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Get me to the nave on time!

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By Father James Lentini

 

My favorite game show of all time was the long-running “Pyramid.” When I was a kid the show started out as the “$10,000 Pyramid” in the early 1970s, but by the late 1980s and early 1990s it had become the “$100,000 Pyramid.” Ah, the ravages of inflation.

As a kid growing up in New York City, I had the benefit of being able to see many episodes of the “Pyramid” filmed live at the ABC Theatre on 58th Street. It was a great experience; you got to see the behind the scenes preparations, watch an exciting big money game and meet celebrities.

Now, all the excitement on the Pyramid came in its end game when a victorious celebrity and contestant would enter “The Winner’s Circle” and face the big pyramid. On that big pyramid “categories” would appear successively, and with a 60-second clock tick-tick-ticking away, one player would have to give a list of things that fit into that category to have the other person guess the category. If you got all six categories in 60-seconds you won the big money.

Categories were items like “Names of state capitals,” “Things that bounce,” “Parts of a car,” “Things you reconsider,” etc. It was much harder than it sounds. Well, in honor of my favorite game show, I will spend this column listing “Parts of a church.” Now, as to whether a contestant would have won the prize with words like “narthex,” “nave,” “sacristy,” “ambry,” and “clerestory,” we will never know. But just in case you wind up in “The Winner’s Circle” and these clues are given … I want you to have a chance at the $100,000 (you can split the money with me. I mean, with my parish). Read more »

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Serving others while they serve our country: During Father John Gayton’s latest military deployment, troops are committed to the local community

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CLAYMONT — With no shortage of projects on his to-do list, Father John Gayton is happy to be back in his office at Holy Rosary Parish in Claymont, which he has led since 2009. But he was happy to take a few minutes earlier this month to recall the work he did while deployed for much of the past year to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa.

Father Gayton, a Navy chaplain, tended to the spiritual needs of the approximately 5,000 service personnel on the base. He also led the community relations effort that is part of every Navy command. Read more »

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Golfers shoot a round for Catholic Youth Ministry

July 25th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , ,

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NEWARK — As 120 golfers sat in their carts waiting to hit the links July 10 at Cavaliers Country Club to begin the annual benefit tournament for Catholic Youth Ministry, Bishop Malooly thanked them for supporting the young people of the diocese.

“The support for youth ministry is outstanding,” he said. “It’s really very important for our young people.”

Then the bishop gave a blessing that included the following: “Help them to add up correctly.” Read more »

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Rocket girls: Ursuline summer camp brings together girls who share interest in fields traditionally staffed by men

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Staff reporter

 

WILMINGTON — With the Wilmington skyline just a mile or so away, 16 sixth- through eighth-grade girls, a high school senior and two teachers prepared to launch a series of water rockets in the field next to the reservoir behind Ursuline Academy. The teachers, Amanda Williams and Alicia Burd, took care of the launches while the students stood some 30 meters away measuring the heights and flight durations of the rockets.

The girls were part of Ursuline’s second annual STEAM Summer Scholars’ Academy, learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and math in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Read more »

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Sustaining a future for people who have served the church

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Special to The Dialog

 

Kevin Scott doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon from St. Elizabeth School, where he went to grade and high school and returned to work in 1981.

Still, the parish-based high school’s development director knows that at some point he will probably have to retire. “It’s a comfort to know that the diocesan pension plan is in place and is healthy,” Scott said. “That’s something I can depend on.” Read more »

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Young people volunteer to help others during the summer at Pitcher and Basin

July 24th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Youth Tags: ,

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For The Dialog

 

SALISBURY, Md. – John and Debbie Meyers sat in the living room of their home recently as a group of high school volunteers painted the front door, stairwell, and upstairs hallway and other teenagers groomed the Meyers’ yard.

“If they weren’t doing this, it wouldn’t get done,” Debbie Meyers said. She and her husband are both on disability and unable to do the work themselves. They also could not afford to have the work done. Read more »

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Maryland bishops seek compassion for children at U.S. border

July 23rd, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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The bishops of Maryland — Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington and Bishop W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington — issued the following statement on July 23:

The familiar words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me,” speak compellingly to us today as we witness the plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children fleeing to our country to escape the violence and desperate poverty of their homelands.

Here in Maryland the Catholic Church stands ready to answer Jesus’ call to embrace the needs of these children and their families as we offer our welcome and assistance.

