Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Updated photos of pre-Vatican II and initial renovation, photo of glass frame photos:

 Celebrated Tuesday’s 12:15 Mass at Saint Gregory the Great in Bluffton at their original church, Saint Andrew’s Chapel for a little over 100 or so. Beautiful location,  kind of in the country but not really. Low tide at the marsh behind the chapel. The rectory is next to the old church. The new church is about 2 miles away. The parish is about 4,800 families. My diocese has nothing that large. 


Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

St Andrew's Chapel can be found at the following address: 220 Pinckney Colony Rd.

The Pinckney family has along, storied history in this part of South Carolina and in our nation's founding.

"Charles Pinckney (1699 – October 29, 1758) was a noted South Carolina politician and colonial agent. He was also the father of two candidates for Vice-President and President. For four presidential elections in a row, from 1796 to 1808, one of his sons would receive votes in the Electoral College. His son, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (February 25, 1746 – August 16, 1825) was an American Founding Father, statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention where he signed the United States Constitution. He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as its presidential candidate in 1804 and 1808, losing both elections."

The history of the family is here: "A Founding Family : the Pinckneys of South Carolina"
by Williams, Frances Leigh

rcg said...

These little chapels are interesting. This is interesting for being brick, which I think may be a response to the weather. How old is it?

TJM said...

Would love to see pictures of the original sanctuary

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

TJM, I can’t find a pre-Vatican II look to this chapel. There was no major renovation although the altar railing was removed and the free standing altar placed in front of the older but very plain or simple altar. The sanctuary is very tiny and there isn’t much room and this is exacerbated by the free standing altar, which is in the way. If it were removed and the ad orientem altar used and six tall candlesticks placed upon it, it would open things up and reenchant the sanctuary.

And that’s my mortal sin when I go to other churches, the fly in the ointment drives me crazy!

TJM said...

Thank you Father McDonald for your response. In my home town there was a parish with a very small sanctuary and the parish was poor so Mass remained ad orientem. Who would have thought poverty would have brought such liturgical riches!

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

There's a gray haired specter lurking in the upper left of that "before" picture.

TJM said...

The pre Vatican II sanctuary is superior in appearance. The post Vatican II arrangement is as ersatz as bishops and priests who support the Party of Death