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The plight of the children of Afghanistan

  By DENISE HARRIS HOPPENHAUER On Oct. 11 President Bush asked the children of America to help the children of Afghanistan by donating $1 to the America’s Fund for Afghan Children. He also said that “one in three Afghan children is an orphan and that almost half are malnourished. He went on to say “their […]

Year of reconciliation intention for October: Respecting life in all its forms

By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER October is Respect Life Month. This year, it follows an event that shocked, frightened and angered a nation while challenging its attitudes about justice and humanity. On Oct. 9 Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, said that the “horrors that the world witnessed” in September […]

Parish addition highlights growth of Catholic community in Columbia

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — “What you have built is a testimony to your great faith and fraternity. Through sacrifice, you have made visible that faith in your heart,” said Bishop Robert J. Baker during the Mass of Thanksgiving and blessing of St. Joseph Parish Educational Building and Parish Hall/Gym held Oct. 16. Hundreds gathered […]

Hope for the journey: support for the terminally ill

  By KATHY KALINA I didn’t know what to expect when I became a hospice nurse and found myself in the daily company of the terminally ill. At first I hid behind nursing skill and professional demeanor, but that proved to be a flimsy shield. The most aggressive medical treatment had failed these patients and […]

Respect Life — God bless all of us

By MSGR. THOMAS DUFFY During the month of October, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been encouraging us to respect life because “every human life has its origins in the heart of God.” In a pamphlet they prepared long before the violence that took place in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on Sept. […]

Adult formation group addresses just war theory

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — The adult formation group at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist recently initiated a timely discussion. As part of their weekly workshops during Respect Life Month, Bishop Robert J. Baker was invited to share his thoughts on the death penalty. In light of recent events, the topic for […]

Dynamic Benedictine urges men to give priesthood a chance

  By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA – “Be prepared to be surprised.” That was part of the message that a Benedictine priest delivered to 10 men of South Carolina who are considering a vocation to the priesthood. Father Jonathan Fassero encouraged the men to try a major seminary as part of their discernment process. “If […]

Regulations regarding eucharistic adoration

  Q: We have a eucharistic adoration chapel at our parish. It is open (the Eucharist is exposed) from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. It is understood that people who signed up for the first and last hours of each day will expose or retire the host. From personal feelings and opinions, some substitute adorers […]

One month after

Bishop Robert J. Baker’s homily at the Cathedral Mass commemorating the Sept. 11 tragedies By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER Today in a memorial service at ground zero in New York City, a prayer was offered by a Catholic chaplain for those who died at the site and those still missing from the terrible tragedy one […]

Upstate pastor goes from cloister to community builder

  By SHEILA OJENDYK MAULDIN — Father Howard Coughlin has traveled an intriguing road from his birth Jan. 3, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio, to his role of pastor emeritus at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. He was the eighth of 12 children of Joseph and Gertrude Handel Coughlin and their fourth son. When Father Coughlin was […]

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