The Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston launched a new website late last month.
Father Jeffrey Kirby, vicar of vocations, said it was a six-month endeavor and the office worked with Solutio, a Catholic web design company.
“The new site reflects current trends,” he said. “As social media continues to become the mall of cyberspace, websites are becoming the libraries of cyberspace. So, our new vocations website is heavier with content and resources than it has been in the past.”
The new site has specific resources for inquirers, parents, Catholic schools, and local parishes.
Visit charlestonvocations.com for more information.
CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made five appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston.
Father Dennis B. Willey, vicar forane, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Charleston and chaplain at The Citadel, was appointed as dean of Coastal Deanery effective Sept. 1.
Father Gary S. Linsky, vicar forane, pastor of St. Peter Church in Columbia, was appointed as dean of Midlands Deanery effective Oct. 16.
Father C. Thomas Miles, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Folly Beach, was appointed adjutant judicial vicar for the Diocese of Charleston effective Oct. 28.
Effective Nov. 23: Father Arturo O. Dalupang, pastor of Holy Family Church on Hilton Head Island, is appointed as parochial vicar at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken; Msgr. Joseph F. Hanley Jr., former pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston, is appointed as pastor of Holy Family Church on Hilton Head Island.
Pauline Books and Media Center
CHARLESTON—The annual Baby Jesus Birthday Party will be held Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pauline Books and Media Center, 243 King St. Includes music, activities, and pictures with Baby Jesus. On Dec. 8, Amy Welborn will autograph her books from 1-4 p.m. Details: Pauline Books & Media, (843) 577-0175 or www.facebook.com/PBMCharleston.
Feeding the multitude
JOHNS ISLAND—A Thanksgiving Feast will be hosted by over 25 churches on Nov. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. John’s parish life building, 3673 Maybank Highway. Fellowship, private prayer sessions, entertainment and free food.
Turkey Day Run
CHARLESTON—Knights of Columbus Council 704 will hold its 36th annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble on Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. Volunteers needed. Details: www.turkey dayrun.com.
Matthew Kelly at BEHS
CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School will host “Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose” on Jan. 31 from 7-10:45 p.m. at the school, 363 Seven Farms Drive. Speaker Matthew Kelly and musical guest Eliot Morris. Cost $39. Tickets or information: www.DynamicCatholic.com or (843) 216-0039.
Mexican food sale
BEAUFORT—St. Peter Church’s Hispanic ministry will hold an authentic Mexican food sale Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parish Walsh Palmetto room, 70 Lady’s Island Drive. Lunch in or carry out. All proceeds go to the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor a hymn festival on Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 24 Pope Ave. The massed choir will include members from 11 churches. Organists will be JooSoo Son from Providence Presbyterian Church and Thomas M. Fierro from St. Peter Catholic Church. A free-will offering will support Family Promise of Beaufort County.
Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs
Catholic Time Machine
Catholic Daughters installation
MURRELLS INLET—St. Michael Catholic Daughters will meet Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the parish center, 542 Cypress Ave. Father Edward Fitzgerald, JCL, will be installed as the official chaplain of Court 2356.
Fish fry for ‘Toys for Tots’
FLORENCE—St. Anthony Church and School will sponsor a Fall Fish Fry to raise money for “Toys for Tots” on Nov. 22 from 4:30-7 p.m. at 2536 Hoffmeyer Road.
FLORENCE—St. Anne Church ladies guild will hold a Come to the Manger Nativity Exhibit on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Nov. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Father Foley Hall, 113 S. Kemp St. See nativity scenes from all over the world. For the whole family.
Scott Hahn at St. Mary
GREENVILLE—St. Mary Church will host Scott Hahn, Ph.D., speaking on “Letter and Spirit” and “The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization” on Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the church center, 111 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $10. Registration is required. To register, make checks payable to the church and send date, name, address, city, state, zip, phone, and number of tickets to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Scott Hahn Event, 111 Hampton Ave., Greenville, SC 29601.
