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Children’s choir camp
SULLIVAN’S ISLANDƒ—The Children’s Choir Beach Retreat will be held Aug. 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stella Maris Church, 1204 Middle St. For youth ages 7-18. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Help with food pantry
JOHNS ISLAND—ƒHoly Spirit seeks volunteers for its Saturday Emergency Food Pantry to serve residents of the Sea Islands and migrant workers currently residing on three island campsites. The pantry supplies fresh vegetables and meat through parishioner donations and are distributed from the parish center. Call Kathy Coder, (843) 768-0357.

Engaged Encounter
HANAHAN—ƒAn Engaged Encounter weekend will be held June 27-29 at Divine Redeemer Church, 1106 Fort Drive. To register, visit Details: (864) 232-1222.


Silver Rose program
ROCK HILL—Knights of Columbus Council 6756 recently conducted a Silver Rose Program at St. Anne Church. Over 200 people attended. The prayer service was held in Spanish and English. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose is a national pro-life campaign sponsored by the Knights. She is the patroness of the unborn and the roses are transported around the country to encourage a culture of life.

Black Catholics Reflection Day
COLUMBIA—ƒThe Diocese of Charleston’s Black Catholics Day of Reflection will be held June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 2229 Hampton St. Cost: $20 adults, 18 and under free. Register by June 23. Contact the Office of Ethnic Ministries: (864) 331-2627 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jewelry workshop and sale
COLUMBIA—The Friends of the Earth will hold a jewelry workshop and fundraiser for Cardinal Newman School July 23 from 3-5:20 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church hall, 100 Polo Road. Recreate or fix a necklace. The event includes a bake sale and children’s activities. Call the church, (803) 788-0811.

Homeschool convention
COLUMBIAƒ—A Midlands Catholic homeschool convention will be held July 24-26 at the Columbia Convention Center. It will feature exhibits, authors, and information on home education. Onsite childcare available with early registration at


Franciscan mini retreat
MURRELLS INLET—ƒBlessed John Duns Scotus Fraternity will hold a mini retreat on June 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave. It will include Mass at 8 a.m. and breakfast. Carolyn D. Townes, animator of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation National Commission, will lead the retreat themed “Doing Love to Animate Peace.” Bring a bag lunch. Details: Ellen DeKleva, (843) 651-1359 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pawleys Island 4th of July celebration
PAWLEYS ISLAND—The fourth annual Pawleys Island 4th of July evening celebration will be held on Friday, July 4, at 6 p.m. inside the Parish Life Center at Precious Blood of Christ Church, 1633 Waverly Road. The program is a salute to our nation and our military featuring the Pawleys Island Concert Band. Sandwiches, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 and Council 11028. Admission is free.


July 4 party
GREENVILLE—ƒKnights of Columbus Council 1668 and Assembly 1073 will host a July 4 party with games and fireworks beginning at 6 p.m. in the Knights Hall, 762 Mauldin Road. Cost: $5, includes burgers and hotdogs. Bring a dessert to share.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha event
GREENVILLE—ƒA Celebration of the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha will be July 12 at noon at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3710 Augusta Road. A prayer service and reception will follow. Contact: Office of Ethnic Ministries, (864) 331-2627; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SCCCW donates to chapel

GREENVILLE—ƒMembers of the South Carolina Conference of Catholic Women ( presented a check for $6,395.50 recently to Chaplain Kimberly Campbell to help build a women’s chapel at the Graham Correctional Institution in Columbia. The funds were raised from a collection during the annual convention in May. The check was presented by Marlene Grover, SCCCW president; Phyllis Atkins, past president; Chris Segars, past board member; and Oratorian Father Fabio Refosco, diocesan moderator for the council. The Women’s Chapel was the SCCCW convention project.

Creighton practitioner education
GREENVILLE—ƒApplications are being accepted for the 13-month Creighton Model FertilityCare practitioner education program for those interested in teaching others how to use the method. Education Phase I will be conducted over two sessions: July 31 to Aug. 3, and Aug. 21-24. Education Phase II will be Feb. 25 to March 2, 2015. To apply, contact Kelli Ball, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (803) 807-0158, or Nancy McGrath, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (864) 292-0475.

Marian Eucharistic Conference
GREENVILLEƒ—A Marian Eucharistic Conference will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 100 St. Joseph’s Drive, from Sept. 27-28. Featured speakers include: Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Fathers of Mercy Fathers Bill Casey and Wade Menezes, and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Ricardo Castanon Gomez, Ph.D. Details:

The June 5 edition of The Miscellany incorrectly identified a photo of a woman receiving a blessing in the article, “A new priest to shepherd many who are united by one”, on page 9. She was unidentified and was not Nora Alvarez, from St. John of the Cross, as stated.

Also, the “Fortnight for Freedom renews the call to protect religious rights” article on page 5 contained an error. The opening Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Greenville and not at 8 a.m.

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Sister Sharon finds her heart

TRAVELERS REST—Poor Clare Sister Sharon Ratteree gives a lot of credit to the nun who prayed for her mother while she was giving birth to her in the former St. Eugene’s Hospital in Dillon.

“I am convinced now that the prayer of that sister was the beginning of God’s call upon my life,” she said in a recent interview.

Sister Sharon professed her solemn vows at the Monastery of St. Clare on June 19, which was also her 58th birthday. Franciscan Father Thomas Hartle presided at the ceremony. He is the religious associate for Poor Clare Nuns of the Holy Name Federation.

Her two brothers and a sister-in law were there to celebrate with her.

