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St. Gregory volunteers help families escape homelessness

BLUFFTON—Hot, home-cooked meals, friendly conversation and a safe place for kids to do homework might seem like simple things, but they can mean the world to a homeless family. Members of St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton offer those ser­vices and more through work with Family Promise of Beaufort County. Family Promise provides tempo­rary […]


Flower ministry brightens rooms and hearts

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—A ministry de­signed to give new life to flowers from weekend church services has given smiles to many local senior citizens and a much needed connec­tion to the outdoors for the past 13 years. At 9:30 a.m. on Monday mornings, volunteers for the St. Francis by the Sea ‘Flowers for Friends’ group remove […]


Kelly Edwards baptism 1982 in heirloom baptismal gown.
Heirlooms make sacraments even more special

When Kelly Edwards had her youngest daughter baptized at St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville last month, she carefully placed her in what has become the family’s heirloom baptismal gown, continu­ing a family tradition that began 64 years ago. It all started when young Nellie Steffler bought a baptism outfit for her first-born child back in […]


St. Francis thrift shop grant recipients 2016
St. Francis Thrift Shop donates to 27 local charities

HILTON HEAD—St. Francis Thrift Shop distributed grants to 27 charitable organizations in Hilton Head and Bluffton on June 21. The shop is an outreach of St. Francis by the Sea Church, and its proceeds benefit the parish community and school. It is located along Highway 278 between Mathews Drive and Beach City Road. Since it […]


Volunteers connect giving with receiving at migrant camps

HELENA ISLAND—Hundreds of mi­grant workers who labor in the heat to pick crops in the Beaufort area recently received some welcome ne­cessities thanks to the efforts of the Franciscan Center. Sister Canice Adams of the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Metho­dius, who run the center, said area churches came together to help the workers. On […]


Deacons gather in Rome and reflect on ministry

ROME—Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families and the challenge of explaining their vocation to others, including bishops and priests. The pilgrims divided into language groups and hundreds of […]


Holy Family grows from mission to majestic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Anne Scott has been a parishioner at Holy Family Church from the start, when it was still a diocesan mission. That was in 1966, when a new car could be had for $2,500 and you could put a gallon of gas in it for 30 cents. Anne and her husband Bob retired to […]


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 […]


Father Gregory West: from make-believe to the real deal

DANIEL ISLAND—Father Gregory West was born as the eye of Hurricane Helene passed over Charleston, so it’s fitting that his staff refers to him as the hurricane, or sometimes the tornado. Either way, he’s a man who is constantly in motion, but his friends say he keeps a sense of peace and joy throughout it […]


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
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    7:30 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    Jul 10 High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    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
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry