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Boys hoops features some of state’s best in Sanford, Caravel

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The boys’ basketball season is in full swing, and there are some big games this week. Read more »

Look it up: Where the early Christians gathered

January 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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When we hear the word “church” we think of the universal community to which we belong or of a physical structure, which can take many different shapes.

But what were the earliest churches actually like? Read more »

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Parishes: Called to welcome ‘as Christ has welcomed you’

January 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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It may be his first parish leadership assignment after 30 years in Catholic education as a teacher and administrator, but Father Tom Elewaut has needed no instructional manual to determine the most important element of a Christ-centered parish community: welcome.

For the six years he has headed Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura, California, Father Elewaut takes time after each Sunday Mass to greet everyone and anyone, parishioner or not, with a handshake, a smile and a hearty hello. Read more »

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A parish of hospitality and more

January 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Shortly after receiving the assignment to establish a new parish 12 years ago, I gathered groups of new parishioners for backyard meetings. People spoke freely about what they wanted in their parish: youth ministry, programs for young families, outreach to the needy and more.

But the most common request was that the parish be friendly and welcoming to people. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: How to make parishes successful and welcoming

January 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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What do people want in a parish? A friendly and welcoming atmosphere, for starters.

People attend Mass at historic St. Albertus Church in Detroit Aug. 10. The Mass was organized as part of a "Mass mob" movement to fill now-closed historic inner-city Detroit churches for occasional Masses. St. Albertus is no longer an active parish but the church remains open as a center for Polish heritage. (CNS photo/Jonathan Francis, Archdiocese of Detroit) See DETROIT-MASSMOB Aug. 19, 2014.

People attend Mass at a historic church in Detroit in August of 2014. (CNS)

Accessibility for people of all needs, children’s engagement in the liturgy, small-group faith studies, thoughtful homilies and inviting music during Mass help parishioners in their discipleship with the Lord.

Throughout the U.S., many Catholic parishes make “welcome” the guidepost in their efforts to evangelize their communities. As St. Paul told the Romans: “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God” (15:7).

We may take parish life for granted, but the generation that knew Jesus never saw a church building. What were the earliest churches actually like?

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Vikings defense is key in girls hoops win over St. Mark’s

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MILLTOWN – The St. Elizabeth Vikings didn’t get the start they wanted in their girls basketball battle with St. Mark’s on Thursday night, but their defense saved them in a 44-34 Catholic Conference win.

The Vikings’ Alanna Speaks scored 10 seconds into the game, but it was the Spartans who jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Emily Coyle hit a three-pointer and Delaney Carey hit two layups on the press break. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 22, 2017

January 19th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            1) Isaiah 8:23-9:3

            Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

            2) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17

            Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

 

In my work as the Catholic campus minister at a large state school, I spend a lot of time commiserating with college students about their futures. Some come to the university with a definite plan. They know their major, the list and order of classes needed for their degree and what internships will best put them on track to reach their goals. But alas, such college students are the exception, not the rule. Read more »

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A reunion 35 years in the making

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When Stan Arasim decided to return to Catholic education, he called a former student now leading St. Edmond’s Academy

 

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED — Stan Arasim was on the verge of finishing 30 years as a teacher in the Brandywine School District last year, ready to step away from the district but not the classroom. So he contacted Tricia Scott, the principal at St. Edmond’s Academy, to see if she had any interest in bringing him aboard.

It was not a random call. The two first met in the fall of 1981, when Arasim was a rookie eighth-grade teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Wilmington, and Tricia Gioffre was one of his students. The pair forged a strong bond that year, and Arasim had kept tabs on Scott over the years through his barber and her cousin, Jim Gioffre. At St. Edmond’s, he would be able to continue his passion while collecting his full public-school pension. Read more »

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Catholic schools include God’s truths throughout curriculum

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Do you recall the second question of the Baltimore Catechism, “Why did God make you?” (The first question was “Who made you?”)

For those who didn’t study the faith from the Baltimore Catechism, you learned the same answer to Question 2, but just in other words. The answer is, “God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever in the next.”

This answer to Question 2 is the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017. Read more »

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Look it up: Honor your father, mother and your grandparents

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It is widely recognized that the Ten Commandments are organized into two groups: The First through the Third Commandments can be broadly categorized as “You shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart” and the Fourth through Tenth Commandments can be categorized as “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

While it would be somewhat unfair to think of the commandments as ranked by importance, it is certainly noteworthy that the first of those that deal with love of neighbor is “Honor your father and your mother.” Read more »

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