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. 
AWARDED  2015 Innovations in Catholic Education
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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

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

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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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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

10:30  Rosary
11am  Mass

10:30  Rosary   
11am  Mass  

4pm Mass at St. Matthew's South

​7:30am  Mass

     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                                         Exodus 16:2–4, 12–15
The Lord feeds the Israelites with manna.

Responsorial Psalm                            Psalm 78:3–4, 23–24, 25, 54
A song of praise to God for his deeds to Israel.

Second Reading                                   Ephesians 4:17, 20–24
Christians become a new creation in Christ.

Gospel Reading                                    John 6:24–35
Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “bread of life.”

   This Sunday we continue to read from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, but not continuously. Our Lectionary omits John’s report of Jesus’ walking on water. This event is reported much less dramatically in John’s Gospel than in the Synoptic Gospels. After the feeding of the multitudes, the disciples leave in a boat and Jesus follows them. The disciples are said to be terrified by what they see. Jesus reassures them and rejoins them. In today’s Gospel, we learn that the crowd has noticed the departure of Jesus and his disciples and so seeks them out in Capernaum. In the dialogue that follows between Jesus and the crowds, Jesus unfolds for us the gift of himself that that he gives in the Eucharist.

   In today’s Gospel, there are four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus acknowledges this, yet challenges them to see beyond the fulfillment of their material needs. The crowds have followed Jesus because they have been fed. They ought to be seeking out Jesus because he can give them eternal life.

   As the second dialogue begins, it seems that the crowd might be on their way to accepting Jesus and his mission. They ask: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God. But in the third dialogue, the crowd reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They ask Jesus for a sign so that they might know that Jesus is from God. How strange this sounds since Jesus has just fed more than 5000 people. What more is expected?

   But the crowd cannot see beyond the surface of the sign. They show this in their interpretation of the sign that came from Moses. In their description, they identify Jesus with Moses, as if to say, as Moses gave the people manna in the desert, give us a sign so that we will know that you are from God. They are looking to identify a prophet without realizing that God is standing before them. Jesus corrects their misinterpretation, saying that the manna received by their ancestors came from God. As God fulfilled their ancestors’ needs in the desert, so God has provided them with food for eternal life. In the bread that they have received from Jesus, they have received physical nourishment and also spiritual nourishment. Jesus wants the crowd to see beyond the surface to the One who provides true nourishment.

   The conclusion of the dialogue reveals the crowd’s blindness. They ask for what Jesus has just told them they have found: “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus answers plainly that he himself is the Bread of Life they seek. Jesus himself is the Bread of Life who will satisfy every hunger and thirst. This is the first of several such statements found in John’s Gospel. We understand these better when we remember that God revealed his name to the people of Israel as “I am,” as Yahweh. Jesus is now claiming this name for himself. In the weeks ahead, we will see the offense that this gives to the people.
     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. 
August 2, 2015  18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Prayer Before Starting a Journey

My holy Angel Guardian, ask the Lord to bless the journey which I (we) undertake, that it may profit the health of my (our) soul and body; that I (we) may reach its end, and that, returning safe and sound, I (we) may find my family in good health. Guard, guide and preserve us. 
Faith Formation

     What is Faith Formation?  
Faith formation is catechesis (teaching the faith) which aims to deepen people’s contact with Jesus Christ via educational and enrichment opportunities. Designed to touch the intellect as well as the heart, these programs help people live and experience a more Christ-centered life.

     The mission of Our Lady of Grace’s Faith Formation, is to provide effective ways (programs) of catechesis for people of all ages and backgrounds. And in doing so we create a connection to the new evangelization envisioned by Second Vatican Council, the work of recent Popes, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which open the door to on-going conversion and a deep sense of a faith. Ultimately, faith formation is oriented toward the question: How do I practically and authentically live the Catholic faith?

     At Our Lady of Grace, groups like Sacramental Preparation, RCIA, Bible Study, adult faith formation meetings, Young Adult faith formation meetings and the Children's programs, are the tools to help us better understand the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and His sacrament, the Catholic Church. And in so doing, we are better able to share with others, to evangelize, our understanding of our Catholic faith.
Where do you fit in?
  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.
July 19, 2015  16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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July 26, 2015  17th Sunday in Ordinary Time