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Father Jeffrey Kirby

Can we work on Sundays?

Q: I’ve been trying to avoid any monetarily motivated work on Sunday. Is this a good course of action? What about reading non-reli­gious literature? (Summerville, SC) A: The observance of Sunday is a serious responsibility of the Christian believer. The day of rest is given to us by God as a time for worship, blessing, […]


Abstaining from meat on Fridays

Q: Years ago, my oldest daughter was asked, “How many sacraments are there?” and she answered, “Seven for men and six for women.” Shouldn’t that be the official answer? Perhaps Pope Francis will balance the scales? (Beaufort, SC) A: Of course, we know that there are seven sacraments in the Church. While Holy Orders is […]


Proof of the afterlife

Q: How do I respond to someone who invited me to join a study group on the biblical evidence for “God the Mother”? Doesn’t Jesus refer to God as “Father”? (Columbia, SC) A: I would strongly recommend that you decline such an in­vitation since such views are contrary to biblical faith and the constant interpretation […]


Using the term ‘Father’

Q: A while ago, we heard the Gospel at Mass tell us to “call no one your father.” With this teaching, why do we call our priests “Father”? (Bluffton, SC) A: Thank you for your question. Let’s start with the obvious: The man who helped give each of us life is called our father. St. […]


Human narratives in the Bible

Q: I’ve been trying to read the Bible. I started in Genesis but came across the story of the nephilim (Gen 6:1-4), which appar­ently are the offspring of angels and human women? What is this all about? Is this something we believe? (Lexington, SC) A: I’m very grateful for your question, especially because it started […]


When can you cease artificial nutrition?

Q: A while ago, I had an elderly family member in the hospital. She was dying and I was encouraged to stop the artificial nutrition and hydration. I agreed with the doctors. We stopped everything and she died soon afterwards. I saw a recent article that said this was euthanasia. How can this be euthanasia if […]


What is the teaching on limbo?

Q: Does the Catholic Church have a stance on the academic community replacing A.D. with C.E.? It feels like the academic world is trying to take God out of our lives. (Clover, SC) A: The Church has no position on the use of C.E. (Common Era) instead of A.D. (Anno Domini, or Year of Our […]


Is it OK to do yoga?

Q: In a previous column, you wrote that homosexuality is “an act of rebellion against nature and its Creator”, one of only a few sins that “cries to heaven for vengeance.” Then how great a vengeance it must be for priest pedophiles or the bishops and cardinals who facilitate, excuse, or conceal this abuse. (Abbeville, […]


Why St. Jude is the patron of ‘hopeless’ causes

Q: Why do we use the term “hope­less” in terms of St. Jude? Suf­fering is hard enough without adding the negativity of hopeless­ness. (Aiken, SC) A: In designating St. Jude as the patron of hopeless causes (along with other saints, such as St. Rita of Cascia), the devotional life of the Church is acknowledging the […]


Praying for the souls of the dead

Q: As Catholics, we believe in the resurrection of the body, so why do we only pray for the “souls” of those who have died? (Aiken, SC) A: This is a great question that highlights our creedal state­ment that we “believe in the resurrection of the body and life ev­erlasting.” Let me explain: When we […]


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    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
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    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
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    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
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    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
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    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
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    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
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    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
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    Jul 4 Independence Day
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    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
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    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
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    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
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