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Prince of Peace mothers believe PopTots is a healthy ministry

TAYLORS — A ministry that started as a play time for a half-dozen youngsters has grown into a love fest for dozens of mothers, their families and a community. “It’s not just a playgroup. It’s so much more. It’s a ministry of love,” said Jenny McGrady, who started PopTots nearly three years ago at Prince […]

Pysanky, an egg decorating tradition, lives on in the Upstate

LEXINGTON — With her kistka (a funnel on a stick) in her hand, Paula Kennett is passionately trying to revive the ancient tradition of egg decorating called pysanky for people in South Carolina. The artist in residence from St. John of the Cross Church in Batesburg made one of her many educational stops at Corpus […]

500 received into church

CHARLESTON — After a course of study through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, just over 500 candidates and catechumens came into full communion with the church this Easter in the Diocese of Charleston. Most ceremonies took place on the Easter vigil with catechumens being baptized and candidates being received into the church. […]

Bishop offers thanks to the priests, religious and laity

CHARLESTON — The Chrism Mass was held April 15. It is an annual event held in dioceses around the world on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Bishop Robert J. Baker blessed the sacramental oils, which include the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Oil of Chrism. He also recognized jubilarians celebrating […]

BSA special promotion set for May 3-4

CHARLESTON – Funding levels of the Bishop Stewardship Appeal are down and in order to continue support of many ministries throughout the Diocese of Charleston Bishop Robert J. Baker has designated the weekend of May 3 and 4 as a Special Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal weekend. The BSA is an annual fund-raising campaign that financially supports […]

People of lost Somali Bantu tribe to resettle in South Carolina

COLUMBIA — The New York Times called them Africa’s Lost Tribe. They are the most oppressed people on the planet. Ever since their ancestors were stolen from their homes and enslaved, they have been abused, beaten and downtrodden. They cannot read or write and don’t know English; they have few job skills. They are literally […]

Coastal District Vincentians gather to discuss their ministries to those in need

MOUNT PLEASANT – Members of ten St. Vincent de Paul Society conferences took part in a recent meeting of the society’s Coastal District, encompassing 14 parishes from Hilton Head to Moncks Corner. Approximately 75 people were present to hear Bishop David B. Thompson, retired bishop of Charleston, speak on the event’s theme, “Energizing the St. […]

Concert by local abbot rings in new organ at St. Peter’s

COLUMBIA — St. Peter Church celebrated the addition of their new Peragallo organ with a solemn blessing and dedication recital on March 23. Bishop David Thompson, retired bishop of Charleston was the celebrant assisted by Msgr. Leigh Lehocky, pastor of St. Peter’s. The featured soloist was Father Francis Kline, abbot of Mepkin Abbey and an […]

‘The Rapture Trap’ author discusses Christ’s second coming

GREENVILLE – Getting too caught up in the “end times fever,” made currently popular in the Left Behind series, can be detrimental to one’s religious health, a former evangelical Protestant pastor and author said. Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., told around 200 Catholics and Protestants that there is no Biblical foundation to support the notion of a […]

Women’s conference keeps service in the forefront

COLUMBIA — Beginning with the Presentation of Colors by Fort Jackson Army Base soldiers, the 73rd South Carolina Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW) Convention illustrated in many different ways the recurring theme “Faithful Servants Making the Connection.” On March 28, affiliates gathered for a reception on Friday and started Saturday morning with a general business […]

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