Beginning with a beautiful Mass in the Extraordinary Form, our retreat included a talk on the Dominican Liturgical rite and how it reflects our distinct Dominican charism, and on St. Dominic’s life and places of importance in his life (thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures, Sister!) and some hallmarks of Dominican life.
Thank you to Kristen and Joe for your planning, and Fr. Chris Smith and Sr. Mary Shiela for speaking to us, and all our members who contributed delicious breakfast and lunch items that helped make our day renewing for body and soul!
And, a new Dominican Prayer to memorize: http://lufkintxcontemplativenunsop.blogspot.com/2010/08/o-spem-miram.html
Dear Chapter Members and Inquirers,
Please mark your calendars for this year’s meetings! Remember that making our meetings and quarterly holy hours/socials a priority in your busy schedules is part of living our the fourth pillar of our shared Dominican life: community! Note: all meetings take place in Sacred Heart Hall on St. Mary’s Church campus in the upstairs corner conference room unless otherwise noted.
August: 23rd Retreat at Prince of Peace, 8:00am – 12:30pm. Thank you, Fr. Chris Smith and Sr. Mary Sheila for speaking to us on the Dominican Liturgical Rite and St. Dominic and the markers of Dominican Life.
September: 7th at 12:30pm introductory meeting for new inquirers; 20th at 9:00am St. Mary’s Church, Dominican Rites; 28th at 3:00pm (inquirers) 3:30pm (all others).
October: 26th at 3:00pm (inquirers) 3:30pm (all others).
November: 7th? quarterly holy hour at Prince of Peace, 6:00pm, followed by potluck social; 23rd at 3:00pm (I) 3:30pm (all others).
December: 21st at 3:00 (I) 3:30pm (all others) – celebrate 5pm Vespers in Church with parish.
January: 25th at 3:00 (I) 3:30 (all others).
February: 6th? quarterly holy hour at Prince of Peace, 6:00pm, followed by potluck social; 22nd at 3:00 (I) 3:30 (all others).
March: 22nd at 3:00 (I) 3:30 (all others) – celebrate 5pm Vespers in Church with parish.
April: 26th at 3:00 (I) 3:30(all others).
May: 17th at 3:00 – final meeting of the year with potluck.
Our Chapter elected new officers at our May meeting to lead our chapter for the next year, until our 3rd year temporary professed take their final vows and we can formally elect the first officers of our Official Lay Dominican Chapter in 2015!
A big thank you to the officers who have so generously served our chapter for the past few years, helping it take shape and grow, especially to Kristen Nietopski our wonderful Moderator.
And our prayers and thanks our with our new officers:
- Moderator – Joseph Beauchemin
- Vice Moderator – Linda Head
- Secretary/Treasurer – Jamie Kolasinski
Thanks again to all members who participated in our chosen Spring service project, the 40 Days for Life campaign. Kristen submitted in our chapter’s name all of our logged rosaries, vigil attendances, Masses, etc. to the campaign’s organizers, who thank us for helping them preach the Gospel of Life to the world!
The Southern Province of Dominican Laity has launched its new website: http://laydomsouth.org.
Check it out and send in your feedback!
Alleluia! Our Chapter was most blessed to receive a new temporary profession (Marie) and 3 new candidates (Libby, Beth, and Jessica) on Saturday, September 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville (Jessica is pictured below receiving her Dominican cross on the next day, Sunday the 22nd).
Don’t forget, St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter!
Our Fall Days of Service Project is upon us. We are participating in the local 40 Days for Life effort which begins Wednesday, September 25th and ends Sunday, November 3rd. There are many ways in which to participate spiritually, physically, and financially.
The Vigil Calendar is up and running and time slots can already be filled at www.40daysforlife.com/greenville. If you and another member/friend would like to fill an open time slot, please register for that time slot by following the preceding link. Please park across the street at the empty shops or at Grove Road Baptist Church. Prayer Vigil hours are from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm every day of the 40 Days campaign.
Please also attend one of the official 40 Days events this Fall 2013:
Opening Kick – Off Rally: Saturday, Sept. 28th, 9:30 am, Greenville Women’s Clinic, 1142 Grove Rd.
Rosaries for Life: LAY DOMINICANS will send their rosary count to Kristen by the end of October and she will send that count in in our name to FamilyLife@catholic-doc.org.
Life Chain: Sunday, Oct. 6th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Woodruff Rd., Greenville; Reidville Rd Spartanburg
Candlelight Vigil: Thursday, Oct. 17th at 7 pm, at Greenville Women’s Clinic with Fr. Jay Scott Newman
40 Days Closing Celebration: Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 9:30 am – join us in prayer with Upstate pastors, Greenville Women’s Clinic, 1142 Grove Rd.