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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 […]


James Myers, former director of stewardship, dies at 81

COLUMBIA—James T. Myers, former director of the Office of Stewardship for the Diocese of Charleston, died Feb. 8. He was 81. A rosary will be held Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. with visitation following at St. Joseph Church, 3600 Devine St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph on Feb. 11 […]


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    Oct 237:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 24 End of 1st Grading period
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Report cards/Parent Conf.
    From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
    End First Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    End Q1
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    End of first quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    End 1st Qtr. (45 days)
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    First marking period ends
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    End of 1st Grading Period
    From the Calendar of John Paul II Ridgeland
    12:00 pm United Nations Day/Lunch
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    7:30 pm Mision y Correspons. #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 25 End of 1st Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    Report cards go home
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Early dismissal AFTER lunch/Last day of quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    End of 1st Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School
    End of quarter
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    6:00 pm Volleyball (Fac. vs. Students)
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    6:00 pm Fall Festival
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    7:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #2
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 26 days - Conferences
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach