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Hispanic celebration focuses on discipleship

COLUMBIA — Catholic discipleship was the focus of the annual Diocese of Charleston Hispanic Celebration held Nov. 15 at Our Lady of the Hills Church. More than 500 people attend ed the festival, which included a procession, Mass, and an afternoon of traditional dances, music and cuisine from many different Spanish-speaking nations. The procession included […]

Administrator urges priests to teach about conscience

CHARLESTON — The recent media maelstrom over a letter from Father Jay Scott Newman to his Greenville church has resulted in confusion between theology and public opinion. The letter stated that parishioners who voted for President-elect Barack Obama should refrain from receiving Holy Communion until they had received the sacrament of reconciliation. Msgr. Martin T. […]

Ecumenical agency calls for a halt on immigration raids

COLUMBIA — The S.C. Christian Action Council recently issued a call for a moratorium on immigration raids in South Carolina. “The human condition is built on justice and mercy,” the group stated in a press release Nov. 10. “Justice promotes and protects the rights of all people with no stratification of privilege. Mercy acts to […]

Marathon runner Sijon rides for cancer research

GREENVILLE — Kerrie Sijon likes to run. She likes it so much that she runs 30 to 50 miles every week across the rolling foothills of South Carolina. She has competed in 33 marathons and an ultramarathon. Not getting enough exercise, she decided recently to take up distance bicycling. “I needed some cross-training,” Sijon said. […]

Oil paintings to benefit Mepkin Abbey

CHARLESTON — Original canvas oil paintings of some of the scenery at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner will go on sale this weekend to benefit the abbey itself. The paintings will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at Southeastern Galleries in Charles ton, located at 1885 Ashley River Road. A […]

Caritas Fund awards grants to organizations serving the poor in S.C.

COLUMBIA — The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded 27 Caritas Fund grants totaling $70,390 to non-profit and faith-based organizations across South Carolina on Oct. 29. The following organizations received grants: Berean Community Development Corp., $3,000, assistance to low-income senior citizens with improvements to their homes, Dillon County;Birthright of Georgetown, $3,000,  educational assistance […]

Constant monitoring is key to internet safety, officer says

AIKEN — It’s 10 p.m. and your children are home, safe and sound. Or are they? Safety is a relative term if children and teenagers are allowed to wander unsupervised in cyberspace, said Capt. Maryann Burgess, with the Aiken Dept. of Public Safety’s juvenile division. Burgess is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task […]

Speaker says the duties of priests are to teach, govern, sanctify

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The role of the Catholic priest as teacher, minister of the sacraments and community leader was the focus of a series of conferences at the annual retreat for the Diocese of Charleston’s priests, held at Kanuga Conference Center Oct. 27-30. Diocesan clergy spent three days attending Mass, holy hours, eucharistic adoration, and […]

Prosthetist finds spiritual fulfillment at medical missions

COLUMBIA — Larry Wiley has given dozens of people in Guatemala a new lease on life by giving them new limbs. Wiley, a mechanical engineer and certified prosthetist, has visited the country on four medical mission trips with Deacon Ed Peitler, director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Charleston. Deacon Peitler and other volunteers […]

St. Francis by the Sea Church celebrates 25th anniversary

HILTON HEAD — St. Francis by the Sea Church is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For this special occasion, Father Michael Oenbrink, pastor, and parishioners received an apostolic blessing from Pope Benedict XVI and a proclamation from Thomas D. Peeples, mayor of Hilton Head Island. “Hopefully, it is a year of grace for our parishioners,” Father […]

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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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