Share this story

 | Liz McCafferty

Our Lady of Good Counsel welcomed Bishop Fabre to Folly

Looking out at the congregation assembled at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Folly Beach on Sept. 17, Bishop Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS, looked out at the congregation and smiled. "There are more children here than adults! That's wonderful!" he said.

The young people were there to pray and worship — and to serve. When Father Henry Kulah, pastor, learned the bishop was planning a visit, the Parish School of Religion team seized the opportunity to make the Mass more meaningful by asking students to bring their strengths to the celebration.

Karen DiPasquale, parish Director of Religious Education, was elated with the participation from the students.

“I cannot emphasize enough, how anxious they were to share their gifts and talents with the Bishop and other members of our parish community,” she said.  “They took their roles so seriously, practicing at home for weeks ahead.”

From the opening song by violinists Simone Kaye and her friend Bella Billew, to the closing — a collaboration with the choir and movement by Declan Miller, Wagner Stroble, and Thomas Cole — the children contributed to the celebration’s music ministry.  

Altar servers, lectors and ushers are all important ministries, and the young people embraced their responsibilities with reverence and attention to detail. Stroble, Phyllip and Gabriel Kalskett, who served as ushers and greeters, also brought up the gifts. Terri Shrum, long time member of the parish who typically handles those responsibilities, was on hand to help direct the boys. She said she was impressed with their dedication. 

Bishop Fabre particularly recognized the young lectors Kai and Kira Kanapaux. Ann Marie Stroble is one of the parish altar servers, and for this Mass, she stepped in to make the welcoming announcements and the Prayers of the Faithful. Kenneth Joyce served as crucifer, and the brother and sister team of Regan and Richard Miller served at the altar.

The bishop clearly has a heart for young people, and he gave them special time in his homily. Reflecting on the readings for the day, Bishop Fabre spoke of Jesus’ challenge to always forgive when someone does something to hurt us. The children responded to his questions, and they recognized that their parents forgive often. When the bishop asked the question, "Which is better, that they forgive you, or you don't do something wrong in the first place?" children and parents alike broke into laughter.  

The joyous event concluded with a reception hosted by the parish Women’s Guild.