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Receiving Communion in sin?

Q: I’ve been told by some priests that a person should not receive holy Communion if they have a mortal sin on their soul, but other priests say differently. Which is it? (Charleston, SC) A: The reception of holy Communion is one of the most sacred acts of the Catholic Christian. It is our sharing […]


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Life and leadership

It’s a good thing we have a Savior who is the eternal God and not a politician. Just in case we haven’t noticed, it is clear that no party platform is 100 percent pro-life, and we can’t guarantee that any individual holding office is either. We rejoice that recent statistics show that the number of […]


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Monastic visit to Mepkin leads priest to monkhood

MONCKS CORNER—Trappist Father Ge­rard Jonas Palmeres professed sol­emn vows at Mepkin Abbey recently, making him officially a monk of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. His profession, like that of all Trappists, came after several years of discernment, prayer and study. Father Gerard Jonas, formerly a priest of the Archdiocese of Lipa in […]


Cub Scouts prepare to participate in the presentation of the gifts during a Mass marking Scout Sunday at St. Joseph Church in Kings Park, N.Y., Feb. 5. Scout Sunday is celebrated annually by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, committee says

IRVING, Texas—The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The Boy Scouts announced Jan. 30 that effective immediately, the Texas-based organization will determine membership eligibility for Cub Scouts and […]


Explaining the role of Mary

Editor: Father Jeffrey Kirby’s explanation of how to explain Mary to Protestants is very reasonable. A few weeks ago, a Protestant said to me that there is no difference between Mary and his grandmother who died a couple of years ago. One of the best explanations about the Protestant rejection of Our Lady is given […]


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Council 6076 donates $11,114 to Special Olympics

SPARTANBURG—Knights of Columbus Council 6076 recently presented a check for $11,114 to Vera Gossett, training director of Area 12 Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties Special Olympics. The contribution was made possible by the Knights’ sponsors, donors and volunteers. From left is: Paul Convertino, Council 6076 Project HOPE chairman; Father David Whitman, pastor of St. Paul […]


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St. Paul and St. Francis donate to food pantry

SENECA—St. Paul and St. Francis churches donated over $3,000 to Golden Corner Food Pantry from the Victory Garden on church grounds. Over two tons of vegetables were grown and parishioners “purchased” them with donations each weekend from June to November. Father Bill Hearne presented the check to pantry board members on Jan. 26. In 2016, […]


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48 years passes quickly for Msgr. Joseph Hanley

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—On his last Sunday as pastor of Holy Family Church, Msgr. Joseph F. Hanley spoke as he regularly did with young people before their morn­ing religious education classes. In the quiet but emphatic way he has addressed people of all ages for the past 48 years, he let the kids know that they […]


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School choice rally supports parents’ options

COLUMBIA—Thousands packed the Township Auditorium to support the right of parents to pick the best type of education for their child. Organizers estimated that more than 2,500 people turned out for the annual School Choice Rally on Jan. 25, includ­ing students, parents, teachers and principals from most of the 34 Catho­lic schools in the diocese. […]


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St. Paul the Apostle holds Homeless Awareness Night

SENECA—St. Paul the Apostle Church youth ministry held Homeless Awareness Night recently. Over 40 teens, 10 college students and 12 adults braved the cold and created cardboard shelters to raise awareness for local homeless people and all those in need. Teens also brought canned goods to donate to Our Daily Rest homeless shelter. Justin Dery is […]


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Feb 217:00 pm Oracion Cristiana #4
From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
Feb 229:00 am Mass
From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
2:15 pm 7th Grade Confirmation Parent Meeting
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
6:45 pm 7th Grade Confirmation Parent Meeting
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
7:00 pm Oracion Cristiana #4
From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
7:00 pm Oracion Cristiana #4
From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
Feb 23All Day Q3 Progress Reports
From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
8:30 am Deanery: Columbia
From the Calendar of Office of Pastoral Formation
6:00 pm Art Expo
From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
7:00 pm
From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
7:00 pm Cofirmation - St. John Neumann - Columbia - Bishop Guglielmone presiding
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Feb 24All Day State Basketball Tournament
From the Calendar of Blessed Sacrament Charleston
All Day Hoops for Heart
From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
E-Team Weekend
From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
All Day Diocese Basketball Tournament
From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
All Day Box Tops Due
From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
All Day Diocesan Basketball Tournament
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
All Day Diocesan Basketball Tournament
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
9:00 am Mass
From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
2:30 pm Pep Rally
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville