Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
7031 Waxhaw Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: 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.   

If you any questions, please feel free to contact, Mary Costantino via email OLOGFF@hotmail.com, Safety Director for Our Lady of Grace.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 
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Elementary Teaching Position Available
The candidate should hold certification in elementary education (grades 1-6) and be committed to teaching in a faith-based school.  Please send resume to Shaileen Riginos principal@stanneschool.com

Visit Middle and High School
Join us on Wednesday, April 1, from 10:30 to 12:30 to see what St. Anne Middle and High School are all about.  There will be a Q & A session with current SAS students, school tour and more.  Please RSVP to info@stanneschool.com by March 25th. 

Summer Camp at SAS
St. Anne Summer programs offer a wide variety of camps for ages 3-18 and are open to all.  Clay works, Kids in the Kitchen, Eagles Soccer Camp, Creative Writing, PSAT/SAT Prep and SO much more...www.SASsummerprograms.com.  Contact Kym Deer for more information kdeer@stanneschool.com

Visit us at:  http://www.stanneschool.com/wp/

Is St. Anne High School right for you?
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To schedule, personalized tours – Contact Michelle Hatchett 803-324-4814
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 First Reading          Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12
Peter announces an act of healing in the name of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm     Psalm 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28,29
A prayer of thanksgiving to God for his kindness

Second Reading     1 John 3:1-2
God revealed his love for us by calling us children of God.

Gospel Reading       John 10:11-18
Jesus says that he is the good shepherd who knows his sheep.


     The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. In each of the three lectionary cycles, our Gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John. In Cycle B, we hear the middle verses of this chapter. Unless we consider this chapter in the greater context of John's Gospel, we will miss the radical nature of the statement Jesus makes when he declares himself to be the Good Shepherd.

     This chapter of John's Gospel follows Jesus' healing of the man born blind and the rejection of this miracle by the Jewish leaders who question Jesus' authority to heal. Jesus responds to this challenge by calling himself the Good Shepherd. He is criticizing the leadership of the Pharisees and the other Jewish leaders. The Pharisees and other Jewish leaders are so angry that they attempt to stone and arrest Jesus (see John 10:31,39). This controversy with the religious leaders continues until Jesus' death.

     In the portion of the chapter that we hear proclaimed today, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus' teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.

     The concern of a good shepherd for his sheep is part of the shepherd's job. Jesus says, however, that the actions of the good shepherd are based upon the relationship that develops between the shepherd and the sheep. This is at the heart of the difference between the good shepherd and the hired shepherd. The good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love. For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity.

     As with so much of John's Gospel, one hears in this passage John's particular focus on Christology. As the sheep are known by the Good Shepherd, the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father. There is an essential unity between the Father and the Son. The freedom with which Jesus acts when he lays down his life is rooted in the unity that he shares with his Father.

     In this context, Jesus also refers to others with whom he shares a relationship. By this reference, John probably understands the eventual inclusion of the Gentiles in the Christian community. Our modern ears hear this as a reference to Christian unity. The work of ecumenism is to restore unity among all Christians so that we form one flock under one shepherd, as God desires.
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April 12, 2015  Divine Mercy Sunday 
April 19, 2015  Third Sunday  of Easter
April 25, 2015  Fourth Sunday  of Easter
4pm Mass St. Matthew's Campus South
7:30am Mass
9 to 10:15 Faith Formation
10:30 Choir Practice
10:30  Rosary
11am  Mass
10:30  Rosary   
11am  Mass           
9am  Bible Timeline  
4pm Mass at the Rec Center
         First Holy Communion
7:30am Mass 
9am Faith Formation 
4pm Mass at the Rec Center
         Crowning of Mary
3 Things to Know about the Sign of the Cross
See Video on Faith Formation Page