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Approach confirmation with a heart of gratitude

COLUMBIA—Too often, people refer to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation as “getting confirmed.” This allusion to the sacrament as a material thing ignores the importance of its role as initiation into a Catholic adult life of service and sacrifice. At a recent event for directors of religious education held at St. Peter Church in Columbia, […]

The Paschal Mystery has the power to deeply influence our lives

COLUMBIA—The Paschal Mystery of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, death, resurrection and ascension isn’t just a mystical theological concept. It’s an important spiritual theme that applies to all facets of our daily lives, and is especially relevant during Lent, said Franciscan Sister Pat Rogan during a retreat for directors of religious education held at St. […]

Mabel Caron finally meets priest she’s supported for 20 years

CHARLESTON—Mabel Caron celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by her family and friends, including the “priest son” she’d never met.Father Antoine Rizk isn’t her flesh and blood, but she has corresponded with him and helped support him in his vocation for 20 years.She said it started in 1992, when she contacted the Catholic Near East Welfare […]

Expert volunteers sought for diocesan finance council

The Diocese of Charleston needs good men and women to step forward for service on the Finance Council. That doesn’t mean you need to be a finance expert, however. John Barker, CFO, said they need people with backgrounds in specific areas, such as insurance or real estate. These experts will serve on committees to provide […]

Bishop’s Calendar for March

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s schedule for March.March 3—6 p.m. Mass and supper at St. Katherine Drexel House in CharlestonMarch 4—11 a.m. Confirmation at St. Joseph Church in Anderson    March 5—10 a.m. 40 Days for Life in GreenvilleMarch 7—10 a.m. Seminary Admissions BoardMarch 8—12:30 p.m. Building and Renovation Advisory CommitteeMarch 10—5:30 p.m. Mass […]

Bishop Guglielmone receives national Scouting award

Charleston—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has earned the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth. It is presented for noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth on a national basis, either as part of, or independent of the Scouting program. Bishop Guglielmone has been involved with Scouts since his days […]

Marriage celebration a reminder that Christ is at the center

CHARLESTON—Paul and Janet Ely received a standing ovation from the congregation at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The pair had just been recognized as the longest-married couple in attendance at the 12th annual Diocesan Marriage Celebration, and the spontaneous applause underscored the message of love and hope.It was a genuine outpouring of emotion […]

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What are you doing for Lent?

  During Lent we are called to renew our baptismal commitment while others prepare to receive that sacrament. The season helps deepen our faith through prayer, penitence and works of charity. The present laws of the Catholic Church regarding fast days and abstinence during the season are: Good Friday is a day of fasting. On […]

Vocations clubs launch in schools

Interested in vocations to the priesthood or religious life? Join the club. Ten Catholic schools in the diocese launched new vocations clubs during Catholic Schools Week. They are modeled after two clubs started at St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken during the 2008-09 school year. Since then, annual membership has averaged about 100 […]

New staff added to support ethnic, stewardship, young adult ministries

The Diocese of Charleston is reaching out more broadly than ever before through their young adult, ethnic ministries and stewardship programs.To help accomplish their goals, three new positions were created and, as of January, were filled by new faces that will soon become well-known across the state.Michael Tran is assistant director of Ethnic Ministry, Valerie […]

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