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2008

Father Howard Coughlin, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies

SIMPSONVILLE — Father Howard L. Coughlin, pastor emeritus of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, died Feb. 17 in his residence. He was 81.            Howard Louis Coughlin was born on Jan. 3, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio,  a son of Joseph A. and Gertrude Handel Coughlin. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Midland, […]


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 […]


Helping parents form their children in virtue

Editor’s Note: This is a letter Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston wrote about Family Honor. To all priests, parish life facilitators, family life coordinators, principals and parents:  During his time in the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Robert Baker spoke frequently about the importance of families, the benefits of chastity education […]


Christ Our King/Stella Maris expands in size, spirit

MOUNT PLEASANT — The following information about Christ Our King/Stella Maris School was provided by Jean Moschella, principal. History: Founded by Msgr. J. Laurence McLaughlin at the end of the 1940s, Stella Maris School began at Fort Moultrie with 54 students in kindergarten through second-grade. By 1953, it was moved to a new building in […]


Diocesan Rite of Election ceremonies draw over 400

COLUMBIA — More than 400 people from around the Diocese of Charleston took part in Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremonies held Feb. 8-11.   The Piedmont deanery’s service was at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors on Feb. 8;  followed by the Midlands deanery at St. Joseph Church in Columbia on […]


‘Journey in faith’ brings candidates, catechumens closer to Christ

TAYLORS — This spring is shaping up as a very special one for Jillian Nutter. The 23-year-old Clemson resident plans to get married on the last day of May, about two months after she is baptized into the Catholic faith. Nutter is one of hundreds of catechumens and candidates throughout the Diocese of Charleston currently […]


‘Smart Martha’: How to do dishes and still have time for Jesus

GREER — She is the mother of nine; the oldest is a freshman in college and the youngest is just the other side of diapers. Having responsibility for that many kids, and all that goes with maintaining an extraordinarily busy household, would more than fill any parent’s day. And, as Tami Kiser found out, it […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a series of eight Lenten columns. Fourth truth: Shepherds in Christ’s Name. A young couple asked me once about the church’s teachings on sexuality and marriage. They were perplexed and wanted some explanation. I referred to the positions of the church as the teachings of Christ. The gentleman […]


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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
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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
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