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Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

VATICAN CITY—Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. “If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected,” the pope wrote […]


Ethical dilemmas are a minefield for Catholic healthcare providers

About a year ago, Dr. Peter Bleyer of Longs left family practice and moved into the field of wound care because he did not want to face the minefield of ethical dilemmas that pitted his Catholic faith and values against the whims of a secular, consumerist culture. “The Catholic model for medicine is not what […]


Mary Louise Hudson retires from HR with a greater faith

CHARLESTON—Mary Louise Hudson will begin a new chapter in her life this month when she retires from her job as diocesan director of human resources. Her last day is April 10. Hudson came to the Diocese of Charleston in 2000 after she saw an ad for the position in the newspaper. She has worked with […]


Religious objections to immunization are not accepted at Catholic schools

A recent outbreak of the measles in the United States has brought the controversy over immunizations to the forefront again, and the Church is clear in its position on the matter. In a nutshell, parents can decline immunization, but not on the basis of Catholic religious principals. The argument stems from the fact that there […]


Mass of the Oils: God expects priests to do their best, bishop says

CHARLESTON—Through voices raised together in prayer and the renewal of vows, more than 120 priests offered a moving testament to their lives of service and ministry on March 31. The annual chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week. It is a time […]


Parishes using more apps to help members stay in touch

Stephanie Stewart is pretty excited that the Church is joining the 21st century of social media technology. Recently Stewart, who is executive assistant to the rector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, introduced a new app to parishioners that will help them stay connected to parish life, and even held tutorial […]


Deanery realignment takes effect

The Diocese of Charleston changed its geographical parish groupings, known as deaneries, on April 5. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone said the new regions were created to increase a sense of unity for the people in those areas. The realignment added two new deaneries, going from five to seven, and changed the names. Instead of Piedmont, […]


The Light of Christ will lead us to an experience of hope

“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” These words which were proclaimed so often in Mass for many years, until the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect a few years ago, remain an announcement of a very important truth of our faith. The words speak of a very real […]


Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS)–From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily,” following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the pope said at Palm Sunday Mass, Christians can look to […]


Bishop’s calendar, May 2015

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for April: April 2—Holy Thursday, diocesan offices close at noon April 3—Good Friday, diocesan offices closed; 8:40 a.m., Good Friday Prayer Vigil, Charleston Women’s Medical Center; 3 p.m., Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Holy Spirit Church, Johns Island April 4—8:30 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass, Ca­thedral of St. […]


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