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Fall Craft Market
CHARLESTON—St. Joseph Church, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd., will host its Fall Craft Market on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking free.

Craft fair
MOUNT PLEASANT—St. Benedict women’s group will hold a craft fair Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at 950 Darrell Creek Trail.

Walk for Life
NORTH CHARLESTON—The Lowcountry Walk for Life will be Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Wannamaker County Park. Register at Details: (843) 863-1510 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Religious freedom speaker
CHARLESTON—KrisAnne Hall will speak at the Pauline Books and Media Center on Nov. 8 from 1-3 p.m. on the U.S. Constitution and the fight for religious freedom. Free. Refreshments will be served. Call, (843) 607-2705.

Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off
SUMMERVILLE—The Summerville Catholic School Father’s Association will host an Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off school fundraiser on Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at 226 Black Oak Blvd. Tickets: $20 each, or $30 a family up to four. May be purchased at the gate, or call the school, (843) 873-9310.


Homes for the Holidays
BEAUFORT—The Homes for the Holidays tour, benefiting St. Peter School’s tuition assistance fund, will be Nov. 22-23. Six private homes on Distant Island will be decorated by local designers. Tickets: $25. Purchase at the event, participating businesses or St. Peter. The Nov. 21 gala, “A Night Under the Stars,” includes dancing, a silent auction, and catered meal. Gala tickets: $75 each. Call (843) 522-6510.

Talk on Magnolia Cemetery
BEAUFORT—Patrick Harwood, author of “Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery - Charleston’s Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry”, will speak on Nov. 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Peter Church hall, 70 Lady’s Island Drive. Book available for $40. Contact: Barbara Stanley, (843) 525-0994 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Notre Dame Club golf outing
HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head will hold a golf outing Nov. 4 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Sea Pines Country Club. Cocktails and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $140/player, or $125/player for couples, includes cart, dinner and prizes. Dinner for nongolfers: $50. Contact: Bob Albertini, (843) 363-2325 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Cardinal Bernardin lectures
COLUMBIA—Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, writer and lecturer, will speak on the “Uncommon Search for Common Ground” on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the USC Law School auditorium as part of the 15th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin lectures. Free, open to the public.

Cardinal Newman open house
COLUMBIA—Cardinal Newman School will hold an open house Nov. 5-6 from 6-8 p.m. at 4701 Forest Drive. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (803) 782-2814.

Trip to Billy Graham Library
COLUMBIA—St. Joseph Senior Life Group will host a bus trip to Charlotte to visit the Billy Graham Library and Museum and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens on Dec. 12. Cost: $80, includes bus, admission, meal and gratuity. Deposit of $40 due by Oct. 31. Registration: Sister Julienne Guy, (803) 540-1901.

Single, Single Again
AIKEN—Single, Single Again will host an All Hallowed Eve Ghost Walk and Illusion Show in Living History Park in North Augusta on Oct. 25. Details: Carla Noziglia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jeanne Shanks, (803) 663-3839.

St. Peter School info session
COLUMBIA—St. Peter School will hold an information session for parents on Nov. 6 at 12:15 p.m. Contact: Emily Hero, (803) 779-0036 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Knights yard sale
AIKEN—The Knights of Columbus will hold a yard sale Nov. 7-8 from 8 a.m. to noon at 1003 Spaulding Drive.

St. John Neumann gala
COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann will host “A Silver Celebration” on Nov. 8 from 6-10 p.m. in the gym. Cost, $35 each, or $100 for two tickets and entry into free tuition drawing. Includes live and silent auction, food and music. Call (803) 788-1367 or visit


Arts and crafts festival
PAWLEYS ISLAND—Precious Blood of Christ women’s club will host their arts and crafts festival Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parish center, 1633 Waverly Road. Features crafters, food and used book sale. Call (843) 237-3428.

‘Crafting by the Sea’
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—The Crafters & Quilters of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. N. , will hold “Crafting by the Sea”on Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring crafted gifts and eat-in or take-out foods.

Rummage sale
CONWAY—The St. James ladies guild will hold its annual rummage sale Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Founders’ Center, 1071 Academy Drive.


St. Anthony School open house
GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua School will hold its open house for K-3 through sixth grade on Nov. 11 from 3-7 p.m. Tour the school, ask questions, and meet faculty and staff. Call (864) 271-0167.

Holiday Craft Sale
EASLEY—St. Luke Church, 4408 S. Carolina 86, will hold its Holiday Craft Sale on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items are handmade.

