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Therapy comes in a fuzzy, four-legged package at St. Andrew

MYRTLE BEACH—A furry friend offers encouragement to students who need extra help with reading or who struggle with anxiety over tests at St. Andrew School. Sadie, a lovable, attentive dog with bright eyes and curly hair, comes to their rescue. She is the personal pet of reading specialist Lynn Tinger and also a certified, trained […]


Clean of Heart building receives blessing in the Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH—For a homeless person, something as basic as a hot shower and clean clothes can make a huge difference in their lives, granting a sense of dignity that life on the streets often strips away. The growing homeless population along the Grand Strand will have ac­cess to both next year, when Catholic Charities opens […]


Mary’s simple message: Say yes to God

CHARLESTON—Officially, the Year of Mary was brought to a close on the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, with Mass at St. Mary of the Annunciation. Celebrating the actual conception of Mary was a fitting honor to close out the Marian Year and pay tribute to a holy woman who spent her life saying […]


St. Mary Magdalene offers thanks at multicultural Mass

SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church held what has become an annual multicultural Thanksgiving Day Mass, with more than 1,200 people participating in a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist on Thanksgiving Morning. A variety of cultures including Hispanic, German, French, Polish, Italian, and Filipino were all represented. The Mass was initiated by Father Teofilo Trujillo, pastor of St. Mary […]


Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, known for his warmth and humor, dies

ANDERSON—Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Angels Church, died Dec. 5 in Massachusetts. He was 72. A memorial Mass will be offered on Dec. 15 at St. Mary of the Angels. Father Aubrey was born the second of four children on Feb. 16, 1945, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


We celebrate – and then some

Around the corner from our Bluffton convent is a house which never decorates. The lawn is trim, the trees are pruned, and the shrubs are neatly cared for. But the porch displays no hanging plants flush with color, and when holidays and holy days arrive, no wreaths or decorations appear. The owner is a youth […]


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    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    7:00 pm Curso 1- CIC/Biblia Tema #1
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    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
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    8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    2:00 Dismissal
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    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School