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‘Sand Nativity’ scene to display in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY—Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold Roman winter. According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the Nativity scene displayed in St. Peter’s Square will feature a 52-foot wide sand sculpture […]


All Souls Day is a time to pray for loved ones

MURRELLS INLET—Prayer is the vital bond that can help us remain connected with our loved ones who have passed away. That was the message offered by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at an All Souls Day Mass that he celebrated in the columbarium at St. Michael Church on Nov. 2. Each year, Bishop Guglielmone has made […]


Neighborhood House renovations lift and serve community

CHARLESTON—Neighborhood House has undergone a transformation. The outreach center, which has been a place of acceptance and hope to those in need for over 100 years, was feeling its age. Sloping floors, leaks, drafts, outdated plumbing and wiring, and termites had taken its toll on the community’s favorite house. Then, with much excitement, renovations began […]


Pope: Christians can’t pick and choose which neighbor to love

VATICAN CITY—The commandment to love one’s neighbor does not mean Christians get to choose who gets help and who doesn’t, Pope Francis said. “It is not about pre-selecting my neighbor,” he said. “This isn’t Christian, it is pagan.” Christians must encounter everyone with the heart and eyes of Jesus, listening to and being near those […]


Loneliness can be cured

A recent column by George Will made public some startling figures about loneliness. According to the medical research that Will cites, “persistent loneliness” contributes to premature death at a statistically higher rate than smoking, obesity, alcoholism, and Alzheimer’s. The prevalence of on-line friending has negligible impact on relieving loneliness, it seems. We can be connected […]


People must choose: path toward holiness or nothing, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints. They include simple people “from next door, our relatives and acquaintances who now are part of that ‘immense multitude’” in heaven, he said, which makes the Nov. 1 feast of […]


All Saints’ Day includes every man and woman of goodwill

The month of November opens with the celebration of one of the richest feasts of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of All Saints. On this day, the Church celebrates the festival of God’s holy city and the redeemed citizenry of heaven. The feast of All Saints celebrates all those who lived in the model of […]


Women religious vow solidarity in fight against human trafficking

PARMA, Ohio—There was a time years ago when Flor Molina was working in a Southern California sewing factory, earning a scant wage and sleeping at night in a storage room not far from the factory floor. On top of that, her bosses forbid her from talking with the other employees. It was not the life […]


Fraternus group mentors Catholic men of all generations

TAYLORS—A parish in a thriving suburb of the Greenville Deanery has started a ministry that has drawn the attention of others around them. Paul Pizzuti and Thomas Connelly, both parishioners at Prince of Peace Church, recently formed the first Fraternus chapter in the diocese (fraternus.net). Older men, called captains, and young men, referred to as […]


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Gift of nun doll collection helps preserve legacy of women religious

ATLANTA—Margaret Alsup of Cumming always considered her nun dolls to be like friends. So, when it came time to look for a permanent home for her beloved figurines in late 2017, she found a place that would help preserve the historical legacy of the women religious these replicas represent. The 75 carefully and meticulously created […]


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    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
    From the Calendar of Diaconate