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Five-run fifth carries Sals past Sussex Tech in first game of twinbill

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum shut down Sussex Tech’s potent offense and broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning in a 8-4 nonconference baseball win on April 18 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. It was the first of a pair of games for the Sals on the day; they defeated St. Mark’s in the nightcap.

The Sals, who were the visiting team despite playing just a few miles from their Broom Street campus, did not waste any time getting on the board. Walks to Josh Maguire and John Andreoli, followed by an error, loaded the bases with no outs. Tech starter Brady Parks struck out Joe Setting, but Zach Gwynn followed with a single to left field that scored two runs. Parks settled down after that, and the Sals would not score again until the fifth. Read more »

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Undefeated Conrad baseball escapes Archmere with two runs in seventh

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CLAYMONT – Archmere took a 3-3 tie into the seventh inning against undefeated Conrad on April 18, but the veteran Red Wolves pushed across two runs in the final frame to escape with a 5-3 win in Diamond State Athletic Conference action.

Conrad’s Kyle Maxwell walked to open the seventh, and a wild pitch and stolen base moved him to third. Teammate Kyle Walker laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, bringing Maxwell home with the go-ahead run. There was no play at first on the bunt, and Walker had a single. An Auks throwing error allowed Walker to score an insurance run later in the seventh. Read more »

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Easter break brings no shortage of important sports matchups

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The spring sports season is a little light this week with the schools on break, but there are several key top-10 matchups. Read more »

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All Saints will mix arts, religion into STEM Night

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ELSMERE — Those who attend STEM Night at All Saints Catholic School on April 27 may notice some differences from last year’s version. The multi-parish school is incorporating religion and the arts into the event, reflecting its new focus on turning STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into STREAM, adding religion and the arts.

The theme this year is “patterns,” incorporating symmetry, radial relief structures, puzzles and other things that include them, including Mass. Students have been hard at work getting ready to turn All Saints into a STREAM zone. Read more »

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Student and school news

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Scholarship fund will assist children of fallen firefighters

The children of two of the Wilmington firefighters killed in a house fire last fall are receiving financial support to help them continue attending their Catholic schools. The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, administered by the Delaware Community Foundation, was established in September through an initial gift of $100,000 from Alan and Ellen Levin.

Christopher Leach and Ardythe Hope died as a result of the fire, which was intentionally set. Leach died at the scene on Sept. 24, while Hope succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 1.

Leach has a daughter at Padua Academy and another at St. Ann’s School, while Hope’s two youngest daughters are students at St. Elizabeth High School. They were the first recipients of grants from the fund.

The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund has covered the girls’ education expenses and will continue to do so through age 24 if necessary. St. Elizabeth and Padua have agreed to reduce the tuition for their students.

To support the fund, visit www.delcf.org/heroes or mail a gift to the DCF, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899, with “Fallen Heroes Fund” on the memo line of the check.

 

St. Elizabeth School names new development director

WILMINGTON – John H. Pierson has joined the staff at St. Elizabeth School in Wilmington as director of advancement. He will coordinate marketing, fundraising and communications for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pierson comes to St. Elizabeth from the Delaware division of the American Heart Association, and he also has been the development director of the Brandywine YMCA. At the Y, he helped increase the total base of donors giving at the $1,000 level or greater, tripling contributions over six years.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.

 

Ursuline hosts initial Wilm. youth TEDx conference

WILMINGTON — Seventeen young people and one Ursuline Academy faculty member presented “ideas worth sharing” at the first TEDxYouth@Wilmington conference, which was held April 2 at the school.

The conference, called “Agents of Change,” included students from five schools, including Ursuline, Mount Pleasant, Tatnall, Delcastle and Burlington Township (N.J.). It was organized by the team from TEDxWilmington.

Speakers from Ursuline and their topics included Jane Lyons, “Second Chances to Save Our Community”; Jessica Falasco, “Solve the Cube, Solve Your Life”; Jane Krukiel “The Power of Depression in Shaping Our Lives”; Yara Awad, “Does the American Dream Exist for a Girl Like Me?”;

Grace Nordmeyer, “Beyond the A+”; Molly Clark, “Stand by Your Sisters”; Amy Xu, “The Powr of Each Person’s Story”; Carly Palkon, “The Cost of Silence: Defending Music Education”; Areeba Khan, “Muslim, American, Female: America’s Future”; Abby Larmore, “The Shirtless Man.”

In addition, Ursuline teacher Erin McNichol spoke about “Animal Sounds and Other Tales that Teach,” and graduates Maya Showell and Morgan Taylor Thornton presented a talk was called “The Black Girls that Aren’t Black Enough.”

 

Sheila DiNardo takes reins as Padua’s new basketball coach

WILMINGTON — Sheila DiNardo, who coached Ursuline to two state championships, has been named the basketball coach at Catholic Conference rival Padua Academy.

