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. 
St. Anne School News 
Diamonds & Denim Gala 
Friday, October 16 
6:00 - 10:00 pm 
The White Home in downtown Rock Hill will be the venue...we need sponsors, auction items and fun folks to join us!  Questions? 
Please contact Beth Hart 

Open House 
Join us on Sunday, October 25, following the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm Masses to see what 
makes St. Anne School the special place that it is! ENROLLMENT Open for 2015-2016 Year

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

Is St. Anne High School right for you?
Questions? info@stanneschool.com ​

To schedule, personalized tours – Contact Michelle Hatchett 803-324-4814
ATTENTION:  Saturday Mass Attendees

The Lancaster Sheriff's department has asked those exiting onto 521 NOT to use the throughway as a turnaround.   Please go to the light  at Collins Road and make a U-turn as this will be a safer route and will not block traffic traveling north on 521.  
Thank you for your consideration.
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Directions to  the Rec Center or Parish House 
may be found on the bottom of the Home Page.

4pm Mass at the Rec Center

7:30am Mass
9am to 10:15 Faith Formation K-5
10:30 to noon Teen Talk

10:30 Choir Practice

10:30  Rosary
11am  Mass

10:30  Rosary   
11am  Mass  
1:00 Epic Class

4pm Mass at the Rec Center

7:30 Mass
9:00 to 10:15 NO Faith Formation
10:30 to Noon NO Teen Talk
Classes resume on October 18

     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                                   Genesis 2:18-24
God creates woman from Adam's rib.

Responsorial Psalm                       Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5,6
A prayer for God's blessing

Second Reading                             Hebrews 2:9-11
Christ was made perfect through suffering so that we might all be consecrated.

Gospel Reading                      Mark 10:2-16 (shorter form Mark 10:2-12)
Jesus teaches against divorce and welcomes the children.

  Today we continue to read from the Gospel according to Mark. For the past three Sundays, we have been hearing Mark's reports of conversations between Jesus and his disciples. Recall that in Mark's Gospel, Jesus uses these private moments to teach his disciples in greater detail about the Kingdom of God. Beginning with today's Gospel, Jesus returns to Judea, Jewish territory, and resumes his public ministry. The first verse of chapter 10 of Mark's Gospel tells us that crowds gathered around Jesus, and he taught them, as was his custom. Immediately, the Pharisees approach Jesus to test him.

  The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his wife if he finds her to be indecent. This is the justification that the Pharisees reference when Jesus inquires about the commandment of Moses. In reply, Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and counters that God's original intention was that men and women would become one flesh in marriage. Jesus describes the teaching of Moses as a concession made to God's original intention because of human stubbornness.

  In private, Jesus' disciples question him further about this teaching on divorce. It is to his disciples that Jesus lays out the implications of his teaching by explaining that remarriage after divorce is adultery. Jesus' teaching was more restrictive than the teaching of the Pharisees, which permitted remarriage. Jesus further distinguished his teaching from the cultural norms of his time by applying his words equally to men and women. Jewish culture permitted only that a husband may divorce his wife. Wives were not permitted to divorce their husband for any reason, including adultery.

  At first glance, the final part of today's Gospel seems unconnected to the previous teaching about divorce. When read together, however, these passages present a strong picture of Jesus' emphasis on the importance of family. God intended for women and men to be joined together in marriage. Among the purposes of marriage is the raising of children. By welcoming children and fostering their relationship with God, parents and families bear witness to the Kingdom of God.

At the end of today's Gospel, the people were bringing their children to Jesus, and again Jesus' disciples show that they just don't get it. Recall that in the Gospel for each of the past two Sundays, Jesus has taught his disciples the value and importance of these “little ones” in the Kingdom of God. Yet in today's Gospel, the disciples try to prevent people from bringing their children to Jesus. Jesus reprimands his disciples and welcomes these children. Again Jesus offers these children as an example of the kind of complete trust and dependence upon God that ought to be the attitude of all believers.
     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 still in need of a assistant teachers. 

  We are in need of assistants for elementary, middle and teens. 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.   

Children’s Liturgy of the Word 
  Our Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin October 10. However, we do need volunteers, as helpers and facilitators. The helper’s job is to seat the children, to monitor the priest’s homily, and tell the facilitator when it is time to go back into the church. Easy isn't it! 
  The facilitator’s job is to present the Gospel and then dialogue with the children about what they have just heard. Not too hard. This only takes 15 minutes. 
  You will be helped with the preparation and be given all the handouts and materials needed for the lesson. If we have enough volunteers, we could expand our program to more than one Saturday a month! 
We know how busy everyone is, so you would only have to sign up for as much or as little as you could do.  
  Due to regulations of the Diocese Child Protection Policy, everyone who works with children has to attend a Virtus class about “Protecting God's Children” and complete a Background Screening.  This is across-the-board requirements for everyone dealing with children.  
   Training will be held at St. Philip Neri on the dates / times below. If we have enough interest for a certain day, we can carpool & have a fun time.  All training sessions will begin at 7:00 pm in room 104 in the Ministry Building at St. Philip Neri.  The dates are as follows: September  24th;October 8th and 22nd; and November 12th. 
  Please consider this wonderful calling. We are looking for everyone, experienced and non experienced.  Will train!!! Please pray about this and call Mary Atkins at 301-704-4706 if you are interested

September 20, 2015  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 27, 2015  26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 4, 2015  27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Respect Life Sunday, October 4, 2015

  Respect Life Month, observed in October, begins the new, yearlong cycle of the Respect Life Program, which continues through the following September. It is a time dedicated by the U.S. bishops for the Church nationwide to bring attention to, celebrate, and work and pray for the protection of the gift of human life.