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Pope asks Mary’s help in fighting viruses of fear, indifference

ROME–Standing at the foot of a Marian statue, Pope Francis prayed Mary would help Christians develop the “antibodies” needed to fight the modern diseases of indifference, hypocrisy and fear of foreigners. Celebrating the Dec. 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception, the pope recited the Angelus prayer at noon with visitors in St. Peter’s Square, visited […]


Celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I think back to the times when I was teaching both adults and young people, and I would ask them what the meaning of this Feast Day was before I would teach them. I was always amazed with the answers that they would come out […]


Year in review: In Rome and abroad, pope urges unity, care for poor

VATICAN CITY–Pope Francis spent much of 2017 preaching and teaching about the need to value differences rather than fear them, and he adopted legislation that would allow more room for diversity within the Catholic Church. In his frequent comments about migration and on most of his foreign trips, the pope also tried to convince political, […]


Nativity scene, Christmas tree are signs of God’s compassion

VATICAN CITY–A Nativity scene and Christmas tree, like those displayed in St. Peter’s Square, are visible reminders of God’s benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said. The traditional Christmas displays are “the signs of the heavenly Father’s compassion, of his participation and closeness to humanity who experience not being abandoned in […]


Indiana town embodies Santa Claus/St. Nick, and his spirit of love, peace and joy

SANTA CLAUS, Ind.–Belief in that iconic Christmas figure, the rotund merry man with a bag full of presents, inspires thousands of children to write letters addressed to “Santa Claus” each year. Surprisingly, many of these wish lists actually do get delivered to Santa Claus. But rather than landing in a magical workshop at the North […]


Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated oral arguments Dec. 5 about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. Even Justice Anthony Kennedy’s comments went right down the middle, from expressing concern for those who would be shut out of services […]


Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

VATICAN CITY–Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. Pope Francis said he could not “keep silent about my deep concern” for Jerusalem and urged respect for “the status quo of the […]


St. Nicholas and his link with Christmas

On Dec. 6, the faithful commemorate a bishop in the early church who was known for generosity and love of children. Born in Lycia in Asia Minor around the late third or fourth century,  St. Nicholas of Myra is more than just the inspiration for the modern day Santa. As a young man he is said […]


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 […]


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    3:00 pm HSA Family meeting
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
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    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
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    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
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    Jan 22 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia