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Oyster roast
SUMMERVILLE—Summerville Catholic School will hold an oyster roast on April 5 from 6-10 p.m. Cost: $30 per family for four people or less, $15 individual. Tickets: (803) 873-9310.

‘Joy of the Gospel’ mission
GOOSE CREEK—Immaculate Conception Church, 510 St. James Ave., will hold a Lenten parish mission, “The Joy of the Gospel”, on April 6-9 at 7 p.m. Speakers include Tony Melendez and Brent Heiser. Additional sessions will be held after the 8:30 a.m. daily Mass, and April 7-9 at 2 p.m. Call the church, (843) 572-1270.

St. Joseph fish fry/bake
CHARLESTON—Knights of Columbus Council 10334 will hold a fish fry and bake each Friday through Lent at St. Joseph Church center, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. with a bake sale by the ladies club.

April-In-Meggett
YONGES ISLAND—St. Mary Church will participate in the April-In-Meggett Arts and Crafts show on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meggett Town Hall, 4776 S.C. Highway 165. Features: local arts and crafts, plus antique tractors and cars, and food booths.

Italian gathering
CHARLESTON—The Sons of Italy West Ashley Lodge will sponsor an Italian Cultural Gathering on April 13 at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church family center, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd. Admission: covered dish or dessert to share. Beverages provided. Guest speaker: Bill Sharp, Channel 5 News anchor. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MIDLANDS

Singles home and garden tour
AIKEN—Single, Single Again will take the St. Thaddeus Home and Garden Tour and hold a social on April 5 at 2 p.m. Cost: $25, or $20 each for 10 or more. RSVP: Karen Perry, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jeanne Shanks, (803) 663-3839.

Corpus Christi Lenten dinners
LEXINGTON—Knights of Columbus will hold Lenten fish dinners on Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. through April 11 at Corpus Christi Church, 2350 Augusta Highway. Adults $7, kids 10 and under $5, families of four or up $20.

Life in the Spirit retreat
COLUMBIA—Our Lady of the Hills will host a Life in the Spirit retreat on April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parish center, 120 Marydale Lane, followed by closing Mass at 5:30 p.m. To register before April 1 or for details, contact John Killilea, (803) 201-7900 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Women’s discernment retreat
WINNSBORO—A Spring Women’s Discernment Retreat will be held April 11-13 at White Oak Conference Center for single Catholic women ages 18-49. Register at www.Charleston Vocations.com or call the Office of Vocations, (800) 660- 4102.

PEE DEE

‘Knight at the Ballpark’
MYRTLE BEACH—The Knights of Columbus will sponsor “A Knight at the Ballpark” for Pelican’s baseball on April 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Tickets available at St. Andrew Church office, 3501 N. Kings Highway, until April 2.

Girl Scout religious medal retreat
MURRELLS INLET—A Girl Scout Catholic Religious Medal All-Day Retreat will be held for grades 2-6 on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave. Cost: $10. Register by April 3. Details: Kyle Myres, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 421-3982.

PIEDMONT

‘Fiddler on the Roof’
GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School will present “Fiddler on the Roof” on April 4-5 at 7 p.m., and April 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets: www.sjcatholicschool.org.

St. Mary testing
GREENVILLE—St. Mary School is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. The final admissions testing date is April 12, register by April 4. Contact: Nelle Palms, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (864) 679-4117.

Engaged Encounter weekends
SIMPSONVILLE—Upcoming Engaged Encounter weekends in English and Spanish will be held April 26-27 at St. Mary Magdalene. Registration: cce-sc.org. Details: (864) 232-1222.

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Colin Peterson is Knight of the Year

GEORGETOWN—Colin Peterson’s greatest joy is helping others and that’s why he joined the Knights of Columbus nearly 39 years ago.

