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SC Catholic Conference releases voters’ guide for primaries

CHARLESTON—The South Carolina Catholic Conference has released a brief voters’ guide to help people prepare for the state’s presidential primaries on Feb. 20 (Republican ) and Feb. 27 (Democrat). The flyer was sent to parishes in the Diocese of Charleston and is titled: “Not liberal. Not conservative. Simply Catholic.” It states that Catholics have a […]

Father Andrew Vollkommer dies at age 60

CHAPIN—Father Andrew J. Vollkommer, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church, died Jan. 27. He was 60. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 2 at Our Lady of the Lake. Burial was at the church. Father Vollkommer was born June 26, 1955, in Oceanside, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph and […]

Fasting and abstinence guides for Lent, beginning March 1

The holy season of Lent is a time for spiritual renewal so that people of faith may become better instruments in sharing the Gospel message. This year, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 1. The present laws of the Church regarding fast and abstinence during this season are as follows: 1 Ash […]

My niece, fatherhood, and celibacy

I had two “prayer hours” left in my yearly silent retreat when I awoke in the wee hours of the morning to the most joyous news I had received in a long time. After almost nine months of Advent-like expectation, my niece, Alena Rose Nerbun, had been born. She is my younger brother’s first baby. […]

Diocese earns award for pastoral center

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston and its building partners in the construction of the pastoral center earned high accolades recently. The diocese, along with Choate Construction Co. and LS3P Associates architects, were selected as winners of the 2015 Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. The honor was presented in the […]

A pro-life virtue, a family value

Docility sounds like the title of a character study of wimps. As a personal habit, docility has gotten a bad rap. Sorry to say, some believers seem to think that being docile means that they should decline making common-sensed decisions and taking responsibility for them. As students they may have been clobbered for independent thought […]

Rally for Life

HILTON HEAD—Members of Hilton Head Citizens for Life and other supporters gathered Jan. 17 for the annual Rally for Life along S.C. Route 278. More than 150 people joined the event, according to Jack Wilfore, participant.

Fire at upstate church prompts a fresh look at safety tips

SPARTANBURG—A recent fire at Jesus Our Risen Savior Church has officials asking all churches to take a close look at their safety precautions. The blaze happened when an Advent wreath was left burning after a nighttime Mass. Apparently it fell to the floor and eventually set the wood flooring alight. Smoke alarms at the top […]

Pack the van/Socks for Soldiers

GOOSE CREEK—Knights of Columbus Council 11991 and Helping Hands of Goose Creek held a food drive at Immaculate Conception Church Dec. 19-20 garnering 1,428 pounds of non-perishable items to donate to Helping Hands emergency food program. The Knights also held a “Socks for Soldiers” campaign to purchase and donate over 812 pairs to the campaign […]

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