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Diocese passes audit for charter compliance

CHARLESTON—Once again, the Diocese of Charleston has been found compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
All U.S. dioceses and eparchies are audited every year with an on-site visit every third year. StoneBridge Business Partners spent two days at the chancery earlier this month reviewing documentation on how safe environment programs are run and how the charter is processed through the diocesan policy concerning allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse of a minor by church personnel. The auditors are engaged by the USCCB and are a private firm.
“Being in compliance means that we meet criteria set by the charter for creating and maintaining safe environments for children,” said Bonnie Sigers, manager of the Safe Environment program for the diocese. “There are 17 articles, the most well-known being the background screening and education piece, which we surpassed.”
The diocesan policy is derived from the charter and requires every employee and every volunteer with access to children to have a background screening and receive education on the prevention of sexual abuse of minors.
In the United States, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was established in 2002 by the U.S. bishops to create comprehensive procedures addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. It includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse by creating a safe environment for children and young people.
“The charter and the Diocese of Charleston believe the screening and educational components of our policy create an atmosphere where abuse is less likely to happen,” Sigers said. “We believe that we do directly impact incidences of child sexual abuse due to our safe environment program, and limiting access to those who work and volunteer with our children. And we do.”
For more information about the Safe Environment Program, diocesan policy or the charter, visit


Eucharistic conference focuses on the greatest gift

GREENVILLE—Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers uses a vivid image to show how the Eucharist reflects Christ’s unique bond with the faithful.

“The drop of water added to the wine during Mass symbolizes how blood and water flowed out of Christ’s side when the Roman soldier, Longinus, pierced it after the crucifixion,” he said.

“It also represents all of us. Once you drop that water into the wine, you can’t take it out again, and the Eucharist connects us so deeply and intimately with Jesus that we can’t remove our lives from Him and from God’s love,” the deacon continued.

The Oregon-based evangelist’s talks about the Eucharist, the power of the cross and sharing the Good News were highlights of the annual Marian Eucharistic Conference held Sept. 27-28 at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass for the participants on Sept. 28.

About 400 people from as far away as Massachusetts and Vermont attended, said organizer Heesun Devlin, a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville.

She has spent many years promoting events about eucharistic miracles and other related subjects to promote the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

“A lot of people don’t believe in the real presence even though they say they are Catholic, and I hope we really proved His presence to the people who attended,” she said. “I’m getting a lot of emails already with people telling us that we really touched their hearts.”

In one of his talks, Burke-Sivers said the Eucharist is a powerful way to realize Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for all, and urged people to remember the crucifixion when they are going through their darkest moments.

“When we have those ‘agony in the garden’ experiences, the real cross appears and helps us believe that Jesus is Lord in every situation in our lives,” he said. “Through his suffering, Jesus wanted to show us how to do the Father’s will, and that even suffering and death cannot overpower His love for us. The cross is a symbol of love and self-gift.”

Participants were also reminded of how many Christians face violence or death when attempting to gather in celebration of the Eucharist.

Father Bill Casey, of the Fathers of Mercy, talked about the stark reality of violent persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and other places.

“We need to pray for their safety and their protection, and that they will have strength to bear whatever crosses come their way. But along with praying, we also need to be very vocal about what is happening to these Christians,” Father Casey said.

Other speakers included Fathers of Mercy Father Peter Striker, rector at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, and Ricardo Castanon Gomez of Bolivia, who offered scientific evidence to support Eucharistic miracles in Italy and other places.


St. Anthony of Padua will celebrate its 75th anniversary

GREENVILLE—W.C. Daniels is a passionate supporter of St. Anthony of Padua Church and is looking forward to its 75th anniversary celebration Nov. 17-19.

"We're the only church I know that has a sign right out front saying Welcome All People," he said.

Recently, Daniels, a founding member of the church, said he wrote a letter to the pope asking for recognition of their milestone, the tremendous progress they've made, and the leadership of Franciscan Father Patrick Tuttle.

"There've been good priests and bad priests — man is man," Daniels said, but Father Tuttle is one of the best.

At 92, Daniels has seen a lot of changes. He recalls a time when the Catholic church he attended was divided right down the middle, with whites on one side of the aisle and blacks on the other. One day, the pastor asked everyone to mix it up and everyone's eyes got big, he said, chuckling.

That marked the beginning of changes, wrought by faith and determination. The community campaigned for their own place of worship, and St. Anthony of Padua was founded in 1939.

Racism was an ugly force then, and members recall crosses being burned on the church lawn, but they drew together and overcame the prejudice, finding joy in the sacraments and social gatherings.

Now, that seed of change has bloomed into a riot of color, with St. Anthony boasting over 1,000 parishioners, and lighting the way as a beacon of diversity.

Read more on the church's history and stories from its parishioners in the Oct. 23 edition of The Catholic Miscellany.

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