Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
7031 Waxhaw Highway Lancaster, SC 29720 803-283-4969
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Our Lady of Grace adheres to Child Safety standards as set forth by the Diocese of Charleston. Please understand that if you are not directly involved with our Faith Formation program, you are not permitted to enter the building until class is over and all children have been dismissed.
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The Solemnity of the
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
First Reading Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 110:1-4
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
Gospel Reading Luke 9:11b-17
They all ate and were satisfied.
Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, Latin for “the Body of Christ.” In the most recent revision of the liturgy, the name for this day is expanded to be a more complete reflection of our Eucharistic theology.
The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one of Jesus' miracles to appear in all four Gospels. Luke places it between Herod's question, “Who is this about whom I hear such things?” and Peter's response to Jesus' question about who he thought Jesus was: “You are the Messiah of God.”
In Luke the feeding is not the result of Jesus' compassion for the crowd but is instigated by the disciples. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to town. Instead Jesus tells the disciples to give them some food on their own.
The passage is meant to remind us of two feedings in the Old Testament: the feeding of the Israelites in the desert and Elisha's feeding of 100 people with 20 loaves in 2 Kings 4:42-44. It is also connected to the institution of the Eucharist. As in the Last Supper accounts in Matthew, Mark, and Luke and in Paul's account in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Jesus takes bread, looks up to heaven, blesses the bread, breaks it, and then gives it to the disciples. In using this exact language,
Luke is reminding his readers that in this miracle Jesus is doing more than feeding hungry people as God did for the Israelites and the prophet Elisha did as well. The bread he gives is his body, which he will continue to give as often as the community breaks bread in remembrance of him in the Eucharist.
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Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!
of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.
I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.
- Excerpt from the Homily of Pope Francis
This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization
A Letter from the desk of Father John...
On December 8th, Pope Francis initiated an Extraordinary Holy year of Mercy by opening the Holy Doors at St.Peter's Basilica in Rome. He invites all of us to experience repentance and renewal. Pilgrims throughout world who come to Rome will receive Plenary Indulgences when they go through
the Holy Door.
The Holy Father extends this privilege to the Major Basilicas of Rome all Diocesan Cathedrals and to certain churches. Our Bishop, Robert Guglielmone, has designated The Oratory church in Rock Hill as such a site. I invite you to come The Oratory for prayer and renewal. Confessions are heard every Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am. Take advantage of this opportunity ... it's a lot more convenient than traveling to Rome.
Sincerely yours in
Fr. John Giuliani,
Rector of The Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Philip Neri
Attention Saturday Evening Mass Attendees at the Recreation Center:
The Lancaster County Emergency Services has requested that there be NO parking in front of the EMS doors nor other parking that may prevent access for emergency vehicles. Violators may be towed and/or fined.
All drivers are asked NOT to use the turnaround on Hwy 521 but to use the U-Turn option at the intersection with the light.
Thank you for you cooperation.
In the Light of the Word (continued)
Excerpt from Amoris Laetitia
11. The couple that loves and begets life is a true, living icon – not an idol like those of stone or gold prohibited by the Decalogue – capable of revealing God the Creator and Saviour. For this reason, fruitful love becomes a symbol of God’s inner life (cf. Gen 1:28; 9:7; 17:2-5, 16; 28:3; 35:11; 48:3-4). This is why the Genesis account, following the “priestly tradition”, is interwoven with various genealogical accounts (cf. 4:17-22, 25-26; 5; 10; 11:10-32; 25:1-4, 12-17, 19-26; 36).
The ability of human couples to beget life is the path along which the history of salvation progresses. Seen this way, the couple’s fruitful relationship becomes an image for understanding and describing the mystery of God himself, for in the Christian vision of the Trinity, God is contemplated as Father, Son and Spirit of love. The triune God is a communion of love, and the family is its living reflection.
Saint John Paul II shed light on this when he said, “Our God in his deepest mystery is not solitude, but a family, for he has within himself fatherhood, sonship and the essence of the family, which is love. That love, in the divine family, is the Holy Spirit”.6 The family is thus not unrelated to God’s very being.7 This Trinitarian dimension finds expression in the theology of Saint Paul, who relates the couple to the “mystery” of the union of Christ and the Church (cf. Eph 5:21-33).
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Turning Our Thoughts To Mary in May
It is during May that we examine our family's devotion to the Blessed Mother. Jesus gave us His mother from the Cross ("Woman, behold your son, Son behold your mother."), and we know that she brings all our cares and worries directly to her Son (think of her words at the Wedding Feast at Cana "Do whatever He tells you"). We are trying to have our children be familiar with the Blessed Virgin Mary, to help them recognize and turn to Mary as their Heavenly Mother, who fulfills the role of mother perfectly, unlike this flawed earthly mother. Our acts of piety are to help develop interior devotion and spiritual growth. If the acts become merely external gestures and not fostering a deeper personal love, then they need to be reexamined.
The month of May is traditionally dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. This tradition informally began in the Middle Ages to counteract secular customs that were arising during that time. A more structured dedication began to develop in the 18th century and was fully established by the end of the 19th century. This is a paraliturgical devotion, as the liturgy during the month does not reflect Marian cultus. The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy from 2002 from the Congregation of Divine Worship provides wonderful guidance on personal devotion and popular piety above all emphasizing that
[t]he faithful should be made conscious of the preeminence of the Liturgy over any other possible form of legitimate Christian prayer. While sacramental actions are necessary to life in Christ, the various forms of popular piety are properly optional. Such is clearly proven by the Church's precept which obliges attendance at Sunday Mass. No such obligation, however, has obtained with regard to pious exercises, notwithstanding their worthiness or their widespread diffusion.
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May 15, 2016
May 22, 2016
Most Holy Trinity Sunday
May 29, 2016
Corpus Christi Sunday
As we observe Memorial Day this year, let us take time to remember, in a special way those who have gone before us. Whether it is someone who gave their life for our safety and freedom, those who currently stand ready to defend our country, a family member or neighbor who served our country - let us say a prayer, visit a grave, plant a flower or enjoy a memory. Above all,let us give thanks for them.
God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen