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Our Lady of the Rosary ushers in a new era at groundbreaking

GREENVILLE—A wooden cross on a hill marks the spot where members of Our Lady of the Rosary Church attended Mass in an old white house during the 1950s. On July 5, hundreds of people gathered in the shadow of that cross to break ground for a new church building that represents the future of the […]

Bishop brings Catholic Charities under Church umbrella

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced that “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston, Inc.” will no longer operate as an independent corporation, and instead will function under the umbrella of the diocese. The move comes in response to the Affordable Care Act, which does not recognize Catholic Charities as a church organization and would thus […]

Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

SAN FRANCISCO—A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. The nearly nine-minute edited video — filmed undercover and produced by the Center for Medical Progress […]

Maronites are drawn by the ancient language of Jesus

GREER—During a Sunday morning Mass at St. Rafka Maronite Mission, the words of the consecration wash over the congregation in a stream of musical, haunting syllables that are often riveting even to those who don’t understand them. The mission’s pastor, Benedictine Father Bartholomew Leon, is chanting in Aramaic, the ancient language that was used by […]

The liturgical inspiration

Catholics are often asked why we commemorate saints at Mass. Some see it as a distraction from focus on the Lord that risks elevating commemoration to outright worship. The Mass is the action of Christ Himself. It’s visible in whose “memory” believers gather, but commemoration of the saints can help those who worship tap into […]

Appointments made for seven priests

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made seven appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Effective July 1: Father James N. Dubrouillet was appointed administrator of Holy Cross Church in Pickens and St. Luke Mission in Easley. Father Mark S. Good was appointed vicar for vocations in addition to his duties as administrator at St. […]

Mayor Riley: Building interracial bridges

CHARLESTON—Joseph P. Riley entered politics to be a bridge builder, and he has been doing just that for 40 years. In 1975 when Riley was first elected mayor, Charleston was a very different place. One of the biggest issues was the high crime rate on the downtown peninsular that was driving people out in droves. […]

Confederate flag replaced by hopes for healing

COLUMBIA—The Confederate flag no longer flies on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, and people of faith pray this brings an era of racial healing to the state. Members of the S.C. House of Representatives followed the example of the state Senate and voted to remove the banner in the early morning hours of […]

Thousands watch as banner slides into history

COLUMBIA—In less than a minute, the Confederate flag was gone. Without a sound, the small square of red, white and blue cloth slid down through the bright humid air and into the hands of a state law enforcement honor guard. Fifty years of fighting over its presence on the Statehouse grounds was over. Thousands of […]

Franciscan Father Tom Vigliotta dies at age 66

RINGWOOD, N.J.—Franciscan Father Thomas Vigliotta, a professed Franciscan friar for 34 years and a priest for 29, died on July 4 at Holy Name Friary. He was 66. A wake will be held on July 7 from 3-8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m., at St. Anthony Church, 65 Bartholdi Ave., Butler, N.J. […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    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
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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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