Student welcomed into Catholic Church

St. John School, North Charleston, Phillip Williams, convert, sacrraments

St. John School, North Charleston, Phillip Williams, convert, sacrraments

St. John lives Catholic faith
NORTH CHARLESTON—Phillip Williams, a seventh-grade student at St. John School, recently received the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and confirmation at a school Mass celebrated by Father Edward W. Fitzgerald. His family attended and the whole school celebrated after Mass with a pizza lunch and cake.

Also, St. John hosted several fundraisers to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. The seventh- and eighth-graders prepared and hosted a family night barbecue to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, and students also held a bake sale and a nacho lunch. In all they raised $730, which will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

Aquinas High helps Haitian orphans
AUGUSTA, Ga.—Students at Aquinas High School turned their Winter Formal into a fundraiser for Haiti. At the suggestion of the student council, students gave up their rented venue and held the dance in the school dining hall. No admission was charged, but donations were accepted and added to the Haitian relief fund. So far, a total of $1,725 has been raised for victims of the earthquake. The funds are designated for an orphanage outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

St. Anthony of Padua gives to Haiti
GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua School collected $200 in donations to help disaster-relief efforts in Haiti. Donna Barkey, a teacher at the school, said they were inspired by missionaries from St. Anthony of Padua Church. The missionary group had flown out of Haiti just hours before the earthquake struck. Students also collected food and clothes for a local stewardship project.

Our Lady students earn awards
NORTH AUGUSTA—Students at Our Lady of Peace School are putting their Catholic education to use. Tommy Touch Carroll, a fourth-grader, earned a spot in the state spelling bee hosted by the S.C. Independent School Association. Two other students, Justin Tran in fifth grade and Stephanie Mentrup in sixth grade, won an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.