Home » Articles posted by Gary Morton

Solidarity and love across borders

By

For The Dialog

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 »

‘Healing presence’ after a broken marriage

By

Special to The Dialog

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 »

Chrism Mass: Bishop calls for sharing Good News with others

By

For The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on Chrism Mass: Bishop calls for sharing Good News with others

Annual Catholic Appeal supports deacon program

By

Special to The Dialog

Ordained and ready to help: Permanent deacons have been serving in parish ministries for 37 years

 

Much has changed since Hal Jopp was among the first 20 men ordained in 1980 as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Wilmington.

“I’m not sure that people were sure what to do with us,” Jopp said of his ordination class. “I don’t think we considered ourselves presiders.” Rather, that first class knew they would assist at the altar and preach. Beyond that, no one seemed to know what they would do.” Read more »

Comments Off on Annual Catholic Appeal supports deacon program

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

By

For The Dialog

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 »

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

Seton Center helps thousands each year on Eastern Shore

By

Special to The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on Seton Center helps thousands each year on Eastern Shore

Fears growing in Hispanic migrant community

By

For The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on Fears growing in Hispanic migrant community

Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

By

Special to The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

March for Life: ‘Renewed hope for change’

By

For The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on March for Life: ‘Renewed hope for change’

2016 Annual Catholic Appeal sets records

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

By

Special to The Dialog

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 »

Comments Off on 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal sets records
Marquee Powered By Know How Media.