SATURDAY: Vigil 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm
SUNDAY: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am,
11:00 am at JPII, 1:00 pm (Spanish), and 5:00 pm
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Pre-K-1st Grade during 11 am Mass
Nursery: Ages 1 to 4 during the
9:00 am & 1:00 pm Masses
Monday-Friday 6:45 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Monday-Friday 8:30 am & 12:15 pm
Friday 7:00 pm (en Español)
Saturday 8:30 am (St Andrew Chapel)
SERVICE AND OUTREACH
Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH)
Men who are of Irish descent and are practicing Catholics are invited to join this group which has as its goals, and its motto, the promotion of friendship, unity, and true Christian charity.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest Catholic fraternal organization, was founded in New York City in 1836.Its parent organization has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. The AOH meets for social, educational, and charitable purposes. Project Saint Patrick raises funds for The Bishop of Charleston to distribute to religious in South Carolina who have financial needs and also to respond to various local needs.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month.
Bereavement Support Group
This group meets at noon on Tuesdays in the St. Augustine Room for those who are grieving losses.Most frequently those who participate are dealing with the recent death of a loved one.Individual and group support is meant to assist the bereaved to work through the impact of losses on their spiritual and emotional well-being.
Bridges helps us build a bridge of support and friendship for our fellow parishioners who are divorced, widowed and single. Please join us for meetings and social events usually scheduled on Tuesday evenings. We enjoy group discussions, guest speakers, dinner at local restaurants and occasional luncheons. Our bond is a special one, as we share our desire to help and support one another.
Catholic Radio in the Lowcountry, WXJP - FM 94.9
Sponsored by St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, in conjunction with John Paul II Catholic School and Mediatrix, SC, Inc.
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“Radio offers perhaps the closest equivalent today of what Jesus was able to do with large groups through His preaching. Radio is an intimate medium, which can reach people on the street, in their cars or in their homes.” – Saint John Paul II
The mission of Mediatrix SC, Inc., is to broadcast Catholic programming that communicates Christian truth as expressed in sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
In addition, our goal is to become a conduit of communication for, of and between parishes and apostolates within the Diocese of Charleston and perhaps beyond. We hope to use the medium of radio to help foster a greater sense of Catholic community in an area where Catholics are a minority population. Since its inception, Catholic radio in South Carolina has been dedicated to educating Catholics in their faith, evangelizing fallen away brethren and reaching those who may have an interest in learning more about Catholicism.
Catholic radio is changing lives every day.
Comments from listeners and supporters demonstrate that the desire for Catholic teaching is alive and well in South Carolina.
In addition to wholesome, quality, family programming, Catholic radio delivers additional benefits, including opportunities to:
Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping homeless families achieve lasting independence. They help families accomplish this by providing shelter, meals and support services for them, and by offering programs designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Their promise is to link those in need with those who want to help. Those who benefit from the efforts of Family Promise are considered guests.
Shelter for the guests (normally about 10-14 people, including 6-8 children) is provided on a rotating basis by church congregations, who offer their facilities as a residence for the guests for 7 consecutive nights (once every 3 months), and who also provide volunteers to serve as dinner hosts and overnight hosts for the guests while they are on church grounds. These are host congregations.
Saint Gregory the Great participates in the network of Family Promise as a support congregation, providing additional volunteers to augment existing teams in the facilities of 3 specific host congregations:
The post-Funeral Hospitality Group prepares and serves food and beverages after funerals for the families of the deceased.We have five groups consisting of a chairperson and co-chairperson and twenty five or more persons in each group.Each group has people to work at the hall for set up and cleanup and those who drop off food that they have prepared or purchased. This is a very much appreciated ministry and all are welcomed to join us.
Knights of Columbus Council 12263 Visit Website
Mychal Judge Assembly 3198
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
The Knights at Saint Gregory the Great Parish are comprised of two groups. The Cardinal Bernardin Council #12263 to which most of our members belong and the Patriotic Rev M Mychal Judge Assembly #3198, the more visible branch. The officer for each group are listed in the current church bulletin and on the Parish web page.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any Catholic male over 18 years of age who is a practicing Catholic, living up to the Commandments of God and precepts of the Church, in union with the Holy See.
