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Young Holy Cross sisters honored for service in NYC


DOVER — Most school children wouldn’t consider a trip to the hospital as a highlight of their weeklong Easter break.

But Reagan and Payton Garnsey’s April 6 visit to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, bearing 50 “Buckets of Love,” was different even for the Holy Cross School students. This time, they were able to present some of the buckets in person. Given privacy guidelines, they were only able to see children go through the gift buckets through video clips, if the children’s families approved. Read more »

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Catholic schools’ 2017 roll call: Diocesan schools adding ‘recruitment and retention’ efforts to strong ‘faith and academics’ mission


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The number of students enrolled in Catholic schools declined by 285 from last year, according to the diocesan schools office, and while that is a cause for concern, the superintendent and several principals said the figures are only part of Catholic education.

The numbers are recorded annually using the enrollment as of Sept. 30. This year, 9,799 children are enrolled in Catholic education — including parish early education programs — compared with 10,084 in 2016-17.

Most of the schools are within a few students of last year’s numbers, while some have seen significant drops. A number of schools have seen increases. Read more »

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Holy Cross teachers go West by far Northwest this summer


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Vacation lessons learned include how to track Alaskan mushers and ‘brain-based instruction’ in Vegas

DOVER — Summer camp has long been a staple of the American landscape, but it’s not just for students anymore. Several teachers from Holy Cross School in Dover spent part of the summer far from Kent County in efforts to make classroom experiences for their students that much better.

Two fourth-grade teachers, Stephanie Seeney and Cathi Bolton, spent 10 days in June in Alaska for the Iditarod Teacher Summer Camp, fulfilling a dream Seeney had harbored for several years. She had incorporated the Iditarod – the annual thousand-mile dog-sled race – into her math curriculum for a while, and finally had the opportunity to go learn about the race first-hand, as well as meet many of the people involved. Read more »

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For Holy Cross student, 4H also means help


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Seventh-grader Rachel Mackie’s work for homeless earns her Prudential Spirit of Community Award


DOVER — A few years ago, when tornadoes devastated parts of Oklahoma, young Rachel Mackie took notice from her home in Dover.

“I said, ‘I want to help.’ I told my mom, ‘I’m going to collect school supplies for these people,’” Rachel recalled last week at Holy Cross School in Dover, where she is in seventh grade. Read more »

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Holy Cross School in Dover welcomes 3-year olds

January 19th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , ,


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DOVER – Holy Cross School officials noticed many of their students’ families were sending 3-year-old children to other programs, so last year they began their own program that combines academics and faith.

“We saw a need in the community that we serve,” said Holly Zorn, an aide who helped develop the program. “We said, ‘Why not here?’” Read more »

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Restaurant teams with St. E’s   for scholarship fund

WILMINGTON — Café Napoli on Kirkwood Highway is teaming up with St. Elizabeth High School to raise money for a scholarship fund named for a late graduate.

On Jan. 27, the restaurant will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund when patrons mention they are dining for the fund. Fitzpatrick died in June 2003 at age 19. Jan. 27 would have been his 32nd birthday.

For more information, go to www.cafenapolidelaware.com, email info@cafenapolidelaware.com or call (302) 999-7533.


‘Tuck’ Mulrooney, former CYO official, dies at 91

WILMINGTON — Francis T. “Tuck” Mulrooney, who was a longtime official with the diocesan Catholic Youth Organization, the predecessor of Catholic Youth Ministry, died Dec. 31. He was 91.

Mulrooney, a Wilmington native who graduated from St. Ann’s School, was the state program director for CYO. During his tenure, he created a girls’ sports league, a parochial football league for elementary students and a four-city basketball competition. At one point, he supervised 139 teams and more than 1,000 athletes competing in 15 baseball, basketball, bowling and softball leagues.

He was also a founding member of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 1976, working to raise the funds to build the hall, which is located at Frawley Stadium.

Mulrooney served in World War II, earning several citations. He was devoted to his late wife, Betsy, St. Joseph’s University and his faith. In the 1950s, he organized a Marian rally in Wilmington that attracted 30,000 in its second year, and he attended retreats at the Malvern (Pa.) Retreat House for 62 years.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Ann Church on Jan. 6. Burial was at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville.


St. Elizabeth High School collecting Christmas cards

WILMINGTON – Wondering what to do with those Christmas cards? St. Elizabeth High School’s Jefferson Awards Foundation Students in Action team is sponsoring its annual card collection until Jan. 17 to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch in Arizona.

Collection boxes are available at the back of St. Elizabeth Church and in the main hall of the school.

“We ask that any cards being donated not include personal pictures anywhere on them,” faculty moderator Jordan Ashby said. “Please do not rip off the backs to the cards, as this is a therapeutic activity the children at the ranch will complete.”


Former coach returns to lead Ss. Peter and Paul girls lax

EASTON, Md. — Mike Morse, who coached girls lacrosse at Ss. Peter and Paul High School from 2005-12, has returned to the Eastern Shore school to lead the program again.

