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Just call him ‘Captain Jack’

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St. Elizabeth senior Newswanger played four years of hockey for Middletown, wore ‘C’ this season

 

WILMINGTON — When Jack Newswanger was an eighth-grader at Christ the Teacher, he was playing recreational ice hockey, and St. Elizabeth, his high school of choice, had a team. So far, so good.

By the time he entered the school, however, the program had been shelved, so Newswanger and several other St. Elizabeth students connected with the Middletown High School team. So began four years of being a Viking most of the time and a Cavalier when he strapped on the skates. Read more »

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Holy Rosary’s gamble pays off for hungry in African nation

March 31st, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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CLAYMONT — The Faith Formation Committee at Holy Rosary Parish took a gamble this Lenten season, and thanks to that leap of faith, the people of Burkina Faso, one of West Africa’s poorest countries, have 10,000 meals on the way from Claymont.

More than 120 volunteers showed up on March 25 to bag, package and box the meals, which consist of a vitamin packet, rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables. Holy Rosary was taking part in a project called Helping Hands, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, with the materials, shipping and distribution handled by an organization called Stop Hunger Now. Read more »

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Holy Cross students enter Catholic Church with a crowd

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Zachary and Nicholas Klaus tell parents they want to be baptized, then share special day with classmates

 

DOVER — “Today, we have two members we want to welcome.”

With those words, Deacon Bob McMullen began the baptism service for Zachary and Nicholas Klaus, brothers who are in kindergarten and pre-k, respectively, at Holy Cross School. They were brought into the church March 23 in front of their classmates, teachers, and a few family members and friends. Read more »

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Casson’s arm, Roncone’s bat lead Vikings to first softball win

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Julia Casson went the distance, allowing just three hits and striking out nine as St. Elizabeth found the win column for the first time this season with a 13-1 five-inning decision over Brandywine in nonconference softball March 30. Claudia Roncone had two hits, drove in four runs and scored three times to lead the Vikings’ offense.

St. Elizabeth wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. Marissa Kegelman singled to open the game, taking second on a fielding error. One out later, Roncone doubled over the head of the Bulldogs’ centerfielder, scoring Kegelman. Roncone took third on the throw and scored on another error. Read more »

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Little Sisters dedicate new chapel

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NEWARK — Mother Margaret Regina, superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Newark, said the founder of her religious order had it right when talking about caring for the elderly.

“Nothing is impossible if God is with us,” Mother Margaret Regina said, and it was appropriate at a Mass on March 29 to dedicate and bless the new chapel at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, the Little Sisters’ home in the diocese. Read more »

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For Holy Cross student, 4H also means help

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Seventh-grader Rachel Mackie’s work for homeless earns her Prudential Spirit of Community Award

 

DOVER — A few years ago, when tornadoes devastated parts of Oklahoma, young Rachel Mackie took notice from her home in Dover.

“I said, ‘I want to help.’ I told my mom, ‘I’m going to collect school supplies for these people,’” Rachel recalled last week at Holy Cross School in Dover, where she is in seventh grade. Read more »

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Maryknoll honors Ursuline eighth-grader for essay on environment

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WILMINGTON – The last week of February was a busy and successful one for Grace Smith. The Ursuline Academy eighth-grader participated in the state swimming and diving championships on Feb. 25 for the Raiders, who picked up their second straight state title. Then, three days later, she received a national award for an essay she wrote about the environment.

Grace was honored by Maryknoll Magazine for her essay responding to the theme “Caring for Our Common Home,” which was referenced by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si.” Hers was selected from 7,261 entries from across the United States. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal supports deacon program

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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 »

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Pope Francis: Real Christian hope is rooted in faith

March 30th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Hope is not built on people’s predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Real Christian hope “is not based on our word, but on God’s Word” and promises of salvation and eternal life, the pope said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 29.

Continuing a series of reflections on how the Apostle Paul describes the nature of Christian hope, the pope looked at how Abraham’s faith is held up as a model for everyone in the apostle’s Letter to the Romans (4:16-25).

Despite all logic — Abraham was old and his wife infertile — Abraham “believed, hoping against hope that he would become ‘the father of many nations,’” which shows how faith is so closely connected to hope, the pope said.

“Our hope is not based on human reasoning, predictions and assurances,” he said; real hope arises “where there is no more hope, where there is nothing left to hope for.”

True hope “is rooted in faith and, precisely for this reason, it is able to go beyond all hope” because it is built on faith in God and his promise, he said.

“This is the paradox and, at the same time, the strongest part,” he said, because from a human point of view, that promise seems “unsure and unforeseeable.”

Looking at the people gathered for the general audience, the pope asked them if they really believed in God’s love for them and his promise of eternal life.

“There is only one price” to be paid for this, he said. “Opening your heart. Open your hearts and God’s power will carry you forward. He will do miraculous things and he will teach you what hope is.”

Just “open your heart to faith and he will do the rest,” he added.

Mary, too, believed in the unbelievable when the angel told her she would become the mother of God, the pope said in remarks to pilgrims from Arabic-speaking countries, particularly Iraq.

Like Mary, they are called to embrace that which they do not understand God is doing, and to open their hearts and minds to him, so that his will may be done, he said.

He later launched an appeal for more to be done to protect civilians in Iraq, reaffirming his prayers for civilians trapped in parts of Mosul and those displaced by war.

The pope also greeted a delegation of Iraqi authorities representing Shiites and Sunnis, and one representing Christians and other religious minorities, who were accompanied by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

“The richness of the beloved Iraqi nation lies precisely in this mosaic that represents unity in diversity, the strength of union, prosperity in harmony,” the pope said.

He encouraged them to continue their efforts and invited people to pray that “Iraq may find peace, unity and prosperity through reconciliation and harmony among its diverse ethnic and religious communities.”

 

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Our Lenten Journey, Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 30th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/033117.cfm

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