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Parish catechists’ awesome job: Bringing children to faith in Jesus

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“You bring children to Jesus,” John Collins told about 140 catechists from the Diocese of Wilmington at Catechetical Day, March 11 at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.

“It’s not all about facts and memorizing; it’s about getting to the heart and then the action of living our faith,” Collins, a national speaker for W.H. Sadlier, told the religious educators and parish directors of religious education at the day’s afternoon assembly. Read more »

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Bishop Barres, installed in Rockville Centre, thanks people of Wilmington diocese

January 31st, 2017 Posted in Featured, National News, Our Diocese

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When Bishop John O. Barres was installed Jan. 31 as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., after serving as Bishop of Allentown for more than seven years, he thanked the people of the Wilmington diocese, where he was ordained a priest in 1989. Read more »

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Community prayers for justice, dignity

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St. Catherine’s Church hosts a Red Clay area ecumenical prayer service

A dank, rainy evening couldn’t stop more than 300 people from 25 faith communities from gathering at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wilmington Jan. 17 to pray for justice, non-violence and human dignity.

The ecumenical prayer service, organized by Father John M. Hynes, pastor of St. Catherine’s, was appropriately scheduled for the day after the nation celebrated the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the night before the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Lots of things to pray about in 2017

January 8th, 2017 Posted in Opinion Tags: , ,

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Based on the record of 2016, there are a lot of things to pray about in the coming year. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what we might focus our petitions on to lessen the painful effects of any bad news heading our way?

However, it isn’t hard to see the challenges, the dangers, the illnesses, the risks, the economies and the wars that afflict so many people. We can join with Pope Francis in his daily prayers for an end to war and violence in the world. Read more »

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Priesthood is never a job, it’s a calling, a vocation

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Time was, young people could contemplate their future by thinking about a single job — blue collar, white collar or professional — and know they could depend on keeping it when they found it. Not anymore.

“I think young people today are so aware, they know that our society is not giving that option,” said Father Norman Carroll, director of the diocesan Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations. “They know, these days, that they will have multiple professions. They think about ‘what I want to do with the rest of my life,’ but our culture is not offering that.” Read more »

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2016 in the diocese

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The future and the past were major themes in the Diocese of Wilmington during an eventful year

Highlights of 2016 in the Diocese of Wilmington included a lot of history and plans to the future.

The future was a theme of Bishop Malooly’s pastoral letter, issued in May on Pentecost Sunday, “Together in the Spirit – A Pastoral Vision.” Read more »

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Guadalupe: National Day of Prayer and Hispanic feast day

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When the U.S. bishops declared Dec. 12 a National Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees, it was with an eye to the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec.12, Latin Americans’ most celebrated religious observance.

In the diocese, Bishop Malooly participated in Guadalupe events on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at Holy Angels Church in Newark and St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington. Read more »

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Parishes building, renovating with funds from Sustaining Hope for the Future campaign

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Sustaining Hope for the Future funds are helping to improve parish facilities throughout the diocese

It sounds like a Christmas list — a new rectory for St. John the Apostle Parish in Milford, a renovated parish hall for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, an air conditioning system for St. Bernadette in Harrington.

However, those renovation and building projects and others in process throughout the diocese are being delivered without Santa’s help. Read more »

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Love of God means service to others, lawyers told at Red Mass

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Members of the legal profession at the 29th Annual Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington were told to make the ministries of Pope Francis and of the recently canonized St. Teresa of Kolkata the models for their lives, models “of the respect and dignity for those we encounter and serve each day.”

The Red Mass invokes the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the work of lawyers, judges and others working in the law. Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant of the Oct. 3 Red Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville. Oblate Father Mark Mealey, judicial vicar of the diocesan Tribunal, was the homilist. Read more »

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Cathedral gala celebrates St. Peter’s 200th anniversary

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The 200th anniversary celebration of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington started last April with a “Come Home to the Cathedral” Mass celebrated by Bishop Malooly, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, who has led the diocese from its historic mother church at 6th and West streets.

On Oct. 6 the cathedral’s bicentennial had its “come to dinner” event, a gala reception and meal for parishioners and friends hosted by Father Leonard Klein, the Cathedral’s administrator, at the Hotel Du Pont. Read more »

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