Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
7031 Waxhaw Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
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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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4pm Mass at the Rec Center
No Faith Formation K-5
No Teen Talk
10:30 Choir Practice
1:00 Epic Class
4pm Mass at the Rec Center
9am Faith Formation
10:30 Teen Talk
5pm Anticipated Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
11am Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
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 Jeremiah 33:14-16
The Lord will fulfill his promises to Israel and Judah.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 25:4-5,8-9,10,14
The Lord will teach us his paths.
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to be holy and to please God.
Gospel Reading Luke 21:25-28,34-36
Jesus teaches his disciples to be vigilant so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes in glory.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is also the first Sunday of the new liturgical year. The Advent season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. The key themes of the Advent season are watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.
In this new liturgical year, the Gospel of Luke will be the primary Gospel proclaimed (Lectionary Cycle C). Today's Gospel is taken from the last chapter before the passion narrative in which Jesus is teaching in the Temple. We hear Jesus speak to his disciples about the need for vigilance and prayer as they wait for the coming of the Son of Man in glory. This passage marks the conclusion of a lengthy dialogue in which Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, warns about the persecution and tribulations to follow, and identifies the signs that will signal the coming of the Son of Man in glory.
The community for whom Luke wrote his Gospel may have believed that they were already experiencing some of the events Jesus described. Most scholars believe that Luke's Gospel was written after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. At the time, many Christians interpreted this event as an indication that Jesus' second coming was near.
Though Jesus predicts a time of destruction and fear, Jesus indicates that others will be frightened; Jesus' disciples are not to fear, but are to stand tall. Yet Jesus does not promise deliverance from anxiety or tribulations. He encourages his disciples to pray for strength. The early Christian communities did not find consolation in the promise of a utopia, nor should we. Instead, we find in our Christian faith the means by which we witness to God's unfailing love for us in all circumstances.
Jesus' predictions about the end times may sound dire, but in the next paragraph Luke tells us that people woke early to listen to Jesus' teaching in the Temple area. In his person and in his message, those who heard Jesus found strength and consolation. Like the first Christians, we may encounter events and circumstances that could lead us to despair. Through prayer, however, we find strength and consolation in Jesus' words and in his continuing presence with us to endure all things and to witness to the action of God in our world.
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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November 15, 2015 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 22, 2015 33rd Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King
Angels for the Children Attention Home
The Home once again asked if we could fund an outing for the children. This is something the children really enjoy and appreciated last year. We will be visiting Chuck E. Cheese’s for those 10 and under ($10.00). For those 10 and older, we will
be doing the Sports Connection & Sky High Trampoline Park ($15.00) & Buffalo Wild Wings ($10.00).
To make it convenient, we will be collecting donations for these outings after all Masses during December.
Questions? See bulletin
Angels for the Senior Gift Bags
We are once again assisting the Lancaster Council of Aging by p
articipating in the "Gift Bags for Seniors" program. Please fill a gift bag with items you think a senior would like, need, or want. Attach the "Angel"
designating "Male" or "Female" and return it to Mass and place
under the Christmas tree.
Suggested items for Seniors: gloves, scarves, socks, slippers, lap blankets, lotion, powders, deodorant, shampoo, Chapstick, Bengay, Vaseline, hot & cold therapy products, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, Efferdent/Fixodent, soap, dish detergent, crossword puzzle book, word search puzzle book, magnifying glass, stamps, envelopes, ink pens, cookies, sugar-free candy, microwave popcorn, fruit cups, pudding. Gift cards from local stores such as Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Publix, CVS, Walgreens or Walmart are always appreciated. If you have included a Gift Card , kindly put a star on your angel. Questions? See bulletin
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
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!” You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
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
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
November 29, 2015 First Sunday in Advent