2023 Holiday Craft Fair

2023 Holiday Craft Fair

Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School is delighted to announce the return of its 29th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, 4 November from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This highly anticipated event promises to be a day filled with festive cheer, remarkable craftsmanship, and a wonderful opportunity to kickstart your holiday shopping.

The 2023 Holiday Craft Fair will take place at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School, located at [1209 Brushy Creek Road Taylors, SC 29687]. With a reputation for excellence, this event has become a beloved tradition for the local community, drawing in visitors from near and far.

Admission to the fair is free, making it accessible to all members of the community. Vendor fees are used to provide 50 turkeys to hungry families at Thanksgiving. The event is not only an opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind gifts and support local artisans but also a chance to come together and celebrate the holiday season in a warm and welcoming environment.

For more information about the 2023 Holiday Craft Fair, contact Jim at popcraftfair@charter.net. Vendor Applications are available here. Vendor Booths are SOLD OUT.

Kinnara Concert on Saturday, 17 September

Kinnara Concert on Saturday, 17 September

Kinnara, a nationally renowned professional choral ensemble, will perform Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” at Prince of Peace at 8p on Saturday, 17 September. A talk hosted by Michael Sandifer will begin at 7p in Croghan Hall about pilgrimage and the Camino.

Directed by J.D. Burnett, the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Austin, Kinnara has been praised as “luxurious, lush, and verdant” (New York Classical Review), and “breathtakingly beautiful” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles,” composed in 2005, is among the most celebrated classical works of the past two decades. It depicts the path of a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage routes to the Cathedral and Shrine of St. James in Compostela, Spain, which stretch many hundreds of miles and draw over 200,000 pilgrims each year. Composed for a cappella choir, the roughly one hour work showcases the diversity and grandeur of modern choral composition.

A Fire Waiting To Be Lit: Presentation by Fr Smith

A Fire Waiting To Be Lit: Presentation by Fr Smith

On Saturday, 10 September beginning at 6.30p in Croghan Hall, Fr Christopher Smith will share about the history and future of Catholicism in Turkey in a presentation called “A Fire Waiting To Be Lit.” This presentation will not be livestreamed or recorded. To learn more, visit this flyer. The bulletin insert on the weekend on 11 September will include the flyer with an envelope to make a gift to the Church in the Turkey. For a recurring donation, please visit our Tithely platform and select “Anatolian Fund.”

Feast of St Joseph Mass, Procession & Dinner

Feast of St Joseph Mass, Procession & Dinner

Saturday, 19 March is the Feast of St Joseph and we’re celebrating!

  • 5p Mass of St Joseph & Procession, a wonderfully unique way to honor the foster father of our Lord. Hymns and other musical pieces will offer a chance to sing together the glorious holiness of this mighty patron and spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mother!
  • An Italian meal awaits with spaghetti, salad and rolls. Families are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. We’ll have fun with a Knights of Columbus photobooth, a game of “Kids Say The Darndest Things led by Gus Killough, and a craft sponsored by Home Depot.

If you’re unable to join us for Mass, please arrive at 5.50p for feasting and fun!

A giant thank you to our donors who made this event possible:

  • Sciortino’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
  • The Cat Clinic – Carolyn Anderson
  • Marcel Farge
  • Coldwell Banker Caine – Felicia Griggs
  • Twin Falls Dentistry – Peter & Nicole McPherson
  • McAfee Funeral Home – John McAfee
  • Carole Harris
  • Charles Ashworth
  • Gregory Cullum Smith & Caitlin Davis Smith

Epiphany 2022

Did you know that the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January, known in the English speaking world as the Twelfth Night of Christmas, is actually far older than Christmas itself, and for centuries was celebrated with eight days, an Octave, of feasting afterwards?  The Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning manifestation and actually commemorates three manifestations of the Divinity of Christ: when the Wise Men give gifts fit for a king and a deity to the Christ Child, when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan and the Father from heaven confirms His divine sonship; and the first miracle of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana.  There are numerous customs of Catholic culture associated with Epiphany, and this year at Prince of Peace, we are going to celebrate as many as we can both in our parish church and in your domestic church.

2 January – Sunday: the Transferred Solemnity of the Epiphany in the Ordinary Form

8a Low Mass in English

10a The Proclamation of the Movable Feasts of the Year of Our Lord 2022 and Solemn Mass of the Epiphany in English


2 January – Sunday: the Feast of the Holy Name in the Extraordinary Form

12N Low Mass in Latin


5 January – Wednesday: the Vigil of the Epiphany

12N Low Mass EF in Latin


6 January – Thursday: the Traditional Feast of the Epiphany in the Extraordinary Form

6.30p Solemn Blessing of Epiphany Water, Chalk, Gold – Frankincense – Myrrh

7p Solemn High Mass of the Epiphany

8p Royal Procession to the Epiphany Crib and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament


8 January – Saturday

6p Blessing of the Great Nativity and Prosecco Toast for Donors

6p Epiphany Party & Potluck Dinner for Our Parish Family


On the Feast of the Epiphany in the Domestic Church you are invited to do the following:

  • Take home blessed chalk which will be available in the narthex from 2-6 January and mark the door of your house with 20 + C + M + B + 22. The year of the Incarnation of Our Lord is accompanied by the initials CMB.  In Latin, they stand for two things: Christus mansionem benedicat – May Christ bless this home, as well as the traditional names of the Three Kings, whose relics are in Cologne Cathedral in Germany: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

On the Traditional Feast of the Epiphany, 6 January, we encourage you to come to the evening liturgy and bring with you the following to be blessed by placing them on the table provided in the sanctuary within the Communion rail:

  • Containers of water and salt – Chalk – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
  • Please mark your names on each item and pick them after the Royal Procession to the Epiphany Crib the same night.
  • You can actually buy little coffrets of gold, frankincense and myrrh here.

In Catholic cultures, it was common for the parish priest and the altar servers to go to door in the parish boundaries with blessed Epiphany Water during the Octave of the Epiphany and bless every house in the parish.  Because of the size of our territory and the number of parishioners who live outside the territory, that is impossible at Prince of Peace, but you may bring home the water you have blessed at church, mix the salt into it, and sprinkle the inside and outside of your homes and workplaces.

The Eastern Catholic Traditions

To learn more about these amazing Epiphany customs, please read the following:

  1. To see the actual text of the blessing of Epiphany Water (click here)
  2. Why Epiphany Water is a powerful sacramental to use against the Evil One (click here)
  3. The Chalking of the Doors (click here)
  4. Epiphany Customs (click here)
  5. Dom Gueranger on the Epiphany (click here)



Beer & cider, German food, inflatables, haunted house, toddler area, cornhole tournament and so many more festivities! Parish, school and community are invited to this fun outdoor event from 6-10p on Saturday, 23 October! Rain or shine.
Sponsorships are available:
  • Bronze $100: receives 1 beer wristband and 20 tickets plus name on event signage
  • Silver $250: receives 2 beer wristbands and 40 tickets plus name on event signage
  • Gold  $500: receives 4 beer wristbands and 80 tickets plus logo on event signage, 1 mention on POP social media, and inclusion in special event e-newsletter to the 300+ distribution list of the parish school
  • Platinum $1000: receives  6 beer wristbands and 120 tickets plus logo on event signage, 3 mentions on POP social media, and inclusion in special event e-newsletter to the 300+ distribution list of the parish school

To become a POPtoberfest sponsor, contact Michelle Zimmerman at michelle.zimmerman@popcatholicschool.org or submit this form to begin the conversation!

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