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Council 14475 earns three stars

LAKE WYLIE—The Knights of Council 14475 was recognized as a 3-Star Award Council for 2014-2015 by State Deputy Frank Davis on Nov. 10 at All Saints Church. Councils must complete at least four programs in community  service, church support, family life, youth activities, pro-life advocacy, or  fraternal projects, plus grow its membership by at least […]

Inspiring spirit

As of this Advent, we will have been using updated prayers and responses in the Mass for four years. One of the most common questions asked is why “and with your spirit” is now used. “Spirit” is a word and concept used extensively throughout both the Old and New Testaments. It appears at the very […]

A view of the world at the Marian Eucharistic conference

GREENVILLE—Devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Eucharist led hundreds of people to spend a week¬end of prayer, worship and reflection together in the Upstate. The third Marian Eucharistic Conference held at St. Joseph’s Catholic School drew about 400 people from the Carolinas and as far away as Vermont, according to organizer Heesun Devlin. […]

Collecting for change

FLORENCE—The Women of St. Anthony raised $8,520 from the Baby Bottle Campaign for Respect Life Month by asking everyone to fill baby bottles with spare change. They raised $1,000 more than last year, according to Cecilia Meggs, executive director of Lighthouse Ministries. Everyone helped, including the children that attend CCD and St. Anthony School. All […]

Catholic Charities faces unrelenting needs after the flood

CONWAY—Normally, Catholic Charities in the Pee Dee serves about 300 families a month. In October, following the statewide disastrous flooding, they saw a record-breaking 2,000 families and are desperately trying to restock their shelves. Kelly Kaminski, regional coordinator of the Pee Dee office, said they are laboring under a perfect storm of needs. Not only […]

Building begins for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School

MYRTLE BEACH—When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School opens its doors in 2016, it will mark a crowning achievement for Catholic education in the state. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, who blessed the property during a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 7, said “with the opening of this school, Catholic education will be available for all ages […]

Choosing to be grateful amid physical challenges

Mary Jane and Craig were college students who left a decades-long impression on me. As a young teen, she had thought herself indestructible and fell from the far-too-tall tree she had climbed on a dare. She navigated the campus in a wheelchair, as did he. His was the result of having been born with no […]

Iraqi family finds religious freedom in Greenville

GREENVILLE—Ramiz Askar remembers the day in 2006 that changed his family’s life forever. Mr. Askar, an engineer, was in his home in Baghdad, Iraq, with his wife and daughter on a Friday, his customary day off. “All of a sudden I saw a crowd of people outside the house wearing khaki uniforms,” Mr. Askar recalled […]

Clean of Heart must move to new site by spring

COLUMBIA—A major fundraising effort is underway to help Clean of Heart, which must relocate its outreach that provides fresh clothes and hope to Columbia’s homeless. The Catholic Charities program has to move into facilities on Pickens Street by the spring of 2016. The city of Columbia took over the ministry’s current site on Laurel Street […]

In tribute to the freedom fighters

Veterans’ Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 11 because that date marked the end of hostilities — an armistice — in World War I in 1918. The first Armistice Day, now Veterans’ Day, was celebrated in November 1919. Celebrations were held to honor our veterans around South Carolina. Above, Toby Horn (left), a U.S. Navy […]

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