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St. John Neumann planning its 10th parish anniversary

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BERLIN, Md. – Parishioners at St. John Neumann Parish will celebrate the 10th anniversary of becoming a parish in ways that the parish patron could appreciate.

Next March, a pilgrimage is planned to the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia, where the fourth bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is entombed, said Father Joseph Cocucci, pastor of the Worcester County parish. And next June, the parish will conduct a 40 Hours Devotion June 18-20. Read more »

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Catholic school students will discuss ‘fruit of the Spirit’ in classes this year

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Most Catholics don’t think of frogs when they think of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

That’s because most Catholics aren’t in Kelly MacPherson’s second-grade class at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Berlin, Md. The frog is her mascot with an acronym: Faithfully Rely On God.

When MacPherson learned about a diocese-wide emphasis this year on the fruits of the Holy Spirit, it seemed only natural to connect them with frogs. Aide Sherry Brannon thought of making frog hand puppets, each of which carries the name of one of the fruits – love (charity), joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – and, on one hand, a picture of an actual fruit, such as an orange or a plum. Read more »

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Blessing the waters of the Atlantic Ocean: Bishop makes annual pilgrimage

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – When Bishop Malooly was a child, his family would travel from Baltimore to this Atlantic Ocean resort town every summer.

Since becoming bishop of Wilmington in 2008, Bishop Malooly has continued that summer tradition, which has become an annual pilgrimage on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He celebrates Mass at Holy Savior Church; processes two blocks to the Ocean City beach where he blesses the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and then dines at the parish hall with students who come from around the globe to work the summer beach season. Read more »

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Our Mother of Sorrows upgrades its food pantry

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Centreville, Md., parish expands Our Mother’s Pantry giving its clients room to shop for necessities

CENTREVILLE, Md. — Shondra Richardson’s recent grocery shopping trip seemed normal as she pushed her cart through the aisles and selected from a variety of foods and household necessities.

Yet her ordinary shopping experience made it extraordinary. Read more »

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Listening in Lewes: St. Jude the Apostle leaders begin ‘visitations’ with parishioners to hear what’s on their minds

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LEWES – It’s easy to become anonymous in a large parish, according to Father Tom

Flowers.

Too often the parish’s focus when most people come to the church complex is on logistics: getting people in and out of Sunday Mass, and then out of the parking lot before another wave of parishioners arrives. While such logistics are necessary, the pastoral leadership at St. Jude the Apostle Church wants its approximately 2,000 registered households to feel at home at St. Jude’s, said Father Flowers, pastor. Read more »

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The ‘gem’ on the Susquehanna: St. Teresa Church in Port Deposit, Md., celebrating 150 years 

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PORT DEPOSIT, MD. — The pastor calls St. Teresa Church a gem, but for many who attend Sunday Mass in the small church nestled into a granite hillside it might be called family.

Some of those parishioners have ancestors who attended the church overlooking the Susquehanna River since shortly after it was constructed following the Civil War. Read more »

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From Milford to Hollywood, to priesthood

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Former St. John the Apostle altar server visits his home parish after being ordained for Los Angeles

 

MILFORD – Ethan Southard began a great adventure to Hollywood in 2003 when he decided to take some time off from school after two years as a civil engineering major at the University of Delaware.

He had performed in musicals at Milford High School and acted in several community stage productions at Milford’s Riverfront Theatre before moving to California, so he took acting lessons there and worked in restaurants while living with a cousin. Read more »

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‘A very happy day for the Diocese of Wilmington’ — Father Lance Martin ordained to the priesthood

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WILMINGTON – Church bells tolled joyfully as a procession or priests and deacons began its way into the Cathedral of St. Peter May 28 for the ordination of Father Lance Martin.

“This is a very happy day for the Diocese of Wilmington. We rejoice,” Bishop Malooly told 33 priests, Father Martin’s fellow seminarians, and a congregation of about 200. The congregation included Father Martin’s parents and two siblings. Read more »

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Beach parishes ready for their summertime parishioners

May 26th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The resumption of Mass at St. Andrew Church earlier this month was a harbinger of what officially begins this weekend along the coast of Delaware and Maryland.

Beach Season is here.

By the time Labor Day arrives, officially ending the 2016 season, hundreds of thousands of visitors will have crowded along some 60 miles of Atlantic coastline from Lewes to south of Pocomoke City. Many of those visitors will be Catholics who make time while on vacation for Sunday Mass. Read more »

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Joseph House: Serving the needy for 50 years in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. – How The Joseph House ministry manages all it does awes Sister Virginia Peckham.

Tucked into several nondescript buildings in an industrial section of Salisbury, the ministry last year provided 19,571 bags of groceries through its food pantry, serving an average of 761 households each month; served 11,351 hot meals in its soup kitchen; helped an average of 180 households a month with financial assistance, and fulfilled an average of 452 requests for help each month through its Hospitality Room for the Homeless. Read more »

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