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The holy smoke

We live in strange times. Cigarette smoking is demonized, but recreational marijuana is decriminalized to the point that, according to the University of Michigan, daily usage is at a 35-year high on college campi. Like secondhand smoke, usage of incense in liturgical celebrations may be irritating. However, since Vatican II its usage has been permitted […]


60 is just a number

“Sixty is just a number,” a friend wrote in my birthday card. Yes, I thought to myself, and so is my weight, just a number. Funny that out of all the ways I can be measured, age in years and weight in pounds have the greatest power to depress me. Sometimes our culture encourages me […]


Contemplate the key ideas of ‘Laudato Si’

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment would be hard to reduce, in mathematical fashion, to lowest terms. But, for the sake of those who may never have a chance to read it, it may prove helpful to highlight some of its key ideas. From the outset, the Holy Father wields a double-edged sword. He […]


St. Joseph’s dedicates memorial garden

GREENVILLE—Friends and family of Margaret Ann Moon, founding board chair emeritus of St. Joseph’s Catholic School Board, gathered Aug. 15 to dedicate a new courtyard garden in her memory. The Margaret Ann Moon Memorial Garden in the Our Lady of Lourdes Courtyard was designed by members of the 2015 senior class and a statue was […]


Our Lady of Mercy Outreach nominated for a top nonprofit award

JOHNS ISLAND—Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has made the top 5 list in the competition to earn the title of non-profit of the year. The outreach, sponsored by the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, will be featured in the November issue of Charleston magazine and the final vote […]


Rogers is council 13112 youth of the year

GREENVILLE—Adam Rogers, an eighth grader at St. Mary School, earned the Knights of Columbus Council 13112 Youth of the Year award for his outstanding volunteer work, Boy Scout activities, altar boy service, and academic success. He attends St. Mary Church with his parents, Frank and Sandra Rogers. The award was presented recently by Grand Knight […]


Cox sisters elected to top posts in Knights of Peter Claver junior division

CHARLESTON—Callia Cox was elected junior supreme lady of the Junior Daughters Division of the Knights of Peter Claver during the biennial Junior National Convention held July 9-12 in Orlando, Fla. Her sister, Leigha, was also elected to the national board as mistress-at-arms. They are the daughters of Marcus and Rebecca Cox, who attend St. Patrick […]


John Paul II School breaks ground on new center

RIDGELAND—Leslie Nunez, a John Paul II School student ambassador, digs with Matt Dakolios, athletic director; Nicolle Thaller, school board president; and Konnor Rustad, another ambassador, during a groundbreaking ceremony held Aug. 20 for their new athletic center. The new facility will be 21,500 square feet and house a regulation-size gymnasium, athletic offices, lobby and concession […]


Eleven new principals take the helm at 10 schools

One of the biggest changes any school can make is in leadership. This year, 10 schools in the Diocese of Charleston hired new principals. As the 2015-2016 academic year rolls to a start, here are the new faces greeting children, parents and staff. Administrators must have or be actively pursuing a master’s degree plus five […]


Like it or not, parents have to monitor tech use, experts say

More kids this year attend schools where laptops and tablets have replaced traditional textbooks. Add them to the smartphones many youth carry, and that’s a lot of technology at their fingertips. Plus it means one more thing that parents need to learn about and monitor. Internet predators, easy access to pornography and the role that […]


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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