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Priestly assignments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made several appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston.

Father Marcin Zahuta, chaplain for St. Thomas More Center in Columbia was appointed as pastor, effective Jan. 1:

Father Mark S. Good, in addition to his duties as administrator of St. Mary Church on Yonges Island and Sts. Frederick and Stephen Mission on Edisto Island, SC, was appointed associate director of vocations, effective Jan. 19.

Father Richard B. Tomlinson, formally on loan to the Diocese of Trenton, is appointed parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors, effective Feb. 1.

Father James M. Crowley, Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Francis by the Sea on Hilton Head Island, effective Feb. 2.

Father Timothy D. Tebalt, parochial vicar at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan's Island, is appointed pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church with sacramental responsibilities at Leath Correctional Institution, both in Greenwood, effective Feb. 3.



Food Lion donates to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

CHARLESTON--Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation to help feed local residents.

“We greatly appreciate Food Lion’s gift, which will enable us to better serve families on James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands as well as downtown Charleston,” said Jill Jackson Ledford, executive director of the organization.

Funds from this grant will support the outreach's efforts to relieve hunger and food insecurity in our community, as well as provide access to nutrition education information encouraging participants to make healthy food choices for themselves and their families.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.



Pray with the bishops to end abortion

9 Days for Life: January 17-25, 2015

On January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence.

Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a "culture of life" from Saturday, January 17-Sunday, January 25.



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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day is a tradition that draws thousands of people to parishes dotting the state. St. Cyprian Church and Outreach Center in Georgetown welcomed about 400 people for three days of festivities.

Known as the patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored each year on Dec. 12 and celebrated for her miraculous appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531.

On that day five centuries ago, Mary appeared to the farmer and weaver on the hill of Tepeyac outside Mexico City. He related the story to his bishop but was asked to provide proof of Mary’s visitation. On a snowy day, Our Lady told Juan Diego to climb the hill and gather the flowers there. He did, picking roses from the frozen ground and wrapping them in his “tilma” or cloak for safekeeping. When he came before the bishop, Mary’s image was impressed in the fabric of the tilma.

Devotion to the Virgen de Guadalupe is integral to much of the Latin American culture, even inspiring social justice movements.

“I always think of this as being the first apparition of the Blessed Mary,” said Elva Horlings, of Pawleys Island. “Everything revolves around her. She brought the Aztecs back into the faith.”

Horlings said she loves to see the ceremonies, the traditional dress, and people’s devotion.

Sister Sandra Parra, of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and coordinator of Hispanic ministry at St. Cyprian, welcomed hundreds of people to Mass on Dec. 12, followed the next day by festivities including food, music and dance.

Bishop Emeritus Victor Galeone, from the diocese of St. Augustine, Fla., now resides at Mepkin Abbey near Moncks Corner and traveled to Georgetown to celebrate Mass.

The bishop delivered his homily in Spanish, noting that Mary is important all year, not just on the feast day. He also praised the family values of Latin Americans and encouraged them to keep that tradition alive in their children, Sister Madeline Kavanagh, parish life facilitator, translated.

“The love for Our Lady was palpable in the room,” the bishop said after Mass. “It’s a marvelous community here. Marvelous.”


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