smallgroup2Small groups are popping up around our Greenville Catholic community! Get involved simply by attending or starting a group that you’re willing to lead. Each group is about 10-12 people and the structure/topic varies!

  • Men’s Small Group: meets weekly on Mondays at 7pm for food, prayer, and an educational topic with discussion at the home of one of the men. Call Paul (843-616-1766) or Dan (412-651-5333) for details on where to meet!
  • Women’s Small Group:
    • Group 1: This group is at capacity.
    • Group 2: led by Maureen & Mary P, this group meets weekly on Mondays at 6:30pm to listen to Bulldog Homilies by Father Mike Schmitz (about 20 minutes) and talk through a guided discussion. No advanced prep is needed. If you’re interested, contact Maureen (864-345-5526) or Mary (864-764-0538).

If you’re interested in starting a group, contact our regional coordinators: Matt D @ 678-938-4114 or Sarah P @ 864-561-4460.

 

Prayer, preparation, education – all essential to faithful citizenship

As Catholics, we are called to engage in the public square and work for the common good. On November 8th, voters across South Carolina and the United States will head to the polls to elect a President and their representatives in Congress.

The South Carolina Catholic Conference is providing several resources to help voters form their consciences, understand the principles and issues to consider when voting and learn where candidates stand.The voter education resources we are providing include:

  • Presidential Voter Guide: a side-by-side comparison of where the two major party presidential candidates stand on issues, drawing on campaign websites and news accounts. This is available in English and Spanish.
  • Catholic Issues Voter Guide: A summary of the principles of Catholic social teaching to consider when casting a ballot.
  • Weekly Prayer Intentions for Catholics
  • Guidelines for Political Activities for parishes and other Catholic entities.

NOTE: The Diocese of Charleston authorizes parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the South Carolina Catholic Conference and the USCCB. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.

In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.

The South Carolina Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael F. Acquilano, Director, at macquilano@catholic-doc.org or (843) 261-0535.

Catholic Voter Guide
Political Activity Guidelines for Catholic Entities
Prayer Intentions
Presidential Candidate Guide – English
Presidential Candidate Guide – Spanish

  • mark-your-calendars1Our September Happy Hour is on Friday, September 9 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Universal Joint
  • Saturday, September 10 marks the 2nd Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Honor the over 55 million babies aborted since 1973 by attending a special memorial Mass at Prince of Peace at 9am followed by praying at Greenville’s Abortion Clinic (1142 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC 29605) at 10:30am. Call Christina at 443-986-5945 with questions.
  • Women’s Small Groups are launching as leaders step forward! Christina C. is launching a small group on Mondays at 6:30pm, starting 9/12.  They will listen to the homilies of Father Mike Schmitz (Bulldog Catholic). The format of the evening will include listening to a 20 minute homily and talking through discussion questions. No advance prep. Contact Christina at 443-986-5945. *If you’re interested in leading a small group, contact Sarah P @ 864-561-4460.
  • Men’s Small Group meets on Mondays at 7pm. Contact Paul P at 843-616-1766 for details.

MotherTeresa_0902Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and white in honor of Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sunday, September 4!  Mother Teresa’s plain white sari with three blue borders, which is still worn by the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity (the Order Mother founded in 1950) has an interesting story behind it (learn more here, highlights mentioned below).

Sr. Gertrude, the second nun to join the Missionaries of Charity, recollected that “Mother [Teresa] selected the blue border, for we associate the colour blue with Mother Mary. It stands for purity. Also in those days women who swept the streets used to wear a similar kind of a sari. So Mother [Teresa] adopted a religious dress that was both symbolic and practical – it not only helped to identify ourselves with the poor but was also suitable to Calcutta’s searing climate.” In the evening of 17 August, 1948, Mother wore one of the saris for the first time when she moved out of the Loreto Convent at Entally. The first 2 saris were blessed by Father van Exem, Mother Teresa’s spiritual director. When the Missionaries of Charity grew beyond the number of saris that could be bought from the original source, a roadside stand on Harrison Road near Howrah (West Bengal, India), they commissioned the work to be done by out of work leprosy patients by buying them looms and teaching them to weave.

  • white – stands for truth and purity
  • the three blue borders each signify the vows that the nuns of the Order take: the first band represents Poverty, the second Obedience and the third broad band represents the vows of Chastity and of Wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor
  • The Cross worn on the left shoulder symbolizes that  Jesus on the Cross is the key to the heart

Novices (prospective member of the religious order) wear white saris without the three blue stripes. When they are ready to take vows after four years of formation, they receive the blue-striped sari of the Congregation. Each sister possesses only three saris.

unnamedEncounter ATL is a one day conference aimed at the life and struggles of modern young adults between the ages of 20-30 years old. It’s your chance to join Mark Hart, Ike Ndolo, Sr. Miriam Heidland, Matt Fradd, David Calavitta and Fr. Joe Freedy for a powerful day of talks, worship, community, and sacraments. It all takes place on Oct. 22, 2016. If you are thirsty for a deeper sense of love and purpose, if you are longing for true community, if you want to get on a new path that that leads to happiness and heaven, then come to an Encounter Conference for Young Adults. Space is limited so reserve your seat today!

For more info and registration, head to LFTN.CO/ENCOUNTER.

MT_canonization_logoPlan on a nap Saturday so that you can get up to watch live televised coverage from St. Peter’s Square at 4am of Mother Teresa’s Canonization Mass on Sunday, 9/4 (don’t worry, it’ll be re-broadcast at 11am and 8pm on EWTN)!

  • Celebrate Mother Teresa with inspiring films and documentaries that follow her life of service in as she sought Christ in every human life along her path to sainthood. Schedule is here.
  • Learn more about her life, publications, and the Missionaries of Charity here.
  • Read about the miracles that made Mother Teresa a Saint.
  • Learn about the ways the Vatican is preparing for the canonization with a week (Sept 1-8) of celebration.
  • Say a prayer of thanksgiving:Lord Jesus, merciful face of the Father, you came to give us the Good News of the Father’s mercy and tenderness.

    We thank you for the gift of our dearest Mother, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, your love and compassion to the brokenhearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying. She responded wholeheartedly to your cry, “I Thirst,” by the holiness of her life and humble works of love to the poorest of the poor.

    We pray, through her intercession, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters. Help us to give our “hearts to love and hands to serve,” after the example of Mother Teresa. Lord Jesus, bless every member of our family, our parish, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love. 

    Amen.

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20160730_113824All are invited to pray with us at the Greenville Abortion Facility (1142 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC 29605). Please park and walk safely to the front area of the facility. Afterward, join us in visiting a woman who decided against an abortion with the help of the witness of a 14yo from Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She is due in approx. 1 month. Our ministry has received generous donations of clothing and money for her unborn son. Questions? Contact Christina C at 443-986-5945 (text or call).