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Field hockey, volleyball take center stage as girls sports schedule fills up

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A busy week awaits the various girls’ teams around the diocese. This is the first full week of action. Read more »

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Ravens volleyball gets late start with new coach, but spirits are high

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St. Thomas More’s volleyball program is starting 2017 with a new coach and many changes to the roster following a 2016 season in which they finished 12-2 with a state tournament berth.

Cheyenne Sanchez was named the Ravens’ coach in late August, delaying the start of their preseason. But the girls were busy before they knew who their leader would be. Read more »

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‘You are children of God’ — Bishop Malooly supports Hispanics in DACA program

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Bishop Malooly issued a letter Sept. 9 to Hispanic Catholics in response to President Trump’s Sept. 5 announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. DACA allows more than 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

On Sept. 6, the president said Congress had six months to address the status of the DACA youth, or he would step in.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) supporters demonstrate near the White House in Washington Sept. 5. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 that the DACA program is “being rescinded” by President Donald Trump, leaving some 800,000 youth, brought illegally to the U.S. as minors, in peril of deportation and of losing permits that allow them to work. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Here is the text of the letter Bishop Malooly asked to be read at all Spanish-language Masses in the Diocese of Wilmington Sept. 9 and 10:

To my Hispanic Catholic communities in the Diocese of Wilmington, both in Delaware and Maryland:

On this weekend when our readings remind us how much God wants all of us to seek out the lost and make all people welcome in His name, we are confronted by another challenge with the attempt to overthrow the DACA program. The cancellation of this program is discouraging. Our DACA youth strengthen our communities and our Church. Many of them have only known America as their home and to send them away is not only cruel but it goes against the fundamental principles of self-sacrificing love that is at the heart of our faith.

I repeat the message from my brother bishops in the United States that “as people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.” The U.S. Bishop’s will continue to lobby the federal government for legislation will bring this dilemma to a swift and positive conclusion.

You remain in my prayers.

Sincerely yours in Our Lord,

Bishop Malooly

A mis comunidades hispanas católicas en la Diócesis de Wilmington, tanto en Delaware como en Maryland:

En este fin de semana, nuestras lecturas nos recuerdan cuánto Dios quiere que todos nosotros busquemos lo perdido y hagamos que todas las personas sean bienvenidas en Su Nombre, nos enfrentamos a otro desafío con el intento de cancelar el programa de DACA. La cancelación de este programa es desalentadora. Nuestros jóvenes DACA fortalecen nuestras comunidades y nuestra Iglesia. Muchos de ellos sólo conocen a Estados Unidos como su hogar y enviarlos no sólo es cruel sino que va en contra de los principios fundamentales del amor abnegado que está en el corazón de nuestra fe.

Repito el mensaje de mis hermanos obispos en los Estados Unidos de que “como personas de fe, decimos a los jóvenes de DACA – sin importar su estatus migratorio, son hijos de Dios y son bienvenidos en la Iglesia Católica. La Iglesia Católica les apoya y abogará por ustedes “. Los Obispos de los Estados Unidos continuarán presionando al gobierno federal para que la legislación resuelva este dilema en una forma rápida y positiva para todos ustedes.

Permanecen en mis oraciones.

Sinceramente en Nuestro Señor,

Obispo Malooly

 

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Salesianum impresses on both sides of ball in football opener at Concord

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum faced an early start in its season-opening football game Sept. 9 at Concord, but the hour didn’t seem to make a difference. The Sals came out and displayed a multi-pronged offense and a stout defense in a 34-6 win over the Raiders.

Sallies, ranked third in Division I by 302 Sports, set the tone on their first possession of the game. Jassiem Lynch returned the kickoff to the Salesianum 37-yard line, and the offense went to work under the guidance of senior quarterback Zach Gwynn. They marched down the field, converting a fourth down along the way. On a second-and-10 from the Raiders’ 37, Gwynn hit a leaping Logan Bushweller with a 34-yard pass, setting up a first and goal. Nick Merlino punched it in from two yards out for the 7-0 lead. Read more »

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St. Anthony of Padua School gets more inclusive

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Special-education program grows, gives parents a Catholic school option

WILMINGTON — The last sentence of the mission statement for St. Anthony of Padua School says it is “committed to providing a Catholic education to those who desire it.” An initiative that started last year has allowed St. Anthony’s to welcome another group of students.

The school in Wilmington’s Little Italy hired a full-time special-education teacher last year, fulfilling one of the hopes of principal Judy White.

“It had been a wish for a long time. I’ve always wanted to have an inclusive school where we could take everyone,” she said. Read more »

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Local talent fills principal’s role at Good Shepherd School

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Pileggi started part-time at Perryville school, was given new responsibilities until she now leads school

PERRYVILLE, Md. — When Good Shepherd School found itself needing a new principal following this past school year, the search did not take them too far. The successor was sitting in an office next to the retiring Sharon Hodges – that is, when she wasn’t teaching health and physical education or instructing students in computers.

Jenifer Pileggi has been a “jill” of many trades at the small Cecil County, Md., school, starting nine years ago as a phys-ed teacher two days a week. She used her degree in health education to introduce that into the curriculum as well. The school asked her to add computers to her responsibilities a few years later, adding a third workday to her week. It wasn’t long before she assumed the assistant principal’s role, filling out her five-day week. Read more »

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Auks volleyball impresses in season-opening trip to Smyrna

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SMYRNA – Archmere knew its first volleyball match of the 2017 season would be a challenge, but after an early push by Smyrna, the second-ranked Auks took control and went on for a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 8. Set scores were 25-17, 25-9 and 25-20. Read more »

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Field hockey, soccer gets season going this afternoon

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Several Catholic high schools open field hockey and soccer action this weekend. Those who do are previewed below. The remainder commence early next week. As we have done in the past, The Dialog hopes to post those schedules each week as a sort of viewing guide. Read more »

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Bringing volleyball title back to Ursuline would mean ‘literally everything’

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Hopes and expectations are high at Ursuline, where the Raiders are chasing their first state championship since 2009. The team returns nearly all of its roster from last season, when they went 11-4 in the regular season and 14-5 overall, falling in the state championship match in a heartbreaking five sets to Delaware Military Academy.

The chase begins Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at Delmar. Read more »

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Auks volleyball returns nucleus, excited about possibilities

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At Archmere, it’s business as usual for the Auks, which means one of the toughest schedules in the state and a likely high seed come tournament time. The Auks won the state title in 2014, reached the final in 2015 and fell to Ursuline, 3-2, in last year’s semifinal round.

Archmere lifts the lid on the 2017 slate with a tough trip to Smyrna this afternoon at 5 p.m. Read more »

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