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1998

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 […]


Community involvement is key at St. John’s School

By NANCY CZABALA NORTH CHARLESTON — Community is “at the heart of all Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived.” This statement, made by Pope John Paul II in New Orleans in 1987, is found at the top of St. John School’s philosophy statement, Verifying […]


Father Sheehan celebrates Golden Jubilee

By NANCY CZABALA ISLE OF PALMS — Father John Sheehan, SMA, traveled a long road in his 50 years in the priesthood before he came to settle in Isle of Palms. While working in his home town of Waterbury, Conn., in his early 20s, he did a novena to the Lady of the Miraculous Medal, […]


Diocese to hold All Ministries Conference

This fall the Diocese of Charleston will hold the first All Ministries Conference, a unique event gathering together in one place all those working in various Catholic ministries across the state. The conference will be held Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Columbia with a closing liturgy at nearby St. Peter’s […]


Standing together to fight violence

By MARY HOOD HART As she glanced at the front page of the paper, my teen-age daughter asked, “These cute kids killed someone?” Yes, Katie, those cute kids shot four children and a teacher. They wounded several others. Not only did they hide in the woods and cold-bloodedly shoot their classmates and teachers, they planned […]


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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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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