People & Events

Christmas tree sale
MOUNT PLEASANT—Christ Our King-Stella Maris School’s HSA will hold its annual Christmas tree sale from Nov. 23 to Dec. 11, or until they are sold out, at 1183 Russell Drive. Times: Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-7 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 3-8 p.m.; Fridays, 3-9 p.m.

Christmas celebration
NORTH CHARLESTON—Prepare for Christmas with a celebration of the Word of God, sacred song and prayers on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Church, 3921 St. John’s Ave. A social with light refreshments will follow. Contact: Brother Ed Bergeron, (843) 744-6201.

Rosary mysteries
COLUMBIA—Advent Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, the first of a four-part series, will be held Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John Neumann School library, 721 Polo Road. Father Joseph Pearce, CO, will reflect on the mysteries through the eyes of the church fathers and Blessed John Henry  Newman. Space is limited. Lunch provided for $5. Register: Kathy Schmugge, or Family Life Office, (803) 547-5063.

Light Up for Christ
LAKE WYLIE—Knights of Columbus Council 14475 will sponsor “Light Up for Christ” to celebrate the beginning of the Advent and Christmas season on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church, 530 Highway 274 and Pole Branch Road. Father Dwight Longenecker will speak on why he converted to Catholicism.

Home Works
COLUMBIA—Home Works of America will make repairs to the homes of the elderly and the disadvantaged in the Columbia area Dec. 27-30. Youth and adults are needed, no skill level required. A planning meeting will be Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Contact: Hank Chardos, or (803) 781-4536.

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Holiday in the Park
GARDEN CITY—St. Michael School will hold its “Holiday in the Park” festival on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Valor Memorial Garden in The Market Common. Includes entertainment, crafts, food, games, inflatables, Santa and more. Free admission, wristbands or individual tickets sold for inflatables. Details, or (843) 651-6795.

Course on Judges
MYRTLE BEACH—St. Andrew Church will host an 11-week study on “The Book of Judges,” with DVDs by Father Mitch Pacwa, from Jan. 3 to March 21. Classes held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the community life center. Student workbook, $27. Registration: June Tarangelo at or (843) 448-5930. Space is limited.

Widows/widowers Mass
EASLEY—St. Luke Church hosted its annual Widows and Widowers Mass and Celebration on Nov. 9. Organizers reported that the 13 participants marked married lives that lasted a total of 549 years, and tallied 53 children, 107 grandchildren, 72 and two-thirds great-grandchildren (one due in February), and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Lay Dominicans
GREENVILLE—The St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the Southern Lay Dominican Chapter celebrated their first Rite of Temporary Profession on Sept. 23 including: Kristen Nietopski, John and Jamie Kolasinski, Joe Beauchemin, Laura Taylor, Alycia Nielsen, and Timothy Nielsen. Maria Rauch celebrated her Rite of Admission into the chapter. For information about Third Order Dominicans visit: or call (704) 904-5600.

Toddler Time
ANDERSON—St. Joseph School will host “Toddler Time” to celebrate the Christmas season on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m., 1200 Cornelia Road. Children 4 and under make a keepsake ornament. Contact the school, (864) 760-1619 or