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Vocations Conference promotes positive vision for vocations

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — More than 100 parish and diocesan leaders gathered at a hotel across from the USC Coliseum on May 6 to hear about a hot topic for Catholics in South Carolina: vocations. They heard Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and chair of the National Council […]

Catholic Charities appeal vital to those in need

By SISTER SUSAN SCHORSTEN, HM Catholic Charities has been a part of the Diocese of Charleston for well over 50 years. It serves as a social agency of the Church and is rooted in Gospel values. The mission statement of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston defines its overall purpose as working “…collaboratively to […]

Adults are stumped by teen-age exaggerations

By MARY HOOD HART Adolescents are famous for creating slang. This language serves to exclude adults from the teenage world. Even though I have a teen and a preteen in my home, I’m not familiar with current slang. If I were, however, I wouldn’t attempt to write a column about it. I know I’d get […]

Christmas in April promotes community effort

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Christmas in April has restored a lot of folks’ faith in the human race. Volunteers see a neighbor in need, and they respond with an energetic burst of goodwill and fellowship that restores the human spirit. On April 25, 900 volunteers from Spartanburg spruced up 40 houses in the Arkwright […]

May crowning gives Mary honor she deserves

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — To honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sacred Heart Parish held a May Crowning on Mother’s Day. It was a special event as the parishioners marched around the church, holding high a statue of the Blessed Mother and singing “Immaculate Mary.” The procession inspired Anna Wilkins. “I thought it was beautiful. […]

St. Michael’s memoral for AIDS victims urges prayers

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS GARDEN CITY — In a ceremony punctuated with tears, nearly 200 AIDS victims were remembered at the Interdenominational AIDS Memorial Service held at St. Michael’s Church in Garden City. The April 30 service involved churches from around the Grand Strand area. It was sponsored by the St. Michael Catholic AIDS ministry. […]

St. Mary Magdalene dedicates second church in eight years

By JOEY REISTROFFER SIMPSONVILLE — God has a new home in this Upstate community that is bursting at the seams. He now resides at 2252 Woodruff Road. That is where parishioners at St. Mary Magdalene built a new church. Their parish is growing at a tremendous pace and quarters had become cramped. Father Herbert Connor […]

Planning your child’s party the easy way

By MARY HOOD HART This year, for my daughter’s 7th birthday, I’m doing something I would have found difficult a few years ago — I’m leaving town and letting my husband handle her party. Anna shares a birthday with my sister Louise, and Louise is turning 50. So as a special birthday celebration, the four […]

Peninsular cluster motivated by sharing ideas

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Something clicked in the Cathedral Center May 14. It was the sound of a cluster meeting coming together. Perhaps it was the combination of a visit by Bishop David B. Thompson, the addition of parish council members or just a matter of time, but organizers and participants of the […]

Logo contest to serve as educational tool for Coastal cluster

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS A year into existence, clusters are taking on life in the Diocese of Charleston and Cluster I in the Coastal Deanery hopes to give its group more of an identity by sponsoring a logo contest. Kathy Sweeney, a member of the cluster leadership at Christ Our King in Mount Pleasant, said […]

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