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Mass of the Neophytes welcomes new believers

CHARLESTON—Craig Monnell, of North Myrtle Beach, spent a very special evening with his family on April 4. During the Easter Vigil at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, his wife Kim Monnell stood beside him as he became a Catholic. His son Bryan was an altar server at the Mass. For engaged couple Anna […]


Good Shepherd celebrates its 50th

MCCORMICK—Good Shepherd Church celebrated a belated 50th anniversary on April 26 with a picnic, but parishioners have been celebrating their beliefs in the small rural community since the late 1800s. According to a church history, it was the arrival of the McGrath family from County Cork, Ireland, that heralded the Catholic presence. By the early […]


Hail Mary: Our most gracious advocate

Mary is a vital part of Catholic life all year long, but she really comes to the forefront of worship, thought and prayer as the calendar turns to May. This is the month of special prayers, devotions and festivals dedicated to the Mother of God worldwide. In many churches, traditional “May processions” are held that […]


Confirmation: The start of a lifelong journey

Patricia Bronikowski, an eighth-grader from Aiken, has been very busy for the past two years. In addition to her usual re­sponsibilities of school, family and fun, she spent a lot of time researching saints, learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and performing service projects. Like hundreds of other kids her age, she was […]


A new era for St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—A fresh era for the faithful in Aiken started with the dedication of the new St. Mary Help of Christians Church on Feb. 2. The larger church is much needed and a long-time dream come true. Parishioners at St. Mary Help of Christians have been attending Mass in the family life center at nearby St. […]


World War II vet encourages youth to join, serve with pride

GREENWOOD—When Veterans Day rolls around on Nov. 11, Alex Harris will observe the day from a perspective that is becoming increasingly rare. Harris, 91, is a World War II veteran who served on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of a distinguished but dwindling community. According to statistics compiled by the […]



Public square rosary

AIKEN—About 75 people from St. Gerard parish gathered to pray outdoors on Oct. 11 as part of the American Needs Fatima public square rosary. “We were very happy with our attendance and felt Our Lady was smil­ing down on us,” said Marge Glauser “It was a beautiful day and a wonderful experience.


Clergy appreciation dinner

AIKEN—St. Clare of Assisi Secular Franciscan Fraternity hosted its 10th annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner Oct. 6 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. Two hundred people celebrated Fathers Gregory Wilson, Art Dalu-pang, Hugo Ruiz, Jeffrey Kirby and Ernie Hepner (pictured with John Shea); and Deacons Bob Pierce and Pat Mongan. Val Cadarr spoke about how […]


Prince of Peace earns Blue Ribbon status

TAYLORS—Prince of Peace School was recently named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of excellence by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It is one of six schools in South Carolina, and one of 50 private schools in the nation to receive the honor. Michael Pennell, principal, will receive the award Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.


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    Sep 215:30 pm PTO Parent Meeting
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    Sep 22 John England Day/Green TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Fac./Staff Retreat - No School
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Progress Reports
    From the Calendar of Nativity Charleston
    Smile! School/Class/Group Picture Day
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30PM Dismissal
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Sep 23 Fac./Staff Retreat
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Father/Son Saturday: Basketball Camp, Talks
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Fall Festival
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    9:00 am Catechist Workshop
    From the Calendar of Office of Catechesis
    10:00 am Junta de Vicaria (Greenville)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    10:00 am Doctrina Social #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    2:30 pm Doctrina Social #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 2410:30 am Thanksgiving Mass - Bishop Guglielmone to celebrate - St. Joseph's - Columbia
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Sep 25 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    2:00 Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    2:00 PM Dismissal Teacher Inservice
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School