demarsweTheology on Tap continues Monday, 11/30 on the topic of the Intersection of Faith & Politics featuring Dr. William DeMars. The focus of this evening in our 4-part series will be international politics. Our speaker begins at 7:30pm, but folks are encouraged to arrive at Sticky Fingers (3 Market Point Drive – off Woodruff Road and near Whole Foods) at 6:45pm to take advantage of Happy Hour pricing discounts, ordering food/drinks, and socializing!

About our speaker: Dr. DeMars is the Professor & Chair of the Department of Government at Wofford College. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. Between 1996-2000, Dr. DeMars lived in Egypt working as a professor at The American University in Cairo. His regular courses taught include Foundations on World Politics, Middle East Politics, African Politics, American Foreign Policy, NGOs in World Politics, International Conflict, and Politics of United Nations.

1st Theology on Tap - AcquilanoOur Fall 2015 Theology on Tap kicks off a 4-week speaker series tonight on a highly requested topic: Faith & Politics! All are encouraged to arrive at Sticky Fingers (Woodruff Road behind Whole Foods – 3 Market Point Dr) by 6:45pm to socialize and order drinks/food. The speaker will begin at 7:30pm. The next dates in the series: 11/23 with Father Renaurd West, 11/30 with Dr. William E. DeMars, and 12/7 with Councilman Jim Burns. Questions? Call/text Kylee at 864-266-8843.

About Tonight’s Speaker:
Mr. Acquilano was hired in 2013 to serve as the Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference and Finance Associate for the Diocese of Charleston. He has worked at the United Nations as an NGO representative for the Society of Catholic Social Scientists in the February 2011 Commission on the Status of Women where he worked alongside the Holy See and several ambassadors. Mr. Acquilano and his colleagues’ mission was to promote an international right to life. In 2012, Mr. Acquilano worked with South Carolina Citizens for Life as a legal intern where he focused on government compliance issues and the implementation of pro-life legislation.

Presently, Mr. Acquilano serves as a co-coordinator for the Law of Life Summit, which is a conference held at both the March for Life (Washington, DC) and Walk for Life (San Francisco, CA) and is structured to assemble pro-life attorneys from across the country to strategize and coordinate efforts in the promote a culture of life through legislative and judicial action. Mr. Acquilano serves as a board of director for many pro-life and Catholic organizations around the country, including Sidewalk Advocates for Life and South Carolina Citizens for Life, and was recently elected Chair of the Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Mr. Acquilano has been published in several law journals, most recently in the Ave Maria School of Law, International Law Journal in his article on The Mass implementation of International Sex Education Guidelines and the Legal and Moral Ramifications as Presented by the Roman Catholic Church. Michael’s most recent work, A Society Broken and a Youth Ready to Rebuild was published in The Christian Lawyer in the summer 2013 edition, a publication of the Christian Legal Society. He has appeared on FoxNews and EWTN on several occasions.

Mr. Acquilano graduated from Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting. He later received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. Mr. Acquilano resided in Paris, France during his studies at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, one of the top business schools in Europe, where he studied International Finance and Negotiations. Additionally, he lived in Odumasi Krobo, Ghana in 2010 when he was a Business Consultant for Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET). While in Ghana Mr. Acquilano aided local companies and organized a micro-financing organization to aid impoverished farmers start their own companies.

He is a native of the Finger Lakes Region of New York where his immediate family are abortion abolitionists, aiding women in crisis pregnancy situations. Michael enjoys running, and even completed the Boston Marathon in 2012 with the word “Pro-Life” sewn into his running shorts.

BGWL-143All Catholics are invited to Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 4 to venerate First Class relics (a part of the Saint’s body, for example: blood, hair, or bones) beginning at 8:30am (Mass) until 8pm.  The relics will be in the church during the morning Mass and from 6:30p-8p.  Outside of those times, they will be able to be venerated in the Eucharistic Chapel.  The relics that will be present are:

St. Maria Goretti
St John Neumann
St Elizabeth Ann Seaton
St. Padre Pio
St Therese of Lisieux
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Catherine Laboure
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Pope St Pius X
Pope St Gregory the Great
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
St. Bernadette

Why Do We Venerate Relics?

The veneration of relics is an ancient custom dating from the reverence shown at the graves of the martyrs even in the time of the apostles. Miracles have been worked by God in association with relics – “…not that some magical power existed in them, but just as God’s work was done through the lives of [holy people], so did His work continue after their deaths. Likewise, just as [others] were drawn closer to God through the lives of [holy people], so did they (even if through their remains) inspire others to draw closer even after their deaths. This perspective provides the Church’s understanding of relics.” (Fr. W. Saunders, “Keeping Relics in Perspective”, © 2003 Arlington Catholic Herald)

 “In all, relics remind us of the holiness of a saint and his cooperation in God’s work; at the same time, relics inspire us to ask for the prayers of that saint and to beg the grace of God to live the same kind a faith-filled life.” (Saunders)

What Do We Express When We Venerate Relics?

“To venerate the relics of the saints is a profession of belief in several doctrines of the Catholic faith: (1) the belief in everlasting life for those who have obediently witnessed to Christ and His Holy Gospel here on earth; (2) the truth of the resurrection of the body for all persons on the last day; (3) the doctrine of the splendour of the human body and the respect which all should show toward the bodies of both the living and the deceased; (4) the belief in the special intercessory power which the saints enjoy in heaven because of their intimate relationship with Christ the King; and (5) the truth of our closeness to the saints because of our connection in the communion of saints — we as members of the Church militant or pilgrim Church, they as members of the Church triumphant.” (Fr. W. Saunders, “Church Teaching on Relics”, © 2003 Arlington Catholic Herald)

smoresThe eagerly anticipated BONFIRE PARTY is here! Join us tonight (10/30) for hotdogs and smores at the home of Fathers Smith & Tomlinson. Bring a chair, a side to share and drinks to enjoy (alcohol allowed). Parking is limited at the rectory, so we will be carpooling from the Bilo on East North Street (3715 E. North St. GREENVILLE, SC 29615) beginning at 7:30. Please park there! Call/text Victoria @ 770-366-3246 with any questions.

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Join over 60 young adults across the Diocese of Charleston already registered to attend a retreat weekend focused on the topic: MADE FOR GREATNESS at the majestic Diakonia Retreat Center in Salem, SC (a mere 60 miles from Greenville). Learn more and register here (submit registration online & mail your check).

Don’t delay! A head count is needed!