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Options for elders
MONCKS CORNER—Mepkin Abbey Institute of Contemplative Aging will host a workshop on “Creative Living Options for Future Elders” on Sept. 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the library. D. Lyndall Hare, Ph.D., helps those navigating the tricky landscape of caregiving for loved ones. Cost: $10 at the door. Registration: Mepkin This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 761-6580.

Lowcountry Trout Tournament
CHARLESTON—Knights of Columbus Council 6250 will hold its annual Lowcountry Trout Tournament Sept. 6. Registration/captains meeting: Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Haddrell’s Pointe Tackle Shop, 47 South Windermere Blvd. Registration: $35 each. Weigh-in: Sept. 6 from 4-4:30 p.m. at Wappoo Boat Landing (city side). Contact: Bobby Watkins, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 270-5788.

Ladies Day of Recollection
GOOSE CREEK—Immaculate Conception Church ladies guild will hold a Day of Recollection on Sept. 6 beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m. with Adorno Father Ted Kalaw. All women are invited. Registration is $5 and includes lunch. Register by Sept. 1. Registration: Pam Roberts, (843) 437-4025, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lainy Inquimboy, (843) 553-5223, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Full Irish Breakfast
SUMMERVILLE—The Ancient Order of Hibernians will host a Full Irish Breakfast at St. John the Beloved Church, 28 Sumter St., on Sept. 13 after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Cost: $7 adults, $4 children 6 and under. Tickets sold after Masses Sept. 6-7 at St. John and St. Theresa churches.

Christmas carnival
JAMES ISLAND—Nativity School and Church of the Nativity, 1061 Folly Road, will hold its annual Christmas-themed carnival and silent auction on Sept. 19 from 3-9 p.m. featuring food, games, rides and prizes. Call the church, (843) 795-3821.

Pro-life rosary
CHARLESTON—Deacon James Moore from Blessed Sacrament Church will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers on Sept. 20 from 8-9 a.m. at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.

Extraordinary ministers
CHARLESTON—The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist will hold training sessions for those who are interested in becoming extraordinary ministers of holy Communion beginning in September or October. Contact: Deacon Jerry Remkiewicz, (843) 937-8518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LOWCOUNTRY

Celebration of Life Gala
HILTON HEAD—The Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country, formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center, will host its annual Celebration of Life Gala on Sept. 20 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Sea Pines Country Club of Hilton Head. It features a live and silent auction. Jeannie Smith, director of the Coastline Pregnancy Center of Myrtle Beach, will speak about God’s healing after abortion. Details: www.pregnancycenterhhi.org or (843) 689-2222.

Talk on Bishop John England
BEAUFORT— Brian Cudahy, Ph.D., will speak about Bishop John England and offer a media presentation providing a social, political and cultural background on one of the most influential U.S. clergymen on Sept. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church, Walsh Palmetto Room, 70 Lady’s Island Drive. Details: (843) 525-0994.

MIDLANDS

Hackers and Smackers
COLUMBIA—A “Hackers and Smackers” golf tournament will be held Sept. 8 at Oak Hills Golf Club to benefit “Bojangles Basketball Bash” at Ridgeview High School in December. One of the beneficiaries is Home Works of America. Cost: $300 team of four. Captain’s choice with 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Register at: bojanglesbash.com.

Run With Endurance 5k
YORK—Divine Saviour Church, 232 Herndon Ave., will hold a Run With Endurance 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. Pre-race registration is $20 for the 5K and $15 for Deacon’s Mile. Register by Sept. 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. Registration ends Sept. 10. Register at the church, the Sylvia Theater in York, or at Sportoften.com. Contact: Amy Brown, (803) 493-5424 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Family conference
COLUMBIA—The Family Life Office will hold a conference on “Family Fully Alive” Sept. 19-20 at St. John Neumann Church and School. Leila Lawler, author of “The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home”, will speak Sept. 19. Topics include finances, religious freedom, sessions for Respect Life coordinators, protecting and preserving chastity, the importance of marriage, and pointers for new parents. The cost for workshops is $25 and includes lunch. Register before Sept. 15. Childcare available for registered children. Contact: (803) 547-5063 or family This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

St. Joseph gala date change
COLUMBIA—St. Joseph School’s 60th anniversary gala has been moved to Jan. 23. Details: Terri Boyle, (803) 622-3650 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Petrina Marsh, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PEE DEE

Sept. 11 memorial
MURRELLS INLET—Blessed John Duns Scotus Franciscan Fraternity will hold a prayerful memorial for all those who have lost loved ones and friends in the line of duty on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave. Details: Ellen DeKleva, (843) 651-1359.

Country Western Dinner Dance
MURRELLS INLET—The St. Michael’s Respect Life Committee is sponsoring a Country Western Dinner Dance on Sept. 20 from 7-10 p.m. in the Duffy Center. Tickets available after Masses Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13-14 and in the church office, or by calling Terry Borkes, (843) 650-8828.

Knights dinner dance
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Knights of Columbus Council 7122 is holding a Grand Knights Dinner Dance Sept. 16 from 6-11 p.m. at the Our Lady Star of the Sea hall. Surf and turf dinner, all beverages and entertainment are included. $45 couple, $25 single. Call (843) 249-2356 for ticket information.

PIEDMONT

John Michael Talbot concert
SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church, 2252 Woodruff Road, will host a concert featuring John Michael Talbot on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $14 students. Details: (864) 288- 4884, or visit www.smmcc.org.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s dinner
GREENVILLE—The Ancient Order of Hibernians annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day charity dinner will be Sept. 12 at Twigs Tempietto, 1100 Woods Crossing Road. The event benefits St. Clare’s Home for Joyful Hope. Cost: $45 each, includes dinner music and a live auction. Details: Tommy Ennis, (610) 297-1812 or Tom Farrell, (864) 630-1922.

Marian Eucharistic Conference
GREENVILLE—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, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and Ricardo Castanon Gomez, Ph.D. Details: www.meconferencesc.net.

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Bishop makes new appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made three new appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston.

Father Michael F. McCafferty, in addition to his current assignment as pastor at Sacred Heart in Gaffney and St. Augustine Mission in Union, was appointed chaplain at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree, effective Aug. 11.

Father S. Thomas Kingsley, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Charleston, was appointed dean representative for the Coastal Deanery, effective Aug. 14.

Franciscan Father Stephen E. Kluge, new to the diocese, is appointed pastor at St. Joseph Church and School in Anderson, effective Sept. 1.

 

Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

By Catholic News Service

CINCINNATI--Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school's campus.

The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through social media that show them dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads -- or having someone else do the dumping. They also have to name others to do the same in the next 24 hours or donate $100 to the ALS Association.

But questions raised about research supported by the ALS Association have left some Catholics concerned about participating in the effort. The association, which has received the most donations related to the ice bucket challenge, supports research associated with the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes. So many Catholic participants in the challenge, in Cincinnati and elsewhere, have chosen to send their donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, based in Iowa City, Iowa. The institute on its website says it focuses on "the most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases."


Image: Tom Otten, principal of Elder High School in Cincinnati, and Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the school Aug. 21. Their donations will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa. (CNS photo/John Stegeman, Catholic Telegraph)

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Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

By Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

In an Aug. 22 interview on NBC's "Today" show, John and Diane Foley briefly described the previous day's discussion with the pope, in which they spoke of shared grief at the death of loved ones.

"Pope Francis was so dear because he is grieving himself, having just lost three members of his family and (with) his nephew critically ill," Diane Foley said on the program. "Here in the midst of his tremendous grief, he took the time to call. Our whole family was there, one of our beloved priest friends ... was there, my brother-in-law spoke in Spanish to him. He was just so kind."

The wife and two young children of the pope's nephew, 35-year-old Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, were killed in a car crash Aug. 19 in Argentina. Bergoglio was critically injured.

John Foley said on the "Today" show that "we felt very comforted and supported" that the pope offered his personal prayer.

Father Paul Gousse, pastor of the family's parish, Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, New Hampshire, told Catholic News Service in an Aug. 22 phone call that the Foleys told him they were especially struck by the pope's outreach to them at a time when he is grieving himself. He said the pope spoke with several members of the family in a call that lasted more than 20 minutes.

Shortly after the call was made, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told the Vatican press that Pope Francis called to console the family for their loss and assure them of his prayers.

Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, assistant director of the Vatican press office, told reporters the next day that the pope's call came shortly after 2 p.m. New Hampshire time, and that the conversation was "long and intense."

Pope Francis was particularly "struck by the faith" of the late journalist's mother, the spokesman said. The pope spoke with the parents through an interpreter.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had been a freelance journalist for the past several years, mostly in the world's trouble spots. In 2011, he was kidnapped on a Libyan battlefield and held captive in Tripoli for 45 days.

Sometime in late 2012, he went missing in Syria. The last time his family heard from him was before Thanksgiving that year.

The Islamic State militants said they killed Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on their strongholds, and the group threatened to kill another U.S. hostage also shown in the video.

President Obama called Foley's parents Aug. 20 before addressing the nation about their son's death and told them: "We are all heartbroken."

When Obama was making his televised remarks about James Foley's death, his parents spoke to reporters on the front yard of their home.

"We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him," said Diane Foley.

She added that he was "a courageous, fearless journalist -- the best of America."

John Foley told reporters: "We think his strength came from God," and his wife interjected: "We know it did."

His father also described how their son not only wanted to humanize the wars he was covering but would also "take a bullet" for any of his colleagues.

"It's not difficult to find solace," his father added, saying he knows his son is "in God's hands."

He said it is now up to others to "pick up the gauntlet" and continue the work his son was doing.


Image 1: Pope Francis gives a blessing to the crowd during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 20. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Image 2: U.S. journalist James Foley in seen in Tripoli, Libya, in 2011. Pope Francis phoned Foley's bereaved family after he was killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. (CNS photo/Louafi Larbi, Reuters)

 

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