Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When I came to Our Lady of the Rosary in August 2010 Mass was held in what is now the Guadalupe Hall/Upper School. The Vietnamese Community of the Upstate were an important part of our congregation. There was an English Mass at 5:00 pm on Saturday and at 10:30 on Sunday morning.
This was followed by a Vietnamese Mass at 12:00. About six months after arrival, we decided to add a third English Mass. Because the Vietnamese congregation were using the worship space and most of the campus on Sunday afternoons, we added the new English Mass at 5 pm on Sundays.
Over the last twelve years things have changed dramatically. By 2016, the Vietnamese chose to launch out on their own. They purchased an old Baptist church out near the airport and on Advent Sunday 2016 Bishop Guglielmone dedicated both the new OLR and the renovated Baptist church which is now the church of Our Lady of LaVang.
When the Vietnamese congregation left OLR, I said to Fr. David (the Vietnamese priest) “This is probably the Lord’s will and both our congregations will grow.” It has proven to be the case. The Vietnamese congregation continues to thrive and grow, and OLR is bursting at the seams.
The Sunday morning Mass is especially crowded with many large young families. Over the last few years families have moved from across the USA to join our parish and enroll their children in our school. To accommodate this growth, I have consulted with you all over the summer and with the parish staff again this week and we would like to initiate a change in the weekend Mass times.
Beginning on the weekend of January 14/15: the 5pm Anticipated Mass on Saturdays will remain in place. The 9:00 am Confessions, Choir Practice and all ages CCD will move to 8:30 am and the 10:30 Solemn Mass on Sunday morning will start at the earlier time of 10:00. There will be an additional Mass offered at 12:00 noon. This Mass at 12 will be with a choir and hymns, but with less Latin and no incense. The 5pm Sunday Mass will be discontinued.
For this to work smoothly we will need you to think carefully about which Mass you will make your own. We will need lectors, ushers, altar servers and musicians to volunteer, so if you are already serving in this way think if you can join in for a worthy celebration of Mass at 12:00.
I am happy to receive your feedback on this proposal during the Advent and Christmas Season, and if necessary, we will make further adjustments. I don’t expect we will be able to please everyone, but we’re doing our best!
Thank you for your patience and loyal support for our ministry together at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville.