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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


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Pastoral council members
GLOVERVILLE—Our Lady of the Valley Church installed its parish pastoral council members at Mass on Nov. 9. They are: Sister Catherine Marie Lowe, DC, Barbara Thouin, Lynn Pownall, Ray Glinski, Jonette Kramer, Linda Walker, Mary Brown, Michele Conner and Father Jacob Joseph, CMI.

Cruising for their church












CHARLESTON—Members of St. Patrick Church have donated an estimated $12,000 to their parish since 2008. A tour company offered the group one free trip for booking a select number of people each cruise, but the participants opted instead to have the money given to their church. Pictured are: Patricia Parker, Velma Brown, Josephine Stent, Inez Simpson, Eloise Chestnut, Faith White, Latonjia Cooper, Carolyn Thames; Willie Mitchell, Robert Brown, Jacqueline Floyd, Vertelle Kenion, Nancy Bennett- Sanders, Elease Amos-Goodwin, Tee Ferrette, Daisey Ferrette, Jerome Ferrette, David Floyd, Sandra Key, Elnora Capers, Jerone McDaniel, Melvin Kenion, Geraldine Sands and Ulysses Vanderhorst. The Floyds are from Paducah, Ky.









Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone attended Mass on Nov. 20, 2014, at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Gloverville.

From left to right: Marie Fonte, Bishop Guglielmone, Ray Glinski


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Knights Assembly 1071 honors 2014 Policeman and Fireman of the Year
CHARLESTON—Knights of Columbus Assembly 1071 held their Policeman and Fireman Mass and Award Ceremony on Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Church.

Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Father Gabriel Smith, escorted by the 4th Degree Honor Guard.

Police Officer of the Year was presented to Officer Kevin Schlieben, who was recognized for his dedication and attention to details in the arrest of suspects who committed a string of armed robberies.

Firefighter of the Year was presented to Battalion Chief Joseph Roberts, a 29-year veteran of the Charleston Fire Department who played a vital role in establishing the Hazardous Materials Response Team and the Urban Search and Rescue Team, and led the department’s Apparatus and Equipment Committee.

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. praised the work of all the devoted employees of the city’s police and fire departments and acknowledged their dedication and sacrifice plus that of their families.
Submitted by Daniel J. Machowski, faithful captain.

Knights Council 6884 helps Special Olympics in Oconee, Pickens counties
SENECA—Knights of Columbus Council 6884 donated $21,500 to Special Olympics recently.

The check was presented to Dianne Russom, director of Area 13 Special Olympics in Oconee and Pickens counties.

In attendance were Arnold Kuthy, Rick Hamilton, Bob Brohm, and Bank of America officials, Brian McGhee and Michael Peavy.

The money was raised from the Knights’ Special Olympics Golf Tournament in June. It was sponsored by Bank of America.

Council 6884 has teamed with Bank of America and local donors to donate over $61,000 for Special Olympics over the last three years. They also sponsor food and drinks at the Spring Games held in April at Clemson University.

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Sister Margie elected to religious order’s council
MELBOURNE, KY.—Sister Margie Verhoff of the Sisters of Divine Providence was elected recently as councilor to her order’s leadership council. She has served in this role and as province treasurer in the past. She is involved in ministry with women in South Carolina.



Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver receive awards at convention
CHARLESTON—The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc., the African-American Catholic fraternal order, held its 99th annual national convention July 25-30 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Court 110 and St. Peter Council 110 from St. Patrick Church in Charleston received several awards and honors. Lady Vertelle A. Kenion was re-elected to a second term as Supreme Lady of the Ladies Auxiliary Division. Lady Barbara J. Birds was installed for a second term as district deputy of the Gulf Coast States. Lady Francena Rogers received the Silver Medal of Merit, one of the highest awards given for outstanding service to the order, Church and community.

Other notable awards for Court 110 included the Court of the Year Award and the Credentials Award of Excellence. Junior Court 110 was awarded a $750 micro-grant from the KPC Foundation to help fund their continuing projects supporting families at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston. St. Peter Council 110 and the Junior Daughters received expansion awards.

Knights raise funds for ultrasounds
CAMDEN—Knights of Columbus Council 9672 is raising funds for the acquisition of an ultrasound machine that will help the Midlands Women’s Center of Camden provide for the health of mother and child. The Knights Supreme Council will provide matching funds. Council 9672, Midlands Women Center, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and the Columbiettes Council 9672 held a fundraising dinner to raise $3,800.

Council 12263 donates $10,000
BLUFFTON—Knights of Columbus Council 12263 recently presented $10,000 to Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM, principal of John Paul II Catholic School, and Msgr. Ronald R. Cellini, V.F., school president. The proceeds were raised at a golf outing sponsored by the Knights and OC Welch Ford Lincoln at Callawassie Island Golf Club to benefit the school.

Thirty-seven instituted as acolytes
COLUMBIA—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone conferred the ministry of acolyte on 37 men studying for the permanent diaconate at a Mass on Sept. 20 in St. Peter Church. The men are projected to be ordained in 2016. Thirteen men were also instituted into the ministry of lector, they are projected to be ordained in 2017. Acolytes assist the priest or bishop at the altar.


Knights Council 9576 donate Casey bears
PICKENS—Knights of Columbus Council 9576 presented the Pickens Fire Chiefs’ Association with 72 Casey bears recently. Each unit in Pickens County will carry the bears, which are given to young children after a  re or other catastrophic event. Local parishes donated to the project. From left are: Anthony Kwietniewski, Grand Knight; Joe Weidemann, Casey Bear project chairman; Kevin McClain, assistant chief of Vineyards Fire Department; and Michael Barrett, chief of Six Mile Fire Department.

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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.