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Pre-Lenten mission focuses on Eucharist, confession and angels

COLUMBIA — At St. John Neumann Church’s pre-Lenten parish mission, Father Edmund McCaffrey received the question, “Teacher, What is the Purpose of Life?” He took a cue from his friend Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, using her response, “to become holy and spend eternity with our Lord in heaven.” Father McCaffrey, abbot, pastor, political science […]


Growing Loris parish breaks ground for new church building

LORIS — Four years of effort finally paid off for the Church of the Resurrection. On Feb. 4, the faith community broke ground for a much-needed church complex. The parish, a mission of St. James Church in Conway, had outgrown its building. Bishop Robert J. Baker presided over an afternoon groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended […]


Stella Maris Church hosts altar server training

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Stella Maris Church hosted a week-long training session July 21-26 for altar servers who serve Masses of the Roman Missal of 1962. Msgr. Lawrence McInerny, pastor, hosted a dozen young men from his parish the first three days and then 20 youths ages 8 to 20 made the trek from the Piedmont […]


Students spend a week learning how to be leaders in their communities

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE — Catholic high school students met recently at Kinard Conference Center to fine tune their leadership skills at the Diocese of Charleston High School Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) offered each summer. This year’s group was one of the largest ever, but the participants stood out for other reasons. Counselors agreed that these students were […]


Hispanic initiative grant helps grass-roots efforts

CHARLESTON — This fall, the Sisters of Charity Foundation awarded the Diocese of Charleston a three-year Hispanic initiative grant for $181,000. The use of the money stipulated three areas of focus: immigration services, leadership development, and resource coordination and development. The offices of Social Ministry, Ethnic Ministries, and Planning and Synod Implementation coordinated the allocation […]


Volunteers spread cheer at Christ Our King-Stella Maris

MOUNT PLEASANT — Christmas came a little early this year as the Home & School Association at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School decided to try something a little different from the usual scarves, candy, and apple-theme mugs as a gift for the 40 teachers. Spearheaded by the four enthusiastic H&S officers — President Liesl Westbrook, […]


A eucharistic transformation

There is an anomaly between the nourishment of our natural and supernatural lives. The natural food we consume is transformed into our body and blood. The supernatural nourishment of the body and blood of Christ should transform us into him. Such a grace is emphasized in sacramental theology: “The Eucharist immediately effects man’s union with […]


In its search for answers, a society needs the church’s contributions

How can a society find answers to its deep questions? Questions about what a human person is, about marriage and family life? Questions about social issues relating to peace, the economy and justice? In its search, can a society afford to neglect the possible contributions which religious truth can offer? Each society is a part […]


Bishop promotes the use of the Christ Candle during Christmas season

An invitation from Bishop Baker: Christmas is the celebration of the breaking through history of the greatest event of all time – the birth of the Son of God into our world, who was victorious over all the forces of evil, past, present, and future. Can we not enable the force of good that Christ […]


‘Advent by Candlelight’ reinforces the true meaning of the season

SPARTANBURG — The spirit of the season descended on parishioners at Jesus, Our Risen Savior the other night in a gentle flicker of candlelight. The parish was determined to keep Christ in Christmas, so they brought in nationally known speaker Miki Hill to discuss how her husband, Tim, and her family of nine children celebrate […]


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