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Parishes provide beachfront for international relations

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In a world bedeviled by terrorism and often focused on differences between nations, religions and peoples, a group of people along the Delmarva Peninsula’s Atlantic coastline are improving international relations one meal at a time.

They provide dinners for the International Student Outreach Program (ISOP), an organization that began at St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City 18 years ago and expanded to Rehoboth Beach. The program is known for free weekly dinners for students who come to the United States each summer to fill seasonal jobs at the beaches. Read more »

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Fallen heroes in Wilmington

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Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes killed, five others injured answering a call

 

The tragic deaths of two city of Wilmington firefighters and injuries to five others on Sept. 24 touched the Catholic community in a profound way. Two of the firefighters, including one of the deceased, Lt. Christopher Leach, were graduates of Catholic schools, and Leach and a colleague have children in schools in the city.

Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, perished while responding to a fire near Canby Park. After rushing into a burning row house, the floor gave way, sending Leach and others into the basement, where they were trapped. Fickes died while trying to rescue Leach. Three firefighters were treated and released, while two others were transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical condition. One of those was Ardythe Hope, whose two daughters attend St. Elizabeth High School. Read more »

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St. Edmond’s celebrates 75 years in Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH – Connie Benko knew she would eventually join her husband and children in the Catholic faith. “I was waiting for the perfect time,” she said.

After the family moved to Rehoboth Beach 17 years ago, they started attending St. Edmond Church. Drawn by the camaraderie of the parishioners and the parish’s “very open and welcoming spirit,” she realized it was where she wanted to become Catholic. She was received into the church 11 years ago at St. Edmond. Read more »

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Blue Mass: ‘It’s important for us to pray for you daily’

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WILMINGTON – Police activity has been under a microscope around the country, and last Friday, May 1, observed as Law Day, members of law enforcement and other first responders gathered to take comfort in their faith among supporters at the eighth annual Blue Mass at St. John the Beloved Church. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly salutes state’s ‘community of protection’

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WILMINGTON – First responders should use common sense and “bring a presence” to what they do, Bishop Malooly said during his homily at the annual Blue Mass, which was held May 2 at St. John the Beloved Church. The Mass honors police, fire and emergency personnel, along with members of the military.

Police need practical common sense during the crises they face, the bishop said. They are often dealing with people who are not able to use common sense themselves. It is important that the communities they serve know there is a way to deal with difficult situations.

“You form a community of protection for out state,” Bishop Malooly said. “It’s an inspiration for others to do the same.” Read more »

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