Monthly Archives: May 2016


Time – Talent – Treasure

“Whatever gift each of you may have received, use it in service to one another, like good stewards, dispensing the grace of God in it’s various forms” 1 Peter, 4:10

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse” Malachi 3:10

Stewardship acknowledges that all we have and all we are comes from God.  These gifts from God are provided to us as good stewards to use them wisely, justly, and in gratitude. Each of us must place our own gifts of time, talent and treasure at the service of one another and those in need.  St. Peter’s has many opportunities for parishioners to serve through it’s programs and ministries.

Stewardship Prayer

Almighty God, we give thanks for all that we have and all that we are. Most of all, we give thanks for the great gift of your Son, Jesus.  We pray that through a personal relationship with the Risen Christ our hearts will  be open to continued conversion in our lives.

We pray that we may be good stewards: that we will follow faithfully, serve joyfully, give generously, live responsibly and possess sensibly.

In gratitude for the abundant gifts you have so graciously given to us we return to you the first fruits of these gifts, through acts of service and by generously sharing all that You have entrusted to us.

Heavenly Father, by Your Holy Spirit, help us to be a gift to others, in Your name, so that when our time on earth is through, we may be welcomed into your heavenly kingdom and hear you say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

RCIA: An Invitation to Learn More about the Catholic Church

Questions about the Catholic Church?? Are you curious about the Catholic faith, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) may be just for you. Adults from all faith traditions are welcome to Inquiry Sessions. These sessions are designed for the needs and lifestyles of busy people; they are structured, instructional and interactive.

New Inquiry Sessions have begun. Sundays at 10:30 AM in Conference Room of the Cardinal Bernardin Center.

For more information please contact Donna Tomasini, Director of Christian Formation 779-0036 or or Connie Seurynck, Coordinator for the Inquiry

Eucharistic Procession

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Eucharistic Procession
in honor of the Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Following the 11:00 AM Mass

“We bring Christ, present under the sign of bread, onto the streets of our city. We entrust these streets, these homes, our daily life, to his goodness. May our streets be streets of Jesus! May our homes be homes of him and with him! May our life of every day be penetrated by his presence.” – Pope Benedict XVI Corpus Christi 2005

What is a Eucharistic Procession?
It is a liturgical procession of the Church by which we take our Lord’s Body and Blood truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and place it in a monstrance (a special gold holder that displays the Blessed Sacrament) and carry it into the streets of the city, as a sign of our belief in the Eucharist. In the tradition of the Church, a Eucharistic Procession is recommended by the Church’s liturgical law for the feast day of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Most may be familiar with another form of the Eucharistic Procession at the Holy Thursday Mass when we transfer the Blessed Sacrament to special place as a symbol of Christ leaving the room of the Last Supper to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with the Apostles.

What is the significance of a Eucharistic Procession?
In the Eucharistic Procession, the movement by the people symbolizes our entire lives and our destiny, which is to be a movement towards eternal union with God. Therefore, the procession is an image of our pilgrimage to God.
What will we do in a Eucharistic Procession?
In a procession, as in life, everyone has their particular roles to play. The priest, being the representative of Jesus, will carry the Blessed Sacrament. A special canopy is held above the Blessed Sacrament during the procession. This canopy is symbolic of the Holy Spirit who hovered above Christ at His Baptism in the Jordan. And it also symbolizes that the True Presence of Christ is travelling with us. In the Old Testament, a cloud would settle above the Ark of the Covenant to indicate that God was dwelling with His people. The canopy is like the cloud. Altar servers will lead the procession with the customary processional cross and candles. An altar server with burning censer will incense the Blessed Sacrament all throughout the procession as a sign of our worship. Additional altar servers will accompany the Blessed Sacrament with lighted candles and ringing bells as during the consecration to draw attention to the Eucharist. The parish community will join in singing the praises of our Eucharistic Lord during the procession led by a choir. At the conclusion of the procession, the Rite of Eucharistic Benediction will be celebrated back in the church.
What is the Rite of Eucharistic Benediction or simply Benediction?
The word “benediction” simply means blessing. In the Rite of Eucharistic Benediction the priest blesses all the people with the Blessed Sacrament. He wears a humeral veil over his shoulders to cover his hands as a sign that this blessing does not come from him, but comes directly from the Lord who is present in the Eucharist.

When is the Eucharistic Procession?
The Eucharistic Procession will be on Sunday, May 29th, beginning in the church immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass we will process outside for the procession.

