COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards six Community Enrichment grants totaling $160,000.
The Community Enrichment Grants are by invitation only and are offered to a select group of mostly former grantees where the Foundation has an established relationship. The Community Enrichment grants purpose is to provide a reasonable level of sustaining and operational support to proven organizations.
The six recently awarded Community Enrichment grantees are:
Camp Discovery - Recreation and Experiential Learning in Nature A therapy camp that provides a safe accepting emotional environment to learn, heal, and grow through recreation and experiential learning in a natural setting. (Richland, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington)
East Cooper Community Outreach - General Program Operations Providing emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings, and financial needs. As well as ongoing services including access to dental care, nurse practitioner appointments, prescription drug assistance, financial literacy classes, job readiness training, and counseling. (Charleston, Berkeley, South Carolina)
Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) - A Community Response to Improving Outcomes for Children in Kinship Care Providing support to kinship caregivers and the children in their care. Engaging service providers, faith and community organizations, state agencies and institutions, private foundations and others in dialogue about the existing and growing number of kinship families in South Carolina, and working to build a platform for moving forward within communities to better serve kinship caregivers and the children in their care. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester)
South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health - Health Policy Fellows Program (also referred to as the Health Policy Certificate Program in Funding Year 1) The Health Policy Certificate Program was created to enable policymakers to examine health-related decisions in a systemic context and have a working knowledge of the broader determinants. (South Carolina)
Teach My People - Teach My People Afterschool and Summer Program Teach My People is a model faith-based after school and summer program operating to serve at risk children who have a high probability of not graduating from school. (Georgetown)
Trinity Housing Corporation - Community Career Project An innovative, research-based model for aiding homeless individuals living in transitional housing in acquiring new job skills and establishing a professional network within the community. (Richland, Lexington)
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
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Bishop Patrick N. Lynch lecture
CHARLESTON—The Charleston Historical Society and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum will sponsor a lecture, “Bishop Lynch Goes to Rome: Diplomatic Mission for Jefferson Davis”, by Stephen J. White Sr. on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the museum, 68 Spring St. White is the executive director of the museum. Call (843) 723-3398.
Golf Ball Tournament and Gala
‘A Taste of Italy’
NORTH CHARLESTON—St. John School will host “A Taste of Italy”, a benefit food tasting and wine pairing on April 25 from 6:30-10 p.m. at 3921 Saint John’s Ave. Opportunities to win prizes. Food by Celia’s of Charleston. Advance tickets, $65, or $75 at the door. Visit www.saint johncatholicsc.org/school site/auction.php or call (843) 744-3901.
Taste of Goose Creek
GOOSE CREEK—The Taste of Goose Creek fundraiser will be April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 510 St. James Ave., rain or shine. Enjoy ethnic foods prepared by parishioners, games and activities for the family. Local school jazz bands will perform. Call the church, (843) 572-1270.
The Feast of Divine Mercy
CHARLESTON—The Apostles of Divine Mercy will celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy with a holy hour and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction on April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St. A priest will be available for confession. A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions, is given to people who take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy. This includes the novena beginning April 18 and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy offered for the daily intentions. Details: ewtn.com/devotions /mercy.
St. Mary turns 100
YONGES ISLAND—St. Mary Church, 4255 S.C. Highway 165, will hold its centennial celebration on May 4 with Mass at 9 a.m. followed by brunch. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will bless the church. Help locate former parishioners who have moved by calling (843) 889-8549.
Memorial golf tournament
BEHS class of 1974
Notre Dame Hesburgh Lecture
HILTON HEAD—Father Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D., senior director of ACE - The Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, will present a lecture on “Catholic Schools and the New Evangelization” at 7 p.m. April 30 at St. Francis by the Sea Church, 45 Beach City Road. The women of St. Francis will hold a reception prior. Sponsored by Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head with Knights of Columbus Council 10668. Contacts: George Bekampis, (843) 705-3827, Dan Merkel, (843) 342-9093, Lorraine Dufour, (843) 342-2841.
Gala dinner dance and auction
HILTON HEAD—St. Francis School will hold its annual gala dinner dance and auction on May 10 from 6-11 p.m. at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The theme is “Hollywood, a Red Carpet Affair”. Black tie optional with cocktails. Tickets are $90, or tables of 10 are $85 per person. Seating is limited. Tickets available at the school or church offices at 45 Beach City Road. Details: (843) 681-6501 or visit www.sfcshhi.com.
Family Honor course
COLUMBIA—Family Honor, Inc., is accepting registrations for the Summer 2014 semester of their online course, “The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love and Family: Cultural Implications”, which begins April 28. The registration deadline is April 18. Details: familyhonor.org/online-course/ or call (803) 929-0858.
Charity golf tournament
Colla Voce choral concert
COLUMBIA—Colla Voce (With the Voice) will present a choral concert at St. John Neumann Church, 100 Polo Road, May 3 at 7 p.m. The concert will include spirituals, poetic songs and music from Catholic Masses throughout the ages. Call Julia Moore, (803) 960-5664.
Brunch and fashion show
FLORENCE—The Women of St. Anthony will hold their Spring Fling Brunch and Fashion Show April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2536 Hoffmeyer Road. Proceeds help St. Anthony School and its scholarship fund. Tickets: adults, $15, children, $10. For tickets, call Joann Fortnum, (843) 665‐6130 or Noreen McFann. (843) 409‐7097.
GEORGETOWN—Friends of Vincent will host a casual tea on May 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Cyprian Church hall, 1905 Front St. Guest speaker: David Maring, a retired circuit judge and author. Proceeds support St. Cyprian Outreach Center. Details: (843) 461-4658.
FLORENCE—The Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony men’s club will hold their annual golf outing May 17 at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at The Traces Golf Course. Cost: $50, includes lunch. Registration available at the church, 2536 Hoffmeyer Road.
Run for the Heroes
FLORENCE—The Run for the Heroes sponsored by St. Anthony Church, 2536 Hoffmeyer Road, will be May 26 with a 6:30 a.m. packet pick-up and registration, 7:30 a.m. Memorial Day Military Tribute, and the race starts at 8 a.m. Registration by May 21, 5k and walk, $20; 10k, $30; military 5k and walk, $10, 10k, $15; walk only, $20, or $35 for a family. Prices change May 22. Details: www.saintanth ony.com/school.
EWTN will broadcast the Mass and canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. The live broadcast will be April 27 at 3:30 a.m. The repeats will air April 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 11 p.m. All are Eastern Standard Time. Visit www.ewtn.com.
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PICKENS—One look at the outside of Holy Cross Church in Pickens lets you know big changes have taken place at this friendly Upstate parish.
Longtime members used to call it the “Pizza Hut” roof because its red tiles and flat-topped dome resembled the distinctive one found on the fast food chain.
That look is long gone, replaced by a more standard flat top with a large distinctive cross near the entrance way.
The roof is just part of a massive renovation project that started in October and ended in late March. The goal was to modernize the church, built in 1965, and make it more accessible for all visitors. Holy Cross currently serves about 204 households.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass with Father Emmanuel Efiong, administrator, and blessed the completed renovations on April 7.
“It is always a privilege to bless a renovated church building because it is a sign of the vitality of the Church,” Bishop Guglielmone said in an interview. “This is certainly true in Pickens, and I congratulate and bless the parishioners of Holy Cross for their faithfulness and openness to proclaiming the Gospel.”
Father Efiong has been at Holy Cross for six years and said the renovations are a welcome change.
“When they built the church almost 50 years ago, they did it according to the necessity of those times, but we needed to add a lot of things,” Father Efiong said. “The growth of the church is dynamic and we also needed to move with the times. The renovation is going to cut down on noise, make it easier to interact with the people, and offer more space to make it easier to celebrate Mass. It’s a very joyful occasion.”
Carter Jumper Sease of West Columbia handled the designs, and the contractor was Durham Greene of Easley.
The biggest addition is a new narthex, which allows people to gather before and after Mass.
“Before, it was rather confined and you didn’t really have a place to get together,” said parishioner John Villano. “The entire church, from the exterior to the inside, looks much more inviting. It looks more like a church. It’s an extremely dramatic change.”
Space around the altar was expanded, and the cry room, choir area, sacristy and altar servers’ dressing room were relocated to the back of the church. The confessionals were also moved toward the back to allow for more privacy.
A new elevator and handicapped-accessible restrooms on the main and lower levels also make Holy Cross more inviting to more people.
Judy Munson, a member since 2004, was one of the leaders of the renovation committee. She said discussions about the project started back in 2008, and a capital campaign started in 2012.
The entire project cost about $488,000.
“I hope that once people see the finished product, they’re going to be proud,” Munson said. “The changes remind you you’re in a holy place here. Anytime something like this happens, it reenergizes your enthusiasm for the Mass. This will help remind people they are in the presence of God himself, and hopefully reignite their faith.”
