(Last edit: 3/05/21)
Next Drive Up / Pick Up Material Event is Wednesday, March 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Families whose Last Name Begins with
A - F: Arrive between 6:30 & 6:45 pm
G - L: Arrive between 6:45 & 7:00 pm
M - Q: Arrive between 7:00 & 7:15 pm
R - Z Arrive between 7:15 & 7:30 pm
6:30 pm Rite of Welcome for the 7th Grade Confirmation Class 2022 (I will have 7th grade families' materials in Chruch)
If you are attending Stations of the Cross at 7 pm, you may pick up your materials beforehand.
Scroll down for Lentils Monastery Style recipe!
March is the month dedicated to St. Joseph. Pope Francis has declared this year a Year of St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church and a happy death. Our parish celebrates his feast, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) as patronal feasts. Read a story about St. Joseph here.
Parents of current kindergarteners who are interested in our Parish School of Religion for faith formation next year, I would like to discuss first grade with you. Send me an email if you have a kindergartener and we can set up an opportunity to chat.
Prayer, fasting, almsgiving, are not something different we do for Lent, but habits we practice now to hopefully extend into our entire life. Lent is our yearly retreat. Don’t lose steam now. What ways of being can I foster this season that will enrich my family life going forward? How do I witness to my children and grandchildren: turning to the Lord, doing without and giving to the poor everyday of my life?
Please see me if you are interested about learning more about the faith formation offered at Saint Mary's in our Parish School of Religion.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowls are available at school and at Mass for your family to pick up. We fill our Rice bowls with change during Lent to support CRS and the mission of the United States Bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Go to crsricebowl.org for more information and to view short videos about how your donation is helping those in need. Your Lenten alms help provide life-saving support to more than 159 million people in more than 100 countries.
During the pandemic Saint Mary’s Parish School of Religion offers zoom classes for children in grades third through twelfth. For families with younger children we offer parent support and video links. We have material for kindergarten and preschool children. Please contact me if you are interested in receiving this age appropriate religious education material.
Enrollment for preschool students for our new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium is now open. Contact me if you have any questions. Children must be three years old by September 2021. Parent study group has been delayed, but is still planned.
Serendipity by Sarah, the makers of fine religious clothes and articles, will not be setting up shop at Saint Mary’s this year. You can find them on Facebook or contact them at [email protected]. Hopefully, we will be able to see them in person next year. Link here for a lot more information from Serendipity
Director of Religious Education
Saint Mary’s Church, Greenville
An Ecumenical Christian Prayer - found at the end of Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti
O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.
Lentils Monastery Style Serves 4 - 6
In a large soup pot saute until soft, about 3 - 5 minutes:
1/4 cup water (add more water if needed to keep onions from sticking)
1 large onion, chopped
2 - 3 carrots, chopped
Add and saute an additional minute:
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
Add and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes or until lentils are soft:
3 cups vegatable stock
1 cup dry lentils, washed (I prefer red lentils, but all colors of lentils work)
4 tsp dried parsley
15 oz canned diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/4 white wine stirrred into pot after removing from heat.
Serve in bowls
Optional: Sprinkle with cheese of choice in individual bowls.