The First Saturdays Devotion, also called the Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Catholic devotion which, according to Sister Lúcia of Fátima, was requested by the Virgin Mary in an apparition at Pontevedra, Spain, in December 1925. This devotion has been approved by the Roman Catholic Church.
The future St. Clare prayer garden, which will be located across from the Family Center, is a gift from the Women of St. Francis to the Parish. If you would like to make an additional donation in honor or in memory of someone special in your life, please click on this link for you may go to the parish office to pick up a form.
Names of all donors will be printed in the prayer garden brochure, which we will distribute at the statue dedication later this year. This brochure will also eventually be available in the Narthex for parishioners and visitors to the garden.
In addition to her many other gifts, St. Clare of Assisi is known for providing good weather. And so the skies were clear for St. Clare Day on August 11. The Women of St. Francis celebrated the feast day of their patroness with a groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Clare Prayer Garden, located between the church and the Family Center, and by installing officers for the 2020-2021 year.
“The prayer garden will be a special place for all of our parishioners to pray and to quietly contemplate,” said Mary Georgopulos, president of the Women of St. Francis. Work to construct the site, including pavers, crushed stone, benches, and greenery, will begin immediately. The centerpiece of the prayer garden, a marble statue of St. Clare, is being made in Italy and should arrive in time to dedicate the completed prayer garden in December.
New officers were installed at Mass just before the groundbreaking . They include: Mary Georgopulos, President; Kay Crawford, Vice President; Sandy Merritt, Vice President; Mary Ann Bell, Recording Secretary; and Lindie Spencer, Treasurer.
The organization was formed in 2004 to promote the spirit of unity among its members and the parish as a whole, and to foster the spiritual, cultural, educational, social and service oriented life of the parish.
For more photos of the Women of St. Francis, please click on the above photo.
Mission Statement: This women’s group was formed in 2004 to promote the spirit of unity among the members of the group and the parish as a whole and to foster the spiritual, cultural, educational, social and service oriented life of the parish.
Current Activities: Rosary Makers make rosaries for the First Communicants, RCIA Candidates, sick & homebound parishioners, and Chaplets for the Confirmandi. Blanket Makers make blankets for homeless children, who are being helped by Family Promise. Spiritual events include Annual Advent Day of Reflection, Retreat for the women of the parish, and “Mary’s Way of the Cross” – Lenten Stations of the Cross. We participate in the Parish Ministries Fair, host Fellowship Sunday in September, and co-sponsor the Notre Dame Hesburgh Lecture. Members distribute pillows to patients and hold parties for the residents at the Life Care Center. The Women of St. Francis are active in the Beaufort Deanery and South Carolina Council of Catholic Women, which includes choosing a member for our Catholic Women of the Year. Fundraising through our Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon and Soup for Scholarship Dinner provides money to support the Church, Community, and school as well as international charities.
Congratulations to The Women of St. Francis who were recognized
By the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women for outstanding
Work in several fields for the 2019 calendar year.
Coordinating such a successful event.
Congratulations to all of our members who do such an outstanding job of serving our parish and community! If anyone would like to join this wonderful group of women, we welcome you at any time of year to come to our meetings and learn more about our ministry. Contact Mary Georgopulos at (843) 715-8255 if interested.
2018 Advent Retreat Deacon Vernon Dobelmann, Director of Religious Education at St. Francis, led a wonderful Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 15th with 40 ++ parishioners and friends attending. Thank you to the Women of St. Francis for hosting this event.
Rosary Makers: The Rosary Makers are comprised of a small group of ladies affiliated with the Women of St. Francis. They make Rosaries for the First Communicants and the RCIA Candidates each year. Also, they make Chaplets for the Confirmandi. More recently, they have begun making rosaries for sick and homebound parishioners. We also make and sell specialty rosaries and these proceeds help pay for the supplies needed to make the rosaries that are given away. The Rosary Makers meet in the Sacristy behind the Main Altar in the Church on the 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in additional information about our group can call Audrey McGovern at 843-682-8280.
"Cell Phone for Soldiers"
The Women of St. Francis is collecting Cell Phone for Soldiers. All donated cell phones are either:
If all else fails, your providers (AT & T, Sprint, etc.) will help you terminate your data.
Please place your phone and chargers in the box in the church's narthex or bring them to a Women of St. Francis' General Meeting. Any questions, please contact Kathy Struna (843)682-4045. Thank you for your support of our military!
Current Volunteer Opportunities: We promote volunteerism amongst our members and have been a resource for other ministries and non-profit organizations locally.