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Statewide Life Chains form silent witness

SPARTANBURG — Forty Days for Life is the umbrella campaign in South Carolina and elsewhere that gathers and concentrates efforts to promote pro-life causes. A centerpiece of the campaign is the annual Life Chain.The idea of Life Chain is for pro-life people of all faiths to stand in silent witness alongside major roads for one […]

Joseph Gubeli is serious about promoting the Knights

SUMMERVILLE — Joseph Gubeli’s decades of service with the Knights of Columbus were rewarded in July when he was installed as the state deputy of the Catholic fraternal men’s organization in South Carolina. It is the highest office in the state. Gubeli, 71, first joined the Knights in 1957 when he was stationed in San […]

Grieving parents find comfort in special Mass

COLUMBIA — Luanne Malkasian lost her 19-year-old daughter Anne to leukemia more than 20 years ago. On Oct. 4, the Columbia resident said she felt a renewed connection with her daughter after attending a special Mass held at St. Peter Church. The first “Remembering Our Children” Mass drew more than 50 people who were honoring […]

Christian Jewish Council to host pre-election program Nov. 2

CHARLESTON — The Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston will sponsor “The Changing Influence in Politics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” a panel discussion based on the upcoming presidential election. The program will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Congregation Brith Sholom Beth Israel, 182 Rutledge Ave.A panel will address various issues, past […]

Register now for Black Catholic Heritage Celebration Oct. 17-18

ROCK HILL — The Diocese of Charleston’s Black Catholic Heritage Celebration 2008 will be held at St. Mary Church Oct. 17-18.This year’s theme is “Christian Vocations: A Call to Service,” and the deadline for registration is Oct. 10.Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, the auxiliary bishop of New Orleans, will be the keynote speaker and homilist.At the […]

Five truths on the Virgin Mary: The first to be saved

Editor’s Note: This is the third of a five-part series of columns Father Jeffrey Kirby is writing for the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and the rosary. Third truth: God’s Dwelling Place will be holy.Several years ago, I was invited to a social function. I misunderstood how formal the event was, and […]

Catholic Schools celebrate life, students learn to live their faith

SOUTH CAROLINA — Respect Life Month in October can seem like a very grown-up concept. After all, it tackles weighty topics including abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty. These are hardly subjects that teachers want to discuss with their students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Still, Catholic schools are compelled, along with the rest of […]

Roe v. Wade decision created a perpetual open hunting season for human life

Many people who came across the following story probably  found it somewhat amusing but most likely also considered it unfortunate. A Sunday school teacher asked each pupil in the class to name one thing most dear to them. These were to be listed on the board and the class would conclude by praying for these […]

World Mission Sunday on Oct. 19 has local blessing

SUMMERVILLE — Msgr. Edward Lofton visited the island nation of Fiji in February and March. He helped at a parish where residents are poor, electricity is spotty and most roads are not paved. What the people lacked in goods, however, they made up for in great faith, he said. He returned from the trip with […]

Remember spiritual maturity and the Gospel at the voting booth

Parents have the responsibility to watch over their children who, if they had total freedom, would seek immediate gratification from all that seemed good — candy, TV, games — as soon as they could get it.They would also avoid things that are difficult but important for growth, like  discipline, homework and housework,  procrastinating as long […]

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