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April 15th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth


Study up, prepare to battle Ursuline second-graders

WILMINGTON – Ursuline Academy and the Wilmington Blue Rocks will join forces for 35 games this season for a new segment at Frawley Stadium, “Are You as Smart as an Ursuline Second-Grader?” The feature will debut on April 27 when the Blue Rocks take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Read more »

Boys hit the fields for final games before Easter

April 15th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth


For The Dialog


The week before Easter is loaded with some big games, so let’s take a look at the schedule. Rain has claimed nearly all of Tuesday’s action, so be alert for rescheduled games. Read more »

Holy Week, rain lead to limited girls sports schedule for the week

April 15th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth


For The Dialog


After a nice Monday that featured a soccer showdown between Padua and A.I. DuPont, the weather has claimed nearly all of Tuesday’s scheduled contests. Here is a look at the games for this week for the girls, weather permitting, of course.




St Elizabeth’s at Archmere, 3:45 p.m. (still scheduled as of 1 p.m.)




Urusline at St Mark’s at 3:45 p.m.

Delmarva Christian at St. Thomas More, 4 p.m.



St. Mark’s vs. Padua at Hockessin Soccer Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Ursuline at Sanford, 4 p.m. (rescheduled from Tuesday)



Archmere at Sanford, 3:45 p.m.

Wilmington Charter at St. Mark’s, 3:45 p.m. (rescheduled from April 3)


Tuesday’s lacrosse game featuring No. 1 Cape Henlopen at Ursuline was postponed for the second time. The two unbeaten teams were first scheduled to play March 25.

Shooting victims at Kansas Jewish community center mourned

April 14th, 2014 Posted in National News, Our Diocese


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park April 13, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.

Although none of the three dead were Jewish, local police and the FBI labeled the killings a hate crime the day after the shootings. A former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism was charged in connection with the killings.

A police officer guards the entrance to the scene of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., April 13. A gunman opened fire at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City that day, killing three people, police said. (CNS photo/Dave Kaup, Reuters)

One of the dead was a Catholic woman, Terri LaManno of Kansas City. She was at Village Shalom, where Frazier Glenn Cross, according to police, headed after allegedly shooting a doctor and his teenage grandson at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City a mile away.

LaManno was a member of St. Peter Parish in Kansas City. Her identity was released midmorning April 14. Her mother lives at Village Shalom, an assisted living residence near the community center.

The married mother of two college-age children, LaManno, 53, worked an occupational therapist at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, according to the Kansas City Star.

The newspaper reported that a rosary was said for LaManno after Mass April 14.

“I express my deepest condolences to the Jewish community for the unspeakable act of violence that occurred on their campus on Sunday,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in an April 13 statement.

“Our prayers also extend to the Methodist Church of the Resurrection for the loss they feel as a congregation, and to all the families who have experienced pain, sorrow and loss because of this event,” Archbishop Naumann added. The other two victims, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, and 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, were members of that congregation.

“I will remember all of you as we enter this prayerful time of remembrance, Holy Week and Passover,” Archbishop Naumann said.

The American Jewish Committee lamented the killings in an April 13 statement.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this heartbreaking tragedy,” said AJC executive director David Harris.

“As we await more details on the attack and its motive, we join in solidarity with the entire Kansas City area community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, in expressing shock, sadness and dismay,” Harris added. “We can’t help but note that this attack comes on the eve of Passover, a celebration of Jewish freedom from oppression and violence.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Muslim advocacy group, said U.S. Muslims “stood in solidarity” with American Jews in the wake of the attacks, which also critically wounded a 15-year-old boy.

President Barack Obama, in an April 13 statement, said, “While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking.”

Underwood had been driven by his grandfather to the Jewish Community Center so he could audition for an “American Idol”-style competition called KC SuperStar.

Cross, 73, who has also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller, or simply Glenn Miller, was caught by a television camera shouting “Heil Hitler” inside a police car after his arrest.

An April 15 AP story said that Cross was charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of the 14-year-old and his grandfather and one count of first-degree premediated murder for the killing of LaManno. Cross was being held on $10 million bond and was to appear in court the afternoon of April 15.

