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Life Chains link across the state

Life Chain Sunday was observed throughout the Diocese of Charleston on Oct. 4 as parishioners gathered all across the Coastal, Pee Dee, Piedmont and Midlands deaneries to show their respect for life. Following is a summary of what took place in just a few locations in South Carolina. Greenville It poured all morning the day […]


Ernesto Torres: Working in the image of Christ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When a columnist referred to Ernesto M. Torres as “St. Ernie” in a local newspaper earlier this year, he was embarrassed. None of the thousands of people from across the state who know Torres were surprised to hear of the appellation, however. “The image of Christ fits Ernie,” […]


School blossoms in developing community

By NANCY CZABALA HILTON HEAD — In its fourth year, St. Francis by the Sea School still has a lot of growing to do, and they’re coming together full force to reach their maximum potential. The start of the school year introduced the third, fourth and fifth grades, who joined the already established pre-kindergarten through […]


Teachers get lesson on Catholic faith

By JOEY REISTROFFER TAYLORS — Kate Ristow delivered inspiration to the 140 or so catechists from the Piedmont Deanery who gathered for the 12th Annual Upstate Catechist Workshop at Prince of Peace. A teacher for 30 years, Ristow packs her lessons with jokes and anecdotes to keep her listeners riveted. Now she is the director […]


Honoring the Children’s Sabbath

By DIANE BULLARD On Oct. 16-18 thousands of churches nationwide celebrated the seventh annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbath. This observance was sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund in cooperation with 200 religious organizations nationwide — including Catholic Charities USA, National Black Catholic Congress, NETWORK and the SC Christian Action Council. Special events were planned […]


Educators learn to recognize child abuse, neglect

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Orientation sessions for new diocesan school personnel were recently conducted at three locations across the state — Columbia, Greenville and Charleston. The gatherings included presentations on child abuse and neglect awareness, along with an introduction to the diocese and its schools structure. Dr. Gay Rowzie, Secretary of Education and Evangelization […]


A new beginning for Bishop England High School

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Though the books had already been opened, the historic beginnings of the new Bishop England High School facility on Daniel Island were marked with an opening Mass, a blessing ceremony, parent and donor celebrations and the dedication of the football field. Parents and donors received tours of the school earlier in […]


Catholic Charities coordinator retires to pursue new dream

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — A woman whose life has been a constant voyage of discovery and accomplishment has decided to add to that richness by pursuing further dreams. On Sept. 25, Marguerite A. Sookikian, known to thousands in the Diocese of Charleston as Peggy, will retire as regional coordinator for Catholic Charities in […]


Why are many Americans willing to settle for less?

By MARY HOOD HART As I write this, the country is in turmoil over the White House scandal, and I find it hard to concentrate on much else. While I believe it’s in everyone’s best interests for the president to resign, I don’t have anything new to contribute to that debate. But one thing I […]


Migrant ministry: Much to harvest but few workers

By FATHER FILEMON JUYA Who is here for the first time? Please stand up. This is a routine question by the priest during the celebration of the Mass. There are always two, three, six or more new persons in our celebrations. We give a welcome greeting, offer our community as their new home and we […]


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    Dec 1610:00 am Adult Faith Formation
    From the Calendar of Office of Catechesis Webinars
    4:30 pm Bishop to say Mass - Sacred Heart - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Dec 174:00 pm Volunteer Christmas Party - Diocesan Center - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Dec 18 Exams for periods 3 and 4
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Sock Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Christmas Holidays - School Closed
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    No school - holiday
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    11 am Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics at St. Ann Church
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    12:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at the Cathedral - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Gr. K3-3rd Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Dec 19 Exam for period 5
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Breaks Begins—Noon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    Crazy Christmas Sweater Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    End of 2nd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Francis Catholic School
    End of 2nd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Christmas Break
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    10:00 am ½ day-Christmas party
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    11:30 am Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet