We’re kicking off the 4-week “Toolbox Study” led by Sarah P, one of our regional coordinators, on Thursday, January 12th at St. Francis Eastside Hospital (Chapel conference room – enter lobby C, take a left, door is on the left). The topic for week 1 is Learning Together: How to Navigate a Small Group. Questions? Call Sarah P at 864-561-4460.
About week 1: Small groups are awkward. There’s no doubt about it. Exploring a topic with strangers is, for many of us, unnatural and uncomfortable! Silences are either too long or too short, leaders can be pushy, discussion questions can be flat, and you never know how your views will be received.
This week, we’re going to dissect what makes small groups work WELL by looking at some good leadership methods, as well as talking about participation etiquette and how to get the most out of studying with a group.
Embrace the awkwardness.
We recently had the pleasure of learning about Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston’s Save-A-Smile Program that provides assistance to clients in need of full dentures. Their services also include a comprehensive dental wellness workshop to provide education on care and maintenance of dentures. All dentures are provided on a sliding scale fee and cost approximately $300. To date, around 1,000 clients have received full dentures (before and after photos to the left).
Good oral health may mean the ability to carry out the basic physical and social functions that we normally take for granted. Far too many individuals lack access to consistent dental care. The lack of preventative and restorative care at critical points leads many to lose most or all of their natural teeth. Because the lack of attractive, functional teeth can inhibit the ability to function socially, economically, and physically, Catholic Charities provides clients with dentures. You can give the “Gift of A Smile” by donating online (here, make sure to reference Save-a-Smile under the program/ministry) or by mail to:
Catholic Charities Piedmont
c/o Michelle Oberle
204-A Douthit Street
Greenville, SC 29601
on your check, direct funds to Save-a-Smile Greenville
Our goal is to raise money toward 5 full denture sets in the amount of $1,500. Every donation helps!
Check your parish for opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent! Below are several Advent Reconciliation Services with extended hours or multiple priests on hand to listen to confessions:
- Tuesday, December 13 at 7p – Blessed Trinity
- A special confession schedule this week at Prince of Peace: Tuesday 12/20, Wednesday 12/21, Thursday 12/22 from 6-8p
- Thursday, December 15 at 7p – St. Mary Magdalene
- Wednesday, December 21 from 9a-6p – St. Rafka
- Thursday, December 22 at 7p – St. Anthony of Padua
For the “regular” schedule of confessions in Greenville, click here. Always check your parish bulletin for changes (and update us at email@example.com)!
Thursday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate and the scriptural references here. Check your parish for their schedule of Mass!
- 6p: Our Lady of the Rosary
- 7p: Blessed Trinity
- 7p: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 7p: St. Mary Magdalene
- 7a: Prince of Peace
- 7a: St. Mary Magdalene
- 7a: St. Mary’s Downtown
- 8:30a: Prince of Peace
- 8:30a: St. Mary Magdalene
- 9a: Our Lady of the Rosary
- 11:30a: Blessed Trinity
- noon: Prince of Peace (EF)
- noon: St. Anthony of Padua
- noon: St. Mary’s Downtown
- 12:10p: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 12:15p: St. Mary Magdalene
- 7p: Prince of Peace
- 7p: St. Anthony of Padua
- 7p: St. Mary Magdalene
- 7p: St. Mary’s Downtown
The form of the church follows the example of early Roman basilicas, with a broad nave and a transept containing a baldachin over the altar. The structure will be built from solid masonry with extensive use of local salvaged brick for exterior trim. The timeless detailing derives from churches built in Western Europe in the first millennium — a universal style well suited to a modern Catholic church. Christian LeBlanc will serve as architect of record. Watercolor renderings and interior design contributions by Matthew Alderman.
Join us for Mass at 6pm at Our Lady of the Rosary followed by a guided tour of the new church building with a talk on sacred architecture with Father Longenecker! Reminder: OLR offers Confession & Adoration from 4:45pm-5:45pm. Call Teresa at 864-607-8941 with questions.
We’re delighted to host Pearlie Harris as our last speaker in the Fall ’16 Theology on Tap series! Join us tonight at 7p to socialize and order food/drink from our friends at Connolly’s Irish Pub (24 E Court Street). Ms. Harris will begin around 7:30p on the topic of Catholicism in community & service. Learn more about the speaker here. Highlights from the article include:
- The Center for Breast Health at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is named in honor of Pearlie Harris for her endless dedication to making a difference and extending her personal mission of faith, hope, and help to those in need.
- Pearlie began her volunteer service with St. Francis working the reception desk after retiring as a Greenville County School teacher. She then went on to serve as Eucharistic Minister before being asked to serve on the St. Francis Foundation Board to share her wisdom and community knowledge. In 2009, Pearlie served as Chair of the Board of Directors for St. Francis Health System – the first African-American and the first woman to serve in that role!
- In addition to the vast support she has lent to St. Francis, she also has been instrumental in leading the Greenville Mardi Gras Gala, a signature event which raises thousands of dollars for critical needs throughout the Upstate.
- She has also served on the board of St. Joseph’s High School for more than a decade, she served two years as President of St. Mary’s Woman’s Club and has given leadership to boards of Urban League, Operation ShoeHorn, Greenville Chorale and Greenville Symphony. In recognition of the vast contributions that she continues to make, Pearlie was recently named Catholic Woman of the Year for St. Mary’s Church, Greenville.
Week 3 of LVG’s Fall ’16 Theology on Tap series featured Father Christopher Smith, pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church speaking on how to be authentically Catholic when facing life’s biggest struggles. His talk is part of our 4-week series on being recognizably Catholic in relationship (dating, marriage, friendship, etc.), facing obstacles and serving within our community. The series concludes on Monday, November 28 at Connolly’s Irish Pub. Join us at 7p for socializing and ordering food/drink. The week 4 speaker, Pearlie Harris, will begin around 7:30p. Please note that this is the only talk that will be recorded and shared. We especially thank Father Chris Smith for his agreement to do so, upon request from our members. Note that this recording and its content are under the copyright of Father Christopher Smith.
LISTEN HERE (go to “Father Smith’s Talks” section, press play on Authentic Catholicism When Facing Life’s Struggles)