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Korean community celebrates faith and culture

SPARTANBURG—The Korean Catholic Community held an open house at St. Paul the Apostle Church on Oct. 19 . Top photo, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrates Mass with Father Choong-yeol Andrew Ryu of St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church of Atlanta. Middle photo, Jennifer Sams (left) and Hyunwoo Austin Choi (right) present flowers to the bishop. Bottom photo, Junghee Helena Han, Jungsoon Bibiana Sim, and Sansoon Francesca Lee (from left) prepare to serve food.

 

Father Charles Day, a retired diocesan priest, dies at 83

MAULDIN—Father Charles J. Day, a retired priest for the Diocese of Charleston, died Oct. 19. He was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 30 at St. Peter Church in Beaufort. The burial with military honors was in Beaufort National Cemetery.

Father Day was born July 2, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only son of James Martin and Mildred Mary Somers Day. He was a graduate of LaSalle College High School and attended LaSalle College in Philadelphia, University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In 1954, he followed his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, earned a commission, and spent three years as an infantry officer. He returned to the Marines in 1959, serving in the Vietnam War and remaining until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1975. He entered Pope John XXIII National Seminary that year and earned his Master’s of Divinity.

Father Day was ordained on June 20, 1981, by Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston.

As a priest, Father Day served as an associate pastor of St. John the Beloved in Summerville and St. Peter in Columbia. He was pastor of St. Edward in Murphy Village, St. John in North Charleston, Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, Corpus Christi in Lexington, and St. Philip Benizi in Moncks Corner.

He also served as a judge on the diocesan Tribunal, a campus minister at Baptist College, a member of the priests’ personnel board, and as vocations director.

Due to poor health, Father Day retired in 1992 to Beaufort, where he assisted in local parishes. In 1996, he was very aware of a clergy shortage and felt he needed to return to active ministry.

“I looked around and said to myself, good grief, we’re losing too many priests. Having been on the personnel board, I knew how difficult it is [to fill assignments].” So he prayed over it, asked the vicar for clergy if he could “use the
services of a crusty old priest,” and resumed active ministry to help fill the need.

“My health was good and I had been ordained to serve the people and serve the Lord,” he said in a Miscellany article. He was assigned as administrator pro tem, and later pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville.

He retired for the third time in his life in 2003 and remained in the Upstate.

   

Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post for a chivalric religious order.

Cardinal Burke, formerly prefect of the Apostolic Signature, will now serve as cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta, the Vatican announced Nov. 8.
The move had been widely expected since an Italian journalist reported it in September, and the cardinal himself confirmed it to reporters the following month.

It is highly unusual for a pope to remove an official of Cardinal Burke's stature and age without assigning him comparable responsibilities elsewhere. By church law, cardinals in the Vatican must offer to resign at 75, but often continue in office for several more years. As usual when announcing personnel changes other than retirements for reasons of age, the Vatican did not give a reason for the cardinal's reassignment.

A prominent devotee of the traditional liturgy and outspoken defender of traditional doctrine on controversial moral issues, Cardinal Burke had appeared increasingly out of step with the current pontificate.

In December 2013, Pope Francis did not reappoint him to his position on the Congregation for Bishops, which advises the pope on episcopal appointments.

Cardinal Burke expressed frustration, in a February 2014 article in the Vatican newspaper, that many Americans thought Pope Francis intended to change Catholic teaching on certain "critical moral issues of our time," including abortion and same-sex marriage, because of the pope's stated belief that "it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."

Insisting that the pope had "clearly affirmed the church's moral teaching, in accord with her unbroken tradition," Cardinal Burke blamed perceptions to the contrary on "false praise" of Pope Francis by "persons whose hearts are hardened against the truth."

After Pope Francis invited German Cardinal Walter Kasper to address a meeting of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Burke emerged as a leading opponent of Cardinal Kasper's proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

Cardinal Burke also warned that efforts to streamline the marriage annulment process -- the mandate of a commission that the pope established in August -- should not undermine the process' rigor.

During the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Burke was one of the most vocal critics of a midterm report that used remarkably conciliatory language toward people with ways of life contrary to Catholic teaching, including those in same-sex unions and other non-marital relationships. The day the report was released, the cardinal told an American reporter that a statement from Pope Francis reaffirming traditional doctrine on those matters was "long overdue."

Cardinal Burke made the news again late in October when he told a Spanish journalist that many Catholics "feel a bit of seasickness, because it seems to them that the ship of the church has lost its compass. The cause of this disorientation must be put aside. We have the constant tradition of the church, the teachings, the liturgy, morals. The catechism does not change."

A former archbishop of St. Louis, Cardinal Burke was named by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the Apostolic Signature in June 2008. At the time of his dismissal, he was the highest-ranking U.S. bishop at the Vatican. That distinction now belongs to Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The new head of the Apostolic Signature is French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, formerly secretary for relations with states, the Vatican's equivalent of a foreign minister.

PHOTO: Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, then-prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS/Paul Haring)

   

St. Jude prepares for its big anniversary

Since childhood, Vernessa Baker has witnessed a lot of growth and change at St. Jude Church in Sumter.

She attended the parish school during her elementary years and went to Mass there for many years with her Catholic husband before she herself joined the faith about 20 years ago.

Now, she’s organizing St. Jude’s 75th anniversary celebration which will be held Nov. 1.

Priests from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to Sumter in 1939 to found the church.

“It started as a predominantly black parish, a missionary church for the black community,” Baker said. “Now, it’s become a truly multicultural church. Working on this event has been exciting and tiring, but brought a feeling of joy more than anything else. It’s wonderful to hear the stories people tell.”

St. Jude was a beacon of hope for members of the community who had to live in the thick of segregation. Sisters of St. Mary of Namur from Buffalo arrived in 1948 to work with the Oblates, and opened St. Jude School in August of that year. The parish also helped support St. Jude Catholic High School, which closed in 1997.

St. Jude existed as its own separate parish until 2010, when it was merged with St. Anne Church to form the Catholic Community of Sumter.

In recent years, the Spanish-speaking community has grown, and Mass is now celebrated at the West Oakland Avenue site at 1 p.m. every Sunday. There is also a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the property which has become a popular place to stop, pray and meditate.

You can read more about the history of St. Jude and how members are celebrating the milestone anniversary in the Nov. 6 edition of The Catholic Miscellany.

 

   

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