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‘Love Saves Lives’ is the theme for 2018 March for Life

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WASHINGTON — The theme for the 45th annual March for Life will be “Love Saves Lives: Life Is the Loving, Empowering and Self-Sacrificial Option.”

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced the theme for the 2018 rally and march at a briefing on Capitol Hill Oct. 3 with Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life organization and other pro-life leaders in Washington. Read more »

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Thomson, Sachs lead second-ranked Hillers to sweep of Auks

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WILMINGTON – Senior Alex Thomson and junior Maddie Sachs combined for 35 kills and 31 digs to lead the second-ranked Tower Hill Hillers to a sweep of No. 6 Archmere on Oct. 5. The set scores were 25-20,25-21 and 25-15. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 8, 2017

October 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time           

1) Is 5:1-7

Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20

2) Phil 4:6-9

Gospel: Mt 21:33-43

    

Fruit that lasts       

The Bible is filled with images to describe God’s relationship to us. The first reading offers one such poetic passage when the prophet Isaiah uses the image of a grape harvest.

In vine-growing areas, the grape harvest is a time of rejoicing, especially when the harvest is good. If the fruit is not good, the harvest day is a time of frustration. Perhaps the memory of a disappointing harvest inspired Isaiah’s words. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Our Lady of the Rosary

October 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Our Lady of the Rosary

Feast Day: October 7

Dominicans and local rosary confraternities began celebrating a feast honoring Our Lady of the Rosary in the 15th century.

Madonna del Rosario, Simone Cantarini (Wikimedia Commons)

As Christian and Turkish forces met in battle in the Gulf of Lepanto (near Greece) on Oct. 7, 1571, Pope Pius V asked Mary to protect Catholic lands and Catholics to pray the rosary. The ensuing Christian victory was attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary.

In 1572 the pope allowed some celebrations of Our Lady of Victory on the first Sunday in October; in 1573 the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary, and in 1716 the feast became universal.

The Oct. 7 date was fixed in 1913.

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Saint of the Day: Bartolo Longo

October 5th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Blessed Bartolo Maria Longo

Feast Day: October 5

This apostle of the rosary had flirted with Satanism in a sect in Naples, Italy, but through a friend came back to the Catholic faith as a Third-Order

Blessed Bartolo Longo (Wikimedia Commons)

Dominican.

He practiced the law and made a vow of chastity.

However, he became friends with a countess whose children he tutored, began to administer her properties, and married her in 1885 on the advice of Pope Leo XIII.

In the 1870s, Bartolo had a mystical experience in which Mary asked him to promote devotion to the rosary.

He published religious tracts, founded a women’s religious order, advocated on behalf of prisoners, and built a popular shrine in Pompeii to Our Lady of the Rosary.

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Living up to the hype: No. 3 Pandas need five sets to upset top-ranked Raiders

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WILMINGTON – The momentum – and the scoreboard – were tilted in Ursuline’s favor when the Raiders met archrival Padua in a key Catholic Conference volleyball showdown Oct. 4. The Raiders, ranked first in the state by 302Sports.com, won the second and third sets and needed just one more to escape with a win.

But the third-ranked Pandas reached deep and went deep into their bench to roar back for a 3-2 triumph in front of an overflowing sellout crowd inside Padua’s steamy gymnasium. Set scores were 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 25-19 and 15-6. Padua remained unbeaten at 9-0 while handing Ursuline its first setback. The Raiders are 6-1. Read more »

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Goals from Buczik, Melia carry Pandas field hockey past Spartans

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s defense did a fine job bottling up the Padua offense for most of the first half of the teams’ Catholic Conference field hockey game Oct. 4 at Forbes Field. But the Pandas tallied once before halftime, then once more in the second half in a 2-0 win. Read more »

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Christians aren’t ‘whiny and angry,’ they find hope in the Resurrection, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorized lines,” the pope said Oct. 4 during his weekly general audience. Read more »

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House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, Senate action unlikely

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen Sept. 26. The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, it would punish doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is threatened. Physicians could face up to five years in prison. Women seeking abortions would not be penalized under the bill.

In a statement Oct. 2, the Trump administration said it strongly supported the bill, H.R. 36, and “applauded the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.”

President Donald Trump said he would sign the measure if it reached his desk.

The Senate still must schedule consideration of the bill, but that seemed unlikely. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters, “That’s not a near-term priority.”

In a Sept. 29 letter to House members, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged passage of the bill.

“While there are divergent views on the practice of abortion,” he said, “it is widely recognized from public opinion polls that a strong majority of the public is consistently opposed to late-term abortions.”

He said called the ban on abortion after 20 weeks “a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as ‘pro-life’ and as ‘pro-choice.’”

“All decent and humane people are repulsed by the callous and barbarous treatment of women and children in clinics … that abort children after 20 weeks,” said the cardinal.

“Planned Parenthood’s callous and disturbing practices of harvesting fetal body parts from late-term abortions, partial-birth abortions and the deplorable actions of late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell … have shocked our nation and led many Americans to realize that our permissive laws and attitudes have allowed the abortion industry to undertake these procedures,” Cardinal Dolan said, calling the bill’s 20-week ban a “common-sense reform.”

He added that “every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law. The real problems that lead women to consider abortion should be addressed with solutions that support both mother and child.”

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Saint of the Day: Francis of Assisi

October 4th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Francis of Assisi

Feast Day: October 4

The son of a wealthy Italian merchant, Francis was a playboy who experienced a profound conversion after going to war for Assisi, being imprisoned,

St. Francis in Ecstasy, by Bernardo Strozzi (Wikimedia Commons)

and enduring a debilitating illness.

He renounced his family and riches, and lived a life of radical poverty and service because he believed Christ had asked him to.

He founded the new mendicant Order of Friars Minor, or Franciscans, and helped found the Poor Clares and Franciscan Third Order.

Pope Pius XII said Francis could be called “a second Christ” and in 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio took this medieval saint’s name when he was elected pope.

Francis is the patron of animals, environmentalists, merchants and Catholic Action, and also a patron of Italy.

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