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New ECCO center to house more services

By Deirdre C. Mays MOUNT PLEASANT — The crowd that gathered to attend the groundbreaking for the new East Cooper Community Outreach Sept. 20 were witness to the results of over a decade of neighbors helping neighbors. One day short of the 13-year anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, the outreach resulting from the devastation of that […]

All Ministries Conference is Oct. 14

COLUMBIA — The All Ministries Conference is fast approaching. Set for Oct. 14 at the Russell House on the University of South Carolina campus, this year’s theme is “Faith in the Marketplace: Putting Faith Into Action.” The daylong conference celebrates our solidarity as members of the church by coming together for prayer and inspirational talks […]

Diocesan Disaster Response Guide gets national attention

Even as we keep a wary eye on Hurricane Isidore, it is hard to believe that three years ago this month we were reeling from the effects of Hurricane Floyd. Thanks to the encouragement and support of Bishop Robert J. Baker, the tremendous generosity of the faithful of the diocese, and a $51,500 grant from […]

SEPI hosts regional meetings to gather information for pastoral plan

By Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON — SEPI, the Southeast Pastoral Institute, started an investigative mission to get an update on what a national agenda for ministry to Hispanics should include during a meeting at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Sept. 14. Approximately 80 people from Georgia and North and South Carolina gathered to […]

New parish complex to feature alternative energy source

By Paul A. Barra COLUMBIA — Our Lady of the Hills parishioners broke ground for a new $1.3 million parish life center Sept. 8. John Quin, chair of the building committee, said that building permits will be granted in the next two or three weeks and that the 18,000-square-foot complex will be ready in about […]

Dia de la Raza Hispanic fest set for Oct. 12

  COLUMBIA — On Oct. 12, the Office of Hispanic Ministry will host “Dia de la Raza/Dia de la Hispanidad,” a diocesan celebration of Hispanic cultures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church. “Dia de la Raza/Dia de la Hispanidad,” the Day of the Race/the Day of the Hispanic, is an […]

Polish gather for spiritual and cultural communion at Columbia Mass

By Kathy Schmugge The Catholic Miscellany COLUMBIA — An old Polish woman wiped a tear as she sang the recessional hymn, “Boze Cos Polske” (God, Who Held Poland) joining her voice with more than 200 of her countrymen and women who came to Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia to celebrate a Polish […]

For today and every day

Father H. Gregory West, pastor of St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton, presented this homily at Mass on Sept. 11. By the dawn’s early light, it seemed to be any other day. A calm September morning. The forecast of crisp blue skies. Coffee in a “go” cup. A kiss to sleeping children. Headlines announcing that […]

St. Joseph’s High in Greenville considers adding a private middle school

By Terry Cregar GREENVILLE — A decision could be made as early as November on whether a private Catholic middle school will open in the Upstate. The Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s High School, a private Catholic school in Greenville, is expected to vote at its November meeting whether to move forward with plans […]

All answers are in the hands of God

By Msgr. J. Donald Gorski God’s providence is a wonder to behold and never ceases to amaze me. I often think we are like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon. We walk about half-blind but the Lord, seeing our need, keeps working things out for us in ways we neither know nor understand. I worked six years […]

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