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Why is the Mass called a sacrifice?

One of the most consistent descriptions of the Mass through the centuries is to call it “the holy Sacrifice.” The sacrificial nature of the Mass has never been denied. Sacrifice was integral to the spiritual life of our Jewish ancestors. In promising an heir to Abram, God asks him to sacrifice an animal. Abram cuts […]

Christ is a gift, not a reward

The implications of the Christmas season continue throughout the liturgical year. One essential point made beautifully clear in the liturgical readings of Christmas is that God’s incarnation is no reward to humanity for its good behavior, but is instead a gift. Perhaps nowhere was this foreshadowed better than in the story of Abraham and Sarah, […]

Give a nod to the flu instead of a handshake

If you’re at Mass and people don’t shake hands during the sign of peace or the chalice is not offered at Communion, don’t be offended. It’s probably part of the battle against a particularly nasty flu season this year. Several parishes in the diocese have already suspended use of the chalice and the sign of […]

Johnson earns title of Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year

GREENVILLE—Jamila Johnson thinks nothing of driving an hour in each direction to practice with her club volleyball team. Her level of dedication is one of the factors that helped make her the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for South Carolina. Jamila first started playing the sport when she was 8. By the time she […]

Abortion survivor calls for love, compassion and forgiveness

COLUMBIA—The best way to learn the true horror of abortion is to listen to the story of someone who has survived one. Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor. In 1977, she survived a botched saline infusion abortion and was delivered alive at a hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Today, her life’s mission is to tell […]

Priestly assignments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made several appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Father Marcin Zahuta, chaplain for St. Thomas More Center in Columbia was appointed as pastor, effective Jan. 1: Father Mark S. Good, in addition to his duties as administrator of St. Mary Church on Yonges Island and Sts. Frederick and […]

Food Lion donates to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

CHARLESTON–Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation to help feed local residents. “We greatly appreciate Food Lion’s gift, which will enable us to better serve families on James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands as well as downtown Charleston,” said Jill Jackson Ledford, executive director of the organization. Funds […]

Teacher draws on art skills to share the faith

GARDEN CITY—Most people look at comic books as a fun way to escape reality. Andrew Thomas sees them as a way to save souls. Thomas teaches art and religion at St. Michael School in Garden City and is also studying for the permanent diaconate. He recently started his own Catholic comic book company, Bonaventure Comics […]

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