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Mepkin kicks off concert season with ‘Messiah’

By PAUL A. BARRA MONCKS CORNER — The Trappist community at Mepkin Abbey began their 1999 concert and lecture season with a performance Jan. 3 of Handel’s “Messiah” in the abbey church. It was, in the words of the Right Rev. Francis Kline, Abbot of Mepkin, “a fitting event for the feast of the Epiphany.” […]

Planning for vocations beyond 2000

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER (Note: This is the first in a series of four columns about vocations to the priesthood. This column will review the current situation in the Diocese of Charleston. In the next three weeks, the following topics will be addressed: some reasons why we have a shortage of priests, possible […]

Trust in the Lord and live in his word

By MARY HOOD HART “The past must be abandoned to God’s mercy, the present to our fidelity, the future to divine providence.” St. Francis de Sales At this writing, we are days away from the New Year. During our holiday travels, my family and I stayed at a hotel which was busy making preparations for […]

Faithful of diocese open their hearts to hurricane victims

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS It came as no surprise to Bishop David B. Thompson that the people of his diocese would respond to victims of Hurricane Mitch when asked to become part of that humanitarian effort before Christmas. “The people in South Carolina empathize with the people in Central America, because they know of the […]

Spanish Mass reunites Catholics with their faith

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — The Hispanic community here found a home at Sacred Heart Church recently, and all it took was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe to welcome them back to the fold. That, and Father Gary Linsky’s promise to say this special Saturday service in Spanish. The pastor was nervous, […]

Williams family shares bond in giving back

By TIM BULLARD NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — By selling Tootsie Rolls, Jeremy Williams and his parents have helped the Knights of Columbus raise funds to assist people challenged by life’s disabilities. The family moved to North Myrtle Beach a year ago after living in Raleigh, N.C., for 24 years. “Jeremy has Down’s Syndrome,” said his […]

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