Who should attend?
ALL CATHOLICS: young and old who wish to witness to our Eucharistic faith should plan to participate in this procession! Invite friends and family to join us even if they are not parishioners of our church. Make this a family event. What better way could you spend a Sunday morning, which is the Lord’s day, than for your family to pray together and then “take a walk” with the Lord in this Eucharistic Procession? Recall that Sundays still belong to the Lord and we need to witness to that fact.

What if I can’t walk that far?
For those who are not capable of walking are invited to remain in the Church and pray. When the procession returns, the Rite of Benediction will be celebrated.

What about after the Eucharistic Procession?
A light cover dish dinner will be held in Neglia Hall for all who participate in the Eucharistic Procession. You are invited to bring a dish to share. You may drop it off in Neglia Hall prior to Mass. This is a time for our parish family to gather together to extend the celebration of our Eucharistic faith from the church into our “regular” lives. Please plan to stay to enjoy each other’s company!

A Special Letter to the Parishioners and Friends of Saint Peter’s from Father Linsky


Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dear Friends:

Wednesday evening, the Vicar General of our Diocese, Monsignor Harris, informed me the Bishop of Charleston had decided to move our Parochial Vicar, Father West, effective June 1st to become Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Help of Christians in Aiken. Frankly, I was taken aback and caught totally by surprise by this news. I met with Monsignor Harris on Thursday morning and then spoke with Bishop Guglielmone directly to express our disappointment we are losing Father West. However, the Bishop feels strongly this move is necessary given the needs of the Diocese and will ultimately prove advantageous to Father West. Thus, I share this news with you with a heavy heart but the hope you’ll join me in ensuring that we give him a fond send-off later this month. In light of the very short notice of Father’s reassignment, I’d like to make his farewell the focus of our parish luncheon on Corpus Christi Sunday following our Annual Procession after that morning’s 11:00 a.m. Mass. Of course, I encourage each of you to share your sentiments with Father West directly especially by card and letter.

Bishop Guglielmone assured me that he is well-aware of the growth and development of Saint Peter’s parish and school but that does not assure us of a replacement. Thus, we’ll move forward in the best way we can as we hope for some additional assistance. As a member of the Priests Personnel Board, I am sadly aware that we need more priests and this need will only grow more acute in the years to come. Perhaps the silver lining in all of this is that Saint Peter’s will host, for the first time in many years, a seminarian of the Diocese. Mr. Andrew Fryml will be ordained a Transitional Deacon in Charleston on Friday June 3rd, and will spend approximately seven weeks with us beginning the following Tuesday. He has studied Spanish while in Seminary and I look forward to his assistance in the parish throughout June and July. I especially hope he can help any young men who might be discerning God’s call to the priesthood to step out in faith by answering the myriad of questions they may have!

This summer we hope to accomplish a great deal of work both inside and outside our Church and School. I will elaborate on this in the weeks to come.

On this Pentecost Sunday, I pray to the Holy Spirit for His many gifts to be poured out and renewed in all of us so that we can accomplish His Divine will in the ministry of Saint Peter’s!


Fr. Gary S. Linsky

The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F.

Pastor of Saint Peter’s

Marriage Ministry

Recently Married?
Be a part of the new Marriage Ministry Our next get together will be:
Tuesday, June 7 from 6:00-8:30.
Neglia Hall, St. Peter’s Parish
We will provide food and drink from 6:00-6:45 Speaker presentation will begin at 7:00.

Our speaker will be Richard (Rick) Gleissner J.D.

Rick is considered one of the premier financial lawyers in South Carolina. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a Knights of Columbus and member of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He is also our dear friend. Rick will be speaking and presenting his advice and thoughts on financial and legal details that can be challenging to marriages and how to be better prepared for the future. His is goal is to aid newly married couples in planning for their present and into their golden years.

Please RSVP to or so we can plan our food and drink.

We look forward to seeing everyone. Deacon Michael and Bonnie Younginer

A letter from a parishioner

Community of St. Peter,

I am a sophomore at University of South Carolina, and I have been coming to St. Peter’s for Mass for about a year. I am writing because I feel extremely compelled to express my gratitude and love for the community of St. Peter’s.

