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New parish named Church of St. Benedict

MOUNT PLEASANT — The East Cooper Catholic Community, which began in September of 1999 by celebrating Mass at Thomas Lynch Hall in the Dunes West subdivision, will now be called the Church of St. Benedict. Bishop Robert J. Baker selected the name late last week from a list of several choices submitted by the parish […]

Deacon candidates advance on road to ordination

  By TIM BULLARD NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Candidates and former candidates for a challenging role in the church attended the annual deacon retreat at the Ocean Creek Resort conference center Feb. 2-4. As potential deacons and family members checked in Friday afternoon, there was already excitement in the air with old friends renewing acquaintances […]

‘Happy are those who are called …’

  MOUNT PLEASANT — “If it’s good for you to be here, inform your face.” With this quote from the late theologian Father Eugene Walsh, Elaine Rendler sought to convey an image of vibrant, contemporary Catholicism to a recent gathering of liturgical ministers at Christ Our King Church. Rendler spoke to the assembly of greeters, […]

Turn the other cheek

  Many, if not most Christians in the United States, support capital punishment. They are convinced that God not only allows it but even commands it. Many are quick to quote from the 21st chapter of the Book of Leviticus where we do read that God said “A life for a life, and eye for […]

Rites assess readiness to continue faith journey

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH COLUMBIA — Discerning God’s presence in the community and the catechumen’s response to it was just one of many issues regarding the Rite of Election that was dealt with in a Feb. 2 workshop, “Celebrating the Rites of Christian Initiation,” sponsored by the diocesan Office for Evangelization, Catechesis and Christian Initiation. […]

Religious of the diocese share their successes and setbacks with bishop

By KATHY SCHMUGGE CHAPIN — The gathering of men and women religious with Bishop Robert J. Baker on Feb. 1 was an occasion for joy in celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Religious as well as a time to honor the jubilarians in the diocese. It was also an occasion for Sister Susan […]

Breaking ground for the future

A new community life center will benefit East Cooper parishes MOUNT PLEASANT — On the first Springlike day this year, the students at Christ Our King/Stella Maris School helped break ground for a new Catholic Community Life Center. Located on Russell Drive between the Christ Our King Parish and the school, the 39,000-square-foot facility will […]

S.C. group works to strengthen bond between parents and children

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — There are those in today’s society who portray parents as disinterested and youth as lacking self-control, especially in areas of human sexuality, but a true message of hope exists. Family Honor, a nonprofit organization, has worked tirelessly to improve communication between parent and child, thus empowering families to ensure […]

Musicians workshop at Blessed Sacrament notes bringing the Word alive for teens

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A praise worship workshop for singers and composers led by Ed and Karen Bolduc of St. Ann’s Life Teen in Marietta, Ga., drew about 60 musicians from across the diocese to Blessed Sacrament Church Jan. 27. The morning session focused on technical support for musicians, such as the placement […]

Cardinal Newman celebrates its heritage

Ursuline Sisters leave an indelible mark in Columbia By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — In order to properly celebrate Catholic Schools Week, which began Jan. 29, Cardinal Newman High School honored the people in its past who gave the school its beginning as well as helping it reach new heights. Alumni and retired teachers were invited […]

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