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Vestments add expression to the liturgical year

The beautiful, ornate vestments worn by priests are one of the most visual elements of the Mass. Different colors and decorations, often embroidered in rich, glimmering fabrics add to the mystery of the Eucharist, remind us of the season we are in, and enhance our experience of the celebration. Vestments signify the role the priest […]


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 […]


The fronds and foliage of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is celebrated this year on April 9. A holy day of obligation, it is also called Passion Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week, which follows Jesus on His path to the cross, culminating in His joyous resurrection on Easter Sunday. Most people know the story behind Palm Sunday, but aren’t familiar […]


Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life

A Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life was held for Greenville area women religious on Feb. 7. Hosted by the Poor Clare Monastery and sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the event included Mass followed by reception and lunch. Pictured are: Dominican Sister Mary Sheila Maksim, Poor Clare Sister Carolyn Forgette, Franciscan […]


Around the globe, Catholics will spend the 40 days of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 18, focused on prayer and fasting as they prepare for the joyful resurrection of Our Savior on Easter. It is universal, and yet cultures throughout the world have put their own unique stamp on Lenten devotions and customs.
Lent around the world

Around the globe, Catholics will spend the 40 days of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, focused on prayer and fasting as they prepare for the joyful resurrection of Our Savior on Easter. It is universal, and yet cultures throughout the world have put their own unique stamp on Lenten devotions and customs. Here is a […]


An extraordinary ministry: Distribution of holy Communion is a privilege for the laity

For Catholics, the Eucharist is the most important sacrament and the center of faith itself. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist “the source and summit of Christian life” (1324) and “the sum and summary of our faith” (1327). All other works of the Church spring from it: “The other sacraments, and indeed […]


Your annulment questions answered

The topic of annulments, properly called a declaration of nullity, is one that seems to cause a lot of confusion for those involved. One of the biggest sources of confusion seems to stem from the word itself. The USCCB notes that annulment is an unfortunate term because in reality, nothing is made null through the […]


Catholics sometimes confused about Immaculate Conception

Many people who go to Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary may not know the exact reason for this important holy day of obligation, officially observed on Dec. 8. Msgr. Charles Rowland, pastor of Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island, said even the most observant Catholics sometimes mistakenly […]


Pope begins new series of catechesis

Vatican Information Service VATICAN CITY–During his general audience Oct. 17, Benedict XVI began a new series of catecheses which will cover the period of the Year of Faith. The Year, he said, is intended “to renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ, … to revive the joy of walking along the path He showed […]


For All Saints Day and the Year of Faith: ‘Ten Saints Who Were Great Evangelizers’

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops WASHINGTON—During the Year of Faith (Oct. 11 to Nov. 24, 2013) Pope Benedict XVI encourages Catholics to study the lives of the saints in order to follow their example. Jeannine Marino, program specialist for the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers “10 […]


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