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St. Elizabeth students commemorate Pearl Harbor with painting

December 11th, 2013 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON – Two art classes at St. Elizabeth High School recently completed a project with a Pearl Harbor theme, the result of which was a 10-by-20 foot painting in the style of Pablo Picasso. Read more »

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Sals roll to season-opening hoops victory over Howard

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WILMINGTON – The Salesianum basketball team opened its season Saturday night ready to prove to the state that it has what it takes to compete for – and win – a state championship. The first opponent was defending state champion Howard, which brought its rebuilding project to a sold-out gym.

The Sals (1-0) were without 6-7 center Brian O’Neill, but it didn’t matter as they rolled to a 60-41 win. Junior guard Donte DiVincenzo, who is being recruited by several major Division I universities, led the way with 24 points. Read more »

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Boys high school basketball capsule previews

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The high school basketball season gets underway this weekend. Here is a preview of Delaware’s Catholic school teams. Note: Final rosters were not available when this was written.

 

Archmere Academy

Last year: 8-12

Top returning players: Sean Deely, Conor Furey, Michael Ford

Notable games: At St. Andrew’s, Dec. 12; at St. Mark’s, Dec. 19; vs. St. Elizabeth, Feb. 4; at Salesianum, Feb. 16.

Outlook: This team shoots the ball well and is a very tough opponent. The Auks have some challenging road games early.

 

St. Mark’s High School

Last year: 9-11

Top returning players: Matthew Williams, Nick Pappas

Notable games: vs. A.I DuPont, Jan. 11; at Sanford, Jan. 21; at Salesianum, Jan. 24; vs. St. Elizabeth, Jan. 27

Outlook: The Spartans graduated several players from last year’s team. They do play seven of their first eight non-tournament games at home, which could be an advantage.

 

St. Elizabeth High School

Last year: 14-8, lost to Polytech in the second round of the state tournament

Top returning players: Sheldon Sorrell, Joe Schiavoni, Mike Piekarski

Notable games: vs. Concord, Dec. 13; vs. Salesianum, Jan. 10; vs. Archmere, Jan. 23; at Newark, Feb. 18

Outlook: The Vikings lost Andre Patton to graduation, but they return many valuable pieces and should make another tournament appearance. They kick things off this afternoon (Dec. 6) vs. St. Georges in a tournament at A.I. DuPont High School.

 

Salesianum School

Last year: 19-4, lost to Sanford in the state semifinals

Top returning players: Donte DiVincenzo, Brian O’Neill, Joe McCusker

Notable games: vs. Howard, Dec. 7; vs. Sanford, Jan. 28; at A.I. DuPont, Feb. 1; at Concord, Feb. 8

Outlook: Salesianum looks to advance past last year’s semifinal appearance behind all-state guard Donte DiVincenzo and considerable size in the frontcourt. The Sals once again play a tough schedule, beginning tomorrow with defending state champion Howard.

 

St. Thomas More Academy

Last year: 2-17

Top returning players: Akhil Patel, Kubilay Tekmen

Notable games: at Archmere, Jan. 7

Outlook: The young Ravens will look to gain experience this year while improving on the won-loss record from last year.

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Join ‘wave of prayer’ for the poor and hungry on Dec. 10

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Pope Francis has asked that the world to join in a “wave of prayer” Dec. 10 to respond to the needs of the poor and to act to end hunger.

Worldwide prayers will begin in Tonga at noon there and will progress around the globe each noontime until it reaches American Samoa, 24 hours and 164 countries later.

Bishop Malooly will lead a noon prayer in the Diocese of Wilmington and will be joined by the deans: Fathers Norman Carroll, Joseph Drobinski, Stanley Russell, James Lentini, Paul Jennings, Richard Smith and Arthur Fiore.

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Pope Francis, Bishop Malooly invite Catholics to answer questions on family life issues

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Understanding the many challenges faced by families throughout the world, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is asking Catholics what they think about the “social and spiritual crisis” impacting family life. I am inviting Catholics, whether active or inactive, in the Diocese of Wilmington to join me in this important conversation by participating in the questionnaire linked below.

The responses will be reflected by a report that each diocese must submit to the Vatican, which may help shape the discussion of next year’s Third Assembly of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which was convened to focus on “Pastoral Challenges to the Family.”

The first page asks for a little information about you so we can determine how wide the consultation has been. Each set of questions has a separate page. You will need to click through these pages to answer all the questions. You can click back and forth through these pages but once you have submitted your responses you cannot reopen this form.

We’ve added links to the Vatican’s website to those documents referenced in the questionnaire that may be unfamiliar to Catholics. It is not necessary to answer each and every question in the survey in order to submit one’s response, thus allowing one to focus more deeply on particular areas of interest. There is an opportunity at the end of the form to provide your name and contact details, if you so wish.

I appreciate your willingness to take the time to respond to the Holy Father’s inquiry on these important social and pastoral issues.

Sincerely in Our Lord,

Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

Take the survey on the Diocese of Wilmington’s website:

http://www.cdow.org/pope-francis-and-bishop-malooly-invite-you-to-participate-in-an-important-survey/

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Catholic school students named to all-state choral groups

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Many Catholic school students are among those selected for the 2013-14 junior all-state chorus, senior women’s choir and senior mixed choir, which are sponsored by the Delaware Music Educators Association. The groups will perform in February. For more details, see www.delawaremea.org.

The participants, as listed by the DMEA, follow. Read more »

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Sals defeat Middletown, claim state football title

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NEWARK – Second-ranked Salesianum defeated top-seeded Middletown, 23-7, Saturday night for the second time in three weeks, securing the school’s fall crown of championships – cross country, soccer, and now football.

The Sals were led at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field by the three-headed offensive monster of running back Troy Reeder, tight end Brian O’Neill and quarterback Matt Sgro. Reeder and Sgro combined for 190 yards rushing, 130 of those from Penn State commit Reeder. Read more »

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Health leaders, governor see bright future for St. Francis

December 1st, 2013 Posted in Our Diocese, Uncategorized Tags:

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The only Catholic hospital in the Diocese of Wilmington is well-prepared to meet the needs of an aging population in Delaware and provide quality care to all ages with its professional staff and leading-edge technology.

That was the message that executives from St. Francis Healthcare and CHE Trinity Health delivered Nov. 12 with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to approximately 200 physicians and business partners on the future of healthcare at Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington.

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Studying this recipe: Cooking oil, tigers and rainforests – All Saints Catholic School students tackle the problem of palm oil, Sumatran tigers and deforestation

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ELSMERE — It might be happening on the other side of the globe, but students at All Saints Catholic School have taken a special interest in the deforestation of an Indonesian island and its effect on an endangered species.

The school is participating in the UNLESS Project, sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo. This year, the zoo is focusing on the devastating effects of deforestation on the Sumatran tiger. The tiger and other species are losing their habitat on the island of Sumatra because forests are being cleared to make room for oil palm tree plantations. Read more »

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Distributing hope, food and shelter: Catholic Charities’ Casa San Francisco meets a need for emergency food and shelter in Milton

November 28th, 2013 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:

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MILTON – When Gail left her professional job in the Northwest to care for her ailing mother, she did not realize her world was about to fall apart.

Back in Wilmington, Gail began drinking, and drinking, and drinking. She became an alcoholic and soon found herself on the streets. Now she is working her way back to self-sufficiency, partly with the help of Casa San Francisco. She spoke on the condition that only her first name be used.

“There is hope,” Gail, 53, told a breakfast promoting Casa San Francisco in recognition of Homeless Hunger and Awareness Week Read more »

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