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Traditions associated with Epiphany vary based on location

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Father Stanislao Esposito didn’t anxiously await Christmas morning to see what Santa had left him while growing up in Italy. Instead, he awaited a Jan. 6 visit by La Befana, a good witch, who brought gifts for boys and girls.

“The idea was that since Jesus got his gifts on the Epiphany, so did we,” said the pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea-Holy Savior in Ocean City, Md. Read more »

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Blessing the waters of the Atlantic Ocean: Bishop makes annual pilgrimage

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – When Bishop Malooly was a child, his family would travel from Baltimore to this Atlantic Ocean resort town every summer.

Since becoming bishop of Wilmington in 2008, Bishop Malooly has continued that summer tradition, which has become an annual pilgrimage on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He celebrates Mass at Holy Savior Church; processes two blocks to the Ocean City beach where he blesses the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and then dines at the parish hall with students who come from around the globe to work the summer beach season. Read more »

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Here is the Methodist church, here are its Catholic people

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Summer traffic at the beach re-routes some Ocean City, Md., parishioners to Bethany Methodist UMC

 

BERLIN, Md. – At first glance it appeared to be a typical Sunday vigil Mass here as some 200 people gathered May 23 to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.

But the setting was different. Instead of a Catholic church, Father Stanislao Esposito was at the altar of Bethany United Methodist Church. The timing marked an annual ritual not only for Catholic churches but for coastal communities along the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“Welcome back,” Father Esposito said at the beginning of the 5 p.m. Mass. “We’re back at Bethany United Methodist Church, which means summer is here.” Read more »

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