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Area bishops speak on Communion, political life ‘Worthy to Receive the Lamb’

Dear Catholic Faithful of the Diocese of Charleston: In two recent issues of The Catholic Miscellany, I have shared perspectives on moral issues that relate to public life, and Catholic teaching on the role of all Catholics to see the connection between private virtue and civic virtue. As Catholics, we do not challenge society to […]

Our Lady of Lourdes dedicated as God’s ‘home on earth’

GREENWOOD – The parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes know the meaning of sacrifice. Through generosity and devotion they helped build a glorious and inspiring new church. The building was dedicated July 11 in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Baker, and it became a sacred place of worship with the consecration. The members […]

Manning, Summerton make preparations for new church

SUMMERTON — For nearly a century the little white clapboard church on North Cantey Street has served Clarendon County well. But the Catholic population in Summerton and Manning has increased over the years, and now St. Mary Church is no longer capable of accommodating the number of worshippers crossing its threshold each week. With a […]

Sister Trzasko finds rewards in children’s successes

BEAUFORT — “I was pretty clear on what I wanted, and that’s what I pursued,” said Sister Mary Trzasko, 67, of her decision to become a religious. Now in her 50th year, the Dominican sister has never looked back. Influenced by the kindness of the sisters at her elementary school, Sister Trzasko entered the order […]

Conference speakers apply insights from pope’s ‘Theology of the Body’

ATLANTA — “Sexuality, Marriage and Family in the Third Millennium” was a topic of hope for the 500 participants at Family Honor’s second national conference. They heard about the awesome possibilities for a society that follows God’s plan for human love. The conference, held July 23-24 at the Sheraton Hotel Airport, was organized by Family […]

Recognize the ‘red flags’ of abuse

COLUMBIA — Children are a precious gift from God and if adults control access to children, properly monitor youth activities, stay aware, and maintain good communication, they are well on their way to providing a safe environment for children. That was the message Deacon Alfred Payne gave to participants at a recent educational session on […]

Things looking up for Griselda

AIKEN — The story of Griselda Negrete, a Silver Bluff High School honors student who discovered last spring that she was an illegal alien, might have a happy ending. The teen found that she and her late mother were undocumented when she went with an aunt to translate an immigration hearing and was arrested by […]

Hospitals’ Heritage Society inducts four

COLUMBIA — Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals’ Heritage Society inducted four new members recently. John C.B. Smith Jr., the late Mr. William W. Bruner, and the late Mr. and Mrs. James B. Younginer were inducted into the society, which was established by Providence in 2003 to recognize its most committed supporters who have generously given […]

Blessed Sacrament honors adorers on 20th anniversary

CHARLESTON — In celebration of its 20th year of perpetual adoration, Blessed Sacrament Church honored its adorers with a formal dinner June 12 at the St. Joseph parish hall.Blessed Sacrament was the first parish in South Carolina to begin perpetual adoration, thanks to Dr. Lou Verroi, former director of the ministry from 1984-92.“I first experienced […]

Bishop Baker reflects on Communion, politicians following bishops’ meeting

CHARLESTON — The June meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops in Denver this year was supposed to be a time of prayer and reflection centered on topics related to Pope John Paul’s document “Pastores Gregis,” on the role of the bishop in the church. The meeting turned out to be what it was intended to […]

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