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Sisters of the Disciples of Christ work to build bridges

BLUFFTON—Prayers and hymns chanted and sung in Spanish echoed from a room at St. Gregory the Great Church. Inside, four women wearing green dresses and black veils alternately stood and kneeled before a cross as they completed the midday prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. With their prayer complete, the four walked out under […]

Prayer challenge accepted

The students of St. Andrew School have committed to pray — along with their families — for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Participating students will take home a tangible reminder to focus their prayer — the younger students have a prayer bear, while the older students carry home a consecrated […]

Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

VATICAN CITY—Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. “If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected,” the pope wrote […]

Ethical dilemmas are a minefield for Catholic healthcare providers

About a year ago, Dr. Peter Bleyer of Longs left family practice and moved into the field of wound care because he did not want to face the minefield of ethical dilemmas that pitted his Catholic faith and values against the whims of a secular, consumerist culture. “The Catholic model for medicine is not what […]

Religious objections to immunization are not accepted at Catholic schools

A recent outbreak of the measles in the United States has brought the controversy over immunizations to the forefront again, and the Church is clear in its position on the matter. In a nutshell, parents can decline immunization, but not on the basis of Catholic religious principals. The argument stems from the fact that there […]

Mass of the Oils: God expects priests to do their best, bishop says

CHARLESTON—Through voices raised together in prayer and the renewal of vows, more than 120 priests offered a moving testament to their lives of service and ministry on March 31. The annual chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week. It is a time […]

Parishes using more apps to help members stay in touch

Stephanie Stewart is pretty excited that the Church is joining the 21st century of social media technology. Recently Stewart, who is executive assistant to the rector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, introduced a new app to parishioners that will help them stay connected to parish life, and even held tutorial […]

The column of fire

As Lent gives way to Easter, the décor of our churches changes. Gone are the stark colors and sparse decorations and in come flowers and brighter color. While the flowers wilt, one constant throughout the Easter Season is the great paschal candle. The paschal candle normally remains at the baptismal font and is placed near […]

Deanery realignment takes effect

The Diocese of Charleston changed its geographical parish groupings, known as deaneries, on April 5. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone said the new regions were created to increase a sense of unity for the people in those areas. The realignment added two new deaneries, going from five to seven, and changed the names. Instead of Piedmont, […]

Bishop’s Gala Concert Series

CHARLESTON—Daniel J. Sansone, director of music and liturgy for the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Diocese of Charleston is hosting a new annual concert series. The inaugural event is April 24 at 7:30 p.m. with Bishop Robert E. Gugliemone as honored guest. The Cathedral choir and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and chorus, […]

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