Morse posted a 104-18 record during his first stint, including seven Eastern Shore Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships. He was also the ESIAC coach of the year three times.

At Ss. Peter and Paul, he coached five U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans and 28 U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-Americans, and he sent 25 former players to NCAA programs.

Morse has brought in Julie Morse and Megan Wilbert as his assistants. Morse, a 2011 Ss. Peter and Paul alumna, was a four-year starter at Loyola University. Wilbert, who graduated from Towson University, has an extensive coaching background.


Knitting Club works with Knights of Columbus

DOVER – The Knitting Club at Holy Cross School in Dover presented 40 knit hats to the Knights of Columbus as part of its community outreach program. The Knights distributed the hats at the InterFaith Men’s Shelter on Loockerman Street in downtown Dover.

Members of the club also attended the Alex’s Lemonade Stand charity Christmas party in Philadelphia on Dec. 12, where they presented more than 100 hats to childhood cancer patients.

The club was recognized last year as Dover’s top community service project. It includes 36 students in first through eighth grade.


St. Thomas More students help families at Christmas

MAGNOLIA — Students at St. Thomas More Academy accepted a challenge from the Holy Cross Church giving tree, as four families had expressed wishes for new bicycles.

The students raised enough money not only for the bikes, but for helmets and other accessories. There was some leftover money, and principal Rachael Casey and theology teacher Ashley Solecki went shopping for clothing and toys for two additional families.

“The act of giving as a student community demonstrates and advances our mission of promoting Catholic values and Gospel teachings,” Casey said.


Immaculata offers new grants

Immaculata University in Chester County, Pa., is offering two new grants to prospective students.

The Be Mighty grant is awarded to students in recognition of their service and engagement during high school. Up to 40 full-time freshman or transfer students may apply. Students must have participated in two or more clubs, extracurricular or service activities within their school or community during their four years in high school. Awardees will receive $2,000 per year for four years, $8,000 total.

The Catholic School Grant is awarded to graduates of Catholic high schools and is open to first-time, full-time freshman students. Awardees will receive $2,000 per year for four years, $8,000 total.

The two new grants are available for the fall 2016 class. For more information, email finaid@immaculata.edu, call (484) 323-3028, or visit www.immaculata.edu/FinAid/SandG/Academic.


Ronald McDonald House offering college scholarships

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region will award scholarships to 55 students in the area this year. Qualified students are encouraged to apply for one of the four scholarships. One of the awards is open to all high school seniors; the other three are restricted to African-American, Latino and Asian students.

The grants range from $2,000 to $5,000. Recipients will be notified over the summer. Students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community involvement and financial need are eligible.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 20 at https://aim.applyists.net/RHMC. For more information, email RHMC@applyists.com or call 855-670-4787.

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Holy Cross holding shoe drive

DOVER – Holy Cross School has a home for those shoes in your closet that are no longer wanted. The school recently launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at several locations on the Dover campus.

The shoes will be delivered to Soles4Shoes, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts. Founded in 2006, Soles4Shoes has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Read more »

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One loom at a time, Holy Cross Knitting Club makes a difference


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DOVER – It’s a Friday afternoon in December, and most of the students at Holy Cross School have taken off for the weekend. But in a room in the school’s Early Childhood Center, some 70 first- through eighth-graders have gathered in the season of giving to help those who could really use some.

At tables throughout the large room, students laughed and talked as they knitted winter hats. Atop two desks, a pile of hats in a variety of colors steadily grew; there would be more than 100 by the time the meeting ended. Read more »

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Vocations Awareness Week: Students learn about holy orders, religious life from priests, brothers and sisters


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ELSMERE – God has a calling for everyone. All we need to do is listen, a group of priests and religious sisters told sixth-grade students from several Catholic schools during Vocations Awareness Week.

They were at All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere on Nov. 3 for the first of several vocations awareness events being held at various schools in the diocese.

The meetings, coordinated by the diocesan Office for Vocations and the Catholic Schools Office, matched priests and brothers with groups of boys, and sisters from several religious congregations with the classrooms of girls. The students heard stories of how priests and sisters found their vocation and what their lives are like, and they had the opportunity to ask questions. Read more »

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Reagan Garnsey’s pre-K classmates attend her baby sister’s baptism at Holy Cross in Dover


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 DOVER – All the elements required for a baptism were in place at Holy Cross Church on April 4, the Wednesday before Easter. There was the adorable baby, Payton Amelia Garnsey, in her white dress; two beaming parents and big sister; and godparents and other family.

Also in the church, seated next to the baptismal font, were 16 pre-kindergarten students, classmates of Reagan Garnsey, whose sister was the guest of honor. They were there because Reagan’s parents, Angela and Brian, wanted the class and its teacher, Patricia Wegemer, to share in their special day.

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