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2017

Schools in the diocese score high in accreditation review

Schools under the umbrella of the Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic Schools Office recently underwent an external review to determine if diocesan-wide accreditation would be renewed — and they passed with flying colors. The diocese first received accredi­tation in 2012 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools after several years of intense plan­ning and hard […]


Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13. The date was announced April 20 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and […]


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Priests celebrate renewal of vows at chrism Mass

CHARLESTON—Priests affirmed their commitment to the sacred beauty and the challenges of ministry at the annual Mass of the Oils held April 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The chrism Mass is held on the Tuesday of Holy Week in the Diocese of Charleston, although it is traditional to hold it on […]


Gathering at St. Gerard in Aiken explores race and peace

AIKEN—St. Gerard Catholic Church played host Saturday to several hours of discussion, prayer and presentations focusing on peace and race relations, with guest speakers including Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt and USC Aiken Academic Coordinator Tony Clyburn. The gathering, under the title of “What We Have Seen and Heard: A Reflection on Peace,” addressed such […]


Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 16, the pope called on Christians to be instruments of Christ’s […]


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Fostering a season of deeper belief

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, There is an interesting phrase in the Scripture reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent as given in St. John’s Gospel, chapter 11: Upon approaching Bethany after learning of His friend Lazarus’ death, Jesus meets Martha, who says to Him that her brother would not have died had Jesus […]


Stations of the Cross date back to the fourth century

The Stations of the Cross in the form most American Catholics know best aren’t that old in Church terms, dating back to the year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. However, their history goes back well before that, to the days when pilgrims were first openly able to travel to Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of […]


Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist

Except for the resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is considered one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. During the Last Supper, […]


Selling blessed objects

Q: I always thought that blessed items could not be sold. I was recently in a Catholic store in Rome and was told that everything in the store was blessed by the pope. Is that possible? (Aiken, SC) A: There’s a joke that every rule Rome makes applies everywhere in the world except Rome. While […]


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VIDEO: Understanding Holy Week

This educational video provides an overview of the major events that occurred during the week of Jesus’ Passion, as we prepare for His resurrection on Easter Sunday.


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    Jun 259:00 am Bishop to say Mass - Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 2612:00 am Provincial Assemby of Bishops - Charleston, SC
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 2711:30 am Mass at Pastoral Center - Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta presiding
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    7:30 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 10 High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry