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Two St. James parishioners recognized for volunteerism

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — Two parishioners of St. James Church were honored as nominees for the annual “Sun News Volunteer of the Year Award.” Last year that honor was captured by St. Michael Church member Carol Abbott of S.O.S. Health Care, Inc. The awards were bestowed at The Martinique Resort in Myrtle Beach […]

Expert offers tips for parish evangelization

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — When Father Patrick J. Brennan told an enthusiastic crowd of 100 parish leaders on Jan. 30 to “grow things organically,” he wasn’t talking about gardening. The Chicago pastor was talking about evangelizing in the parish, and he used marketing language to illustrate his point. “The great quest for us […]

St. Joseph event shows support for life

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Parishioners at Jesus Our Risen Savior threw a party for their faith the other day and invited others to join them. No RSVP needed. St. Paul’s Church Spanish prayer group came and sang a couple of songs, including “Dios Esta Aqui,” which means, “God is Here.” St. Anthony’s Junior Voices […]

The ‘vocations crisis’

By REV. HENRY T. BARRON As Msgr. Carter’s articles in this column the past few weeks have emphasized, we are experiencing in the Church a “vocations crisis.” Some people talk of a shortage of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, others prefer to talk of a “vocations crisis.” The term, shortage can be quite […]

DDF workshops kick off 1999 appeal

By SHEILA OJENDYK Bless us, O Lord” is the theme of this year’s 1999 Diocesan Development Fund, which supports social outreach programs, Catholic schools, seminarians, evangelization and prayer and worship ministries. During December and January, DDF kick-offs and workshops were held in each deanery throughout the diocese. The annual appeal had its official kickoff in […]

Aiken’s needy feel good at ACTS of Caring Clinic

DEIRDRE C. MAYS AIKEN — The gaps between HMO’s, private insurance, and federal health programs are wide and people with very low incomes often fall between the cracks. They don’t qualify for the standard routes of health care and can barely afford to scrape by, let alone pay for a visit to a clinic that […]

1998 DDF campaign most successful ever

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON  The results are in for the 1998 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign, themed “Returning God’s Gifts,” and it heralds the completion of the most successful year in its history. Last year’s effort brought in over $1.7 million from 16,549 participating families, both of which are new highs for the diocese. […]

SCCAC plans for a changed future

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON  The South Carolina Christian Action Council held its 66th annual meeting on Jan. 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It was a day of memories and of looking forward to a changed future. “In the beginning, Catholics weren’t invited into the council,” said the Rev. Dr. […]

Prayer service stirs the soul

By TIM BULLARD BURGESS  Before midnight struck Jan. 21 deep in the heart of the Burgess community of Horry County, foot-stompin’ gospel music thumped in the darkness at St. James United Methodist Church for a Church Unity Prayer Service. The Burgess Community Choir opened the service, which had the theme “God will dwell with […]

Blanket project makes life ‘warm and fuzzy’

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE  Something warm and fuzzy happened this month in the Upstate. Some of the needy have been without heat in their homes  those who have homes  and people responded generously to the call to “blanket the Upstate.” This heart-warming project began when Doug Bell, director of Goodwill, contacted Sister […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    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
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate