"for I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me ... I assure you, as often you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." Mt 25:39-40
The Lord gave these instructions to the world, and the members of Christ Our King Prison Ministry try to fulfill the commands by visiting the state correctional facility and bringing the Body of Christ to those prisoners wishing to receive the precious Host. The group goes every month on the 2nd Friday. Through the readings and song, the prison community has an opportunity to get a little closer to Christ.
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Once the above website is selected, the above approved Lieber Volunteer Application Form (dated Sept 2013) can be properly downloaded by selecting the small arrow at the top of the web-page. Chaplain Cuttino wishes all new volunteers to submit this fully completed form to him on three sheets of paper. The form is fillable using your computer. After filling-in the form, (using black print) and printing, please sign using a black ink pen. Remember to attach a non-coloured photocopy of your driver’s license to the front page. The stapled sheets of paper should be mailed to Chaplain James Cuttino (address is below) by each individual wishing to volunteer for the Catholic Mass / Communion Services at Lieber Correctional. After approval by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), Chaplain Cuttino will contact you and reveal his plans to hold a formal training session at Lieber.
Remember to attach a photocopy of your driver’s license to the front page. Volunteers should mail the signed completed form (containing an attached photocopy of your driver’s license) to:Chaplain James Cuttino
Lieber Correctional Institute
136 Wilborn Ave, Ridgeville, SC 29472
We who live in Mount Pleasant meet at the Old Food Lion parking lot off of Long Point Road (behind Sonic) at 7:45 AM on the second Friday of each month. The address of the parking lot is 582 Belle Station Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.
Every volunteer needs to be re-approved by the SC Dept. of Corrections every three years.
136 Wilborn Ave
Ridgeville, SC 29472
Below are a few reminders for our visits to Lieber Correctional:
1) No shorts (by men or women) are to be worn in the prison.
2) Women should dress very modestly, covering as much skin as possible with loose fitting clothing.
3) Women should avoid wearing perfume or lots of makeup.
4) Bring your driver’s license; this is an absolute necessity!
5) Nothing goes into or out of the prison except via the Chaplain
6) Our ministry is only while we are physically in the prison-except for our prayers.
7) No phones, no credit cards, no money and no letters go into (or out of) the prison … Just your keys (if you are driving) and your driver’s license.
8) No glass or metal or food or drink is ever allowed (except at Christmas with prior approval and under the direct auspices of the Chaplain).
9) We do not ask the residents why they are in prison—Just listen and Love with Jesus’ love- and pray constantly.
10) Do not reveal your address or phone number to the residents.
11) Women should not hug or embrace any inmate – a simple hand shake at the Sign of Peace is appropriate.
12) Nothing-in and nothing-out of the Prison except via the Chaplain. This is a solid rule that cannot be broken! We cannot take anything in or out of the prison (not even a message).
13) There is no need to share your phone number or home address or email address with a resident.
14) Everything we bring into the prison (even spiritual material) must go through the Chaplain.
15) We do not ask any inmate (resident) why he is in prison or how long his sentence may be. If they spontaneously offer this information, so be it.
16) We refer to the inmates as residents rather than inmates (this is a matter of dignity).
17) Women should be very modest when greeting a resident (even at the sign of peace).
18) We give Christian Love by Listening and sharing our experiences as the Holy Spirit prompts.
19) We purposefully try to make it easy for the residents to participate and share Christ. Thus, we should not preach at them. Rather we simply witness with them prompting them to share their awareness of Our Saving Lord Jesus.
20) The most important ingredient is prayer, because when we pray with all our heart to Our Father for the residents, it is the Lord Jesus praying with us via the working of the Holy Spirit.
21) As you are led, please ask Our Blessed Mother to pray for God’s Loving Will to be done in us and in the residents at Lieber.
22) Our Catholic Group goes to Lieber on the second Friday of each month. We who live in Mount Pleasant meet at the Old Food Lion parking lot off of Long Point Road (behind Sonics) at 7:45 AM. The address of the parking lot is 582 Belle Station Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.
23) One of the Chaplains must be present at Lieber to open the Chapel.
24) The Mass will usually begin about 9:30 AM, and we must leave the Chapel by 11:00 AM.
25) When entering and leaving Lieber, i.e., going to and from the Chapel, we should all stay together as a group.
26) As we drive from Mount Pleasant to Lieber we usually pray and go over the readings for the Mass/Communion Service. If it is a Communion service, we use the readings for that Friday. If it is a Mass, the presider may wish to use the upcoming Sunday readings instead.
Thank you in advance for volunteering to serve our brothers in prison. Keep Praying!
Remember always bring your driver’s license to Lieber; this is an absolute necessity!