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1997

A musical tale to be shared by one and all

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — St. Joseph Church is quietly humming with activity on this chilly Sunday afternoon in December. While musicians tune their instruments, the pews quickly fill with people and the overflow crowd lines the walls. Member or visitor, they have come to hear the parish’s choirs and readers recount in soaring harmonies […]


Diocese buys land in Okatie for new church

OKATIE — The Catholic community of mainland southern Beaufort County is getting ready for the future. On Dec. 1, leaders of St. Andrew’s Church in Pinkney Colony announced that the Diocese of Charleston has purchased a 63-acre tract in the Okatie section of southern Beaufort County. The site will become the new home for Catholics […]


Diocese of Charleston responds to Columbia community

COLUMBIA — The Diocese of Charleston is “deeply distressed” by criminal sexual misconduct charges against a former part-time basketball coach at Cardinal Newman High School and is responding to the Columbia community. Charles Sullivan, who served as coach of the boys’ “B” basketball team during the 1996-97 season and as a volunteer assistant to the […]


Discovering the secrets of Mepkin Abbey

By CATHERINE ROMAINE “The present is the past and the past is the present.” Peter Blauner, from the Intruder MONCKS CORNER — Just outside of Charleston, moss-covered trees line a road that leads to one of the state’s most beautiful places and best kept secrets. It is there, at Mepkin Abbey, that 28 monks celebrate […]


Training for diocesan youth ministers planned

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A youth ministry training weekend sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will be held Jan. 17-18 at the White Oak Conference Center near Columbia. According to Jerry White, diocesan director of Youth Ministry, the weekend is designed for those who are involved in ministry with young people, such […]


Holiday plans filled with love and hope

By MARY HOOD HART Are you ready for Christmas? Somebody asked me that the other day. And I answered honestly: No, I haven’t even started. It’s that time of year again when strangers strike up conversations about Christmas preparedness — as if we’re all gearing up to face a threatening storm. Indeed, my Christmas preparations […]


A child’s guiding spirit

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — A little girl with an ear for music and an uncommon faith in God was the guiding spirit behind the St. Joseph Choir’s “A Festival of Lessons and Carols.” “If we had never gotten to know Anna, we would have never gotten to know Jim and the CD never would […]


Bell at Sacred Heart to get a tune-up

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — For more than 30 years, a 2,000-pound bronze bell made in Belgium has been ringing in the Masses and bringing in the faithful at Sacred Heart Church. It still peels out the resonating chime that can be heard for miles around Gaffney. The ringer, however, needs a little work. So […]


1997 – YEAR IN REVIEW – A year of hope and loss for the Diocese of Charleston

By NANCY CZABALA Amid the exciting growht and future planning, the Diocese of Charleston, along with the world, was faced with a great loss this year. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “Mother of All Living,” touched every corner of the world with her inspirational words and unconditional love for all people. Early in the year, Mother […]


Poor turn to self sufficiency through ministry

TAYLORS — Catholic Charities of the Piedmont Deanery recently commissioned the first group of “Poverellas” to go forth to mentor/sponsor people needing assistance in gaining independent living. Over 40 people gathered for the training day at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors last month, where parishioners there, along with ones from Blessed Trinity in Greer, […]


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    Jun 2711:30 am Mass at Pastoral Center - Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta presiding
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    7:30 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
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    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
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    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
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    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
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    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
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    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
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    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
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    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    Jul 10 High School CLI
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    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
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    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
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    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
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