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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 […]


Mepkin Abbey monks go public in ‘Trappist’

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Hundreds of people gathered Dec. 8 among the antique mahogany and crystal of the Francis Marion Hotel to preview a movie about the monastic life. They were moved by a dazzling display of the beauty of Mepkin Abbey and a gritty portrayal of the monks’ lives. The documentary, “Trappist,” […]


As vocations decline, plans for new ministry structure arise

By JULIE DOWNS The approaching anniversary of Christ’s birth 2,000 years ago offers Catholics a unique opportunity to reflect on the future of the faith. In the Diocese of Charleston, with the guidance of the recently completed Synod, reflection is turning to action, as leaders work to develop new models of ministry that will better […]


Greenville scene of anti-abortion candelight vigil

By JOEY REISTROFFER GREENVILLE — There is plenty to do across South Carolina on a Friday night, and Nov. 14 was no exception. Many folks went to the first round of the high school football playoffs to root for their favorite teams. Others attended the season-opening college basketball games for Clemson and USC and cheered […]


Coming to terms with the sacrifices childcare

By MARY HOOD HART I am a strong advocate of stay-at-home parenting — particularly in a child’s first year, ideally years beyond. With that said, I can not understand the public outrage directed at the parents of Matthew Eappen, shaken to death by his family’s 19-year-old au pair, Louise Woodward. I’m surprised people believe the […]


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    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Dec 19 Exam for period 5
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
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    7:00 pm Gr. 4-8th Christmas Program
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