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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.

St. John of the Cross rosary makers enjoy a legacy of prayer

BATESBURG—A small group of parishioners at St. John of the Cross Church learned how to create plastic “Mission” rosaries and have made over 1,000 to share at retreats, in religious education classes and other churches.

Last fall, they sent 300 to a convent in Kentucky where they were given to people they serve through their ministries, such as the elderly, shut-ins and children.

Recently the group has been making hundreds of rosaries for recruits in basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia. A small group of volunteers at the fort prepare Prayer Packets for these trainees, which are distributed every Sunday at basic training Mass.

The packet includes a small crucifix, prayer cards for soldiers facing battle and personal challenges, and the rosary.
Approximately 7,000 Prayer

Packets are distributed annually, according to Toni Costello, the group coordinator. When the trainees are handed their packet they are told it is for their spiritual nourishment and to keep it next to their Meals Ready to Eat, Costello said.

She said a former trainee shared with the volunteers that he had seen a Catholic chaplain only twice during his tour in Afghanistan but used the Prayer Packet he received every

The packet recipients are also asked to pray their first rosary for the people who made them, Costello said. Juana Viruet and her sister Hilaria, two devoted members of the group, said they were touched by this. They work together at home.

Juana said it is a way to show her love and devotion to God and to the Church.

The group will continue making the rosaries for this ministry. A new box of supplies arrived recently and will keep them busy for many months to come.

Submitted by Ellen Sparks

Knights show appreciation

EASLEY—Knights of Columbus Council 9576 presented a Certificate of Appreciation March 27 to Aaron’s store manager David Cody for the company’s support of the Knights’ Operation H.O.P.E. (Tootsie Roll) campaign for 2013.

Campaign proceeds benefit adults and children with special needs in Pickens County.

St. Luke Church women’s retreat
EASLEY—The women of St. Luke Church celebrated their annual retreat “Refresh Your Spirit” at the Monastery of St. Clare in Traveler’s Rest on March 22 . Sister Mary Sheila Maksim, principal of St. Mary School, led the day of prayer, reflection and meditation.

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Knights of Columbus Council 9475

On December 9, 2013 The Knights of Columbus Council 9475 spread their message “Keep Christ In Christmas” to the Mount Pleasant, SC community and reminded everyone that “It’s Okay to Say Merry Christmas”. This was accomplished through the efforts of brother Knights, their wives and families who spent timeless hours making costumes, banners, collecting Christmas lights and decorations to transform a 36’ long trailer into a lighted Christmas Parade Float featuring a live nativity scene and displaying our theme “Keep Christ In Christmas”.

A manger was constructed and brother Knights, their wives and children portrayed Mary, Joseph, a Christmas angel, three wise men and shepherds. The float was entered in the Mount Pleasant Christmas Lights Parade and placed 1st in the Community Category.

The float was well received by the spectators who made a point to shout “Merry Christmas." Fourth Degree Sir Knights from Assembly 3243 escorted the float and handed out candy canes with our “Keep Christ In Christmas” theme attached to each one. This was an excellent Family and Community activity.


St. Gerard wins trophy for float

AIKEN--St Gerard Church was awarded a trophy for the religious entry in the Aiken Christmas parade. The float theme was Joy to the World the Angels Sing. Sunday school students and instructors were dressed as shepherds and angels. 

This is the second year that St Gerard had a float in the parade.

Submitted by Wayman J. Johnson


Upstate Catholic and Baptist churches mark anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation


GREENVILLE—Twenty-three people from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and Longbranch Baptist Church of Greenville joined forces to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 22.

St. Anthony's pastor, Franciscan Father Patrick Tuttle, chauffered the parish bus which carried the representatives to Furman University for a lecture on "Visualizing Emancipation" by Edward Ayers, historian and president of the University of Richmond.  The talk was the last in a series sponsored by Furman and the Upcountry Historical Museum to mark the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Jan. 1, 1863, action freeing 3.1 million African-American slaves in the South.

St. Anthony's bus was equipped with a selection of rousing African American Spirituals and the travelers sang joyfully along the way.

Ayers presented a historical context of the proclamation, noting that it was unexpected by most. He said the recent blockbuster movie "Lincoln" understated the rancor and dissension that gripped the country at the time in both the North and the South.  He said the presidential decree freeing the slaves would probably not have occurred if the Southern states had not taken the drastic step of seceding from the Union.

Ayers also noted that slaves in the Kentucky, which remained in the Union, were not affected by the release which only applied to the states in rebellion. He said the whole event seemed small in the perspective to the next 100 years of segregation, discrimination, unemployment, and poverty that gripped blacks in the South. In response to a question from Jesse Bowens of St. Anthony about the real impact of the proclamation, he responded that one key result that should never be forgotten was that "no one could ever again sell your children."

After the presentation and Q&A period, the attendees from the two churches repaired to a nearby mountain — "Yogurt Mountain" that is — for refreshments and fellowship hosted by St. Anthony before boarding the bus and again joining together in song as they made their way home.

Submitted by Don Kilburg


Priests answer the call daily, bishop says at Chrism Mass

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated the annual chrism Mass before
a packed congregation at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Traditionally held on the Tuesday of Holy Week, it is the time when diocesan priests  renew their pledge to serve the people of God.

One lady put her hand over her heart and smiled as she watched over 120 priests process into the church.

Bishop Guglielmone noted the large turnout of priests and their parishioners, and thanked everyone for making the journey.

Chrism is consecrated oil used in Greek and Latin churches, so the annual event is also called the Mass of the Oils.

During the liturgy, the bishop consecrates all the sacred oils that will be used in sacraments during the coming year. They are the oil of catechumens, used in baptism; oil of the sick, to anoint the ill; and oil of sacred chrism, considered the chief anointing oil and used for sacraments of initiation, dedications and holy orders.

The bishop explained that the oils he consecrated during Mass are the oils used throughout the diocese. During his homily, Bishop Guglielmone spoke about his recent vacation and the time it gave him to reflect on Holy Week.

“I kept coming back to the same question,” he said. “Why?”

Why did Jesus receive a triumphant welcome into Jerusalem just to be crucified one week later? Why did he suffer such anguish all for us?

And more to the point of the day, why do priests come before God and His people each year to renew their vows?

Bishop Guglielmone said that everyone is called in some capacity. Some are called to be ordained priests, and given the mission and challenge to care for God’s sheep.

This is not an easy role to carry out, the bishop said, but priests answer the call every day despite their human weaknesses.

Referring to the Gospel of John, the bishop reflected on the connection between Jesus, Peter and our priests today.

When Peter affirmed three times that he did indeed love the Lord, Jesus told him to act upon that love by going forth into the world to care for His people. This is still the call of priests, and they do so in a multitude of ways.

As a sign of their gratitude, the congregation stood at the close of the chrism Mass and
applauded their modern day disciples.

A luncheon was held after the Mass and Bishop Guglielmone paid tribute to the clergy who have jubilees coming up this year.

Trappist Father Feliciano Manalili; Father Robert Vogt, retired; and Adorno Fathers  Nicholas Capetola and Frank Palmieri will all celebrate 50 years.

Also, celebrating 25 years are Fathers Maximino E. Tria Jr., John Bosco Duraisamy, Raymond J. Carlo, Michael F. McCafferty and
James M. Crowley.