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2017

Is giving to my parish enough?

Q: In my parish, we oftentimes have two collections. I give as I’m able, but I also receive nu­merous solicitations from religious groups. Why do they send these things? Isn’t giving to my parish enough? Doesn’t my parish support these efforts? (Myrtle Beach, SC) A: Your question indicates the importance of taking our fi­nancial stewardship […]


Therapy comes in a fuzzy, four-legged package at St. Andrew

MYRTLE BEACH—A furry friend offers encouragement to students who need extra help with reading or who struggle with anxiety over tests at St. Andrew School. Sadie, a lovable, attentive dog with bright eyes and curly hair, comes to their rescue. She is the personal pet of reading specialist Lynn Tinger and also a certified, trained […]


Vatican Nativity scenes remind us of gifts Christ child brings

VATICAN CITY—The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don’t exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright. Franciscan Father John Puodziunas said he didn’t like it at first. In […]


Clean of Heart building receives blessing in the Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH—For a homeless person, something as basic as a hot shower and clean clothes can make a huge difference in their lives, granting a sense of dignity that life on the streets often strips away. The growing homeless population along the Grand Strand will have ac­cess to both next year, when Catholic Charities opens […]


Mary’s simple message: Say yes to God

CHARLESTON—Officially, the Year of Mary was brought to a close on the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, with Mass at St. Mary of the Annunciation. Celebrating the actual conception of Mary was a fitting honor to close out the Marian Year and pay tribute to a holy woman who spent her life saying […]


Celebrating St. Lucy, patroness of the blind and visually impaired

Most of what we know about St. Lucy is relegated to the realm of rumors and romantic legend. Much of her history has been lost over the years, so there are only a handful of things we know for certain about this saint. Her life What we do know is that she was a holy […]


St. Mary Magdalene offers thanks at multicultural Mass

SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church held what has become an annual multicultural Thanksgiving Day Mass, with more than 1,200 people participating in a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist on Thanksgiving Morning. A variety of cultures including Hispanic, German, French, Polish, Italian, and Filipino were all represented. The Mass was initiated by Father Teofilo Trujillo, pastor of St. Mary […]


Pope: Guadalupe feast shows Mary’s closeness to those on margins

VATICAN CITY—The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary’s closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said. Like St. Juan Diego, who felt of no importance at being chosen by Mary because of his indigenous heritage, marginalized people in today’s […]


Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, known for his warmth and humor, dies

ANDERSON—Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Angels Church, died Dec. 5 in Massachusetts. He was 72. A memorial Mass will be offered on Dec. 15 at St. Mary of the Angels. Father Aubrey was born the second of four children on Feb. 16, 1945, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. […]


A Christmas clothing drive in Washington helps babies in Bethlehem

WASHINGTON—December, when all eyes are on the baby Jesus, the Holy Land Family Hospital of Bethlehem wants others to think about modern-day babies in the city in the West Bank where the Gospel says Christ was born. That’s where many babies are born to struggling families, increasingly in a tense environment similar to the one […]


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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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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
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