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The Assumption of Mary recalls being lifted into presence of God

On Aug. 15 Catholics and many other Christians will cel­ebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope […]

Christ truly present: Eucharist is source and summit of Catholic faith

MYRTLE BEACH—Many people take Commu­nion every Sunday, but never stop to think about what, exactly, they are receiving. Stop and consider that Je­sus Christ is really and truly present in the consecrated host. That subject has been the focus of a recent month-long study on the Blessed Sacra­ment at St. Andrew Church. The study is […]

Priest assignments and what they mean

At Sunday Mass, you may hear an announcement that your church is receiving a new pastor, or see a notice in the bulletin that says a new parochial vicar is coming to your parish. Most people in the pews think that this simply means a different priest will provide the sacraments and celebrate Mass, but […]

Scapulars speak of devotion from front to back

Two squares of brown wool connected by a simple white cord are a perpetual symbol of Karen Black­well’s belief. Blackwell, who attends St. Eliza­beth Ann Seton Church in Simpson­ville, is a member of the Lay Carmel­ites, a third order, or lay religious organization, associated with the Carmelites. Blackwell, and other members of the Lay Carmelites, […]

Spiritual works of mercy

During the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis directs us to pay particular attention to the works of mercy — corporal acts that address the needs of the body, and spiritual ones that tap into the needs of the soul. Although the corporal acts are taken directly from the words of Jesus in Matthew 25, the […]

Corporal Works Of Mercy : Take advantage of daily opportunities to help

The call to help our fellow man through specific acts of mercy comes straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says those who are welcomed into heaven will be the ones who helped Him when He was hungry, sick or thirsty; who gave Him clothes, welcomed Him as a stranger and […]

Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]

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Mercy Minutes — Imprisoned

Dr. Michael Martocchio, Director of the Office of Catechesis and Christian Initiation for the Diocese of Charleston interviews Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone in a discussion about the concept of imprisonment and the need for mercy. RELATED: Mercy Minutes — Forgiveness

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Mercy Minutes — Forgiveness

Dr. Michael Martocchio, Director of the Office of Catechesis and Christian Initiation for the Diocese of Charleston interviews Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone about the topic of forgiveness.

Purgatory: final purification of souls

The Purgatory Society meets on the fourth Monday of every month at St. Michael Church in Garden City. People who attend pray the rosary and attend Mass specifically to supplicate for the souls in purgatory. The society was started by Father Edward Fitzgerald, the pastor, because he’s had a special devotion to prayer for those […]

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