A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PARISH
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 dicesan 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.
From 1932-1960 St. Andrew's was a mission church served by priests from Beaufort, Charleston and Savannah.
In 1935 Bishop Emmet M. Walsh of Charleston purchased property in Okatie for an enlarged Camp St. Mary's with permanent buildings. Attendance was open to Catholic children from across the Diocese. The Camp closed in the early 1980s. In the late 1990s the property was sold to Beaufort County to become a passive park. One diocesan seminarian from Columbia, SC who spent summers teaching at the Camp, known by his students as "Brother Joe", would later go on to become Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the Archbishop of Chicago.
On September 10, 1960 St. Andrew's was given the canonical status of Parish whose territorial boundaries were all of southern Beaufort County including Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Hardeeville (then part of Beaufort County) and Ridgeland. Father John Simonin, who had served St. Andrew's since 1947, was named its first Pastor.
In 1966 Holy Family Parish on the south end of Hilton Head Island was created from St. Andrew's Parish. Its boundaries at the time were all of Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island.
In 1984 St. Francis by the Sea Parish on the north end of Hilton Head Island was created.
In 1998 a 63 acre site on Highway 278 for a new parish campus was purchased from Union Camp Corporation. Bishop David Thompson of Charleston decreed that the parish would receive a new name, St. Gregory the Great, when the new interim church is constructed and blessed.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church was dedicated on September 3, 2000, the feast day of St. Gregory the Great. As a parish may have only one building as its church, St. Andrew is given the status of Chapel.
In 2007 St. Andrew Chapel celebrated it's 75th anniversary and with grades pre-K thru 6th, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School is dedicated.
1947-1966 The Reverend John A. Simonin
1966-1973 The Reverend Paul F. X. Seitz
1973-1978 The Reverend Howard L. Coughlin
1978-1986 The Reverend Albert A. Faase
1986-1995 The Reverend Raymond E. DeMouchel
1995-2007 The Very Reverend H. Gregory West, JCL, VF
2007-2008 The Reverend Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin, PA
2009-present The Reverend Monsignor Ronald Cellini, VF, VP
The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, 13th Bishop of Charleston and The Reverend Monsignor Ronald Cellini, Pastor of St. Gregory the Great.
SATURDAY: Vigil 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm
SUNDAY: 7:15 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am,
11:00 am at JPII, 12:45 pm (Spanish), and 5:00 pm
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Pre-K-1st Grade during 11 am Mass
Nursery: 1 year to 4 years during the
9:00 am & 12:45 pm Masses
Monday-Friday 6:45 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Monday-Friday 8:30 am & 12:15 pm
Friday 7:00 pm (en Español)
Saturday 8:30 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church | 31 Saint Gregory Drive | Bluffton, South Carolina, 29909 | (843) 815-3100
Parish Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:15 am - 4:15 pm | Friday 9:15 am - 1:15 pm