Pastoral Vision

Authentic Biblical Christianity

During the Lord Jesus’ public ministry, he showed us how to live as the children of God. The apostles were specifically shown this way of life as they walked with him, lived with him, worshipped with him, saw him pray, heard him preach, witnessed his miracles, ate with him, observed his love for the poor and vulnerable, and experienced his Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

After the Lord ascended into glory, the apostles and early disciples continued his way of life. For this reason, they were first known as members of “the Way.” Only later was the name “Christian” given to them.

The account of the nascent Church and its continuation of the way of the Lord Jesus are principally contained in the Acts of the Apostles.

In particular, we see in Acts 2:42-47:

They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.

And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

This way of life, called the “most excellent way of love” by Saint Paul and also known theologically as Sacred Tradition, has been lived and passed down through the ages by communities of Christian believers wherever they might be and within whatever society, culture, and language group they might exist.

In every diocese, such as our own Diocese of Charleston, and in every parish, such as our own, of the Church throughout the world, Christian believers are called to this way of life. It is the way of the Lord Jesus as contained in the Sacred Scriptures. It is the only authentic Christian way of life.

This is the way of life to which we are all called. It’s the way of life that we live, preach, expect, mold, nourish, and defend at Our Lady of Grace Parish. It’s our way of life at Team Grace!

We are an "Acts 2" parish! As such, our Mission Statement reads:

As a parish of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Our Lady of Grace seeks to know and share God’s Word, live as a community of Christian disciples, devoutly celebrate the Holy Mass and other sacraments, provide a prayerful environment for all people, and serve the poor and those in need in Christ’s Name. In this way of life, Our Lady of Grace Parish looks to Mary of Nazareth as its model and patron.

A tag line of our Mission Statement simply announces:

Our Lady of Grace Parish… Authentic Biblical Christianity in Action!

This is who we are!

We are #TeamGrace, a grateful member of #TeamCharleston, and a joyous member of #TeamCatholic!