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1997

Christ Our King installing traditional pipe organ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When the electronic organ at Christ Our King parish needed replacing, the congregation decided to go with a traditional pipe organ despite the fact that the suburban Charleston church is so crowded on weekends that the only room is in the sanctuary. Workers are now assembling the instrument […]


Synod implementation beginning to roll across diocese

By PAUL A. BARRACHARLESTON — Six weeks into his first-ever diocesan job, former Air Force analyst and computer consultant Jay E. LeVan sat down with The Miscellany last week and gave us his first impressions as the director of Planning and Synod Implementation. LeVan has traveled among the parishes of the Diocese of Charleston during […]


Catholic Banner’s first editor learned on the job

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — When Bishop John J. Russell appointed Msgr. Roy F. Aiken to be the editor of The Catholic Banner in 1951, neither the priest nor the newspaper had any background to rely on. Father Aiken was a young priest without any training in journalism; The Banner’s predecessor had been out […]


Bishop Thompson blesses ground for new facility

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — In what was described as a “win, win, win” situation for all involved, Bishop David B. Thompson blessed the ground at the site of the new Bishop England High School facility on Daniel Island June 12. The event was previously scheduled April 27, but was canceled due to rain. Following […]


Celebration to be special this year at Sacred Heart

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — The first Friday of June is also the feast of the Sacred Heart in 1997. At the church dedicated to that image of Jesus in this see city, parishioners will celebrate the feastday with a solemn evening liturgy. Fridays were traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; indulgences […]


Spanish Mass fills the body as well as the soul

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH ST. HELENA ISLAND — The Blessed Sacrament, two baptisms and barbecue were all a part of a special Saturday evening Mass and fiesta for migrant workers and other parishioners of Holy Cross Mission on St. Helena’s Island June 7. Organized by Sisters Shelia Byrne and Stella Breen of the Franciscan Center, the […]


Dad’s presence is the best present on Father’s Day

By MARY HOOD HART Because so many couples feel so much pressure to tend to work and family, we sometimes keep a mental list tabulating just who’s doing what for the kids and the house. Resentment builds if one partner feels the other isn’t doing his or her fair share. According to recent studies, mothers, […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation grants $1 million to 58 groups

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — The Sisters of Charity Foundation just gave the fight against social ills a million-dollar shot in the arm. Last week, the foundation awarded Good Samaritan grants totaling over $1 million to 58 community organizations in the state. Grants went to innovative projects and programs targeted at poor and underserved South […]


Fathers play many varied roles in the lives of their children

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS SUMMERVILLE — A full time position is available for a man who has the following qualities: must be loving, caring, protective, play every kind of game well and have a lot of patience when helping with homework. Candidates must have child-proof references with some or no experience necessary; on-the-job training will […]


Black Catholic leaders hear encouraging news

By PAUL A. BARRA ANDERSON — To prepare participants for the National Black Catholic Congress, scheduled for Baltimore in August, the Black Catholic Caucus of the Diocese of Charleston held a retreat at St. Mary of the Angels Parish June 7. Father Damian Lynch of the Diocese of Charlotte was the retreat master. Participants in […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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