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St. Mary Church in Edgefield battles the elements

EDGEFIELD—St. Mary of the Immacu­late Conception Church has been dealt a double blow by nature. A severe thunderstorm that blew through the town in the spring of 2015 knocked the cross off the bell tower and also damaged its tile roof extensively. The church, parish hall and parish office also have long-term damage caused by […]


A USO social leads to 70 years of happy marriage

AIKEN—A swimming party hosted by the USO in 1945 changed Donald Darr’s life. Darr, who was in his early 20s at the time, was serving with the Army Air Corps at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He attended the social event with the pilot of his flight crew. His friend pointed out one of the […]


Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]


Celebrating the promise to love and honor

AIKEN—Imagine a marriage that lasted 9,000 years. That’s how many years of matrimony were represented among the 300 couples who attended the annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 21 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. They ranged from newlyweds to senior citizens and came from 25 different parishes. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass […]


Our Lady of Fatima statue tour

CHARLESTON—The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in South Carolina parishes from April 30 to May 21. Check with your church or school for times. The dates are as follows: April 30 to May 1—Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston May 2—St. Francis by the Sea Church and School, […]


Rite of Election brings new faithful to the heart of Christ

T.J. Cofield of Greenville attended various churches while growing up, but never felt really comfortable about faith until he started attend­ing Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. “I found my faith home was in the Catholic Church,” he said. “I con­nected with it. I knew it was where I belonged.” Cofield, who attends St. Anthony […]


2016 Catholic Schools Week

As schools across the nation celebrated their accomplishments, communities and faith during Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese of Charleston had a special reason to cheer: the strategic growth plan to revitalize and strengthen schools was approved by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, and work to implement first-year strategies will begin immediately. Sandra Leatherwood, diocesan director for […]


Thirty-five men are ordained to the permanent diaconate

The Diocese of Charleston now has 35 more ministers dedicated to sharing the Gospel and serving the faithful. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordained 17 men to the permanent diaconate at Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island on Jan. 30, and another 18 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville on Feb. 6. The remarkably large […]


Diocese of Charleston Diaconate Ordination
Bishop to ordain men in two groups

SIMPSONVILLE—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will ordain 18 men to the permanent diaconate on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalene Church, located at 2252 Woodruff Road. The public is encouraged to attend. They are part of a larger class of 35 — an extraordinary number of men, supported by their wives and families […]


2015 Year in review

2015 has been a year for the record books; a time when people felt their faith repeatedly tested by extreme situations, but were buoyed up by the face of Jesus in their fellow men. Ultimately, faith in the goodness and mercy of God prevailed in South Carolina as people reached out to each other over […]


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    May 237:00 pm Confirmation - Sacred Heart - Gaffney - Bishop Guglielmone presiding
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    7:30 pm Mariologia #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    May 24All Day 2nd Semester Exams
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    All Day Semester Exams (4th and 3rd)
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    All Day 8th Grade Exams
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
    All Day Middle School Exam Week
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    All Day 4K End of Year Picnic
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    All Day Last Day of 5K Classes
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    All Day Final Exams
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    All Day 8th Grade Graduation
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    All Day MAP Testing
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    All Day 8th Grade Graduation
    From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
    All Day 7th and 8th Grade Final Exams
    From the Calendar of Nativity Charleston
    8:00 am Baccalaureate Mass
    From the Calendar of Divine Redeemer
    9:15 am Underclassmen Honors Convocation
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    All Day Eighth Grade Exams
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    7:00 pm Mariologia #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Mariologia #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Confirmation - St. Paul - Spartanburg - Bishop Guglielmone presiding
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    May 25All Day 2nd Semester Exams
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston