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. 
ENROLLMENT Open for 2015-2016 Year
First day of School, August 17th

We serve K3 through 10th grade.

Our high school is growing rapidly, 
as a result of the personal learning experience offered as we empower our students to acknowledge their 
giftedness and use their talents to become leaders in a global society.  
Financial aid may be available. 

AWARDED  2015 Innovations in Catholic Education
 by  Today's Catholic Teacher!
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4pm Mass

7:30am Mass

10:30 Choir Practice

10:30  Rosary
11am  Mass

10:30  Rosary   
11am  Mass  

4pm Mass at the Rec Center

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     Excerpt "Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God’s creation for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous
self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society,
and interior peace".
Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si
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First Reading                                     Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8
Moses tells the Israelites to observe the commandments that God gave them.

Responsorial Psalm                        Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5
Those who do justice will find favor with God.

Second Reading                             James 1:17-18,21b-22,27
James teaches that Christians should be doers of the Word.

Gospel Reading                         Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23                        
Jesus teaches that it is that which comes from our hearts that defiles us.

   This Sunday, our lectionary returns to Mark's Gospel after a number of Sundays in which we heard the Bread of Life discourse from the Gospel of John. Recall that we focus on the Gospel of Mark in Lectionary Cycle B, but substitute John's report of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes for Mark's report of this event.

   In today's Gospel, Mark provides a significant amount of information about the Jewish observance of ritual-purity laws. Most scholars believe that Mark includes this information because his audience includes Gentile Christians who have no knowledge or experience of these laws. We can infer, therefore, that many in Mark's community were not Jewish Christians.

   In this Gospel, Mark addresses the question of which Jewish practices would also be observed in the newly emerging Christian community. This was a significant question for the early Christian Church, especially in communities that included both Jewish and Gentile converts to Christianity. We also hear this question addressed in the letters of Paul with regard to table fellowship. In Gospel passages such as the one today, we see the Gospel evangelists finding justification for a Christian practice distinct from Judaism in the remembrances of Jesus' teaching and the practice of his first disciples.

   Jesus first criticizes the Pharisees for putting human tradition above God's Law. Here, Jesus is referring to the tradition of the elders, the teachings of the Pharisees, which extended the ritual-purity laws of Temple worship to everyday Jewish life. Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for making this tradition equal to and as binding as the Law of Moses.

   Next, Jesus comments on the meaning behind the Pharisees' language of holiness—clean and unclean. Jesus teaches that a person is not defiled by the food that enters his or her body, but rather by sin that emerges from his or her words and actions. In this teaching, Jesus unmasks a deeper question behind the one posed to him by the Pharisees. The real issue is holiness, which is not found in external acts alone. Holiness comes from within and is evidenced in the actions and attitudes that emerge from a person's life.

   If we read today's Gospel carefully, we will see a pattern in Jesus' teaching method that will be repeated in the weeks ahead. Jesus' first teaching is directed to the Pharisees who questioned him. Jesus' words are then directed to the crowd, teaching that a person is defiled by his or her words and actions, not by the food that he or she eats. In verses omitted in today's reading, we learn that Jesus returned home with his disciples, who in turn questioned him about what he had taught. The words we read at the conclusion of today's Gospel are addressed to Jesus' disciples. Mark's narrative shows several audiences for Jesus' teaching: his antagonists, the crowds, and Jesus' disciples. As we see in this reading, the words to the Pharisees are often words of challenge. The teaching to the crowds is often a general, sometimes cryptic, message. With the disciples, who often misunderstand Jesus' words, further explanation is offered about his message and its meaning.

Jesus' words challenge us as well. In our desire to show that we are holy, we might also give too much credence to externals, following rules without thinking about the intention behind them. Jesus reminds us that we do not make ourselves holy by our actions. Rather, we become holy when we allow God's Spirit to transform us. Our actions should be an expression of the conversion of our heart to God and to God's ways.
     On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. 
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Faith Formation
We Need YOU!
  We are in need of catechists, assistants, substitutes and other volunteer positions to continue our legacy of stewardship. Contact OLOGFF@hotmail.com with questions or 803-283-4969.
    Our Faith Formation program supports nearly 100 youth from Kindergarten through Young Adult.   To help our program reach its full potential, we need your assistance.   

Questions about teaching Faith Formation:

  Do I have to know a lot about my faith or at least more than my students?
No, there are many sources to find answers and many people within our community who are able to help us find the right answers  

Lesson plans are complicated and I have no idea how to do this.  How will I manage?  
The We Believe series offers catechists a plan for every lesson as does our EDGE program for our middle school.   It is laid out very clearly with suggested time for a task.  Being prepared and reading the lesson before class will help you plan your class.   

  This is a task for the 'young' people of the parish who have a lot of energy and excitement.
 People of all ages have guidance and wisdom to offer as well as different insights to our Faith.  There is a story that each of has to share.  The ability to teach and lead is a mindset.

Catechist Meeting, Sunday, August 30th at the Parish House
            9am   Kindergarten through 5th grade
            10am  EDGE,Young Adult and Confirmation
 Catechists should contact OLOGFF@hotmail.com for registration.
Registration Information.    Click Here.   
August 16, 2015  20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 23, 2015  21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30, 2015  22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time