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Answering a call: More than 250 to become Catholics this Easter

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DOVER – When Jamie Thimmes became pregnant with twins about 18 months ago, she was filled with a different kind of awe than pregnancy usually produces.

“It made me feel there was a bigger plan for me,” said Thimmes, 32. “I wanted to be baptized.” Read more »

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Seton Center helps thousands each year on Eastern Shore

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps Catholics Charities’ community center provide services for the needy

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Barbara Whitehead realizes the effort some people make just getting to Seton Center to ask for emergency food assistance.

While they need emergency food assistance because their finances are so tight, some in Crisfield, for example, must drive 20 miles each way, or talk a friend into taking them, or take an hour-long bus ride, paying a fare of $3 each way. Read more »

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Fears growing in Hispanic migrant community

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The woman calmly talked with Sister Eileen Eager at Catholic Charities’ Seton Center, requesting help to update her children’s passports.

It was a simple request, typical of many forms she and her fellow Sister of Charity, Cecilia McManus, help the Spanish-speaking population of Somerset County fill out. But the simplicity belied a deep-set fear in the Hispanic community here of late. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

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A goal of $4,523,000 has been set for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, which helps more than 35 diocesan offices and ministries assist more than 100,000 people each year develop their spirituality, seek emotional and mental peace, and meet their physical needs.

“Their Eyes Were Opened and They Recognized Him” (Luke 24:31), the theme for this year’s appeal, comes from the Gospel story of the resurrected Christ joining two of his followers on the road to Emmaus. As they talked, the followers did not recognize Jesus until, at dinner, Jesus broke bread, gave thanks and started to give the bread to them, reenacting the Last Supper. Read more »

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March for Life: ‘Renewed hope for change’

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Eastern Shore Catholics at March for Life in Washington see possibility of legal abortion being ended

Vallie Otwell returned to the Jan. 27 March for Life in Washington for the first time in three decades, prompted by “a renewed hope for change.”

She also brought her daughter, Miranda, a senior at Easton High School who went to Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School. “I want my kids to realize that there is hope.” Read more »

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2016 Annual Catholic Appeal sets records

January 19th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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Parishioners gave nearly $4.9 million to the Appeal, more than $500,000 over the previous year’s

 

Catholics gave almost $4.9 million out of more than $5 million pledged to 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal with both collections and pledges setting records and increasing by more than $500,000 from the previous year.

Officials cited several enhancements added to the campaign last year as part of the reason the record levels were reached. They included credit card and PayPal payment options; online giving; a pastor’s mailing prior to Commitment Weekend, and a successful effort to increase the number of Circle of Honor donors, who give $500 or more. Read more »

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Holy Cross School in Dover welcomes 3-year olds

January 19th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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DOVER – Holy Cross School officials noticed many of their students’ families were sending 3-year-old children to other programs, so last year they began their own program that combines academics and faith.

“We saw a need in the community that we serve,” said Holly Zorn, an aide who helped develop the program. “We said, ‘Why not here?’” Read more »

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After giving season, the need remains at St. Martin’s Barn

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RIDGELY, Md. – Now that the joys and tidings of Christmas 2016 have faded into Christmases past, St. Martin’s Barn faces an annual challenge: Assisting its clients through the lean winter months.

The gifts of food, gently used or new clothing and household items, cash and other items that flooded in during the winter holidays have slowed to a trickle. Yet the needs continue unabated. Read more »

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The ‘stables’ come to Our Mother of Sorrows

December 21st, 2016 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Centreville, Md., pastor blesses parishioners Christmas creches at the beginning of Advent

 

CENTREVILLE, Md. — Brooke Sullivan and Dan Solloway put up Nativity sets they have known all their lives for a blessing at Our Mother of Sorrows parish hall Dec. 4.

Except for the scene and figures in it, each set looked completely different. Read more »

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Good Shepherd’s Denver honored by St. Vincent de Paul Society

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PERRYVILLE, Md. — Terry Denver figured church activities were a good way for a widowed grandmother like herself to make friends after moving to Cecil County in 2000.

The transplanted New Yorker learned of some of the local needs through members of Good Shepherd Parish, including Bill and Marilyn Pare. Soon she was helping with monthly luncheons for senior citizens hosted by parishioners of St. Agnes Church in Rising Sun, one of three churches that comprise Good Shepherd. She became immersed in efforts to meet the needs of struggling families. Read more »

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