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Bring out the corned beef: Bishop grants Catholics dispensation from abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day

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Bishop Malooly has granted Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17.

Catholics who take advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to perform some other penance, such as abstaining from meat another day.

For Catholics, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat. The norms concerning abstinence are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward. In addition, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.

More information about Lent is available on the Diocese of Wilmington’s website — www.cdow.org.

 

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Diocese’s 150th anniversary: ‘A time of joyful thanks to God’

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Diocese’s plans for its sesquicentennial anniversary year include Eucharistic Congress, pilgrimages

 

The Diocese of Wilmington will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a year-long observance that will include Masses and prayer services, pilgrimages, a keepsake publication, a traveling exhibit, and a Eucharistic Congress.

The celebration commemorates the March 3, 1868 establishment of the Diocese of Wilmington by Blessed Pope Pius IX. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

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Special to The Dialog

A goal of $4,523,000 has been set for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, which helps more than 35 diocesan offices and ministries assist more than 100,000 people each year develop their spirituality, seek emotional and mental peace, and meet their physical needs.

“Their Eyes Were Opened and They Recognized Him” (Luke 24:31), the theme for this year’s appeal, comes from the Gospel story of the resurrected Christ joining two of his followers on the road to Emmaus. As they talked, the followers did not recognize Jesus until, at dinner, Jesus broke bread, gave thanks and started to give the bread to them, reenacting the Last Supper. Read more »

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“Be the light where you are” Bishop tells St. Mark’s students

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MILLTOWN – During a visit to St. Mark’s High School on Feb. 1, in the middle of Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Malooly encouraged the students to live the theme of the week: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

“Be the light where you are, and it leads to the joy and happiness of eternal life,” the bishop said during his homily.

“Faith and action in service are basically the second command: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Bishop Malooly celebrated Mass at St. Mark’s High School on Feb. 1. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Bishop Malooly celebrated Mass at St. Mark’s High School on Feb. 1. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

School is probably the primary place for students to live out their lives of service given how much time they spend there, he added.

He called Catholic schools a blessing, and at the beginning of Mass, two faculty members and several students addressed their peers about why they feel fortunate to be getting a St. Mark’s education. Marie Flynn, a theology teacher and a 1980 St. Mark’s graduate, said she has been involved with Catholic education as long as she can remember, from grade school to St. Mark’s and Villanova University, then teaching in eight different Catholic schools.

“They’ve provided a spiritual foundation, one that has sustained me,” she said. “It’s a place I can continue to share all God has given me.”

Student Emma Saxton said she is the sixth member of the family to be a Spartan. “It means being in an environment where people care about you.”

English teacher Valerie Wright said witnessing the students in action every day makes her proud to be at St. Mark’s. She saw them in action this week as a group traveled to Holy Angels School in Newark and to Sojourners Place, a Wilmington homeless shelter.

“I hope you, too, can name a reason that you’re proud to be at St. Mark’s,” Wright said.

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From the Bishop: ‘We must continue to open our hearts to new immigrants’

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A statement from Bishop Malooly concerning executive orders on immigration

February 3, 2017

 My Dear Friends,

In December, I had the pleasure of celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Angels Church in Newark and St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington – two of our larger Hispanic Catholic communities. During my time with them, I expressed my solidarity with them and the local, regional, and national Hispanic population, and with all immigrants and refugees. Read more »

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Bishop talks religion class, Catholic schools with neighbors from Immaculate Heart

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WILMINGTON — Bishop Malooly lives in a home near Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and on Jan. 26 spent a few hours meeting with his young neighbors.

The 511 students and their teachers met with the bishop in three groups in the days leading up to the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. First up, it was pre-kindergarten through third grades, then fourth through seventh, and, finally, the eighth grade by itself. In each of the meetings in the school gymnasium, Bishop Malooly delivered the same message, but in a different way. He delivered a mini-theology lesson to the youngest students. Read more »

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Guadalupe: National Day of Prayer and Hispanic feast day

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When the U.S. bishops declared Dec. 12 a National Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees, it was with an eye to the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec.12, Latin Americans’ most celebrated religious observance.

In the diocese, Bishop Malooly participated in Guadalupe events on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at Holy Angels Church in Newark and St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington. Read more »

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The first Bishop’s 5K for Catholic Charities

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The first Bishop’s 5K race, Nov. 19 at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, raised more than $7,000 for diocesan Catholic Charities. Richelle Vible, executive director of Catholic Charities. called the event very successful. “We were blessed with many new friends who had a chance to learn about Catholic Charities and those we serve throughout the diocese. … We thank everyone who participated [more than 300 registered], with a special “thank you” to Bishop Malooly and our board of directors.” Donations can still be made online at cdow.org/charities.

 

Running for Charities: Runners participating in the first Bishop’s 5K sponsored by Catholic Charities run through Bellevue State Park Nov. 19. The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com

Running for Charities: Runners participating in the first Bishop’s 5K sponsored by Catholic Charities run through Bellevue State Park Nov. 19. The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com

 

Runners from Padua Academy run the Bellevue course. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Runners from Padua Academy run the Bellevue course. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Walkers were part of the field at the 5K, including Bishop Malooly in a St. Mark’s High cap and a St. Elizabeth Vikings sweatshirt. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Walkers were part of the field at the 5K, including Bishop Malooly in a St. Mark’s High cap and a St. Elizabeth Vikings sweatshirt. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Ruth Lavelle won the women’s division with a 23:22 chip time.wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Ruth Lavelle won the women’s division with a 23:22 chip time.wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Matthew Querey, from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Wilmington, finished first with a time of 18:28. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Matthew Querey, from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Wilmington, finished first with a time of 18:28. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Andrew Cuocolo, 9, and Ethan Clark, 8, cross the finish line at Bellevue State Park Nov. 19. The two speedsters from St. John the Beloved Parish finished 68th and 69th in the field of 258 runners and walkers. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Andrew Cuocolo, 9, and Ethan Clark, 8, cross the finish line at Bellevue State Park Nov. 19. The two speedsters from St. John the Beloved Parish finished 68th and 69th in the field of 258 runners and walkers. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

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From powder-mill Catholics to Greenville parishioners

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St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, with its distinctive yellow exterior, celebrates 175 years

GREENVILLE – For 175 years, residents and travelers heading into and out of Wilmington to the city’s northwest have been greeted by St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church. While the parish has been around more than 200 years, the church itself was dedicated in 1841.

The parish has been celebrating the building’s birthday since May, and on Nov. 20, Bishop Malooly was on hand for an anniversary Mass and reception. One of the priests who joined him was the pastor, Msgr. Joseph Rebman, who has been there since 1999. Read more »

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Good Shepherd’s Denver honored by St. Vincent de Paul Society

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PERRYVILLE, Md. — Terry Denver figured church activities were a good way for a widowed grandmother like herself to make friends after moving to Cecil County in 2000.

The transplanted New Yorker learned of some of the local needs through members of Good Shepherd Parish, including Bill and Marilyn Pare. Soon she was helping with monthly luncheons for senior citizens hosted by parishioners of St. Agnes Church in Rising Sun, one of three churches that comprise Good Shepherd. She became immersed in efforts to meet the needs of struggling families. Read more »

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