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U.S. Catholic, Lutheran bishops mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

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CHICAGO — Catholic and Lutheran bishops gathered in Chicago March 2 for a prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to release a statement on the event. Read more »

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U.S.-Vatican ties won’t change with Trump, U.S. diplomat says

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ROME — Despite opposing views on some issues, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will still look for common ground on global issues, the interim leader of the embassy said. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Support famine relief, increased aid to war-torn South Sudan

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People are beginning to starve to death in South Sudan.

The United Nations has formally declared that a state of famine exists in this east African nation, with 100,000 people immediately facing starvation, and 1 million additional South Sudanese teetering on the brink of famine. Read more »

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Scriptural Stations of the Cross

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Meditating on the Stations of the Cross is a traditional Lenten devotion. Picture yourself in the scene as you accompany Jesus along the Way of the Cross. What does he say? What do you say? Read more »

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The penitential psalms: Prayer helps for Lent

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The cross of ashes traced on our forehead on Ash Wednesday invites us to “repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Lent calls us to examine our lives, assess our relationship with God and discover where we need to set things right.

Our Lenten prayer might include sorrow for sin and requests to God to help us to bring about the change in our mind and heart that we call conversion. Our tradition offers prayers whose words we might “borrow” to help us along — the seven penitential psalms (Pss 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). Read more »

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Ways to pray during Lent

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

These words are from Scripture, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 3. The young boy Samuel, the future prophet, awakens the aged Eli because he thinks he has been called by him. But Eli recognizes that it is God calling Samuel. When it happens again, Eli says, tell the Lord you are listening. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Lenten Prayer

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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During Lent, Catholics are challenged to embrace the season’s three “pillars” — prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Members of the deaf community use sign language to participate in the Stations of the Cross held March 11, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wis. Meditating on the Stations of the Cross is a traditional Lenten devotion. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

Members of the deaf community use sign language to participate in the Stations of the Cross held March 11, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wis. Meditating on the Stations of the Cross is a traditional Lenten devotion. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

Prayer is integral to a good Lent. But how to pray?

 The seven penitential psalms, scriptural Stations of the Cross, “Gospel contemplation” and “lectio divina” are ways to enter more deeply into prayer this Lent.

Ben Cacciaglia, 18, prepares to go on stage as Jesus during a living Stations of the Cross at St. Patrick's Church in Moravia, N.Y., Feb. 27. The youth group from Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parish in Tioga County, N.Y., travels throughout the region presenting the living Stations on each Friday during Lent. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Ben Cacciaglia, 18, prepares to go on stage as Jesus during a living Stations of the Cross at St. Patrick’s Church in Moravia, N.Y., Feb. 27. The youth group from Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parish in Tioga County, N.Y., travels throughout the region presenting the living Stations on each Friday during Lent. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 5, 2017

March 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7

            Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17

            2) Romans 5:12-19

            Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

 

Was the original sin of Adam and Eve a matter of simply disobeying God’s command to not eat of a certain tree when tempted by a snake? Or was it a deeper issue: falling prey to the devil’s false promise that they could attain equality with God by partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Read more »

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Saint of the week —Katharine Drexel

March 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Feast day: March 3

The daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia banker, Katharine received marriage proposals but wanted to become a

Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who dedicated her life and fortune to helping poor African-Americans and Native Americans, is pictured in an undated portrait. Her canonization Oct. 1 by Pope John Paul II will make her the second American-born saint. (CNS photo courtesy Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) (Sept. 21, 2000) See DREXEL-CANONIZE Sept. 21, 2000.

Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who dedicated her life and fortune to helping poor African-Americans and Native Americans, is pictured in an undated portrait. Her canonization Oct. 1 by Pope John Paul II will make her the second American-born saint. (CNS photo courtesy Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) 

contemplative nun. After inheriting a fortune, she visited the Dakotas and witnessed American Indians’ poverty, subsequently pleading with Pope Leo XIII to send them more missionaries. But he and others encouraged her to found a congregation to work among people of color. In 1891, she and 13 companions became the first Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. For more than 40 years, she led the order, using her fortune to establish numerous missions and schools for Indians and African Americans. Following a major heart attack in 1935, she retired to a life of prayer. Canonized in 2000, she is the patron of home missions.

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Stock the Pantry food drive extended through March

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Catholic Charities is looking to communities in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to help stock the food pantries throughout the Diocese, including the newest location in the Thrift Center in northeast pantryWilmington. The food cooperatives provide monthly distributions of food for enrolled clients who are at or below 200% of poverty. The co-op offers an ongoing, sustainable resource for savings.

Donors can contribute nonperishable food goods, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and grocery store gift cards at all Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.

 

Newest Pantry Location Opens This Spring at:

Catholic Charities Thrift Center

1320 E 23rd Street

Wilmington, Delaware 19802

 

If you need food assistance, call Catholic Charities Main Office at 302-655-9624 to make an appointment.

To learn more about our Food Assistance program, click here. 

 

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