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2002

SCCCW gathering builds confidence and hope

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — Patricia “Pat” Schmidt of St. Joseph’s Church in Anderson was named Catholic Woman of the Year at the 72nd Annual South Carolina Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW) Convention held at the Ocean Dunes Resort last weekend. The event was themed “Soaring to New Heights in Cultural Diversity.” “The women […]


Pro-life groups lobby for prohibition on cloning

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — One of the greatest assaults on the sacredness of human life is human cloning that relegates a pre-born child as a mere commodity to go to the highest bidder. Enough South Carolina State legislators understood the moral implication of cloning and passed a bill that prohibits cloning in the state. […]



Home-schooling conference offers parents opportunity to trade tips

  By JOEY REISTROFFER GREENVILLE — Home schooling is more than a concerted stroll through reading, writing and arithmetic. It is a way of life, and it demands commitment from the whole family. That is the message about 110 home schoolers from across the state and even beyond its borders received recently during a two-day […]


Bishop Baker’s homily from the Chrism Mass on March 26

  Bishop Thompson, my brother priests, my dear friends in Christ, thank you for joining us for this Chrism Mass. Your presence is an affirmation of your commitment to helping the Church share the Sacraments of our Church. The oils we bless today enable us to bring Christ’s presence through those saving sacramental signs that […]



Transfiguration Mission is now an official parish

BLYTHEWOOD – In conjunction with a request from members of Transfiguration Mission and Notre Dame Sister Clare Reinert, parish life facilitator, parish boundaries have been defined and Transfiguration has officially been established as a parish. Bishop Robert J. Baker approved the measure and signed the appropriate documents on March 15. Transfiguration will be officially proclaimed […]


Statement by Bishop Baker: Pope John Paul II’s Holy Thursday letter to priests

The Holy Father’s recent statement on clerical sex abuse is consistent with his overall approach to the moral evils of our time. He does not skirt them, conceal them, or hide them. He is one of the world leaders who has always confronted the moral issues of the day openly, honestly, fairly and fearlessly. He […]


Father Gerald Ryfinski pleads guilty to sexual exploitation

GEORGETOWN — Father Gerald Ryfinski, former pastor of St Mary, Our Lady of Ransom in Georgetown and St. Leo the Great Mission in Andrews, pleaded guilty March 21 to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced to three years’ probation for the possession of child pornography, which he had downloaded […]


Bishop Baker’s Easter Message Our focus: Christ victorious

Every Holy Week and Easter is different. Each of them is seen through the prism of the events of history that impact each person and generation in a unique way, in a particular day and time. This Holy Week and Easter is different for us. We approach these high holy days of the Church’s liturgical […]


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