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2008

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 […]


Sacred Heart parishioners build their own prayer garden

ABBEVILLE — A new prayer garden at Sacred Heart Church offers the whole community a quiet place to pray and reflect. The garden was officially dedicated by Father Allam Marreddy, parish administrator, on May 11. It is the result of more than a year of planning, giving and hard work by members of the church. […]


Five truths on the Virgin Mary: A mother’s essential role

Editor’s Note: This is the first 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. First truth: A mother’s role is essential.Whenever my mom visits the parish, it’s amazing how much she inquires about my life and how much she […]


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    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