Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
7031 Waxhaw Highway Lancaster, SC 29720 803-283-4969
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First Reading Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29
Humble yourself and you will find favor with God
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
The just rejoice and exult before God.
Second Reading Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24
You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.
Gospel Reading Luke 14:1,7-14
When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Meals played an important role in the society in which Jesus lived. More than a time for sharing nourishment, they were a time to share ideas and to model different aspects of social relationships. In Luke's Gospel, the places that a person ate (at the home of a tax collector, 5:29), the people with whom a person ate (sinners, 5:30), whether a person washed before eating (11:38), and, as is the case here, the place that a person sits while eating are all important. The narrator says Jesus tells a parable, but it is really wise advice to both guests and hosts about finding true happiness at the heavenly banquet.
Jesus warns guests to wait before taking their places at the table lest they be asked to move if someone more important arrives. This is more than just a lesson about dinner etiquette. It is advice on how to find your true place in the Kingdom of God. Jesus advises hosts not to invite people who would be expected to repay them to dinner but to invite those who could not repay: the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. This is where real blessings can be found.
In these sayings, Luke gives us not only advice on how to approach the end times but also on how to live according to Jesus' vision of a good society. Luke's Gospel also advises us how the Church must be part of bringing about this society. It is yet another example in Luke's Gospel of the reversal the kingdom brings about
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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
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7095 Waxhaw Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
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The Experiences and Challenges of Families
Excerpt from Amoris Laetitia
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3rd Annual Golf Tournament
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at
Our Lady of Grace
Stonebridge Golf Club
2721 Swilcan Burns Dr.
Monroe, NC 28112
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Tee - $100, Silver - $200, Gold - $300
Schedule of Events
Registration 7:30 to 8:30
Light Breakfast before T-Off
Shotgun Start 9:30
Luncheon & raffle after golf
Prizes: Winning team, closest to the pin, longest drive & hole in one.
31. The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church. Countless studies have been made of marriage and the family, their current problems and challenges. We do well to focus on concrete realities, since “the call and the demands of the Spirit resound in the events of history”, and through these “the Church can also be guided to a more profound understanding of the inexhaustible mystery of marriage and the family”.8
I will not attempt here to present all that might be said about the family today. Nonetheless, because the Synod Fathers examined the situation of families worldwide, I consider it fitting to take up some of their pastoral insights, along with concerns derived from my own experience.
The current reality of the family
32. “Faithful to Christ’s teaching we look to the reality of the family today in all its complexity, with both its lights and shadows… Anthropological and cultural changes in our times influence all aspects of life and call for an analytic and diversified approach”.9 Several decades ago, the Spanish bishops noted that families have come to enjoy greater freedom “through an equitable distribution of duties, responsibilities and tasks”; indeed, “a greater emphasis on personal communication between the spouses helps to make family life more humane”, while “neither today’s society nor that to which we are progressing allow an uncritical survival of older forms and models”.10
It is also evident that “the principal tendencies in anthropological-cultural changes” are leading “individuals, in personal and family life, to receive less and less support from social structures than in the past”.11
8 John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (22 November 1981)m 4L/aas 74 (1982), 84.
9 Relatio Synodi 2014, 5.
10 Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Matrimonio y familia (6 July 1979), 3, 16, 23.
11 Relatio Finalis 2015, 5.
The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
The Holy Father's Intentions for the
Month of August 2016
Universal: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.
All Masses are held in the church.
Please be aware that for now one way entrance by the Parish House and exit out the church driveway. Please carpool, when available. Please obey posted and painted signs.
Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 14, 2016
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 21, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Courtesy Reminder: The church is the sanctuary of God where voices are raised for the purpose of prayers and adoration. Please be considerate and greet neighbors and friends in the Gathering Space.
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August 28, 2016
Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are in need of Catechists and assistant catechists, especially in our Wednesday Faith Formation Session. Please consider:
Jesus calls us, as His disciples, to a new way of life - the Christian way of life - of which stewardship is part. But Jesus does not call us as nameless people in a faceless crowd. He calls us individually by name. Each one of us - clergy, religious, lay person; married, single; adult, child - has a personal vocation. God intends each one of us to play a unique role in carrying out the divine plan. The challenge then, is to understand our role - our vocation - and to respond generously to this call from God. Christian vocation entails the practice of stewardship. In addition, Christ calls each of us to be stewards of our personal vocations, which we receive from God. How will you serve?