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Schools reflect on Christ’s sacrifice during Lent

Students around the diocese are making the most of the Lenten season. Their journey toward Holy Week and the joy of Easter includes prayer, reflection, works of charity and the study of Scripture. By far the most common school activity during Lent is participating in weekly Stations of the Cross; a time for students to […]


Educators reminded they are God’s witness in the classroom

COLUMBIA—Educators converged on Cardinal Newman School recently for two days of learning, fellowship and inspiration at the Diocese of Charleston’s Teachers Education Conference. The March 2-3 event drew 785 teachers. They heard a message about the power of Christ’s love and their important role as educators and evangelizers from the keynote speaker, Sean Forrest. Forrest […]


St. John Neumann announces plans to build a new church

COLUMBIA—Members of St. John Neumann are beginning an exciting journey to build a new church. Father C. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald, pastor, announced the plan in late February. He said a new church is necessary because the parish has outgrown its current building at 100 Polo Road, built in 1978. St. John Neumann currently serves about […]


‘Good Shepherd Dinner’ promotes vocations

COLUMBIA—A group of high school and college-age young men in the Columbia deanery gather for a “Good Shepherd Dinner” on Feb. 20 at St. Joseph Church. Father Andrew Trapp organized the event to promote vocations. They met with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Father Mark Good, vocations director, and other priests. The group spoke to three […]


Rite of Election marks journey to discover truth

Hundreds of people are one step closer to entering the Church after the Rite of Election and Continuing Conversion held around the state during the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated the rite in four separate locations: March 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Simpsonville, March 4 at St. Joseph […]


Altar society hosts deanery priests

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere, administrator of St. Martin de Porres Church, and the ladies of the Rosary Altar Women’s Group hosted the Columbia Deanery priests’ meeting and luncheon held Feb. 14. More than 19 priests attended the event and enjoyed food served by the ladies. Photos provided


Couples display blessed vocation at marriage celebration

CHAPIN—Edwin and Denise Beloski are a living example of how love and faith can keep a marriage going, even through the hardest of times. They have been married for 56 years, changed careers several times, and were forced to move back to Columbia last year after their home near Gatlinburg, Tenn., burned in the devastating […]


48 years passes quickly for Msgr. Joseph Hanley

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—On his last Sunday as pastor of Holy Family Church, Msgr. Joseph F. Hanley spoke as he regularly did with young people before their morn­ing religious education classes. In the quiet but emphatic way he has addressed people of all ages for the past 48 years, he let the kids know that they […]


School choice rally
School choice rally supports parents’ options

COLUMBIA—Thousands packed the Township Auditorium to support the right of parents to pick the best type of education for their child. Organizers estimated that more than 2,500 people turned out for the annual School Choice Rally on Jan. 25, includ­ing students, parents, teachers and principals from most of the 34 Catho­lic schools in the diocese. […]


Scouts grow closer to God while earning emblems

COLUMBIA—Scouts from around the Diocese of Charleston were honored for months of work and dedication at the annual Catholic Scout Convocation held Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Church in Columbia. The event recognizes those who earned religious emblems during the previous year. Each emblem requires Scouts to learn more about the Church and their relationship […]


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    Aug 199:00 am K3-K5 Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    10:00 am Junta de Vicaria (Columbia)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    10:00 am Gr. 6-8 Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    5:00 pm Bishop Guglielmone to celebrate Mass - White Oak Conference Center for CORE Training
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Aug 20 PTO Donuts & Coffee
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    5:00 pm Spirit Night with the Columbia Fireflies
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Aug 21 Half day of classes for all students
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    First Day of School for K4 8th Grade
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
    Teacher Workday; No school; solar eclipse
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    First Day of Class
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    Teacher Workday; No school; Solar Eclipse
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
    First Day of School New student orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    Teacher Orientation Week
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School
    First Day Orientation for Grades 11 and 12
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    1st Day of School- Noon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    days-Teacher in-service
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    First day of School
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville