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Can one take Communion in non-Catholic churches?

Q. Periodically, I attend non-Catholic funerals during which every Christian is invited to receive Communion. Is it appropriate for Catholics to receive Communion in such instances? (Aiken, SC) A. This situation happens periodically in a pluralistic society where we are in the mix with other Christian communities and sometimes participate in their worship services, especially […]


Father J.P. Narichetti blooms where he is planted

MURRELLS INLET—Father Jesuprathap Narichetti, known as Father J.P. to people in the pews, has traveled a long distance to share the love of Christ. Faith has led him from the small village where he grew up in southern India to work as a priest thousands of miles from his home country. He was ordained on […]


Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

OXFORD, England—Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead. Pope Francis, U.S. bishops and others weighed in with prayers and rejection of the Aug. 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, where cars drove into pedestrians. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the attacks. Thirteen […]


U.S. parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

WASHINGTON—U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures. The total eclipse — to be viewed only […]


A church history borne from Irish immigrants

Often, when people think of Ireland, they automatically think of Irish saints and the Catholic faith. There is perhaps no country except Italy whose history and identity is so enmeshed with the Church in the imagination and memory of many Americans. The Irish are by far one of the largest immigrant populations to come to […]


Uncovering Catholicism in ‘Lord of the Rings’

TAYLORS—Catholics who enjoy the books of J.R.R. Tolkien may have a reason to read some of them again after hearing author and biographer Joseph Pearce’s comments on the renowned fantasy writer. Pearce presented his case supporting the role that Catholicism plays in Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy to a group of around 120 […]



Pope prays for Mary to bring peace to our world

VATICAN CITY—In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain “for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony.” “To […]


The Assumption of Mary into heaven

Today, Catholics and many other Christians will celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII […]


Boot camp prepares staff and volunteers to lead youth ministries

CHARLESTON—An intense, one-day boot camp was held for youth ministers and volunteers in the Diocese of Charleston. But don’t worry, no one had to do push-ups or crawl on their bellies through the mud. It was more of a spiritual boot camp, designed to prepare new youth leaders and volunteers — and those just seeking […]


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    Aug 195:00 pm Bishop Guglielmone to celebrate Mass - White Oak Conference Center for CORE Training
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Aug 20 PTO Donuts & Coffee
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    5:00 pm Spirit Night with the Columbia Fireflies
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Aug 21 Half day of classes for all students
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    First Day of School for K4 8th Grade
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
    Teacher Workday; No school; solar eclipse
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    First Day of Class
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    Teacher Workday; No school; Solar Eclipse
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
    First Day of School New student orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    Teacher Orientation Week
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School
    First Day Orientation for Grades 11 and 12
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    1st Day of School- Noon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    First Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
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    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    First day of School
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Boo-Hoo Parent drop-off
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Get Organized with the MS Teachers
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    12:30 am Solar Eclipse Celebration/Meet and Greet
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson