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Music therapy brings new life to the Time Out program

by Nancy Schwerin NORTH CHARLESTON — A usually quiet room behind a quiet church on a Wednesday afternoon has been filled recently with the sound of clapping hands and tapping feet. The men and women at the Time Out program are participating in music therapy, which helps to maintain their awareness and the abilities often […]

Pentecost an invitation to reflect, celebrate our roots

  By MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY Pentecost Sunday, Christians throughout the world are invited to reflect upon and to celebrate their roots and their mission, that is, their reason for being Christians. St. Luke writes in the Acts of the Apostles that before his ascension into heaven, Jesus met with the apostles. They asked him: […]

Moratorium on S.C. executions sought by religious leaders

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Christian Action Council, joined by the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, stood on the steps of the state capital May 17 urging for a moratorium on the death penalty along with representatives from other communities. For the Christian groups, the hope is that the moratorium will eventually result […]

Neophyte Mass welcomes new Catholics to the church

by JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A rainy, chilly Pentecost Sunday saw people who were received into the church or baptized at the Easter Vigil services throughout the diocese come together at a Mass for Neophytes at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Bishop Robert J. Baker was the presider at the mid-afternoon liturgy, which […]

LARCUM conference urges interreligious discussion

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — The big question being asked at the LARCUM conference this year was “How can we be authentic Christians while still being open to ideas of people from other faith traditions?” By the end of the weekend on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary the question was still largely […]

First holy Communion stirs the young and old

By KATHY SCHMUGGE In the month of May, soon after Easter, Catholic children prepare to receive the life-changing sacrament, their first holy Communion. This important milestone in a Catholic’s life brings both joy and hope perfectly expressed in the young faces that shine forth God’s infinite love. Parents, often assisted by their parish, try to […]

Celebration recognizes hundreds of years of service

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON—To honor 35 educators who have each spent 25-plus years teaching in the diocese, a special Mass in their honor was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist May 13. Msgr. Joseph Roth, pastor of the cathedral and a diocesan vicar general who supervises Christian Formation, celebrated the liturgy. In […]

Holy Spirit breaks ground for new church building on Johns Island

JOHNS ISLAND — Parishioners of Holy Spirit Church, which serves Johns Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Wadmalaw, held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 1,000 seat sanctuary on Memorial Day. Bishop Robert J. Baker presided at the ceremony, which drew between 300 and 400 people. The event began with a gathering bell prelude, with music also […]

Mass highlights ancient Vietnamese traditions

  By MARY MARSHALL ROCK HILL — More than 600 Vietnamese Catholics celebrated the second annual Mass honoring Our Lady of LaVang at St. Anne Parish last Sunday. Bishop Robert J. Baker along with Franciscan Father Dac T. Tran, vicar for the Vietnamese Ministry, and Msgr. Mai Thanh Luong from New Orleans celebrated the Mass. […]

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