Parish life


Pauline book club

CHARLESTON—Pauline Books and Media, 243 King St., will host two women’s book clubs starting Jan. 12 on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the second Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. Details: or (843) 670-0492.

SCCCW luncheon

CHARLESTON—The SCCCW Coastal Deanery annual meeting and luncheon, hosted by St. Patrick women’s guild, will be Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. at the church hall, 493 King St. Cost is $20. Contact: Beverly Buford, (843) 743-5550 or (843) 723-6066.

Pro-life rosary

CHARLESTON—Father S. Thomas Kingsley, pastor of the Church of the Nativity, will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers Jan. 21 from 8-9 a.m. at 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.

Santo Niño fiesta

NORTH CHARLESTON—The Cofradia del Santo Niño de Cebu will host a Santo Niño festival Jan. 21 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 6650 Dorchester Road. Call Joy Kabaitan, (843) 452-4195 or Thelma Delacruz, (843) 640-3077.

Oyster roast

WEST ASHLEY—Bishop England Triple B Booster club will hold its annual oyster roast fundraiser on Jan. 21 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Call Bud Wham, (843) 324-7007 or Lee Ann Garnett, (843) 345-4352.

Emmaus Experience

SEABROOK—Christ Our King Church will sponsor Emmaus Experience, a retreat for men, Jan. 27-29 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Cost is $150. Contact: Leo Albano, or (843) 568-8987.

OLM benefit auction

CHARLESTON—Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will hold its annual benefit auction Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Event includes silent and live auction, music and dinner. Call (843) 559-4109.

St. Patrick 175th anniversary

CHARLESTON—St. Patrick Church, 134 Philip St., will mark its 175th anniversary this year beginning Jan. 29 with a 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. A reception and program will follow in the parish hall. Details: or call the church, (843) 723-6066.


LARCUM prayer service

COLUMBIA—The 17th annual Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist Week prayer service will be Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. Details: (803) 345-7407 or

Chief Justice Toal speaks

COLUMBIA—St. Peter School Alumni Association will sponsor Chief Justice Jean Toal, South Carolina Supreme Court, as a speaker on Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the Cardinal Bernardin Center, 1529 Assembly St. The cost is $10 and includes a reception. RSVP by Jan. 29: Marilyn Montgomery, (803) 957-1431 or

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Soup Bowl fundraiser

GARDEN CITY—St. Michael School will host their annual “Soup Bowl” fundraiser on Jan. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Duffy Center, 542 Cypress Ave. The event features soups from Grand Strand restaurants. Tickets $10. Call the school, (843) 651-6795, or the church, (843) 651-3737.

‘Late Nite Catechism’

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church will host a performance of “Late Nite Catechism,” a comedy, on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. in the banquet hall, 1100 Eighth Ave. N. Tickets, $25 and $35, available in the gift shop and church office, (843) 249-2356. Prime seating includes cocktails and meeting the cast.


English Catholicism conference

GREENVILLE—Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3710 Augusta Road, will host a conference on “English Catholicism Then and Now” on Jan. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Joanna Bogle, Joseph Pearce, and Father Dwight Longenecker. Topics include: “English Catholic Life in the Middle Ages,” “Was Shakespeare Catholic?” and “The Importance of G.K. Chesterton.” The $15 cost includes lunch. Registration: (864) 422-1648.

St. Mary School open house

GREENVILLE— St. Mary School will host an open house Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. Tour the school, meet teachers and students. Contact: or (864) 271-3870.

Parish night at basketball game

GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School will hold “Parish Night at the Basketball Game” on Jan. 31. Admission is free to the Knights’ home games for area Catholic students with a parish bulletin. Adults are $5. A pasta supper will be held in the school cafeteria from 5:30-8 p.m. Register for supper at www.sjcatholic

Bon Secours St. Francis downtown named top performing hospital

GREENVILLE–Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital-Downtown was named one of the 2011 top performing hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance’s national QUEST® collaborative.

Based on three years (January 2008 to December 2010) of the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, St. Francis is among 95 hospitals nationwide that will share a $2 million monetary award for top performance in: Increasing delivery of recommended evidence-based care to every patient, every time (for example, providing flu vaccinations to all pneumonia patients, or prescribing a high blood pressure or chest pain medication to all heart attack patients prior to discharge); saving lives by reducing avoidable hospital mortalities; and safely reducing the cost of care for each patient’s hospitalization.