Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. Remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two lesser meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. Catholics who have completed their 18th year are bound by this law until the beginning of their 60th year. Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meat should not be eaten at any meal. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.

The schedule of Mass opportunities is as follows for Greenville on March 1:

  • 7am @ Prince of Peace
  • 7am @ St. Mary Magdalene
  • 7am @ St. Mary’s Downtown
  • 8:30 @ Prince of Peace (School Mass)
  • 8:30am @ St. Mary Magdalene
  • 9am @ Monastery of St. Clare
  • 9am @ Our Lady of the Rosary (School Mass)
  • 10am @ Blessed Sacrament (English)
  • noon @ Prince of Peace (EF)
  • noon @ St. Anthony of Padua
  • noon @ St. Mary’s Downtown
  • 12:10pm @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • 12:15pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
  • 4pm @ Woodlands at Furman
  • 5pm @ Blessed Sacrament (English)
  • 5pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
  • 6pm @ Our Lady of the Rosary
  • 6:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
  • 7pm @ Blessed Sacrament (Spanish)
  • 7pm @ Prince of Peace
  • 7pm @ St. Anthony of Padua (The Men’s Club will serve a traditional Ash Wednesday Fish Supper for the entire parish immediately following Mass in the Social Hall)
  • 7pm @ St. Mary’s Downtown (English in Church, Spanish in Baum Center)
  • 8:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalene (Spanish)
  • 9pm @ Furman Daniel Chapel

At the time of publishing, St. Rafka’s website had expired and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton had not published their schedule online. 

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Booklet by Prince of Peace

The South Carolina Catholic Women’s Conference will be held on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30-8pm (registration at 6pm) at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with speakers Steve Ray and Dr. Bill Thierfelder. One of the topics will be on domestic violence. Suggested donation is $10. Learn more.

The Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, March 4th beginning with 8:30am Mass and concluding at 4p at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with speakers Steve Ray, Dr. Bill Thierfelder, Father Jeffrey Kirby, Father Christopher Smith, and the Most Reverend Robert Guglielmone. Registration is $40 in advance, $50 at the door and discounts are available. Includes a light breakfast and lunch .Check out the brochure.

Learn more at sccatholicmensconf.org 

Join us on Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and/or on Tuesday, March 14th at 7pm at St. Mary Magdalene for the Diocese of Charleston’s Office of Young Adult Ministry hosting Lenten Evenings of Recollection – a speaker series with opportunity for Adoration & Benediction.  Questions? Contact Lexie via lsegrest@catholic-doc.org or 843.261.0445.

Sister Nancy of the Monastery of St. Clare (in Travelers Rest) has extended an invitation to young, single women for a Monastic Immersion experience May 14-27. Applications are due by April 8th. For more information, contact nancy@poorclaresc.com or 864-834-8015

Link to brochure: Monastic Immersion Experience Brochure 2017

About the Poor Clares: We are a group of fifteen sisters who live a contemplative monastic life according to the Rule of Saint Clare. As part of the worldwide Franciscan Order we have been present in South Carolina for over 60 years.

Goal of the Monastic Immersion Experience: To offer an opportunity for women to experience the prayer, work and leisure of a contemplative community. The experience also gives the community an opportunity to be enriched by the presence, gifts, and talents which the volunteers will bring to our common search for God. The experience provides an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth through sharing in the silence, reflection and daily rhythm of the Poor Clare life.

  • Financial arrangement: The Monastery supplies room and board; volunteers need to provide their own health insurance and minimal spending money.
  • Living arrangements: Living in community with the sisters; private bedroom & private bathroom
  • Orientation to monastic life, Franciscan spirituality, Liturgy of the Hours, faith sharing, optional spiritual direction available; the emphasis is on experiencing monastic life; inservice training will be provided as needed.
  • Program size: One to four women

Our monthly dinner on Sunday, February 19th has upgraded into a potluck with a speaker! Feed your belly and your soul 🙂 Update your calendars! Sister Regina Cochran, FSE who served as a (much loved) speaker at one of our Diocesan retreats is visiting Greenville this weekend. On Sunday, Rachel Neubauer (many of you know her as the former Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese who accepted a position here in Greenville at St. Joseph’s Catholic School) is hosting a potluck at her home starting at 5:30pm on Sunday. You’re invited to bring a picnic blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy this wonderful weather and a dish to share. BYOBeverage! KIDS ARE WELCOME! Sister Regina will speak on the topic:  ‘Complementary in the Church in Today’s World: The Masculine and Feminine Genius’ beginning at 6:30pm.

Come for the potluck or the speaker or both, as your time permits. Get the address by texting Rachel at 815-670-0831 or Kylee at 864-266-8843.

We get excited when we find Catholic business owners and entrepreneurs right here in our local community like Sully’s Steamers (owner, Robert Sullivan – try the Father Newman’s Own sandwich!), O’Malley Dentistry (Ryan O’Malley, DMD),  Elgin Williamson Enterprises (family owned business of Claudia Williamson specializing in 24 Hour Wrecker Service & Full Service Collision Repair) , Masters Car Stereo, Randomonium Band, Audrey Hamilton (singer), St. Anthony’s Catholic Bookstore, St. Benedict’s Catholic Store, Jamie McGowen rosary designs, and many more (check your parish bulletin for advertising). Feel free to email us at lvgreenville@gmail.com with more!

To add to this great list, one of our young adults (Joshua Hamilton) is launching a Catholic t-shirt store! When interviewed about the reasons for creating this business, he said: “I have 3 main reasons: one is that we praise our athletes and celebrities and should also praise our saints; another is that the Catholic shirts found online are often not the kind I would want to wear, and finally, the most important reason is that it is a wonderful evangelization tool enabling me to walk my walk with Christ with public accountability and opportunity to engage others in faith-based discussion.” See designs on the website or order directly by emailing Info@coolcatholictshirts.com

Upcoming events in LVG (questions? contact us at lvgreenville@gmail.com):

  • Thursday, February 2 concludes our Toolbox Study led by Sarah P. The final week for our Toolbox Study is about making it personal. 1 Peter says “Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience”. So why DO you have hope in your faith? In Christ? Why are you a Catholic Christian? Why should you tell anyone, even if they ask? This week, we’ll go through some of these questions and more to pull together some thoughts from our own lives in order to answer the question – “So why do you believe that?” Meet at St. Francis Eastside (in the Chapel conference room – enter lobby C, take a left, door is on the left) at 7pm.
  • Friday, February 3 from 6-7pm: Happy Hour: Kick off your weekend with LVG friends at Upstate Craft Beer Co where you can enjoy beer and appetizers. Host: Sarah M

Parish happenings: 

  • St. Mary Magdalene has updated their Mass & Confession schedule to include a 6:30p Mass on Tuesdays for young adults with confession prior (starting at 5:30p)
  • On Wednesdays, Angela Calabro is teaching a class at Prince of Peace on Theology of the Body from 7-8p.  Learn more here.
  • Prince of Peace is hosting the treble choristers of The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (NYC) on Friday, Feb 3 at 7:30p. Angela is seeking volunteers to help with the event (contact her at angela.calabro@princeofpeacetaylors.org). Tickets are available for $20 ea (learn more). Listen to the full choir here.
  • St. Anthony University, directed by TJ Cofield, has opened their Spring 2017 Course Registration. The flyer below describes the classes and registration is available online.