FLYERThe Vocations Office of the Diocese of Charleston is hosting a discernment retreat for single men (Ages 18-49) on March 11-13, 2016. If you’re trying to figure out where the Lord is calling you–whether it’s a job, school, or seminary–think about coming on the retreat. It will be a valuable tool for discernment and an excellent weekend of prayer and fellowship!
Registration is now open! Visit www.CharlestonVocations.com for information and to sign up online, or contact the Office of Vocations at (843) 261-0532. 

logoThe excitement of the St. Anselm’s Community is contagious! Pope Francis selected Rev. Msgr. Steven J. Lopes as first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Mass of Ordination of Bishop-elect Lopes will broadcast live on EWTN on Feb. 2, 2016 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. EST.  Watch closely and you’ll likely spot some of LVG’s favorite people: Seminarian Evan Simington, Father Christopher Smith, Meg & Jamie McGowen, and more!

What’s the Ordinariate?

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition. The Ordinariate was created by the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2012.

Members of the Ordinariate are fully Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of Anglican heritage in their celebration of liturgy and in the hospitality and ministries of their Catholic communities.

Based in Houston, Texas, the Ordinariate has more than 40 Roman Catholic parishes and communities across the United States and Canada.

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Come with us to Vespers at Prince of Peace from 5:00-5:30pm on Sundays (Jan 31 & Feb 7). Lee E. is LVG’s contact person arranging to have young adults sit together, if desired! Reach him at 803-466-7826 (call/text).

From the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians gathered in the evening on the Lord’s Day to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles. The official public evening prayer of the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours is Vespers, named after the Vesper Star that rises to herald the fall of night.

At Vespers, we sing five psalms with their proper antiphons; we listen to the Word of God, and sing a hymn for the Evening. The highlight of the service is the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary, in which the Altar and the Faithful are incensed – a sign of honor and our prayers rising to God. After a prayer, we visit the Lady Altar to ask Mary’s protection during the night.

“Responsible citizenship is a virtue,
and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
— Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

LVG members had the wonderful opportunity to meet and listen to Michael F. Acquilano, Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference, at the Fall 2015 Theology on Tap series on the Intersection of Faith & Politics. Per the website, “Formed in 2013 by the Bishops of Charleston, the South Carolina Catholic Conference is the means by which the bishop and clergy of the state act together on public policy matters for the mutual well-being of the Catholic Church and all citizens throughout the state.” Their focus goes well beyond the upcoming Presidential election into the daily issues effecting social teaching and public policy matters. Catholics are called to political responsibility and Mr. Acquilano makes awareness and action within easy reach!

  • Read the U.S. Bishops’ statement “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, click here
  • Read the SC Catholic Conference’s eagerly anticipated VOTER GUIDE
  • Sign up to receive “South Carolina Catholic Voice” eNewsletter, alerts, news updates & more on policy issues affecting the Catholic faithful & of concern to the Bishop of Charleston.
  • Evidence of how advocacy is making a difference

13008_119745411540520_2020513016_nLVG extends a “thank you” to Lisa Watkins, Director of Communications at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Lisa is always thinking of our ministry as demonstrated by her many efforts where she has simply noticed a need and filled it. Within the weekly e-bulletin, Lisa ensures that our ministry events shine with her stylized advertising. And, beyond that, Lisa often sends over copies of flyers and brochures that she has taken the time to print anticipating our needs! We’re so fortunate for the many ways Lisa helps us shine and contributes to our growth! Thank you!

vespers-bannerCome with us to Vespers at Prince of Peace from 5:00-5:30pm on Sundays thru Feb 7th. Lee E. is LVG’s contact person arranging to have young adults sit together, if desired!

From the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians gathered in the evening on the Lord’s Day to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles. The official public evening prayer of the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours is Vespers, named after the Vesper Star that rises to herald the fall of night.

At Vespers, we sing five psalms with their proper antiphons; we listen to the Word of God, and sing a hymn for the Evening. The highlight of the service is the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary, in which the Altar and the Faithful are incensed – a sign of honor and our prayers rising to God. After a prayer, we visit the Lady Altar to ask Mary’s protection during the night.

News_Year-of-consecrated-lifeIn 2013, Pope Francis proclaimed that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world! YCL began on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. The year also marked the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the Church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”

In celebration, the Sisters at the Monastery of St. Clare invite you to join them in a Prayer Service on Sunday, January 31st beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Adoration (optional) followed by Evening Prayer at 4:30 p.m., then refreshments.

Prayers intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available here.