When he heard about the Overland Park shootings, Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said, “I felt sick: Not again. Not ever again.” For the Pittsburgh area, he said, the news was “doubly painful,” because southwestern Pennsylvania was still reeling from the stabbing rampage at an area high school just days earlier.

“I pray for their healing in body, mind and spirit. My heart is troubled by both tragedies,” he said in an April 14 statement. “As we grieve the brutal act of hatred committed against our dear sisters and brothers in Overland Park, we are appalled that it was committed in the very week that Jews and Christians each begin to celebrate the redeeming love of God at Passover and at Easter.”

“This year it is the grief and horror of this hate crime that will mark the holiday as different,” Bishop Zubik added. “In sharp contrast, our response must be marked by love and solidarity as Jews and Christians, people of all faiths and people of no faith at all reach out to one another with comfort and to say that hatred has no place in our society. Together we must redeem this moment. Love must triumph over hate.”

In a statement released April 15 by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, based in Silver Spring, Md., Wasim Malik, the organization’s national vice president said: “As Muslims, we have regard for all humanity: Hindus, Christians, Jews or Muslim — they are all our fellow brothers and sisters. … (We) mourn the loss of our fellow human beings. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Jewish brethren.”

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New Castle sister ministers to Baltimore parish through her artwork


Staff reporter


NEW CASTLE – Catholics may not recognize the ministry of Dominican Sister Mary Grace Thul at first glance, but it is very visible. The artist, who lives at the Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery on the grounds of Holy Spirit Parish in New Castle, spreads the message of faith through her work. Parishioners at St. Ambrose Church in Baltimore already have her art in their church, and soon they will be seeing much more.

Sister Mary Grace created several canvases for the parish, which is in the Park Heights section of Baltimore, a few blocks from Pimlico Raceway. The oil paintings depict several prominent church figures and will soon hang in the alcove of St. Ambrose. Read more »

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Support Good Friday collection to help Christians in the Holy Land


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Once a year on Good Friday, all Catholics are called on to support Christians in the Holy Land, many of whom depend on this collection for their lives.

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City March 28. During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May, Pope Francis will hold an ecumenical meeting at the church to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. Whenyou donate on Good Friday, you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry.

All Christians are called to assist our brothers and sisters who now live in the land that was sanctified by the Lord’s life and death and resurrection.

Please be generous as your abundance allows. Holy Land Christians, along with all the clergy and religious working there, deeply appreciate your help.  For more information, visit www.MyFranciscan.org.

May God bless you during this holy season.

Sincerely in our Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington



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Phillie Phanatic takes his message about reading to Phils fans at All Saints


Staff reporter


ELSMERE – To celebrate their dedication to reading, students at All Saints Catholic School welcomed a special visitor to campus on Thursday afternoon. The Phillie Phanatic traveled to Elsmere to celebrate the second grade’s accomplishments in the “Be a Phanatic About Reading” program. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister M. Michaeline Macedonio, IHM, 91, former teacher at St. Mark’s


SCRANTON, Pa. – Sister M. Michaeline Macedonio, 91, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died April 8 at Our Lady of Peace Residence. A native of Oyster Bay, N.Y., she entered the congregation in 1947 and made her final profession of vows five years later. Read more »

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Local student seeks participants for cancer-fighting fundraiser



One of Delaware’s young warriors is doing her best to fight pediatric cancer, and she is asking you to join her to help ease the burden on families who have been thrust into the battle.

The Pearce Q Foundation is holding its annual 4 Miles of Hope walk/run on Saturday, April 26, and its namesake, 16-year-old Pearce Quesenberry, is looking for your assistance. Quesenberry is now in remission after fighting medulloblastoma, which is a brain tumor. The foundation that started while she was in treatment, the Pearce Q Foundation, continues to support families of children with cancer, and this is one of its biggest fundraisers. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth searching for volleyball coach

WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School, coming off a 6-9 season that included an upset win over Ursuline Academy, is looking for a new volleyball coach for the 2014 season.

The coach is expected to provide leadership and organization for the program. St. Elizabeth is looking for someone with experience in a high school setting. Interested candidates should send a letter and resume to ccurran@sehs.org by April 15. Read more »

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