Fire at the Beach weekend focuses on the Eucharist
HILTON HEAD ISLAND —Fire at the Beach speakers told the faithful they have the power to transform their world.All they have to do is focus on the Eucharist. As the central part of Mass and the core element of the faith, the sacrament also imparts a message of self-giving love and sacrifice over the selfishness […]
Program trains dogs to help those with disabilities and illness
WAXHAW, N.C.—A love of animals helped Charlie Petrizzo make it through some of the toughest days of his life. After he was seriously injured in two accidents as a child, the New Jersey native said working with horses and dogs helped revive his spirit and interest him in life again. Now, Petrizzo is dedicated to […]
Our Lady Star of the Sea opens food pantry
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—“Times are hard, and a lot of people need help.” That’s how a client sums up the purpose of the Santa Chiara’s Food Pantry, which opened Sept. 14 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Open five days a week, the pantry is an important new source of help for the increasing […]
Missal workshop helps catechists embrace upcoming revisions
GREENVILLE—About 160 people from 17 parishes met at St. Mary Church recently so they could take a closer look at the upcoming revisions to the Roman Missal. The workshop enlightened catechists and educators so they may help teach their fellow parishioners in the coming weeks, when the first changes in almost four decades are introduced.The […]
Native American Catholics work to raise awareness of their community
GREENVILLE—Native Americans were this country’s first inhabitants, and as such, are the true forefathers of America.But over the course of history, the American Indian became a somewhat invisible people, a culture that many thought had all but disappeared. Stacey Lazurek, who works with Catholic Charities and is part Cherokee, said it’s time to change that.
Deacons learn balancing act between family, church and work
Talk to a married deacon who was ordained while raising children at the same time, and you’re talking to a busy man.Although the average age of permanent deacons in the United States is 64, the diocese has its share of younger men who are still working full time and raising families.
Bishop England graduate Sister Maris Stella Vaughan professes vows
NASHVILLE, TENN.—Sister Maris Stella Vaughan professed final vows in the Dominican Congregation of St. Cecilia recently. Formerly Katie Vaughan, she is a 2003 graduate of Bishop England High School in Charleston, S.C. and a member of Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island, S.C.Sister Maris Stella was one of seven young women who made their perpetual […]
Father LaBrecque driving force in vibrant Hispanic Catholic community
CONWAY—Father Frederick LaBrecque, known as “Father Rick” to most of his parishioners, retired officially on Sept. 5 after 16 years of service at St. James Church in Conway. When he arrived at the church located off U.S. Highway 501 in the mid 1990s, it was only to serve for a few months.
Twelve men attend discernment retreat
WINNSBORO—The vocations office introduced a new element at the annual discernment retreat by inviting a priest from a religious order.Father Elias Carr, a member of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, from Long Island, N.Y., led the liturgies and spiritual talks. Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, vicar for vocations, said he wanted to highlight an order […]
Reflections on a Solwezi retreat
By Sister Margie Hosch, OSF “Have a banana. Have two bananas!” These words of Bishop Charles Kasonde of the Solwezi Diocese in Zambia, were spoken from a heart so big that he would welcome us by extending to us the only food available in his humble four-room dwelling. The whole month of July 2011 opened […]