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Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever!
Dear Visitor to St. Mary’s,
A parish church is a spiritual family, a fellowship of disciples of the Lord Jesus. All of us who call St. Mary’s home are called through our Baptism to follow Christ by worshiping the Father in Sprit and Truth, by loving each other, by teaching the Gospel, and by serving the least of Christ’s brethren. I hope that this web site will help us respond to our call to holiness by connecting us to each other in simple but essential ways.
We live in a privileged moment in the history of the universal Church and of this parish; this is the time of the New Evangelization — a comprehensive plan for the preaching of the Gospel, the reformation of the Church, and the renewal of human civilization. Pope Benedict XVI urgently invites every human person to share in this work by answering the question posed by Jesus to the Apostles on the road to Caesarea Philippi, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15). This is the fundamental question of every human life, and to find the happiness for which God created us, we must each confess with St. Peter: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16).
From the moment we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we become His followers, His disciples. And the whole Christian life may be described as learning the cost of discipleship by constant conversion from sin and acceptance of the obedience of faith. We are not our own; we have been purchased at a great price by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Supported by the prayers of our patroness, St. Mary, and guided by the example of her perfect obedience to the Word of God, may we all strive to live by faith, hope, and love as disciples of the Lord Jesus.
If you are simply browsing our site, then please enjoy a quick glance at our little corner of the Lord’s vineyard. If you are moving to Greenville, exploring Catholic Christianity for the first time, or returning to the Catholic Church after some time, then you are most welcome at St. Mary’s. Please let us know if we can be of any service to you in the search to follow the Way of the Lord Jesus as a faithful disciple.
Father Jay Scott Newman
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.