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Tim Staples will speak at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin
Join groups that support faith, Staples advises

CHAPIN—Tim Staples is on a mission to make everyone more aware of their faith so they can stand up for their beliefs in what he describes as a post-Christian culture, hostile to the value of life itself. Staples is director of apologetics and evangelization for Catholic Answers, a lay organization dedicated to defending and supporting […]

Our Lady of the Valley Church in Gloverville is offering assistance for low- and moderate-income families to obtain government services, grants and aid.
Our Lady of the Valley expands outreach programs

GLOVERVILLE—Our Lady of the Valley can help you find money for living expenses, medical bills, education and more. All that is required is a trip to the church and enough time to fill out a simple, online form. Of the 26 people the church has served so far, more than half qualified for food assistance, […]

Prayer cards, posters and a newsletter promoting vocations were sent out to schools and parishes
‘Come Follow Me’ to new vocations website

COLUMBIA—Web surfers will be able to gain a deeper awareness of vocations through a website launched Sept. 13. Development of the site,, started in July in conjunction with Vianney Vocations of Valdosta, Ga., said Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston.

Thomas Monahon, the new S.C. State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus, and his wife Kathy are very active in St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken. The couple still owns the truck they went on dates in before they were married. (Miscellany/Dan Rogers)
Monahon is new Knights leader for South Carolina

AIKEN—Thomas M. Monahon always planned to join the Knights of Columbus as soon as he was old enough, at age 18, and he did. It was a family tradition, he said. His grandfather, father and older brother were all Knights. What he didn’t plan on was rising in the ranks to one day take the […]

Relics show the saints are will us still
Relics show the saints are with us still

Believe it or not, relics are not a thing of the past. Although they have slipped in stature over the years, these physical remnants of Jesus and the saints are still reverenced by the faithful. And there are some who believe the once-treasured mementos are on the verge of a revival.

Clean of Heart means clean clothes and dignity for the homeless
Clean of Heart means clean clothes and dignity for the homeless

COLUMBIA—A new ministry of Catholic Charities seeks to provide both basic needs and an increased sense of dignity for homeless people in the Midlands. Clean of Heart will offer bathing and laundry facilities for the increasing number of people who seek help at the Catholic Charities’ office in downtown Columbia.

Father Harris receives a papal honor

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced Sept. 3 that Father Richard D. Harris has received a papal honor. Pope Benedict XVI named the vicar general for the Diocese of Charleston a prelate of honor with the title reverend monsignor.

S.C. Digital Library includes some of diocesan archives

CHARLESTON—Some of the Diocese of Charleston’s history during the Civil War can now be seen and read online thanks to the S.C. Digital Library. The Internet based library,, is a group effort by the state’s schools, libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions. SCDL initiated the project to provide the knowledge, resources, and […]

New religious curriculum calls for certification

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has approved a new elementary religion curriculum and catechist certification program for the diocese. The program will impact all catechists, youth ministers, school teachers and parents who homeschool their children, said Sister Pamela Smith, director of Catechesis and Christian Initiation for Parishes and Schools.

A ‘will to live’ could save your life

COLUMBIA—An advance directive that is not clearly written can mean the difference between life and death for someone who is seriously ill or disabled. Catholics concerned with pro-life issues need to be constantly vigilant and ready to advocate for their loved ones.

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