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From Santa Claus to the state fair, Charles Mudge supports his faith

By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — It was the bible verse, Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel,” that was the inspiration for the winning sculpture at the 2002 South Carolina […]

S.A.D.D. founder coaches students on how to be a winner

By Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON — Bob Anastas didn’t give students at Bishop England High School a chance to think twice about what it takes to succeed in this life; his message is an in your face pep talk about being a winner. Anastas is the founder of Students Against Drunk Driving and “Check in […]

Prayers continue to bring new life to Peruvian parish

by Msgr. Donald Gorski May the peace of Christmas be with you and yours! May the son born in Bethlehem grow in your heart during the new year of our Lord 2003! Here in Zorritos the town council has just doubled the size of our main church and finished putting a dome on the church […]

Wigilia — a Polish tradition on Christmas Eve

by Kathy Schmugge For generations, my family has taken part in a Polish tradition on Christmas Eve called Wigilia. It is an excellent way to start the holiday because it unites present generations with the past and brings the family closer together. With the main focus on the Infant Birth, the celebration has unique customs, […]

Prince of Peace Church to start new grade school in 2003

By Terry Cregar TAYLORS — Prince of Peace Church has received approval from the diocese to start a kindergarten and first-grade program next year. The two programs will begin next August with at least one kindergarten and one first-grade class. It will be the fourth Catholic elementary school in Greenville County, joining St. Mary, St. […]

Father Keating discusses the method of centering prayer

by Nancy Schwerin MOUNT PLEASANT — Did you see the Lord in that man that cut you off? Or in the lady with 20 items in the express lane? If not, you can. “God is in everything and everyone,” says Father Thomas Keating. The Trappist priest recently gave a daylong workshop on “Centering Prayer” at […]

Diocesan volunteers are officially commissioned

by Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON — The first commitment and commissioning ceremony for the Diocese of Charleston Volunteers was held Nov. 25 at the St. Katharine Drexel House, 34 Wentworth St. The program is in its second year. The ceremony officially blessed the ministry, and formalized the sending forth of the volunteers on their missions. […]

Orangeburg community celebrates mission’s success

by Kathy Schmugge ORANGEBURG — The ten-year anniversary celebration of Holy Trinity Church in Orangeburg was not just about celebrating the joy of a new building of worship; it was also a time to rejoice about the enduring faith of this church community. “The people of Holy Trinity have a depth of faith that has […]

Endeavor reaches new destination with first Mass

BY PAUL A. BARRA LOWER RICHLAND — A proposed parish serving the area between Columbia and Sumter is so new it doesn’t have a name yet, but it does have a history of ecumenical kinship. That historical ecumenism was displayed at the first-ever Mass offered by the Lexington-Richland Mission Endeavor of the Diocese of Charleston […]

Catholic schools get new advocate

by Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON – Joan Silo is going to be very popular in school. She is the new mission advancement coordinator who will be helping Catholic schools find funds. Silo’s position is new for the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement. She will provide a direct resource to Catholic schools around the state, […]

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