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2009 was a year of hope with a new bishop, ordinations and outreach

SOUTH CAROLINA—Before the headlong rush into 2010, The Catholic Miscellany invites its readers to take a look back at the news that affected their lives in 2009. The year had its share of big stories. During Christmas 2008, Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin asked the Diocese of Charleston to pray for a new bishop. By January […]

St. Mary Church, Georgetown, stained glass windows
St. Mary windows will receive much-needed care

GEORGETOWN—Rays of yellow, orange and blue light spill into St. Mary, Our Lady of Ransom Church when the sun hits the stained glass windows just right. Some of the windows have cast their kaleidoscope of colors on parishioners for more than 100 years, but they are showing signs of wear. Some have cracked and buckled, […]

immigration, campaign
National Migration Week from Jan. 3-9 includes postcard campaign

COLUMBIA—The holiday season is a time when travel is on everyone’s mind. Individuals and families hit the highways, catch cross-country and international flights, and fight crowded train and bus stations all in an effort to be close to family and friends. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics to remember people who […]

South Carolina Council of Catholic Women, recruit
SCCCW seeks a new generation of women

SOUTH CAROLINA—The South Carolina Council of Catholic Women needs new members to help them continue to make a difference. While older women have long been the backbone and strength of the organization, this devoted generation is ready to support younger members to help keep the organization energized and active. “Our older members are our mentors. […]

Our Lady of the Hills Church, Columbia, Catholic youth group
Our Lady of the Hills youth group feeds its members spiritually

COLUMBIA—A group of teens enjoyed Belgian waffles and Scripture verses at breakfast on a recent morning at Our Lady of the Hills Church. The parish youth group has been meeting monthly since October for a special breakfast that combines a hearty meal with fellowship and faith formation. Elizabeth Hudacko, youth leader, said the idea came […]

Bishop Guglielmone appoints Father Harris as new vicar general

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone appointed Father Richard D. Harris as the new vicar general for the Diocese of Charleston. The appointment began Dec. 12. Father Harris will continue as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Columbia, but will resign his position as diocesan vicar for vocations. Deacon Joseph Cahill will temporarily administer the vocations program […]

Father Bartholomew Leon, OSB, stands in front of the 2.5-acre lot of the former Church of Christ in Greer, which the Maronite community of Greenville plans to purchase by the end of December as the new home of St. Rafka Maronite Mission
Maronite Catholic community plans to purchase a church

GREENVILLE—Maronite Catholics in the Upstate will soon have their own space to worship. Benedictine Father Bartholomew Leon, pastor of St. Rafka Maronite Mission, recently received permission from Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, N.Y., to move forward with plans to purchase a church complex off S.C. Highway 14 in […]

Charleston Catholic School first-grader Brendan Elliott places an ornament on Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s Christmas tree Dec. 10. The class won a party at the bishop’s house for collecting the most pounds of food for local food pantries.
‘Mickey’s Christmas Mission’ is a big hit and tons of help

CHARLESTON—When the idea for an annual food drive first came up, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone had no idea it would mean giving up his garage. But that’s what happened. Five Charleston schools participated in the first ever “Mickey’s Christmas Mission” and together they collected 6,750 pounds of food to help stock hard-hit pantries. Don Glover, […]

Food pantries, social outreach, St. John Church in North Charleston, Our Lady of Mercy Outreach on Johns Island, Catholic Charities Pee Dee, St. Peter Church in Columbia, St. Vincent de Paul Society
Food pantries struggle to meet increased need

CHARLESTON—Food pantries across the South Carolina are struggling to keep up with increased demand this year. St. John Church in North Charleston ran out of food and had to temporarily close the doors. Luckily, St. John School came to the rescue during the food drive for “Mickey’s Christmas Mission.” The students raised 597 pounds of […]

Two-year-old Luis Yahir Solano is dressed as St. Juan Diego, with an embroidered image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on his shirt, for the celebrations at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville.
Personal commitment to Mary marks celebrations in the Upstate

ANDERSON—Hundreds of people of all ages celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe across the Upstate. The observance of Our Lady of Guadalupe was on Dec. 12, but many parishes kicked off the celebration Dec. 11 with midnight Masses and music. At St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson, which has been celebrating […]

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