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2008

Davis is Columbia Deanery Catholic woman of the year

COLUMBIA — The Columbia-Midlands Deanery Council of Catholic Women selected Josephine Davis, who is a member of St. Mary Church in Rock Hill, as their Catholic Woman of the Year. Davis is a longtime member of St. Mary Rosary and Confraternity Society. She serves on the liturgy committee and the parish council, and her other […]


New St. Mary Church celebrates with its first Masses

ROCK HILL — A new era began for historic St. Mary Church when Oratorian Father David Valtierra celebrated Masses in the new building Feb. 3. “It has been a long hard journey to this sacred space,” he said in his homily. The building took over two years to construct. Much of the detail work, including […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a series of columns Father Jeff Kirby is writing for Lent. Sixth truth: The eucharistic presence of Christ. Oftentimes, in visiting the sick in a hospital or those who are homebound, there is no right thing to say. People don’t really want great insights or powerful assertions. They […]


‘Virgin Dialogues’ discuss a chaste collegiate life

COLUMBIA — Chastity, celibacy and purity are not three adjectives often associated with life on a modern college campus. They were the keywords of the night, however, at “The Virgin Dialogues,” held Feb. 28 at the University of South Carolina. The event was co-sponsored by USC’s Students for Life and the Palmetto Family Council. It […]


Junior Legions of Mary busy doing good works

FLORENCE — If an idle mind is the devil’s playground, then the young members of the Junior Legion of Mary in Florence and Aiken have nothing to worry about. The two groups are devoted to giving service to the Catholic Church and their community on a voluntary basis in a multitude of ways. The Legion […]


St. Francis Xavier a champion for social justice

SUMTER — The following information about St. Francis Xavier High School was provided by Susan Lavergne, principal. History: Catholic education began in Sumter County in 1861. It has rarely been interrupted since that time. The current high school was founded in 1997 by a group of parents after Sumter Catholic High School was closed. This […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a series of columns Father Jeff Kirby is writing for Lent. Fifth truth: The sacramental workings of Christ. Many of us know people who leave the Catholic Church for one of the newer Protestant megachurches. When asked why, the explanation is often that God never seemed real to […]


New library opened at Immaculate Conception

GOOSE CREEK — What began as a small section of books in the back of Immaculate Conception Church is now a parish library in the new All-Ministries Center. The library, about the size of a classroom, is set up as a conference room, and has an estimated 3,000 books and tapes. It also features a […]


Blessed Sacrament is a multi-generational school

CHARLESTON — The following information about Blessed Sacrament School was provided by Sister Judy Holler, SSCM, principal. History: Blessed Sacrament School opened in September 1948 with a kindergarten class and grades one and two. In June 1952, ground was broken for a new building which was completed the following year. The facilities added five new […]


Couples reaffirm vows at diocesan wedding celebration

AIKEN — Ivy and Joe Monahon of Aiken never thought a trip to Washington, D.C., in January 2004 would lead them to a very different destination: marriage. The Aiken couple met on a bus trip to the National March for Life and eleven months later became husband and wife. On Feb. 17, they attended the […]


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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
    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