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Grand Strand Citizens for Life holds its annual prayer vigil

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Grand Strand Citizens for Life Annual Pro-Life Prayer Vigil was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Jan. 23.

The interdenominational event featured pastors from five churches on the Grand Strand, who led prayers for a greater respect for life, from conception to natural death.

Father Anthony Droze, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, was joined by Pastors Wayne Brown, Diversified Ministries; Scott Wachter, Surfside United Methodist Church; Ted Ragsdale, Faith Presbyterian Church; and John Kassouf, Risen Christ Lutheran Church.

This vigil was held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. in 1973.


Religious Freedom Day
MYRTLE BEACH—In response to a letterwriting campaign by Carol Jean Walters, director of South Carolina’s chapter of Catholics for Freedom of Religion, Gov. Nikki R. Haley signed a proclamation establishing Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day.

The announcement was welcomed by those attending the first annual National Religious Freedom Day celebration at St. Andrew Church on Jan. 16, sponsored by Catholics for Freedom of Religion. The celebration included a flag folding ceremony performed by the Knights of Columbus from St. James Church. Guest speakers included Michael Acquilano, director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference, and Rev. Randy Riddle, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Conway.

Father James LeBlanc, pastor of St. Andrew, spoke of his appreciation of the work by Catholics for Freedom of Religion to organize the event. The Knights of Columbus also assisted.

Walters has introduced the idea of laity-run chapters of the group at St. Andrew, St. Michael in Murrells Inlet, St. James in Conway, and St. Martin de Porres in Columbia. She hopes to reach every parish in the Diocese of Charleston. Contact her at (843) 236-0162 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

St. Mary Magdalene Virtual Library
SIMPSONVILLE—The library at St. Mary Magdalene Church began as a collection of books that had accumulated over the years. It was moved from one office to another and rarely used. When the parish acquired a privatelyowned house near the church, a small room was dedicated to the library.

An inspired parishioner, generous benefactor, and donations then led to the formation of the St. Mary Magdalene Virtual Library. Bob Kanto, a former information technology manager, came up with the idea to use commercial library software to offer books to lend. Staff members and volunteers cataloged the materials from the church and parishioners and placed them into a web-based library.

The collection includes media such as books, movies, documentaries, audio books, Bible study kits, illustrated books for young children, devotional materials and music. The materials must either directly, or indirectly, contribute to a growth in faith.

Parishioners can reserve and check out material with the online catalog. Volunteers bring the reserved material to the library exchange desk, staffed before and after certain Masses and at set times during the week.

Since the opening in June 2014, they have circulated over 300 items. The library has over 1,300 items owned by the parish and almost 200 available from parish lenders.
Submitted by Barbara Brown

Traditional Epiphany blessing
SPARTANBURG—Father Robert Ferguson, of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the vice-rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., traveled to St. Paul the Apostle Church recently to offer a Mass for the Feast of Epiphany.

Father Christopher Smith served as deacon and Joshua Houck, an FSSP seminarian, served as subdeacon and his fellow seminarian, Michael Cunningham, was master of ceremonies.

The Solemn Epiphany blessing of water, chalk, and salt followed the Mass. The blessed water and salt are used by the faithful to bless their homes and the chalk is used to mark the names of the Magi on the front door.

Jonathan Arrington, Ph.D., professor at the Angelicum in Rome, lead the Schola and chanted the solemn blessing sequence. Alexander Germann, another FSSP seminarian, was the organist.
Submitted by Steve Cunningham


Parish life

New logo for Blessed Sacrament School

CHARLESTON—Blessed Sacrament School kicked off the new year with a Logo Reveal Party to launch the school’s new logo, plus they unveiled the school’s updated website.

Parishioner Craig McLaughlin of McLaughlin Design, and father of eighth-grader Russell, created the logo.

“Navy blue honors the traditional school uniform that has been worn by thousands of students educated in these classrooms over the past 67 years,” he said. “Kelly Green celebrates our church’s award-winning sports programs, and reminds us that the school is a ministry of the church. The chalice and host reflect the beauty of the stained glass window and the meaning behind the school’s name.”

Father Joseph Romanoski, administrator, blessed the new logo and reminded the students that it will quickly become synonymous with the school’s tradition of excellence in Catholic education.

Knights help Down Syndrome Society

MYRTLE BEACH—Knights of Columbus Council 5086 donated $7,000 to the Myrtle Beach Down Syndrome Society. The funds were raised through donations to the Operation Hope fund drive with SOS HealthCare Autism treatment program.

In the photo are: Tom Setty, council program chairman; Sarah Pope, executive director of the Down Syndrome Society; Cheryl Bauerle, board member; and Bruce Miller, Grand Knight.

Knights donate Toys for Tots

SIMPSONVILLE—Knights of Columbus Council 10819 and their families celebrated Christmas early by donating toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual appeal on Dec. 22. The Marines distributed toys to needy children in the Greenville area on Christmas day.

The Knights Color Corps escorted Santa in. Representing the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve was Gunnery Sgt. Gustavo Villasenor and his son Isaac.

The Knights’ volunteer kitchen team bought, prepared and served a turkey dinner at the celebration for the needy children.

Crèche display at St. Michael

Carol Gorman, a member of St. Michael Church in Murrells Inlet, admires a Nativity set carved out of olive wood from the Holy Land. Members of the Blessed John Duns Scotus Secular Franciscan Fraternity organized the crèche display Dec. 27-28. Parishioners of St. Michael loaned their family crèche sets so area visitors could enjoy them during the holidays.


Msgr. Richard C. Madden Council 6629 anniversary dinner

SUMMERVILLE – The Msgr. Richard C. Madden Council 6629 held its 40th anniversary dinner Dec. 13, 2014. In attendance were: seated – Past Grand Knights Greg Seltzer, John Connerty and John Dupont; standing: Rev. Timothy Akanson, Past Grand Knights Michael Laurendi, Joe Branton, Jack Walsh, Deputy Grand Knight Richard Gotheridge, Denny Nacco, Bernie Mineweaser, Tom Walstrom, and Rev. Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski.


St. Mary Magdalene creates virtual library

SIMPSONVILLE--The library at St. Mary Magdalene Church began as a collection of books that had         accumulated over the years. It was moved from one office to another, rarely used, and few people had access to it. When the parish acquired a privately owned house near the church, a small room was dedicated to the parish library.

Bob Kanto, a member of the church and a former information technology manager, came up with the idea to use commercial web-based library software to offer books owned by the church and those of parishioners to lend or borrow.

With the help of several staff members and dedicated library volunteers, the materials  were cataloged and placed into the web-based library.

The broad spectrum of media included books, movies, documentaries, audio books, Bible study kits for small groups, illustrated books for young children, devotional materials for adoration chapel, and music. In order to be included in the catalogue, the item must enrich a person’s faith.

Users can access the online catalog to check something out or make a reservation. Volunteer librarians either pull the item or contact a lender to bring the material to church. The material is brought to the “Library Exchange Desk,” which is staffed before and after certain Masses and at set times during the week. Church members visit the desk to pick up or drop off the items.

The library contains over 1300 items owned by the parish and almost 200 available from lenders. Since the opening in June, they have circulated over 300 items.

Submitted by Barbara Brown


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.