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Father Andrew Vollkommer dies at age 60

CHAPIN—Father Andrew J. Vollkommer, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church, died Jan. 27. He was 60. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 2 at Our Lady of the Lake. Burial was at the church. Father Vollkommer was born June 26, 1955, in Oceanside, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph and […]


Fasting and abstinence guides for Lent, beginning March 1

The holy season of Lent is a time for spiritual renewal so that people of faith may become better instruments in sharing the Gospel message. This year, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 1. The present laws of the Church regarding fast and abstinence during this season are as follows: 1 Ash […]


My niece, fatherhood, and celibacy

I had two “prayer hours” left in my yearly silent retreat when I awoke in the wee hours of the morning to the most joyous news I had received in a long time. After almost nine months of Advent-like expectation, my niece, Alena Rose Nerbun, had been born. She is my younger brother’s first baby. […]


Diocese earns award for pastoral center

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston and its building partners in the construction of the pastoral center earned high accolades recently. The diocese, along with Choate Construction Co. and LS3P Associates architects, were selected as winners of the 2015 Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. The honor was presented in the […]


A pro-life virtue, a family value

Docility sounds like the title of a character study of wimps. As a personal habit, docility has gotten a bad rap. Sorry to say, some believers seem to think that being docile means that they should decline making common-sensed decisions and taking responsibility for them. As students they may have been clobbered for independent thought […]


Rally for Life

HILTON HEAD—Members of Hilton Head Citizens for Life and other supporters gathered Jan. 17 for the annual Rally for Life along S.C. Route 278. More than 150 people joined the event, according to Jack Wilfore, participant.


Fire at upstate church prompts a fresh look at safety tips

SPARTANBURG—A recent fire at Jesus Our Risen Savior Church has officials asking all churches to take a close look at their safety precautions. The blaze happened when an Advent wreath was left burning after a nighttime Mass. Apparently it fell to the floor and eventually set the wood flooring alight. Smoke alarms at the top […]


Pack the van/Socks for Soldiers

GOOSE CREEK—Knights of Columbus Council 11991 and Helping Hands of Goose Creek held a food drive at Immaculate Conception Church Dec. 19-20 garnering 1,428 pounds of non-perishable items to donate to Helping Hands emergency food program. The Knights also held a “Socks for Soldiers” campaign to purchase and donate over 812 pairs to the campaign […]


Epiphany afterglow

In the Church’s Liturgy, each new calendar year begins with what may be called “Epiphany afterglow.” Until 1955, the Roman Church celebrated an octave, or eight days, of Epiphany, which means literally “to shine upon.” Pope Pius XII suppressed the octave of Epiphany, but the biblical texts that showed the “afterglow” were retained. Some non-Catholic […]


Father Dilley, former pastor at St. Andrew, dies at 75

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.—Father Gary Dale Dilley, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., died on Jan. 12. He was 75. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart/St. Katharine Drexel Church in Springfield. Burial was at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors. He was born Aug. 11, 1940, to Dale R. […]


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    Jun 219:00 am Bishop - Mass at St. Benedict's - Mt. Pleasant
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    Jun 226:00 pm Ordination of the Adorno Deacons - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
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    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
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    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
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    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
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    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
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    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    Jul 4 Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Independence Day
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    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    High School CLI
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    Jul 14 Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    8:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
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