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Raiders capture 14th girls basketball championship

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NEWARK – It’s only been four years, but it seemed like forever since Ursuline won its last state title in girls basketball.

The Raiders (20-4) avenged their only in-state loss with a convincing 49-29 victory over top-seeded Sanford School March 9 at the Bob Carpenter Center. It was the school’s 14th championship, but their first since 2008 and the first for any of this year’s players. It was also a first for their coach, John Noonan.

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Dialog web exclusive: Sals’ b-ball coach steps down, vice-principal stays

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WILMINGTON – Mike Gallagher recalled some of the outstanding coaches he had while he was a student and multi-sport athlete at Salesianum School in the late 1960s. Men like Vinnie Scott and Wayne Allen taught him the value of hustle, not backing down and never giving up. He had a similar experience at West Chester State College (now West Chester University).

Since graduating from college, Gallagher has been one of those coaches, leading the basketball team at Salesianum since 1988. His tenure ended earlier this month when the Sals lost in the second round of the state playoffs to Newark, but for Gallagher, 60, wins were nice but never the most important part of the job.

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Cathedral of St. Peter presents Lenten Lessons Sunday at 2 p.m.

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The Cathedral of St. Peter will present its sixth annual Lenten Lessons on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. The Lenten Lessons consist of Scripture readings, meditations and hymns, along with time for prayerful silence.

The service is being offered as “a way of moving closer to Christ as he makes his way toward the cross for the salvation of women and men,” said Father Joseph M.P.R. Cocucci,, rector of the cathedral. “With the culture bombarding us with noise and distractions from all directions, it’s important for Christians of every tradition to remember what it is for which we’re preparing during the Lenten season. We’re hoping to provide that little oasis of peace and reflection, even if only for an hour here in Quaker Hill.”

All are welcome to Lenten Lessons. Admission is free; a free-will be accepted for the Rector’s Scholarship, a fund that helps graduates of St. Peter’s Cathedral School with high school textbook assistance. The Cathedral is on the corner of Sixth and West Streets in Wilmington.

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Diocesan parishioners return from Guatemala wanting to help

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 WILMINGTON — The partnership between the dioceses of Wilmington and San Marcos, Guatemala, remains strong nearly 10 years after it began.

The latest delegation from Wilmington visited the Central American country last month.

Among those who made the trip were Ed Lyons and Bill McMahon, parishioners at St. Margaret of Scotland in Glasgow, and Padua Academy theology teacher Mike Sheehan. It was the first visit for each, and they came away amazed at both the poverty and the incredible faith of the Guatemalans they encountered.

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St. Patrick’s Day Society breakfast on March 16

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WILMINGTON – The St. Patrick’s Day Society will hold its 19th annual breakfast on March 16 from 7-10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 15th and King streets, and at the Double Tree Hotel, 700 King St., both in Wilmington.

The event begins with fellowship and Irish songs beginning at 7 a.m. at St. Patrick’s, followed by Mass with Bishop Malooly. A parade will take place immediately after Mass, beginning at the church and ending at the Double Tree, where a Communion breakfast will be served from 8:45-10.

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Student news

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St. Mark’s offering test to seventh-graders

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s High School is offering a Seventh Grade Achievers Test for students to experience sitting for the high school placement test. The test will be administered March 31 at the school. Application forms are available at www.stmarkshs.net/admissions.

Students who take the test are eligible to participate in the Achievers Gateway Summer Program to earn elective credit at St. Mark’s. For more information, call 757-8721.

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Diversity Club: Christ the Teacher students spread the word that physical and mental differences are OK

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 GLASGOW – Elizabeth Nolan stood in front of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades recently at Christ the Teacher School and told the students about her life.

She told the students her life had been very much like theirs. She ran cross country for St. Mary Magdalen, and she “had a lot of timeouts” for pulling people’s hair when she was younger. She now rides in cycling events and hopes to be able to finish a 15K event this year.

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Transfer to St. Mark’s High was a transforming experience

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 WILMINGTON — When Danielle Trofa transferred to St. Mark’s High School two years ago, she brought with her a love of running that she has put into practice on the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.

Trofa ran track as a freshman and sophomore at Chichester (Pa.) High School, and when she and her twin sister, Erica, arrived at St. Mark’s for the second semester of their sophomore year, they kept up with the running. Danielle Trofa did not run cross country at Chichester but decided to give it a try once she became a Spartan.

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Joy on the journey: More than 200 begin final steps to become Catholics

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Bishop Malooly emphasized the joy on the journey to joining the Catholic Church during the Feb. 25 rites for catechumens and candidates at Holy Cross Church in Dover.

He welcomed more than 200 people from the Diocese of Wilmington who began their Lenten journey toward baptism or full membership in the church that will culminate when they receive sacraments at this year’s Easter Vigil.

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‘One-year’ job became a career of helping people through Catholic Charities

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A few weeks after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Katrina Eichler landed her first job out of college at Catholic Social Services in Dover for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Eichler, who retired in February as Southern Region Director for Catholic Charities, recalled that her mother found her the job that would become her career.

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