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NFP speaker encourages people to read theology of the body

SPARTANBURG — South Carolina Catholics can gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the theology of the body and spousal love by reading Catholic documents, including their own bishop’s pastoral letter, according to a nationally known speaker on family planning issues. Benedictine Father Matthew Habiger, with the Natural Family Planning Outreach in Oklahoma City, […]

Rebecca Shafer, 19, gives her heart to the religious life

CHARLESTON — Rebecca Shafer dreamed of bright lights and of being on stage. She seemed destined to play the lead in a Broadway hit. The vivacious 19-year-old set her sights high. So high that, later this year, she will join the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation of Nashville, Tenn. “It breaks my heart that […]

Nun, prolific author, has been writing her whole life

BLUFFTON — Sister Pamela Smith has found writing is a daily activity that gives her great joy. “I’m always working on something,” said the author of nine books and more than 130 articles, poems and booklets. “It starts from the fact that I tend to use meditative writing as a form of prayer. If it […]

Roper St. Francis receives approval to build new Mount Pleasant hospital

CHARLESTON — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has approved a request from Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) to build a new hospital in Mount Pleasant. “We’re thrilled to be able to move forward with plans for a new 85-bed hospital to better serve the healthcare needs of this vibrant and […]

Annual SCCCW convention March 31-April 2 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH — The annual South Carolina Council of Catholic Women will sponsor its annual convention March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The 76th annual event, “I Have Called You By Name, You Are Mine (Is 43:1),” is designed to help improve affiliates on a functional level and provide participants […]

Stewardship will be theme of Black Catholic Day of Reflection

SUMTER — The Diocese of Charles-ton’s Office of Black Catholics will have its Annual Day of Reflection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at St. Jude Church, located at 611 W. Oakland. The theme of this year’s Day of Reflection is “Stewardship: the gateway to parish stability and growth.” The keynote speaker will […]

Make a difference on abortion locally, speaker says

TAYLORS — Parishioners should be given local abortion statistics so they understand how many babies are being aborted in their area, Father Peter West told pro-life coordinators Feb. 12. “You have to tell them that we have to do something about it in our local community,” said Father West, a priest associate of Priests for […]

Blessed Sacrament students deliver cookies to say ‘thanks’ to neighbors

CHARLESTON — A box of cookies may not make up for years of morning and afternoon school traffic and recent building renovations in the Westwood neighborhood, but Blessed Sacrament Catholic School wanted residents to know it appreciates their patience. Some Blessed Sacrament students and their parents went door to door Jan. 30 and handed out […]

Traditionally black Catholic parishes see growth and renewal

COLUMBIA — February is Black History Month, traditionally a time when the achievements of black Americans are studied and remembered. It can also be a time, according to Father Paul Williams, when black Catholics in South Carolina can reflect on their history and focus on some goals for the future. Father Williams, vicar for African-American […]

S.C. Knights raise an all-time high for charities last year

TAYLORS — Fears of donor fatigue after the demands of Hurricane Katrina were not realized in Knights of Columbus charity drives last year. The organization’s 58 councils in South Carolina raised more than $43,000 during its annual charity drive, and sent money and a truckload of supplies to storm-ravaged coastal Mississippi in the fall, according […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    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
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    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
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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