The Oct. 31 edition of The Miscellany contained an error in the All Souls’ Day photo cutline on page 12. All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, is not a holy day of obligation, All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 is. When All Saints’ Day falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the requirement to attend Mass that day is temporarily waived. Sunday obligation remains. Also, the page 2 listing for the Homes for the Holidays tour contained an error. St. Peter Church on Carteret Street is not called Chapel of the Holy Cross.
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Infertility is a heart-breaking experience for couples who want to have a child.
Those who have tried unsuccessfully for years describe it as a loss, just like a death in the family, which they have to grieve and come to terms with.
Trying to have a baby also engenders a lot of soul searching for Catholics, who have to weigh the pursuit of life against the moral ambiguity of certain methods.
One couple was frustrated by the fact that the Church is very clear on what cannot be done to achieve conception, but less clear on what they can do.
Artificial insemination, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization are clearly ruled as immoral by the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith in “Donum Vitae.”
However, the instruction did not rule out all methods of technology to overcome infertility, and many theologians believe it has been left up to the individual to make a moral judgment of their own when it comes to certain techniques, such as lower tubal ovum transfer and gamete intrafallopian transfer.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2377 instructs couples that they must not dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. Because the two transfer methods combine the loving marital act with laboratory assistance, theologians hotly debate whether the practice merely assists the couple or bypasses them entirely.
Luckily, there are options with no moral ambiguity.
The Pope Paul VI Institute based in Omaha offers NaPro — natural procreative technology — that identifies problems couples are having and makes corrections. Sometimes this can be a quick, easy fix for irregular cycles or cysts, but sometimes it’s more complicated and requires surgery, such as for endometriosis.
Whatever the outcome, couples who use the process call it a well kept secret and wish more people knew about it.
Institute statistics show that NaPro is three times more effective than in vitro.
Christine and Vince Sullivan, who attend St. Mary in Greenville, said it took about five years of charting and addressing various issues before they conceived. Their daughter, Clare Marie, just turned 1.
“You have to pray. You have to have patience,” Mrs. Sullivan said. “It’s not a quick answer, but to me it’s the only answer. Because it’s not just the medical side of it, it’s the spiritual side of it. It’s just changed my life so much.”
She said the intimacy of the process brought them closer to each other and God.
Nancy McGrath, a registered nurse and fertility educator, said NaPro was created by Dr. Thomas Hilgers as a way to use the Creighton model to identify biological markers that indicate trouble with conception.
McGrath cautions couples not to write off Creighton as “old school,” noting that advances in technology have made it more effective than artificial methods.
“It’s getting at that underlying medical condition that’s making the reproductive system ill,” McGrath said.
Along with the Pope Paul institute, Dr. Hilgers has also founded the National Center for Women’s Health, Fertility-Care Center of Omaha, and the Center for NaPro Ethics.
“I happen to think most of what is being done with women’s reproductive health care today is very bad medicine, and we’ve developed a whole climate of health-care professionals who could care less about what’s wrong with the woman,” he told Legatus magazine. “If she has irregular cycles or cysts, they put her on the [birth-control] pill. Then, if it’s infertility, they don’t look at the causes. They jump over and rush to IVF.”
Couples who have used NaPro said it benefits women’s health on an overall basis, not just infertility.
When Jean and Jason Beaudoin spoke to doctors about having a child, the immediate recommendation was in vitro, Mrs. Beaudoin said. Since that wasn’t an option, they contacted the institute and started charting with Creighton, which led to the discovery of endometriosis throughout her body.
She said it took years to address her health issues. In that time, conception remained out of reach, but her marital bond was strengthened and they drew closer to God as a couple.
“Infertility is such a great cross to carry,” she said, adding that it’s sad and difficult, and creates so many moral dilemmas. But sometimes, couples have to accept that God has other plans for them.
The Beaudoins pursued NaPro fertility and adoption, and are still open to life, she said, but have also accepted God’s will.
“All you can see for a little while is the pain, but God brings you out of that. He really does,” she said. “You just have to accept His will and go on with your life.”
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- December 08 2013 Breakfast with St. Nick
- December 14 2013 Christmas dinner dance
- December 14 2013 - December 15 2013 ‘The Little Match Girl ‘ ballet
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