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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 […]

Traveling consulate uninterrupted by protest

CONWAY — A mobile Mexican consulate’s visit to St. James Church Sept. 27 drew hundreds of people seeking immigration services. It also sparked protests from local anti-immigration activists. Members of the Horry County chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and other local residents protested the consulate’s visit because they believe it helps illegal Hispanic […]

Clemson University group starts Students for Life

CLEMSON — A small group of Clemson University students, staff and faculty has started an effort aimed at bringing together pro-life members of the school community.The group calls itself CU Students for Life and it hopes to activate the pro-life cause at the university and in the city of Clemson that surrounds the campus.CU Students […]

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 […]

Cardinals, Bishops kick off healthy rivalry in first game

CHARLESTON — As any good Catholic knows, Cardinals have more power than bishops. But that was not the case when Bishop England and Cardinal Newman met in battle on the football field for the first time ever Sept. 12.The Battling Bishops outscored the Cardinals 21-0 in what sponsors hope will become an annual event.Currently, Bishop […]

Byzantine Catholics reconnect with tradition

MYRTLE BEACH – “Wisdom, be attentive!” With those words, Father Conan Timoney held up an ornate gold-covered Book of the Gospels and walked around the altar at St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach on Sept. 9.This was the beginning of the “Little Entrance,” part of the Eastern Rite Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine-Ruthenian tradition. Father […]

Catholic composer says music helps people pray

ROCK HILL — Dan Schutte believes that humility is the key to planning good liturgical music for Catholic Masses. Schutte, one of the best known modern composers of Catholic worship music, stressed the importance of a “humble servant” approach for music directors and others involved in liturgy planning during a “Liturgy Day” workshop Sept. 20 […]

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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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