The 64-year-old regularly helps serve meals and hand out food to people in need, visits the sick in hospitals, volunteers at Special Olympics and leads an annual Knights fundraiser for children with mental disabilities. Those are just a few of the good works that earned him the Sir Knight of the Year award at the 67th Exemplification held in Columbia in February. The honor is given annually to a fourth degree Knight who shows exceptional service and dedication to his parish, community and the organization.

“I always felt a need to do what I can to make things a little nicer for people in this world, and I found that in the Knights,” Peterson said. “There are always people in more need than we are, and there’s always time to do a little more for others.”

The Illinois native moved to Georgetown in the mid ’70s to work with International Paper. He joined the Knights at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Church. He is currently in his third term as Grand Knight of Council 3067 in Georgetown and also belongs to Assembly 3272, which covers Pawleys Island and Georgetown.

He is especially proud of his three-year stint as project chair for the Operation Hope fundraiser. Under his leadership, local Knights have raised about $13,000 a year for Special Olympics, the Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the JOY School in Murrells Inlet, a summer program for disabled children.

“It is so special to see what we can do for those children,” Peterson said. “If you could bottle up the joy they show in life and get it out to everybody in the world, it would make a big difference.”

He also promotes patriotism, one of the central values of the fourth degree. Peterson helps with the annual Flag Day Streets of Flags, placing American flags along major thoroughfares in Georgetown and distributing them to homeowners. He works with the Lions Club on the 9/11 Flags Between the Bridges program, participates in honor guards that march in local parades, and helps the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter with the proper disposal of damaged flags.

Peterson’s wife, Sandra, works with him on a lot of his projects. The two were married in 2001, after he lost his first wife to cancer. Between them, they have four daughters and five grandchildren.

Bill Wichrowski has witnessed Peterson’s unselfishness firsthand in the nine years he has served alongside him in the Knights.

“The man has an inordinate amount of human energy and a heart as big as the state of South Carolina,” he said. “He has never turned away anybody in need. That’s just the way he is.”

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Black History Month is celebrated with stories and song

Prayer and poetry, spoken words, song, dance and fellowship were in abundance as parishes and schools around the diocese celebrated Black History Month in February.

St. Anne Church in Florence welcomed poet Nikky Finney during its celebration on Feb. 16. Finney is the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Finney was raised in the Pee Dee region and told stories about growing up during the civil rights movement. She admitted she didn’t like going to the store with her mother, who would openly confront people who treated her badly or ignored her.

It was only in later years, she said, that she learned the importance of her mother’s willingness to take a stand against inequality.

“What I didn’t know as a child and what I do know now is that sometimes a scene was needed,” Finney said.

“She had a great message for everyone in the audience, but especially for the young people,” said Denise Abraham, event organizer.

Praise dancers from Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Florence performed, and parishioners sang gospel music and read poems. Deacon Jim Johnson, one of the oldest members, talked about the history of St. Anne and its role in the community.

At St. Mary Church in Rock Hill, the celebration started with an African-style liturgy that included traditional drumming. Each Sunday, guest speakers shed light on different aspects of black history in York County, said Gwendolyn Finley, who handles parish communications. A man who works at the Brattonsville historic site in nearby McConnells portrayed one of the slaves owned by the Bratton family, and discussed the role slaves played in developing the land.

Parishioners over 85 were honored during Sunday Masses at St. Martin de Porres Church in Columbia, said member Dottie Ashford. Family members wrote biographies of the senior citizens and shared photos and other items related to their lives.

Students at St. Martin de Porres School dressed as their favorite figures from black history, including Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman, said Sister Roberta Fulton, principal. Each class presented a historic scene and participated in the Black History Bowl. The students also learned about African-American Catholics being considered for sainthood: Venerable Henriette Delille, Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange.

At St. Anthony of Padua School in Greenville, students presented “Past, Present and Our Future” on Feb. 28. The evening included traditional African dance and readings of poet Maya Angelou, and “What the Black Man Wants,” a speech by Frederick Douglass. The school’s choirs and recorder ensemble also played a tribute to Thomas Dorsey, the composer often called the father of black gospel music. Students also portrayed different historical figures and described their contributions.

