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Holy Cross adds a chapel, relocates the library

September 9th, 2014 Posted in Education and Careers, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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DOVER – Holy Cross School has taken  an available classroom on its multi-building campus in Dover and transformed it into a chapel for individual class liturgies or other services.

Holy Cross principal Haydee Rosario said the chapel came about after discussions by school officials and parish priests. The school had room in its junior high school building after some grades were consolidated from three sections into two. Read more »

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Big early games await Catholic high school boys

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The first full week of boys action features some good soccer matches, as well as some important early season clashes in football that could play a role in playoff seedind down the line. Let’s start with the soccer matches.

Soccer

Tuesday

Indian River (1-0) at Salesianum (0-0-1), 4 p.m. The defending champs from both divisions square off in a great early season matchup. The Sals beat Indian River in last years clash.

St. Mark’s (0-0) at Glasgow (0-1), 3:45 p.m. The Spartans start their season against a good Dragons team. Glasgow lost to St. Elizabeth, 2-1, in their opener.

A.I. duPont (0-1) at Archmere (0-1), 3:45 p.m. Both teams got shut out in their opener. The Auks are poised to make the Division II field while the Tigers will have to win some matches against quality teams if they want to get in this year.

St. Elizabeth (1-0) at Brandywine (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Both teams are looking for a 2-0 start. Brandywine earned a 3-2 win over Hodgson in its opener.

Thursday

St. Elizabeth at St. Mark’s, 3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas More (0-1) at Newark Charter (0-2), 4:30 p.m. The Ravens look for their first win of the season against Newark Charter, in its first year as a varsity team.

Friday

Archmere at Delmarva Christian (0-1), at 4 p.m.

Saturday

C.M. Weight (Md.) at Salesianum, 11 a.m.

Milford (0-1) at St. Mark’s, 1:30 p.m.

Football

Friday

Sussex Tech (1-0) at St Marks (0-1), 7 p,m. The Spartans aim to rebound from a 24-0 loss to William Penn last week. The Spartans’ defense faces a Ravens offense that put up 51 points in a win against A.I. duPont.

St. Elizabeth (0-1) at Laurel (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Both teams are coming off tough losses.

Saturday

Brandywine (1-0) at Archmere (0-1), 2 p.m. Archmere fell to Conwell-Egan (Pa.) and will try to right the ship with a win over the Bulldogs. Brandywine played well in a win over St. Elizabeth last week.

William Penn (1-0) at Salesianum (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Get to Baynard Stadium early if you want a seat as my top two teams square off. Both teams dominated their opponents in week one; the Sals beat Caesar Rodney, 28-7, while the Colonials shut out St. Mark’s, 24-0.

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Girls high school teams get back in the swing

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This is a busy week for the Catholic school girls. Starting with volleyball, let’s take a look at the remainder of this week.

Volleyball

Tuesday

St. Mark’s (1-0) at Smyrna (0-0), 5 p.m. The Spartans won their opener last week, 3-0, and look to get to 2-0 to start the season with two road wins. The Eagles open their season gunning for the upset..

Archmere (0-0) at Padua (0-0), 7:30 p.m. My two top teams in the state square off to start the season as two-time defending champion Padua tries to start the season off with the bang against a more experienced Auks team. These teams went five sets last year, with Padua winning, 3-2.

Thursday

St. Elizabeth at Dickinson (0-0), 5 p.m.

St. Thomas More (1-0) at Newark Charter (1-1), 5 p.m. St. Thomas More takes on a team that has performed well in its first season as a varsity program.

Friends (0-0) at St Marks, 5:15 p.m.

Friday

Archmere at Delmarva Christian (0-1), 5 p.m.

Saturday

Padua at Paul VI (Va.), 1 p.m.

Field Hockey

Tuesday

St. Elizabeth (1-0) at Archmere (0-1), 3:45 p.m. The Vikings got off to a good start with a 6-0 win over Seaford on Friday night. The Auks lost a tough one to Concord on Friday, 3-2.

