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New parishes may be feasible

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — After an hour of sermonizing and talking story, Deacon Charles Walsh got down to business Tuesday evening, March 5. His business is advising the bishop of Charleston about whether or not a new parish would be feasible in the lower reaches of Richland and Lexington counties. “We need two […]

Disciples in Mission training seeks to renourish, re-energize Catholics

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — “Journeying around state, the numbers have been decent, but the excitement and energy have been overwhelming.” That is the reaction from Paul Schroeder, director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Charleston and co-chair of the Disciples in Mission Diocesan Leadership Team, following the last of seven parish […]

Alice Ingram receives state award for her migrant ministry work

  By PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER — A parishioner of St. Jude’s Church, who began and operates a ministry to migrant workers, was recognized by the state in January for her work. Alice Ingram was presented with the 2002 Farm Worker Advocate/Volunteer Award from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). It was […]

Teens sing to the tune of the church of today

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE LAKE WYLIE — For many youth, the 12th Annual High School Conference sponsored by the Charleston Diocese Youth Ministry Office was the top of the spiritual mountain that they have been climbing through the years with their participation in youth ministry. Prepared and willing, the teens were able to fully embrace […]

St. Francis Xavier High School wins first-ever state title

  By PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER — When players and cheerleaders suit up for the basketball season at St. Francis Xavier High School, more than half the student population is in uniform. That size limitation didn’t stop the Padres from winning their first-ever state championship earlier this month in boys basketball. The Francis Xavier boys […]

Quiet vacation in Caribbean turns into parish mission

  SUMMERVILLE — An unexpected invitation to join his brother on vacation in Belize, Central America, was the beginning of a life-changing experience for Bill Hansen. A longtime parishioner of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, Hansen soon ventured from home to enjoy his vacation on the restful Anbergris Caye, a beautiful sun-drenched sliver of […]

The gift of time

  By JIM MYERS It is clear from the very origins of Christianity, the laity “as individuals, families, and entire communities” shared in the spreading of the faith. Pope John Paul II Redemptoris Missio, 72.1 Of the many gifts God has given us, few are more important than the precious gift of time. Each of […]

Abraham — our father in faith

MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY On Feb. 24, the second Sunday of Lent, the first reading in Masses celebrated in Catholic churches throughout the world was taken from the book of Genesis (12:1-4). We read: “The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land […]

Various respect life ministries demonstrate love for life

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH GOOSE CREEK — About 70 people turned out on a frigid February night for a Respect Life panel presentation at Immaculate Conception Church Feb. 27 to learn about various pro-life and family ministry activities occurring in the Lowcountry. The four panel members included Lucy Zwarych, executive director of Birthright of Charleston; […]

The man I did not see

By JON M. SAMUELS We buried Jack Moore the other day, and I miss him. He wasn’t the kind of guy I would have noticed. I’m a busy executive; he was a retired curmudgeon. We got together because Msgr. Thomas Evatt of Aiken’s St. Mary Help of Christians Church said, “Go see him; he has […]

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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
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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