Villano started attending Holy Cross at age 10 in 1975. He remembers the days before air-conditioning, when two big fans on each side of the altar had to keep the congregation cool during sweltering summers. He is currently studying for the permanent diaconate and looks forward to experiencing Mass in the newly renovated church.
“To say this means a lot would be an understatement,” Villano said. “After growing up in the church and watching it evolve, it’s surely a welcome change. The improvements are going to make life a whole lot easier for everyone.”
Father Efiong thinks it is fitting that the renovation was completed during Lent.
“We are in a time of renewal in the Church right now so it is fitting we are celebrating the renewal of our structure,” he said. “The Church is really about the people, so as we celebrate the renewal and new face of Holy Cross, I’d also humbly request people to come to us, especially if you have been away from the Church. We now have a good and welcoming space for everyone.”
HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Mary Ann Turner of Greenville had immigrant parents who taught their children three important lessons.
“We learned love of church, love of God, and that you always give back,” she said. “You don’t have to be rich to give of yourself and give what you can.”
Turner has tried to follow that advice through a faith-filled life of service that led to her being named the Catholic Woman of the Year by the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women during their 84th annual convention March 28-30.
She was one of 179 women who spent three days of prayer, learning and fellowship at Hilton Head’s Sonesta Resort. Many of the workshops and discussions echoed the convention’s theme: “Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2).
Turner is a firm believer in that Scripture passage. She and her husband Dave volunteer with Guardian Ad Litem, serving as advocates for children who are under the care of the Department of Social Services. Among many duties, she volunteers at the library, helps with fundraisers for St. Anthony of Padua School in Greenville, works in the spiritual care office at a local hospital, brings the Eucharist to the ill and homebound, and has taught RCIA classes at St. Anthony of Padua Church. The Turners have three children and four grandchildren.
“My parents always did everything they could to let us know how important it was to give back to others with the gifts God has given to you,” Turner said. “It does not matter the color, the race, the origin of the people you encounter. You just help them and show them love.”
Daughters of Charity Sister Josephine Murphy was named Religious Woman of the Year. Since 2006, she has worked at St. Cyprian Church in Georgetown and helped with programs for the poor, including a soup kitchen and a local community center that helps men recently released from prison.
“I say to God be the glory, because everything I have comes from God,” Sister Josephine said. “Over the years I have asked Him for things and we got it. God has said how much he loves the poor, and I truly believe that.”
Sister Josephine, now 85, grew up in Richmond and joined the Daughters of Charity at age 17. Before she arrived in South Carolina, she spent 14 years at St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Maryland. After Easter, she is returning to her order’s motherhouse in Emmitsburg, Md., where she said she will continue to help elderly and sick sisters and pray for people in Georgetown.
“I have loved every minute of my life,” Sister Josephine said. “I wouldn’t change my life for anything or anybody.”
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass for the women on March 29 and was the keynote speaker at the awards banquet. He thanked them for the work they do in their parishes and communities. He also asked them to consider praying about and advocating for several issues: improving the quality of public schools in South Carolina, increasing opportunities for scholarships in Catholic schools, and educating others about the Church’s continued struggle for religious freedom, especially in relation to the Affordable Care Act.
The focus on giving continued in workshops offered by workers from Cross International and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who discussed how both ministries help people in the U.S. and overseas.
Sister Susan Pontz of the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius offered a lively session about ways to use technology to share the faith. She reminded the women that smartphones and social media can be their most effective tool to communicate with others, especially young people, and to promote their ministries and outreach.
“The question you need to ask yourself is how much technology is just enough?” she asked. “We have to make sure we still have depth in relationships, because depth roots us in the world, gives us substance and wholeness. Using too much technology can contribute to difficulties in prayer. It makes it hard to sit and quietly talk to God.”
On March 30, Catholic singer/songwriter Kitty Cleveland gave a dramatic talk about facing challenges through prayer. She encouraged the women to allow the example of Mary to guide them in their work.
“If you feel a distance from Mary, realize that she is longing to be your mother,” Cleveland said. “Every grace we’ve received has come to us through her. She invites us to be her children and to let her take us by the hand and lead us to Jesus. If we totally surrender to God as she did, we’ll be able to realize the support and providence He provides. We will be filled with joy. Whatever it is you’re worrying about, God trusts and knows what you need.”
Also at the convention, Marlene Grover, a member of St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach, was elected to a two-year term as SCCCW president.
The women raised $6,300 for their annual convention project, which will go toward building a chapel at the Camille Griffin Correctional Institute, a federal women’s prison in Columbia.
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