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2016

Attending a same-sex wedding? / What is mercy?

Q. My husband has a sibling who is getting married to a same-sex partner. They have been together for years. Given our religious beliefs, are we able to attend the ceremony? (Greenville, SC) A. This is one of those very hard questions from the real trenches of Christian discipleship. The question itself speaks well of […]


Pilgrims on horseback pay homage at Guadalupe shrine

DES PLAINES, Ill.—With thick, wet snow falling down and live mariachi music to greet them, around 400 riders on horseback rode up to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Dec. 4 to pay homage to Mary. Some wore ponchos bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Other riders carried their […]


Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted ‘yes’ to God

VATICAN CITY—Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said. “With generosity and trust like Mary, may each of us say this personal ‘yes’ […]


Families exchange information and stories during adoption celebration

GREENVILLE — An Upstate celebration of National Adoption Day brought together people to discuss both the process of adoption and what the act has meant in their lives. The inaugural event, held recently at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, focused on celebrating the act of adoption. It was organized by Victo­ria and Gene Norris and […]


Day of Prayer a reminder to turn to God in stressful times

People around the state took time for God recently after Gov. Nikki Haley called for a Day of Prayer. Gov. Haley asked for the event be­cause of difficult times South Caro­linians have experienced. Severe flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew devastated many communi­ties barely a year after the record-breaking floods of 2015. Also, two racially-charged […]


Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor recalled as ‘such a powerful event’

WASHINGTON—A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event.” As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost. “Before […]


Retirement Fund for Religious allows their ministry to continue

After a lifetime of serving others, retired religious need our help. The collection date for the Diocese of Charleston to give to the Retirement Fund for Religious is Dec. 11, and Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone urges everyone to share what they can. Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the appeal asks […]


USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants on Guadalupe feast

WASHINGTON—Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrants and refugees. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. “As Christmas […]


Vatican announces worldwide telecast information for the pope’s Christmas events

WASHINGTON—The Vatican has released information to broadcasters for the worldwide telecasts of Christmas events presided over by Pope Francis. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time) and are as follows: * Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 20:25-22:30 hours, Christmas Mass at Night presided over by Pope Francis, St. Peter’s Basilica. * Sunday, December […]


People fleeing wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—St. Mary’s Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared. Some parishioners weren’t as fortunate. Its pastor, Carmelite Father Antony Punnackal, was forced to […]


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    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    6:15 pm Talent Show
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Mar 31All Day 3rd Quarter Honor Roll TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    SEARCH Retreat
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    All Day Report Cards Issued
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    All Day Conference Week
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    All Day Parent Conferences- Noon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    2:15 pm School Stations of the Cross
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    5:00 pm Fish Fry
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Apr 1All Day CNDM- Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    2:00 am Bishop to attend Dedication of Habitat House - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    10:00 am First Communion Retreat
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    What We Have Seen and Heard; A Reflection and Dialogue on Peace - Aiken SC
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    5:00 pm 15th Annual Spring Auction
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Apr 29:30 am Bishop to say Mass - St. Mary's - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Apr 3All Day Mid-Quarter progress alert for 4th Quarter
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    All Day Spring Break
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    All Day External Review
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach