1633 Waverly Road | Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 237-3428


Precious Blood

Pawleys Island

General Dispensation from Attending Mass to End


General Dispensation
from Attending Mass to End


May 2021

My Dear Brothers and
Sisters in Christ,

The time will soon
come when we may return to public worship without fear of the coronavirus,
and so effective June 5, when we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the
general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will end.
Individual dispensation, for those who are still at risk of grave illness
and for their caretakers, will remain in place. These include but are not
limited to caring for the sick, homebound, or infirm, those who exhibit
flu-like symptoms or who are in the high-risk category.

We closed our
churches and schools in March 2020 because it was the responsible thing to
do, and it was important to follow local, state, and national health
ordinances. We were able to resume public worship with safety precautions
in place in May, and our Catholic schools opened for in-person instruction
in the fall. We have learned how to live with this virus and to find a way
through it together.

I am grateful to all
of you for the patience and generosity you demonstrated during this
difficult year, and it is our goal to make public worship accessible to
everyone while still providing options for distancing and safety. Because
we will be dealing with it for many years to come, it is important for
everyone 12 year of age or older receive the vaccinations which are now
available, both for the health of our communities and our shared life in
the faith.

It is not sinful in
any way to receive any of the three COVID-19 vaccines. As Catholics, we
attend Mass to gather as a community that believes in Christ Jesus, and
especially to receive our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. It is the source
and summit of the Christian faith and life.

I pray that you and
your family will be restored and nourished by returning to the Table of the
Lord. Please pray for your priests who have worked so diligently throughout
this pandemic and know that my prayers remain with you and your families.

In the Lord’s Peace,

Most Reverend Robert
E. Guglielmone,
Bishop of Charleston

For additional
details on dispensations, please visit charlestondiocese.org/returning-to-the-table

Note: At PBOC we will continue to offer safe seating with masks required in
our chapel and choir loft for weekend Masses.



Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church | 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys
Island, SC 29585