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It’s time to start living

By Valerie Soop I recently spoke at a discernment retreat for women in their 20s and 30s. My first word to the retreatants or anyone in the midst of discerning a major life choice is: RELAX. Seriously. It’s going to be OK. My peers regularly stress out as they seek answers to the questions: what […]


New facility unites youth and seniors at Christ Our King

MOUNT PLEASANT–The Beach House, a new building at Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant, is a place where youth and seniors can come together to share fun, knowledge and fellowship. The $2.2 million house officially opened after the noon Mass on April 14. Bishop Emeritus David B. Thompson blessed the building, youth and adult […]


Rosemary Baker, mother of Bishop Robert J. Baker, dies at 96

TIFFIN, OHIO—Rosemary K. Baker of Fostoria died April 8 in Tiffin. She was 96. She was a retired nurse and homemaker, and mother of Bishop Robert J. Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham, Ala., and formerly the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. The Mass of Resurrection was held April 11 at St. Wendelin Church in Fostoria. […]


Missionary catechist, Florence Kaster, dies at 91

KINGSTREE—Florence Kaster died April 3, 2013, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. She was 91. The funeral Mass was held April 6 at St. Ann Church with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Kaster was born March 29, 1922, in Titusville, Penn., a daughter of the late Adam and Florence Waschek Kaster. She attended school in […]


SC religious leaders encourage support of Medicaid expansion

CHARLESTON–Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone is joining other bishops and religious leaders to urge  lawmakers and Catholic voters to support an expansion of Medicaid that will help more of the nation’s poorest receive health care. In a recent letter, Bishop Guglielmone supported a proposed expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act that will extend coverage […]


Do you have a clue? Archives seeks painting of St. Finbar Cathedral

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston’s Office of Archives is looking for a painting and needs your help. For over a year, Archivist Brian Fahey has been searching for a missing painting of the interior of St. Finbar, the diocese’s first cathedral. The painting is dated 1835 and was done by John Blake White. It is titled […]


Being Christian means acting, loving like Christ, pope says at audience

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Christian isn’t a person who simply follows some commandments, but is a person who tries to think like Christ, “act like him, love like him,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. More than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for […]


Christians can’t lead ‘double life,’ pope says in homily

By Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — A “double life” that honors both worldly values and the teachings of Jesus is not an option for Christians, even when obedience to God leads to persecution, Pope Francis said in a morning homily April 11. The pope spoke at Mass in the chapel […]


Bishops remind Congress that poor must be first in budget priorities

By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The needs of poor and vulnerable Americans must remain at the top of the country’s spending priorities as Congress debates the federal budget in the coming weeks, the chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees said. Holding firm to earlier stances, Bishop Stephen E. […]


Ringing the bells in Wairiki

SUMMERVILLE—For years the bells of Holy Cross parish in Wairiki, Taveuni, Fiji, have been silent. The once magnificent 1800s church building had fallen into disrepair due to lack of funding, and some people feared the old supporting timbers were weak from age. So as a precaution, the bells were not used.Thanks to the help of […]


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    May 216:30 pm State of the School Address
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    May 227:30 am Bishop to say Mass - St. Joseph's - Columbia
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    8:30 am Sports Awards Assembly
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    May 239:15 am Underclassmen Honors Convocation
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    11:30 am Bishop to say Mass - Pastoral Center
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    3:15 pm Choral Scholar auditions for rising 3rd 8th Grade Students
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    May 24 Eighth Grade Exams
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    Students with a June or July Birthday may celebrate with a free TAG day today!
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    8th Grade Graduation
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    6:00 pm Baccalaureate Mass
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    6:30 pm PTO Mtg./Awards/Art Show
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    7:00 pm Grades 7-8 Class Night
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    May 25 Senior Awards Ceremony-Seniors dismissed following ceremony
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Field Day
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    Field Day Lower School
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    Last day for K4 & K5
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
    Field day- day
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    End of quarter 4
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    K4 Last Day
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    9:00 am Graduation Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville