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2016

Be merciful to all others, as God is to us

When my son was in Afghanistan, my anxiety and concern compelled me to remember him and the others serving there. However, since his safe return last May, my mind and prayers were not often focused on those deployed. When I heard the news of the six American troops who died at Bagram before Christmas, I […]


Marriage annulment fees reduced

CHARLESTON—On Jan. 1, the costs associated with the marriage annulment process in the Diocese of Charleston were dramatically cut. In response to the reforms Pope Francis has made to canon law designed to speed up the process and make it more affordable, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone permanently reduced the Tribunal annulment fee from approximately $900 […]


Waiting and working for peace on Earth

There is something about the physics of the universe that doesn’t tolerate chaos indefinitely. Scientific research shows that chaotic systems eventually tend to break into some sort of order and pattern. These days we have to hope that chaos theory has it right and that we will see the chaos brought on by terrorism, mass […]


Eastward lightings

Light is a major theme in the Biblical readings of the Christmas season that has shaped Christian worship for millennia. On Christmas, the Prophet Isaiah said that “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Since He said that He is the Light of the World, Jesus’ birth is the fulfillment of […]


Winnsboro St. Theresa Church volunteer Tris Watkins
Winnsboro volunteers are a blessing

WINNSBORO—St. Theresa Church runs on volunteer energy. A dedicated team of senior citizens keeps things going daily for the small parish, which is home to about 40 families. Several men tackle routine maintenance and train the altar servers. Tom Lagatore handles landscaping and care of the memorial garden. Ann Smith does the bookkeeping. Others perform […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Elects 2016 Officers

COLUMBIA–The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces its 2016 board of trustees’ officers on Jan. 14: Rick Mendoza, Chair; Gerald Smalls, Vice-Chair; Karen Smith, Secretary, and Andy Folsom, Treasurer. Rick Mendoza (Chair) Mendoza earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University Of South Carolina School Of Business and a Juris Doctor […]


2015 Year in review

2015 has been a year for the record books; a time when people felt their faith repeatedly tested by extreme situations, but were buoyed up by the face of Jesus in their fellow men. Ultimately, faith in the goodness and mercy of God prevailed in South Carolina as people reached out to each other over […]


Stand Up for Life youth rally
Making miracles happen through love

COLUMBIA—The future of the pro-life movement was well represented in Columbia on Jan. 9 by hundreds of Catholic youth. In what has become an annual tradition, young people took part in the annual Stand Up for Life march and rally at the Statehouse, then walked to Township Auditorium for their own rally. Organizers said the […]



Stand Up for Life march and rally
March for Life promotes ‘forgiveness, grace and mercy’

COLUMBIA—Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Columbia on Jan. 9 for the annual Stand Up for Life march and rally. The weather was cloudy and chilly, but a welcome relief from freezing temperatures and downpours the marchers had encountered in recent years. The Knights of Columbus led the procession from the University […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate