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SCCCW offers opportunity to have a voice in faith

Maria Stephens of Charleston wanted to say no when she was asked to join the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women 20 years ago. “I said I’m a young mom, I don’t have time, talent or money,” she said. “They talked me into it, and I soon discovered I did have some time and some […]

St. Jude marks 75 years

SUMTER—Cloudy, rainy skies and wintry temperatures couldn’t dampen the joy inside St. Jude Church on the first day of November. The small church on West Oakland Avenue was packed with people from near and far who came to celebrate the 75th anniversary of a Catholic community that has served as a beacon of hope and […]

World War II vet encourages youth to join, serve with pride

GREENWOOD—When Veterans Day rolls around on Nov. 11, Alex Harris will observe the day from a perspective that is becoming increasingly rare. Harris, 91, is a World War II veteran who served on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of a distinguished but dwindling community. According to statistics compiled by the […]

Honoring those who serve

Xavier Wedderburn, a pre-kindergartener at St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton, hugs his mom, Kay Wedderburn, who is in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, after a Blue Mass held in October. Every year, many schools take time to honor all first responders, including men and women who serve in the military or law enforcement, or […]

New appointments for Fathers Sotek and Boyle

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced the following priestly appointments for the Diocese of Charleston. Effective Oct. 10, 2014: Rev. Marek Sotek, new to the Diocese of Charleston, is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton. Effective Nov. 1, 2014: Rev. Michael G. Boyle, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Magdalene Church in […]

Solidarity in faith

Each time we gather to celebrate the Lord’s Sacrifice in the Mass, there are four times that the celebrant greets the assembly. The greeting at the outset of the Mass may take the form of three dis­tinct salutations. Each of these are inspired by greetings used by St. Paul, who often used a distinct form […]

Public square rosary

AIKEN—About 75 people from St. Gerard parish gathered to pray outdoors on Oct. 11 as part of the American Needs Fatima public square rosary. “We were very happy with our attendance and felt Our Lady was smil­ing down on us,” said Marge Glauser “It was a beautiful day and a wonderful experience.

PAIA pow wow

COURT—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Chief Gene Norris of the Piedmont American Indian Associa­tion Lower Eastern Chero­kee Nation discuss St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint of North America, at the association’s annual Pow Wow on Sept. 27. Marianne Stoddard, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, said the tribal and […]

Clergy appreciation dinner

AIKEN—St. Clare of Assisi Secular Franciscan Fraternity hosted its 10th annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner Oct. 6 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. Two hundred people celebrated Fathers Gregory Wilson, Art Dalu-pang, Hugo Ruiz, Jeffrey Kirby and Ernie Hepner (pictured with John Shea); and Deacons Bob Pierce and Pat Mongan. Val Cadarr spoke about how […]

JPII swimmers tops at meet

RIDGELAND— Meaghan Lyons and Sam Villalobos from John Paul II churned out top-scoring times at the SCISA State Championship Swim Meet held Oct. 4 at the Augusta Aquatic Center. Meaghan became the 2014-2015 A-AA State Champion in the female 100-yard breaststroke, giving the school its very first state title. Sam was runner-up in the state […]

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