Sunday, August 28, 2022


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rcg said...

Do you know about the history and architecture of this parish?

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

rcg - The land was bought and the church building erected while my friend, Fr. Greg West, was pastor. The development of Del Webb's Sun City/Hilton Head (really Bluffton) necessitated the building of a new church. Now there's a grade school in the parish and a diocesan high school nearby.

The community was orig served by St. Andrew's chapel. The Pinckney family was the main catholic presence in that area. They have a long, long history in South Carolina reaching back to Colonial days. From their website "In 1867 or 1868 Eustace Bellinger Pinckney, his wife Daisy (Mary Martha), and their children moved from Walterboro, SC to Porcher (por-SHAY) Plantation (Pinckney Colony). They were the only Catholic family in the area.

From 1915-1932 St. Mary's in the Woods, a simple wooden structure built by the Pinckneys and which stood on what is now the chapel yard, was the location of Catholic worship.

By 1928 Father Linehan established Camp St. Mary's, a religious vocation school at Pinckney Point, the end of Pinckney Colony Road. The priests of the Diocese and the diocesan order of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy provided instruction to area children.

On April 10, 1932 St. Andrew Catholic Church was dedicated by Bishop Emmet M. Walsh of Charleston. Monies for the construction of the church were donated by Mrs. Andrew (Wilhemina) Wegman in memory of her husband, a prosperous printer from Rochester, NY.

The architecture of the current church is basic and functional, with a slightly Spanish look although without the clay tile roof. It was dedicated in 2000.

rcg said...

Thank you, Father. It looked modern, but I understood the parish to be older than the building looks. That explains it.

ByzRus said...

Really a nice church. I would like attending here. I enjoyed your reflection. If I'm not mistaken, and sitting next to the deacon, looks like you have a nice tan going.

Curiously, why would the Deacon have left the chalice veil on the credence table? I'm not being critical, just curious.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

When visiting I don’t change things but many quirks.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Byz - Maybe because there is no reason for it to be placed on the altar...?

ByzRus said...

Fr. MJK,

You are correct, I'm unaware of a reason for it to rest on the altar unused. I've seen this done before and just wondered why as, to me, it seems a bit counterintuitive relative to how it was and continues to be treated by many within the presbyterate.

There was no sin committed, the sacrament wasn't invalidated and likely many other things are of much greater importance.