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Work is part of God’s kingdom

Jesus never expected a stipend for speaking or collected a consultant’s fee. He never made — or stipulated — a minimum wage. He did, however, appreciate work and understood what labor meant to farmers, shepherds, sailors, fishermen, homemakers, seamstresses, and cooks. Although the work world has changed dramatically, it is obvious that certain values regarding […]


Why can’t we scatter ashes?

Q: Why is it that we can’t scatter the ashes of our loved ones but we can cut up and distribute body parts of saints? (Aiken, SC) A: It’s true, at first glance, the two practices could seem complementary/similar. So your question arises, why is one permitted while the other is prohibited. First, it’s worth […]


A day to remember deceased loved ones fuses faith and culture

When Jennifer Bermejo was growing up in Aguascalientes, Mexico, her family celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) every year. She recalls it as a fusion of culture and religion, noting that her family and neighbors always attended Mass to pray for their deceased loved ones. After, everyone joined together for La Catrina […]


Priests retreat focuses on the virtue of hope

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.—At a time of increased turmoil and desperation, the Church, through its priests, offers hope. That was one of a number of messages that Father James F. Quigley, O.P., delivered to around 60 priests from the Diocese of Charleston at a retreat Oct. 2-5 in the Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center. “Hope does not […]


Teens may need extra help to deal with societal stresses

COLUMBIA—Stress and anxiety are an inevitable part of life, but teens are dealing with an ever-increasing burden and any adult who works with them must be able to help them through a crisis. Parish youth leaders learned those critical support skills at an Oct. 3 conference on pastoral care held at St. Joseph Church and […]


S.C. religious leaders tapped to combat racism

COLUMBIA—It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society. That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew G.I. Hart, Ph.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ on Oct. 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church. […]


Orangeburg parish withstands the tests of time and turmoil

ORANGEBURG—Members of Holy Trinity Church celebrated 100 years on Oct. 15 with prayer, song and,  most of all, a sense of overwhelming love for each other and for their faith community. Hundreds packed the church on Rivers Edge Drive for a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. During his homily, the bishop congratulated […]


Parishioners from St. James and St. Michael help in Honduras

CONWAY—Since 2007, members of St. James Church have been taking mission trips to Honduras in Cen­tral America, where they help build churches, schools and orphanages in some of the country’s poorest regions. They completed another trip this June, and one person who went along, Ellen DeKleva, is helping start a similar Mission Honduras program at […]


Eagle Scout focuses on an important need of foster children

COLUMBIA—Hundreds of children go­ing into foster care will be able to do so with more dignity now, thanks to an innovative Eagle Scout project completed by Jonathan Hernandez. The youth is a ninth-grader at Car­dinal Newman School and a member of Troop 287 in St. John Neumann parish. He collected more than $15,500 to purchase […]


Scouting Camporee is a time to learn leadership through fun

SALUDA—The annual Catholic Scout­ing Camporee is where faith and fun come together. With spectacular fall weather at Camp Barstow as the backdrop, nearly 500 youth and adults from a wide range of Scouting organiza­tions spent the weekend of Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 engaging in traditional campground activities while also developing their faith. The camporee, […]


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    Jan 199:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Service
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    7:00 pm Curso 1- CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 208:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 21 National School Choice Week
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Open House
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 22 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    2:00 Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    2:00 p.m. Dismissal Teacher Inservice
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    Jan 23 Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards Issued
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    8:30 am YEAR III FORMATION FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY PROGRAM SCHEDULE SECOND SEMESTER
    From the Calendar of Office of Pastoral Formation
    7:00 pm Curso 1: CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 24 Quarter 2 Honor Roll TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Candy Bar Sales begin
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Early dismissal AFTER lunch
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School