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Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, former teacher at St. Anne, dies at age 88

IMMACULATA, PA.—Sister Margaret Mary Kreider of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died March 26. She was 88 and had been a sister for 68 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Camilla Hall by Father William E. Dean on March 29.

Born in Philadelphia to the late Francis and Margaret Kreider, she was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish. Sister Margaret Mary entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her vows in 1948. At the reception of her habit, she was given the name Sister May Alphonsus but later resumed use of her baptismal name.

Sister Margaret Mary taught in grades four through eight in the dioceses of Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden, and Arlington. In the Diocese of Charleston, she taught at St. Anne School in Rock Hill from 1985-1989. She also taught in South America.

She retired to Camilla Hall in August 2001.

She is survived by members of her religious community; two sisters, Mary Mooney and Nancy Seaver; nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $160,000 in Community Enrichment grants

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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People & events


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
MOUNT PLEASANT—ECCO will host its annual Golf Ball Tournament and Gala. Golf on April 22 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Beresford Creek and Ralston Creek courses. The gala will be April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Daniel Island Clubhouse. Foursome registration includes gala tickets. Cost: $1,200 or $225 per single player. Gala, $500 for four tickets and program listing, $100 single. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 416-7123.

‘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 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: /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
SUMMERVILLE—Knights of Columbus Council 6629 will sponsor the 27th annual Ted Corcoran Memorial Golf Tournament at Miler Golf Club on May 17 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $60, includes cart and dinner. All proceeds benefit The American Heart Association. Contact: George Crawford, (843) 571-3563, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BEHS class of 1974
CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School class of 1974 will hold their 40th reunion on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. aboard the USS Yorktown. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BEHS reunion
CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School class of 1984 will hold their 30-year reunion Oct. 10-11. Details: Facebook: Bishop England Class of 1984-30 Year Reunion, or email Mary Anne Bolchoz Tucker, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.

Returning Catholics
BEAUFORT—St. Peter Church, 70 Lady’s Island Drive, will hold a Returning Catholics program on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. May 3 to June 7. Newly returned and those who have been away from the Church can learn more about their faith. Contact: Deborah Richard, (843) 575-3742, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


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: or call (803) 929-0858.

Charity golf tournament
COLUMBIA—Knights of Columbus Council 6847 will hold their annual charity golf tournament on May 2 at the Woodlands Country Club. Captain’s choice with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $75 each. Details: Tom Harmalik, (803) 223-4721 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Casual tea
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.

Golf outing
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


Golf tournament
SPARTANBURG—Knights of Columbus Council 6076 and St. Paul the Apostle School will hold a golf tournament on April 25 at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. Cost: $75 includes fees, lunch and more. Proceeds benefit the school. To register, contact the school, (864) 582-6645 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Canonization broadcast
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

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Holy Cross Church in Pickens enters a new era

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.”


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