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Crowning Mary at St. Martin de Porres

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Church, led the May Crowning of Mary with Deacon Carl Johnson and Charlotte House, Catholic Woman of the Year. The ceremony was organized by the Ladies of the Rosary Altar Society. Submitted by Yvonne Pygatt


Birthright billboards are already saving lives

There’s an old expression that says: If you want to spread the word, put it on a billboard. Birthright of Columbia has done just that. In fact, they’ve taken out five billboards to evangelize their ministry of help and hope for teens and women distressed by an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, said Hank Chardos, executive […]


High school students prepare for graduations

High schools in the Diocese of Charleston are busily planning final celebrations for their seniors. Here is a list of Baccalaureate Masses and graduations, which Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will attend: Cardinal Newman School, Columbia — The Baccalaureate Mass will be May 22 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. The commencement will be May […]


Ursuline Sister Andrea Callahan dies at 90

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY—Sister Andrea Callahan, OSU, died March 8 at the Ursuline motherhouse in Louisville. She was 90. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 13 in the motherhouse chapel followed by burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Sister Andrea was born in New Straitsville, Ohio. She joined the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1942. She […]


Sister Julienne retires with decades of good memories

Ursuline Sister Julienne Guy’s family came to Columbia at the beginning of her senior year of high school. She had no idea that the move would end up changing her whole life. She attended Ursuline High School, and the example of the sisters who taught there led her to join the order. That was 64 […]


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 […]


St. John Neumann families receive St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarships

St. John Neumann School families were honored during a reception and prayer service recently and the school was awarded funds from the St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship Funding Organization. Students receiving scholarships led a brief prayer service. Following the service, Barbara Cole, principal, was presented a check by Michael Acquilano, director of the South Carolina Catholic […]


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 […]


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Spelling aces: Goodier, Elya win diocesan bees

Souchong, heuristic and whippoorwill were all words spelled correctly in the first annual Diocesan Spelling Bee. There were two competitions, one for the elementary school students, grades 3-5, and one for the middle school students, grades 6-8.


Keeping the mission in mind

COLUMBIA—No matter where they live, Catholics are called to spread the Gospel around the world to people in need. The Pontifical Mission Societies exist to help answer that call. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Oblate Father Andrew Small, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, shared that message on April 9 at a small reception […]


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Apr 218:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
From the Calendar of Diaconate
9:30 am Gr. 2 First Holy Communion Mass
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
6:00 pm First Communion
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
6:15 pm Bishop Guglielmone to preside at Confirmation - Holy Trinity - Orangeburg to include St. Theresa Mission, Springfield, St. Mary Mission, Allendale and St. Andrew, Barnwell
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 228:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
From the Calendar of Diaconate
2:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Corpus Christi - Lexington
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 23 Early Dismissal
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
2:00 pm Dismissal
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 PM Dismissal Teacher Inservice
From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
7:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - St. John the Beloved - Summerville
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 247:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 25 ER/In-service
From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
TAG Day
From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
7:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Divine Redeemer - Hanahan
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 269:30 am Junior Ring and Scholarship MASS
From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
4:30 pm Spring Art Exhibit, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
5:30 pm PTO Meeting
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
6:00 pm Fall/Winter Sports Banquet
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet