A reminder to pencil on your calendar the available Lenten Evenings of Recollection in Greenville hosted by the Diocese of Charleston’s Office of Young Adult Ministry on Wednesday, March 8th at 7p at Prince of Peace and Tuesday, March 14th at 7pm at St. Mary Magdalene.
Hour of Grace is a special opportunity for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with guided contemplation by Father Pat, Adoration, silent prayer and praise & worship style music with Audrey Hamilton. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. Join us on Monday, March 6th from 6:30-7:30p at the Chapel inside the St. Anthony of Padua School.
Stations of the Cross/Way of the Cross: beginning Friday, March 3rd
- 5:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalane
- 6pm @ Blessed Trinity
- 6pm @ St. Mary’s Downtown
- 7pm @ Blessed Trinity (Spanish)
- 7pm @ Prince of Peace *Not offered on March 3rd due to hosting the SC Men’s Conference
Eat with your parish beginning Friday, March 3rd
- Blessed Trinity’s KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will be having fish fries on Friday, March 3rd & 24th at 5pm. $10/adults, children 12 & under eat free.
- Prince of Peace at 5:30-7.30p in the PAC. Pricing – Adults $8.00, Seniors over 65 $6.00 & Children Under 12 $6.00 (children Under 4 – FREE). Max $30.00 for Immediate Family. *Not offered on March 3rd (due to hosting the SC Men’s Conference) or March 24th.
- St. Mary’s Women’s Club members will serve soup and grilled cheese sandwiches in the Macalka Dining Room in Pazdan Hall after all Stations of the Cross beginning Friday 3 March through Friday 7 April. There is no cost. Please join fellow parishioners for this devotion that commemorates 14 key events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion and a Lenten dinner and fellowship afterwards.
- St. Mary Magdalene after Stations of the Cross. The cost is $7 for individual and $15 for three or more. Example menu for March 3: Golden fried Alaskan Pollock fillets, baked beans, cole slaw, corn muffins, coffee, tea and lemonade.
- Our Lady of the Rosary – Every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) Doors Open 6 PM, 762 Mauldin Road, Greenville. $10/Adult, $6 children (6 or older), Children under 6 free, $35 per family. Several varieties of fish, sides, dessert, tea and water. Cash Bar available. Hope to see you there.
- St. Anthony of Padua – beginning @ 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.
The Diocesan Young Adult Spring Retreat, One Body, is April 7-9 at Camp St. Christopher. All young adults ages 18-35 are welcome! Speakers include Father Jeffrey Kirby (Author and National Speaker, EWTN Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Lancaster, SC) and Kathy Schmugge (Director of Family Life Office, MS of Theological Studies, Former Nuclear Power Instructor). Costs are $75 (shared room) or $130 (private room) and includes dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday, and snacks. Registration is OPEN – register online and send your check via mail to confirm your spot! Scholarships are available by contacting Lexie Segrest, Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry, at (843) 261-0445.
Over the weekend, many of our local parishes posted opportunities to enrich your Lent via additional parish-based offerings. We skimmed bulletins and gathered these offerings into one source for what will be a growing list! Please check back for updates and send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our souls, like our bodies, get run down. Lent is a time for spiritual training; for raising ideals, for practicing exercises and virtues in the hope that they may have permanent effect, and for doing penance for our sins. But we must be practical, not vague. It is better to choose one penance and stick to it, rather than aiming to do too much and failing in fact to do anything.
- Make time to read Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017
- Prince of Peace is offering a course by Father Tomlinson on the Passion Narratives of the Gospel Thursdays at 7p in Croghan Hall (9 March, 16 March, 23 March, 30 March, 6 April)
- Father Newman in the Sunday bulletin recommended “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World” written by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia
- On four Thursdays of Lent (9, 16, 23 & 30 March) Father Newman will teach a class at 6.30 pm in McGrady Hall on several topics dealing with the interior life, continuing conversion, and how to make a good Confession.
