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Advocating for public education

COLUMBIA—The South Carolina Fellowship of Bishops, representing 800,000 baptized Christians in the state, held an advocacy day at the Statehouse recently. Representatives from several Christian denominations spoke on behalf of quality of education to convince legislators to invest tax dollars and raise incentives to improve the quality of education in our state, according to a […]

Family Honor founders receive tribute

COLUMBIA—Family Honor celebrated its 30th anniversary with a banquet March 24 at Cardinal Newman School. Over 100 people from three states attended the event, which featured keynote speaker Dr. John Grabowski. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone opened the banquet with prayer, noting Family Honor’s long service to the diocese, and their continued outreach to other dioceses. […]

Our Lady of Perpetual Help holds a traditional meal

CAMDEN—On the eve of the Easter Tridiuum, parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help “journeyed back through history and reenacted a Seder Meal through the lens of the Catholic Christian faith,” Maureen Renault wrote in a press release. It was organized by Stephen Good­man, a permanent diaconate candi­date. This meal, steeped in tradition, required much […]

Byzantines open two more missions in S.C.

BLYTHEWOOD—Two new missions have been established in South Carolina to serve Byzantine Catholics and those interested in the Byzantine Mass, also known as the Divine Liturgy. Bishop Bohdan Danylo of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, visited the state March 17-18 to establish the Holy Cross Eastern Catholic Mission based at Transfiguration Church […]

Men learn importance of sowing seeds of grace

CHAPIN—”Building the Domestic Church” is a calling for Catholic men to grow in their faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ and strive to be better fathers, husbands and men. And the first place to an­swer the call is in the home. That was the challenge put forth to nearly 400 men gathered at Our […]

Statewide retreat brings together students from 15 colleges

NEESES—“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Questions, answers and discussion revolving around that verse from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans took center stage at the Winter Statewide College Retreat on Feb. 23-24. The 91 students representing 15 colleges and universities in the state were treated to both a lineup of […]

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Rite of Election
Committing to the Church at the Rite of Election

COLUMBIA – John Strickland is one step closer toward completing a faith journey that began almost 20 years ago. “It started a long time ago but I’m just now getting around to it,” said Strickland, a parishioner at St. Anne in Florence. “I’ve had a good support system along the way.” Strickland was one of […]

Record number of Scouts recognized as Pillars of Faith

COLUMBIA—A host of hardworking Scouts reaped their rewards at the Catholic Scout Convocation held Feb. 4 at St. Joseph Church. The annual event honors youth who earned religious emblems dur­ing the previous year. Bishop Rob­ert E. Guglielmone led the service, which drew more than 200 Scouts, parents and troop leaders. He pre­sented emblems and congratulated […]

Free-throw winners

SIMPSONVILLE—The Knights of Colum­bus Council 10819 held its annual Youth Basketball Free-Throw Chal­lenge at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville recently. Those win­ners then competed with other final­ists in their gender and age groups at a district event. The district winners advance to state finals on Feb. 24 at Cardinal Newman School in Colum­bia. The […]

Columbia parishes meet to discuss race and peace

COLUMBIA—One day after the national holiday honoring the legacy of the Rev. Mar­tin Luther King Jr., about 40 people came together at St. John Neumann Church to discuss how his goals of racial healing and justice square up against today’s reality. They took part in “What We Have Seen and Heard: A Reflection on Peace,” […]

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