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Decades of prayer culminate in dedication

Our Lady of the Rosary’s new church ‘feels like’ God’s house   GREENVILLE—Our Lady of the Ro­sary Church has come a long way since parishioners first attended Mass 64 years ago in the living room of a small white house off Augusta Road. From 1952 to 1955, the handful of Upstate Catholics gathered weekly at […]

The Moore family makes home repairs a labor of love

Recently, William Tierney joined more than a dozen volunteers to re-roof a home for a family in need on Wadmalaw Island. Prior to the experience, William texted his mother, Kate Moore Tierney, stating: “I am excited for this weekend. Going with (cousin) Jack to work on a roof with Uncle Lewie.” This is not a […]

Our Lady of La Vang provides a place to call home

GREER—A group of around 450, includ­ing Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, gathered to see a dream years in the making become a reality for the Upstate Vietnamese community on Nov. 26. Bishop Guglielmone was the prin­cipal celebrant of the Mass of Dedica­tion at Our Lady of La Vang Church, a project that has been underway throughout […]

Religious leaders encourage penitants to seek absolution from the sin of abortion

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed Pope Francis’ November 20 apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” (“Mercy and Misery”). In his letter, Pope Francis extended the Year of Mercy provision granting priests worldwide a faculty related to the sin of […]

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification. Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on his family’s farm […]

Ladies guild celebrates 40 years of outreach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Our Lady Star of the Sea Church la­dies guild celebrated its 40th anniversary recently with a luncheon in the church hall. They recognized the past presidents, and a proclamation in recog­nition of the guild’s work was presented by the mayor of North Myrtle Beach. The guild was formed in December 1976 “with a […]

St. Paul encourages youth to act on pro-life beliefs

SENECA—St. Paul the Apostle Church’s Respect Life Com­mittee urged their youth min­istry to become more pro-life and on Nov. 19, a group of 35 drove an hour to the Green­ville Women’s Clinic to pray the rosary outside. They were led by Right to Life committee members and youth minister, Justin Dery. Parents and teens prayed […]

Tennessee bishop asks for prayers for victims of wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Catholic parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are among those who have lost homes and businesses in the wildfires that ravaged tourist areas in the Great Smoky Mountains region Nov. 29, said Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville. News reports said the death toll from the fires had reached at least seven, with as […]

Jubilee Year of Mercy closes, but works will continue

The Jubilee Year of Mercy came to an end on Nov. 20, but people are encouraged to carry its message into the future. Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015, as a way to spread the message around the world in a time when mercy often seems in short […]

Catholic leaders ask Congress to increase humanitarian aid

BALTIMORE—The head of Catholic Relief Services and the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees have urged congressional leaders to approve additional funding for humanitarian relief and recovery operations as part of a comprehensive budget measure for fiscal 2017. The Catholic leaders wrote a letter Nov. 28 in support of a request by the Obama administration […]

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