- Franciscan Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 18th at St. Anthony of Padua from 9a-4pm. There will be Speakers, Confessions, Adoration, the Franciscan Crown Rosary. Lunch will be provided: no cost, but RSVP is appreciated. Contact Marsha Wiggins at email@example.com or if questions: Judy Bruce 864.901.5104.
- Father Chris in his Sunday bulletin recommended “Nothing Superfuous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great” by Fr. James Jackson, FSSP
- St. Anthony of Padua continues their University offerings. Learn more here and contact TJ Cofield with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lighthouse Media CDs are available for pickup at many parishes. A recommended title for Lent is Meditations on the Stations of the Cross.
Go to confession
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available here, but you’re encouraged to check your parish for Lenten updates. Many parishes have supplemented their schedule to accommodate parishioner needs!
Add a daily Mass to your weekly schedule:
- The schedule of daily Mass offerings in Greenville are posted here. Check your local parish for Lenten updates!
Attend night prayer on Sunday evenings:
- Sundays at 5pm – Vespers @ St. Mary’s Downtown
- Sundays at 7:30pm – Compline @ Prince of Peace (At Compline, we examine our conscience; we sing psalms with their proper antiphons; and we listen to the Word of God. The highlight of the service is the Anthem to Our Lady, in which we process to the Lady Altar, the Faithful are sprinkled with Holy Water, and the antiphon is sung.)
Go to Stations of the Cross/Way of the Cross on Fridays:
- 5:30pm at St. Mary Magdalene
- 6pm at St. Mary’s Downtown
- 7pm at Prince of Peace (NOT on March 3rd due to hosting SC Men’s Conference)
Pray at the Abortion Clinic during 40 days for Life (1 March – 9 April)
- Learn about the kickoff event on Saturday, March 4th via Facebook: 40daysgreenville www.40daysforlife.com/greenville
Commit to an hour of adoration at 1 of our perpetual adoration chapels
- St. Mary Magdalene: A key card is required to enter the chapel. If you would like to sign up as an adorer or regular visitor, or just visit for the day, please come to the St. Mary Magdalene parish office Monday – Friday, between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm. Hours in need: Sundays at 1 p.m. Mondays at 2 a.m. Wednesdays at 1 a.m. Fridays at 2 a.m. & 9 a.m. Saturdays at 8 p.m. Contact: email@example.com or 864-288 4884 x238.
- Prince of Peace: Contact Lisa Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864.508.7123. Choose an hour of your convenience or consider one of our URGENT NEEDS (*) or one needing a prayer partner: Monday 1 am* Thursday 1 pm & 5 pm Tuesday 1 am* Friday 11 am*, 4 pm, 6 pm* Wednesday 2 am* Saturday 10 pm
- Join LVG at Hour of Grace (an hour of guided prayer, contemplation, and praise & worship before the Blessed Sacrament) at 6:30pm on Monday, March 6th at St. Anthony of Padua School Chapel
Pray the Rosary
- Start a group! Pray on your own! Or, make a commitment to join Deacons Roger and Michael on Mondays at 6 p.m. in praying the Rosary at St. Mary Magdalene
Volunteer/Acts of Service
- Ronald McDonald House: review the list of needs in the bulletin for St. Mary’s Downtown
- Habitat for Humanity Faith Build 2017: You do not need to be an expert handyperson to help out; just be willing to give a few of your Thursdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays (morning or afternoon) from late March thru early June. Contact Ed Walsh 864-436-0700 or email: email@example.com to volunteer and/or to receive additional information. You may also go to smmcc.org/ habitat to learn more about our Habitat Ministry.
- Donate to the Food Pantry @ St. Anthony of Padua: The Food Pantry provides assistance to those in need in the community by providing non-perishable food bags for individuals, food boxes for families, as siting with bill and rent, providing kerosene vouchers, etc. Outreach is coordinated with Catholic Charities and the Save-a-Smile program. The parish nurse assists with medical needs. Stephanie Rosso | firstname.lastname@example.org | 864.233.7717 x 211 Phillip Griffin | 864.233.7717 x 211
Commit to regular tithing or increase your sacrifice at your parish (are you registered?)
Attend the Diocesan Lenten Recollection
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.
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