After a beautiful Easter Vigil service, I stood quietly off to the side of the reception whole I waited for a friend to pick me up. A very kind usher came over and started talking toe me, apologizing for having to ask me to move around so man times as he searched for seats to people. Amidst our conversation about seating in churches, I mentioned my family. He asked where my parents were, looking around the room, but I told him I wasn’t from here. My family is all back home. He looked at me and smiled. “But you do have family here. With the church.”

I am from Louisville, Kentucky. The Archdiocese of Louisville is one of the oldest and largest in the country and the city is covered with parishes and Catholic schools. I come from a classic big Catholic family: My mother has been a cantor and sung in the choir since she was a teenager, and she grew up in our parish. My dad had been parish council president, serves as a Stephen Minister, and is currently in the process of discernment to become a deacon in the Class

of 2020. I went to Catholic school for 14 years, and my three little brothers are all following suit. Our Pre- K through 8

grade school was attached to mu home parish of St. Bernard. Needless to say, I was leaving behind a very rich and tight community when I moved down for school.

My freshman year, I was struggling to find a place where I fit in the Catholic community around campus. There was nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t feel like home. Frustrated, I stopped going to church for a few months. Not hav-ing a car on campus, I didn’t have many options to find a church community. A friend suggested I look at St. Peter’s,

which was only a mile down the road— a walkable distance for living on campus. I researched you, talking to my parents

na praying about it. The first little nudge from God came when I saw you had Stephen Ministry, something that is a very big part of our community at St. Bernard. It reminded me of home. I started regularly attending Mass at ST. Peter. Becoming more and more comfortable as I sat in the gorgeous church every Sunday.

This past December as I walked to Mass for Immaculate Conception, I saw students playing on the playground and immediately laughed and texted my parents in joy— St. Peter’s uniforms are the same uniform I wore for 10 years

at my grade school! It just felt so right. I truly felt like God was saying “See? This is home.” Shortly after that, I sat ne xt

to a kind women in Mass who now remembers me and gives me a hug whenever she sees me. On Palm Sunday, when I arrived at church on crutches having twisted my ankle a few days prior, everyone was so kind and concerned. As I showed up later in the week for Holy Triduum services without my crutches, people remembered me and asked about my ankle. The same usher from Easter Vigil now says hello every weekend and asks about my week and my family back home. It may all seen like such small things, but the care shown for me by so many members of the parish made me feel so at home.

When I come to Mass at St. Peter’s on Sundays, I really feel at home. I came from very tight- knit Catholic com-

munities in my schools, my parishes, my family, and even my internship this past summer at a retreat center. While very few people in your parish know who I am or probably even recognize my face, the few that do mean so much to me. I

love just being around the interactions that come with such a close Catholic community— someone asking about some-

one else’s family here, an announcement about the school there. Bake sales and lunches and meetings. Hugs and smiles and all the workings that just fir together into one big home.

Father’s homily on Easter Vigil really touched me, reminding me of why I love being Catholic so much and the community that comes with it. With those kind words from the usher after such a beautiful service, I left texting my par-ents about how happy I was. My parents are also so grateful to you as well for having given me the home I was search-ing for. I remember Father Gary saying once that he hopes St. Peter’s is a place of hospitality, and I can confirm that it is one of the best I’ve known. I have so much gratitude for your parish. I am looking forward to coming back in the fall and continuing to experience St. Peter’s in the two years I have left at USC. Thank you for being the wonderful parish that you are. Thank you for offering me the Catholic community I missed so much. Thank you for giving me a home away from home.


Hannah Marks

Endow: an educational program for women


Endow is a Catholic educational program that brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society.

Endow helps women from all walks of life discover their God-given dignity and femininity through the richness and authenticity of Catholic teaching. When we as women grow in understanding the teachings of the Church and in the truth of Jesus Christ, our faith becomes more fully defined, and so does our transforming influence in the family, the community, and society as a whole.

Endow utilizes small study groups, conferences, and retreats to cultivate faith, fellowship, and formation. No homework is required. To learn more about a study group starting in May on Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women, please contact Colleen Wilcox at

Job Openings St. Peter’s Catholic School


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Peter’s Catholic School is currently accepting teacher resumes for the 2016-2017 academic year. St. Peter’s is a small, coeducational elementary school located in the heart of historic downtown Columbia where we nurture and challenge our students so that they can achieve their God-given potential.

Interested applicants must hold an Elementary or Early Childhood degree. Interested applicants should submit their resume to the principal, Mrs. Kathy Preston, via email to or mail to 1035 Hampton Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.