St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton will hold a special Mass of Thanksgiving Tursday morning to commemorate the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. at the church at 333 Fording Island Road.
The pope's resignation is to take effect at 8 a.m.
"Since his election in April 2005, the Holy Father has worked tirelessly for the good of the Catholic faithful worldwide," a church news release said. The service will be a thanksgiving for "his many years of service to the church."