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Ministry Reflections from Balad Air Base, Iraq, II

BY FATHER GARY LINSKY  | THE CATHOLIC MISCELLANY Dear Friends/Family: Late yesterday afternoon, my Air Force Theater Hospital chaplain called me.  They had just admitted an “expectant,” a young man so severely wounded that he wasn’t expected to live. He was Hispanic and his dog tags said, “Roman Catholic.” In such circumstances there is only […]

The Lord’s work brings forth new life in Peru

It’s late at night, and I’m sitting in our lovely rectory chapel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I often say, “If you can’t pray here, you can’t pray anywhere.” I’ve been sitting here giving thanks to the Lord for the beautiful Mass I took part in this afternoon. It’s become an annual tradition. We invite all […]

St. Andrew Church accommodates thousands for Easter

BY SHEILA OJENDYK MYRTLE BEACH — “This is a monumental undertaking,” said Sister Susan Kresse while waiting in line. She was one of many volunteers checking in for practice on March 26 at the Palace Theater — not for a stage show but for a liturgical ministry on Easter. St. Andrew Church is located in […]

Disciples of Christ drink in learning at Theology a’ Latte

GREENVILLE — When 50 young adults met in a dimly lit, subterranean coffee shop called Carpenter’s Cellar on March 10, they had brighter, higher things on their minds. It was the monthly meeting of Theology a’ Latte, a different kind of learning experience in a setting out of the Beat Generation. But these were no […]

Teens help parish rebuild

BY SHEILA OJENDYK GARDEN CITY — Susan Starr, director of youth ministry at St. Michael Church, remembers last summer’s hurricane season very well. “We watched and waited, just like they did,” as hurricane after hurricane slammed into Florida. “We know what it’s like to sit on pins and needles, watching storms progress.” Hurricane Charley, a […]

At youth rally, teens inspired to have fun in their faith

WINNSBORO — For 15 years the youth of the Diocese of Charleston have come to get spiritual sustenance at the annual high school youth conference in the spring. This year was no different as hundreds of youth converged at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro to “Start a Revolution — Living Your Faith.” Under the […]

Columbia museum’s painting featured in Vatican exhibit

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — “The Immaculate Conception” by Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) has been displayed in the Columbia Museum of Art since 1962, evangelizing those who pass by with its message of hope and purity. Approximately 250 people of various faiths gathered for a special ceremony Jan. 9 to bid farewell to the artwork […]

Father McCaffrey speaks at parish mission in Goose Creek

BY BROOKSI HUDSON GOOSE CREEK — Immaculate Conception Church held its annual parish mission March 6-10 with Benedictine Father Edmund McCaffrey as the keynote speaker. The theme for the mission is a carry-over from the theme first introduced during the 2004 Advent season, “Walk in this Light.” “The idea is for all liturgical outputs to […]

Disabled Vietnam veteran speaks out on euthanasia, life issues

GOOSE CREEK—The Respect Life Committee of Immaculate Conception Church hosted a talk by retired Marine Sgt. John Wayne Cockfield Feb. 23 on “The Growing Threat of Euthanasia.” Cockfield spoke on the topic that has been his passion for nearly a decade. Cockfield is a director on the board of the National Right to Life Committee […]

‘Patrick’s a saint — and I’m called to become a saint’

“Patrick was a saint – I ain’t.” So read the bumper sticker which a student brought me after his return from Ireland. Sure, it was funny. It still kind of is; however, the slogan raises a few questions: What is a saint? Who’s called to be a saint? Most people in the world view saints […]

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