One student dressed as Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson, D-Greenville, who spoke after the program.

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Men’s conference offers key to a balanced life

COLUMBIA—Joseph Lombardi says three things were most important to his late grandfather, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, “faith, family and football … in that order!”

Replace that sport with any other career or job, and that simple list offers the key to a balanced life, Lombardi told hundreds of men packed into St. Joseph Church on
March 1.

Lombardi, the current offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, was one of the keynote speakers at the first South Carolina Catholic Men’s Conference, “Building Men of Faith.” Sponsored by the South Carolina State Council of the Knights of Columbus, with help from the offices of Family Life and Youth Ministry, organizers hope the event will become an annual tradition.

It combined the spiritual and the practical, offering workshops along with the chance to go to the sacrament of reconciliation, participate in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone.

All the speakers focused on ways men can build better marriages and families through a deeper relationship with God.

Lombardi said many of the traits he looks for in football players are the same things that make a good Catholic. A solid quarterback, for instance, is committed to his team, follows the fundamentals of the game, and is coachable. In turn, he said strong men of faith need to commit themselves to seeking Christ, look for guidance in the moral and sacramental basics of the faith, and also be willing to listen to the teachings of Scripture and the Church.

“Players also need to have physical and moral toughness, and we as Catholics need that,” he said. “You have to be able to rebound from adversity, from falling short. That’s why we have confession, which offers a chance to start over and start fresh.”

People also should consistently try to live their faith to the fullest each day and be willing to talk about it with others at every opportunity,
Lombardi said.

Father Dwight Longenecker, administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, spoke on the rule of St. Benedict and how its vows of stability, obedience and conversion could be useful to men in their daily lives.

Steve Wood, author and director of Family Life Center in Greenville, offered a session on becoming a stronger father through studying scriptural examples. He reminded the men that strong families are key to combatting a growing tide of secularism in popular culture.

“Parents are the primary educators of their children, and the strength of the faith conveyed to the child is directly proportional to the parents’ faith,” Wood said. “Remember that the family is the ‘domestic church.’ We can’t control what goes on outside, but we can make a decision to be a happy, faith-filled cell within society.”

Men who might not know how to discuss the faith with their children can begin by talking about the Gospel readings from Sunday Mass with them, Wood said.

“Share one intelligent thing from the Gospel every week,” he said. “It’s important your children hear you proclaim God’s word.”

In an intense afternoon session, Wood talked about pornography addiction, a fast-growing problem he said is one of the greatest threats to marriages, families and youth. Since the internet has made sexually explicit material instantly available, he said, more and more men of all ages are addicted to the constant stream of images, often viewing the damaging material at work.

“Pornography doesn’t just stimulate the brain, it alters it,” he said. “When a man uses pornography, neurochemicals put an imprint of the images in a man’s brain. There have been men in their 70s who say they can still vividly see the images of pornography they viewed as a teen. In order to get back the feeling they get from a first viewing, they
have to view more and more. It’s an addictive cycle.”

Like any other addiction, it requires accountability and commitment to stop, he said. He urged men who feel they have a problem to seek out counselors or spiritual advisors for help, and also to find fellow men of faith who will stay in communication and help keep them accountable.

Strong faith and commitment to Christian values can also prevent addiction in the first place, he said. He urged men to stay away from movies, music and other cultural influences that might lead to impure thought.

Developing a strong prayer life and reading Scripture daily can also help men avoid the cycle of temptation and lust that leads to an urge to view adult material, he said.

Wood said one of the main stumbling blocks for many Catholics when dealing with issues such as pornography is that the men focus too much on the details and practice of the faith instead of full awareness of God’s love and grace.

“When we put the emphasis on what we do rather than God first, that’s backwards,” he said. “Keep the emphasis on God, His goodness and His mercy. Ask Jesus to reveal His love to you. If you become aware of Christ’s love, you’ll have the power to overcome sin.”

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