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Light the Christ Candle of Hope

Once again, Bishop Robert J. Baker is encouraging Catholics to celebrate their faith with the Christ Candle of Hope during the Christmas season.  Christmas is the celebration of the breaking through history of the greatest event of all time — the birth of the Son of God into our world, who was victorious over all […]

Love and mercy focus of Charismatic Conference

COLUMBIA — A small band played a hymn about the Holy Spirit, and many of the men and women in the St. John Neumann School gym closed their eyes and raised their hands to the ceiling in prayer and song. Suddenly, more than a dozen people began an exuberant line dance that ended up circling […]

Junior High Youth Rally puts the pieces together

WHITE OAK — More than 700 junior high boys and girls took part in one of the largest youth rallies held in the diocese in recent years, according to Jerry White, director of youth and young adults ministry for the diocese. They met Nov. 4 for “A Piece of the Puzzle,” a Junior High Youth […]

All Saints Mission dedicated

BY LAURA PFIZENMAYER LAKE WYLIE — A 23-year-old dream for All Saints Mission came to fruition on All Saints’ Day Nov. 1. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the dedication Mass for a new $1.9 million worship center. The Mass was concelebrated by the three Oratorian pastors who have served at the mission: Father Joseph Pearce, […]

Vatican expert covers crucial church issues

COLUMBIA — Catholicism’s relationship to Islam, the quest to maintain and restore true “Catholic identity” and the spiritual crisis in Europe are the issues most crucial to the faith right now, according to John L. Allen Jr. The journalist and author, considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the Vatican, was in South Carolina […]

Father Gumula elected abbot of Mepkin

Moncks Corner — Trappistine Father Stanislaus Amil Gumula was elected the fourth abbot of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey Oct. 29. He was chosen by the abbey’s conventual chapter, the monks who have made solemn profession to the monastic life and to Mepkin Abbey. Abbot Damien Thompson of Gethsemani Abbey, near Louisville, Ky., conducted and […]

Coalition of Compassion hopes to help a wounded Iraqi child

GREENVILLE — A group in the Upstate is hoping to bring comfort and aid to a child wounded in the war in Iraq. The Upstate Coalition of Compassion is an interdenominational group of about 10 people working to bring an injured Iraqi child to South Carolina for medical treatment. The group formed last summer and […]

Annual Catholic Camporee draws more than 300 Scouts

SALUDA — Stewardship and the principles of Scouting go hand in hand, Bishop Robert J. Baker told Scouts at the second annual Diocese of Charleston Catholic Camporee Oct. 13-15. “It is important to realize the gifts you’ve been given, and think about how you can use those gifts to help others,” Bishop Baker said. The […]

St. Anne’s Liturgy Day features prayer, preaching and music

BY LAURA PFIZENMAYER ROCK HILL — Jesuit Father J-Glenn Murray led more than 100 people in a celebration of Liturgy Day at St. Anne Church Nov. 4. The event was a combination of prayer, instruction, old-fashioned preaching and music by the St. Mary Gospel Choir. Liturgy Day was co-sponsored by St. Anne and the Oratory […]

Hispanics maintain Catholic heritage ‘with joy and love’

COLUMBIA — Motorists traveling down Polo Road on the morning of Oct. 21 saw a procession of people dressed in brightly colored clothing, singing a hymn to the Virgin Mary in Spanish and carrying flags that whipped in the wind. It was the opening of the annual Diocese of Charleston Hispanic Heritage Celebration, held at […]

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