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St. Mary students fill baby bottles

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians School students presented a check for $1,990.02 to Kathryn Wade, the executive director of Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center. Students collected funds during their annual Lenten Baby Bottle project.


Samuel Pierce shares his recovery from addiction to help others

AIKEN—Four years ago, Samuel Pierce was only 18 but his life had hit rock bottom. The teen struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and had abandoned his family and faith. His parents, Deacon Robert Pierce and Donna Pierce told him he could no longer live under their roof if he continued to abuse drugs. Months […]


St. Benedict mural

GREER—St. Benedict Catholic Store added a new mural to their building recently. Kipp and Stepha­nie McIntyre, the owners, were inspired by the Extraordinary Form Masses they attend at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors. They said the mural, still in progress, depicts Calvary and the Holy Mass and is a teaching tool for those outside […]


Authors try to help couples relate through temperaments

There is a way to understand hu­man personalities that is based on knowledge from ancient Greece that is still used today to help couples with their mar­riages. Art and Laraine Bennett of Virginia know some people might think that is strange, but they’ve devoted much of their lives to show­ing people why it works. They […]


Father Sandy McDonald finds everything that brings him joy

COLUMBIA—A composition teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School made a sugges­tion that sparked Father Sandy McDonald’s vocation to the priesthood. He had been immersed in the faith since birth, raised one of seven children in a strong Catholic home. In high school, McDon­ald became more interested in learning about his faith and when asked to write […]


Students travel a world of knowledge at geography bee

Schools in the Diocese of Charles­ton are doing their best to make liars of that old song that proclaims students “don’t know much about geogra­phy.” This year, 12 schools had stu­dents who qualified to compete in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee held in Co­lumbia. Of those 12, two students made it to […]


Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Cecile Slattery dies at 87

ADRIAN, MICH.—Sister Patricia Cecile Slattery, formerly known as Patricia Jean Slattery, died on April 17 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 87 and in her 69th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held in the congregation cemetery on April 18. A Memorial Mass will be held April 26 […]


Sister Evelyn Marie Hartnett dies at 89

Aston, PA—Sister Evelyn Marie Hartnett, a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 65 years, died on April 6. She was 89. All services will be held in Assisi House on April 12.  A Christian wake service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a viewing. The Mass of Christian […]


Strathern earns spot in state geography bee

ANDERSON—Luciana Strathern, an eighth-grade student at St. Joseph School, was named as a semifinalist in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee to be held April 1 in Columbia. She is the daughter of Dr. David and Kari Strathern. This is the ninth year in a row that a St. Joseph student has qualified […]


Hoop stars in the diocese

The Diocese of Charleston’s annual Youth Basketball Tournament drew 49 teams to compete for top honors, said Laurie Ulmer, athletic director at St. Mary Help of Christians School and tournament organizer. Here are the winners of the competition: Senior Girls Champions (pictured): St. Mary – Greenville defeated Christ Our King/Haring – Mount Pleasant, 46-21 Silver Division: […]


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    Jun 2711:30 am Mass at Pastoral Center - Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta presiding
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    7:30 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
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    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
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    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
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    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
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    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
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    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
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    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
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    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    Jul 10 High School CLI
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    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
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    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
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    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
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