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Bishops Homecoming Bash
CHARLESTON—The Bishops Homecoming Bash will be held Oct. 10 from 5-7 p.m. at Bishop England High School practice field. Sponsored by the PTO. Tickets include food, drink and entry to the game: $15 adults, $10 students and $6 for 12 and under. RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pro-life rosary
CHARLESTON—Father Joseph V. Romanoski, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers on Oct. 18 from 8-9 a.m. at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.

Fall Family Festival
SUMMERVILLE—St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, 11001 Dorchester Road, will hold its annual Fall Family Festival on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a car show, rummage sale, crafts, games, petting zoo, entertainment, auctions, food and more. Details: www.sttheresachurch.com.

Early child loss Mass
CHARLESTON—The Office of Family Life will host an early child loss Mass on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 5 Saint Teresa Drive. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (803) 547-5063.

Bioethics and end-of-life issues
CHARLESTON—A workshop on bioethics and end-of-life issues will be held Nov. 10 (corrected from Nov. 1) from 9 a.m. to noon at Roper St. Francis Hospital. Registration: Michael Acquilano, (843) 853-2130 ext. 231 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LOWCOUNTRY

Notre Dame Glee Club
BLUFFTON—St. Gregory the Great Church will host the University of Notre Dame Glee Club in concert on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head and the John Paul II Catholic School leadership team. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students. Purchase at the door or from the school or church offices. Contact: (843) 815-9988 or rfagon@hargray.com.

MIDLANDS

Recycle for Charity event
COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann Church, 100 Polo Road, will hold its Recycle for Charity event Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bring reusable items to the church for Habitat for Humanity, Oliver Gospel Mission, cancer patients, The Lions Club, Sistercare (sistercare.com/wishlist.html), Pawmetto Lifeline (pawmettolifeline.org) and more. For a list of all items, check the bulletin at stjohnneumannsc.com.

Native American celebration
LEXINGTON—The Native American Catholics’ Heritage Celebration, “Amazing Grace: Balancing the Heritage and Spirituality of the Native American People”, will be Nov. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 2350 Augusta Highway. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will celebrate Mass. RSVP by Oct. 31 to Office of Ethnic Ministries, (864) 331-2627, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PEE DEE

Harvest Tea
FLORENCE—St. Anne Church ladies guild will hold their Harvest Tea, “Sharing our Harvest”, at the church, 113 South Kemp St., on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. Sarah Robbins will speak on Project San Pedro and St. Anthony School’s brass ensemble will play. A reception will follow. Free with a donation to the Constance Cooper/Janet Springs scholarships.

Diocesan Rosary Celebration
KINGSTREE—The Diocesan Rosary Celebration will be held Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope. Bring refreshments to share. Contact: Father Stanley Smolenski, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 355-3527.

Taste of the Town
MYRTLE BEACH—The 31st annual Taste of the Town sponsored by St. Andrew School will be held Oct. 21. Details: www.TOTMB.com.

Catholic Charismatic Conference
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—The 2014 South Carolina Catholic Charismatic Conference, “Give Thanks, I Have Chosen You by Name”, with Father Richard McAlear, OMI, will be Oct. 24-26 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Cost: $52 per person, or $85 for married couples, includes lunch on Saturday. Religious or clergy are free. Registration: Ross Gamble, (803) 788- 4480, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or www.screnewal.org.

PIEDMONT

St. Anthony turns 75
GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua Church, 307 Gower St., will celebrate its 75th anniversary Oct. 17-19. Events include “A Taste of St. Anthony” featuring food and entertainment on Oct. 17 from 6-10 p.m. in the school gym; a banquet on Oct. 18 from 5-10 p.m. in the gym with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, reservations required; and a parish picnic Oct. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road. Contact: Ruby King, (864) 509-1984 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’
GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School Fine Arts Department will perform “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Details: www.sjcatholicschool.org.

St. Mary open house
GREENVILLE—St. Mary School’s open house week will be Nov. 3-7. Tour the campus, meet faculty and ask questions. Schedule a tour with Nelle Palms, (864) 679-4117 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

St. Joseph’s open house
GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School open house for fall 2015 admissions will be Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. on campus. Learn about the school, tour the facility with students, and meet teachers and coaches. Call (864) 234-9009.

ELSEWHERE

Women’s vocation discernment
SAVANNAH, GA.—A vocation discernment day will be held Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1003 E. Victory Drive. For Catholic women ages 18-35. Vocation directors will be present from Daughters of Charity; Glenmary Home Mission Sisters; Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Sisters of Mercy; and Sisters of St. Joseph. Registration: Sister Donna Jo Loeper, SSJ, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (912) 484-7860.

Correction
The Aug. 28 article on “Backpack Buddies fills satchels and stomachs on weekends” contained an error. Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts was incorrectly identified as the Center for Creative Arts.

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Priests appointments: Fathers Kingsley and Jones

CHARLESTON--Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments for two priests in the Diocese of Charleston:

  • Father S. Thomas Kingsley, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Charleston, was appointed vicar for retired priests, effective Sept. 1;
  • Franciscan Father Michael P. Jones, new to the diocese, was appointed parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson, effective Oct. 1.



 

Sisters of Charity Foundation establishes kinship care initiative

COLUMBIA—Lacretta Murphy of North Charleston stepped in to help her grandnephew 17 years ago when he was still an infant. His mother and father could not raise him, so Murphy showed up at the hospital and became one of the thousands of people in South Carolina raising non-biological children.

They are grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and sometimes family friends and other loved ones who struggle to give these kids the best lives possible while dealing with financial issues, legal hurdles and other obstacles, a rapidly growing segment of the population involved in what is known as “kinship care.”

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently estimated that nationally more than 2.7 million children are in kinship families, an increase of 18 percent in the past decade. Estimates show one in 11 children will spend at least some time being raised by someone other than their parents during their lifetimes. In South Carolina, about 55,000 kids were in kinship care between 2011 and 2013.

Helping these families is the goal of a new Kinship Care Initiative developed by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The program’s first aim is to develop a Kinship Care Advisory Council to make grants, establish partnerships with organizations and address public policy issues, said Tamara Peterson, program director. She said one of the first goals is to compile a guide that kinship families can use to locate services and assistance.

By 2015, the foundation wants to begin providing grants and financial resources to groups that work with kinship families around the state.

On Sept. 10, the foundation brought family and social services workers together with people like Murphy who provide kinship care. They discussed challenges these families face and why more support for them is so crucial.

“Kinship care helps improve permanency for these children,” said Jennifer Miller, a social worker and child advocate who has studied the issue. “It decreases the risk of disruption in their lives, and there is a lower estimated risk of behavioral problems for these kids if they can be placed with kin instead of in the foster care system.”

People who take in others’ children often aren’t prepared, and need everything from help navigating the maze of federal and state benefits to something as basic as a crib or car seat, items provided by Helping and Lending Outreach Services (HALOS), an organization that helps kinship families in Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

“Our current laws and policies were not made with kinship families in mind, and we have to start to respond because this is a growing family dynamic nationwide,” said Kim Clifton, who works with HALOS.

Murphy said she is proud of how her grandnephew has turned out, but could use help in finding counseling and legal services.

One woman who identified herself only as “Miss Dolores” said she is a 62-year-old grandmother raising two grandsons, and is frustrated with trying to deal with a system that often seems insensitive to the needs of people like her. Recently, she said she received a letter threatening to revoke the boys’ Medicaid coverage if she was unable to show up for a child support hearing with their biological mother.

“These boys didn’t ask to come to me, and I wanted to retire, but I will do my best for them,” she said. “I would pick up cans before I let them go hungry."

 

Peace corps volunteer fondly recalls people, life in Guinea

Sara Teising knows what it’s like to wash clothes in a river and draw water from a well.

Within a month of earning her engineering degree from Notre Dame University in 2012, the 24-year-old Walhalla native was in the West African nation of Guinea as a Peace Corps volunteer. She spent the next two years there teaching math to eighth- through 10th-graders.

Teising came home in July and recently spent precious time with her family that included attending Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Mission in Walhalla.

She is now in Philadelphia to begin a post-bachelor’s degree program at the University of Pennsylvania, but she thinks about Africa all the time.

“I hear from my students and from the people I knew there through Facebook,” she said in a recent phone interview. “It’s going to take a long time to get used to being back here. There are things I’m glad of, like being able to put my laundry in a machine, but other times, all throughout the day, I miss it. I miss the people.”

She became interested in helping others while at Notre Dame, where she spent spring breaks working with the needy in Appalachia and helped develop a summer program for homeless kids. A desire to be involved on an international level led her to the Peace Corps.

“My science background gave me some good problem-solving skills, and I thought what better way to use them than to join?” she said. “It was a different path than what all my peers were doing, but I thought it would be a great experience.”

She went through three months of education and French language training in Guinea before beginning her work. Teising stayed with a family in Diankana, a village of about 8,000 people in Haute Guinea, the nation’s desert region.

While many of the local houses were mud huts, Teising said her family’s compound was “pretty modern” with cement walls and floors. There was no electricity, however, and no running water. She learned to wash her clothes on a washboard.

“During dry season, water was very scarce and I had to decide to use my water for drinking or washing,” she said. “I have to say that drinking always won out.”

Communication was a challenge too. Email was nearly impossible because of the lack of electricity and snail-pace internet connections. And phone calls?

“I didn’t have a cell phone network unless I climbed to the roof of my neighbor’s house,” she said. “Calls rarely went beyond ‘Hi mom, this is where I am.’

She rode a bicycle seven miles a day to the school where she taught, but said the hard work and long nights of drawing up lesson plans were worth it because her students were so enthusiastic. She is also proud of a regional conference she organized to teach young girls about health issues.

Guinea, a poor nation of about 12 million, has been in the news recently because of the Ebola outbreak. Teising said the disease first appeared in the region next to hers in December but officials didn’t know it was Ebola until February, after victims’ blood was tested in France.

Teising and other volunteers were told to take precautions, but the disease didn't affect her region.

 

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