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Rain forces Blessing of the Sea indoors to nearby Holy Savior in Ocean City, Md.

August 18th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — Normally the sound of waves crashing onto the shore and the screeching of gulls accompany the annual Blessing of the Sea by Bishop Malooly here every Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

But heavy rains during the afternoon this Aug. 15 left Father Stanislao Esposito turning to “Plan B,” as he put it. And “B” in this case did not stand for beach, even though the rains subsided during the evening Holy Day of Obligation Mass. Read more »

St. Jude in Lewes forms an Alzheimer’s support group

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Kathy Prioreschi knows the toll Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can take on the patient’s family members.

Each week she travels from her home in Rehoboth Beach to Fredericksburg, Va., to help cousins there care for their mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“My cousins came to me and said, ‘Please help.’ They’re facing the awful reality that my aunt can no longer be alone, and they are trying to make sure she can stay in her home with 24-hour care for as long as it can last,” Prioreschi said. Read more »

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How Seaford’s Vacation Bible School confirms faith

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Members of confirmation classes at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish model their faith for young students

 

SEAFORD – Vacation Bible School doubles as confirmation class for elementary through high school students at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

About 20 high school students helped organize and lead the week-long program under the theme “Passport to Peru,” which helped about 40 elementary school students understand that while people may live in different ways and have different customs, they all are children of God. Read more »

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From Salisbury, Md., to Lincoln County, W.Va.

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St. Francis de Sales parishioners volunteer for Appalachian Service Project

SALISBURY, Md. – Madeleine Yoon hadn’t noticed there were no flowers at the pavilion where she and fellow service workers ate lunch until three days in to their week-long project.

“On Wednesday, all of a sudden, there were flowers,” said Madeleine, a rising sophomore at James M. Bennett High School. Immediately she realized that the family they were helping had picked the flowers. “To us, knowing how important gardening was to them, it was a very kind gesture of welcoming.” Read more »

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Parishes provide beachfront for international relations

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In a world bedeviled by terrorism and often focused on differences between nations, religions and peoples, a group of people along the Delmarva Peninsula’s Atlantic coastline are improving international relations one meal at a time.

They provide dinners for the International Student Outreach Program (ISOP), an organization that began at St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City 18 years ago and expanded to Rehoboth Beach. The program is known for free weekly dinners for students who come to the United States each summer to fill seasonal jobs at the beaches. Read more »

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Sundays in ordinary beach time

May 26th, 2017 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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St. Edmond’s begins its summer Masses at Rehoboth school

 

Dawn Huss has been a member of St. Edmond’s Parish since returning to Rehoboth Beach some 15 years ago, but you won’t find her at Mass this Sunday at St. Edmond’s.

Instead, she will be at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School, where she will lead a transformation of the auditorium into a church-away-from-church for a 9 a.m. Mass. An altar will be moved onto the stage, an ambo set up, and a table arranged to hold the hosts and wine, chalice and other vessels used. Read more »

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Renovations and restorations at OYYA

May 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Thompson’s first year directing the diocese’s youth ministry includes listening and building on the good

 

Brides traditionally seek “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” to wear when they walk to the altar.

Kyle Thompson is following a similar strategy — using the old, the new and the borrowed — in his first year at Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, which he directs. Read more »

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‘Healing presence’ after a broken marriage

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Judicial Vicar sees the role of the Tribunal as working sympathetically with those seeking an annulment

When Pope Francis streamlined the Tribunal process through which divorced Catholics may acquire an annulment, many hailed it as a breakthrough in how the Catholic Church works with people whose marriages have failed.

Father Mark Mealey, who heads the Tribunal for the Diocese of Wilmington, believes the new procedures announced in December 2016 have speeded the process — cases within the diocese now are usually resolved within six months — and ensured that the proceedings are not financially prohibitive. Read more »

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Solidarity and love across borders

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Ss. Peter and Paul parishioners share their love with the people of Los Santos Reyes Parish in Guatemala

EASTON, Md. – When Fathers James Nash and Glenn Evers decided to send a parish delegation to the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala, last summer, they knew whoever went would be deeply affected by both the dire poverty and extreme faith of the people they encountered.

What they were not prepared for was how many parishioners, teachers, and school families of Ss. Peter and Paul church and school would want to be part of the delegation, or for the extent that the parish has embraced one parish and one school in Guatemala. Read more »

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Chrism Mass: Bishop calls for sharing Good News with others

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DOVER – Sheila Connor was deeply moved by the annual Chrism Mass at Holy Cross Church on April 10, during which Bishop Malooly blessed the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of the Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism, all used for various sacraments and milestones in the faith of Catholics and their parish churches.

Her son, 14-year-old Connor, will be anointed with the Sacred Chrism when Bishop Malooly confirms him this spring. And some of her family, who attend Holy Cross, may well need the Oil of the Sick in coming months and years. Read more »

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