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Father Charles Day, a retired diocesan priest, dies at 83

MAULDIN—Father Charles J. Day, a retired priest for the Diocese of Charleston, died Oct. 19. He was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 30 at St. Peter Church in Beaufort. The burial with military honors was in Beaufort National Cemetery.

Father Day was born July 2, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only son of James Martin and Mildred Mary Somers Day. He was a graduate of LaSalle College High School and attended LaSalle College in Philadelphia, University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In 1954, he followed his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, earned a commission, and spent three years as an infantry officer. He returned to the Marines in 1959, serving in the Vietnam War and remaining until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1975. He entered Pope John XXIII National Seminary that year and earned his Master’s of Divinity.

Father Day was ordained on June 20, 1981, by Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston.

As a priest, Father Day served as an associate pastor of St. John the Beloved in Summerville and St. Peter in Columbia. He was pastor of St. Edward in Murphy Village, St. John in North Charleston, Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, Corpus Christi in Lexington, and St. Philip Benizi in Moncks Corner.

He also served as a judge on the diocesan Tribunal, a campus minister at Baptist College, a member of the priests’ personnel board, and as vocations director.

Due to poor health, Father Day retired in 1992 to Beaufort, where he assisted in local parishes. In 1996, he was very aware of a clergy shortage and felt he needed to return to active ministry.

“I looked around and said to myself, good grief, we’re losing too many priests. Having been on the personnel board, I knew how difficult it is [to fill assignments].” So he prayed over it, asked the vicar for clergy if he could “use the
services of a crusty old priest,” and resumed active ministry to help fill the need.

“My health was good and I had been ordained to serve the people and serve the Lord,” he said in a Miscellany article. He was assigned as administrator pro tem, and later pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville.

He retired for the third time in his life in 2003 and remained in the Upstate.

 

Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post for a chivalric religious order.

Cardinal Burke, formerly prefect of the Apostolic Signature, will now serve as cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta, the Vatican announced Nov. 8.
The move had been widely expected since an Italian journalist reported it in September, and the cardinal himself confirmed it to reporters the following month.

It is highly unusual for a pope to remove an official of Cardinal Burke's stature and age without assigning him comparable responsibilities elsewhere. By church law, cardinals in the Vatican must offer to resign at 75, but often continue in office for several more years. As usual when announcing personnel changes other than retirements for reasons of age, the Vatican did not give a reason for the cardinal's reassignment.

A prominent devotee of the traditional liturgy and outspoken defender of traditional doctrine on controversial moral issues, Cardinal Burke had appeared increasingly out of step with the current pontificate.

In December 2013, Pope Francis did not reappoint him to his position on the Congregation for Bishops, which advises the pope on episcopal appointments.

Cardinal Burke expressed frustration, in a February 2014 article in the Vatican newspaper, that many Americans thought Pope Francis intended to change Catholic teaching on certain "critical moral issues of our time," including abortion and same-sex marriage, because of the pope's stated belief that "it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."

Insisting that the pope had "clearly affirmed the church's moral teaching, in accord with her unbroken tradition," Cardinal Burke blamed perceptions to the contrary on "false praise" of Pope Francis by "persons whose hearts are hardened against the truth."

After Pope Francis invited German Cardinal Walter Kasper to address a meeting of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Burke emerged as a leading opponent of Cardinal Kasper's proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

Cardinal Burke also warned that efforts to streamline the marriage annulment process -- the mandate of a commission that the pope established in August -- should not undermine the process' rigor.

During the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Burke was one of the most vocal critics of a midterm report that used remarkably conciliatory language toward people with ways of life contrary to Catholic teaching, including those in same-sex unions and other non-marital relationships. The day the report was released, the cardinal told an American reporter that a statement from Pope Francis reaffirming traditional doctrine on those matters was "long overdue."

Cardinal Burke made the news again late in October when he told a Spanish journalist that many Catholics "feel a bit of seasickness, because it seems to them that the ship of the church has lost its compass. The cause of this disorientation must be put aside. We have the constant tradition of the church, the teachings, the liturgy, morals. The catechism does not change."

A former archbishop of St. Louis, Cardinal Burke was named by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the Apostolic Signature in June 2008. At the time of his dismissal, he was the highest-ranking U.S. bishop at the Vatican. That distinction now belongs to Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The new head of the Apostolic Signature is French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, formerly secretary for relations with states, the Vatican's equivalent of a foreign minister.

PHOTO: Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, then-prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS/Paul Haring)

 

People & events

COASTAL

‘Catholicism’ video series
CHARLESTON—The Corpus Christi Catholic Community will host the video series, “Catholicism”, by Father Robert Barron on Mondays beginning Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Pauline Books and Media, 243 King St.

Barbecue on Folly
FOLLY BEACH—Our Lady of Good Counsel Church men’s club will host a barbecue on Nov. 8 from 4-7 p.m. in Father Kelly Hall, 105 W. Hudson St. Tickets: $17 adults, $10 children 12 and under.

Spaghetti dinner
CHARLESTON—Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary OLG Junior Court 110 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Father Figaro Hall, next to St. Patrick Church, 134 St. Philip St. Cost: $8. To order, call Rebecca Cox, (404) 993-7090.

Pro-life rosary
CHARLESTON—Deacon Tom Baranoski, from St. Joseph Church, will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers Nov. 15 from 8-9 a.m. at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.