Immigrant families and immigration reform activists hold signs of protest during a July 7 news conference in Washington near the White House organized by Casa de Maryland and other pro-immigration reform groups. Several speakers at the event urged the Obama administration to provide relief for all children and their families who have crossed the U.S. border illegally to flee violence in Central America. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Immigrant families and immigration reform activists hold signs of protest during a July 7 news conference in Washington near the White House organized by Casa de Maryland and other pro-immigration reform groups. Several speakers at the event urged the Obama administration to provide relief for all children and their families who have crossed the U.S. border illegally to flee violence in Central America. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

We cannot turn our back on these children. They are fleeing to us because they know there are warm hearts and helping hands in America – and for so many immigrants, a home in the Catholic Church, no matter where their journey takes them. We must not prove them wrong.

We also cannot ignore the complexities faced by national and local elected officials in determining a just and sustainable response to this humanitarian crisis. A delegation of U.S. bishops traveled to Central America in November 2013 to learn firsthand about the conditions causing this crisis, and have developed a resource that provides helpful background on this issue titled, “Mission to Central America: the Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States,” available at www.usccb.org.

Eradicating the root causes prompting this crisis, most especially the uncontrolled and terrifying violence of criminal gangs, demands challenging international solutions.

Ensuring that local communities in the United States are equipped to provide immigrant children and their families appropriate services, whether on a temporary or more long-term basis, will require a significant increase in available financial and human resources, and unprecedented cooperation among government and religious and nonprofit agencies.

We support efforts at the federal level to increase funding to provide the social and legal services necessary to serve the children seeking asylum. We too share a concern about the risk in sending these children back to uncertain or even dangerous situations in the lands they have fled.

We are also grateful that Governor O’Malley and other elected officials in Maryland have expressed a willingness to welcome to our state children who need assistance. Through our Catholic Charities and other social service agencies, our parishes, and the generosity of the many parishioners who call us daily asking how they can help, we will do all within our capacity to offer our longstanding expertise and support in helping these children and their families. Providing such help is no different than what the church has done without fail for centuries in Maryland to help those in need.

As our national and local governments continue to grapple with this difficult situation, we are hopeful that partisan differences will not stand in the way of finding a just and humane response to this urgent need. We pray that our country will be able to look back proudly at how we answered this call, and ask God to touch the hearts and minds of the people of Maryland and throughout America with compassion and generosity.

Most importantly, we entrust these children to God’s providence, for we know “You do see, for you behold misery and sorrow, taking them in your hands. On you the unfortunate man depends; of the fatherless you are the helper” (Psalm 10).

 

The bishops of Maryland — Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington and Bishop W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington — issued the above statement on July 23 through the Maryland Catholic Conference.  Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church’s public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The Conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  Approximately 1.2 million Catholics live in Maryland. www.mdcathcon.org    

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Golfers shoot a round for Catholic Youth Ministry

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Staff reporter

NEWARK — As 120 golfers sat in their carts waiting to hit the links July 10 at Cavaliers Country Club, waiting to begin the annual benefit tournament for Catholic Youth Ministry, Bishop Malooly thanked them for supporting the young people of the diocese.

The support for youth ministry is outstanding,” he said. “It’s really very important for our young people.” Read more »

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Dinner, with a side of friendship: For eight years, St. Edmond’s Church has supported international students who work at state’s beaches

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For The Dialog   For eight years, St. Edmond’s Church has supported international students who work at state’s beaches   REHOBOTH BEACH — Chet Poslusny chatted with four students from Bulgaria, making them feel more at home by speaking in their native language. “He made my day,” said one of the students, Denis Ismet. He was surprised to meet someone who not only knew about Bulgaria but spoke the language. Read more »

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Catholic Appeal has exceeded its goal: Annual fundraiser is at $4.5 million with three months to go

July 10th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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The 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal has surpassed its target of $4,347,000 by more than $186,000 with a total of $4,533,436 pledged as of July 7, the diocesan Development Office reported this week.

“The Annual Catholic Appeal is an opportunity for each of us to unite as a Catholic community and to answer the needs of those most vulnerable – the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the distressed, the unchurched, our children and our elderly”, said development director Deborah Fols. “Because of the generosity of so many donors, those in need who come to the church searching for Christ’s love and protection will receive assistance.” Read more »

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