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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 […]

The real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist

Basic questions and answers: questions three and four During this Week of Weeks, we celebrate on Holy Thursday the greatest gift of the Lord: the Holy Eucharist. It is called “the mystery of faith” because it is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, no. 11, Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. […]

Lenten journey leads to conversion of life

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — What is the real task the church proposes for the Lenten journey that begins with Jesus’ 40 days in the desert and concludes on Easter? It is the conversion of life that lasts a lifetime, according to Abbot Francis Kline from Mepkin Abbey, who spoke at the St. Thomas More […]

State tournament fosters sense of community among youth

By TERRY CREGAR GREENVILLE — While this city’s role as host of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament subregional was getting all the attention, a group of around 500 young Catholic boys and girls — some possibly future NCAA stars — staged their own version of March Madness here. Fifty-three teams representing parochial and parish middle […]

Home Works charts course of action in capital city

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — Mary Prescott lives in the Beaumont community of Columbia with her 5-year-old granddaughter. Her house is in desperate need of repair. The plumbing doesn’t work; painting needs to be done; windows are in bad condition, but she cannot afford to fix any of it. “I would get on my […]

Lenten missions popular in parishes across S.C.

  By PAUL A. BARRA Since Lent is a time of reflection and renewal for Catholics and other Christians, many faith communities in the Diocese of Charleston hold parish missions during the season. All of the missions are themed. Some are designed and implemented by the parish families themselves, but most are the products of […]

Shroud of Turin history presented in Upstate

Retired surgeon relays his nearly 40 years of research on the Shroud of Turin By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — Dr. William E. Rabil has no doubt that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Rabil, a retired general surgeon from Winston-Salem, N.C., began studying the shroud in the late 1950s and […]

Volunteer makes a difference in church, community

  By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Diane Nutbrown does not talk much about her faith. She is too busy living it. This college graduate blew in from Pittsburgh two years ago because she wanted to make a difference. So after earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Allegheny College, Nutbrown joined AmeriCorps. “It’s like a […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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