She was born in Dillon but lived most of her life in North Carolina, one of three children of the late Bernice and William Ratteree. Both parents were public schoolteachers who raised their children to have a deep love of learning. Sister Sharon received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and then studied at École Normale de Musique in Paris. She also did graduate work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and earned a registered nursing degree from the Carolina College of Health Sciences.

“My field was music, and my goals of performance and teaching in higher education were achieved before I was 30,” she said. “I felt empty and began to seek to find my heart again.”

Raised a Presbyterian, she was a teen when she first felt what she calls “the whisper of God” to live a monastic life, but dismissed the idea because she wasn’t Catholic and felt, then, that it would be “hiding from the world.” After she left her career in music, she worked for a nondenominational church and explored the missionary field, but still felt something was missing.

After watching evening Mass on television, Sister Sharon said she suddenly realized the fullness of Christ that came through the Eucharist, and started attending RCIA classes at a church in Charlotte. She became a Catholic in 2006.

She felt a genuine call to religious life but didn’t know whether to enter a contemplative or apostolic order, so she asked the question “What part of the Body of Christ am I?”

While at prayer one day, she heard the voice of God answer: “I want you to be my heart, I want you to be my heart for the world.”

A visit to the Travelers Rest monastery and a month-long Franciscan pilgrimage led to her decision to enter the Order of the Poor Clares six years ago.

Their primary mission is constant prayer for the needs of the Church, the poor and the world. The Travelers Rest sisters live a cloistered life and support themselves by distributing altar breads and producing prayer cards.

“I am grateful to God for the gift of Sister Sharon’s vocation and for her generous response,” said Sister Mary Connor, abbess at the Monastery of St. Clare. “We have already been blessed by her presence among us. I know that her life of prayer will be blessings to our diocese and to our world.”

Sister Sharon said she had to be willing to let go of all her possessions and all she had known before in order to reach this milestone.

“It really is true that when you surrender all, God will bring more than you ever imagined and in a way that you would never expect,” she said.

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Summerton and Manning churches begin a new chapter

MANNING—St. Mary Church in Summerton is becoming a mission and Our Lady of Hope Mission in Manning is becoming a church.

In a decree effective June 15, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone stated that a new territorial parish will be created for Our Lady of Hope Church which encompass Clarendon County — the boundaries currently held by St. Mary.

The decree stated that the change was made “in an effort to ensure the vitality of parish life, with concern for the best stewardship of resources, and the right of the people of God to receive assistance from the Church, especially the Word of God, spiritual sustenance, and the sacraments, it is now deemed necessary to begin a new chapter of the Church’s presence in Clarendon County.”

To determine when or if changes are necessary, the bishop consults with the Presbyteral Council and the pastor/administrator in accordance with canon law.

“This decision is based upon a number of factors, among which are the current allocation of the Catholic faithful in Clarendon County, the decline in the Catholic worshiping community at St. Mary, Summerton, the fostering of unity, the enhancement of collaborative ministry, and the relative proximity of the worship communities and churches” the decree stated.

Clarendon County is located southeast of Columbia and is part of the Midlands Deanery.

Our Lady of Hope was founded in 2002 as a mission of St. Mary. About 200 households are registered, according to its website ( St. Mary has about 15 families registered. The tight-knit community recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. The church was founded in 1914 by Lebanese immigrants.

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Fortnight for Freedom begins June 21 with Mass and procession

In 2012, Pope Benedict spoke about his worry that religious freedom in the United States is being weakened. Two years later, that threat has not abated.
A number of issues from healthcare to immigration continue to undermine and chip away at freedom of religion nationally and globally, and leaders urge everyone to stand up and protect their rights.
The Diocese of Charleston is doing its part by participating in the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, which kicks off June 21 with a 10 a.m. celebration of Mass at St. Mary Church in Greenville, followed by a eucharistic procession led by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone.
The fortnight runs June 21 to July 4, a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power: St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, and Sts. Peter and Paul.
This year’s theme will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.
Bishop Guglielmone said they continue to protest the same basic principle, which is that the federal government should not be able to dictate the terms or definition of religious activity.
For example, the health care mandate requires employers to provide for services such as sterilization and contraception that defy Church teaching. The government has ruled that churches are exempt from the mandate, but Bishop Guglielmone said that leaves a lot of church-affiliated organizations on the hook.
“Religious activity isn’t just worship,” he said. “We’re talking about freedom of religion, not freedom of worship.”
He said people are commanded by Jesus and their faith to do all they can to help others, to participate in outreach activities that go hand-in-hand with the Church, such as feeding and clothing the poor, providing medical care, and helping immigrants. Yet none of these agencies of the Church are exempt from the health care directive.
The bishop mentioned that the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision — a religious freedom challenge to the HHS mandate against for-profit businesses — is expected to occur during the fortnight. He said people and parishes should consider hosting events surrounding the announcement of that decision.
Yet the HHS mandate, which is being fought in states across the country, is just one issue that threatens religious freedom.
Some areas of concern include:
s Catholic foster care and adoption services. Many Catholic agencies have been driven out of foster and adoption services because they refuse to place children with same-sex couples, or unmarried couples.
s State immigration laws that infringe on what the Church considers charity and pastoral care.
s Discrimination against small church congregations. In New York, for example, churches cannot rent schools for worship service, but non-religious groups can rent those same schools for a variety of reasons.
The bishop encourages everyone to participate in parish and community activities and, above all, to pray.
“It’s a public consciousness-raising activity,” he said. “We’re hoping to change the hearts of those in control.”
Other events include televised Masses at the Baltimore Basilica on June 21 and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on July 4.

Join the Call to Prayer Facebook page to receive weekly emails on prayer and fasting for religious liberty, or find ways to engage in the Take Action campaign on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website (
You may also find diocesan activities and prayer resources on the U.S. bishops’ website.


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