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Learning the best way to observe Advent

DENVER, Colo.–With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway. But what does it actually mean to “observe Advent?” The observation of other liturgical seasons may be more readily apparent – Lent is clearly a time for prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving, while Christmas and Easter are […]

Don’t wait to be perfect to answer vocational call, pope says

VATICAN CITY–Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said. “Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful of our limitations […]

Immigrant Families Initiative helps with various needs

COLUMBIA—Three neighborhoods in Beaufort County that are home to mostly Hispanic immigrants are part of Narenda Sharma’s ongoing efforts to help poor families leave poverty behind. He is founder and director of the Neighborhood Outreach Connec­tion, a non-profit organization that helps low-income people around the Hilton Head and Beaufort areas. “We see our mission as […]

Advent is a time to reflect on our paths, see Christ in others

VATICAN CITY–Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways that one strays from God’s path, but also to see signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis told people […]

Catholic Charities helps 300th family recover from disaster

MYRTLE BEACH—Catholic Charities recently reached a milestone in its ongoing mission to help people after floods, hurricanes and other weath­er events that have hit the state hard in the past two years. In early November, the agency an­nounced it had helped its 300th fam­ily move back into safe, clean, secure housing since fall 2015. When […]

Vietnamese martyrs are a durable link to faith

GREER—More than 300 adults and children filled Our Lady of La Vang Church Nov. 19 to offer praise and prayer for the 117 Catholic Vietnamese martyrs who faced persecution and death some 200 years ago. “Your presence here makes a difference,” Franciscan Father David Phan, pastor of Our Lady of La Vang, told the crowd […]

Defend God’s image by defending the Rohingya, pope urges

DHAKA, Bangladesh–Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said. “Today, the presence of God is also called ‘Rohingya,’” the pope said Dec. 1 after meeting, clasping hands with and listening […]

Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program

WASHINGTON–A health program that serves children from low-income families that has enjoyed bipartisan support for 20 years faces an uncertain future unless Congress adopts legislation reauthorizing it before funding runs out in the coming months. Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to continue the federally funded and state-run Children’s Health Insurance Program, or […]

New tests have confirmed the age of the Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM–Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s […]

Neighborhood House earns long-awaited renovations

CHARLESTON—Promises are being kept at Neighborhood House and the community and staff are excited to see it happen. The renovations, which began in October, have been a long time coming for the outreach. The 102-year-old house has been feeling its age, with sloping floors, leaks, drafts, and outdated plumbing and wiring. Years ago, Nikki Grimball, […]

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    4:30 pm Bishop to say Mass - Sacred Heart - Charleston
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    Dec 174:00 pm Volunteer Christmas Party - Diocesan Center - Charleston
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    Dec 18 Exams for periods 3 and 4
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Sock Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Christmas Holidays - School Closed
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    No school - holiday
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    11 am Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics at St. Ann Church
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    12:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at the Cathedral - Charleston
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    2:00 pm Gr. K3-3rd Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Dec 19 Exam for period 5
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Breaks BeginsNoon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    Crazy Christmas Sweater Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    End of 2nd Quarter
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    End of 2nd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Christmas Break
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    10:00 am day-Christmas party
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    11:30 am Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet