN. An encore will air at 12.00 noon. This article details more ways to find live and encore broadcasts of the canonization Mass. ]


The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Prayers of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Opening prayers

1. While holding a rosary, make the Sign of the Cross.
2. On the first small bead, recite the Our Father
3. On the second small bead, recite the Hail Mary.
4. On the third small bead, recite the Apostles’ Creed.

For Each Decade

1. On the large beads, recite:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
2. On the ten small beads, recite: 
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Concluding Prayer

Recite three times: 
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Hurricane Michael Updates

This information is up to date as of 5.16PM on 9 October 2018:

  • Wednesday School for October 10 has been cancelled due to Hurricane Michael.

A note from Fr Allen:


Due to expected adverse weather and flooding conditions conditions associated with hurricane Michael, Wednesday School is cancelled this week. We will be back on track next Wednesday.

Please keep those in the Florida panhandle in your prayers.

Stay home and stay safe!
Fr. Allen

Letter from Our Seminarian


[This week I yield my space, a couple weeks late, to the epistolary eloquence of our seminarian, Robb Lester. Robb is studying at St Joseph's Abbey Seminary College in St Benedict, Louisiana. - Fr Allen]

Dear Fr Allen and Corpus Christi Family,

As I’m writing this Florence is rolling around off the coast trying to make up her mind where to go.  After just going through preparations a few weeks ago with Gordon, I understand the frustration of not knowing when and where these hurricanes go.  For us here at the abbey, we were lucky in that Gordon didn’t make it this far but we were prepared and well stocked with goldfish and other refreshments! I have offered prayers for all of you and ask St Scholastica to intercede for you. St Scholastica is St Benedict’s sister and is invoked against rain and storms.

It’s been a month or so since I arrived back at St. Ben's.  Mom and Dad helped me move back in and we all were able to take a side trip to Houston.  We attended mass at the cathedral with Bishop Lopes as celebrant and met up with a few of my seminarian brothers.  We dined with Bishop Lopes at his home. The bishop is not only a great shepherd who gives inspiring homilies but can cook a gourmet meal!  It was a wonderful evening to share with him and meet his mother, who is a delightful woman.

Classes have been the usual challenge, but I enjoy the opportunity to further my knowledge of the Church and continue my discernment process.  I must admit the recent scandal of abuses have shocked our community here at the seminary. As we have seen a small part of fatherhood, both spiritual and secular, has been affected, brotherhood and sonship must be protected. I know that our Blessed Mother will clean Holy Mother church by her authority as Queen of Heaven.  Please continue to pray for all seminarians, our formation directors and bishops and our Holy Father and that they who God has called to a holy priesthood will rightly and duly administer his holy word and be the fathers that the Church needs in these trying times. Please join with all in the Ordinariate Friday, 9/21 as we follow Bishop Lopes’ designation of this Ember day as a day of penance and fasting for the victims of abuse and for the Church’s healing.

I noted last year that I was the only one from the Ordinariate here at St Ben's. This year I have a brother seminarian who is part of the ordinariate. He, too, is learning that he has to do a little educating of those who do not know us.  It would have been helpful had Bishop Lopes had been able to come back the first week in September. He was to do our mass for the entire seminary and give a little background about us.  Gordon unfortunately had other plans! Tentatively, he is to come in December and show the beauty of our patrimony which is definitely a treasure to be shared.

All seniors have to participate in a mission trip for graduation requirements. Usual countries visited are in Central America, but I have been assigned to Ecuador.  We will leave in January for a few weeks to work with the locals there and share our common faith. Our faith doesn’t stop at the border, our faith doesn’t stop anywhere.  Where the poor and hungry are, Christ is still present.

I’m on several committees here, one being hospitality.  I am responsible for keeping rooms available for visitors in the hospitality hall thus making sure that Chapter 53 of The Rule of Saint Benedict is followed to always welcome guests and invite them to prayer.   I also have found myself on the Bonfire committee. Each November we have a joint venture with Notre Dame Seminary, not the famous Indiana one, but the major seminary in New Orleans! We host a day of flag football and fellowship and then light a bonfire that the men of St Ben's build on campus from trees on the property. It's a fun day just before we leave for Thanksgiving and I'm looking forward to the construction and to the demolition!

Below is our class picture.  We have about 150 young men discerning from all over the southern US.  I am constantly amazed that there are so many men in this day and age who want to give themselves to Christ and his Church.  Please pray for them and the monks and our lay instructors that their words will be God’s word and raise up an holy priesthood.

As always, you are in my prayers and I will offer up all of you to Our Lady when I go to Houston in a few days to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Please keep me in your prayers and I hope to see everyone at Thanksgiving.

In Christ's love,

The Rosary, Sub tuum praesidium, and the St Michael the Archangel prayer

 Image: Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints by Unknown Artist. Brooklyn Museum.

Image: Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints by Unknown Artist. Brooklyn Museum.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us!

Prayers in time of Spiritual Turbulence

October 7, which falls on Sunday this year, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which commemorates victory of the Holy League over invading Turks at the Battle of Lepanto. Pope St Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, after a campaign for the faithful throughout Europe to pray the rosary on the day of the battle. 

Pope Francis has asked all the faithful in this time of "spiritual turbulence" to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, and also the Marian prayer Sub tuum praesidium and the St Michael the Archangel prayer.

  • How to recite the Rosary (pdf).

  • Sub Tuum PraesidiumWe fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

  • Prayer to St. MichaelSaint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Franciscans return to Walsingham after 480 years

 Photo: Catholic Herald

Photo: Catholic Herald

Catholic Herald
Friday, 28 September 2018

‘We feel we’ve come home’: Franciscans return to Walsingham for first time in 480 years

The new community of Greyfriars comes amid a flourishing of vocations

Franciscan friars have returned to England’s national Marian shrine for the first time since the Reformation.
Three Greyfriars – members of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor – arrived at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in June.
Fr James Mary McInerney, the guardian of the community, said: “It’s a great joy for us. We feel we’ve come home.”
He and two other Franciscan priests will welcome pilgrims, hear Confessions and oversee a daily Holy Hour, as well as assist in the work of the shrine in whatever way is needed.
Franciscans first came to Walsingham in the 14th century. They ministered there for 201 years, looking after lepers and giving poor pilgrims a place to stay.
During that time the shrine became one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Europe, but in 1538 it was dissolved.
The Holy House was burned to the ground and the priory attached to it was left in ruins.
The site has never been restored....

[Read the whole article here]