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Cardinal Newman student wins art prize

COLUMBIA—Alyssa Gorrin, a senior at Cardinal Newman School, received a merit award and cash prize for her entry in the Lander University High School Art Exhib­it. Alyssa created a ceramic sculp­ture depicting three pears in pro­gressive states of decay. Her theme reflected the fleeting nature of life. You can see her art and that of […]


Knights bring Christmas to residents with special needs

COLUMBIA—Every year, Christmas comes early for the residents of the Midlands Center thanks to dedi­cated volunteers from the Knights of Columbus. Located in northeast Columbia, the center is a residence for adults of all ages who have developmental disabilities. It is run by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. For 30 years, […]


Immigrant Families Initiative helps with various needs

COLUMBIA—Three neighborhoods in Beaufort County that are home to mostly Hispanic immigrants are part of Narenda Sharma’s ongoing efforts to help poor families leave poverty behind. He is founder and director of the Neighborhood Outreach Connec­tion, a non-profit organization that helps low-income people around the Hilton Head and Beaufort areas. “We see our mission as […]


Junior high rally focuses on the sacred in sacrifice

WHITE OAK—Meredith Clemmens’ Road to Emmaus led her back to an all-too-familiar place. Ten years ago, Clemmens was one of several hundred students at the Diocese of Charleston’s Junior High Rally listening to guest speakers share their faith and offer encour­agement and inspiration to the young audience. On Nov. 4, she was on the other […]


St. John the Baptist sisters move south

COLUMBIA—A group of four Sisters of St. John the Baptist recently ar­rived in the Midlands to begin a new era of ministry in the Diocese of Charleston. They came to South Carolina in the late summer at the invitation of Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. Their residence is a home they have named the St. Alfonso […]


Byzantines hope to establish new mission at Transfiguration

BLYTHEWOOD—For many years, people in the Midlands have traveled long distances to attend the Byzantine Mass, also known as the Divine Liturgy. That changed on Oct. 1, when a liturgy was celebrated at what many hope will become a permanent Byz­antine mission at Transfiguration Church. About 100 people attended the Mass celebrated by Father Joseph […]


Share the word about Black Catholic History

November is Black Catholic History Month, and it is a time full of eye-opening information for many people. For example, most people don’t realize that black Catholic history dates all the way back to the Acts of the Apostles (8: 26-40) with the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Philip the Deacon. The National Black […]


Teens may need extra help to deal with societal stresses

COLUMBIA—Stress and anxiety are an inevitable part of life, but teens are dealing with an ever-increasing burden and any adult who works with them must be able to help them through a crisis. Parish youth leaders learned those critical support skills at an Oct. 3 conference on pastoral care held at St. Joseph Church and […]


S.C. religious leaders tapped to combat racism

COLUMBIA—It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society. That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew G.I. Hart, Ph.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ on Oct. 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church. […]


Orangeburg parish withstands the tests of time and turmoil

ORANGEBURG—Members of Holy Trinity Church celebrated 100 years on Oct. 15 with prayer, song and,  most of all, a sense of overwhelming love for each other and for their faith community. Hundreds packed the church on Rivers Edge Drive for a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. During his homily, the bishop congratulated […]


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    Jan 199:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Service
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    7:00 pm Curso 1- CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 208:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 21 National School Choice Week
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Open House
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 22 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    2:00 Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    2:00 p.m. Dismissal Teacher Inservice
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    Jan 23 Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards Issued
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    8:30 am YEAR III FORMATION FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY PROGRAM SCHEDULE SECOND SEMESTER
    From the Calendar of Office of Pastoral Formation
    7:00 pm Curso 1: CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 24 Quarter 2 Honor Roll TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Candy Bar Sales begin
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Early dismissal AFTER lunch
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School