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1997

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, […]


Black Catholic state meeting encourages more involvement

By NANCY CZABALA COLUMBIA — A statewide meeting hosted by the diocesan Office of Black Catholics Nov. 15 at St. Martin de Porres in Columbia attracted close to 70 participants. The meeting, which follows the National Black Catholic Congress, was a opportunity for local black Catholics to converge and discuss the implementation of plans set […]


Fourteen humbled by papal honors

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Fourteen faithful of the Church of Charleston who were honored by the pope in April received their awards at a special ceremony on Nov. 30 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The honorees included five who received the papal medal “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice,” eight who were […]


Millions of Indians converted to Christianity

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH Masses celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe were celebrated in churches throughout the state, remembering the appearance of the apparition of the Blessed Mother to the Aztec Indian outside of Mexico City in 1521. More than 200 people attended an evening of celebration at St. Thomas the Apostle Church […]


Guadalupe celebrations growing along with the diocese… in Sumter

By PAUL A. BARRA and TIM BULLARD Our Lady of Guadalupe may be the patroness of the Americas, but the Diocese of Charleston seems to be adopting her as its own. This year, pilgrims from the diocese journeyed to Mexico City to celebrate the Dec. 12 feast day of the lady known affectionately to Mexicans […]


Thanksgiving turkey served with a kind heart

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Thanksgiving — a time when family and friends get together around a steaming hot turkey meal and thank God for the blessings they have received throughout the year. Nobody should spend Thanksgiving alone. That is why the Knights of Columbus held a Thanksgiving feast at St. Paul’s last week and […]


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    Aug 18 CORE Training Weekend
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    Teacher PD- M. Beach
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    8:10 am Orientation: 11th and 12th grades
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
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    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:00 am Parent meeting/workshop
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Ministry Moments at SHE Upstate Women's Show
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    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    12:00 pm Open House/Extra Curricular Fair
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    2:00 pm New Family Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
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    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:00 am K3-K5 Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
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    10:00 am Gr. 6-8 Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
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    Aug 20 PTO Donuts & Coffee
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville