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Marriages honored at anniversary Mass

ORANGEBURG — Patience, humor and prayer — couples who attended the ninth annual Marriage Anni versary Celebration on Feb. 15 said those three things help them keep their marriages happy, faith-filled and strong. “Marriage is a give-and-take,” said Anna Coracy, who participated with William, her husband of 56 years. “You have to have pat i […]

The Knights of Peter Claver

Men in the distinctive regalia of the Knights of Peter Claver are noticeable at many large events around the Diocese of Charleston, but many people are not familiar with the group, its history or mission. The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and Ladies Auxiliary is the largest predominantly black Cath­olic lay organization in the United […]

St. Paul the Apostle School unveils plans to renovate 1950s building

SPARTANBURG — St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg unveiled illustrations of planned improvements during Catholic Schools Week, which ran Jan. 25-31. The drawings were done by McMillan Smith and Partners and show a more modernized school building. The current facility was built in 1953 and Patricia Lanthier, principal, said they have long wanted to […]

Six students from St. Anne School chosen for honor choir

CHARLESTON — Move over “American Idol,” the singers from the S.C. Elementary Honor Choir will show you how it’s done. There is no squabbling or diva-like behavior here. It’s just the pure, beautiful voices of children who love to sing. The choir, 244 of them from all over the state, came together Feb. 7 to […]

Spring pro-life campaign to start

CHARLESTON — 40 Days for Life, an around the clock pro-life prayer vigil, will begin its spring campaign Feb. 25 through April 5 at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, located at 1312 Ashley River Road. A “Cast the Vision” rally will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Immaculate Conception Church, 510 St. James […]

Economy drives employment groups in churches

COLUMBIA — Economic woes plaguing the nation and the state of South Carolina are also being felt in the Catholic community. As more people lose jobs, some parishes have started or are planning programs to help those who have been laid off. And a popular source for Catholic items in the Midlands is joining the […]

Service to church, community hallmarks of McFarland’s life

CHARLESTON — Arthur McFarland said a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, to visit the place where St. Peter Claver brought spiritual solace to slaves reinforced his lifelong commitment to serving others. “I went there and walked the floors he walked, looked out the windows to the harbor,” McFarland said. “He is, I think, an example of […]

South Carolina Catholics fight for life

COLUMBIA — Catholics in the Diocese of Charleston are mobilizing against the possible passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, H.R. 1964, S. 1173. FOCA was first introduced in the U.S. House and Senate in January 2004, but never made it out of committee. As of Jan. 30, 2009, it had not been presented to […]

Proper disposition for God’s invitation

As we intertwine our faith with our work, we’re sometimes prone to fall in the trap of thinking that God has nothing big planned for us. We might be inclined to think that outside of owners and top management, we have little if any standing on God’s behalf in the workplace. Worse yet, we might […]

Catholic schools prepare to launch media campaign

The Diocese of Charles ton had even more of a reason than usual to celebrate Cath olic Schools Week. Bishop-designate Robert E. Guglielmone, who was appointed to the diocese on Dec. 23 by Pope Benedict XVI, is very much a youth oriented leader and is an avid supporter of Scouting. Sister Julia Hutchison, superintendent of […]

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