St. Mark’s (0-0) at St. Thomas More (0-0), 4:30 p.m. Both teams kick off the season with an important game as they just missed out on the postseason last year.

Ursuline (1-0) at St. Andrews (0-1), 3:45 p.m. The Raiders started off the season strong with a big win while the Saints lost to a great Tatnall team.

Friday

St. Mark’s at Friends (0-0), 5:15 p.m.

McKean (0-0) at Urusline, 3:45 p.m.

Archmere at Delmarva Christian (0-0), 4 p.m.

St. Elizabeth at St. Georges Tech (0-1), 3:45 p.m.

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Art classes are one way Good Shepherd, Perryville, is growing

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PERRYVILLE, Md. – The third-grade class crowded around Mark Hendron as he studied a sneaker on the table, drawing an outline of the shoe.

“Mr. Hendron, you’re a good artist,” one of the students told Hendron, now in his sixth year as art instructor at Good Shepherd School. Read more »

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Teaching about two men named Francis

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Padua Academy course examines impact of Saints Francis de Sales and Francis of Assisi

 

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy is offering two classes for the first time this fall that demonstrate, in very different ways, the school’s commitment to its mission. “Two Men Named Francis” will explore the men (and women) whose spirituality permeates the building, while “sports medicine” is designed to give students hands-on experience in a popular medical field.

“Two Men Named Francis” – not, by the way, Pope Francis and Bishop Malooly – will examine Padua’s patron saints, Francis de Sales and Francis of Assisi, whose influence is felt throughout the building. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at St. Anthony of Padua Parish built the school, which still falls under the parish’s governance, and there has been a heavy Franciscan flavor to Padua, thanks in part to past faculty members. St. Francis de Sales is also the patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington. Read more »

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Father Clark dies at 83, led diocesan schools for 13 years

September 5th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday for former diocesan superintendent of schools, Father Howard T. Clark, who died Sept. 2. Father Clark, who returned to his hometown of Essington, Pa., after his retirement, was 83 and had been a priest for 57 years.

Father Clark is best remembered for his work in education in the Diocese of Wilmington. After his ordination in 1957, he was assigned associate pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Dover and served as the first principal of the new high school there. In 1962, at age 31, he became the superintendent of schools for the diocese, a post he held for 13 years. Read more »

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Catholic Charities needs food and other assistance for families who have taken in refugee children

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is in need of food, school supplies and hygiene items for families who have taken in refugee children from Guatemala and other Latin American countries.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is seeking aid for the families who have taken in unaccompanied refugee children who have been placed with families in Sussex County. Above, young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, (CNS/Reuters)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is seeking aid for the families who have taken in unaccompanied refugee children who have been placed with families in Sussex County. Above, young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, (CNS/Reuters)

Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ executive director, said that Charities “delivered a whole truckload” Sept. 4 of food, clothing and beds to its Georgetown office for families who have given shelter to the children in Sussex County.

“It’s been a difficult situation,” Vible said, noting most of the children, an estimated 140 or more, are from Guatemala and have been placed with Guatemalan relatives who have been living in Sussex County.

Catholic Charities has been reaching out to children and families on a one-to-one basis to find out exactly what they need, Vible said.

“Our staff is used to working with people in need, but when they first met some of these children and families, they were touched and upset by the depths of the needs,” Vible said.

“These children had nothing. They needed shoes, clothing and groceries. They cried, they were so grateful.”

Catholic Charities is also assisting the children with immigration paperwork through its Immigration and Refugees Service department, Vible said,  Charities is also  “trying to establish a network of attorneys who would be willing to provide pro bono or heavily discounted legal assistance,” she added.

Heartbrreaking 

Shavonne Brathwaite, who runs the Basic Needs/Crisis Assistance office of Catholic Charities, helped deliver the first truckload of items to the host families.

“It was heartbreaking,” she said.

Families need beds because the refugees are sleeping on the floor and “they don’t have enough to eat. We’re giving those items to those families as fast as possible.”

Catholic Charities distributed bags of food and children’s outfits to “help get the kids started for the school year,” she added.

