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Pope opens synod, tells bishops to be a lifeline of hope for youth

VATICAN CITY—Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by “prophets of doom,” but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today’s young people yearn. “Anointed by hope, let us begin a new ecclesial meeting,” he said in his homily at Mass […]


As floodwaters recede, residents take stock of damage

Two weeks after Hurricane Florence hit, record floodwaters produced by the storm are beginning to recede and residents along the South Carolina coast are beginning to take stock of the damage. Some major roads in Horry County and other areas are opening up, and relief work is continuing. As of Sept. 28, Horry County had […]


Clean of Heart opens in Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH—Homeless people along the Grand Strand now have a permanent place where they can wash their clothes and enjoy a hot shower. Catholic Charities has officially opened the newest branch of its popular Clean of Heart program in Myrtle Beach. The outreach, which offers laundry services and showers for homeless men and women, first […]


Growing Simpsonville church to build new parish life complex

SIMPSONVILLE—When Deacon Ivan and Peggy Hawk moved to the Greenville area from Vermont three years ago, they immediately joined St. Mary Magdalene Church and several of the parish’s 80-plus ministries — a number that now tops 90. That participation soon led the couple, joined by many others, to discuss ways to adequately address current and […]


Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 800 people dead. Indonesia’s disaster agency said Oct. 1 the death toll from the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami was more than 840, and nearly 50,000 people […]


Pope: Recognize God’s goodness from wherever it comes

VATICAN CITY—Jesus invites people to stop labeling others as being either “friends” or “enemies” or being “with us” or “against us,” Pope Francis said. People should open their hearts and minds to recognize God’s presence and action even in the most unusual and surprising places and in people “who are not part of our circle,” […]



Life Chain set for Oct. 7

Life Chain, the annual silent, prayerful abortion protest along roadsides, will be held Oct. 7 around the state. The peaceful and public witness takes place for 60 minutes or more and participants hold provided signs and pray for the nation to end abortion. For more information about Life Chains in South Carolina, contact the Diocese […]


Pro-life leader encourages supporters to keep the momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 40 Days for Life 2018 fall campaign began on Wednesday, claiming groups in a record 415 cities are taking part. “The momentum in the pro-life movement is ours to keep or lose,” Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said Sept. 23. “We are going all in this fall.” “We have received […]


Pet blessings will be held to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, churches and schools across the diocese will hold animal blessings on or near his feast day, which is celebrated Oct. 4. Check out the listings below for a blessing near you. CHARLESTON—St. John, Blessed Sacrament, Summerville Catholic, Divine Redeemer, and Nativity schools will all participate in the […]


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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