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Community builds without fund raising

GREENWOOD — When the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes decided it was time to begin building their new church, they went about it in a style all their own. They own a 21-acre piece of land about two miles from the site of the present church; it was blessed (and paid for) in 1998. […]

Vocation came from a guided missal

GREENVILLE — Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker got an early start on her vocation. As a first-grader in CCD in Buffalo, N.Y., she won a prize for knowing a few extra answers in class because her parents had instructed her well at home, she says modestly. That prize was a missal. “I fell in love with […]

What moral principles underline U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East?

In June of 1982 I co-led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a religious sister, accompanied by my parents and sister and an entourage of pilgrims. We visited sites in Jordan and Israel, crossing the Allenby bridge from one country to the other, by coincidence as Israel was preparing to bomb Lebanon. On our […]

Rally speaker reveals hospital’s abhorrent abortion practice

COLUMBIA — More than 1,000 people followed a contingent of the Knights of Columbus in the annual Stand Up for Life march and rally on a brilliant, cold Saturday morning, Jan. 11. Then they stood in the sunshine at the foot of the Statehouse steps to hear a compelling message from a nurse who blew […]

Mother hopes to form ministry for disabled, and help one soul at a time

CLINTON – Harry is a 35-year-old client at the Whitten Center, an assisted living center for the mentally and physically disabled run by the State of South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. He is developmentally and physically disabled making it impossible for him to speak, but he still communicates. In fact it is […]

Bishop adds fifth deanery

CHARLESTON – Bishop Robert J. Baker has announced that the Diocese of Charleston is adding a fifth deanery. The Hilton Head Deanery will include the Hilton Head Island and Beaufort areas. The boundaries of the deanery have yet to be determined. Father Martin T. Laughlin, pastor of Holy Family Church in Hilton Head Island, is […]

Disciples in Mission starts prayer campaign, organizes small groups

CLEMSON — Three Paulist churches in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, along with other parishes across the diocese, are preparing to take the next step in a five-year evangelization effort. St. Andrew, St. Paul the Apostle and St. Francis churches will spend the next few weeks forming dozens of small, evangelization groups. It’s a […]

Learning about natural family planning is accepting a gift from God

SPARTANBURG – Pope John Paul II said it best: What better gift can you give a child than to give him a brother or a sister? And what better way to bring forth a child than God’s way – naturally. Marc and Lynn Connelly certainly agree. They have cranked up natural family planning classes at […]

Birthright volunteers count success one delivery at a time

COLUMBIA — When Birthright of Columbia celebrated the anniversary of its founding Feb. 2, its purpose may have been to thank the community for 23 years of support. But it also hoped to interest a few new volunteers. “The community knows what we are about,” said Hank Chardos of St. Peter’s parish in Columbia, one […]

‘As good as it gets’

Bishop England teen lives her faith and is a true Christian example for students and teachers by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — Katie Vaughan lives her life trying to be a light of Christ for others. She recently underwent a 30-day meditative prayer process and meets regularly with a spiritual director. She attributes her spiritual growth […]

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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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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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