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Diocese revises its sexual misconduct policy

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston has revised its policy dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse of a minor by church personnel and will hold workshops to inform its personnel.Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will sign the updated document Dec. 12 and it will take effect April 15, 2012. He will also celebrate a Mass that […]

Upstate family finds more than care thanks to web calendar

SIMPSONVILLE—For Julie Runyan, an online calendar created eight years ago by a Texas family has been a blessing this year for her family.Runyan’s husband Shannon was stricken last year with diffuse systemic scleroderma, a chronic illness that causes a hardening and thickening of tissue, including internal organs.Since his diagnosis in September 2010, Mr. Runyan has […]

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Fourth-grader mixes joy with honoring others on 9/11 birthday

COLUMBIA—James Seezens’ birthday is almost impossible to forget. He was born on Sept. 11, 2001, a joyful day for his family, but traumatic for the nation as thousands died in terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. James, a fourth-grader at St. Joseph School in Columbia, said his unusual […]

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Many still confused when it comes to being a Mason

Masonic lodges are a fixture of social life in many towns and cities around South Carolina. Shriners collect money for charity and often appear in parades and other events. Many cars and trucks sport stickers, decals and insignia of various Masonic groups.

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Bishop urges action against mandated contraception/sterilization coverage

Catholic hospitals may soon be forced to cover sterilization and contraceptive services.That fear is growing as a result of Aug. 1 regulations for group health plans and health insurance coverage approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. The new rules mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives as part of a […]

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Sister Margie Hosch leads a wholeness retreat in Zambia

GREENVILLE—It’s hard for Franciscan Sister Margie Hosch to be unemotional when she talks about her three trips to Africa, the most recent of which was in July.Frequently there’s a catch in her voice when she talks about the people she has met in the Solwezi Diocese in Zambia: children who have to walk miles along […]

Discernment groups: Camaraderie with like-minded souls

DIOCESE—Father Jeffrey F. Kirby can’t wait to see what’s going to come out of the discernment retreat at White Oak Conference Center this year. Last year was such an inspiration that it led to the creation of five adult discernment groups and two high school groups that meet all year long.“The guys wanted to get […]

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Good Shepherd parishioners transform old church into new rectory

By Dave LorenzattiSpecial to The MiscellanyMCCORMICK—After Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone dedicated the new Good Shepherd Church in 2010 it was time to discuss the future of the former church located about 100 yards away. Father Allam Marreddy, the parish administrator, and the pastoral council  decided to convert it into a rectory and on Aug. 31 […]

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St. Andrew reopens after facility improvement

MYRTLE BEACH—St. Andrew School underwent such an extensive upgrade over the summer that they were a week late starting classes.Students were scheduled to return Aug. 29, but Molly Halasz, principal, said the whole school family was prepared for a late start date.

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Dressing for Mass means looking good for God

Is a dress code for attending Mass necessary? Catholics are debating that question these days as more people show up to worship wearing revealing fashion trends like tube tops, micro-mini skirts and hot pants, or casual ripped jeans.

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