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Parishes focus on growing needs of senior ministry

One of the fastest growing demographics for almost every parish is senior citizens. Officially listed as anyone over 55, this age bracket can stretch over a range of 40-plus years and a wide spectrum of abilities. Msgr. Edward Lofton, pastor of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Summerville, said the whole coast — and […]

Celebrating 2,640 years of consecrated life

The Trappists at Mepkin Abbey are known to some as the state’s ace mushroom growers. Catholics also know them as one of the cloistered, contemplative powerhouses of our diocese, a role which they share with the Poor Clares in the upstate. Some of us also are aware that the monks repeatedly offer the gift of […]

Bailey Hoover wins top spot in national/international essay contest

ROCK HILL—Bailey Hoover, 16, a junior at Rock Hill High School, placed second in the International Knights of Columbus 2015 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. She wrote her essay on “The Importance of Religious Freedom.” In her thesis, she stated that “the freedom of religion creates conditions for peace, it promotes positive societal development, and grants […]

Adventuresome Mabel Caron is proud of her WWII service

CHARLESTON—During the Depression, Mabel Caron’s family would pack picnic lunches and ride from Baltimore to nearby Annapolis to watch midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy march in formation. Those simple weekend trips planted a dream in little Mabel’s heart. She wanted to be part of the U.S. Navy. World War II gave her the chance. […]

Don’t wait to plan for Heaven

Not to brag, but I consider traveling one of my talents. Scouting the best airfare, shopping for accessories, choosing planes, trains or ferries — I love every step. I was especially excited to plan the first trip my husband Jim and I would take together. The school in Belize, where I was a volunteer teacher, […]

Every Life is Worth Living: Reflections for Respect Life Month

In honor of Respect Life Month, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a reflection titled “Every Life is Worth Living.” “One of the deepest desires of the human heart is to discover our identity. So often, as a society and as […]

Our Lady of the Rosary School celebrates its feast day

GREENVILLE—Our Lady of the Rosary School recently celebrated the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary and the 60th birthday of the school with Mass, open school and classrooms, a living rosary for the respect of all human life, a birthday cake, and the singing of “Happy Birthday” led by Father Dwight Longenecker, pastor. […]

Glorious novelty

A regular musical feature sung at the Lord’s Supper is the Gloria. The Gloria is one of the most ancient of Christian hymns. The most recent version of the guidelines governing the celebration of Mass calls for a wider use of this venerable chant. The inspiration for its text comes from Luke 2 as the […]

Majority of diocesan properties escape with reparable flood damage

Churches and schools have started the recovery process after historic floods hit the state during the first week of October. “Everybody is pretty much dried out, and now we’re waiting on repair and cost estimates from water mitigation providers,” said Tracy Bates, claims risk manager for Catholic Mutual Group. “We also need to get inventory […]

Spelling bee helps net Healthy Learners program $17,000

GREENWOOD—Friends of Healthy Learners Greenwood raised over $17,000 with an Adult Spelling Bee on Sept. 29 to raise funds for Healthy Learners Greenwood, a Sisters of Charity Health System endeavor. All District 50 schools, local businesses and churches were eligible to have teams. Starting with the first round, 36 teams collaborated and spelled words. Those […]

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