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Feast day offers evangelization opportunity

By TIM BULLARD GEORGETOWN — To celebrate the feast of St. Cyprian, Bishop Robert J. Baker visited St. Cyprian Church recently to celebrate a bilingual Mass for the multicultural parish. Before his homily the bishop asked an interpreter to step in and offer a Spanish translation. “This is my first opportunity to be able to […]

East Cooper community is one year old

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH MOUNT PLEASANT — It was a time for congratulations this past Sunday, as the East Cooper Catholic Community celebrated its one year anniversary with a special Mass celebrated by retired Bishop David B. Thompson, “our founding father,” as he was called by Father Paul A. Brenninkmeijer, pastor. While daily liturgies are […]

Extension Society, Home Missions visit diocese

By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — Grantors recently visited the diocese to meet area outreach representatives, diocesan officials, and Bishop Robert J. Baker. The Catholic Extension Society and Catholic Home Missions each sent two representatives for a two-day visit. Extension is a private agency, while Home Missions is a committee of the National Conference of Catholic […]

“Whatsoever you do …” Guyana’s faces of the Poor

DEIRDRE C. MAYS Poverty and destitution is present in every country, someone is suffering regardless of the unemployment rates. Images of starving people are regularly flashed on television screens whether they come from rural South Carolina or Ethiopia. However, it is one thing to see a mother holding an emaciated child in her arms on […]

St. Gregory the Great geared up for growth

By NANCY SCHWERIN BLUFFTON — While the grounds of St. Gregory the Great were drenched with rain, soggy parishioners nearly filled the 900-seat parish to witness its blessing. The blessing ended years of planning — or rather ended phase one of many more years of planning. The new parish will one day be the parish […]

Missionhurst Father A. John Eyckmans dies

CHARLESTON — Missionhurst Father A. John Eyckmans, a retired priest who served in the Diocese of Charleston, died Aug. 24. Reception of his body and vigil service was Aug. 29 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 30 at the cathedral. Father Eyckmans was born on Jan. […]

Advisory meetings continue for diocesan disaster planning

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — As the Palmetto State deepens further into hurricane season, disaster planning activities are going well in the Diocese of Charleston, according to Dorothy Grillo, diocesan director of Social Ministries. “Several parishes have really taken the ball and run with it, providing weekly bulletin updates on hurricane preparedness, shelters locations, etc.,” […]

National youth program growing in S.C. parishes

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — Teens across the United States are expressing themselves through music and learning about their faith with their peers. They are coming together for weekly Mass — teen-style. Life Teen is giving young adults a place of their own in the church. The 15-year-old program, based in Mesa, Ariz., has […]

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