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      Newest Catholic parish opens doors on Daniel Island in time for Easter

      DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - More than 1,000 people gathered at Bishop England for the first Sunday Mass on Daniel Island. St. Claire of Assisi is the newest Catholic parish in the Lowcountry.On any other day, the gym at Bishop England is full of students playing basketball or volleyball, but this Easter Sunday, it was transformed into a place of worship for the country's newest parish.{}"This is particularly poignant that we would begin today on Easter Sunday. This is the day that we obviously celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it's a day of new birth and new beginnings of hopes and dreams coming alive," said Father Gregory West.West said he first began his life in service to God 20 years ago, but Sunday was his first time in front of the new parish where more than 1,000 people gathered in worship. Some people traveled more than two hours to hear him preach.{}"These people on Daniel Island are so fortunate and so blessed to have Father West be their pastor," said Mary Mulligan, one of the many in attendance.{}West says the next step for the parish is to find a permanent home, a place where they can build a house of worship for themselves and the generations that come after.{}West thinks it will be a very big undertaking."We expect that we are going to be building a rather substantial church here, and it may become one of the largest churches in South Carolina," West said.{}The service ended with each of the members of the congregation taking communion.
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