Monday, July 18, 2005

Good things are bustin' out all over

Excellent things appear to be happening in a Catholic parish in Greenville, SC of all places. This is meant as no insult to loyal South Carolinians, but it's not the first place I'd look for top-drawer Catholic life.

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville has started a Center for Evangelical Catholicism seeking to bring parish members and other Catholics more deeply into true transformation of life through the Gospel. Then, "[h]aving experienced the freedom and the joy of being transformed by the Gospel, Evangelical Catholics pursue an intensive, intentional and radical living out of their Baptismal promises in communion with Jesus Christ and His Church."

This is truly an exciting development. Have a look at their document called "A Simple Way of Life" which is one of the best descriptions of normal devotional life for the lay person that I've ever encountered. And there's a further treat. They're about to begin saying one Mass each Sunday according to the Novus Ordo in Latin, courtesy of one of their own seminarians who is assigned to the parish as a transitional deacon.

Does anybody want to go on a field trip to Greenville?


Julie D. said...

WOW! No kidding, that is so perfectly put ... ROAD TRIP!!!! Let's go to Greenville. :-)

Therese Z said...


We've had that already, once. Roz and Therese Z took ourselves to a Tridentine Mass last fall. And we've attended each other's parishes for Mass, too.

My friends at my parish plan to go to Latin Novus Ordo Mass sometime this fall, and I have my eye on an Opus Dei parish AND a Byzantine Rite parish both within convenient driving distance. Then, if I'm really good, I am taking myself to a Discalced Carmelite convent I discovered a couple of surburbs away.

I NEVER thought it would be so plain exciting to go on "pilgrimages" to other churches, to shrines, etc. There's so much to see and do and learn.

MTR said...

Evangelical Catholicism?---I am intrigued... :-)

Therese Z said...

Evangelism is a great word that kind of got assigned to Protestants. But since it means to go and tell the Good News, Catholics should remember that they have both the duty AND the news.

Their parish looks like they're on fire. I agree with Roz: that "Simple Way" document is inspiring.

Would that the whole world would be burning!



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