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President at SS. Peter and Paul School in Easton was ‘moved’ by pope

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EASTON, Md. – Becoming Catholic was nothing David Rath had considered before three years ago, even though he attended both Catholic Mass with his wife and twin children as well as Episcopal services every weekend.

The lifelong Episcopalian was content with his life and his job as headmaster of Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, La. Read more »

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2015 Annual Catholic Appeal surpasses its goal

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‘Once again, our people have shown their willingness to share their resources,’ says Bishop Malooly

More than 15,000 Catholics pledged more than $4.5 million as the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal once again surpassed its target to help support more than 30 ministries and offices operated by the Diocese of Wilmington.

As the campaign closed its books on Jan. 8, collections stood at $4,358,895, or 100.27 percent of the goal of $4,347,000. Read more »

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Children perform ‘Las Posadas’ at St. Edmond, Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH – A traditional Mexican pre-Christmas celebration merged with current events at St. Edmond’s Church Dec. 12 during an adaptation of Las Posadas, the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought a place to stay in Bethlehem.

More than 20 students in the church’s religious education program reenacted the journey during the opening procession for the Vigil Mass for the third Sunday of Advent. Along the way, they stopped at two innkeepers who said they had no room. The second suggested a place for them to stay, in a stable, and guided Mary and Joseph to the side of the altar. Read more »

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Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Peter’s: Celebrating 250 years in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

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CENTREVILLE, Md. – When Carolyn Caldwell moved here in 1975, she discovered there were two Catholic communities in the area even though they were one parish.

“You had a group at Our Mother of Sorrows (in Centreville) and a group at St. Peter’s (in Queenstown),” she recalled recently. They tended to think of themselves as separate entities, each with their own activities.

A change began after Father Mark Kelleher became pastor and stressed that the parish was one Catholic community with two places of worship, not two separate communities. His successor, current pastor Father Clem Manista, has continued that effort. Read more »

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St. Mary Star of the Sea Church closed — temporarily

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – The congregation was mostly the same but the setting was different for the 7 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea-Holy Savior Parish here Nov. 1.

For the first time anyone could remember, a Sunday Mass was not celebrated at St. Mary’s. Instead, the early Mass was at Holy Savior, 20 blocks away. Read more »

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Parishes hold ‘watch celebrations’ for those who can’t see pope live

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LEWES – Bernadette Cajina had a ticket to last Sunday’s Papal Mass in Philadelphia, but a leg ailment made that impossible.

So Cajina, using a crutch, went to St. Jude the Apostle’s parish hall where she joined about 200 others to watch Pope Francis via Eternal Word Television Network.

“I guess I wasn’t meant to be there,” said Cajina, a member of the St. Jude pastoral council who chairs the adult faith formation committee. “That’s fine. I’m here, and [Pope Francis’] message is coming through.”

“It’s a beautiful message of mercy and love, unconditional love, that he’s trying to share.” Read more »

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St. Edmond’s celebrates 75 years in Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH – Connie Benko knew she would eventually join her husband and children in the Catholic faith. “I was waiting for the perfect time,” she said.

After the family moved to Rehoboth Beach 17 years ago, they started attending St. Edmond Church. Drawn by the camaraderie of the parishioners and the parish’s “very open and welcoming spirit,” she realized it was where she wanted to become Catholic. She was received into the church 11 years ago at St. Edmond. Read more »

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Ss. Peter and Paul School celebrating 60 years in Easton, Md.

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‘Real family’ atmosphere pervades at Easton where elementary school and high school are uniting as one

EASTON, Md. – When Alison McDaniel Beyer went to an orientation meeting for parents of Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School last year, “it was like a reunion for me.”

Beyer and her family had just moved back to her childhood home from Florida, and she had enrolled her son, Mike, for pre-kindergarten at Ss. Peter and Paul. Read more »

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Catholics greet Cardinal Njue of Nairobi at Mass in Bear

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BEAR – Cardinal John Njue traveled halfway around the world to remind more than 1,000 Kenyan Catholics from across the United States of their heritage of faith.

The cardinal, archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya, took the opportunity to try to deepen the faith of the Kenyans far from their African roots. It was sometimes a simple message during the Aug. 15 Mass, on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Several times during the Mass, celebrated in the Swahili language, Cardinal Njue broke into an English-language mantra to which the Kenyan Catholics seemed well acquainted. Read more »

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Catholic students work to build future for others

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Alexis Jeynes straddled a strip of felt roofing as she cut it to the right size for the top of a shed.

She smiled as she recalled her experiences with Pitcher and Basin, a week-long work camp sponsored by the Office for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “The past two days I’ve been tearing down a roof; that was fun. Now I’m helping build one.” Read more »

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