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Italian teen shows us why eucharistic miracles matter

For the Apostle Thomas being told about the resurrection of Christ was not enough. He needed a hands-on experience to cure his skepticism. The Lord provided that assistance to renew his faith. In a certain sense some people are like Thomas: “I have to see to believe.” And the Lord provides help again, especially in […]

Program participants at St. Anne Church in Florence react during Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone's talk. The bishop led the session of the monthly faith-education program Theology on Tap. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Faith and education are served at Theology on Tap

FLORENCE—The line of people waiting for seats in the small parish hall at St. Anne Church on Sept. 1 wound down the stairway and spilled into the courtyard. More than 130 people from St. Anne and St. Anthony churches turned out to hear Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone lead a session of “Theology on Tap,” a […]

Barb Marcinkowski checks a display at the shop, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. (Miscellany/Gerald Weaver)
St. Francis Thrift Shop celebrates 10th thanks to volunteers

HILTON HEAD—After 10 years in business, St. Francis Thrift Shop is doing better than ever, despite a wave of economic depression that has sunk other small businesses. Hal Wieland, manager, said their success is due to God’s guidance and a few other factors, such as where they are and who they serve. “As they like […]

A patient, who asked not to be named, receives care through the Save-A-Smile program offered by Catholic Charities Piedmont Deanery Office. (Photo provided)
Save-A-Smile receives grant to help needy

GREENVILLE—A Catholic Charities program that has brought smiles to hundreds of people is expanding this year, thanks in part to help from the United Way of Greenville. For the past several years, Catholic Charities of the Piedmont has worked with Piedmont Dental Center to provide dentures to low-income patients in the area through the Save-A-Smile […]

Teenagers sing and gesture during the Search for Christian Maturity retreat held at Camp Kinard from Sept. 3-5. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Hispanic teens ‘Search’ for meaning at retreat

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE—Through prayer, song and fellowship, more than 70 high school students spent Labor Day weekend learning how to mature in their faith. Search for Christian Maturity 2010, called Search for short, was sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston Offices of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Hispanic Youth Ministry. Hispanic students from nine parishes met […]

Deacon James H. Johnson (Miscellany/Keith Jacobs)
Deacon Johnson sees Catholics become one church

FLORENCE—Deacon James H. Johnson might never have become a Catholic if it hadn’t been for a visitor from New York. He was six years old in 1942 when a neighbor’s niece visited St. Anne Church across the street from the Johnson family home. The woman introduced the young boy to the Catholic faith and later […]

Father John J. Lawlor, CM
Vincentian Father John J. Lawlor dies at age 90

PHILADELPHIA—Father John J. Lawlor, a retired Vincentian priest of the Eastern Province USA Congregation of the Mission, died Aug. 20. Father Lawlor was the former administrator of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Gloverville, S.C. The funeral was held Aug. 25 and burial was at the Vincentian community cemetery at St. Joseph’s Seminary in […]

Caity Hicks, 11, and Nick Dreiling from a local martial arts center demonstrate defensive moves during Immaculate Conception Church’s safety fair held Aug. 22. (Miscellany/Amy Wise Taylor)
Safety fair highlights need for children to be vigilant

GOOSE CREEK—Immaculate Conception Church held a safety fair for children Aug. 22 that taught important lessons about protecting oneself and helping others. The children who attended were excited about all the information, prizes and giveaways at the different booths. Youth were particularly drawn to the U.S. Coast Guard station, which had an interactive display to […]

Diocese initiates child safety rescreening process

CHARLESTON—The Office of Child Protection Services is conducting a rescreening of all diocesan employees and volunteers whose original screening occurred in 2006 or earlier and who have access to children. Bonnie Sigers, safe environment manager, said it is common practice among dioceses and is part of the ongoing effort to create and maintain safe environments […]

Roberta Lamson-Motter and Deacon Peter M. Cassamento, both of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in North Myrtle Beach, practice hand gestures of a song to remember the basic principles of the Rite of Christian Initiation at St. Peter Church in Columbia Aug. 28. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Religious educators learn how to teach within a community

COLUMBIA—RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, leads seekers to the truth of the Gospel and of church teachings, and links the entire Catholic community to the ongoing history of the church. That was the central message of “ABC’s of RCIA,” held Aug. 28 in the Cardinal Bernardin Center at St. Peter Church. […]

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