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH)
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1894 as the Daughters of Erin. The name was changed to the present one in 1906.The primary purpose of the order is to promote friendship, unity, and true Christian charity. The Ladies are formed exclusively of practicing Catholics.To become a member one must be Irish by birth or descent or adoption, the wife or mother of a Hibernian, or the mother of a junior member.Meetings of the LAOH Saint Ciara Division #1, Beaufort County, are held monthly in Beaufort County.
Our Lady's Rosary Makers
The mission of Our Lady's Rosary Makers isincrease devotion to our Blessed Mother by having more people pray the rosary everyday.this objective, the group makes and provides cord mission rosaries to various parish groups, hospitals, correctional facilities, military bases and missions.
Natural Family Planning
Like many Roman Catholic dioceses, the Diocese of Charleston has a trained, certified group of individuals who teach Natural Family Planning to couples.This outreach service is available at Saint Gregory the Great, where a member of the parish who is a certified fertility care practitioner provides training in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System.The philosophy behind natural family planning is respect for the dignity of the human person and reverence for the sacrament of Matrimony.NFP adheres to Catholic teaching regarding sexuality, childbearing, and family life.
Contact information is available through the parish bulletin and parish staff.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The old expression, "our hands are God's hands" has taken new life. This
ministry combines knitting/crocheting to make prayer shawls with love and prayers for our brothers and sisters in "need." In the spirit of caring for our community at St. Gregory the Great, it is an opportunity to literally take someone in "need" and enfold them in our arms in love and prayer. We offer our consolation and support. We are saying to them -- we are with you always.
Prayer and Worship Committee
The Prayer and Worship Committee of Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Bluffton, South Carolina exists to promote the full, active and conscious participation of the laity in prayer and worship in accordance with the liturgical decrees, guidelines and customs of the Roman Catholic Church. The committee is a consultative and "hands on" body which assists the pastor, clergy and staff in working together to encourage the proper, dignified and beautiful celebration of the Church's liturgies and devotions. It seeks the assistance of parishioners and others in successfully reaching its goals.
The St. Gianna Respect Life Committee at St. Gregory the Great promotes respect for all human life from point of creation to natural death, within our parish and our community, through prayer, education, and charitable activities, in obedience to our Diocese. The Respect Life Committee holds major activities during the month of October: Respect Life Month, and January. St. Gianna Respect Life meets monthly, every third Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the St. Augustine Room of the Church. A pro-life rosary is said every Thursday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
Secular Franciscan Order
St. Gregory the Great Council of Catholic Women (SGGCCW)
Spirituality + Leadership + Service
This group brings women of the parish together to provide spiritual, cultural, educational, social and service-oriented activities. We sponsor 9-10 events from September through May to hear inspirational speakers, to share lunch and fellowship, to participate in Days of Reflection, trips to religious sites, and to participate in community and international outreach.
St. Gregory the Great Council of Catholic Women is an affiliate of the Beaufort Deanery Council, the South Carolina Council and the National Council of Catholic Women. These affiliations give our members the benefit of being part of a very powerful network that allows us to serve the Church more effectively. Members can join at any time. $10 dues are collected annually.
St. Vincent dePaul Society
This committee consists of volunteers with a special interest in the needs of the poor and in those dealing with emergency situations. Volunteers for this committee should have an interest in altruistic endeavors. All members are VIRTUS or SAFE HAVEN trained and Diocesan approved. The committee meets on the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Pinckney Room at St. Andrew Hall. New members are always welcome.
The purpose of the Vocations Committee is to inspire and assist the family of Saint Gregory the Great in fulfilling parish needs for vocations awareness and fostering vocations, especially to ordained ministry and religious life. The ways in which we work to this end are:
Rosary for Vocations, Stations of the Cross for Vocations and the Vocations Chalice program. These are all described in the beginning of this booklet in the section for Devotional Life & Prayer Groups.
The mission of the Welcome Committee is essentially to be a warm and loving connection to our parish family for visitors and new parishioners, providing information and invitation that will foster a feeling of belonging and facilitate active participation within the Saint Gregory the Great Parish community.
Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church | 31 Saint Gregory Drive | Bluffton, South Carolina, 29909 | (843) 815-3100
Parish Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:15 am - 4:15 pm | Friday 9:15 am - 1:15 pm