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Blandine Schilling, 99, leads an active life of faith

HILTON HEAD — Blandine Schilling, 99, has become one of the best-known members of St. Francis by the Sea Church. She attends daily Mass so faithfully, always sitting in the front row, that when she left for a two-month trip earlier this summer, she was instantly missed.Daughter Susan Boyd said that dozens of people greet […]

St. John Neuman School earns Blue Ribbon status

COLUMBIA — St. John Neumann School has earned not one, but three top academic honors, and they are only two months into the school year.The most recent announcement came from the U.S. Dept. of Education, which named St. John Neumann a 2008 National Blue Ribbon School. The award is made even more remarkable because they […]

Father James L.P. Miara to speak at diocesan rosary rally

KINGSTREE — The sixth annual Diocese of Charleston Rosary Celebration in honor of Our Lady of South Carolina – Our Lady of Joyful Hope will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Kingstree Recreational Park on Nelson Avenue. Father James L.P. Miara, of the Marian Movement of Priests, will be the featured speaker. […]

Pro-life pharmacist urges college students to mind the ‘little whispers’

CLEMSON — After years of working in relative isolation, Mike Koelzer and his small pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Mich., are beginning to get some wider attention. Koelzer owns Kay Pharmacy and is the founder of His is one of a growing list of privately owned pharmacies across the country that have chosen not to […]

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 […]

New coach builds character on the field, in the classroom

GREENVILLE — Keith Kiser was somewhat apprehensive about showing his soon-to-be football coach the athletic facilities at St. Joseph’s Catholic School — and for good reason.Kiser, the school’s headmaster, didn’t have much to show Joe Hyland last summer when the coach made his first visit to the school’s Greenville campus.“I wanted to show him a […]

Life Chains to spread across South Carolina on Oct. 5

SOUTH CAROLINA — Each year, Life Chains bring pro-life Americans together for one hour to pray for an end to abortion. A national, ecumenical, prayerful witness against abortion, Life Chains will occur throughout the nation, rain or shine, on Oct. 5 as part of Respect Life Month. Everyone is welcome. The first chain was built […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe image to travel on pro-life mission

SIMPSONVILLE — One of the Missionary Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe will travel to parishes throughout South Carolina from Oct. 17 to Nov. 2. A Respect Life Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Mary Magdalene Church, which is organizing the event. The 4’x 6’ image is a digital replica […]

Blessing of pets great and small is set for Oct. 4-5

CHARLESTON — Pet owners will have the opportunity to have their beloved family friend, furry, feathery or scaly, blessed the weekend of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, Oct. 4. Animals on leashes will be welcome at the following parishes: ANDERSON — St. Mary of the Angels Church, 1821 White St., 2 p.m. Oct. 5. […]

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