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“Echoes of Faith” being implemented to better form catechists

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA —  “Echoes of Faith,” a series of instructional modules that can be used for catechist training/certification and adult formation, was showcased to religious educators from across the Diocese of Charleston at a meeting at St. Peter School on Sept. 10. “This is the first year of officially endorsing ‘Echoes’ as the […]

History of African-American Catholics at St. Peter’s recalled

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A gathering of two-fold significance was held at 34 Wentworth Street in the Holy City on Sept. 15, celebrating a wonderful heritage as well as an outreach planned to extend long into the future. The history honored is that of the Catholic’s welcomed to the African-American community that took […]

Prayer, patriotism lead Catholic support in S.C.

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — South Carolina Catholics joined with all Americans across the country in prayer and solidarity with the victims of last week’s acts of terrorist violence and those who are working to assist them. A day of mourning and prayer was observed in the Diocese of Charleston last Wednesday for all […]

Foundation blessing for largest church in diocese caps unforgettable week

By SHEILA OJENDYK TAYLORS — Last Sunday was a day to celebrate at Prince of Peace despite the unforgettable horrors of the previous Tuesday.  For the last several years, parishioners have attended Mass in a gym. Following a successful capital campaign that many said could not be done, the foundation for the much-needed new church […]

Death of Father McGuire ends vigil of tri-parish community

  CLEMSON — Paulist Father Augustus S. McGuire, 69, died Aug. 27 at St. Andrew Church’s rectory, following a yearlong bout with cancer. A public viewing took place on Aug. 29 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Seneca, and the Mass of the Resurrection followed. The bilingual liturgy was celebrated by Paulist Father Francis […]

Living a Christian life, the Cursillo way

  By NANCY SCHWERIN What’s the big secret about Cursillo? It’s simply that there is no secret. “People think it’s some sort of secret group, but it’s totally the opposite,” said Jack McGovern, Cursillista and Blessed Sacrament parishioner. “Everyone is welcome.” The emphasis of Cursillo typically is put on the three-day weekend, which is a […]

Michael Peterson

1st year pre-theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore Birthplace/date: Blackfoot, Idaho, May 10, 1979 Home parish/location: St. Andrew’s, Clemson Family: mom and dad in Idaho, two older sisters and younger brother Aspect of seminary looking forward to: deepening my spirituality Aspect of seminary expecting to be difficult: adjusting to a schedule that I don’t […]

Church permits cremation, provided it’s not a denial of faith

Q: There does not seem to be any information in booklet or book form, nor ever a mention from the pulpit, about cremation. For years it was banned and suddenly it was approved by the church. Why? When my son was cremated in 1985 in San Francisco and the ashes sent to Philadelphia, my parish […]

Sinners! What should be do with them?

By MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY We all are aware of what happened in New York and Washington on Sept. 11. While there are obviously some people in the world who applaud these cowardly acts of violence that results in the death of so many innocent human lives, thank God most people rightly condemn this violence […]

Charleston teens share their views of catechesis

  By PAUL SCHROEDER The theme for this year’s Catechetical Sunday, “Love Beyond All Telling,” opens up the imagination to images, mysteries, experiences and questions. How can anyone understand the mystery of love much less put into words what it means? However, we know the experience of love in people, words, celebrations and so much […]

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