An Extra-Ordinary Time

01-22-2023Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Saturday, February 4, our parishioner Alejandro
(Alex) Leguizamon will be ordained a deacon at our Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston. For about five and a half years, Alex has been preparing, and now the time has come! Please pray for Alex and his family as he makes his final spiritual preparations for this important gift of the Holy Order of Deacon.

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Gratitude

01-15-2023Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thinking back into one’s childhood, one of the things that often comes to mind is learning to say “thank you.” It seems odd that such a thing has to be a learned behavior. As we grow older and reflect on the love and sacrifices others make for us, I believe it becomes easier to see and appreciate the importance of expressing gratitude to those around us.

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God Is Light

01-08-2023Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Sunday, Jan 8, as we joyfully celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, we also are happy to host a visit from our Bishop, Jacques Fabre. This will be Bishop Fabre’s very first visit to Aiken. The Bishop will be the main celebrant for the 11:00am and 1:00pm Masses. Then, at 2:30pm we will host reception for him in St. Angela Hall. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Bishop Fabre!

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Holy Mother of God

01-01-2023Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy New Year of Grace – 2023! The civil new year brings us an opportunity to have that moment in time to start again. For us as Catholic Christians, we have a unique opportunity since this transition occurs during one of our most powerful and important liturgical celebrations – the Season of Christmas. In particular, today is what we call the Octave Day of Christmas and the celebration of the most important title of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of God.

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O Holy Night!

12-25-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

If you are visiting with us, welcome! The Christmas Masses often bring many visitors to our parish, especially family members and friends of parishioners. We pray you find a warm welcome from our family of St. Mary’s Parish and School. I invite all visitors and parishioners to receive our free gift, the book Holy Moments by Matthew Kelly, as you leave Mass. It will deepen your faith, hope, and love. Special thanks go to our generous anonymous donor, who has made the gift of this book possible.

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A Challenge to Help our Children Excel

12-18-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are in the midst of a 120-Day Million Dollar Challenge, and pledges have been coming in already as I write this! Since the holidays create accelerated deadlines for this bulletin, I am writing this column only a couple of days after we introduced the challenge at Masses. I will be providing updates on our progress as soon as I can get them to you.

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The 120-Day Million Dollar Challenge

12-11-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson, VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend at the 11:00am and 1:00pm Masses, we make our final farewell to Fr. Francisco as he leaves us to become pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood. In his over two years with us, he has become part of our St. Mary’s family. He won’t be far away, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy a visit from you.

On December 19, we give a very warm St. Mary’s welcome to Fr. Orlando Serrano. Please see a personal note from him below. Welcome, Father Orlando!

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Immaculate Mary

12-04-2022Pastor's LetterRev. Gregory B.Wilson,VF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Advent begins to get into full swing, we come to the truly beautiful Holy Day of Obligation, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this Thursday, Dec 8. Love means that we joyfully fulfill certain obligations – things we must do. But, it is an obligation fulfilled in joy. People who are married know this! Catholics out of love not only are obliged to participate at Holy Mass all Sundays but also a very few Holy Days.

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