Mepkin Creche Festival
MONCKS CORNER—Mepkin Abbey will host its annual Creche Festival Nov. 17-23, and Nov. 28 through Dec. 6. This year’s exhibit features a Magi from the Abbey collection plus new contributions from local collectors. Free. Reservations required: www.mepkinabbey.org.

Silent auction and food fair
HANAHAN—Divine Redeemer School’s Silent Auction & International Food Fair will be Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1106 Fort Drive.

Christmas Bazaar
GOOSE CREEK—The Immaculate Conception Ladies Guild Christmas Bazaar will be held Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 510 St. James Ave.

LOWCOUNTRY

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.

USC Concert Choir performs
BLUFFTON—The University of South Carolina Concert Choir, directed by Larry Wyatt, will present a free concert on Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, 333 Fording Island Road.

MIDLANDS

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.

Veterans Day reception
NORTH AUGUSTA—Knights of Columbus Council 7062 will host a Veterans Day Mass and reception Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 856 Old Edgefield Road.

Flag retirement
COLUMBIA—The Knights of Columbus and St. John Neumann School will hold a U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony Nov. 11 from 2:15-2:45 p.m. in the gymnasium, 721 Polo Road. Veterans invited. Contact: Ed Hogue, (803) 348-1260 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Single, Single Again
AIKEN—Single, Single Again will host a potluck dinner on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Hall, 123 Park Ave., SE. Bring a dish. RSVP by Nov. 10 to Carla Noziglia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Karen Perry, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Jeanne Shanks, (803) 663-3839.

‘An Evening of Entertainment’
COLUMBIA—The Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 380 at St. Martin de Porres Church will hold their annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Entertainment”, on Nov. 14 from 8-12 p.m. at Our Lady of the Hills hall, 120 Marydale Lane. Features dinner, a silent auction, and music. Tickets: $35. Call: Charlotte House, (803) 318-7968.

St. Joseph School auction
COLUMBIA—The St. Joseph School auction, “Adventures in Narnia”, will be held Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Valley Country Club. Features live and silent auctions, and more. Tickets: sjcs14.auction-bid.org/micro2.php. Contact: Kathy Ferguson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (803) 738-6256.

Feast of 117 Vietnamese Martyrs
COLUMBIA—St. Martin de Porres Church, 2229 Hampton St., will host the Feast of 117 Vietnamese Martyrs on Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. with a procession and Eucharist, and reception. Franciscan Father David Phan and Oratorian Father Paul Nguyen will concelebrate Mass. RSVP by Nov. 9 to Michael Tran, (864) 704-6559 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Catholic Days at the Capital
COLUMBIA—The South Carolina Catholic Conference will host Catholic Days at the Capitol on Jan. 28, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Statehouse. The event features breakfast with the bishop and legislators, briefing on policy issues affecting human life and dignity, meetings with elected officials, and a Red Mass. Pre-registration is required. Details: www.sccatholicconference.org.

PEE DEE

Nativity exhibits
FLORENCE—St. Anne Ladies Guild will hold its “Come to the Manger” creche exhibit Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 113 State Road.

PIEDMONT

Arts and crafts sale
HARTWELL—Sacred Heart Church will hold an arts and crafts sale on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1009 Benson St.

Veterans Gala
SIMPSONVILLE—The Military Support Ministry of St. Mary Magdalene will hold a Veterans Gala on Nov. 15 from 6-10:30 p.m. with dinner and entertainment. Tickets: $20 each; veterans and active duty, free. No tickets at the door. To purchase: www.militarysupportministry.org or call (864) 757-4897.

ELSEWHERE

Foundation offers grants
COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will open the Community Enrichment grant process in 2015 to organizations interested in funding. Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and offer programs or services within South Carolina. Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000-$15,000 range and require the submission of a budget and narrative to support the request. Details: www.sistersofcharitysc.com.

 

St. Jude prepares for its big anniversary

Since childhood, Vernessa Baker has witnessed a lot of growth and change at St. Jude Church in Sumter.

She attended the parish school during her elementary years and went to Mass there for many years with her Catholic husband before she herself joined the faith about 20 years ago.

Now, she’s organizing St. Jude’s 75th anniversary celebration which will be held Nov. 1.

Priests from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to Sumter in 1939 to found the church.

“It started as a predominantly black parish, a missionary church for the black community,” Baker said. “Now, it’s become a truly multicultural church. Working on this event has been exciting and tiring, but brought a feeling of joy more than anything else. It’s wonderful to hear the stories people tell.”

St. Jude was a beacon of hope for members of the community who had to live in the thick of segregation. Sisters of St. Mary of Namur from Buffalo arrived in 1948 to work with the Oblates, and opened St. Jude School in August of that year. The parish also helped support St. Jude Catholic High School, which closed in 1997.

St. Jude existed as its own separate parish until 2010, when it was merged with St. Anne Church to form the Catholic Community of Sumter.

In recent years, the Spanish-speaking community has grown, and Mass is now celebrated at the West Oakland Avenue site at 1 p.m. every Sunday. There is also a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the property which has become a popular place to stop, pray and meditate.

You can read more about the history of St. Jude and how members are celebrating the milestone anniversary in the Nov. 6 edition of The Catholic Miscellany.

 

 

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