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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 […]

The Stations of the Cross: honoring Christ’s journey

People are finding new meaning in one of the most familiar Lenten devotions, the Stations of the Cross. The vivid images of Christ’s sufferings in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” cause many to say they will never pray the “Stations” without recalling scenes from the movie. Creative scheduling to suit the busy lives […]

Social justice and peace are grounded in respect for human life, nun says

BY BROOKSI HUDSON CHARLESTON — Sister Pam Smith gave a talk on Catholic teachings on justice and peace March 3 as part of a series offered at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Sister Smith, a Sister of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pointed out that the “teachings are grounded in our respect for human life from womb to […]

Leaders hope for resurgence of Catholic scouting

SPARTANBURG — Boy Scouts learn to live in the wild, be self-reliant and tie square knots. They help old ladies cross the street and they practice to be good citizens. What does all this have to do with the Catholic Church? “Scouts pledge that ‘…on my honor, I will do my best to do my […]

From the Archives: St. Katharine Drexel’s impact felt by diocese

It is fitting that the March 3 feast day of St. Katharine Drexel closely follows Black History Month. Readers would be hard pressed to find another saint who directly contributed as much charity to African- Americans of this nation. Her contributions were also important to the Diocese of Charleston. Born into a prominent and wealthy […]

Seminar sheds light on the truth of life, love and marriage

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE GREENVILLE — The story of human sexuality begins in the first book of the Bible: “God created man in his image; in the divine im-age he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply’ ” (Gen 1:27-28). According to renowned bio-ethicist Franciscan Sister Renee […]

Birthright celebrates 25 years with laughter and tears

GREENVILLE — Birthright of Greenville celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala banquet at the Embassy Suites on Jan. 14. The evening turned out to be a mix of emotions for the friends and supporters of the organization that offers help to women contemplating abortions. The crowd that filled the main ballroom had just started […]

Our times need Divine Mercy

by Father Stanley Smolenski Devotion to the Divine Mercy according to the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska has become international. Her diary has been translated into every major language, thanks to the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who staff the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. It was a member of that […]

The Miscellany celebrates Catholic Press Month

by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — In honor of February’s designation as Catholic Press Month, the staff members of The Catholic Miscellany decided to turn the spotlight on themselves. Publishing The Miscellany could seem like tedious work, going through the same process each week like clockwork. On the contrary, it’s anything but monotonous. The depths of […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate