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Father Bob finds his place on the altar

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS NORTH CHARLESTON — Installed on the altar, a newly made priest, Father Bob Sayer looked out fondly at his family and friends in the congregation of his home church, St. Thomas the Apostle, and exclaimed: “I made it!” Finally. At his first Mass on June 27, the freshly ordained apostle thanked […]

Bishop calls Father Miles a prophet and a priest

By PAUL A. BARRA JAMES ISLAND — Father C. Thomas Miles wanted an elegant celebration for his first Mass, a solemn liturgy of the sort that used to be called a high Mass. He got what he wanted. The 11:30 a.m. Mass on June 27 at the Church of the Nativity featured five acolytes, candles, […]

St. Peter’s welcomes home priest for first Mass

By NANCY SCHWERIN On a steamy day in Beaufort, parishioners filed into the 11:30 a.m. liturgy at St. Peter celebrating the first Mass of Thanksgiving of Father Michael J. Oenbrink and the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. He is the first parishioner from St. Peter to be ordained, Father Ronald R. Cellini, pastor, told […]

Jesus reveals God’s glory in life-giving mission of healing

Those who attended Mass at the end of April heard how Jesus contrasts his mission with that of an evil one. In John’s Gospel, we read: “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Jesus reveals God’s glory in his […]

How a bishop is nominated

The history The process for selection and appointment of bishops has varied throughout the ages. The Apostles chose their successors. The first bishop-apostle, St. Matthias, who was chosen by lot after the 120 gathered together before Pentecost, nominated two candidates to replace Judas. The early history of the Church does not describe in detail how […]

‘Renewing the Mind of the Media’ calls for change as Church has for centuries

By Julie Downs The shooting at Columbine High School resulted in intense scrutiny of the influence of the entertainment media, some of it from unlikely sources. There were condemnations from politicians who had enjoyed warm relationships with Hollywood. Movie producers pointed fingers at video game makers. Even the news media chimed in, while its own […]

Bishop Baker greets priests and administrators at Vespers service

Diocese of Charleston Vespers Homily ~ July 13, 1999 Bishop Robert J. Baker Thank you again, Bishop Thompson, for your warm and friendly greetings and great hospitality since my arrival here. And greetings to you, my brother priests, of the Presbyterate of the Diocese of Charleston, my new priestly fraternity. A special welcome also to […]

Rocks and cotton make summer Scripture

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — At Sacred Heart Church 25 youngsters are taking a week out of their summer playtime to learn about the foundations of their faith. They are growing spiritually, and they don’t even know it. To them, Vacation Bible School is a chance to pal around with their buddies. They get to […]

Bishop David B. Thompson’s statement on Bishop Baker’s appointment

Thank you all for assembling here this morning for a most important and truly historic event for Catholics in South Carolina – the announcement of the appointment of the new Bishop of Charleston, the Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, now the 12th Bishop of Charleston. Thanks be to God! The Church of Charleston welcomes you, […]

Pee Dee Catholic Charities volunteers recognized for service

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — The look on the face of a jobless woman trying to feed her family; a homeless man in a tent accepts sacks of food; whether or not to choose life or an abortion, a mother makes the right choice; a Yugoslavian gets motel refuge. Those were some of the anecdotes […]

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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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