“I had a translator with me and told them, ‘you’re not going to leave here today without food.’ They were so thankful.”

Brathwaite, who works in Catholic Charities’ Wilmington office, said that helping the refugees and their families reminded her that what Charities “does every day is important. Being able to share a gift with someone, something that you take for granted every day is an amazing experience.”

She noted that the families hosting the newly arrived children “were already struggling to take care of their own family, and they were still willing to give the little they had to someone in need.”

Brathwaite said Charities will continue to serve “as many as we have the means to serve.”

 How to help

Donations of nonperishable food itmes, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo, as well as school supplies, grocery store gift cards and cash donations are welcome and can be delivered to any Catholic Charities location in the diocese.

Cash donations can be made online at www.cdow.org/ccdonation.html. Choose food donation as the ministry of choice.

Catholic Charities locations are:

• Main office, 2601 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, 19805. Phone 302-655-9624.

• Bayard House, 300 Bayard Avenue, Wilmington, 19805. Phone 302-654-1184.

• Thrift Center, 1320 E. 23rd Street, Wilmington, 19802. Phone 302-764-2717.

• Kent office, 2099 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, 19901. Phone 302-674-1600.

• Sussex office, 406 S. Bedford Street, Ste. 9, Georgetown, 19947. Phone 302-856-9578.

• Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad Street, PO Box 38, Milton. Phone 302-684-8694.

• Eastern Shore office, 30632 Hampden Avenue, PO Box 301, Princess Anne, Md. Phone 410-651-9608.

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Letter from Bishop Malooly: For a ‘renewal of catechesis’

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August, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

I am pleased to speak with you about our new diocesan Student Assessments for parish religious education programs (PREP), which will begin this year.

You may recall that one of my four priorities for the future of the Diocese of Wilmington is the “Renewal of Catechesis.” Several initiatives have been undertaken by our Office for Religious Education to support this priority. One particular initiative is the development of student assessments and it represents a specific recommendation from my advisory commission that focused on the Renewal of Catechesis.

As a diocese we want to ensure to the best of our abilities that the children in our PREP programs learn specific aspects and tenets of the Catholic faith in their overall religious education instruction. The assessments are one way to determine what and how much students in religious education have learned in a given year.

It is my hope that the assessments will establish a foundation to involve parents more than ever in their children’s catechetical learning. The assessments will be done toward the end of the PREP season. Students will be asked to review their results with their parents, with the goal of reinforcing what they have learned, while also creating additional discussion about their faith. With this enhanced foundation, I sincerely trust that religious education will not simply stop at the end of the PREP year. The results will then be shared with the next year’s catechists, helping them to prepare their classes with knowledge about how their new students performed in their prior grade.

Our children are assessed in virtually everything they do, including sports activities. As such, the assessments should be viewed only in a positive manner. They are merely one dimension of a holistic catechesis. Over time, our hope is that students will develop a greater sense of confidence and understanding about their Catholic faith.

For those who may have additional questions about the assessments in your parish program, please see your parish catechetical leader.

“Catechesis is a pivotal dimension of the church’s pastoral activity and a significant element in all the church does to hand on the faith” (Nations Directory for Catechesis, 19. C). All of us share in this pastoral activity: parents, family, catechists, clergy and religious. I pray that we all will do our part to hand on our Catholic faith with joy, hope and love. Please accept my thanks for all that you do in your own way to help pass on our Catholic faith.

May God bless you.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

 

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Father William E. Jennings, founding pastor of two parishes, dies at 101

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Dialog reporter   NEWARK — Father William E. Jennings, the oldest and longest-serving priest in the history of the Diocese of Wilmington, died Thursday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, where he had lived since 2008. He was 101. Father Jennings was ordained on May 14, 1940, before most of the current priests were born, at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Baltimore by Archbishop Michael J. Curley. He served as a parish priest, chaplain, high school teacher and coach during his lengthy priesthood. Read more »

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Early football matchups highlight boys sports for the weekend

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The fall season of high school sports is scheduled to start Friday, and here is what to look out for on the boys’ side.

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