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LARCUM bishops pray for unity

COLUMBIA—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone used the life-giving substance of water as a metaphor for the bonds that believers in Christ share during his homily at the annual LARCUM prayer service.

The gathering draws leaders from Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches to pray together at the beginning of the National Week of Christian Unity. This year’s event was at College Place United Methodist Church near the campus of Columbia College.

Bishop Guglielmone was joined by Bishop J. Jonathan Holston of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, Bishop Herman R. Yoos of the South Carolina Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Andrew Waldo of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South, and the Rev. Jeff Richardson, who was representing Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

His homily focused on the reading of Isaiah 55:1-5, which issues the invitation “All of you who are thirsty, come to the water!”

“Water conveys meaning at many levels,” he said. “We can think of the beauty and tranquility water can produce, the sense of refreshment of a cooling rain in the midst of oppressive heat, the power of water we see in something like Niagara Falls, the life-giving necessity of water that we see when drought occurs.”

Bishop Guglielmone said these images evoke the natural power of water, but there is also a supernatural facet to it. Water, he said, becomes living water through the sacrament of baptism, and it symbolizes the living presence of Christ in the hearts of all who believe in Him.

“Through these living waters we are incorporated in the body of Jesus Christ,” he said. “We are made the brothers and sisters of Jesus and of each other. We are made disciples.”

Followers of Christ, empowered by this living water of belief, are brave enough to abandon their own concerns and do what they need to do to spread God’s word on Earth, Bishop Guglielmone said.

“We are each given our own gifts that can help complete the Body of Christ in the world,” he continued. “Individually we are limited, but together we form the Body of Christ. We have responded to the call to be ‘fishers of men’ and we do our best to show evidence of His kingdom in the world to all those we come in contact with.”

Bishop Guglielmone said the members of LARCUM have shown their unity over the years by working together to spread the Gospel, seek justice for the poor, help immigrants, and seek an end to racism. He urged the group to continue their efforts on important causes, specifically their most recent endeavor to bolster and support public education around the state.


Bishop's calendar for February 2015

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for February:

Feb. 2—10:30 a.m., Priest Personnel Board meeting, St. Joseph, Columbia; 2:45 p.m., Secretariat meeting, St. Joseph, Columbia; 6 p.m., Consecration of new church, St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken
Feb. 3—10 a.m., Secretariat meeting, St. Joseph, Columbia; 6:30 p.m., Bishop’s Annual Appeal reception, St. Anthony Church, Florence; 7 p.m., Confirmation, Immaculate Conception Church, Goose Creek, with Most Rev. Victor Galeone, Bishop Emeritus of St. Augustine, Fla.
Feb. 4—7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Simpsonville
Feb. 5—7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Paul the Apostle Church, Spartanburg
Feb. 6—7 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Camden
Feb. 7—5:30 p.m., Men’s fall discernment retreat Mass, White Oak Retreat Center, Winnsboro
Feb. 8—10:30 a.m., Confirmation, Precious Blood of Christ Church, Pawleys Island, with Bishop Galeone; 2:30 p.m., Boy Scout Convocation, St. Joseph Church, Columbia; 3 p.m., Ecumenical service for Hispanic Christians, St. David Lutheran Church, Columbia
Feb. 10—6:30 p.m., Bishop’s Annual Appeal reception; Charleston
Feb. 14—5 p.m., Statewide college retreat closing Mass, Buck Ridge Plantation, Orangeburg
Feb. 15—3 p.m., Marriage Anniversary Celebration Mass, St. Peter Church, Columbia
Feb. 16—Presidents’ Day, diocesan offices closed
Feb. 17—10 a.m., School Mass, St. John School, North Charleston; Noon, Finance Council meeting, Charleston
Feb. 18—Ash Wednesday; 6 p.m., Mass, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston
Feb. 19—8 a.m., Mass, St. Patrick Church, Charleston; 9:30 a.m., Secretariat meeting: Secretariat of the Clergy, Charleston
Feb. 20—7 p.m., Rite of Election, St. Paul the Apostle Church, Spartanburg
Feb. 21—11 a.m., Rite of Election, St. John Neumann Church, Columbia
Feb. 22—2:30 p.m., Rite of Election, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston; 6 p.m., Mass, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston
Feb. 23—9:30 a.m., Secretariat meeting, Charleston; 7 p.m., Rite of Election, St. Peter Church, Beaufort
Feb. 24—7 p.m., Pro-life prayer vigil, Charleston Women’s Medical Center, Charleston
Feb. 25—9 a.m., Mass, Charleston Catholic School, Charleston
Feb. 26—8:45 a.m., Mass, Blessed Sacrament School, Charleston; 10 a.m., Curia meeting, Charleston
Feb. 28—6 p.m., Project San Pedro Gala, Blessed Sacrament Church, Charleston


‘End the scourge of abortion,’ speaker says

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life. This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

Tens of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers before marching from the Mall up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill.

