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Knights bring Christmas to residents with special needs

COLUMBIA—Every year, Christmas comes early for the residents of the Midlands Center thanks to dedi­cated volunteers from the Knights of Columbus. Located in northeast Columbia, the center is a residence for adults of all ages who have developmental disabilities. It is run by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. For 30 years, […]


Immigrant Families Initiative helps with various needs

COLUMBIA—Three neighborhoods in Beaufort County that are home to mostly Hispanic immigrants are part of Narenda Sharma’s ongoing efforts to help poor families leave poverty behind. He is founder and director of the Neighborhood Outreach Connec­tion, a non-profit organization that helps low-income people around the Hilton Head and Beaufort areas. “We see our mission as […]


Junior high rally focuses on the sacred in sacrifice

WHITE OAK—Meredith Clemmens’ Road to Emmaus led her back to an all-too-familiar place. Ten years ago, Clemmens was one of several hundred students at the Diocese of Charleston’s Junior High Rally listening to guest speakers share their faith and offer encour­agement and inspiration to the young audience. On Nov. 4, she was on the other […]


St. John the Baptist sisters move south

COLUMBIA—A group of four Sisters of St. John the Baptist recently ar­rived in the Midlands to begin a new era of ministry in the Diocese of Charleston. They came to South Carolina in the late summer at the invitation of Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. Their residence is a home they have named the St. Alfonso […]


Byzantines hope to establish new mission at Transfiguration

BLYTHEWOOD—For many years, people in the Midlands have traveled long distances to attend the Byzantine Mass, also known as the Divine Liturgy. That changed on Oct. 1, when a liturgy was celebrated at what many hope will become a permanent Byz­antine mission at Transfiguration Church. About 100 people attended the Mass celebrated by Father Joseph […]


Share the word about Black Catholic History

November is Black Catholic History Month, and it is a time full of eye-opening information for many people. For example, most people don’t realize that black Catholic history dates all the way back to the Acts of the Apostles (8: 26-40) with the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Philip the Deacon. The National Black […]


Teens may need extra help to deal with societal stresses

COLUMBIA—Stress and anxiety are an inevitable part of life, but teens are dealing with an ever-increasing burden and any adult who works with them must be able to help them through a crisis. Parish youth leaders learned those critical support skills at an Oct. 3 conference on pastoral care held at St. Joseph Church and […]


S.C. religious leaders tapped to combat racism

COLUMBIA—It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society. That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew G.I. Hart, Ph.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ on Oct. 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church. […]


Orangeburg parish withstands the tests of time and turmoil

ORANGEBURG—Members of Holy Trinity Church celebrated 100 years on Oct. 15 with prayer, song and,  most of all, a sense of overwhelming love for each other and for their faith community. Hundreds packed the church on Rivers Edge Drive for a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. During his homily, the bishop congratulated […]


Eagle Scout focuses on an important need of foster children

COLUMBIA—Hundreds of children go­ing into foster care will be able to do so with more dignity now, thanks to an innovative Eagle Scout project completed by Jonathan Hernandez. The youth is a ninth-grader at Car­dinal Newman School and a member of Troop 287 in St. John Neumann parish. He collected more than $15,500 to purchase […]


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    Jun 219:00 am Bishop - Mass at St. Benedict's - Mt. Pleasant
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    Jun 226:00 pm Ordination of the Adorno Deacons - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
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    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
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    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
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    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    Jul 4 Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 14 Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    8:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate