Sunday Mass: 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM
Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM (Spanish)
Monday No Mass
Tuesday 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Thursday 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM in Spanish
Friday 8:30 AM (School Mass)
Saturday 9:30 AM - location varies - see schedule
Wednesdays at 4 PM - Rosary prayed in the Chapel
Building on our rich heritage of faith formation and education, and joyously embracing our cultural diversity, our mission is to grow as a vibrant Catholic faith community in service to God and neighbor.
Established in 1948, Our Lady of Peace strives to be a faith community giving witness to Jesus Christ through all of its ministries.
Why is May the Month of Mary?
May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans. It’s also the Month of Mary.Having gone to a Catholic grade school run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, my early childhood memories include honoring Mary during May – a practice I’ve continued all of my life and taught my children to do as well. It’s as natural and essential to me as my morning coffee (only far, far more joy-filled if you can even imagine that). I know a number of Catholics who see May as the Month of Mary, and we all get the same question from time to time:
Why is May Mary’s month? Here’s a brief explanation.
For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month.
The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity.
In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.
In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth.
During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary,” came into being. Also called, “Lady Month,” the event was held from August 15-September 14 and is still observed in some areas.
The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May, Mary Month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary.
It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.
Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father MONTH OF MAY
Theme: Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
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Tuesdays 5-5:45 p.m. in Church Confessional
Thursdays 6--6:45 p.m. in Church Confessional
Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Church Confessional
Other Times by appointment-call 803-279-0315 ext. 106
3rd Saturdays (Sep-May) Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinners at OLP School after 5:30 Mass
Altar Flower Donations please contact our parish secretary to schedule a date for your donation
RCIA Inquiry every Saturday from
4-5 PM in Minister's Meeting Room
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Watch Bishop Guglielmone's Video:
English Version: https://youtu.be/tFW6dU9wOvw
Spanish Version - https://youtu.be/_rrI0wu0NQ4