Early in the day, Pope Francis showed his support of the pro-life gathering by tweeting the theme “Every Life is a Gift” with the hashtag #marchforlife.

The Diocese of Charleston was well represented at the event, according to Kathy Schmugge, director of the diocesan Office of Family Life. Busloads of people from Greenville, Aiken, Charleston and Garden City made the trip, with smaller groups from Rock Hill, Columbia and more.

The theme of this year’s march stressed that “Every Life is a Gift” regardless of a person’s difficulty or disability, and also emphasized that everyone has a call, a mission and a role to play creating a culture of life.

The marchers included a military delegation led by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.

A large congressional delegation in attendance emphasized the importance of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act before yielding the floor to a passionate address by Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, who called the defense of life “the responsibility of every single person in America.”

One of the most inspiring addresses of the day came from Julia Johnson, a senior at Shanley Catholic High School in Fargo, N.D., who said it was up to the youth of America to “end the scourge of abortion.”

Johnson’s message had special relevance for the youth and young adults from South Carolina who took part in the event.

James Alexander, 22, a Rock Hill native who recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, made his first trip to the march. He was visiting his mother in nearby Reston, Va., and traveled to D.C. with a group from her parish there.

Alexander said he was by himself at the main rally when he ran into a group from St. Joseph High School in Greenville, then met up with others from the diocese and spent the day with them.

“It was very special for me to be there as a young adult Catholic male,” Alexander said. “I was always personally against abortion, but as a man I sometimes felt like I wasn’t supposed to have a public opinion. So, it was wonderful for me to be with other prayerful Catholics there in D.C., and with a lot of prayer I realized there are certain moral things you should always stand up for. I heard incredible stories and learned how important it is to stand up for life.”

The magnitude of the event struck Alexander, he said, when he looked behind him during the march and “couldn’t see the end of the people.”

“The prayer during the march was just so moving,” he said. “Some people were praying through megaphones, others were praying and chanting and proclaiming God’s word, others praying the rosary silently. It was a more moving and spiritual experience than I could have thought possible.”

Jonathan Cordova, 17, a high school senior from St. Philip Neri Church in Fort Mill, rode to the march with a group of youth from Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville. He first attended the event when he was in eighth grade, and said the experience meant even more to him now that he is in high school.

“When you’re a kid, you don’t really notice the magnitude of how many people of all ages are there marching for life right alongside you,” Cordova said. "It was important to me to see everybody there to fight against abortion, especially people of my generation.”

Cordova was especially struck by the testimony of a young priest who gave a homily during one of the Masses he attended in Washington. The man’s mother, he said, had faced the option of abortion with all three of her children, and chose life each time.

“That story was incredible — it left me shaken up,” Cordova said. “Hearing that story gave me reassurance of how incredible life is, what a blessing it is just to be living. Every person has the right to live. We’re not allowed to take that away from anyone.”

Staff writer Christina Lee Knauss contributed to this report.


Priest appointments

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

Father Marcin Zahuta, chaplain for the St. Thomas More Center in Columbia, was appointed as pastor, effective Jan. 1.

Father Mark S. Good, in addition to his duties as administrator of St. Mary Church on Yonges Island and Sts. Frederick and Stephen Mission on Edisto Island, was appointed as the associate director of vocations, effective Jan. 19.

Father Richard B. Tomlinson, formally on loan to the Diocese of Trenton, is appointed parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors, effective Feb. 1.

Father James M. Crowley, pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Greenwood, is appointed parochial vicar at St. Francis by the Sea on Hilton Head Island, effective Feb. 2.

Father Timothy D. Tebalt, parochial vicar at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island, is appointed pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church with sacramental responsibilities at Leath Correctional Institution, both in Greenwood, effective Feb. 3.


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