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One saint’s Christmas letter

There are a number of saints who can be ranked among the world’s collection of geniuses. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa of Avila would definitely be among them. In our own time, Pope St. John Paul II no doubt also qualifies. As they often say of geniuses, they […]


The Polar Express to the library

MOUNT PLEASANT—Elizabeth Wain, librarian at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, transformed the library into The Polar Express for the students.


Finding strength at the Black Catholics’ heritage celebration

COLUMBIA—“Strengthening the African American Family,” the theme for the 2015 Black Catholics’ Heritage Celebration, can find its roots in the history books and beyond, where role models of Catholic faith and family are plentiful. At the celebration Dec. 12 at Embassy Suites, the story of Father Augustus Tolton and the effort to elevate his legacy […]


Catholic Youth Conference

“You are not alone.” Those four words kept popping up for Angelina O’Rourke during the Summerville teen’s recent trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. She heard them during workshops, in a priest’s advice to her after confession, and while she prayed with thousands of other youth from around the country during adoration […]


The Christmas Advent

It seems that each year Christmas comes earlier. At one time, retailers unveiled Christmas advertisements and decorations after Thanksgiving. Now Halloween immediately gives way to the trappings of December 25th. Perhaps next Christmas really will come in July! It’s a surprise to many that the first Christian festival was not the birth of Christ. Instead, […]


O Christmas Tree: How the evergreen became part of the season

That green tree bedecked with lights and ornaments and topped with a star has become an important part of the season celebrating Christ’s birth. But how did it become such a beloved tradition? There certainly wasn’t a decorated tree in the stable of Bethlehem that long-ago night. In fact, even the birth of Jesus wasn’t […]


Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa’s cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced. Although the date for the canonization ceremony will be officially announced during […]



God loves all, without exception

Working at a parish, I encounter parents wanting to involve their children and teens in community service. Sometimes this type of outreach is required for a school, a club, or to create a well-rounded college application. Other times, for younger children, parents say they want their offspring to help others less fortunate so they can […]


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  • Diocesan Events Calendar
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    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