Parish life


Intergenerational ministry breaks ground

MOUNT PLEASANT—Christ Our King Church held a groundbreaking for its new intergenerational ministry building on Jan. 8. Msgr. James. A. Carter, pastor, is seen speaking at the podium. The Beach House at Christ Our King will be used for the parish’s youth and senior ministries to encourage “mutual influence, support, growth, and understanding.” It will use a sustainable design and employ the latest methods of resource and energy-efficient construction.

Screening of ‘October Baby’

CHARLESTON—A special screening of the pro-life movie, “October Baby,” will be held Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Towne Square 18 Cinema for people in parish leadership roles. Visit to register.

Divine Redeemer open house

HANAHAN—Divine Redeemer School, 1106 Fort Drive, will hold an open house Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Call (843) 553-1521.

Summerville school open house

SUMMERVILLE—Summerville Catholic School, 226 Black Oak Blvd., will hold an open house on Jan. 29 from 1-3 p.m. Contact: (843) 873-9310 or

Christ Our King open house

MOUNT PLEASANT—Christ Our King-Stella Maris School will hold an open house Feb. 1 from 8-9 a.m. at 1183 Russell Drive. A children’s Mass will follow.

Oyster roast

FOLLY BEACH—Our Lady of Good Counsel Church men’s club will hold an oyster roast on Feb. 4 from 5-8 p.m. in the church hall, 105 W. Hudson Ave. Cost is $25 for oyster eaters, $10 for non-oyster eaters.

Ministry of the Word mission

CHARLESTON—Blessed Sacrament Church, 5 Saint Teresa Drive, will sponsor a parish mission by the Franciscan Friars, Ministry of the Word, on Feb. 4-8. Franciscan Father Roderic Petrie will speak at all Masses Feb. 4-5. Each day Feb. 6-8, he will celebrate Mass at noon and give a presentation at 6.30 p.m.

The Bishops Crystal Ball 2012

CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School will host a gala Feb. 10 from 7-11 p.m. at the Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive. Tickets are $65 per person/$120 per couple. Details:

Belles Dance Camp

CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School Dance Team will hold Belles Dance Camp for girls ages 5-13 on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the gym, 363 Seven Farms Drive. Contact: Kathy Grisillo,


SCCCW group welcomes spiritual advisor

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Lowcountry Deanery of the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women held a reception Jan. 15 to welcome Oratorian Father Fabio Refosco, the new spiritual advisor for the statewide organization. The event was hosted by Joan Valesente, deanery president.


Chili tasting

LEXINGTON—Catholics for Greater Activity, the Corpus Christi Church seniors group, will hold a chili tasting on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the church hall, 2350 August Highway. The cost is $7 each or $25 per family, ages 5 and under free. Call Joan Stone, (803) 356-8200.

32nd Cardinal Newman Lecture

ROCK HILL— David Fleischacker, Ph.D., will speak at the 32nd annual Cardinal Newman Lecture on Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Oratory: Center for Spirituality. Details: (803) 327-2097.

CWA game/card party

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Women’s Association will hold its annual game/card party Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Angela Hall. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP by Feb. 7 to Lois Gniazdowski, (803) 648-8671 or Mary Alice Speed, (803) 648-5569.

Birthright open house

COLUMBIA—Birthright of Columbia will hold an open house on Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at 1405 Gregg St. Contact: (803) 765-0165 or

St. Vincent de Paul Society gives thanks

COLUMBIA—The St. Vincent de Paul Society is grateful to all who helped over the holiday season, when about 3,200 guests were ministered to and fed. They had hundreds of $10 Turkey Adoptions for Thanksgiving and $10 Gym Gift Bags for Christmas for the adults,  and hundreds of toiletry bags provided by St. Peter’s Five-0-Plus Club and Red Bank Baptist Church. Thanks also to Dr. Fulton Gasper and family for providing over 550 pair of reading glasses and to the Women’s Sodality of St. Peter’s for their donation of stockings for children from the shelters.


‘Oldies but Goodies Dance’

MYRTLE BEACH—St. Andrew Church women’s club will hold an “Oldies but Goodies Dance” on Jan. 28, from 7-10 p.m. in the parish center, 507 37th Ave. N. Tickets are $25 per couple or $15 each. Call Reine Roser, (843) 742-5944 or Edie VanDermark, (843) 626-9644.

Our Lady of Lourdes feast

FLORENCE—St. Anne Church, 113 South Kemp St., will hold a Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes from Feb. 3-11. On Feb. 11 prayers and rosary will be at 4:30 p.m., followed by 5 p.m. Mass and an Italian dinner sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Call Sue Cox, (843) 661-6057 or the church, (843) 661-5012.

Annual card party/lunch

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—The Our Lady Star of the Sea Ladies Guild annual luncheon/card party to benefit North Strand Mobile Meals will be Feb. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. in the parish hall, 1100 Eighth Ave. N. Reserve tables. Cost is $20 per person. Call Nancy Murphy, (843) 399-2254.

Benefit concert

PAWLEYS ISLAND—“A Rocky Fretz Sunday Serenade” benefit concert for Birthright of Georgetown will be held Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, 70 Tanglewood Drive. Tickets are $45. Contact: Len Vercellotti, (843) 240-0976 or

Luncheon/fashion show

GARDEN CITY—St. Michael Church Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 2356 will hold their annual luncheon/fashion show on Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $30. Call the church, (843) 651-3737, or Anne Pott, (843) 357-8360.

Mardi Gras Gala

FLORENCE—St. Anthony School will hold a Mardi Gras Gala with live/silent auctions on Feb. 18 from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, 1951 Pisgah Road. Tickets, $50 each. Babysitting available for small donation. Details:


Free throw championship

CENTRAL/CLEMSON—The Knights of Columbus will hold a basketball free throw championship for boys and girls ages 10-14 on Jan. 28 at noon at the Central-Clemson Recreation Center, 130 Commons Way. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Register at the event or pick up forms at the Clemson Park District headquarters, 102 Nettles Park Road. Contact: Bob Brohm, (864) 287-2534 or visit

Super Bowl party

GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua Church men’s club will hold a Super Bowl party on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall, 307 Gower St. Cost is $15. Contact: Emma Baldwin (864) 294-8532 or

‘Give a Heart Gala’

GREENVILLE—The Knights of Columbus and St. Mary Women’s Club will sponsor “Give a Heart Gala” on Feb. 11 from 6:30-10 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 111 Hampton Ave. Proceeds benefit the school and Catholic Radio. Cost is $25. Contact: Terry Bays (864) 877-6768 or

Mother/daughter breakfast

GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua Women’s Council will hold a mother/daughter breakfast on Feb. 11 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the parish social hall, 307 Gower St. Admission is free. Contact: Emma Baldwin (864) 294-8532.


Marriage celebration

CHARLESTON—The 12th annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by the Office of Family Life, will be held on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St. Register by Feb. 6. Contact: (803) 547-5063 or

Make a difference in the life of a child: become a foster parent

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, a not-for-profit foster care agency, seeks licensed foster families. They need committed and caring parents who can temporarily provide children with safe, nurturing homes. In return parents will receive financial reimbursement for expenses, care and time. For information, call SAFY toll free 1-866-470-1427.