In addition to Ursuline, DiNardo has coached at the high school level at Sanford and Archmere. She also had successful tenures at Wilmington University and Harcum College (Pa.).

DiNardo is a 1985 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, where she was an all-state basketball and softball player.

 

St. John the Beloved band performs at Catholic festival

The Advanced Band from St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington performed at the National Catholic Band Association Festival at Villanova University on April 1. The band earned the highest rating of superior, the third consecutive year it has attained that status. Twenty-nine bands from the tri-state area performed.

This year’s band consists of all eighth-grade students. They are William Pastro, Thomas King, Leah Do, Abigail Oberempt, Jillian Bale, Keely Hoban, Toni Guariano and Coyle Reice. The band director of Ray DiVirgilio.

The band also performed before the Philadelphia Phillies’ game April 12 at Citizens Bank Park in front of a crowd of more than 28,000.

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Bishop Malooly’s Easter Message

April 15th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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“Do not be afraid.” These are the words of the angel at the tomb of the risen Jesus to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as recorded in St. Matthew’s Gospel. Their initial fear vanished as the two women listened intently to the angel who declared to them: “He has been raised from the dead.” Barely given time to absorb these incredible words, they then received a commission from the angel: “Go quickly and tell his disciples.”

The risen Christ is depicted in the painting "Resurrection" by 15th-century Italian master Andrea Mantegna. Easter, the chief feast in the liturgical calendars of all Christian churches, commemorates Christ's resurrection from the dead. Easter is April 16 this year. (CNS/Bridgeman Images)

The risen Christ is depicted in the painting “Resurrection” by 15th-century Italian master Andrea Mantegna. Easter, the chief feast in the liturgical calendars of all Christian churches, commemorates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Easter is April 16 this year. (CNS/Bridgeman Images)

Their amazement doesn’t stop there. While the women were running to spread the good news, they meet Jesus himself who echoes the words spoken to them by the angel: “Do not be afraid.” Their joy must have been boundless as he urged them on to spread the word to his disciples.

In scores of languages spoken around the world, Christians have heard these same words proclaimed to them during the Easter Vigil. For nearly 2,000 years the Church has rejoiced with the two women. Their joy is our joy. Over and over again the Church exults in the Good News of salvation.

Easter is more than a celebration of the end of Lent. It marks the fulfillment of mankind’s deepest desire – to share in God’s eternal life.

No longer is there any reason for us to be afraid. Jesus vanquished fear by vanquishing death when he died on the cross and rose again. It is good and necessary for us to rejoice at Easter. Nothing should diminish our joy. However, like the women at the tomb who received the Good News, we, too, have also received a commission. As they were told to “Go tell his disciples,” so are we called to proclaim as well. The Good News must be shared with the world through our words and our actions.

Pope Francis declared last year to the world: “The Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love.” While we celebrate the feast of Easter once a year, we should live it in our hearts every day. May love and joy reign in your hearts this Easter season and always.

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

 

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Y Innovations students are natural builders

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Archmere senior and friends turn to clay, sand and straw to build sustainable housing for the homeless

 

CLAYMONT — Brennan Stark’s schedule has been full since his arrival at Archmere Academy in Claymont nearly four years ago. In addition to academics, he is involved in other activities that include the Mastersingers. But a bit over a year ago, he was searching for more.

Stark, now a senior, and longtime friend Steven Burns were kicking around some ideas one Saturday about a number of topics, and the pair discussed what a home should be. Read more »

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Eighth Annual Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage: Love Without Measure

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Bishop Malooly joins youth as they carry the cross. The pilgrimage has taken place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday since 2010.

Bishop Malooly joins youth as they carry the cross. The pilgrimage has taken place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday since 2010.

Eight hundred young people from around the diocese joined Bishop Malooly on Saturday, April 8, for the annual diocesan youth pilgrimage through the streets of Wilmington. This year’s theme was “Love Without Measure.” Pilgrims began and ended the journey at St. Elizabeth on Cedar Street, and stopped at St. Francis Hospital, St. Anthony of Padua, Padua Academy, St. Paul’s and St. Hedwig’s. This is the eighth year that diocesan youth have participated in this Lenten tradition started by Bishop Malooly.

 

 

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Religious in the diocese celebrate jubilees

April 14th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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Sisters, priests and brothers have lived more than 700 years in service to the Church

 

The following religious are celebrating jubilees this year in the Diocese of Wilmington.

Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant of a 4 p.m. Mass to honor them on April 4 at Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington.

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Chrism Mass: Bishop calls for sharing Good News with others

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DOVER – Sheila Connor was deeply moved by the annual Chrism Mass at Holy Cross Church on April 10, during which Bishop Malooly blessed the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of the Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism, all used for various sacraments and milestones in the faith of Catholics and their parish churches.

Her son, 14-year-old Connor, will be anointed with the Sacred Chrism when Bishop Malooly confirms him this spring. And some of her family, who attend Holy Cross, may well need the Oil of the Sick in coming months and years. Read more »

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