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Prison ministry benefits the inmates and the volunteers

BISHOPVILLE—An inmate at Lee Correctional Institution had a life-changing experience on April 9. Thanks to six dedicated volunteers from the Sumter Catholic Community, he was confirmed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and became a Catholic. It was the bishop’s first visit to that facility, but is familiar ground for the prison ministry group. These volunteers […]


Parishes using more apps to help members stay in touch

Stephanie Stewart is pretty excited that the Church is joining the 21st century of social media technology. Recently Stewart, who is executive assistant to the rector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, introduced a new app to parishioners that will help them stay connected to parish life, and even held tutorial […]


Building for the future at Our Lady of the Lake

CHAPIN—Our Lady of the Lake Church took a historic step March 15 with a momen­tous ceremony for their new church. Bishop Robert E. Gugliel­mone presided with the as­sistance of the pastor, Father Andrew Vollkommer. The parish is in a rapidly growing part of the Midlands, serves about 825 households and is feeling the space con­straints […]


National merit finalists

Schools in the diocese continue to shine, with a total of 10 high school seniors earning top-ranking, national academic honors. Here are the eight students who were named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Angelica “Clover” Robichaud from Cardinal Newman in Columbia; Thomas Hanahan and Elizabeth Blackwood from Bishop England in Charleston; and […]


A time to dance at Cardinal Newman

COLUMBIA—Hundreds of Cardinal Newman students danced for “The Greatest Cause on Earth” and raised more than $54,559 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, during an eight-hour dance marathon. The student-led event ran for eight hours in the gymnasium. Students danced, played carnival games and learned a student-choreographed five-minute line dance […]


Singing siblings earn invites from national music shows

Two years ago, siblings Nathan and Eva Leach posted a video of themselves singing a cover of “Hero” in their kitchen. Their voices are pure and their interaction sweet, and it brought a smile to about 60,000 viewers — at least in the beginning. Fast forward two years and suddenly that clip has gone viral, […]


Sisters of St. Mary of Namur give of themselves

The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur are a small order of religious that have made a big impact in the Diocese of Charleston. They have served in South Carolina for almost 70 years, arriving first in the mission territory of Sumter, where they opened a school, and expanded across the state to provide social […]


Couples celebrate marriage at both ends of spectrum

COLUMBIA—Marriage is still brand new for Irene and Howard Chambers of Charleston, who tied the knot in late October in Baltimore. Paul and Rita Thiel of Irmo, meanwhile, first said their vows 64 years ago in Wisconsin. The two couples, balanced at different ends of the marriage journey, joined hundreds of others who renewed their […]


A new era for St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—A fresh era for the faithful in Aiken started with the dedication of the new St. Mary Help of Christians Church on Feb. 2. The larger church is much needed and a long-time dream come true. Parishioners at St. Mary Help of Christians have been attending Mass in the family life center at nearby St. […]


‘Catholic Day at the Capitol’ promotes loud voice of faith

COLUMBIA—The first “Catholic Day at the Capitol” offered the chance to learn how faith plays a role in the political process. The event on Jan. 28 started with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at St. Joseph Church. The crowd of almost 200 then moved to a building on the Statehouse grounds, where a […]


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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