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O Christmas Tree: How the evergreen became part of the season

That green tree bedecked with lights and ornaments and topped with a star has become an important part of the season celebrating Christ’s birth. But how did it become such a beloved tradition? There certainly wasn’t a decorated tree in the stable of Bethlehem that long-ago night. In fact, even the birth of Jesus wasn’t […]


God loves all, without exception

Working at a parish, I encounter parents wanting to involve their children and teens in community service. Sometimes this type of outreach is required for a school, a club, or to create a well-rounded college application. Other times, for younger children, parents say they want their offspring to help others less fortunate so they can […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $50,000 to 29 Caritas Grantees

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded $50,000 to 29 social outreach organizations. Established in 1996, the foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that addresses the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 counties, and uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership. The […]


Here’s to a quiet Advent

One late afternoon some 20 years ago, I was walking behind a couple headed for a weekday Mass at the University of Scranton campus ministry center. The girl was reminding the boy that we don’t sing or say “alleluia!” during Lent. “You’re kidding!” he exclaimed. “No, you don’t have alleluias again till Easter,” she explained. […]


The jubilant portal

Pope Francis has designated the upcoming liturgical year as an extraordinary jubilee of divine mercy. The custom of observing jubilees is an ancient part of God’s Covenant with Israel. As they neared the Promised Land, God asked the Israelites to observe every seventh year as a sabbatical. This was to be a time of rest […]


Women religious look at the future with concern, and hope

MYRTLE BEACH—Difficult decisions are on the horizon for many women religious in the United States. As their populations age and numbers decline, leadership and members of some congregations must consider what to do with property and finances, how to care for their elderly and whether ministries will continue. These aren’t easy issues to face, but […]


Young adults strive for authentic living each day

GREENVILLE—The word to live by for a rising group of young adults is authenticity. As in, live your life and faith authentically each day despite the moral disarray of the world. It is a challenge, they say, especially when a large part of each day is spent immersed in secular life. Beth Douglas Joseph, 28, […]


Pope Francis broadcasts for the Year of Mercy and Christmas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tune into the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy and two Christmas events, all celebrated by Pope Francis and broadcast worldwide. Broadcast times for South Carolina are as follows: • Dec. 8 at 3:30 a.m., Mass for the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the recitation of the […]


A caregiver’s advice: Love is the most important thing

AIKEN—Marge Glauser plans her days around the needs of another person — her best friend Gary Gilbault. He suffers from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and must be hooked up to oxygen almost constantly. Glauser helps him with everything from trips to the doctor to basic daily needs. It isn’t an easy […]


Enter the doors: Rediscover and celebrate God’s mercy

Open wide the Holy Doors to mercy and the passage to salvation. Pope Francis will commence the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and followed in churches worldwide on Dec. 13. The pope has called for […]


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Apr 218:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
From the Calendar of Diaconate
9:30 am Gr. 2 First Holy Communion Mass
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
6:00 pm First Communion
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
6:15 pm Bishop Guglielmone to preside at Confirmation - Holy Trinity - Orangeburg to include St. Theresa Mission, Springfield, St. Mary Mission, Allendale and St. Andrew, Barnwell
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 228:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
From the Calendar of Diaconate
2:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Corpus Christi - Lexington
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 23 Early Dismissal
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
2:00 pm Dismissal
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 PM Dismissal Teacher Inservice
From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
7:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - St. John the Beloved - Summerville
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 247:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 25 ER/In-service
From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
TAG Day
From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
7:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Divine Redeemer - Hanahan
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 269:30 am Junior Ring and Scholarship MASS
From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
4:30 pm Spring Art Exhibit, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
5:30 pm PTO Meeting
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
6:00 pm Fall/Winter Sports Banquet
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet